Browns' QB battle begins

BEREA Charlie Frye knows the Browns have invested heavily in Brady Quinn, and there's going to be an
Dan Angelo
May 24, 2010



Charlie Frye knows the Browns have invested heavily in Brady Quinn, and there's going to be an unending chorus of criticism with each wobbly pass he might throw.

That doesn't mean he's ready to give up his job.

"I can't predict the future, but I am preparing like I am the starter," the Willard native said Tuesday at the Browns' first organized training activity (OTA) for the 2007 season. "I never knew I lost it.

"I kind of figured going to bring someone in, either a rookie or a veteran guy, but my whole off-season challenging myself and preparing hard, putting myself in the best situation to have success."

Frye has kept a low profile since the end of the 2006 season, and has had even less to say since the roller-coaster ride of the last month's NFL Draft when the Browns used the third overall pick to select Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas, then moved back into the first round to nab Quinn out of Notre Dame at No. 22.

"I was real excited when they drafted Joe Thomas," Frye said. "He just looks like a great player. But like I said, I figured they were going to get someone else (at quarterback), and that's been my approach the entire off-season.

"I remember just a couple of years ago I was a rookie and I knew how hard it was trying to get ready and play, just putting yourself in position to play. He's my teammate and we are going to work together and just take it from there.''

Frye completed 252 of 393 passes for 2,454 yards, 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his first season as a starter. He posted a 4-9 record, missing the other three games because of a wrist injury.

Derek Anderson filled in for those three weeks, hitting 66 of 117 passes for 793 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions in three losses.

"I made some bad decisions and I also did some good things," Anderson said of his three starts. "I was happy with my progress, but now we have a new system to learn."

That new system was brought in by new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was the tight ends coach last season with San Diego.

"There are a lot of differences," Frye said. "It's more up tempo and we're trying to push the ball up field. It's like learning a whole new language, but it's really got the offense excited."

So excited the quarterbacks -- Frye, Anderson, Quinn and Ken Dorsey -- all worked on individual drills long after the team session ended.

"After practice is a time for each individual position," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. "If they want to do extra, they can do extra. I think the quarterbacks take it upon themselves to try and do a little bit more because we have put in a lot of stuff and it's new."

That showed during drills when receivers looked tentative catching passes and the quarterback had trouble connecting.

All four quarterbacks had their troubles with dropped balls and interceptions,.

Frye was picked off by Devon Holly and Justin Hamilton during drills, while Quinn showed his lack of experience when he was intercepted twice and would have been sacked once if not for a coach yelling "Don't touch him!" during a four-play stretch

"As usual, the first days are not very pretty, most of the time, and this was the case today," Crennel said. "We were not as sharp as we need to be, but I told them this morning that we were going to throw a lot at them and they were expected to keep up.

"Like I said, today was ragged, but it was the first day and their spirits were good, they were enthusiastic, they were hustling around, good tempo. We feel like it was a good start for us. We're going to try and build on it and move forward with it."

Which is exactly what Frye plans to do.

''I know what I have to do,'' he said. ''I'm going to go out and get it done and hopefully have a lot of success this year. When I visualize this year, I don't see myself having a so-so year. This is Year Three for me, the bar has been raised.

"Chud said it might be the best thing that happened to me just because the competition is going to push me. Obviously you want to push yourself because you want to win. But I think the competition will bring out the best in both me and Brady.''