It was somewhat of a bittersweet 24-14 win for the Browns over the Detroit Lions.
A win that Butch Davis termed a team effort made the day enjoyable, but the fact it came at the expense of seven Ty Detmer interceptions muted the celebration. The respect the Browns have for Detmer was obvious after the game when cornerback Corey Fuller rushed across the field to lend some moral support.
The fact was that the Browns dominated Detmer, who completed 22 of 42 passes for 212 yards. Members of the Browns defense didn't want to make a big issue of the way they controlled Detmer and the Lions offense, but it was hard to deny.
"I know that Ty doesn't have a strong arm for the deep ball, and the west-coast offense fits him perfect," strong safety Earl Little said. "Ty's been there for maybe two weeks. Those guys have to jell together, and they'll be pretty good. But I'm not taking anything away from us. We played a pretty good game."
Rookie cornerback Anthony Henry had three of the seven interceptions, tying a team record for thefts in one game. Henry has caught the attention of his teammates, linebacker Dwayne Rudd in particular.
"He does this in practice on a day-to-day basis," Rudd said. "He's had more picks since day one of training camp than anybody. I've never seen a rookie like him. He looks like a five- or six-year veteran."
Near the end of the game, fans standing near the walkway towards the Browns' locker room spotted Dwight Clark, director of football operations. Aware of trade talks concerning receiver Kevin Johnson, the fans began chanting: "Don't trade KJ; don't trade KJ" loud enough for Clark to hear.
"All I can do is control what I can control," Johnson said. "I love this place, and I have a lot of great friends on this team. I can only go out and try to help this team win."
INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Anthony Denman strained a quadricep in the second half and failed to return. Offensive guard Ross Verba remained on the field for a couple of minutes after a running play in the second quarter. Verba, who had back surgery last April, walked off the field under his own power and returned a few plays later. Safety Earl Little and H-back Mike Sellers suffered leg cramps but were able to return.