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The Browns are back in a remarkable resurgence after last season's dismal record. Several new stars have been added, but it is still the old Brown magic of Coach Paul Brown which is key to victory
Kaye Kessler
December 09, 1957
Paul Brown, pro football's master manipulator, sat in his suburban Cleveland home last week counting his blessings as he digested a Thanksgiving dinner. A bird in the stomach may be worth two in the bush leagues, but Brown, whose buoyant Clevelanders once again are knocking on the NFL's throne-room door after a unique year in exile, knows that heavy rests the crown on a champion's head in this explosive circuit. He was feeling expansive but not speculative.
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December 09, 1957

The Browns Are Back In A Remarkable Resurgence After Last Season's Dismal Record. Several New Stars Have Been Added, But It Is Still The Old Brown Magic Of Coach Paul Brown Which Is Key To Victory

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As for stubby Tommy O'Connell's sudden emergence as a field general de luxe, Brown bristles at the thought the former Illinois passing star was a "sow's ear."

"Sure, Tommy was the Bears' bench quarterback once, but some teams let Bobby Layne get away, too," he challenged.

O'Connell, nonetheless, has developed tremendously under Brown's patient and understanding guidance, working feverishly with special running-pass techniques to improve his footwork.

Brown speaks no more ecstatically of prize Jimmy Brown than of his others. But his pride shows through. For instance, would he like to switch the amazing Syracuse comet to halfback as has been suggested? "I'm satisfied with him the way he is and where he is," said Brown emphatically. "He's bigger than most people think at 6 feet 2 and 228." At fullback he's the most devastating force in the league.

Brown shied away from a comparison of his newest fullback sensation and Marion Motley, the human battering-ram who along with Otto Graham first opened the throne-room doors for Cleveland.

"Jimmy and Marion are a little different types," he said. "Maybe Marion was stronger, but Jimmy has enough power. Maybe Jimmy is faster, but Marion wasn't slow. They're both great, but Marion was such a good old war horse I'd rather not compare them."

After last week's impressive 31-0 victory over the Chicago Cardinals, Brown has every right to feel pleased with his latest edition. Yet nothing is as uncertain as next Sunday's game in the NFL. Next week, for instance, the Browns and Colts could sew up their respective divisions if they beat the Lions and 49ers—or throw them into a Donnybrook if they lose.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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