Hard Knocks season 13, episode 1 recap: Cleveland Browns

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MOBILE, AL – JANUARY 28: Gregg Williams defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns reacts after the Reese’s Senior Bowl at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 28, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Struggles at practice

Up next is defensive back Damarious Randall and rookie defensive back Denzel Ward. Randall will start at free safety this year after previously playing cornerback while the Browns second first round draft pick, Ward will start at corner. Hue Jackson is staring at both players intently. Jackson wants to know if they are paying attention.

They then show footage of the players dropping passes and struggling to make plays – reminiscent of last year’s Browns.

There were also scenes of Corey Coleman dropping passes and the coaches telling him to get in there and show some desire. This is a pretty big foreshadowing since the Browns just traded Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a seventh-round pick in 2020.

One coach called it a bad day and Hue Jackson simply said, “it sucks.”

Defensive lineman Carl Nassib is teaching a class over financial advisement and how the players can build their money instead of blowing through it. He even mentions how much $100,000 in investments, they can be very rich when they retire but when they spend their money on big things, that money can be a huge loss down the line.

The team also made fun of Carl Nassib due to photos he took with Taylor Swift.

Up next is defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He said there are people in this room that won Super Bowls and chose to play with the Cleveland Browns. Williams, who was a coach for the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints, said he turned down seven other jobs to coach in Cleveland.

Williams said he was an a-hole when he joined the team in 2017 and he doesn’t want to be that person this year – unless the players make him realize they want him to revert back to that person. He then said that calling plays is easy. The hard part is getting the play in there fast and trusting that the players will do their jobs and play their butts off.

“Can you impose your will? Can you push yourself? Can you do this?”