Stop it right now.
Don't even think about it.
If you know nothing else, know this. There is no quarterback controversy on the Cleveland Browns. At least not at this point.
If Charlie Frye is healthy enough to start against the Steelers Thursday
Coach Romeo Crennel has enough headaches already. No need to throw another log into that fire.
This if Frye's team. No matter how you think he's played, he is still the Browns' No. 1 quarterback. The Browns have invested a lot of time, energy and money into making him their offensive leader.
It makes no sense throwing him to the wolves based on one performance by someone whose previous National Football League experience consisted of one snap against the Denver Broncos in game six this season.
And that was a simple handoff to Reuben Droughns for a four-yard gain over left guard late in the first quarter. Frye, who suffered a minor concussion moments earlier, returned on the next play and quarterbacked the rest of the game.
It's so easy to sit back and say Derek Anderson should start the Steelers game after leading the Browns to that comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in front of a lot of vacant orange seats at Cleveland Browns Stadium. If he can do it against the Chiefs, why not the Steelers?
There's no question that
There's no question he gets rid of the ball quicker than Frye. Much quicker.
And there's no question he seems unflappable in the face of a pass rush. Very unflappable.
His improbable scramble down the right sideline that set up Phil Dawson's
game-winner in overtime was right out of Gil Thorp.
Based on how this season has unfolded, it's very easy for Browns fans to get
excited about the gangly kid from
The frustration of this season has reached such disparaging levels, fans will latch on to just about anything resembling hope in an effort to feel good about their team.
For one thing, the Chiefs had no idea who
By the time Thursday night arrives, the Steelers will know everything about
Even if Frye's sore wrist heals sufficiently enough to enable him to play
against the Steelers,
Based solely on his effort Sunday against
Taking into consideration the Browns' defense has surrendered 82 points in the last 10 quarters, the ability to come back cannot be minimized. It is essential.
What must be determined is whether
I know one thing. Frye doesn't make that throw to Steve Heiden from three
yards out to tie the score in the final minute and send the game into overtime.
That was a tough throw and
So why did he have to wait until the end of the sixth round to be selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2005 draft?
Certainly not his 79 career touchdown passes or 11,249 career passing yards. Perhaps it was his 50.7% completion rate. Then again, it might have been because he threw 57 interceptions, fumbled 23 times and was sacked 95 times.
But all that is lost in the glow of Sunday's victory.
Whether Crennel likes it or not, his backup quarterback's performance Sunday will divide fans into two camps: Those who want Frye and those who, well, don't.
If nothing else, at least the coach now knows he doesn't have to get religious the next time he has to call on his backup quarterback.
The question is: Who is that backup quarterback going to be?