While most of the football fans in Cleveland continue to clamor for rookie Brady Quinn to be named as the teams starting quarterback, it seems that head coach Romeo Crennel is going to head in another direction. Following an impressive outing on Saturday night vs Denver, it appears that Crennel within the next 24 hours is going to name former Akron QB and last years starter Charlie Frye as the teams opening day QB vs the Steelers on September 9th. Quinn, who stole the hearts of fans with two TD passes vs the Lions last week and another vs Denver Saturday, will continue as the teams third string QB until some moves are made the QB rotation.
Quinn has been nothing short of impressive in two preseason games, throwing Saturday 7-of-11 for 81 yards, and what was within inches of being a TD to Joe Jurevicius. “I don’t know,” Quinn said about the competition. “That decision is purely up to the guys on our coaching staff. I just try to work as hard as I can every day and hopefully whoever’s best to help our team win is going to be that guy.” That guy looks more and more to be Frye, who started the game vs Denver with an impressive 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a Jamal Lewis 1-yard TD run. Frye has for sure moved ahead of Derek Anderson in the QB race, and “The main focus of this game was finding the end zone and I thought we looked pretty sharp on that opening drive,” Frye said. “That’s what we had been talking about all week – not settling for field goals.”
The word throughout camp since Quinn started showing what he could do was that the Browns would release or try to trade either Frye or Anderson, whoever was not named the starter. This would leave Quinn as the 2nd or 3rd string, and vet Ken Dorsey as the mentor for Quinn until he is ready to take the field. As stated all along though, the seat that Frye will be sitting in most likely will be just kept warm until the team starts to struggle or until Quinn outshines him enough in practices to move ahead of him and be the starter, much to most Browns fans delight.