Barring something completely unforeseen, Ken Dorsey will again be a member of the Cleveland Browns as soon as Tuesday. Coming off a season opening, embarrassing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, there was a sense something was going to immediately change within the structure of the team.
The patience of team owner Randy Lerner has apparently worn down, as the owner of the Cleveland Browns was reportedly upset during the Browns 34-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday and left his owners box inside Cleveland Browns Stadium.
For Mr. Lerner, a proud man, the consistent losing in embarrassing fashion has been difficult and inexcusable. Early in training camp I had the opportunity to exchange a few words with Mr. Lerner regarding the team. Noting I was of the belief the team had increased its talent level and experience, I thought the time was right for this team to show progress. A smiling Mr. Lerner stated we (the Browns) had been losing far too long and we (the Browns) need to win now, the fans deserve more.
Little did I realize just a few weeks later how serious this man was.
Following a morning session where the immediate direction and plan for the team would be retooled, events surrounded the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio.
Quarterback Ken Dorsey, released by the team in the last wave of roster cuts to get down to the 53-player limit is expected to officially sign a contract and rejoin the team on Tuesday. Dorsey spent a good portion of the afternoon and into the evening at the Browns training facility.
Dorsey, relegated to the third quarterback role while with the team could be in line for an increased role, in this tour of duty in Cleveland. While the team has made no official comment, the Orange and Brown Report has learned from a team source the Cleveland quarterback position is open for the taking.
League sources have told the Orange and Browns Report the team is willing to trade Frye for a draft selection in the 2008 draft. Indications are interest in Frye is minimal and the Browns may be forced to release Frye, if a suitor is not found.
While Frye is on the hot seat and could be removed from the roster, Anderson himself is being evaluated, with his potential catwalk appearance being this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"Derek (Anderson) is the front runner I believe at this time to start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. There are those here (in Berea) which feel he deserves that one opportunity to show what he can do," the team source said. "If he would falter or struggle, do not be surprised to see Ken (Dorsey) or Brady (Quinn) get some snaps in the game. Everything appears that the problems at the position are going to come to an end, one way or another."
Tying up four roster spots on quarterbacks is not customary in the National Football League, which could possibly lead towards a player potentially being released or traded in the coming days. Charlie Frye, coming off one of his worst performances of his career could be the odd man out. Despite winning the starting role during training camp, Frye has never been a secure fixture in the lineup heading into the season due to his inconsistency and tendency for rash indecision.
As most of the immediate focus and discussion has been on Frye and Anderson, it is the reemergence of Dorsey which is the most intriguing. Not thought of as a starting caliber quarterback by members of the Browns coaching staff prior to his release, he has been recalled by the team due to the ongoing issues at the position. Of course, Dorsey is going to be instrumental in working along side rookie Brady Quinn.
The importance of having a veteran type player to talk through defensive schemes, disguises, and general quarterback thoughts and terminology is invaluable. Upon Dorsey’s release in late August, Quinn was not very happy with the direction taken with the rookie’s friend and close confidant.
A local football talk show reported rumors are circulating that Dorsey would start against the Cincinnati Bengals. Interestingly, Dorsey has not been given the opportunity to compete for the starting role while in Cleveland, though he has the required mental capacity and ability to play within the Rob Chudzinski offensive scheme.
Head coach Romeo Crennel had not met with the team prior to discussing the game with the media would not offer comment on the Browns’ plans heading into the game against the Bengals.
Though, through team sources the Orange and Brown Report has learned Crennel is on the proverbial hot seat and another embarrassing loss could spell the end of his time with the team.
"There is seriousness here (in Berea) right now that we have not really fully experienced in quite some time. Last season there were some issues regarding the team and some coaches, but this is different," a team source tells the Orange and Brown Report. "As I understand the situation, coach (Crennel) needs to get this team to improve, show progress and win. Another devastating loss could be the end for him. Coach is a nice guy, it is really too bad."
Additional Notes of Interest –
The Browns organization is believed to be looking at some of the roster positions, such as at wide receiver and along the defensive line. Depth at both positions is thin.
It is believed punter Paul Ernster will be released for open a roster spot for Dorsey. A couple other potential roster moves could be in the offing as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday.
It is our understanding none of the quarterbacks on the roster will be excluded from playing this Sunday, or in the immediate future, including Quinn.