AFC names Davis weekly defensive standout

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Associated Press

BEREA (AP) - Browns linebacker Andra Davis, who was all over the field as Cleveland shut out Miami last Sunday, was named the AFC's defensive player of the week.

Davis recorded 14 tackles in the Browns' 22-0 win, the club's first shutout since blanking Cincinnati in 2001. He had two tackles for losses, tipped two passes and pressured Dolphins quarterback Sage Rosenfels into throwing an interception on his first attempt.

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The Browns held Miami to 55 net passing yards and only 194 total yards.

Davis, who is in his fourth year, leads the Browns with 135 tackles. He has had at least 10 tackles in nine of Cleveland's 10 games.

‘‘Andra is learning the defense,'' said first-year Browns coach Romeo Crennel, who switched the club to a 3-4 formation this season. ‘‘He wants to be a leader. He wants to know how to play the scheme. I know he personally took some film from New England to see how those linebackers played. He's asked questions about what they do because he wants to be good.

‘‘It's beginning to show because he is able to make those plays. He wants to be good in whatever defense he is in. The fact that he's the leading tackler says a lot about how he approaches the game and his ability.''