The Disappointment Zone

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Charlie Frye: QB Score: Week 3

Posted by disappointmentzone on 25 September 2006

Before getting to Charlie Frye’s QB Score for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, I want to comment on The Interception.

Chris McAlister was playing Braylon Edwards to the inside. It was obvious from how he was lined up: McAlister’s outside shoulder was aligned with Edwards’s inside shoulder. Then there was the safety and linebacker, both of who are covering the middle of the field. Everything Baltimore was doing in their coverage was to take away the middle of the field. What’s more, this was obvious.

So why, then, did Frye not check out of a route that ran Edwards right into the teeth of the defense for the more favorable out pattern (or any of its friends)?

Edwards is taller and bigger than McAlister. Simply throwing the ball high and to the corner of the end zone would have been a better option. The Browns didn’t need a touchdown. That play call was about as poor of a play call in that situation as I could imagine, which is a reflection on Maurice Carthon (who had a much-improved game, to be fair) and Frye, who needs to recognize the coverage and situation (up by two with around three minutes to play and second down).

Edwards was quoted in an AP recap as saying that “it was a great play call” and that if Frye hadn’t been hit by Bart Scot the result would have been a touchdown. For the life of my I can’t figure out how this statement makes sense. The entire day Frye was under immense pressure from the Ravens’ defense, often because the line was incapable of holding blocks for more than two seconds. By my count Frye was knocked down three times on plays in which the team ran a max-protection scheme. The line wasn’t blocking well, the Ravens were getting pressure on Frye without blitzing, it’s late in the game and the Ravens need for something magical to happen–was anyone surprised that Baltimore blitzed on that play?

With that knowledge in hand (presumably) running a play that requires Edwards to clear a cornerback (again: McAlister was taking away the inside) is idiotic. I would say there was a 7% chance of that play scoring a touchdown, a 63% chance of an incomplete pass or interception, a 5% chance of pass interference, and a 25% chance of a sack or fumble. With the slight chance of that play working, a sack would have been the next-best option because the clock would have continued to run. An incomplete pass would have been terrible because the clock would have stopped, and an interception the worst outcome. The risk–stopped clock, turnover–far out weighed the reward–an unnecessary touchdown.

Yes, the Browns score a touchdown and the game is over. But if Charlie Frye takes a knee for the first three downs and then the Browns kick a 23-yard field goal, a good 1:40 will run off the clock and Baltimore will have to go roughly 80 yards in roughly two minutes to score a touchdown in order to win. I like our chances to win in that scenario. Moreso, at least, then the chances of winning by running the play they did.

Anyway…Stupid play call. Stupid read. Stupid pass. Stupid loss.

At least Charlie Fry had an otherwise good game. His QB Score per play was an above-average 2.89 1.904 and that includes his underwhelming second half.

[UPDATE: I mistakenly forgot to add the seven sacks to Frye’s QB Score. He was worse than originally stated, but still fairly good (12th best in week 3).]

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5 Responses to “Charlie Frye: QB Score: Week 3”

  1. jon said

    I have no words. all i had to say was emailed to my father which you can find on my blog.

    i just… wow.

  2. Josh said

    How about the first down run up the middle? Where the hell did Romeo/Carthon think that was going? 2nd down made no sense for the reasons you laid out but I thought first down tipped the Ravens off as to what was going to come next.

    All that said, Sunday’s game was at least a reasonable opportunity to evaluate Frye, Winslow and Edwards. If they simply can keep it close and we can let them develop some, it will at least allow Savage to identify needs heading into the off-season based on something more then injured potential.

  3. The moral victory was won by the Browns. Frye did very well in the first half. Winslow was a beast on the last drive, and Edwards looked like a #1 WR.

  4. Josh said

    Yeah, the Browns goal should be 3-13 with 8 moral victories. This means they need 7 moral victories in the next 13 games. Tall order, indeed.

  5. […] The Browns won on Sunday but the victory was far from impressive or pretty. Charlie Frye returned to old form by throwing one of the most boneheaded throws some fans have ever seen, the fourth-quarter interception on second-and-six with about three minutes remaining and the Browns clinging to a small lead. Yes, we covered this ground before, in case you were wondering. Last week, in fact, when Frye threw a similar–in boneheadedness if not in form–interception against the Ravens. Fortunately the Raiders are about as good on offense as Frye is productive in the red zone on second-and-goal, fourth-quarter passes, and the interception didn’t cost the Browns the game, as it did the week before. For his part, Frye is saying that he’ll never do it again, which is a quasi-reassuring statement that all professional athletes make when they screw up. His words will ring hollow so long as he keeps making boneheaded throws. […]

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