Just when I thought I was done writing about the Browns a couple of things happened to bring me back for at least one more. John Flyte of Brady-Quinn.org (a site I didn't even know existed) sent me a message, and I realized that there still are people out there who see what I see.
A two-of-17 performance by a quarterback who is supposed to be better than Brady Quinn, also encouraged me to come back. I am not here to bash Derek Anderson. Doing so would make me no better than those who bash Quinn. Instead, I am going to reiterate a point I have been making since Quinn was benched.
There is not a quarterback past, present, or future that could quarterback this team. The reason is that this team stinks. My contention to those who said Quinn was afraid to go downfield was that his receivers were covered, and he had no time.
I didn't see the game today but my guess is that many of Anderson's incompletions were because of hurried throws. These guys, who Eric Mangini brought in to improve the line, are even worse than the guys they replaced. He really sounds like a Mangenius.
A game I did watch today was New England and Denver. It was outstanding. Both teams have quarterbacks that make safe decisions with the football. They will check down to a screen if it is not open downfield. Does that sound like a quarterback we know?
Well, Tom Brady and Kyle Orton both think that way as well. Orton looks to be on the verge of a breakout year, and we all know what Brady can do. So why does this approach work so well for Brady in New England, and Quinn was unable to move the ball in Cleveland?
It really doesn't take a Mangenius to figure that one out. When Brady wants to go deep, the line usually him gives time to do so. The guy on the other end of it, is this guy by the name of Randy Moss. Last I checked, that guy is pretty good.
Quinn's best deep threat was Braylon Edwards. I love Edwards, but he cannot go up and take a ball away from defenders the way Moss does.
When Brady checks down to a screen, Kevin Faulk or Wes Welker make great runs after the catch. Let's face it, Mike Furrey is no Wes Welker. Robert Royal is no Benjamin Watson. Jamal Lewis (at this stage of his career) and Jerome Harrison, can't even compare to Sammie Morris and Fred Taylor.
I mean no disrespect to Tom Brady by comparing him to Brady Quinn. I am a huge Tom Brady fan, and there is no comparison at this point. All I am saying is watch Brady next week. You will see that they are more similar than just in name. Both mentored by Charlie Weis, their footwork and mechanics look almost identical.
The difference is that one guy has the talent around him to make it work, and the other guy doesn't. One guy also has a coach who believes in him, so the team will rally around that guy. If you are skeptical on this assessment, just watch Tom Brady next week. Then come talk to me afterward.
This is all on Mangini. He held this team, and city, hostage with this prolonged quarterback controversy, which I am sure will heat up again this week. Instead, he should have named his guy, and put the right players around him to make the system work.
Anderson and Quinn are totally different types of quarterbacks. While Quinn is a Brady type, Anderson is more of a Jay Cutler type. That is why I wasn't shocked when Josh McDaniels tried to trade Cutler the first time. He didn't fit the system.
I am giving both Quinn and Anderson passes on what has happened this year. Neither was properly prepared, and neither has the right players to fit their talents. This is all on Mangini.