As is usual with young players who always think they are better than they are, they usually are prone to giving out their opinions. Even if the opinion they give is one that they shouldn’t be giving, or one that comes across as ultra-selfish. Such is the case with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who recently took center stage on NFL Radio and basically ripped his quarterback, Charlie Frye. This is not to say that Frye does not deserve to be put down a bit. After all, last season he was one of the worst starters in the league, throwing 10 touchdowns to 17 interceptions, but he didn’t have all that great of a supporting cast around him, and his O-line was just about awful.
But Edwards, who seems to think he can speak his mind whenever and about whatever he wants, took a shot at Frye and even the MAC. “I saw some growth (in Frye last season), but I still saw a kid that was coming from an Akron or a [Mid-American Conference] school and didn’t necessarily have the knowledge or preparation of a Brady Quinn-type of collegiate QB,” Edwards said, adding that Frye “still has a long ways to go.” Wow, this coming from a player that had to be sat down more than once last season for missing a team meeting, and then during a game got into a shouting match with Frye. Edwards will tell you that those things are in the past, and that he and the Browns are on the verge of becoming a team that will need to be dealt with in the AFC North.
That’s all fine and good, and Edwards should in some respects be given kudos for having such lofty goals for a team that most experts think will struggle to win 5-6 games. But taking our your starting QB’s legs from under him is another story. Sure the Browns are eventually going to have number one draft pick Brady Quinn under center, but for now anyway, Frye is the teams starter, and I can’t imagine Frye enjoying reading comments like that from a fellow teammate. From the moment he stepped in the league, Edwards has had the Keyshawn Johnson/Terrell Owens type attitude. The only problem with that, he’s done practically nothing on the field that should allow him to make those types of statements.
Cleveland can boast that they have the biggest two opinionated talkers in the league – Edwards and tight end Kellen Winsolw Jr. The problem with them is that they both have a lot to prove, and despite both having solid 2006 seasons they need to take a long look at themselves before they go throwing players under the train. Both have had incidents where they have expressed they should be allowed a second chance. Now it’s time for Edwards, who just can’t keep quiet, to give his teammates that same chance.