Cleveland Browns minicamp: 5 things you need to know

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Jun 16, 2015; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine (right) speaks with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

For the fourth consecutive off-season, the Browns are putting in a new offense, with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo taking over for Kyle Shanahan.

“The only things that really haven’t been installed yet are the things that you do in training camp – the special situation type things, like end of game,” DeFilippo told the team’s website. “For example, there are six seconds left in the game and it’s fourth down, sprinting out and throwing the ball out of bounds. Things like that, you install those things once a day in training camp. From an X and O standpoint, from a run game standpoint, it’s about 90 percent in.”

While there is no contact allowed during minicamp the offense still had to deal with the defense, which should be ahead at this point since the majority of the players are now in the second year of defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil’s system. That daily challenge has helped push the offense to improve from where they were just a week or so ago during Organized Team Activities.

“I would say in the middle of OTAs we hit a little bit of a funk for a combination of a couple things. First off, it’s a credit to our defense. They are really well coached, they have good players and they have a really good scheme. We are always one step behind because they have so many wrinkles in their defense that they come out and then you have to get it fixed,” DeFilippo said. “Once we’ve kind of caught up to them, and I think we’ve kind of reinstalled everything for a second time in this mandatory minicamp. The last two or three practices, I think you’ve seen it come together. It’s not where we want it to be yet, but I’ve liked the progress we’ve seen in the last three practices.”

Speaking of the defense …

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