Todd Haley wants Browns to become mentally, physically tough

Jarvis Landry, Tyrod Taylor the type of players to lead culture change

Daryl Ruiter
August 15, 2018 - 2:01 pm
Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley yells instructions during practice

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Todd Haley knows what it takes to win in the NFL.

This offseason he joined the one team that had no idea to win – the Cleveland Browns.

After spending 6 seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have made the playoffs in each of the last 4 seasons, Haley looks to bring that same type of success to Cleveland and he knows what it is going to take to do it.

“We want a mentally tough group that can overcome adversity, and you definitely want a disciplined group that’s not going to do things that get you beat in a game,” Haley said.

The intensity that Haley brings to practice each and every day has been visible during the first 2 episodes of HBO’s Hard Knocks, produced by NFL Films.

During the first episode Haley seemed to challenge head coach Hue Jackson about giving players off. Haley has a reputation for having a strong, matter of fact personality but while it may have looked tense on TV, Haley appreciates working for a coach that is willing to listen.

“The great thing about here is coach Jackson gives us as assistant coaches the opportunity to speak our opinion,” Haley said. “Ultimately, it’s his decision of what he wants to do and I’ll 100 percent support it, but that’s not always the case where assistants get to voice an opinion, their thoughts and some of them he’s going to take it, some of them he’s not but whatever decision is made, I’m 100 percent behind.”

Haley knows all too well what challenges the Browns face if they’re to resurrect the franchise. He went 10-2 against the Browns and swept Cleveland in 4 of the 6 seasons and it starts with the players.

Receiver Jarvis Landry, acquired from Miami in March, is Haley’s type of player. So is quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

“I love Jarvis and what he brings to this team. He's going to be at the forefront of changing this culture,” Haley said. “There's no doubt about it. Tyrod, you could throw in that group. But Jarvis is a guy that wants to win, and what more could you ask from a guy as that strong, strong desire to have success, win games because really for us, the fun is in the winning.

“It's too much work if you go out there and don't get to experience the fun of winning. Jarvis is the type of guy that will do anything necessary to give us the best chance to get that done."

Haley likes the young receivers on the team – not just Antonio Callaway ether. What he doesn’t like so far is what he’s seeing in the run game that saw them total 50 yards on 33 rushes against the Giants in the preseason opener.

"Not good enough,” Haley said. “Our mentality obviously in that first game was we were coming out and throwing the ball around a little bit. I was happy with how that went. Didn't have the front-line guys in there for very long and we've got a young group behind them that we're pushing hard to make progress and improve and they know they've got to be better.

“Our backs need to do be better. We can't have seven minus runs for 17 to 20 yards, whatever it is. You're starting to give up points when you get into that area. We've got to be better, so obviously that's been an emphasis this week."

One of Haley’s biggest practice pet peeves is when the quarterbacks get hit.

“I have a strong opinion on in practice I feel like good teams they stay away from their quarterback because those are guys we cannot afford to lose by accident or on purpose so that's a must," Haley said.

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