DPD Week in Review: Off-season comes to a close for Browns

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Nov 16, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns mascot Brownie the Elf at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns wrapped-up the 2015 off-season this week with the close of the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Now the players are off for six weeks before the start of training camp, a period of time where the front office, coaches and, yes, even the fans, hope is a quiet and uneventful time.

“As always we just talk about – anytime we’re leaving for a period of time – being safe, being smart, knowing that they represent who they represent. It’s beyond them. It’s beyond the family. It’s the team,” head coach Mike Pettine said in final press conference before the break. “We felt that we accomplished a lot this spring. Offensively, we had a lot of ground to cover. Defensively, they were kind of on different agendas, but I thought the coaching staff handled it well. There wasn’t a lot of wasted meeting time or wasted time on the field. It’s big for us.

“Now we feel good about where we are, but it’s just very early in the progression towards this season. It’s got to continue. We’ve got to really pick up where we left off when we get to training camp. What I don’t want is guys to go away and have a lot of the stuff slip, whether it’s their conditioning or whether it’s their grasp on the playbook and now we’ve got to retrace some steps in training camp. We want to be able to just pick it right up. I think we have a very mature, very professional group that’s handled their business well so far in 2015. There’s no reason to think that they won’t in late July.”

As the team heads off for summer break, let’s take a moment to look back at the week that was at Dawg Pound Daily.

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