Charlie Frye is determined to hold onto his job as the Browns' starting quarterback, Derek Anderson believes he did enough in the three games he started in December to get a fair chance to win the job in training camp and rookie Brady Quinn is confident he will emerge from preseason as the starter.
None of the quarterbacks looked like a legitimate starter as the Browns opened their on-field organized team activities, but there are extenuating circumstances. They were trying to make the playbook of new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski come to life while going against a defense that has been in the same system for three years. The defense definitely had the upper hand.
Many passes were dropped, intercepted and off-target. It did not help that starting wide receiver Braylon Edwards decided to skip the opening of OTAs -- the only player to do so. Also, tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. is still recovering from Jan. 30 microfracture surgery.
Quinn threw three interceptions and Frye was picked twice during the OTA open to the media. Crennel expects the offense to get smoother as the mid-June full squad minicamp approaches.
"Generally, what happens is when you're throwing a lot of stuff at guys, the first couple days are a little ragged," Crennel said. "And then, about the third day you begin to see some definite improvement -- guys knowing exactly where to line up and what to do. You see more precision by then."
In some ways, all the quarterbacks are rookies because they are all trying to learn Chudzinski's system and terminology. It is similar to the system -- minus LaDainian Tomlinson and assorted co-stars -- that led to the Chargers scoring 492 points last season. The 2006 Browns scored 238. The Chargers were 14-2. The Browns were 4-12.
For Frye, Anderson and Ken Dorsey it means unlearning what they were taught by Maurice Carthon for a season and a half and what they were taught by Jeff Davidson for the final 10 games last season. Combined, Frye and Anderson were statistically the worst quarterbacks in the league in 2006. Frye turned the ball over 25 times and Anderson eight times.
"This offense is a lot different," Frye said. "We're up-tempo, pushing the ball downfield more. It's going to be a lot of fun.
"Chud is real smart. He's really taking the bull by the horns. He's got this offense excited and re-motivated. From our first team meeting, a tone was set. Expectations were raised and the bar was raised. That's what we need. The playbook is real big. There are enough plays in there to tailor it to the guys in there playing."