Sunday Evening Browns Notes

William Green not only does the right things, he says the right things. The Browns running back is speaking to the press now, and takes center stage with his comments tonight. Plus, special teams struggles, and a December like we haven't seen for a while. Mike brings us the latest...

JACKSONVILLE - William Green is becoming more of an offensive force each week.

The rookie running back topped off an excellent four-week run with 119 rushing yards on 26 carries and 25 yards on three receptions in the Browns' 21-20 win over the Jaguars Sunday at ALLTEL Stadium.

"I feel good. I'm just happy now that I'm in a position to help the team," Green said. "I'm looking forward to next week and getting a win and getting that much closer to the playoffs."

Green praised the play of the offensive line.

"For the fourth week in a row the line has done a heck of a job," Green said. "There have been times when I've actually left yards on the field when I've missed a couple of blocks. We're real pumped up. We know what we have to do to get into the playoffs. We have to be balanced and run the ball as well as pass the ball."

Green was upset that he didn't make more out of a screen pass on a second-and-5 play early in the fourth quarter. Blocking was set up to help the play break big, but Green made the wrong cut off a block and was stopped 1 yard short of first-down distance.

Green was tackled for a 2-yard loss on the next play, forcing a punt.

"That definitely was a mistake," Green said. "I look at that as a learning experience. Thank goodness it didn't cost us the game."

ROUGH GOING: Kicker Phil Dawson had a bad day. He had a 42-yard field goal kick sail wide left, and a 36-yard attempt was blocked by John Henderson.

"I knew what I was doing wrong all day," Dawson said. "I made adjustments, but I couldn't quite get into the groove."

NOTHING SPECIAL: The Browns' special teams struggled. In addition to Dawson's misses, punter Chris Gardocki had punts of 23 and 28 yards in the fourth quarter that gave Jacksonville good field position. Lenoy Jones was penalized for holding on a kick return that Andre Davis took the distance.

"This was not a good day for our special teams," Browns coach Butch Davis said. "It was certainly uncharacteristic of us. It's got to get better."

GETTING THERE: Prior to Sunday the Browns hadn't been above the .500 mark in December since 1994 when they entered the month with an 8-3 record. The Browns finished that season with an 11-5 record and won a wild-card playoff game against New England. Cleveland's season ended a week later with a 29-9 loss at Pittsburgh.

TOUGH DEFENSE: The Browns' play against the pass was outstanding in the last two games. The defense allowed 89 passing yards in a 13-6 loss to Carolina, and Jacksonville managed just 73 yards through the air.

"We didn't get the turnovers that I like to get, but at the same time we played outstanding defense," free safety Earl Little said.

INJURY REPORT: Browns spokesman Todd Stewart reported no injuries of significance.

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