While most of the talk about the Browns quarterback spot has been about newcomer Brady Quinn, Browns head coach Romeo Crennel had some insightful words about all his quarterbacks on Wednesday – “They’re all struggling.” Of course Crennel quickly pointed out that the four QB’s currently on the Browns roster are expected to be a bit behind the 8-ball at this time of the year, and he feels confident that they will catch up.
“We’ve got a lot of offense in and we haven’t really honed in on it well enough yet,” Crennel said in Thursday’s Akron Beacon Journal. “They’re going to keep working at it. They’re going to work at it while we’re gone. They’re going to work at it when we come back.” For Romeo and the Browns, quarterback has to be a concern after the position lacked last season as the Browns limped to a 4-12 record. It’s one reason the team was so aggressive in trading back in the first round to get the player that is destined to be the QB of the future – Brady Quinn.
Of course Quinn also falls under the category of struggling right now, but he knows that with six weeks till training camp, there is time to get on track with the rest of the offense. “Until you play in a gamelike situation, it’s tough to tell how you’re coming along,” Quinn said. “This is just practice and there are plenty of things you can get out of it, but until you get into a game scenario, it’s tough to tell and evaluate yourself.”
One thing is for sure, if Quinn decides to hold out, he will be even further behind the learning curve of the Browns and the rest of the QB’s. He has already been quoted as saying that the contract that is worked out for his first NFL deal is in the hands of his agent, Tom Condon, and the Browns. Right now, Quinn seems destined to start the 2007 season as the third QB on the roster, behind both Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson.
Crennel has not named a starter, but you can sense from the practices and how Crennel talks about it, that he and the team already seem leaning towards Frye. The starter a season ago seems confident about his job, but also is not declaring himself the starter. “We’ll find out,” he said Wednesday in Berea about the starters spot.
So while the focus seems to be on Quinn, each QB on the Browns roster continues to work and try to get better for a team that sorely needs a shot in the arm from the position. Will Quinn see the field in 2007? For sure. Will it be opening day vs the Black and Gold of the arch rival Steelers at Browns Stadium? While it’s not set in stone, the answer to that seems to be a likely no.