P Kyle Richardson had a good day as his first punt was for 49 yards and went
out of bounds on the Titans’ five yard line. The Browns brought in Gabe
Lindstrom and signed him to the practice squad. Richardson’s second punt was for
35 yards, but was fair caught by Pacman Jones at the Titans’ 13. For the game,
Richardson punted five times for an average of 40.6 and three punts inside the
20. With four minutes to play and the Browns too far to try a field goal.
Richardson pinned the Titans back at their own seven.
Richardson’s performance was not unnoticed by the coach.
“He gave us good field position and that was important,” Crennel said.
Richardson was happy with the performance.
“It was a long week,” he said. “The wind was pretty hard. It was probably the
toughest wind conditions I have ever played in. My strategy was to shrink my
world right down to the first point and grind it out. I guess it was my
redemption from the pressure you guys put on me. I put a lot of pressure on
myself every week.”
Rebound by Trent: Aided by three pass plays for over 40 yards, QB Trent Dilfer had his best game in a month. He finished with 272 yards on 18-of-34 with
a touchdown and one interception. For a 77.1 QB rating.
Lonely Charlie: QB Charlie Frye was the lone Browns player to not play
in the game.
The Wright Stuff: RB Jason Wright started the week on the Browns’
practice squad and was signed and activated for the game due to the injuries to
William Green and Lee Suggs. Wright spelled Droughns, who had just had a 51-yard
reception on a screen play. Wright carried the ball on both plays. He gained
three yards on his first NFL carry and then went up the middle for six yards for
a touchdown to give the Browns a 17-7 lead. Ironically, Wright’s touchdown was
the first rushing touchdown of the season for the Browns.
“Jason Wright came in off the practice squad and got our first rushing
touchdown,” Crennel said. “It’s a tribute to him that he could do that.”
The rushing touchdown was the Browns first since Nov. 28, 2004 against the
Braylon’s Impact: QB Trent Dilfer said Braylon Edwards had a huge
impact on the game, despite catching just one pass. Edwards was on the field for
the first play in the three wide receiver set. Crennel said earlier this week
that Edwards would rotate with Northcutt as the No. 2 receiver. His only catch
was for two yards.
“Just having him out there was huge,” Dilfer said.
Indecision Time: The Browns looked to be indecisive late in the third quarter
on deciding whether or not to go for it on fourth-and-short from the Titans’ 42.
By the time they decided the clock was running down and they handed it to
Terrelle Smith, who was stopped short of the first down.
“No second thoughts,” Crennel said. “Because we were going with the wind and
we felt our defense could stop them, if necessary.”
Better on Third: The Browns were 44 percent on third down (7-of-16).
Lucky: The Titans did fake punts on two occasions and the Browns were
able to survive both times. On the first, the Titans got the first down rushing,
but a holding penalty forced them to punt. On the second time, P Craig Hentrich
threw a pass to S Donnie Nickey and Nickey dropped it.
Flag Day: The Browns continued to have their problems on punt returns
as a holding penalty negated Northcutt’s punt return. In the fourth quarter,
Northcutt broke loose for a long return but FB Corey McIntyre was called for an
illegal block. After having just one penalty last week for five yards, the
Browns had nine for 63 yards.
Return of Dennis: The Browns were able to get Northcutt involved in
the offense He caught three passes for 80 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown.
He ran a double reverse for 31 yards in the fourth quarter.
Return of Kenard: Converted LB Kenard Lang rushed McNair from the left
end spot and got an arm on McNair as he tried to pass the ball. Lang had a
five-yard tackle for a loss on Kris Brown to force a 50-yard field goal attempt
that was wide right. Lang also hit McNair on the final play of the game
resulting in an interception.
Injury Update: OL Cosey Coleman went down in the second quarter with a
knee injury and was replaced by Mike Pucillo. Coleman did not return and will
have an MRI on Monday.
“I can’t really diagnose the injury,” Coleman said. “The doctor says it is a
sprain. Hopefully, that is what it is and we will get an MRI in the morning,
just to make sure. I almost felt like I could have gone back in there, but the
doctors told me I should just sit it out.”
Inactive: For the Browns: WR Brandon Rideau, CB Antonio Perkins, RB
William Green, RB Lee Suggs, OL Nat Dorsey, WR Frisman Jackson and LB David
McMillian. The third QB was Derek Anderson. For the Titans: CB Andre Woolfolk,
RB Damion Nash, LB Rocky Boiman, OT David Stewart, WR Drew Bennett, TE Ben Troupe, WR Tyrone Calico. The third QB was Matt Mauck.