"It's not just his offensive line, he's really not too sure about what he
wants to do with the ball," said linebacker Terrell Suggs, who broke into a
smile at his locker stall Friday when Frye's name was brought up. "His safety
valve is usually the tight end. If that's not there, he's got to go through his
progressions, and sometimes as a rookie you don't have as much time as you think
It has been beyond ugly for Frye and the last-place Browns (5-10) heading into Sunday's season finale against the third-place Ravens (6-9).
Entering the second-round draft pick from Akron's fifth NFL start since replacing former Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer, he has been sacked 17 times and the Browns haven't scored a touchdown in the last nine quarters with him under center.
In those games, the Browns have scored 14, 20, 9 and 0 points as Frye has completed 76 of 127 passes for 803 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions for a 73.0 passer rating.
The Steelers' game was especially glaring, though, from a pass-protection standpoint.
"Obviously, you don't expect that to happen, but it did," Frye said. "It was just a bad day for everybody. Obviously, we had some protection issues.
"When Pittsburgh came in here, they were real fired-up and they came in here with attitude. It wasn't like I was shell-shocked out there. I was put through some things you can't anticipate until you see it on the field. That was the first time I saw something like that."
Browns coach Romeo Crennel was quick to point out that not all of the sacks can be attributed to poor blocking, that Frye was guilty of holding onto the football too long and that the receivers didn't create separation from the defense.
"I don't think it would be a valid assessment of Charlie's abilities because everybody that we had on this football team during that game was bad," Crennel said. "The protection was bad, he held onto the ball too long and receivers couldn't get open. If you could have a day where nothing goes right, that was one of those days for us."
Frye's lone win came in a 9-7 upset of the Oakland Raiders where he passed for 198 yards.
He has never thrown more than one interception in a game and did deliver two touchdowns with no interceptions for 226 yards and a 136.7 quarterback rating in a 20-14 loss to the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I think Charlie is still pretty confident," Crennel said. "He wants to show that last game was a fluke and that it is not something you can expect from him every week. He wants to show that he is a good quarterback, that he can play in this league."
FINAL GAME?: Running backs Jamal Lewis and Chester Taylor are both set to become unrestricted free agents after this season, and neither is certain of where they'll play football next year.
When asked if he believes Sunday's game may mark his final carries in a Ravens uniform, Lewis replied: "I think about that, but it won't be my last carry. I know I'll be playing somewhere. I hope to be here. I like this organization."
Taylor said he won't think about his future until after the season. He signed a $3 million offer sheet with the Browns as a restricted free agent last spring, which Baltimore matched to retain his services.
ROSTER MOVES: Tight end Daniel Wilcox (ankle) and rookie linebacker Mike Smith (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve.
The Ravens promoted safety Robb Butler (Robert Morris) and defensive end Bernard Thomas (Nebraska) to the active roster from the practice squad.
TRAINING ROOM: Return specialist B.J. Sams (knee) was downgraded to doubtful, lessening his chances to 25 percent of playing Sunday. Taylor will likely return kicks again with rookie wideout Mark Clayton returning punts.
Cornerback Chris McAlister (shoulder/thigh) was downgraded to questionable and didn't practice. If he doesn't start, it's possible Deion Sanders could start what will likely be his final NFL game.
In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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