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Cleveland Browns: The Quarterback Competition That I Just Don't Get

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 7:  Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns talks to Derek Anderson #3 on the sideline against the New York Jets during a preseason NFL game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 7, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Irish ManContributor IJune 6, 2009

Earlier this week, Eric Mangini stated that he won't name a starting quarterback until late in the preseason.

He says that he wants a guy who has command of his huddle and a guy who can read a defense. It isn't always the guy with the strongest arm. That I understand and I totally agree with.

What I don't understand is why it takes him longer than 10 seconds to figure it out. All he has to do is play back the video of Derek Anderson getting cheered as he suffered a career-ending injury.

I am not saying it is right for the fans to do that, but it is what it is.

If that isn't enough, why doesn't he play all the game film of Anderson running a two minute drill. Also, look at all the disorganization in the huddle.

His high number of interceptions indicate that he clearly can't read a defense. To me that disqualifies him. I wouldn't even want him on the team at this point, let alone competing for a starting job.

As for the other guy, I watched Brady Quinn since he was a freshman at Notre Dame. He really grew into a leader and was one of the best quarterbacks in school history. Talk about command of the huddle and leadership. That was Brady Quinn in South Bend.

Does that mean he will be a great leader at the next level?

No, but it is enough to give him a look. In four games and the preseason, he has been promising when healthy.

How will Quinn be in two minute drills? Mangini should watch the last minute of a game vs. UCLA his senior year.

Does that mean he can do it in the NFL? Again, it means he deserves a look. He looked alright in the two-minute drill against Buffalo. He did lead the Browns to victory.

Based on all that, the decision seems pretty easy. When I think of Derek Anderson, I think that that train has run its course and fallen off the tracks.

Does that mean Quinn is the answer? Again, based on what I saw out of him at Notre Dame, he is definitely worth the risk.

Knowing what I know about him, I think the Browns would be cheating themselves not to at least give him a chance.

When Kellen Winslow spoke recently, he said this is a no brainer and shouldn't even be a competition.

So in the words of Winslow, "What's the big deal? Just give him a chance."

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