December 21, 2014

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Browns notes: Frye’s insider information not a big concern

BEREA — Besides coordinator Rob Chudzinski, quarterback Charlie Frye probably knew the new Browns offense better than anyone when he was traded to Seattle after Week 1.
The question is: How much will Frye be able to help the Seahawks defense in preparation for the matchup Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium?
“I’m sure there are some things he can help them out with,” quarterback Derek Anderson said this week. “We’ve evolved a little bit since he’s been gone and changed a few things. You can give them everything they want, they don’t know what play’s coming.
“It poses more problems than it helps.”
Coach Romeo Crennel said that Frye’s time in Chudzinski’s offense throughout the offseason and in training camp could be of some benefit to the Seahawks.
“I think he understands terminology, what we’re trying to do offensively,” he said. “He’ll be able to give them some insights. Will that be enough? I don’t know.”
Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said his staff grilled Frye about the Browns.
“One position that can really help a team prepare for another team is the quarterback position,” he said in a conference call.
Running back Jamal Lewis isn’t worried about Frye giving away secrets.
“We’ve gotten so much better,” he said. “There’s so much to the offense. I don’t think it serves any advantage.”

Davis steps in

With leading tackle D’Qwell Jackson out with an ankle sprain, Andra Davis will see an increase in playing time. Davis usually starts alongside Jackson but leaves the field in favor of Leon Williams in nickel situations. Without Jackson, Davis and Williams will be the two inside linebackers for nearly every snap.
“We had a nice little rotation with D’Qwell out there,” Davis said Friday. “I’ll be glad when he gets back. Until then, everybody else has to pick up the slack.”
With special teamer/reserve linebacker Kris Griffin (Achilles) doubtful, Davis and Williams were the only two healthy inside linebackers. So Chaun Thompson was moved inside from outside.

Nice gesture

Braylon Edwards paid for the funeral of a Lakewood High School student whom he visited in the hospital while he was dying of congestive heart failure. Denzel Douglas was buried Friday.
“I’m very pleased,” mother Tara Douglas told the Akron Beacon Journal. “He’s a very, very nice guy.”
Douglas said her son will be buried wearing Edwards’ jersey and cradling a football given to him by Edwards.

Slow going

Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander has 460 yards and a 3.4 average for the year, but has been held to 25, 35 and 47 yards the last three games with a long of 11 and per-carry averages of 2.3, 2.5 and 2.5. He has been slowed by an injured wrist that forces him to carry the ball in one hand, according to Browns linebacker Antwan Peek.
“We’ll take a hurt one just as much as a good one,” Peek said.
But the Browns aren’t taking Alexander for granted. Just two years ago, he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns and was named MVP.
“He’s still a great back,” Davis said. “I don’t know why his numbers are down. But you can’t look at it like that, you have to approach him as the NFL player of the year.”

Last line of defense

Safety Brian Russell is preventing the deep pass in Seattle just like he did in two years with the Browns.
“He’s the same guy,” Anderson said. “He’s a middle-of-the-field guy and is not going to let anything get behind him.”
With Russell, the Browns allowed 20 passing touchdown in 2006. Without him, they’ve allowed 18 through seven games. Seattle’s gone in the opposite direction. The Seahawks allowed 23 in 2006 and just five through seven games.
“Brian’s doing a heckuva job,” Holmgren said. “One of the things that hurt us last year was big plays, over-the-top type of plays against our secondary. We have been much better at dealing with that this year.”
Russell was a free agent after 2006 and the Browns let him walk away because they had second-round picks Sean Jones and Brodney Pool at safety.

More Russell

Russell dismissed any lingering hard feelings toward Edwards, who ripped Russell last year for a clean hit on Bengals receiver Chad Johnson.
“We handled that in-house,” Russell said on a conference call. “Just an unfortunate situation, but we moved on real fast. It didn’t bother me too much.”
Contact Scott Petrak at 329-7135 or spetrak@chroniclet.com.