So much for the whole quarterback secret.
When head coach Eric Mangini is fired, either at the end of the year or next year, the secrecy that surrounded the Browns quarterback position will follow him for the rest of his career.
Which leads me to this: If Mangini is indeed still the coach at the end of the season, both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson will be looking for new homes in the off-season.
Mangini can at least defend himself by saying that neither quarterback was handpicked by him and general manager George Kokinis.
Maybe Mangini thought he would be able to catch lightning in a bottle and find something in either of these guys. So far, it doesn’t look like it.
I hate to even bring up this topic, but if the Browns have the No. 1 pick in the draft, they should be looking at three players: safety Eric Berry and quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy.
Berry could be the best defensive player in the draft, if not the best player on either side of the ball.
The Browns have not had a star safety since they have come back and he could become the quarterback of this weak secondary. Right now, Berry would be an instant upgrade over both Abram Elam and Brodney Pool.
Look at how much the Pittsburgh Steelers miss Troy Polamalu. The team is 0-2 without it's maniac playmaker in the defensive backfield.
The Ravens’ Ed Reed was all over the field and picked off Anderson once, while Elam and Pool had as many picks or big plays as you and me. Berry would be a solid choice and would bring a feared presence to a pathetic secondary.
Then there is Bradford and McCoy, the two top prospects at the quarterback position. Mangini may have no choice but to select either player under the current situation.
Quinn is proving that he was way overhyped coming out of Notre Dame. I am starting to see why 21 teams, including the Browns, passed on him. Anderson is a backup at best and too erratic with the football.
If both Quinn and Anderson are dumped after the season, do not be surprised if Mangini picks up Chad Pennington, whose relationship with the Miami Dolphins could be coming to an end.
Bill Parcells has already stated that Chad Henne will take over in 2010. I know, another ex-Jet who won’t contribute to this team. He would be a one-year stopgap at most before either McCoy or Bradford is ready. He is in his early 30's and would not be a threat to either Bradford or McCoy.
Again, this team has problems everywhere. I don’t mean to pick on the safeties and quarterbacks only, but it starts with the quarterback. I knew Elam would be a disappointment, and Pool can’t be depended on a regular basis with his injury history.
LeBron, Shaq and the Cavaliers open training camp tomorrow. Maybe the Browns should shadow Dan Gilbert, Danny Ferry, and Mike Brown to see how a real professional sports franchise is operated.
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