From Berea: Crennel Noncommittal on Anderson

Fred Greetham reports on Romeo Crennel's thoughts a day after the Browns came up short against the Ravens. The Browns head coach says that he needs to see more from the second-year quarterback before knowing whether he's a legitimate competitor to Charlie Frye for the starting job in 2007...

BEREA - Romeo Crennel still says he needs to see more from Derek Anderson as to whether he is ready to compete with Charlie Frye for the starting quarterback spot.

"After the second half of the Kansas City game you would say ‘Yes', but there are other times that we have some questions on."

Anderson has started the last two games and is 56-of-90 (62.2 percent) for 670 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions. His QB rating is 85.0.

Anderson was 23-of-32 for 223 yards against the Ravens with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked five times and fumbled once.

Frye has a 72.0 rating and is 227-of-358 (63.4 percent) for 2267 yards with 10 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Crennel was asked if he thought he had a quarterback he could win with.

"When Charlie was starting I said I thought we could win with Charlie and he's still on the team."

Braylon Edwards gave Anderson a strong endorsement after the game against the Ravens.

"He's playing like a season veteran," Edwards said to the Chronicle-Telegram. "D.A. is playing pretty much to the best of his ability. He's playing to the extent of Tony Romo."

Crennel is trying not to create a controversy, nor damage the psyche of Frye.

"I'm still trying to worry about the next game," Crennel said. "I'm not worrying about next year yet. When next year gets here, we'll see about that."

Crennel has reserved his comments on Anderson.

"Overall, (Sunday's game) was not good enough," he said. "We threw some interceptions. We missed some guys and he took some sacks because he was trying to make a play.

"There are questions on the quarterback," he said. "He played decent, but in his effort to make plays he made some mistakes. He could do better. He needs to realize he isn't going to be able to outrun people isn't going to happen very often."

Crennel did point out some positives on Anderson's play.

"I thought he was calm and wasn't overly excited about playing his old team," he said. "He tried to make some plays and ended up making some mistakes. We took some sacks and a couple of the throws weren't good. He had a strip sack. Those things hurt you when you're playing for field position and momentum."

Crennel was asked if Anderson or Frye would start this week and he said it was a moot point until Frye can throw the ball.

"We'll see where Frye is and what he can do," Crennel said. "It might be a moot point. He might not be healthy enough to play."


Passing Fancy: The Browns ran the ball just 16 times against the Ravens, attempting to throw nearly 71 percent of the time.

Crennel was asked why the Browns tried to throw the ball several times on third-and-short.

"We thought their run defense was pretty good and we could throw the ball," Crennel said. "We threw it because we were trying to be aggressive."

Not Happy: Crennel cited the play when Demetrius Williams broke loose for a 77-yard touchdown reception from Kyle Boller after the Browns had tied the game at 17.

"I'm disappointed in the way we played the game," Crennel said. "We just didn't make the plays against a good football team that you have to make, particularly, the 77-yard touchdown pass on third down.

"He basically just ran straight down the field and we just stood there and watched him to that."

Daven Holly was the cornerback who was guarding Williams and Sean Jones was the safety.

Leon's Debut: Rookie LB Leon Williams made his first start replacing the injured D'Qwell Jackson.

"Leon Williams went in and did a nice job," he said. "He made some plays and made some tackles. He didn't make any mental mistakes."

Williams was credited with 12 tackles to lead the team and had a forced fumble.

Injury Update: Crennel mentioned several injuries with the most serious might have been to RB Jason Wright who sprained his MCL. Crennel did say that Wright was walking with a brace after the game.

"They will do a MRI to see if there's more damage," he said.

Crennel said LB Andra Davis will also have an MRI to check on his progress after suffering a concussion.

"Hopefully, he'll come around and play."

Other injuries: OL Joe Andruzzi (knee), TE Darnell Dinkins (neck), RB Reuben Droughns (knee), WR Joe Jurevicius (headaches), LB Willie McGinest (pectoral), WR Dennis Northcutt (shoulder), TE Kellen Winslow (knee), CB Leigh Bodden (ankle), OL Kelly Butler (foot), DL Nick Eason (foot), QB Charlie Frye (wrist), LB Mason Unck (abdominal strain).

LeCharlies' Gesture: Injured OL LeCharles Bentley is sending two people to see his alma mater play the Florida Gators in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 8 in Glendale, Az.

"The state of Ohio has the best fans in the country," Bentley said. "I wanted to give all the great Cleveland Browns and Ohio State fans a chance to see the big game."

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