Browns notebook: Kosar says he wouldn't start Quinn against Bengals

Steve Doerschuk

Browns icon Bernie Kosar said he wouldn’t start Brady Quinn at quarterback against the Bengals.

“In the short run, I don’t know if it really helps,” Kosar said during a WKNR-AM 850 interview Monday. “In the long run, history shows it is really counterproductive. You run the risk of losing a young quarterback.”

Kosar criticized the process that led to Charlie Frye winning the job in the preseason. Three quarterbacks shared reps.

“You wind up getting nobody enough reps,” he said. “Nobody was prepared yesterday. That was glaringly evident.”

Kosar suggested the Browns should settle on Frye or Derek Anderson as the starter for the Cincinnati game and avoid using one as a relief pitcher.

“It needs to be that guy and Brady,” Kosar said. “Another game like this isn’t worth it.”

Foot note

Punter Paul Ernster was signed Saturday, put the Browns in a hole by dropping a snap Sunday, and is likely to get bumped this week because Dave Zastudil’s back has improved.

The Browns brought Ernster in early last week but didn’t make a move until Zastudil said Saturday that his back injury still was an issue. Ernster was drafted by the Broncos in 2005 and spent 2006 with the team.

“I didn’t just look in the telephone book and call him on Tuesday,” Head Coach Romeo Crennel said.

Extra points

- The thing that bothered Kosar most about Sunday: “The intensity was disappointing ... really disappointing.”

- Crennel on whether pulling Frye in the second quarter was too soon: “If you don’t pull him, the players might say, 'The coach isn’t doing enough to try to win.’ ”

- Frye held the ball too long too often en route to taking seven sacks. Crennel said the offensive line must grow but was “better” than it was in 2006. “We have good ability and toughness on the line,” he said.

- Kosar’s radio take: “If we continue to play like that, it’s going to be a really long year.”