Browns stink

Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye called today's 34-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers "disappointing." That's an understatement. It was pathetic and embarassing, and I'm certainly glad I didn't go. A few more games like that, and I won't even watch them from home. It was nice, though, turning off the TV after that the game and walking away, not having to interview players who are either mad or apathetic and then writing a story or column. I'm officially off the Charlie Frye bandwagon, by the way. I cannot defend that type of a performance.
Matt Roche
Aug 25, 2010

Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye called today's 34-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers "disappointing." That's an understatement. It was pathetic and embarassing, and I'm certainly glad I didn't go. A few more games like that, and I won't even watch them from home. It was nice, though, turning off the TV after that the game and walking away, not having to interview players who are either mad or apathetic and then writing a story or column. I'm officially off the Charlie Frye bandwagon, by the way. I cannot defend that type of a performance. He may not be cut out to be an NFL starting QB. It might be asking too much. He has the heart and mobility, and a capable arm (Joe Montana didn't have the strongest arm in the world) but as for the cerebral part of the game and the leadership ability ... I'm not so sure Frye possess those attributes. And you really cannot teach them, either. The Browns should bench Frye, throw Derek Anderson to the wolves until the bye week (they'll be 1-5 by then) and start Brady Quinn after that. I hope Quinn isn't the next Rick Mirer, although I suspect he will be -- we are talking about the Browns. The receivers are still dropping passes, the ancient defensive line still isn't stopping the run, and the inexperienced secondary (I miss Brian Russell) is getting beat too often. Jamal Lewis was a non-factor -- another disappointment. Joshua Cribbs didn't break one, or even come close for that matter. An excess of turnovers, sacks allowed and penalties -- Cleveland Browns football at its finest. It wasn't all Cleveland ineptness, though. Let's give Pittsburgh its due. That's a pretty solid team, and Big Ben, Willie Parker and the defense did what they needed to do to win. I predicted the Browns would go 4-12 this season (see earlier post on Fandy.com), but I might have to rethink that. With this type of performance, I don't know if there are four opponents on the schedule that Cleveland can beat. I put some other quotes from Frye and several teammates on my Norwalk Reflector blog at www.norwalkreflector.com/blogs. Let's rant, Browns fans. Tell me what you think.

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Matt Roche

brownsfan4life -- did you actually watch Sunday's game? Or the 2006 season? Or the 2005 season? Etc., etc., etc. "Some" very good talent is stretching things. "A little" would be a better qualifier. Winslow, Wimbley, an aging Jamal Lewis, Cribbs for his kick-return abilities … I'm scratching my head after that. Sean Jones is another possibility, but he must first show consistent production before I label him "very good." Same for Pool. The Browns have some nice players, guys you need but not necessarily look to as difference-makers: Bodden, Jackson and Heiden. There are plenty of players who have the POTENTIAL to be "very good" or even "great" but until they play and prove themselves, it's just potential. Players in that group include Quinn, Thomas, Eric Wright, even Braylon Edwards. It's going to be a LONG process before this team has a talent-laden roster like it did in the 1980s.
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As to Tiger Fan's assertion the team doesn't spend money, I beg to differ. They went out and spent millions to land the best interior lineman in free agency the last two years (Bentley and Steinbach) and millions more on a tackle in Kevin Shaffer. They paid dearly to resign ancient Orpheus Roye. Since February 2003, they haven't made any controversial salary-cap cuts or failed to offer good money for a worthy veteran to stay. Guys that left, Dennis Northcutt and Anthony Henry for example, didn't want to be here any more. The Browns have no problem spending money, they just don't always spend it wisely.