Derek Anderson Is Finally Benched

A AContributor INovember 1, 2009

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Derek Anderson #3 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after being sacked by the Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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66 for 154, 681 yards, 2 TD, 9 INT, 9 Sacks,....and all in only 5 games. 1-4 as a starter, with a mere 2 passes completed in a 6-3 win over Buffalo. And finally, with just under 3 minutes to go in Anderson's 5th start was he benched.

I am not saying Brady Quinn is going to turn the season around, but that supposed "spark" Anderson provided was more like a "blip". He looked lost, if not confused in over 90% of his snaps. He locks on receivers from the moment the ball is hiked, he is inaccurate, and just an overall poor football player. Sure, he is an athlete in terms of his build, but anyone know knows football knew this guy coming out of college would not be an NFL starter. 8  solid starts in 2007 where defenses had no tape on you does not make you and NFL quarterback. Go back to Oregon please, Browns Nation is fed up with you poor performance.

One just has to wonder why it took Eric Mangini THIS long?!?! Again, I am not a BQ or DA fan, but Quinn was pulled after 3 games against very quality defenses and had a shorter leash despite being the front runner coming out of an already long selection process during the pre-season.

There are only 2 possible explanations: Either Brady Quinn is being held off by his 11 million dollar bonus at the request of the organization (Randy Lerner, in specific) or Lerner wanted Quinn all along, and as soon as Mangini has reason he pulled Quinn. Either way, he has already been pulled, the offense will have to adjust to another quarterback switch after over a month, and Mangini has killed the mans confidence.

I am officially declaring the 2009-2010 Cleveland Browns season dead.... You could make the argument it ended from the first snap against Minnesota, but this carousel at the QB position was the last straw, and eliminated any flow in a struggling offensive unit.  

One positive note to leave on though, is Rob Ryan and his defense looked decent, taking into account what they were given....

I salute anyone still reading these Browns articles.


Another disappointed Browns fan