Cleveland – It started well but didn’t finish very well.
1985 was a sort of new beginning for the Browns. Rookie Bernie Kosar took
over for veteran Gary Danielson during the season when Danielson was injured.
Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack each rushed for over 1,000 yards. The Browns won
the division with an 8-8 record, but that season propelled the team to three AFC
Championship games in the next four seasons.
Twenty years later in 2005, the Browns are hoping for a new beginning.
Rookie quarterback Charlie Frye made his first NFL start and Reuben Droughns
became the first Browns running back since 1985 to hit the 1,000-yard rushing
However, some things don’t change as the Jaguars scored 17 unanswered points
in the third quarter to overcome a 14-3 deficit and win 20-14. To add insult to
injury, the Browns lost rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards to a possible
season-ending knee injury after the rookie scored two touchdowns and caught five
passes for 86 yards.
“We looked good in the first half, but didn’t in the second half,” Romeo
The Browns scored the game’s only two touchdowns of the first half as Edwards
caught two passes from Frye to give the Browns a 14-3 lead.
The first touchdown was a 34-yarder as Edwards jumped up and beat three
defenders for the catch. Edwards beat Deke Cooper, Deon Grant and Rashean Mathis
to the ball as they drove 78 yards in 5:20. The Jaguars committed two penalties
to keep the drive alive.
The second touchdown was a 17-yard slant with 44 seconds to play to give the
Browns a 14-3 lead. The Browns went 59 yards in four plays and 30 seconds for
Phil Dawson missed a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter.
After putting up 243 yards of offense in the first half, the Browns were shut
down in the second half as they were only able to manage 60 yards in the second
Meanwhile, the Jaguars were able to get their offense going.
Jacksonville scored a field goal on their first possession of the second half
to cut the Browns lead to 14-6.
The Jaguars cut the Browns lead to 14-13 with 5:04 to play in the third
quarter when David Garrard hit tight end George Wrighster for a touchdown.
The Jaguars took the lead for good when Garrard hit Jimmy Smith on a 12-yard
touchdown pass with 1:11 to play in the third quarter.
A 40-yard pass interference called on Leigh Bodden defending Smith was the
The Browns had a chance to get the ball back late, but allowed Garrard to
scramble for 28 yards on a third-and-19 to preserve the victory.