Quarterback, Browns Fall Again

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

Don Strock sees a trend, and he doesn’t like it because he’s next in line.

Strock was unable to rally the Cleveland Browns Sunday after they had their third quarterback knocked out of action this season, and the Seattle Seahawks came away with a 16-10 victory.

“It’s a strange year for quarterbacks, let’s face it,” Strock said after he replaced Mike Pagel, who suffered a separated right shoulder in the second quarter.

“I’ve never seen a situation where one, two and three all go down. If anybody’s seen that before, I wish they’d give me a call.”


Strock became the Browns’ fourth quarterback of the season when Pagel went down. Pagel was filling in for the injured Bernie Kosar and Gary Danielson.

Seattle (4-2) also was playing with a backup quarterback, rookie Kelly Stouffer, who won his second career start in place of injured Dave Krieg.

Stouffer was 9 of 16 for 112 yards, without an interception. Curt Warner ran the ball 24 times for 96 yards and a touchdown, and Norm Johnson kicked 3 field goals for Seattle, which has beaten the Browns 4 straight times and in 8 of 10 games between the teams.

The Seahawks turned the game around on a blocked field-goal attempt that was Pagel’s undoing. Paul Moyer returned the ball 62 yards before being tackled by Pagel, who was hurt on the play.


“If we wound up losing by a point, I was never going to hear the end of it--getting caught from behind by a quarterback,” said Moyer, a safety.

The Browns (3-3) fell 3 games behind undefeated Cincinnati in the AFC Central Division.

Strock, who completed 12 of 21 passes for 151 yards with an interception, was unable to produce any points until Matt Bahr kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2:40 left in the game.

Seattle’s Steve Largent (158) and Cleveland’s Ozzie Newsome (133) each caught third-quarter passes to extend the NFL’s two longest pass-catching streaks.