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1 f I m J Jf4 J W f J 9 9 1i y I J P 9 1 XJ Ijll p ' "HE W U- V yiy -y j,. nngn rj( y yTfrymrnir 1 m Wll f W'y'V Mfl 9 v jHTi y-y-jj if, gp""m njp jngr THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 3C ' Football NFL 1 asii bourse Cleveland's prized rookie quarterback Mi ay become the starter sooner than expected. 'ye Associated I'ress .- BEREA, Ohio The Cleveland Browns had this wonderful ,;;me plan in place for educating ".ifia Couch. , ' ', ; They wanted to bring him -Uoug slowly, grooming the omg quarterback as Ty Det-:i's understudy until Couch vas ready to take over as Cleveland's starter. .S And then the Pittsburgh MeekiS came to town and ,i nocked the Browns into next Vcar. Cleveland's humbling and 'Kjiiiiiliating 43-0 loss on national .TV in their long-awaited NFL return was ap- iioaiiL.! l , - . I ? lit V ' ; ' "--"i:,r j". . X ' j j X'-JV" J J J J J Cs Vs ; ' . f lilt' j i - " ' - ; - - ... i y I .. t ';n- 4 - s.v ' ,; 1 , i-". ... ' ' : . . ... j , ,,.,. - ' --,. .... ; p a r e n 1 1 y enough to make the ex-p a n s i o n Browns change their minds. "I'm not disappointed, but I guess I'm realistic enough to i;. lis) SCOn WISEMANStaff Photographer Dolphins rookie fullback Rob Konrad skips across the goal line on a 12-yard re- Konrad started in place of the injured Stanley Pritchett and gave the Dolphins a ception from Dan Marino as safety Tyrone Braxton, a former Dolphin, looks on. 14-7 lead in the second quarter, capping an 80-yard drive. .Floyd fouls up flight plans ; "'Tf, Sir V 1 t Dolphins to land in Fort Myers, ponder indoor practices, impact on home opener against Cardinals. By Mark Woods Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DENVER Hurricane Floyd forced the Miami Dolphins to adjust their travel itinerary. The Dolphins had been planning to return to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, arriving at about 6 this morning. But after being told their plane would not be able to land, they decided to fly to Fort Myers and take a bus to Fort Lauderdale. Dolphins notebook The Dolphins also are preparing for this week in South Florida including the home opener Sunday against Arizona. "We're looking into some indoor facilities for practices," said Bob Ackles, director of football operations. "There are a couple that more or less would allow us to have a walk-through, but not much else." There also is the possibility Hurricane Floyd could affect the home opener. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew forced a game against the Patriots to be rescheduled. That, however, was easier to make up both teams had the same bye week in the season. That won't be the case if Hurricane Floyd forces the Dolphins-Cardinals game to be rescheduled. A tribute to No. 7: Halftime was extended by seven minutes so the Broncos could retire No. 7. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen began the because I'm going to be a Denver Bronco forever." The Dolphins were in the locker room during the tribute. But before the game, coach Jimmy Johnson quipped he would get a little emotional during the tribute. "Yeah, I'll be choked up," he said, "because I'll be screaming at our guys about what to do in the second half." Broncos coach Mike Shanahan wasn't on the field, either. He was in the locker room, most likely savoring the extra minutes just like when the 49ers retired Joe Montana's jersey during a Monday night game two years ago. "Everybody was looking forward to it," he said of that halftime. "Not necessarily the retirement, but the extra three minutes you get to rest up for the second half." Instant replay: It took all of 54 seconds for the Dolphins to test the new instant replay. On the second play of the game, Denver receiver Rod Smith grabbed a pass, spun and lost the ball. The officials ruled it an incompletion, saying Smith never had control. Johnson challenged the call and lost a timeout when referee Johnny Greer looked at replays and stuck with the original call. Webb starts: Nine days after