Monday, September 30, 2002
Record little consolation to Dillon
By Mark Curnutte and Shannon Russell
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Corey Dillon set the Bengals' career rushing record during his 59-yard effort Sunday, but he wasn't in the mood to talk about it.
It's not that important, Dillon said. Write that.
Dillon ran 19 times for a 2.8-yard average in the Bengals' 35-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, passing James Brooks' career mark of 6,447 yards on a 5-yard run with 3:03 remaining. Dillon's longest run Sunday was 9 yards.
Brooks played from 1984-91. Dillon is four games into his sixth season with the Bengals and has 6,452 yards.
FIRST TIME: Brian Simmons' 51-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Bengals their first points in the first quarter in four games, and their first lead of the season.
The Bengals have been outscored 26-7 in the first quarter.
Simmons was teased in the locker room that he should play both ways as a tight end.
We have enough problems on defense, he said. It was a big play, but we've got to find a way to get more.
TURNOVERS: Artrell Hawkins' first-quarter fumble recovery was the Bengals' first forced turnover this season.
Running back Michael Pittman's fumble came on Tampa Bay's first drive. It was also the first time the Bengals defense didn't allow a score on the first drive of the game.
Hawkins sacked quarterback Brad Johnson on the Bucs' next possession to force a punt.
Justin Smith tipped a pass to set up a second-half interception by Oliver Gibson.
SIGN HERE: The Down with Mike Brown petition was written by Greta Jordan, a 31-year-old Dayton native who now lives in Ayden, N.C.
I think last Sunday's game (the 30-3 prime-time loss at Atlanta) added insult to injury, Jordan said Sunday, when the number of signatures reached 3,147.
The petition to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, which seeks to remove Bengals president Mike Brown from day-to-day operations of the team, can be found on www.PetitionOnline.com.
INACTIVES: Former starter Gus Frerotte was the Bengals' emergency third quarterback Sunday.
Other inactives were kicker Travis Dorsch, running back Rudi Johnson, guard Mike Goff, guard Thatcher Szalay, wide receiver Danny Farmer, tight end Sean Brewer and defensive end Vaughn Booker.
Goff, Farmer, Brewer and Booker are injured.
INJURY UPDATE: Goff (knee) is doubtful for this Sunday's game at Indianapolis. Brewer is out.
Farmer, Booker and left tackle Richmond Webb (left pectoral) are questionable. Simmons (stinger) and right tackle Willie Anderson (left shoulder strain) are probable.
TIGHT END TALK: Akili Smith completed a 4-yard pass to tight end Matt Schobel on the second play of the second quarter, causing Bengals fans to erupt in cheers.
Schobel, a rookie third-round draft pick, has caught two passes this season for 10 yards.
The Bengals have been criticized for infrequently using the tight end as an eligible receiver. But Schobel doesn't know if a bigger role will help the Bengals' flailing offense.
We went three-and-out so many times, it's hard to say, Schobel said. Right now, it's frustrating. You can't point to one thing and say what went wrong.
ETC: Brian Simmons' interception return for a touchdown was the Bengals' first since Sept. 23, 2001, when linebacker Takeo Spikes did it in a 21-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
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