Frye's the guy: Experience tips it in for Browns starting QB

Steve Doerschuk

It remains to be seen whether all or any of the words will rhyme for the 2007 Cleveland Browns.

It’s poetic, though, that this is where Charlie Frye made his first NFL start in the 2005 preseason. And this is where it became clear he will go into the 2007 season as No. 1.

“I think we know,” wide receiver Joe Jurevicius said as the Browns basked in the dim but satisfying glow of a 3-1 preseason. “Charlie Frye’s our starting quarterback.

“He deserves to be our starting quarterback. And we did some good things underneath him. ... So, we’re good to go. Time to get ready for Pittsburgh.”

Jurevicius spoke Thursday night, when the Soldier Field locker room was loud and full.

It had emptied out when tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. acknowledged Frye is the man.

“They’ve been starting Charlie,” Winslow said. “Romeo (Crennel) named him the starter. So, Charlie’s our guy. So, we’ve got his back.”

One of the arguments for Frye is mobility. Technically, he was sacked three times but for only 2 yards in total losses. Derek Anderson hurt himself by taking four sacks for minus-24 yards.

Brady Quinn won’t start not because he didn’t look good, but because the team is erring on the side of not wrecking his psyche or body — and because it concludes Frye can win.

“We’re going to cook it at the right temperature,” General Manager Phil Savage says.

Crennel doesn’t hate rookies, but he loves experience. He is reluctant to waste Frye’s 20 regular-season appearances, 18 of them starts.

Jurevicius, like Crennel, has been involved in three Super Bowls this decade. He doesn’t like Frye just because he was drafted in the third round at a modest No. 67 overall. A former No. 55 pick, Jurevicius has gone to Super Bowls quarterbacked by Brad Johnson, a former No. 227 overall pick, and Matt Hasselbeck, a former No. 187 pick.

“Charlie has a year under his belt,” Jurevicius said. “The pressure of Brady Quinn coming in and the quarterback battle with (Anderson) makes him stronger.

“I think he’s done a lot of good things. I think he’s ready to lead the Cleveland Browns, and I think we’re ready to roll with him.”

Reach Canton Repository sports writer Steve Doerschuk at (330) 580-8347 or e-mail steve.doerschuk@cantonrep.com

Browns QBs by the numbers

The Browns will reveal today whether they are keeping four quarterbacks or cut one loose. A look at their final preseason stats:

Quarterback        Comp.-Att., Pct.    Yds.    Yds./Att.    TDs    Int.    Sacks        Rating

Brady Quinn        29-45, 64.4    300    6.7        3    1    0        96.5

Derek Anderson    26-42, 61.9    268    6.4        0    1    4        70.3

Charlie Frye        24-37, 64.9    251    6.8        0    1    3        73.1    

Ken Dorsey        13-18, 72.2    120    6.7        0    0    2        90.0