BEREA – Offensive coordinator Norv Turner was running as hot Thursday as the temperatures that approached 90 degrees.
According to his players and boss, it was a normal day.
Turner yelled at receivers Davone Bess and Greg Little for lining up illegally – both were on the line of scrimmage. He yelled at backup quarterback Jason Campbell for not throwing the ball to running back Dion Lewis in the flat.
“That guy can’t cover him,” Turner screamed.
He gestured to the heavens after a mistake, was clearly frustrated when a signal was missed and stayed in quarterback Brandon Weeden’s ear well after a play that wasn’t executed with the crispness Turner demands.
“They gave Norv that double shot of espresso this morning instead of the decaf with two sugars and two creams,” Little said. “He knows how to stay on top of you, but knows how to do it. He can be funny at times about it, but he’s definitely a perfectionist.”
As the starting quarterback, Weeden is in the direct line of fire. He said he’s used to it from his coaches at Oklahoma State.
“He coaches me every play and I can’t ask anymore than that,” Weeden said. “He’s making me a better player. He expects the highest level out of me and that’s what I want.
“He apologized because I think, you know, he blew a gasket, but it’s going to happen, it’s football.”
Coach Rob Chudzinski worked as an assistant under Turner in San Diego, so the roles are reversed. When Turner was barking at Bess and Little, Chudzinski interrupted, “Norv, let them play.”
“That’s the way Norv has been his whole coaching career. He coaches guys hard and that’s the way we coach,” Chudzinski said. “I think guys respond to it and the guys really appreciate that.”
Little isn’t complaining.
“He has been around the game so long that he knows how to talk to professionals and do it in a professional manner,” Little said. “You always want a coach who can relate and joke but still is about business, and that’s exactly who Norv is.”
Turner also mixes in some trash talk to the defense.
“He’s like, ‘Joe, we’re going to double-move you today,’” cornerback Joe Haden said. “Like whatever. He just likes to talk.”
Weeden spent last Friday helping the cleanup efforts in Moore, Okla., his wife’s hometown that was ravaged by a tornado. Weeden said his brother-in-law’s house suffered a lot of damage, while his mother-in-law got lucky.
Weeden, who’s from Edmond, Okla., said they went from house to house asking if people needed help.
“So basically threw on some gloves and got in the rubble and started sorting everything into piles,” Weeden said. “I watched all the coverage leading up to it and it was worse than I imagined. You guys have seen it, it’s bad. It’s going to take some time.”
Weeden continues to take the repetitions with the first team. He admitted to a bad practice during the session open to the media the first week of OTAs, but said he’s had a solid three weeks.
“I feel like I’ve thrown it well all week and I’m getting to the line of scrimmage and not having to think about what everybody is doing and I can see what they’re doing on the other side,” he said. “The ball is coming out nice and my feet feel pretty good, I just gotta keep grinding on it and keep getting better.”
IN AND OUT
Outside linebacker Paul Kruger was excused from practice for a family obligation. His brother Dave, an undrafted rookie defensive lineman, attended practice.
Quentin Groves got the first snaps in Paul Kruger’s place on the left side with the starters, and rookie Barkevious Mingo also worked in.
** Tight end Jordan Cameron practiced after missing last Thursday with a strained groin.
** Defensive end Desmond Bryant was back after missing a practice last week because of a legal matter.
** Receiver Jordan Norwood, rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles tendon) and rookie offensive lineman Chris Faulk (knee) didn’t practice.
** Receiver David Nelson (knee) has yet to practice with the Browns after signing as a free agent. He’s rehabbing away from team headquarters.
The Browns signed linebacker Tommy Smith (6-foot-1, 240 pounds) and waived receiver Perez Ashford. Smith, who went to Boise State, participated in the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
** More than $1,900 was taken from the set of “Draft Day” at Browns headquarters, according to a police report obtained by WEWS-TV. An employee working on the movie, which stars Kevin Costner as Browns general manager, called Berea police May 21 to report money stolen from his briefcase in a trailer.
** Receiver Travis Benjamin was first up to return punts, followed by receiver Davone Bess and Haden. T.J. Conley was the first punter, followed by Spencer Lanning.
** John Greco continues to work as a starting guard, this time on the right side. Shawn Lauvao was first up at left guard, with Jason Pinkston also getting some repetitions with the starters.
** John Hughes, a third-round pick in 2012, has worked at nose tackle and defensive end in OTAs.
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