Red Flags Go Up

We all know by now about William Green's arrest and the allegations of DUI and marijuana possession. Our friends at TheInsiders offer their take on the situation, plus additional Browns notes during a troublesome bye week...

The bye week fear turned into reality for the Browns when running back William Green was arrested on a DUI charge in suburban Cleveland.

Perhaps equally as troubling was the fact that Green was arrested with 3.2 grams of marijuana in the car.

The amount is not huge, nor is the offense -- in the state of Ohio possessing less than 100 grams is a minor misdemeanor.

But it does raise red flags because in college Green was twice suspended for what said was marijuana use.

Green was arrested on October 27 when another driver noticed his 2002 Cadillac Escalade weaving early in the evening. The driver called police on a cell phone.

A policeman followed Green and noticed he was driving with a flat front driver's side tire, according to police reports.

Green eventually took a breathalyzer test for alcohol and registered at .165, more than twice the legal limit in Ohio.

The marijuana was found when Green was arrested.

Green's arrest comes after he missed the Browns game in New England, and it took place just after 6 p.m. Monday night. If the charges are warranted, Green obviously was spending his free time in a way the team would not appreciate.

Players do enjoy their nights out, and they do drink. But the fact that Green had marijuana has to raise concerns within the team.

Butch Davis said when he drafted Green that the team was confident "he was mature enough and smart enough that he learned from (his college suspensions)."

Apparently that confidence was not completely well-placed.

Green almost certainly will now become part of the league's substance abuse program, and will be subject to more frequent random tests and counseling.

Another violation would be strike two, which would result in a four-game suspension.

It's possible Green could miss the Kansas City game. Two years ago, in his first season with the Browns, Davis suspended Gerard Warren, Mike Sellers and Lamar Chapman after all three were arrested in separate incidents following a bye week.

GET HEALTHY. TAKE CHARGE: The Browns head into their bye week with one main thought on their mind: Get healthy. The team ended the first half with four offensive line starters out and injuries to quarterbacks Kelly Holcomb (leg) and Tim Couch (thumb). Both quarterbacks are injured to the extent that if the team played this weekend, undrafted rookie Nate Hybl would start.

Davis is ready for one of the two quarterbacks to take charge of the offense. In the first eight games, Couch had one great game against Pittsburgh, Holcomb one great quarter against San Francisco. Other than that, both pretty much muddled around.

"We want to get one guy to go in and lead this football team," Davis said. "There's no question that any football team, especially us, is better when somebody's out there playing all the time. Whether it's offensive line, quarterback or running back. We've played offense by committee long enough."

The Browns need to settle on a quarterback in the off week, and it could be determined by which one is healthy. Neither Tim Couch or Kelly Holcomb has distinguished himself, and one needs to step forward. The cover-two defense has baffled the Browns, which is strange since teams have been playing cover two for decades.

BEING HURT IS NO EXCUSE: Most of the players refuse to use injuries as an excuse for poor play.

"You have to play at the same level," Couch said. "Everybody is banged up this time of year," wide receiver Kevin Johnson said.

"You're never healthy until February," guard Shaun O'Hara said. "We've go to just make plays. Hopefully getting healthy will get us mentally ready to do that."

The biggest disappointment of the first half, other than the play of Holcomb when he was starting, has to be the receivers. The team started the season thinking that group was a team strength, but defenses have been able to take them away -- mainly by playing a good old cover two scheme.

Davis said the main reason the Browns lack big plays is because offensive line injuries limit that unit's effectiveness and ability to block long enough for big plays.

14.4 -- the number of points the Browns are averaging this season, down from 23.1 a year ago.

INJURY IMPACT: The Browns are quietly hopeful that center Jeff Faine and guard Shaun O'Hara will return for the game in Kansas City on Nov. 9. Both said their sprained knees should be OK by then. The status of William Green's shoulder is unknown. Reports have said that Green had a first-degree shoulder separation that kept him out of the game in New England.

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