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Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-09-13

Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-09-13
--Getting whipped by the Steelers in the season opener last year changed the path the Browns would take for the rest of 2007. With the score 17-0 after the first quarter, coach Romeo Crennel yanked Charlie Frye and inserted Derek Anderson. Anderson started the next 15 games, got a three-year contract extension in the offseason and was made the starter this season.

--There have been many crushing defeats among the 57 games the Browns lost to the Steelers -- none more so than the 36-33 playoff loss in Pittsburgh on Jan. 5, 2003. The Browns led 24-7 at one point and saw the lead shrink to 33-28. They had a chance to ice the game in the final minutes, but Dennis Northcutt dropped a pass from Kelly Holcomb for what would have been a first down.

--The Browns ended a 16-year jinx in Three Rivers Stadium on Oct. 5, 1986, when they beat the Steelers 27-24. Webster Slaughter caught a touchdown pass from Bernie Kosar, Earnest Byner scored on a four-yard run and Gerald McNeil returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown. Matt Bahr kicked two field goals.

--Five games against the Steelers have gone into overtime. The only one the Browns won was at home when they beat the Steelers 37-31 on Nov. 23, 1986. Kosar threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Slaughter for the winning touchdown. Kosar completed 28 of 46 passes for 414 yards.

--The last time the Browns beat the Steelers was on Oct. 5, 2003. They won 33-13 in Pittsburgh. It was the best game of Tim Couch's failed career with the Browns. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 208 yards. He threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis and a nine-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Johnson. William Green ran for 115 yards on a career-high 33 carries.

--The Browns' return to the NFL in 1999 was choreographed by the NFL to renew their rivalry with the Steelers in a nationally televised Sunday night game from brand-new Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns were pounded, 43-0. Tim Couch replaced Ty Detmer at quarterback the next week. The Browns totaled 28 offensive plays and netted minus-7 yards in the second half against the Steelers.

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- The Browns have lost to the Steelers nine straight times.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're not good enough, offensively or defensively, right now. I feel like we have talent on this team. If this talent will play to their ability, then this could be a good team. That's what I told them -- they have enough ability to be a good team. But everyone has to play together and play to that ability." -- Romeo Crennel, on the Browns after an 0-1 start.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 13, 2008

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