BEREA — Coach Romeo Crennel said he would’ve given rookie Brady Quinn a fair shot to win the starting quarterback job if he had made it to training camp on time.
Quinn has likely blown that chance, as his holdout drags on.
“He’s pretty far behind,” Crennel said Tuesday. “We have a lot of offense and we’re putting it in every day. It takes awhile to get this down and get caught up on it.”
Quinn has missed five days and seven practices of full-squad training camp, with a pair of practices scheduled for today. He also missed a four-day rookie orientation. The Browns said Tuesday there was nothing to report in negotiations.
“If he had been in on time he would have been in the mix because I was giving them equal time in (offseason practices) and I would have continued to give them equal time if he were here on time,” Crennel said. “That’s one of those ifs and buts. I can’t do anything about it.”
The Browns took left tackle Joe Thomas No. 3, then traded up to take Quinn 22nd. Thomas said he hasn’t talked to Quinn in a couple of days.
“He’s been antsy from day one,” Thomas said.
Crennel said he didn’t feel the need to call Quinn.
“We have guys who do negotiating,” he said. “He knows that I want him in here. He knows that he needs to be in here. But he has hired an agent to do his negotiating and we do our negotiating upstairs. They will get together eventually. But I can’t worry about the ones that are not here.”
Crennel was asked about handling the distraction that will arrive with Quinn.
“There’s no way that I really can control that,” he said. “I’ll just put him on the depth chart — probably last on the depth chart — and let him try to work his way up.”
On the other end of the depth chart are Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson, who are in a close race to be the starter when the regular season opens Sept. 9.
“I don’t have a time frame,” Crennel said of naming a starter. “Whenever I feel the time is right I’m going to do it.
“Coaches hope someone pulls away and makes an easy decision for the coach. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll make the tough decision and go with who I think will give us the best chance. We’ll see who inches ahead.”
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said this weekend he’d prefer the decision as soon as possible, and general manager Phil Savage reportedly would like the starter picked after the first preseason game Aug. 11 vs. Kansas City. Crennel said he hasn’t decided on a starter for that game and continues to split reps between Frye and Anderson. He was asked who’s been standing out?
“It looks like Wimbley’s doing pretty good to me,” Crennel joked about linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.
Under the gun
Neither Frye nor Anderson managed a touchdown during the first two-minute drill of camp.
Anderson worked with the first team and totaled one first down. Frye, working mostly with second-teamers, reached the 15-yard line, but was intercepted on fourth down by rookie Brandon McDonald. Frye underthrew a pass for Travis Wilson in the corner of the end zone.
“It was a little rough around the edges,” Anderson said.
Former Browns cornerback Hanford “Top Dawg” Dixon walked by the crowd and tried to fire it up with a few barks. A little later, the dogs in the yards next to team headquarters joined in.
- The linebackers owned the running backs early in a pass-blocking drill. Jamal Lewis stemmed the tide when he stopped Leon Williams, and Jerome Harrison followed with a nice job on D’Qwell Jackson.
-l Ted Washington, the 380-pound nose tackle, almost intercepted a Frye pass at the line of scrimmage.
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