Notebook: Green's woes elicit mixed bag

<b> PITTSBURGH - </b> Brian St. Pierre is a rookie quarterback with the Steelers and before that spent three of his four years at Boston College lockering next to teammate William Green. Here is what St. Pierre had to say about Green, the Cleveland Browns running back who's been through a DUI arrest, subsequent four-game suspension and alleged stabbing at the hands of his fiancée:

"No comment."

That's what St. Pierre told every reporter who wanted a glimpse inside of Green, who was suspended twice at Boston College for marijuana use.

Gerard Warren, though, had plenty to say. The Browns' defensive tackle is sympathetic towards Green, who has two children, 3 and 10 weeks, and whose father and mother died of AIDS before Green turned 14.

"William is not a big partier," Warren told reporters in Cleveland. "He's predominantly going home from practice to be with his kids. You should see the way his eyes light up when he sees his children. I just think some stress and problems might have built up on his shoulders."

Green has dated his fiancée since high school, and is also taking care of five siblings. But Warren advised against Green getting back with his girl friend, and to leave his unfortunate past behind him.

"I said, 'You're a grown man. You've got to stand up for William Green," Warren said. "Forget about the past and your family and all the other things. You need that support; it would be good to have it. But they weren't there for that long, dude. You don't need them now. You need to focus and make sure your daughters are going to be all right and you're going to be all right." Given one last chance to put in a good word for his former college teammate and locker-room neighbor, St. Pierre said "No thanks."

CHANGING LANDSCAPE
Speaking of Warren, he was recently fined $5,000 for a tackle made against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Butch Davis asked the league for a clarification.

"The answer we got back from the league is the tackler is not supposed to punish the ball carrier," Davis told reporters in Cleveland. "For 32 years I've been trying to get guys to punish them. I don't know what to tell you."

RED-HOT QBS
Browns quarterback Kelly Holcomb's 392-yard passing performance last Sunday was the fifth-most passing yards in Browns regular-season history behind Brian Sipe's 444 in 1981. The second and third-best performances in Browns history both occurred against the Steelers. Bernie Kosar passed for 414 yards in 1986 and Otto Graham passed for 411 yards in 1952. Holcomb, of course, passed for 429 yards against the Steelers in the playoffs last January.

Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox has had success against the Browns as well. He of course took Kordell Stewart's job last year by rallying the Steelers to a win in overtime.

X's and O's
The Steelers are 12-5 against the Browns during the regular season under Coach Bill Cowher, including a 5-3 record at Cleveland. … The Steelers are 29-19 in games following a Monday Night game. On the road, they are 7-7. … The Steelers don't have a starter from rounds 3-7 of their last four drafts. … Including playoff games, Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El has completed 9 of 11 passes for 43 yards. … James Farrior is the runaway tackles leader for the Steelers. He has 16 more solo tackles than runner-up Kendrell Bell and 16 more total tackles than Bell. The two inside linebackers lead the team with 10 tackles-for-loss apiece. No other player has as many as four. … The Browns' leading tackler is Andra Davis with 103 total tackles. Davis, a second-year pro, replaced Earl Holmes at middle linebacker this season. After 10 games last year, Holmes had 82 total tackles. He finished with a team-high 150. … Holcomb is second in the AFC in third-down passing with a rating of 106.0. His primary target is Dennis Northcutt, who shares the AFC third-down receptions lead with 22. … Browns defensive end Courtney Brown, the No. 1 pick of the 2000 draft out of Penn State, has 17 career sacks, eight of which he recorded against the Steelers. … The Steelers are tied for 31st in the NFL with 11 takeaways. … A day after Ohio State and Michigan played for the 100th time, the Steelers and Browns play for the 102nd time. It's the 11th time the two rivalries have been played on the same weekend. The Buckeyes and the Browns have not won on the same weekend since 1962.

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