Browns Defenders Dig Dog Bone Charms As Reward For High Performance

Chris KirkseyCleveland coaches developed an interesting way to reward defensive players who “Play like a Brown” this season.

The Browns’ defensive staff gave players spiked dog collars before the season and reward them with dog bone charms every time they get interceptions, sacks or simply show strong effort during a play.

While it sounds like a rewards system a first-grade teacher might use for young children, the players have bought into it. Cornerback Buster Skrine, who has eight dog tags, takes pride in it.

“It’s an accomplishment — play like a Brown, you get a dog tag,” Skrine said.

“I hear (players) talking about it on the sideline,” defensive coordinator Jim O’Neill said. “I hear them talking about it in the locker room. It’s getting competitive.”

After Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Browns coaches will reveal which players have earned the most dog bone charms this season.

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