Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Browns name Frye Sunday's starting QB
The third-year player
from Akron beat out
Derek Anderson and
rookie Brady Quinn.
BEREA (AP) The suspense is over. Charlie Frye will start at quarterback for Cleveland's season opener Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Frye, who started 13 games last year, battled in training camp to keep his job after coach Romeo Crennel turned the starting position into an open competition. After offseason workouts and minicamps, Frye entered training camp slightly behind Derek Anderson.
But Frye outperformed Anderson during preseason games and directed one touchdown drive against the Denver Broncos.
Anderson produced no touchdowns when he led the offense during preseason games.
Frye said he's made strides since last season.
"I think I'm a lot more poised and my game management is better," Frye said. "It comes from experience and being pushed by other guys. You make sacrifices and those sacrifices end up helping your game out."
Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday the position will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
"It doesn't do me any good to say a guy's the starter for the whole year," he said. "Every position, I've told them, is not set in stone. Roles change."
He also wouldn't say if Frye's backup was rookie Brady Quinn, a first-round draft pick, or Anderson.
Quinn, selected 22nd overall in April, missed 11 days of training camp in a holdout, but led four touchdown drives in three preseason games, mostly against backups.
Crennel said Frye's experience playing against Pittsburgh and as a team leader was the deciding factor.
"I think that gives us the best chance to win," he said.
Crennel tried to keep the competitors sharp by keeping quiet about who would start in the preseason and how much each would play. He flipped a coin to determine the starter for the first preseason game.
The treatment appeared to wear on Frye and Anderson as the preseason progressed, and Crennel gave the last two starts to Frye.
"Charlie just went about doing the job he has to do," Crennel said. "He didn't complain and just did what I asked him to do."
Frye said he's looking forward to facing the rival Steelers.
"Obviously I'm excited," he said. "I've been working hard. The competition's been going since minicamp, and I think all of us have benefited from it. It's going to help the team."
The Browns on Saturday released a fourth quarterback, Ken Dorsey, who acted as a mentor to Quinn during training camp.
"It was a sad day for me," Quinn said. "Ken was a mentor and friend. You couldn't meet a better guy."
Quinn, who started 46 straight games at Notre Dame, said it will be tough standing on the sideline.
"[Anderson] and myself will be ready for a what-if situation," he said. "My mind-set is to help the team by preparing Charlie and myself."
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