Cowboys & Browns Share Many Connections

There are several connections between the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. For starters, how about Cleveland defensive coordinator Dave Campo, who used to be the head coach in Dallas, and also spent 14 years with the Cowboys organization?


* Cowboys quarterback Vinny Testaverde played in Cleveland for three seasons in the mid 1990s, leading the Browns to a playoff appearance in 1994. Testaverde's first post-season experience came in the 1994 season when he threw for 412 yards in a win over the New England Patriots in the wild card playoff game.

* Browns head coach Butch Davis spent six years with the Cowboys (1989-1994), including the final two years as defensive coordinator. Davis helped coach the Cowboys to two Super Bowls in the early 1990's before becoming the head coach at the University of Miami.

* Browns defensive coordinator Dave Campo spent 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, the first six as an assistant coach, then the next five as defensive coordinator and the final three as head coach. Campo led a Browns defense that ranked 15th in the NFL last year, its highest rating since 1994 (7th). That is not surprising since Campo guided the Cowboys defense to four top 10 rankings, including two top three finishes.

* Browns defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban was taken 20th overall by the Cowboys in 1999, Ekuban spent five seasons in Dallas, but never was the pass-rushing end they had hoped to find with a first-round pick. The Cowboys decided they did not want to extend themselves financially to re-sign Ekuban in the off-season deciding instead to sign free-agent defensive end Marcellus Wiley.

* Cowboys tight end coach Tony Sparano spent 1999 and 2000 with the Browns, first as an offensive control coach and then moving to offensive line. He first coached tight ends in 2001 with the Washington Redskins.

* Browns offensive guard Kelvin Garmon played with the Cowboys for three years after being drafted in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL draft. He spent the first year on PUP recovering from a broken leg he suffered in college.

BY THE NUMBERS - 129. When Eddie George started in the season opener against Minnesota on Sunday, it was the 129th consecutive start of his career, the second-most all-time among running backs.

31. The Cowboys are 31-12-1 in home openers, including a 23-9 mark at Texas Stadium.

1. After one week, Cowboys 40-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde leads the NFL in passing yards.

"Listen fellas, it's only one game. Leave the funeral hearse in the garage for a while." -- Cowboys coach Bill Parcells after the season opening loss to the Vikings.

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