Cleveland Takes Unorthodox Route

The Cleveland Browns are approaching their quarterback situation the rest of the season much like other teams use their running backs, with a committee. Get that story and other notes on the Browns as the Vikings prepare for their next opponent.

Trent Dilfer said he supports every decision Romeo Crennel makes "wholeheartedly."

But he sure doesn't agree with Crennel's decision to slide rookie Charlie Frye into games the rest of the season. Frye played three series in the 22-0 win over Miami, and Dilfer didn't like it.

"If you've ever played quarterback in this league, rhythm is one of the biggest parts of it," Dilfer said. "When you take a guy's rhythm away, it makes his job that much harder.

"But at the same time, life's full of hard things. If you can rise above the difficulties, I think there's more satisfaction in that."

Dilfer told Crennel the same things before the game, and Crennel said he had no problem with Dilfer's thoughts.

"He's a competitor and we're professionals," Crennel said.


  • Offensive guard Cosey Coleman had both knees wrapped after the win over Miami but said he came through fairly well on his sprained MCL.

    "I feel pretty good," Coleman said.

    He played the entire game. He only missed one game with the sprained knee.

  • Running back Reuben Droughns started the game right with a 75-yard touchdown run on the Browns' first offensive play.

    Droughns finished with 166 yards on 30 carries, giving him three 100-yard games this season.

    Droughns now has 702 yards on the season, and projects to finish with 1,248 — which would end the Browns' 20-year streak without a 1,000-yard rusher.

  • Wide receiver Braylon Edwards said it was time to give him a chance to make plays, and he did. Edwards had six catches for 90 yards, with some nice runs after the catch. Both were team highs in the 22-0 win.

  • Quarterback Charlie Frye led the Browns to a field goal in three possessions. He completed six of 11 passes for 58 yards.

  • TE Steve Heiden deserves many kudos for hustling downfield and throwing a key block on RB Reuben Droughns' 75-yard touchdown run. Heiden blocked Jason Taylor 50 yards downfield. The first person Heiden blocked on the play: Taylor.

  • WR Antonio Bryant bounced back from a bad game in Pittsburgh to play well against Miami. Bryant had four catches for 60 yards and was wide open in the end zone for a touchdown, but QB Trent Dilfer missed him.

  • LB Matt Stewart got his first interception courtesy of Andra Davis, who blitzed and hit Sage Rosenfels just as he threw. Stewart made a nice over-the-shoulder catch.

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