Colts 9, Browns 6: Post-Game Notes

Mike McLain offers some post-game notes following the Browns 9-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Comments from and about Barry Stokes, Kevin Bentley, William Green, and more!

CLEVELAND - Barry Stokes was one of the few bright spots on offense for the Browns in their 9-6 loss to Indianapolis.
Stokes was playing at left tackle in place of the injured Ross Verba. It was Stokes' first appearance at tackle since he started three games in place of the injured Chad Clifton for Green Bay two years ago.

"You never like to see someone like Ross Verba go down," Browns coach Butch Davis said. "Ross is a great guy, but it's a situation where we had lots of confidence in Barry. Our team did. Our coaches did. Barry's attitude was that he wasn't going to be a weak link of this football team. He prepared extremely well, went out there and did a very god job."

Stokes downplayed his performance.

"I don't think anyone cares about their personal performance when you have a loss," Stokes said. "It's hard to get high on yourself and say, 'Hey, I did a good job,' when you're not the one in there winning."

GREEN JUST SHY: Running back William Green felt he scored on a 5-yard run from the Colts' 6 in the first quarter. The ball was spotted inches from the goal line, and the Browns eventually had to settle for a Phil Dawson field goal.

"I felt like I got in," Green said. "That's part of the game. He said I didn't get in."

WORLD, SHUT YOUR MOUTH: Linebacker Kevin Bentley felt that the young linebackers silenced some critics with their play. Bentley and Ben Taylor both had an interception. Taylor had 11 tackles and Andra Davis had eight.

"We took our lumps in the preseason," Bentley said of talk about growing pains. "That's what preseason is for, to learn and adjust. I think we did a good job of turning over what we learned in preseason into the regular season."

GET USED TO IT: Offensive tackle Ryan Tucker had some advice for rookie center Jeff Faine.

"I was sitting next to Jeff (Faine) at the end of the game, and I told him to get used to it," Tucker said. "You play your tail off the whole game and it comes down to a field goal. You hate for it to be like that, but that's how it happens sometimes."

KARDIAC KIDS KLOTHING: Orange pants were worn by the Browns for the first time since Dec. 18, 1983. They defeated Pittsburgh that day, 30-17.
The plan is to wear orange pants with white jerseys, which will be the case for most road games. The Browns will likely wear brown jerseys for the final seven home games.

The loss dropped the Browns' all-time record on opening day to 26-25 (11-12 at home). The Browns have the longest current opening-day losing streak at six. Their last home win in an opener was against Cincinnati, 28-20, on Sept. 4, 1994.

Under Davis' direction, 20 of the last 33 regular-season games have been decided in the last minute of play. The Browns are 9-11 in those games.

The last time the Browns failed to register a touchdown was in a 17-3 loss to Tampa Bay last season. The last time the Browns held an opponent without a touchdown was Nov. 25, 2001, against Cincinnati.

Browns cornerback Daylon McCutcheon left the game in the first period after getting hit on the head on a tackle of tight end Marcus Pollard. Lewis Sanders replaced McCutcheon, who returned after missing one play.

The interceptions by Taylor and Bentley give the linebackers more picks than last season's linebacking corps had for the entire season. Last year's group had one interception.

Rookie Chris Crocker started ahead of Sanders as the nickel back. Crocker is a third-round draft pick from Marshall.

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