Ending parade of passers, Frye takes control of offense

Cleveland Browns

Ravens' afc north rivals

September 07, 2006|By EDWARD LEE

The quarterback carousel has stopped - at least for now - for the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns, who in recent years have gone through nearly as many quarterbacks as the Ravens, have settled on second-year pro Charlie Frye as the undisputed starter.

Frye will have the task of trying to erase the memory of Ty Detmer, Tim Couch, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia and Trent Dilfer from the minds of Cleveland fans.

So far, coach Romeo Crennel is expressing confidence in the team's third-round selection from Akron.

"We wanted Charlie to show that he had command of the offense and that he was a leader on the team," Crennel told the Akron Beacon Journal. "It looks like he will be able to do both of those. I think his teammates respect him and look to him as a leader, particularly on the offensive side of the ball."

Frye isn't renowned for his arm strength but has received high marks for his mobility and creativity when a play breaks down. "I see a guy who is going to make a lot of big plays after plays break down," wide receiver Braylon Edwards told Sports Illustrated last month.

Frye, who went 2-3 as a starter in Cleveland's final five games last season, threw for 1,002 yards and four touchdowns with five interceptions in seven games. One of those starts was a 20-16 comeback win over the Ravens in the finale.

That's why Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is leery about underestimating Frye's potential.

"They have a quarterback that's a young guy, but he does a nice job," Ryan said. "He did a good job last year against us of avoiding the rush and then looking downfield and making a play. They're definitely improving."

Passing game

Personnel -- Last season's leading receiver, Antonio Bryant (69 receptions, 1,009 yards), departed for San Francisco. The Browns signed Joe Jurevicius (55 receptions, 694 yards, 10 touchdowns for Seattle in 2005), but can he keep opposing defenses honest? Last year's top draft pick, Braylon Edwards, is returning from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Biggest weapon -- Edwards (32 receptions, 512 yards) looked promising before his injury, but the X-factor could be Kellen Winslow. The often-injured tight end is fast enough to elude linebackers and strong enough to overpower safeties.Passing game

Personnel -- Last season's leading receiver, Antonio Bryant (69 receptions, 1,009 yards), departed for San Francisco. The Browns signed Joe Jurevicius (55 receptions, 694 yards, 10 touchdowns for Seattle in 2005), but can he keep opposing defenses honest? Last year's top draft pick, Braylon Edwards, is returning from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Biggest weapon -- Edwards (32 receptions, 512 yards) looked promising before his injury, but the X-factor could be Kellen Winslow. The often-injured tight end is fast enough to elude linebackers and strong enough to overpower safeties.

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