Frye eager to show Holmgren what he’s learned


Members of the Cleveland Browns aren’t the only players and coaches who will be watched closely by incoming club president Mike Holmgren.

Take quarterback Charlie Frye, for instance.

Frye played nearly all of the 2007 season and 2008 with the Seattle Seahawks under Holmgren, remade his game, and gets his second start with the Raiders Sunday at Browns Stadium.

With Holmgren having already determined he would retire at the end of the season with Jim Mora taking over, Frye said Holmgren called him with words of advice for his career.

“He was like, `You’ve taken all you can from here, because (my contract) was up at the end of the season,” Frye told the Cleveland media by conference call. “He said, `You need to go teach somebody else what you’ve learned here or go out and do it yourself.’ That was pretty special for him to say that to me.”

So Frye ended up doing both. JaMarcus Russell singled out Frye as the veteran who was giving him the most good advice as he struggled. Frye also was a fixture at the facility on Tuesdays, getting in early, staying late, helping with game plans like the coach he will eventually become.

Now he’s the starter for the second week in a row, recovering from a concussion which knocked him out of a 20-19 win over Denver.

“I’ve always been a ball player,” Frye said. “I don’t get caught up in all the off the field activities and the other stuff. I love the game. That will never change. When the time comes _ `Charlie, you can’t play anymore’ _ I’ll coach. I’ll always be involved in the game of football because that’s what I love to do.”

No one is quite sure how Holmgren is going to shape the Browns. None of the coaching staff knows their status, there’s still speculation that Holmgren could do the coaching himself. But if Holmgren were to beckon Frye as a mentor/backup quarterback, it’s clear Frye would listen.

Like Bruce Gradkowski, Frye is in Oakland on a one-year contract, and there would appear to be at least an outside chance of the Raiders parting ways with Russell as well if they determine he simply isn’t going to do everything it takes to be the team’s leader and franchise player on the field, off the field and during the week.

“I don’t know how those decisions are made or who makes them,” Frye said. “Anybody who has played for him would love to be back with him. That’s how great a person he is. That stuff is really out of your hands, and I really like it out here.”

Frye is philosophical about returning to a state where he went to college at Akron, as well as where he got his start as an NFL contract, which included the dubious distinction of being the first Week 1 starter at his position to be traded to another team before Week 2. He was dealt for a sixth-round draft pick and replaced by Derek Anderson _ who coincidentally will start for the Browns Sunday with Brady Quinn having gone on injured reserve with a foot injury.

“There’s nothing in the world that can prepare you for that because it’s so unexpected,” Frye said. “To be the first guy that’s ever happened to is pretty unreal, but coach Holmgren told me when I got to Seattle it’s all about how you respond and that’s how the rest of your career will go.”

Like Gradkowski against Pittsburgh, Frye will have a large contingent of fans rooting him on, but plans on putting the location out of his mind in favor of the big picture.

“The game is bigger than anybody,” Frye said. “It will always move in. It moved on when the greatest players retired. That’s the way I look at it. It’s a chance for us to win more games since (the Raiders have) since 2002. It’s a chance for us to win two in a row. There are a lot bigger things than what I want to do.”

Blackout lifted

The Browns announced announced a sellout today to avoid their first local black out since 1995. They needed a 48-hour extension to get the tickets sold.

The Sunday weather report calls for temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees with snow flurries.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • We’ll see what? The Raiders play good defense? Why? They just won a big game. There’s nothing to motivate them.

  • “Real Moron”.


    Good one.

    I’m floored.

  • spellcheck

    Plunketthead…are you awaiting orders? or needing help dealing with insignificant problems?

  • Oooh, “insignificant problems”.

    Another good one.

    Don’t mess with Spellcheck, guys. He might say you have “insignificant problems”. Imagine the agony!

  • spellcheck

    Meredith Baxter did it with men for years and was married and had kids.

  • Plunketthead

    I am awaiting orders to throw MR out of the bar.

  • spellcheck

    don’t worry Plunketthead 2 beers and he’ll pass out or his wife will drag him out by the ear.

  • MR

    U seem a lil angry this morning dude?.. Im always excited on game day, you cant harsh my buzz..

  • Really, spellcheck? Before I found out she was a lesbian, all I knew about her is that she was Michael
    J Fox’s mom on Family Ties. I apologize for not being up on her biography. What would we do baby, without us..

  • 408, I’m raging with anger, dude. So angry. Ready to maim. I’m so angry I think I might crack more jokes about how bad the Raiders’ defense is. Arrrrggggh!!!

  • Plunketthead

    Now you know how Cable feels right before he winds up his pimp hand.

  • MR

    We need more positive energy! The D will play well..Bush has a big game.. It all goes down in about 2o min…

  • spellcheck

    thank you mr.obvious

  • Plunketthead

    Whats funny is Merideth had become a hasbeen and a wannabee. So she goes on Oprah and says Im gay, I hate dicks. And Obama says you can be my new HUD director or whatever post they appointed her to.

    I would wear a pink tutu and hand out gay nazis for abortion tracts on the Las Vegas Strip if Oboma would give3 me a post.

  • Plunkethead, you should go on Oprah and talk about your son’s shaved pubes and you’ll be famous, too.

  • 4evaRaider

    thats soo last year,Plunketthead lol

  • Plunketthead

    Are those visions still rolling around in your skull? You might wanna get some help for that.
    I try to put things like that out of my head instead of replaying them over and over.

  • spellcheck

    Geez Plunketthead …the way you suck up to Floridiot Pete, I thought you already had a job.

  • Plunketthead

    4eva did I use that last year?
    Its suppose to be gay nazis for Christ tracts

  • Plunketthead


    you have not been around here have you?
    I have NEVER sucked up to FP

  • spellcheck

    Plunketthead Says:
    December 27th, 2009 at 9:25 am
    Hey Pete, what do we do at the bar when a niner walks in and says Raiders suck and they will choke today

  • Plunkethead, the vision rolling around in my skull is of your comments talking about your son shaving his pubes, and how weird you are.

  • Plunketthead


    Thats weak. I just used Pete to set up my joke. My jokes may not be funny to anyone but I crack myself up.

  • spellcheck

    Careful Plunketthead…Real Moron has visions of being your family barber.

  • 4evaRaider

    lmao Plunk =)

  • Plunketthead

    MR Nobody else gives a dam and I could care less as well, but you keep poking me with it if it gives you the warm fuzzies inside.

  • I have visions of Plunkethead being hauled away and his kids going to a safer home. Any dude who talks about his son shaving his pubes, and goes into detail?

  • plunkethead, you really shouldn’t use the term “poking”. Not in this conversation. Your creepy meter is high enough as it is right now.

  • Plunketthead


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  • spellcheck

    Real Moron….maybe Plunketthead’s kids can move into your mom’s basement with you.

  • My mom’s basement! That’s so original.

  • raidermarty

    Merry Christmas RAIDER NATION!
    LET’S GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dirty30

    “Frye eager to show Holmgren what he’s learned”. lol. Yep, you did a good job, Charlie Brown. You sure showed that Holmgren today. Yessiree! When you telegraph your passes, & you have a weak arm…(possibly the worst combination for ints by a “pro” Qb), you will ALWAYS throw multiple ints every game. It is not a good idea to have a QB like that (even) on your roster, which is why he’s been dumped by every team. All he’s gonna do is KILL his own team if he ever gets into the game.
    If he starts next week, he’ll have another 2-3 ints. Guaranteed.