Courtney Brown Wins 2003 Gameball Race

Call it the <I>Revenge of the First Draft Picks</I>. Two oft-criticized players, Courtney Brown and Tim Couch, first selections in the 2000 and 1999 drafts, finished a close first and second in the 2003 Gameballs and Goats voting. Here are the top (and bottom) contributors in 2003, according to BerniesInsiders.com visitors, as well as a listing of the top individual performances.

Each week following both pre-season and regular season games, BerniesInsiders.com visitors are given an opportunity to award three goathorns and three gameballs to Browns players, coaches, or team units. The results are reported each week, along with fan comments and write-in votes. All the weekly editions can be found on the 2003 schedule page.

DE Courtney Brown held off QB Tim Couch to finish with the most Gameballs awarded during the 2003 season, making Brown the team's MVP based on a vote of Browns fans. The four-year veteran built a commanding lead prior to being sidelined with an injury, and a late charge by Couch during the last several games of the season was not enough to topple Brown.

Couch did, however, receive the highest individual vote total for a single game, with 202  gameballs awarded for his Sunday night performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kelly Holcomb received the most goathorns in a single game, being "awarded" 154 for his performance against the St. Louis Rams.

Last year's winner was wide receiver Dennis Northcutt, who played a key role in several victories during the 2002 season.

Also of note is the sixth-place finish of WR Kevin Johnson, who was cut during the season after displaying a lack of enthusiasm for a backup role with the team.

The most goathorns were awarded to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who received 740. Butch Davis finished with the second-worst ranking, winding up with 380 goathorns.

Only the top vote getters each week are included in the year-end compilation. Over 10,000 gameballs and goathorns were handed out Browns players, coaches, and team units during the 2003 season.

TOP TEN FINISHERS: 2003 GAMEBALLS AND GOATS

Player / Coach / Unit Gameballs Goats Composite
Courtney Brown  687  0  687
Tim Couch  762  108  654
Andra Davis  396  30  366
Entire Defense  335  10  325
Andre Davis  229  0  229
Kevin Johnson  215  0  215
Lee Suggs  158  0  158
William Green  223  91  132
Kenard Lang  97  0  97
Phil Dawson  128  56  72


BOTTOM TEN FINISHERS: 2003 GAMEBALLS AND GOATS

Player / Coach / Unit Gameballs Goats Composite
Bruce Arians  0  740  -740
Butch Davis  21  401  -380
Kelly Holcomb  302  501  -199
Offensive Line  122  259  -137
Quincy Morgan  34  171  -137
Carmen Policy  0  114  -114
Entire Offense  0  96  -96
Officiating Crew  0  79  -79
Robert Griffith  0  74  -74
Special Teams  0  64  -64


TOP PERFORMANCES: 2003 GAMEBALLS AND GOATS

Player / Unit Week/Opponent Gameballs
Tim Couch 5 - Pittsburgh Steelers 202
Andre Davis 3 - San Francisco 49ers 173
Kelly Holcomb 3 - San Francisco 49ers 156
William Green 6 - Oakland Raiders 153
Kevin Johnson 3 - San Francisco 49ers 141
Tim Couch 4 - Cincinnati Bengals 137
Courtney Brown 6 - Oakland Raiders 123
Courtney Brown 1 - Indianapolis Colts 121
Tim Couch 13 - St. Louis Rams 118
Lee Suggs 16 - Cincinnati Bengals 115
Courtney Brown 5 - Pittsburgh Steelers 110

 


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