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Quarterback situation undecided

Steve King, Staff Writer

09.09.2007

Romeo Crennel said the decision on who will start at quarterback next Sunday's versus the Bengals has not yet been made.

"I haven't decided yet," he said after the Browns fell to the Steelers, 34-7. "We'll look at the film of the game today and then decide."

Charlie Frye, who won the job in an open competition with Anderson during training camp and the preseason, started and hit on 4-of-10 passes for 34 yards and an interception. The one pick led to a Steelers field goal, giving the visitorsa 10-0 lead that eventually gew to 17-0 by the end of the first quarter. Frye got sacked five times for 31 yards in losses.

Anderson relieved him with 6:34 left in the first half and finished the game, going 13-of-28 for 184 yards, with one touchdown and one pick for a 65.2 rating.

The scoring pass, to fullback Lawrence Vickers, covered one yard and came with 6:52 left in the third quarter. It occurred after the Browns had their best spurt of offense in the game, with Anderson completing three straight passes for 74 yards -- 30 and 20 yards to tight end Kellen Winslow sandwiched around a 22-yarder to wide receiver Tim Carter.

"Neither guy played very well," said Crennel after the game. "They can play better, and if they do, it will help us."

Said Frye, "I have to be better, obviously."

He added that he supported Crennel's decision to make the switch.

"It was his decision to make," he said. "We weren't getting anything going on offense, and he thought that by going with D.A. (Anderson), it might give us a spark."

It did boost the Browns -- to a certain extent -- but not enough to make an impact in the game. On Anderson's first drive, the Browns went from their 13 to the Pittsburgh 37 before the drive stalled on a fumble.

"It definitely is frustrating," Anderson said of the loss. "We expect more from ourselves. We put a lot of work into this game."

Frye echoed those sentiments.

"Opening day, the Steelers ... it's just disappointing," he said.

"The Steelers defense brings a lot of energy and excitement. You've got to give it up to them. But that's no excuse."

Quinn, the No. 22 overall pick in the NFL Draft, was designated the third -- or emergency -- quarterback before the game and did not see action.

"I did not play him because he's a kid and the game was out of reach," the coach said. "What am I supposed to do, put him into the game and throw him to the dogs? That would not be fair to him. It would not be good for him."