Eric Mangini Must Pick A QB Now

gary wertmanCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2009

BEREA, OH - AUGUST 07:  Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns talks with Derek Anderson #3 during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on August 7, 2009 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

After three weeks of training camp and two preseason games it's time for Eric Mangini to name his starting Quarterback. Next weeks third pre season game against the Tennessee Titans is crucial in preparing for the upcoming regular season since the last pre season game starters play very little to avoid injury. Right or wrong Mangini needs to pick either Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn so the team can start moving forward with their leader on offense. Waiting up until the Minnesota game to choose his starter will reduce the Browns chances of victory.

Derek Anderson looked sharp for the most part against the Detroit Lions in a 27-10 victory but we already knew he was capable of playing well. When Anderson is in rhythm with no pressure he can throw the football with the best in the NFL. Problem with Derek is his confidence. One bad throw or decision can lead to a bad game. When the Cleveland fans start booing he can disintegrate. If Anderson is chosen as the starter, Quinn must be traded. Looking over his shoulder after every bad throw or series with Quinn on the sidelines would not work out and it would happen, trust me.

Brady Quinn is still an unknown as far as what kind of success he can have as an NFL quarterback. Leadership, huddle pressence, mobility and handling pressure seem to be his strengths. If Mangini decides to go with Quinn, then Anderson could stay as a backup because having DA on the sidelines would not bother Brady. His confidence is stronger than that. But like I stated, Quinn is still  pretty much of an unknown.

No matter who Mangini chooses, he must rely on a strong running game first and don't let his QB get him beat. Neither Anderson or Quinn are the type to carry a team at this stage of their careers and shouldn't be put in that situation. Just manage the game and avoid costly mistakes. For the good of the team Mangini needs to make the most difficult decision of his Cleveland coaching career, choosing his QB.