Ravens' O. Brown loses his temper again

OWINGS MILLS -- In an episode that closely mirrored his meltdown in the Baltimore Ravens' playoff loss last winter, offensive tackle Orlando Brown lost his temper against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night.

Brown was flagged for a personal foul late in the fourth quarter of the Ravens' 27-13 win following Jamal Lewis' game-winning touchdown run.

Brown said he was retaliating for a shot to the face from an unspecified Cleveland defender. As usual, the officials flagged the retaliator, not the instigator.

The penalty helped the Browns' offense get the football back at their 41 after the kickoff with Baltimore leading 20-13. Quarterback Jeff Garcia drove the length of the field before Ravens safety Ed Reed secured the game with an 106-yard interception return.

"If I can't calm down, I should retire," said a visibly upset Brown in the locker room afterward. "I don't want to hurt the team. I got an attitude. That's how I play. The guy hit me. He stole me in my eye. I can't cost us. I can't do that. I have to keep my cool."

Brown was lectured immediately as he walked off the field by Ravens coach Brian Billick, who stressed controlling his emotions. The 6-foot-7, 365-pound right tackle was flagged for two personal fouls in the Ravens' playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans, both involving defensive end Jevon Kearse.

"[Billick] told me to calm down, calm down," Brown said. "He was right. I had a flashback of the playoff game. It happened too damned quick. I play with an attitude. I got to control that. Usually, I do."

Brown has a history of brawling since entering the NFL, but has mellowed considerably over the years. Especially, since a bizarre penalty-flag incident in 1999 that nearly cost him the sight in one eye. It's been a difficult year personally for Brown, whose mother died the night before the regular season began.

Billick said he counseled Brown about the incident again Monday morning, reinforcing his points about the necessity of not letting opponents bait him into penalties.

"It was just about personal accountability," Billick said. "He understood. No one felt worse about it than Orlando. Fortunately, it didn't cost us anything and sometimes that's the best way to learn a lesson.

"I visited with him again this morning and it's something that's going to stick with him for a while."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and ravensinsider.com

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