Sayonara, Chaz. At least the fishing's good up there.
Last year, the Browns were Charlie Frye's team. He didn’t have Kellen Winslow’s military pretensions
or launch a jackass website
like Braylon Edwards. But the guy could take a sack – 71 times in 19 games, to be precise – and after every flattening, the Willard native and former Akron star made it back to the huddle, like a bug that refused to be squashed. In Cleveland, toughness like that can make you a folk hero.
Even after the season, when we’d seen enough eight-second drop-backs and color-blind throws to think yeah, maybe we could use Brady Quinn, nobody ever thought Frye a goner. He was a third-round find, one of the new regime’s building blocks, and starter or not, he was coming along for the ride.
But Sunday, Frye finished his Browns career as a second-quarter yank. He set an NFL record by being thrown on his back more times (five) than he completed passes (four), which, thank God, is a record the league doesn’t actually keep. Now the happiest feet in pro football are on their way to Seattle for a sixth-round pick
, and Ken Dorsey’s back to, um, not play. Buy high, sell low, and put an extra coach in shoulder pads – yep, that’s why Cleveland rocks.
Maybe we should have seen it coming. There was speculation the loser of the Frye–Derek Anderson quarterback derby would be released
, and that the team waffled on naming a starter because they were looking for trade partners. Either way, everybody figured it was going be the berry-eater from Oregon that got shipped.
Still, there is a plus in all this: the Browns are running out of quarterbacks to sign before they have no choice but to play Quinn. JaMarcus Russell signed with the Raiders today
, the Ravens appear to be courting Byron Leftwich
, and recently outed steroid abuser Tim Couch is staying retired
Meanwhile, strange, echo noises are being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Witnesses say the noise seems to have originated in Seattle, and sounds like, "What the f$#k?" -- Jason Nedley