As of this writing, the Cleveland Browns have four quarterbacks in camp (Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey). Unfortunately, one of them will have to go which is why tonight’s game against the Chicago Bears holds special meaning. Team head coach Romeo Crennel, by not naming a starting QB this late in the preseason, has made this a guessing game which is unfortunate.
Against the Bears, Crennel will probably start Frye, followed by Anderson then Quinn and Dorsey will get some action depending on how the game goes. Because this is the Chicago Bears, I would expect Frye, Anderson and Quinn to see action tonight, although that could change if Crennel, as he told Maria Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal, “Feels good about them”, which in Crennel’s case means his starters.
As far as the 4 QB’s in question, obviously one will have to go. It has been rumored that Browns GM Dennis Savage and Crennel think that Dorsey would be the perfect mentor for Quinn; I don’t necessarily think that Quinn needs any mentoring insomuch as he needs to fine-tune his already decent mechanics and grasp of the Browns’ offense with the team’s QB coach and/or offensive coordinator. Frye, Anderson and Quinn acquitted themselves well against the Denver Broncos in Week 3, and Dorsey has seen little if any action this preseason.
That being the case, why would the Browns waste a roster spot on a QB who will see very little action this season? That’s not to say that Dorsey couldn’t mentor an up-and-coming QB such as Quinn. The problem is that the Browns, at least in my opinion, don’t have the luxury of carrying a 4th QB for that reason. After the smoke clears tonight and the final cuts are made, expect Dorsey to be amongst the ranks of the unemployed. In essence, what happens in tonight’s game may indirectly affect Crennel’s and quite possibly Savage’s future in Cleveland.