While you’re watching the Bengals-Browns game, set the DVR to record “Paul Brown: A Football Life” (9 p.m. Friday, NFL Network), an excellent profile about the innovative genius who founded the Bengals and Browns.
Brown was the first coach to use game film to scout opponents and create a playbook for his team. He was the first to put a radio receiver inside the helmet worn by his quarterback (in 1954!) and put a face mask on it.
“There’s nobody in the game that I have more respect for than Paul Brown (and) his contributions to the game, to the way it's played, to protective equipment, to the playbook,” says Bill Belichick, New England Patriots coach.