If you had to make a choice a year ago, when Bernie Kosar was leading the Browns to their third AFC title game in four years, you would have had to pick him over the Oilers' Warren Moon. After all, Kosar is seven years younger. If you had to make a choice now? Well, let's just say a year can make a big difference in this game. Moon threw as many TD passes (five) in Houston's 35-23 defeat of Cleveland on Sunday as Kosar had thrown in eight games this season. "You get to be this old, and people want to put you out to pasture soon," said Moon, who turned 34 on Sunday. Here's how the two quarterbacks have fared in '90.
AT LEAST IT'S ALL GOING BAD AT ONCE
Neither having had the previous week on nor getting a new head coach helped the Browns. They were outscored 21-0 by the Bills in the fourth quarter of Bud Carson's last game as their coach, on Nov. 4, and they were outscored 21-7 by the Oilers in the last period of Jim Shofner's coaching debut Sunday. The quest for a scapegoat continues in Cleveland.
The Plain Dealer asked its readers to finger someone for the Browns' 2-8 record. Readers were allowed to vote for up to four culprits. Cleveland owner Art Modell was named on 6,116 of 6,889 ballots (88.8%). The Browns go for their sixth straight defeat Sunday against the Dolphins. They haven't lost six in a row since 1975.
BE JUST MIGHT TAKE HIS BALL AND GO HOME
In answer to one reporter's question, Redskin quarterback Mark Rypien said:
1) "I'm not looking to be appreciated."
2) "I'm not looking to get any praise."
3) "I'm not going to toot my horn."
In expressing these sentiments after throwing four touchdown passes in a 31-17 win over the Saints, his first game back after being out of action for seven weeks with a knee injury, Rypien sounded very much like a man looking for appreciation, praise and some horn-tooting. It seems that Rypien is still upset that when he I as hurt against the Cowboys, everyone in Washington but Millie Bush permanently gave his starting job to quarterback-of-the-future Stan Humphries. "I've made some plays for this football team," Rypien sniffed defiantly. So there.
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