"They were throwing dog biscuits today," said Dooley. "They threw an egg and hit number 54 [Bronco guard Keith Bishop] in the eye. They threw a double-A battery that hit me in the head. After I got them calmed down and got behind the huddle and got the players ready, they threw a rock. How big was it, Bernie [Kukar, the field judge]? Thanks. It was two-and-a-half inches in diameter. Then another egg hit 54, then another egg landed in the middle of the Denver huddle, then another double-A battery, then I stopped it and went to the other end."
When the Browns took over on their 16 after Johnson stripped the ball from Winder, their offense had contributed one yard and one interception in the fourth quarter, but in seven plays Kosar had Cleveland on the Denver 30 with five seconds left and the kicking team on the field. The snap from center Gregg Rakoczy, who was subbing for the injured Tom Baugh, was a short hopper. "Out of breath, sweaty, first time doing it in a game," said Rakoczy afterward. Holder Mike Pagel did a great job fielding the grounder, Bahr swung his 175 pounds into the ball, and the Browns were 3-1 and had snapped a 10-game Bronco winning streak against them.
By December, Cleveland could be a great defensive team. Defensive teams make the playoffs. Defensive teams that throw well can make the Super Bowl. But to go all the way you've got to be able to run the ball too. So right now let's call the Browns a definite "we'll see."