Garcia won't make an early exit
Saturday, October 02, 2004
Butch Davis gave Jeff Garcia a vote of confidence
and a long leash Friday.
Asked if Garcia would finish the game if he has a
clunker like he had in Dallas, Davis said:
"Absolutely. Jeff Garcia is the quarterback and
he's going to play well."
Davis said Garcia's slow start can be attributed
more to a lack of chemistry with his teammates
and not a scheme that doesn't fit him.
"Jeff's comfort level isn't system-driven as much
as it [is] personnel-driven," he said. "When he
dropped back in San Francisco, he could probably
shut his eyes and know where Terrell Owens was on
a certain play, his speed, the way he wiggled,
the way he moved in and out of a break. He's
learning these guys and every week he's getting
better and better."
Davis said Garcia can be compared to Redskins
quarterback Mark Brunell, who like Garcia, is 34.
"Mark has been a very accurate passer throughout
his entire career," said Davis. "He's been able
to create an awful lot of plays both by design
and improvisation, by scrambling, sprinting out,
moving the pocket . . . there's a lot of
Contrary to what Garcia said after the Giants
game, offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said
the Browns do have an identity. It's the same
run-oriented philosophy he's described since he
took the job in January.
"I think we do [have an identity]," he said. "We
like to feel like we have one. We're trying to
get a situation where we can hand it to William
Green 16 or 17 times, we can hand it to Lee Suggs
18 or 19 times and come out of the game with 270
yards rushing or something of that nature. . . .
For fans, it's a different ballgame, because
they'd like to have the identity of the
Indianapolis Colts or the wide-open run-and-shoot
or the 49ers of the '70s and '80s and that
Robiskie believes Garcia is having a harder time
adjusting to losing than to fitting into a new
"He came from an organization, the 49ers, that's
been one of the best organizations for a long
time. . . . They won a lot of games and took a
lot of pride in it."
Robiskie said he thinks Garcia and the rest of
the offense will play better as they get
Linebacker Ben Taylor said he not only tore his
pectoral tendon, but also his left pectoral
muscle. He underwent surgery this week to
re-attach it to the bone. "It's a huge
disappointment for me personally, because of the
other injuries the past couple of years," he
said. "You love football, but this is the part
Patterson on Brown:
Defensive line coach Andre Patterson said
Courtney Brown, who's out for the year with a
torn ligament in his foot, "is the best defensive
end I've ever coached, and I've been around some
great ones." He said Browns fans don't realize
how good Brown is, "because of what he's asked to
do in our scheme, but among other things, he's a
dominating player in the run game."
Hall of Famer receiver Dante Lavelli was admitted
to Elyria Memorial Hospital after falling
Thursday night at Midway Mall. He was held for
observation, but expected to be released today.
Browns Alumni Relations Manager Dino Lucarelli
said he spoke with Lavelli on Friday morning and
that he was joking around and said he felt fine.
He also said Lavelli still plans to attend
Sunday's game against the Redskins, where he'll
be honored as part of the Browns "Hats off to
Heroes" program. Lavelli is being honored for
fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in World War
The Browns encourage fans to arrive at the game
by 12:45 p.m. Sunday because the Ohio State
University Marching Band will perform during
pregame and at halftime. . . . Kenard Lang (knee)
has been upgraded from questionable to probable.