Another season, another quarterback mess in Cleveland.
I’m going to put everything to rest in one sentence.
Unless he gets hurt, the Cleveland Browns need to stick with Brady Quinn for the entire season.
I know Quinn has looked terrible through three games and the offense is not moving the ball well, but Eric Mangini cannot be playing musical quarterbacks this season.
I’m fine with him putting Derek Anderson in to see if he could provide an offensive spark. The team was down 20-0 and, at that point, the game was completely out of reach. Maybe Mangini thought Anderson could get something going offensively—but he was put in a difficult spot.
I don’t think the Ravens believed Mangini put in Anderson to run the ball—of COURSE they were going to throw the ball! That’s a major reason why Anderson threw three interceptions and laid to rest any ideas to start him Sunday versus the Bengals.
If Mangini starts Anderson on Sunday, he’s pretty much telling Quinn that he’s not “the guy” anymore. You cannot do that to a player who has started just three games this season.
Things are never as good or as bad as they seem.
Perfect example, remember in 2007 when Anderson lit up the Bengals and started the first three games by throwing for over 800 yards and 8 touchdowns? Remember how that turned out? Anderson was not what the fans and media made him out to be and those first three games proved to be an aberration.
Quinn has played against two of the best defenses in the league and has received little help from his supporting cast. He has also not helped his own cause by holding onto the ball too long and missing open receivers.
Mangini will be practically begging to get fired after this season if he starts Anderson over Quinn or alternates quarterbacks all season. Randy Lerner will not put up with it. It’s essentially Quinn’s first season and he needs more time to develop.
Anderson is a backup quarterback who performs best in spot duty because when teams have an opportunity to prepare for him, they exploit his weaknesses and he’s unable to make adjustments. The Ravens game was an exception because any quarterback that goes into a game down 20-0 and starts throwing bombs is going to struggle.
Fans are impatient. I know, I am one of them.
The Browns are well on their way to yet another losing season without postseason football. Mangini needs to keep Quinn as the starter and figure out how to be more competitive. I liked what I saw out of Jerome Harrison and I think he needs to be involved more in this offense. Josh Cribbs isn’t cutting it at receiver and I think it’s time to see what Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie can do.
The San Francisco 49ers are one Brett Favre miracle pass away from being 3-0 right now. They settled on quarterback Shaun Hill and he is playing well for them. They aren’t going back and forth between him and Alex Smith like in previous years and they are getting results now.
Settle on a quarterback and move forward.