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NOTEBOOK Browns vs. Jets



Published: Mon, October 30, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Different approach: Although he only had a few days to get ready for his first game as offensive coordinator, Jeff Davidson did add a few wrinkles to the offense for Sunday's game. "We had quite a bit of new stuff," said tight end Steve Heiden, who caught three passes for 23 yards. The evidence came on the first play, when quarterback Charlie Frye tried a 60-yard bomb down the right sideline to Braylon Edwards. It didn't work, but it sent a signal that Cleveland was going to spread the field. "We came into it with an attitude of, let's make the changes happen," Edwards said. "And we won the game. Say what you want, but we won. The change worked well for us." Jets coach Eric Mangini actually tried to hire Davidson in the off-season as his offensive coordinator, prompting Browns coach Romeo Crennel to promote Davidson to assistant head coach. Mangini said there weren't a whole lot of differences in the Browns' offensive game plan. "There was a lot of carryover because there wasn't a lot of time between when Jeff took over and when we played them. There were some tendencies that were different because you have a new guy calling the plays." The biggest change may have been the Browns' success on offense. Cleveland dominated time of possession -- 35 minutes to 25 -- which is a statistic it usually struggles with. "The offense gave us a lot of rest, especially in the third quarter" said linebacker Andra Davis. "It kept us fresh."Up next: The Browns will play road games against San Diego (4:15 p.m. start) and Atlanta (1 p.m.) before heading home to play the Steelers on Nov. 19.

Joe Scalzo




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