BEREA â€” In two weeks as a full-time NFL offensive coordinator, Rob Chudzinski has seen both extremes. Five turnovers and one touchdown in the opener, one turnover and six touchdowns Sunday vs. the Bengals.
He wonâ€™t let himself get carried away by the momentum swing.
â€œOur approach from Day One has been for guys to concern themselves with the process â€” the process of improving, the process of learning â€” and the results will come,â€ Chudzinski said Friday. â€œObviously, we had a lot of results this past Sunday and now what you want is consistency. You want to see the approach, the focus, the level of effort and all the things that go into it be consistent.â€
Derek Anderson, Jamal Lewis, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow were all singled out for their big days against the Bengals. Meanwhile, Chudzinski, the architect of the 51-point game plan, was merely an afterthought.
Maybe thereâ€™s a reason for that.
â€œIt was dial-a-play. Whatever you call is working,â€ guard Seth McKinney said.
McKinney wasnâ€™t taking a shot at Chudzinski. He was just making the point that Sunday was one of those days where everything goes right. The kind of day Browns fans hadnâ€™t seen in quite sometime.
â€œItâ€™s our job to go out there and continue that,â€ McKinney said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to make it happen. We donâ€™t want to take any steps backward.â€
McKinney took his cue from Chudzinski, whoâ€™s been doing his best to keep the offense grounded and focused on the Raiders.
â€œItâ€™s not like weâ€™ve arrived,â€ Chudzinski said. â€œItâ€™s like weâ€™re a work in progress and we need to continue to get better and thereâ€™s room for growth. Thatâ€™s how weâ€™re approaching it with our guys.â€
Consistency has been a theme all week. The same team that scored 51 points managed just seven the week before in a loss to the Steelers.
â€œWe just self-destructed early with the turnovers,â€ Chudzinski said. â€œI donâ€™t think we really gave ourselves a chance to get into a rhythm of what we can do. I wasnâ€™t discouraged.â€
Just like he wasnâ€™t overjoyed after Week 2.
The health of the safety position looked a lot better Friday than it did earlier in the week, when Sean Jones was the only safe bet to play Sunday vs. the Raiders.
Starter Brodney Pool (concussion) returned to the practice field in a limited capacity and was listed as questionable, which gives him a 50-50 shot of playing. Reserve Mike Adams (wrist/shoulder) was also limited and questionable, but said heâ€™s ready to go. Gary Baxter (knees) isnâ€™t ready yet and was listed as doubtful.
â€œI feel much better than I did two days ago, a day ago,â€ Pool said, adding that he hadnâ€™t been cleared to play by the medical staff. â€œThey told me theyâ€™d let me know Sunday.â€
Pool suffered the concussion when he hit Bengals receiver Glenn Holt after a catch. Pool led with his helmet and was fined $5,000 by the NFL. He said he plans to appeal.
Pool said he never lost consciousness but suffered from headaches.
Punter Dave Zastudil was listed as doubtful on the injury report and will likely be replaced by veteran Scott Player, who was signed Tuesday.
â€¢ Cornerback Leigh Bodden (groin) was listed as questionable, but said heâ€™s feeling a lot better than he did last week, when he played the entire game.
â€¢ Guard Isaac Sowells left practice for a personal reason and his availability for Sunday is 50-50. He was inactive for the first two games.
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