Tempo is key during Cleveland Browns OTAs

BEREA, Ohio - Thursday was the first day the media had a chance to watch the Browns OTAs, or organized team activities.

What stuck out right away was the up tempo in which the team's offense will run this year.

"That's something we wanted to address as a coaching staff in the off season," said head coach Rob Chudzinski.

When we first were allowed into practice, the music was blaring and thumping as the team went through their stretching exercises. But once it was time to get down to business, the music shut off and the team went to work.

Brandon Weeden worked with the first-team offense and didn't have a particularly good practice as he was constantly overthrowing receivers and at one point even intercepted.

Norv Turner's offense moved quickly and it was obvious the pace the Browns wanted to work at right away. Weeden and Jason Campbell both took plenty of shots down field with everything from running backs to tight ends. The game plan was obvious: push the ball downfield in big chunks.

Defensively, Ray Horton's "hybrid" approach was in full effect, moving safeties over to play corner and corners coming down into the linebacker slots to blitz and disrupt the flow of the passing game. This is not your average Browns team anymore.

In the offseason,  Chudzinski said the Browns were going to be an attack-style offense and defense, and you could tell that right away.

There is not a lot you can hang your hat on during these early season team drills, but one thing is for sure, this Browns team plans to put opponents on their heels right away. The team plans to continue OTAs over the next two weeks every Tuesday through Thursday. It's clear the tempo has been set and the team is ready to go into the upcoming training camp with a full head of steam.

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