Brady Quinn might get another chance after all.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Quinn will start against the Baltimore Ravens next Monday night.
The irony of this potential move is that Quinn was pulled at halftime against Baltimore in favor of Derek Anderson in Week Three.
Head coach Eric Mangini said he wouldn’t make an announcement until Wednesday and hasn’t spoken to either quarterback yet.
On the season, Quinn has completed 59 percent of his passes for 409 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions. If he takes 70 percent of the offensive snaps, he is due an escalator of $11 million at the end of the season. He is mathematically unable to reach that number if he plays the final eight games of the season.
Anderson proved to be much worse than Quinn, completing just 42 percent of his passes with two touchdowns to nine interceptions. His 36.2 quarterback rating is the worst among NFL quarterbacks. Since his breakout game against the Bengals, Anderson has completed 36 passes for 322 yards, to go along with one touchdown and five picks.
Both quarterbacks have been plagued by dropped passes from their receivers. Part of this can be attributed to splitting reps during training camp and practices. Both throw different balls and neither quarterback has been able to find a comfort zone with his receivers.
This is squarely on Mangini for not declaring a starter in camp. If he knew he didn’t have a starter NFL caliber signal caller, he should have drafted one in April. Two years ago, the team thought it had two potential franchise quarterbacks and now they may come to realize they have none. What a coincidence, the old saying, “When you think you have two quarterbacks, you really have none” has proven true in Berea.
Not all the blame can go on Quinn and Anderson, with Kellen Winslow catching everything in sight in Tampa Bay and Braylon Edwards in New York. Joe Jurevicius is retired and Jamal Lewis is all but done as a starting NFL running back.
It’s really not going to matter who the starting quarterback is right now. Mangini may not even be here in February when the team decides what to do with Quinn and Anderson. Not one of the Browns’ top-10 players right now is a guy that Mangini brought in.
Owner Randy Lerner can say he has Mangini’s back all he wants, but what’s he supposed to say? Whoever Lerner ends up bringing in to run the football operations will want their own head coach. Mangini brought this situation upon himself and these last eight games could be his final as a head coach period.