signing a contract, left tackle Richmond Webb was back in the starting lineup. The Dolphins decided to start Webb, a seven-time Pro Bowl pick, 'instead of Brent Smith, who had started all four exhibitions. In other lineup moves, the Dolphins started rookie Rob Konrad at fullback. Stanley Pritchett (left knee) was inactive along with running back Cecil Collins, linebacker Anthony Harris, center Grey Ruegamer, receiver Larry Shannon, defensive end Dimitrius Underwood, defensive tackle Antoine Simpson and quarterback Jim Druckenmiller. B Sentimental favorite: Joe Theismann is among those pulling for Dan Marino and the Dolphins to win it all this season. "I cheered for John and now I'll cheer for Dan," said Theismann, a former Super Bowl winner who works for ESPN. "When anybody stays around a long time and hasn't gotten something, there's always a kind of sentimental (feeling)." B Mile High mementoes: The Broncos' old stadium is surrounded by construction a reminder that in two years the structure that opened in 1948 as Bears Stadium will be replaced. The designers of the new stadium plan to incorporate pieces of the old one. A couple of Mile High seats will be bronzed and placed in a park near the new stadium. And the orange gates that fans walked through Monday night will become part of an indoor museum. "With everything changing in Colorado so fast, it's important we preserve some of that history," said Kelly Leid, director of operations for the organization overseeing construction. fl Bye-bye, Bubby: If the Denver Posfs letters to the editor section is an accurate gauge, then quarterback Bubby Blister's decision to rip Shanahan for naming Brian Griese as the starter didn't sit well with fans. Wallace Westfeldt of Boulder wrote: "This boob better bone up on his play-book, or the only thing he will be backing up is his Buick to box up his belongings." Janice Dutton of Denver added: "The Broncos' former quarterback also had problems with a coach. But John Elway chose to keep his grievances with Dan Reeves out of the spotlight. Bubby Blister not only can't fill the 'quarterback' shoes, he can't fill the 'man' shoes left by John. ... I would say good riddance to Bubby." .know we've got to make some Viianges," Browns coach Chris .Vn liner said Monday. ; '-"Something wasn't in sync. When you get beat 43-0, you're looking '-inr answers." Palmer said there will be Ganges on both sides of the ball lor Sunday's game at Tennessee, ;nd among the switches he's 'considering is replacing Detmer ".JSith Couch, who, faced with a liz, threw an interception with -iTs first pro pass Sunday night - "I in not saying what we're going to do as far as the quarter-' ack situation," Palmer said. "I 33tink I d like to sleep on it another flight and have a clearer vision c.mi clearer decision in my mind." '. It looked pretty clear Monday ; ;ihat Pah aer's mind may already ; Le made up. Team m transition . ; Before the Browns began ; ti -etching Monday afternoon, ;;ralnK.r and Detmer spoke pri-; ately for about five minutes. Not Hong afier, Palmer, his head d hands behind his . ;back, walked by himself up an ;xercise hill alongside the ; 'Browns' training field house. Liter, Couch was behind ; '.center with the Browns' first- :::am offense as Detmer donned a . 'rx d jersey to play cornerback with '. ': tout-team defense. I ; After arriving early for work ::,ionday, Palmer told Dwight : ;C. lark,-the Browns director of football operations, that he was Considering making a change at ' Iquartciback. .; Clark said the plan all along ' Hvith Couch was to reevaluate the ' Nation every three weeks dur- ; 'lag the season. ; ! "During our meeting this aoniing. he said he might accel- v-iate the plan," Clark said. "I was a little surprised. We're a team ', j at's in transition. We're open for ; Anything right now." ;: Couch was taken by the ; -Browns with the No. 1 overall 'vick in April's draft. Cleveland Signed him to a seven-year, f.i'.A)A million contract, which included a $12 million signing bo- The former Kentucky stand-' iout played well