Whispers from around the NFL

Updated: October 15, 2002, 11:38 AM ET
By Pro Football Weekly | Pro Football Weekly
  • An NFL scout's take on struggling Browns running back William Green: "The guy's trying to make a great run every time he touches the ball. ... You can't fault a guy for wanting to do that."

  • We're told that Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden is getting fed up with the criticism about his team's lack of a running game because he feels more attention should be paid to the fact that the Bucs are one of the top teams in the NFL.

  • Jets observers say quarterback Chad Pennington brought a different kind of emotion to New York's offense when he started in Week 5, a spark that former starter Vinny Testaverde had been unable to provide. Pennington also allowed the Jets to run a more effective play-action passing game, because he hid the ball much better than Testaverde did in those situations.