Former Browns Return to Cleveland

Safety Brian Russell and QB Charlie Frye return to Cleveland, wearing Seahawks uniforms, as Seattle comes to Cleveland to face the Browns. Do the Browns regret letting Russell leave via free agency? Will Charlie Frye help the Seahawks stop the resurgent Browns offense?

BEREA - Two former prominent Browns come to town with the Seahawks this Sunday in free safety Brian Russell and quarterback Charlie Frye.

One is a starter and one is not.

Russell is the starting free safety for the Seahawks and with some of the struggles of the Browns safeties, it sounds like Romeo Crennel sometimes wishes he still had Russell.

"We felt it was the best for the Browns at the time," Crennel said. "You can't take it back."

The Browns allowed Russell to leave via free agency last season and he's a key component for the Seahawks on defense. He has 30 tackles, including one interception and four passes defensed. He also has a fumble recovery.

Crennel was asked how Russell is doing.

"He's playing good football," Crennel said. "Much of the time he's in the deep part of the field. He's playing the way he did here."

Sean Jones and Brodney Pool have struggled as the starting duo in pass coverage, but Crennel said the pair did better last week against the Rams. Jones has 39 tackles, while Pool has 26. Jones has an interception and three passes broken up, while Pool has two.

 "They didn't allow any passes over their heads," Crennel said. "They weren't perfect, but hardly anyone ever is."

Derek Anderson doesn't think Russell's familiarity with the Browns will help him too much because of the changes.

"He's a middle of the field guy," Anderson said. "This is a completely different offense than what we had when he was here."

Charlie Frye was with the offense for seven months until getting traded after the first game against Pittsburgh. He's currently the third quarterback for the Seahawks behind Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace. He has not played since joining the Seahawks. His season totals still read 4-of-10 for 34 yards with one interception and five sacks from his opening game with the Browns against the Steelers. His QB rating is 10.0.

Crennel was asked if he felt Frye could give the Seahawks valuable information pertaining to the Browns offense.

"(Frye) was here during the whole off-season and he will be able to give them some insight on what we're doing," Crennel said. "The only thing that might happen is the non verbal signals to the wide receivers, but he doesn't know if they've been changed or not."

Anderson said the offense has changed even since Frye was in Cleveland.

"Some of the things are the same and he can help them recognize them," he said. "But the offense has evolved even since he was here."

Crennel said he didn't see the Browns changing much on offense.

"I don't think we're going to change a whole lot because there's a lot of volume in it."


Bodden's Play: CB Leigh Bodden leads the Browns with four interceptions, including one to seal the victory against the Rams last Sunday. However, Bodden has been beaten by receivers this year, more so than in the past.

"He started off slow last week," Crennel said. "He wasn't in terrible position but he hung in there and made the play at the end of the game that sealed the win."

Crennel said the Rams were running the same play that they had had success with earlier in the game.

"He was anticipating they would come back for that play and he still has good ability," he said. "He is a good corner for us and should continue to be productive for us."

Injury Update:  LB D'Qwell Jackson (knee)and LB Kris Griffin (ankle) did not practice, nor did FB Lawrence Vickers (concussion. TE Darnell Dinkins (hand) and RB Jamal Lewis (foot) were limited in practice but expected to play on Sunday.

"D'Qwell has been the starter and he has got to the ball," Crennel said. "If he can't go, Andra Davis will move to the  (weak side). Leon Williams would start on the strong side."

Chaun Thompson would backup on the inside.


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