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Brady Quinn Wins Round One in Cleveland Browns' Quarterback Competition

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 15:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns throws the ball before taking on the Green Bay Packers during the preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Kevin LContributor IAugust 18, 2009

Round One of the epic battle for staring quarterback of the Cleveland Browns goes to Brady Quinn.

Somehow, it was decisively.

While Quinn didn’t do anything particularly great, he was at least solid in two drives against the Packers.

In his first series, Quinn appeared poised for the most part. He made two excellent third-down throws to Mike Furrey, with the second being a perfectly placed slant that had plenty of zip behind it.

He also recognized a blitz and audibled to a better protected play, which was refreshing to see a Browns quarterback do. The drive ultimately stalled inside the Green Bay 15 on what appeared to be a misread in coverage by Josh Cribbs.

Quinn reentered the game with 1:50 left in the first half. He appeared comfortable reading coverages and taking what the Packers' defense gave him, as he connected on four straight passes to lead the Browns offense into a first-and-goal situation. 

On second and goal, Quinn threw a perfectly placed ball that was dropped in the back of the end zone by none other than Braylon Edwards.

Unfortunately, Quinn made a mistake on the next play, as he was pressured and tried to squeeze in a throw again to Edwards, who didn't even attempt to break up the one huge error by Quinn in two drives.

On the flip side, Derek Anderson was Derek Anderson. And it was painful.

Anderson had a series of miscues over the course of two lightening-quick series.

His first time out produced a deflected throwa trademark of DA'sand a pointless swing pass.

His second series resulted in the inevitable interception heaved into double coverage as he was pressured. The throw preceding that also should have been intercepted, as he failed to read the blitz and threw late to Cribbs.

Overall, it was not a good start for Anderson, as he finished 0-2 with a pick. Because of that, he definitely lost the first round to Quinn.

Quinn moved the offense down the field both series he was in. He also displayed good footwork and arm strength in addition to reading coverages well and making adjustments. 

Anderson will start next week, but Quinn won Round One of the Cleveland Quarterback Derby.

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