Browns-Eagles Recap: Player Notes

Some final notes about the Browns loss to the Eagles on Sunday, courtesy of

There's no such thing as moral victories.

That's what Butch Davis drummed into his players' heads in the locker room Sunday after the Browns lost 34-31 to undefeated Philadelphia.

He continued in that vein Monday. Usually, Davis downplays the negative and accentuates the positive, but he was in no such mood.

"I don't like losing," Davis said. "It makes me sick.

"We didn't win a game (Sunday) where we had a really good chance to beat a helluva good football team."

There were plenty of hopeful signs in the loss, Davis conceded. The offense scored 31 points for the second straight game. Not since 1987 have the Browns had consecutive games scoring 30 or more points.

Jeff Garcia looks more and more comfortable in the offense. He threw for 236 yards despite having a depleted receiving corps.

But the defense gave up too many big plays and yielded 488 yards to the Eagles.

Defensive end Kenard Lang said the defense committed 20-30 mental errors.

"When you spread the mental errors over all the position groups and the nickel package, there were more mental errors than we had in maybe two years," Davis said.

With a bye week upcoming, the Browns have two weeks to stew about the loss. Cleveland returns to face Baltimore, Pittsburgh and the New York Jets, who have a combined record of 14-4.

  • Phil Dawson set a Browns record by making a 38-yard field goal for his 24th consecutive successful kick. He broke the record set by Matt Stover, who went to Dawson's high school in Texas. Who holds most of the Lake Highlands High School records? "I'll let Matt answer that," Dawson said with a smile.
  • Jeff Garcia ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left to send the game to overtime. It was Garcia's ninth rushing touchdown in the last two years, the most by any NFL quarterback in that span.

    Garcia's comfort with the offense continues to improve.

    "I told (quarterbacks) coach (Steve) Hagan that I'm getting it," Garcia said. "I'm starting to get it. That feels good."
  • WR Andre King got his first NFL start at wide receiver - excluding a 2002 game against Pittsburgh when he started as a third receiver for one play - but it didn't last long. King sprained his ankle after a catch and didn't return. The injury was especially costly because King had been given kick-return duties following the release of Dee Brown. With King out, James Jackson and Frisman Jackson each fumbled a kickoff return.
  • WR Antonio Bryant caught two passes for 26 yards in his Cleveland debut. Traded for Quincy Morgan last Tuesday, Bryant took 22 snaps. Coach Butch Davis said Bryant committed only one mental error.
  • Tight end Aaron Shea tied a career high with six catches. He last had that many catches against Tennessee on Dec. 2, 2001.
  • RB William Green scored his first touchdown of the season on an 11-yard run in the first quarter.
  • Tight end Steve Heiden had a 21-yard touchdown catch, which was the longest reception of his six-year NFL career.

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