There will be changes in the offense when the Browns host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final home game of the 2001 season next Sunday.
Coach Butch Davis wouldn't detail the changes, but he made it clear that he's not going to stand pat. The frustrations of watching the offense stumble week after week have obviously caught up to Davis.
"There will be some juggling of positions," Davis said. "We're going to take an aggressive approach to the way we look at the lineup and see if there's a way we can generate more offense and more consistency. I'm not going to get into the position changes.
"We're not going to stand back and hold onto the clipboard and see if we can win game seven. Whatever changes we make, we'll make this week instead of waiting for the draft and free agency. We have to do something to play better offensively. There are things we have to change offensively and special teams-wise. We have to play better than when we've been playing."
It's important for Davis to end the home portion of the schedule on a winning note. He's asked the fans to be vocal in their support, and now he'd like nothing better than to reward them with a win over the Jaguars.
"I really want to play well," he said. "The fans have been supportive. They've made going to the stadium magical for our players. I want our players to buy into the idea to finish the home season with a winning record. We want to play well in this game. We can't talk about winning 10 games and making the playoffs until we win game number seven."
The injury situation has complicated the situation on offense. H-back Aaron Shea suffered a shoulder injury early in the first quarter against the Patriots and didn't return to action. His availability for the Jacksonville game wasn't known as of Monday afternoon.
"On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, offensively we have close to 125 to 150 practice repetitions in all the different scenarios. When guys go out of the game, there are things we want to do that you practice but you can't do. You can go back to first minicamp things, but no one has practiced that stuff in a long time."
INJURY REPORT: Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon has a boot on his sprained right ankle. He first injured the ankle in practice a couple of weeks ago. He hurt it again in pregame warmups last Sunday and played on only one possession.
"I definitely feel that this has been my best season, which is why this is disappointing," said McCutcheon, who hopes to play against Jacksonville. "It's not just how you start the season and go through the middle, it's how you finish. I want to finish the season. Hopefully, this won't be happening to me again, and I'll be able to get back out there."
Free safety Percy Ellsworth had a groin injury that sidelined him last Sunday. He's doing better and should be available. Defensive end Courtney Brown is no longer wearing a boot to protect his sprained ankle. Brown and defensive tackle Orpheus Roye, who injured a leg against New England, will be re-evaluated later in the week.
RAVE REVIEWS: Davis singled out the play of kicker Phil Dawson, defensive tackle Gerard Warren and outside linebacker Jamir Miller. Dawson was successful on all three of his field-goal attempts in windy conditions at Foxboro Stadium. Warren had seven tackles, including one sack, and Miller had eight tackles, including two sacks.