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Bruce Arians is still pissed at Butch Davis

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The Canton Rep has an article about Bruce Arians, the Steelers' OC and former Browns OC, at the Super Bowl discussing the Browns-Steelers playoff game in 2003. I'm sure I don't have to remind most of you, but that was the game when the Browns had a big lead in the second half and blew it in the fourth quarter to lose 33-28. Many Browns fans, including me, have always blamed Dennis Northcutt for dropping an easy pass that would have given the Browns a first down in the fourth quarter. But Arians said it was Butch Davis' fault for changing defensive schemes at halftime. Foge Fazio, the Browns' DC at the time, was blitzing often in the first half and it work against Tommy Maddux and the Steelers offense. But with a 24-7 lead early in the 3rd, Davis took over defensive play calling and went to a soft "prevent" defense which enable Maddox to lead the Steelers back in to the game. The article says that Arians was still upset at Davis when he spoke about the game, even 8 years later. He says that Hines Ward reminds him about that Northcutt drop many times and says it cost Arians a chance to be a head coach. Davis fired Fazio after that game. Arians also said that Tim Couch wasn't a bust and was better than most Browns fans remember. He led the Browns to the playoffs that year but broke his leg in the last regular season game which led to Holcomb playing in the playoff game. But that broken leg, combined with the other injuries that Couch had already suffered, meant that he would never play that well again.

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