Could Matt Cassel End Up In Cleveland?

Jeff SmirnoffSenior Writer IDecember 11, 2008

With both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson currently on injured reserve for the rest of the season, the Cleveland Browns are currently knee deep in the Ken Dorsey Experience for their last four games of 2008.

The only thing left to look forward to in 2008 for the Browns is an appearance by the Polish Hammer, Bruce Gradkowski.

Anderson’s performance in 2008 shows that he may have been a “one hit wonder” in 2007. Quinn only has four NFL games (three being starts) under his belt. Suffice it to say that the Browns' 2009 quarterback situation is as murky as ever.

Do they bring both Anderson and Quinn back for another open competition?  Probably not, since Browns fans celebrated Anderson’s season-ending injury against the Indianapolis Colts.  (Honestly people, calling for Ken Dorsey is NOT a good idea.)

Head Coach Romeo Crennel has declared Brady Quinn his starter for 2009.  Um…one problem there, big guy: you aren’t going to be coaching the team in 2009.  So it is probably not a good idea for The Mighty Quinn to celebrate your endorsement.

Does this mean that Quinn is incapable or handling starting NFL quarterback duties?  No, absolutely not.  There just isn’t enough game data to say that he is capable due to his injury.

But is there a scenario that Browns fans are overlooking despite it being a possibility?  Could Matt Cassel end up captaining the Browns offensive ship in 2009?

Could it happen?  Yes.  What are the odds?  Slim.

If the Browns were to pursue Cassel, they should want to exploit the fact that he has flourished in the New England Patriots' system. There are no guarantees that he would fit into the Browns’ current system.  Besides, Crennel will not be back, so odds are his coordinators may not be back as well.

Throw in the fact that current Browns GM Phil Savage may be on his way out as well, and the stage could (key word: could) be set for Cassel to be a target.  Here’s how…

There have been rumors circulating that current Patriots GM Scott Pioli could be itching to bolt New England to get out from underneath the shadow of Pats’ Czar Bill Belichick.  If this were to occur, Pioli would undoubtedly want to bring in a head coach he was familiar with.  Perhaps the Pats’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels?

McDaniels is one the young, up-and-coming coordinators in the league. In recent years,  coaches fitting that mold (Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, etc.) have seen success when teaming with an experienced GM such as Pioli.

If they were to team up in Cleveland, you would have to think they would make a play for Cassel. They are as familiar with him as he is with them.  He has shown that he can flourish in their system after Tom Brady was lost for the season.

Once again, could it happen?  Yes.  What are the odds?  Slim.

But it is another scenario that could play out for the Browns in an off-season that should be much more interesting that their 2008 regular season.