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A soft landing in Seattle

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 11, 2007

Charlie Frye could be upset or bitter at the way the Browns' quarterback competition was handled this summer, but he's not that kind of person. He's probably more excited about where he ended up when he was traded to Seattle Tuesday. As recently as Monday night, ex-Browns tackle Doug Dieken said he thought Frye was a West Coast quarterback. As the Jeff Garcia experiment showed, the Browns have never known what to do with those type players. They also haven't shown any knack for building a team around what their players do best. Heaven forbid Brady Quinn turns out to be a West Coast guy.

Frye can learn under Matt Hasselbeck and coach Mike Holmgren. Ex-Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer raved about the time he spent with Hasselbeck and chances are he told Frye the same thing in the past few hours. Holmgren may not have been able to handle general manager duties, but he got the Seahawks to the Super Bowl after the 2005 season. He has another quarterback who can run in Seneca Wallace, so there should be plenty in the Seahawks playbook that will fit Frye if he's called upon. Plus, Seattle comes to Cleveland on Nov. 4. It's not likely to happen, but just imagine a Frye vs. Quinn matchup....

Listening to general manager Phil Savage Tuesday brought no clarity to the Browns quarterback situation except for the fact that they refuse to rush rookie Brady Quinn. They're presumably willing to sacrifice wins to keep him from getting shellshocked by the tough defenses they face the first six weeks. Derek Anderson couldn't handle the pressure when he was handed the quarterback job at the start of training camp, so how will he react to merely keeping the seat warm for Quinn? Not exactly an easy assignment.

Let's hope that Frye, a good guy to the end, enjoys his football life in what has to be a less-dysfunctional organization. After Quinn's holdout, the Browns wanted Anderson to be their starting quarterback all along. Now opposing defensive backs who have incentive clauses for interceptions in the contracts must be licking their chops.

Savage tried to dispel the notion that there's no experimenting going on in Berea. Whatever they're doing, it may result in forcing Quinn to the fore long before the Browns wanted.


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