Quinn Efficient Again as Browns Win

CHICAGO (AP) -- Brady Quinn says he's ready to make an impact for the Cleveland Browns and he did in the pre-season finale. When his next opportunity comes remains to be seen.

The rookie from Notre Dame was efficient, if unspectacular, leading the Browns to a touchdown in a 19-9 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Now, it's up to coach Romeo Crennel to decide if Quinn's time is sooner or later.

Although incumbent Charlie Frye feels he did nothing to lose his job, Crennel said he won't announce the starter for the season-opener against Pittsburgh until next week.

"I think the competition has brought out the best in me on and off the field," Frye said. "Made me a stronger person, being able to handle different situations. It's pushed me."

Quinn will continue to push if Frye gets the nod. His time is coming for the Browns (3-1), but against the Bears, he had to wait a quarter.

Frye played the first two possessions, completing two of five passes, and Derek Anderson led a field-goal drive late in the first quarter before Quinn entered the game. The 22nd pick in the draft, he started the second and was 9-of-14 with 64 yards. He threw an interception but led a touchdown drive.

Overall, not a bad performance. And not a bad preseason.

Quinn was 29-of-45 with 300 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in three preseason games, after reporting late to training camp because of a holdout.

"I think I progressed," Quinn said. "I think things went well not only for myself, but for our team, our offense. We did a lot good things this preseason."

It was not a good night for the Bears, who were shaky on special teams and lost rookie tight end Greg Olsen to a knee injury late in the first half. He was hurt while getting tackled after catching a short pass and will undergo an MRI.

Chicago's Danieal Manning fumbled a kickoff near the goal line in the closing seconds of the first quarter after Anderson led the Browns to a field goal, resulting in a safety that gave Cleveland a 5-0 lead. Joshua Cribbs returned a punt 70 yards for the game's first touchdown early in the second quarter. And Quinn led a 50-yard drive on the Browns' next possession that ended with Jerome Harrison carrying it in from the 1.

Bears starting quarterback Rex Grossman left after the first possession -- a three-and-out affair in which he completed a pass to Olsen for no gain. Cedric Benson had one carry for 2 yards.

Brian Griese came in and completed one of three passes -- a 12-yarder -- before giving way to Kyle Orton to start the second quarter.

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris started for the Bears after missing the first three pre-season games while recovering from a season-ending hamstring injury.

"What did I accomplish in two series?" Harris said, repeating a question. "Just getting a feel of preparing for a game, staying at the hotel, getting my mind right for the game. I wanted to do that and not go to San Diego (for the season-opener) ... and have to do that for the first time."

Otherwise, it was an uneventful conclusion to a difficult week for the Bears (3-1), one that began with linebacker Lance Briggs leaving his Lamborghini alongside a highway after he crashed it early Monday morning.

The Bears now can turn their attention toward their NFC title defense. They figure to be tested in the opener against the Chargers, where former defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is coaching linebackers.

"I'm excited about using the experience I have from last year, starting 19 games, and hopefully that shows," Grossman said.

Frye completed a 16-yard pass to Braylon Edwards on the game's first play from scrimmage but did little else. Anderson was 6-of-9 for 53 yards -- 21 coming on a pass to Cribbs that set up the 24-yard field goal by Phil Dawson.

Then, it was Quinn's turn.

He was 4-of-4 for 27 yards on that touchdown drive as the Browns' lead grew to 19-0.

"Really across the board, every position was just amazing," Quinn said. "I think you can truly see that. You can see that by the way we moved the ball consistently, put points on the board consistently throughout the preseason."


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