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Jeffri Chadiha
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Browns
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Browns

"What jumps out is how much attitude Butch Davis has brought to the team. Watching them on film two years ago and watching them now is like night and day. They believe they can win....

If the running game is productive, they have a lot of weapons. The offensive line is solid, and the receivers are underrated. Scouts say they don't have a Number 1 wideout, but I'd happily take a unit with Kevin Johnson, Quincy Morgan and Andre King. If Rickey Dudley [out most of last season after surgery on his right foot] isn't healthy, they'll probably change how they use their tight ends—when he's right, he can hurt defenses on deep routes down the middle....

Tim Couch has more confidence, and that's because Butch believes in him. You could see he was having fun last year, and when a quarterback with his talent has fun, you'd better look out....

On defense, adding Robert Griffith will help. He understands the nuances of the game and how to put himself in position to make plays....

I'm not a big fan of [free-agent signee] Earl Holmes at linebacker. He's coming off his second knee injury [arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in June, sprained left knee last year], and he was not fast to begin with. They may ask him to plug the middle while guys on the perimeter make plays....

Up front, Gerard Warren is going to be a player—he showed flashes last year. If Courtney Brown is healthy, those two will be murder together."