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Dispatches
Peter King
November 05, 2001
Cleveland's Butch Davis continues to break the mold. Last week, with the Browns in their bye week, he dispatched his coaching staff to college campuses for two days of scouting—an unheard-of in-season exercise. "If one point keeps getting driven home to me in my first year," says Davis, "it's how vital it is to develop your own players." Except for the expansion Texans, the Browns have more picks (nine) than any other team in the draft....
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November 05, 2001

Dispatches

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Cleveland's Butch Davis continues to break the mold. Last week, with the Browns in their bye week, he dispatched his coaching staff to college campuses for two days of scouting—an unheard-of in-season exercise. "If one point keeps getting driven home to me in my first year," says Davis, "it's how vital it is to develop your own players." Except for the expansion Texans, the Browns have more picks (nine) than any other team in the draft....

The Eagles, inexplicably, have put a good running game in mothballs. Of the 87 snaps they had in their last two games, a one-point victory over the Giants and a 10-point loss to the Raiders, only 24 have been runs by the backs. Duce Staley and Correll Buckhalter are a strong one-two punch; coach Andy Reid must use them more. ...

The Steelers and the Bears, two of the league's surprises, have something else in common: Ronnie Lott-style enforcers at safety. Chicago's Mike Brown and Pittsburgh's Lee Flowers are the backbone that a defense must have to be great. "Lee's probably a bigger hitter, Mike a more solid tackier," says Redskins vice president of personnel John Schneider. "But they're squatly built tough guys. Smart. Instinctive." On the first play of overtime against the Niners on Sunday, Brown returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown....

The Lions, 0-6 for the first time since 1955, have more penalty yards (503) than rushing yards (474)....

A punter can't have a better day than the Raiders' Shane Lechler did in Philly. The first four of his five punts went out of bounds or were downed at the Eagles' seven-, six-, II-and 12-yard lines; his last went to the nine and was returned to the Oakland 49 on a lateral late in the game.

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