KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Linebacker Andra Davis was one of the few bright spots for the Browns in their 41-20 loss to the Chiefs Sunday.
Davis had a team-high 13 tackles (11 solos and two assists). Three of the stops were sacks of quarterback Trent Green. The sacks were the first by a defender other than a lineman this season.
"I'll trade whatever I did today for a victory," Davis said.
Davis' primary mission was to keep Chiefs Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes in check. Holmes did score on runs of 1 and 9 yards and caught seven passes for 66 yards, but he failed to crack the 100-yard barrier in gaining 92 yards on 19 carries.
Davis has plenty of admiration for Holmes, who's rushed for 862 yards.
"He's a great running back," Davis said. "He's very patient. When you hit him, he tries to fall forward every time. They were worried about our defensive line, so that allowed us to be able to get in." Davis lamented the defense's inability to get off the field on third-down plays. The Chiefs successfully converted on 75 percent of their third-down tries (12 of 16).
"If we could have gotten a few more stops on third down, we
could have easily been in control of the game," Davis said.
NICE GAME, NEW OUTLOOK: James Jackson rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries, often making yards when there wasn't much room to run. In addition to running with more authority this year, Jackson has a new outlook on his future with the team.
"I have one more year left on my contract," Jackson said. "I have no problems with it. Whatever they decide to do, they'll do. After my contract is up, they can sign me or I'll go somewhere else.
"I'm not going to cry about it. I'm not going to get caught up like I did last year in a little spit-spat with him (Davis)."
Jackson became upset when Davis questioned Jackson's decision to work out on his own near his Florida home instead of participating in the team's off-season workout program. Jackson once said last season that "coach Davis is out of his mind."
Jackson has put last season out of his mind. With Green coming in as the first-round draft choice in 2002, Jackson's numbers slipped to 12 carries for 54 yards.
"Coach said what he had to say, and I was cool about it,"
Jackson said. "But there was something a reporter said that he (Davis) said
something about moving my family here. The only gripe I had was to leave my
family out of it."
CUTCH, BOWERS OUT: Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon was removed after the Browns' second defensive series in the second half. McCutcheon hyperextended his left knee when he was blocked low by receiver Johnnie Morton. McCutcheon was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul when he shoved Morton in retaliation.
"I don't think it's anything real bad," McCutcheon said. "I just wasn't able to finish off the game."
Fullback R.J. Bowers, who caught a 2-yard touchdown pass in
the first half, was sidelined with an ankle injury, as was tight end Steve Heiden. X-rays on both players were negative.
LAST SECOND SNAFU? Browns coach Butch Davis thought that the Chiefs shouldn't have had enough time for Morten Andersen to kick a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Quarterback Trent Green was tackled by Kenard Lang near the Browns' 5. Just before Green's knees hit the ground, he was able to flip a pass to lineman Casey Wiegmann. Since the Chiefs had no timeouts remaining, had Green not flipped the ball to Wiegmann, time would have expired.
Instead, Kansas City was penalized 5 yards for Wiegmann illegally touching the pass. The clock stopped with four seconds showing, allowing Andersen a chance to kick the field goal.
"It looked like the quarterback was captured," Butch Davis
said. "It looked like he was down, and he was getting rid of the ball to avoid
taking the sack. It's my contention it should have been a 10-second run off (for
LOCKER ROOM NOTES:
- Chris Crocker had the most impressive tackle of the game,
stopping Dante Hall at the Browns' 16 after a 77-yard kick return. Crocker was
able to slip inside a blocker and reach out to pull down the speedy Hall.
Defensive tackle Gerard Warren wasn't pleased when he was penalized for delay of game on the drive that led to Andersen's field goal late in the second half. Warren bumped into an official as he was spotting the ball. "That was a bunch of (expletive deleted)," Warren said. "The referee was fumbling with the ball a little bit, and I bumped into him."
- As expected, offensive left tackle Barry Stokes wasn't
activated due to an ankle injury. Joaquin Gonzalez started in place of Stokes
for a second straight game.
- Bowers played for the first time this season. Bowers
started the season on the reserve-non-football injury list. He damaged a knee
while lifting weights the week before training camp opened.
- Browns inactives were cornerback Lewis Sanders; running
back William Green; center Craig Osika; guard Enoch DeMar; Stokes; defensive
end Felipe Claybrooks and defensive tackle Antonio Garay.
- Out for the Chiefs were fullback Omar Easy; linebacker Fred Jones; defensive tackle Montique Sharpe; guard Jordan Black; defensive tackle
Eddie Freeman; tackle Brett Williams and receiver Chris Horn.