in his exhibition : - but against the Dallas Cow-;ooys in the Hall of Fame game, ;going ll-for-17 for 137 yards and allying the Browns to a win. He started Cleveland's home exhibition opener against Minnesota and looked unsteady and ;confused. And despite getting the opportunity to win Detmer's job, , "he couldn't. ; I II owever, the Browns' anemic ' offensive showing with Detmer at ntie controls may have hastened Couch's ascension. Detmer was G-for-13 for 52 yards and threw a ; Icostly interception when the :.;P.rowns actually had a little mo- ; ;mentum early on. ? Palmer doesn't think making Ja switch this early sends any kind lof signal to the Browns or anyone ; '.else that the team is giving up on sine season. "I hope it's not interpreted as "'re putting up a white flag," he i$d. "It's just a situation where Jvp're trying to get better. Somewhere along the line Tim Couch got to play, whether it's to- 5riiTow or next year." ED ANDRIESKIThe Associated Press John Elway acknowledges the fans after Monday night's halftime ceremony honoring him. 'I'm not going to be far away because I'm going to be a Denver Bronco forever,' Elway said. tribute for former Broncos quarterback John Elway by calling him the greatest player in franchise history and adding "in my biased opinion and I'm sure 76,000 share this opinion the greatest quarterback to play the game." Elway took the stage that had been set up at midfield and, flanked by his family, thanked the Broncos' fans. "I'm so happy the Baltimore Colts traded me here, you can't believe it," he said. "I'm going to say this: I'm going to miss you, but I'm not going to be far away DOLPHINS FACTS JiiGHFIVE THE DOLPHINS What . . . Miami's season openers Totals include Monday's 38-21 victory at Denver. when playing at home on the weekend after a road Monday night game. The last time the Dolphins lost in such a circumstance was Nov. 26, 1978, to the New York Jets. Miami, by the way, plays at home Sunday against Arizona. Monday nights MOST APPEARANCES (includes Monday) 1. Miami 61 2. Dallas 55 3. San Francisco 51 by Greg Stoda QUESTIONS TO PONDER Why 4. Oakland 5. Pittsburgh 5. Washington MOST WINS 1. Miami 50 45 45 35 33 would be the significance if Karim Abdul-Jabbar, who gained 60yards Monday night vs. Denver, were to lead Miami in rushing for a fourth consecutive season? It would be the second-longest streak of its kind in Miami history. Larry Csonka led the Dolphins in rushing five straight seasons beginning in 1970. When . . . was the last time Miami lost a season-opening game? The Dolphins lost 35-31 at Buffalo on Sept. 1, 1991 . . . and went on to an 8-8 season. Where . . . do the Dolphins, as a rule, go when they return home to play the next weekend after a Monday night game on the road? To "good times. Miami is 11-1 Overall vs. AFC East vs. AFC Central vs. AFC West vs. NFC East vs. NFC Central vs. NFC West At home On road Monday night On graps On turfv 18-14-1; 12- 7 1- 3 3-3-1 2- 0 0- l 1- 0 6-4 13- 10-1 3- 1 10-5-1 9-9 2. Oakland will the future Hall of Fame enshrinement of retired Denver quarterback John Elway, who was inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame on Monday, be so special to Denver? Because the only two former Broncos in the Hall cornerback Willie Brown and running back Tony Dorsett spent most of their careers with other teams. Brown made his name with Oakland and Dorsett with Dallas, but Elway spent his entire 16-Jspason career with the Brotfcos. Who . . . were the primary quarterbacks of the six previous teams that failed in the attempt to win three consecutive Super Bowl titles? Bart Starr (Green Bay), Bob Griese (Miami), Terry Bradshaw (twice with Pittsburgh), Joe Montana (San Francisco) and Troy Aikman (Dallas). Which gives you an idea of the task facing Denver using Brian Griese or Bubby Brister this season. 2. San Francisco 33 4. Dallas 32 5. Pittsburgh 27 6. Washington 23 7. Denver 18 , N N N N n - -n n - iii jftiJfciihitiMliiflfcjLljfc Wk m m..Uk M m b h m mk,,m m t

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