Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn Endures Coach Eric Mangini's Seven Deadly Sins

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Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn Endures Coach Eric Mangini's Seven Deadly Sins
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Here are the seven sins of Browns Coach Eric Mangini- that have left a bad taste in my mouth- in regards to quarterback Brady Quinn.
No. 1 The Lack of Snaps in the Preseason
With all the drama that's unfolded over the past few days, this reason still stands as one of the biggest why not only Quinn struggled, but the Browns team has as well.
Due to the painstakingly long quarterback competition, neither Quinn or Anderson was able to establish any rhythm or chemistry with the offense. This was more damaging for Quinn, who had only a dozen quarters of NFL football under his belt coming into 2009. Unlike Anderson, who came in with ten times the experience.
Any way you slice it, this was a big problem right from the beginning. We've heard Tom Brady say he'd like more preseason games coming off his injury so that he could get back into a groove and find a rhythm. Same goes for Peyton Manning coming off his injury last year.
In essence, the Browns were still in preseason mode because of the lack of snaps given to Quinn in the preseason. Not only that, but the lack of practice and the coaching involved has seemingly stunted Quinn's growth as numerous observers who have watched Quinn over the last seven years have duly noted.
No. 2 Bad Play-Calling

There are three truths that are slowly becoming etched in stone for the Browns.

 

The first is that Mangini is not a good head coach.

 

The second is that Dabol is not a good offensive coordinator.

 

And the third is that the Browns problems and ineptitude do not start or end with the quarterback position, regardless if Quinn or Anderson is playing.

 

From the start of the season, the Browns have run a very conservative offense relying on short passes, screens, and the ground game. The result is that it hasn't worked.

 

Quinn may not have been executing this gameplan rather effectively, but it's still on the coaches for preparing such a ludicrous game plan in the first place.

 

The coaching staff severely limited Quinn's time in the preseason, continued to play it safe to start the season, then ultimately cried foul when Quinn was unable to do anything but play it safe.

 

I know Quinn has been holding the ball too long, been hesitant to throw down field, and hasn't picked up enough third down conversions, but really, what did the coaches expect given the circumstances?

 

Mangini was supposed to preach ball control offense, limited turnovers, and a strong power running game. There's been no running game and now Mangini wants to bring in Anderson who is the antithesis of a ball control quarterback?

 

To use a baseball analogy, Cleveland has been implementing a game plan and coaching Quinn to bunt and hit singles. Now, they are benching him because he hasn't hit enough doubles and home runs.

 

No. 3 Complete Lack of Trust

 

This was one is important because it not only affects Quinn's game plan, but has permeated throughout the entire Browns roster.

 

When Mangini subjected Cleveland nation to an intense quarterback competition, it was with the intention of picking the right guy who could give the Browns the best chance to win on Sunday.

 

The head coach has even made trust a sticking point throughout his time in Ohio- and stated in the past- that whoever won the quarterback competition would be the starter he would stick with.

 

Apparently, trust is only a one-way street for Mangini.

 

The more level-headed Browns fans stressed continually this preseason that if Quinn were to win the job that Mangini & Co., would need to be patient and develop the young guy for the sake of the future.

 

Not many people expected great things from Cleveland, so it was assumed there would be a level of trust between Mangini and Quinn as the year progressed, and the development continued, but reality is otherwise.

 

That trust is completely gone.

 

No. 4 Two and a Half Games

 

This one is a real throat punch indeed.

 

Again, scores of Browns fans wanted to see Quinn play, at minimum, eight regular season games in 2009, to see what they have in their first round draft pick.

 

No matter how you look at it, pulling Quinn after ten quarters of football is completely uncalled for. I don't even want to elaborate on this topic because it is such a joke it's not even funny.

 

No. 5 The Peformance of Derek Anderson

 

If number five was a punch to the throat, this one is a bunch to the groin.

 

If Anderson had come in against Baltimore and played in any way better than Quinn, then I wouldn't have as much of a problem with the quarterback switch (although two and a half games?? Really??).

 

Instead, Anderson throws three interceptions and is once again at the bottom of the league in passer rating. Maybe if DA led the Browns to a touchdown or two this would make sense, but it makes anything but that.

 

Instead, Anderson couldn't complete 60 percent of his passes and turned the ball over on three of four possessions. Is that supposed to convince me of something, when DA is allowed to chuck the ball down field indiscriminately without repercussions from the head coach?

 

To use the baseball analogy again, Quinn has been striking out too often, but has been bunting and hitting singles just like the coaches planned.

 

On the other hand, Anderson has been told to swing for the fences and hit a couple singles, but nonetheless, struck out at a higher rate than Quinn.

 

The only difference is, despite common logic, Mangini is more forgiving of the veteran quarterback mistakes than the inexperienced quarterback mistakes.

 

No. 6 Panic Decision

 

At this point, with reason number six, something doesn't smell right and isn't adding up.

 

Remember how we were subjected to the perilous long quarterback competition only a month ago and how serious a decision it was?

 

Remember how Quinn outperformed Anderson in nearly every aspect of preseason, and Mangini still took every last minute to name Quinn the starter against Minnesota?

 

Now, this same guy takes only 48 hours after a three interception performance by Anderson to, in fact, name said Mr. Anderson the starting quarterback next Sunday.

 

I'm still trying to wrap my head around that.

 

However, it looks as if Mangini is simply panicking and despite cooler heads, who believe the Browns should stick with Quinn and develop a quarterback for once, the head coach is going for broke with Anderson.

 

No. 7 Set Up For Failure

 

Admittedly, this reason is nothing more than my conjecture, but it sure seems like this was nothing more than a set up.

 

There are numerous media sources and experts telling the world that Mangini has favored Anderson all along, but felt pressure to play Quinn from ownership, fans, etc.

 

Do I believe this? I'm not really sure and we may never know the truth. But what I do know is that it sure as heck seems like it is.

 

Why else does Quinn have to start against three tough defenses, work with an uber-conservative game plan, and get crucified for his mistakes, only to see Mangini open up the play book for Anderson, forgive him of any mistakes he may make in the process and conveniently name him the starter against a weaker Cincinnati defense at the first chance the coach could get?

 

I do know that this mess of a situation, as I predicted long ago, would happen with both Anderson and Quinn on the roster.

 

How is it that Quinn, once one of the most confident young quarterbacks in the league, has become so hesitant and indecisive? He wasn't like that last year folks. Like ESPN's Chris Mortensen mentioned yesterday, the problem is bad coaching and bad ownership.

 

If Lerner really wants Quinn to play quarterback, then he cannot be happy right now. Either way, having an owner like this is not good for the Browns.

 

But then, what about Quinn's contract incentives? Are they playing a part in this decision? Does Lerner really want Quinn as quarterback bad enough to pay him $11 million dollars if he gets 70 percent of the snaps?

 

And if Mangini really wanted Anderson to start, why did we have to go through all of this? Why couldn't Quinn have been traded? Why put Quinn in this untenable position that has been destructive to both him and his teammates?

 

It is fine if Mangini wanted to play Anderson all along, but the resulting fiasco just reinforces the truth that Cleveland really does have a bad owner and a horrible coach. If Mangini doesn't want Quinn, then trade him immediately.

 

I don't care if Quinn plays this year, but I'd rather he sit behind Hasslebeck, Delhomme, or Bulger with an organization willing to actually develop a young quarterback, instead of hanging him out to dry and making him a scape goat for the coaches own destructiveness.

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