Derek Anderson Can't Blame Braylon Edwards

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIApril 18, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Derek Anderson #3 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates a Braylon Edwards #17 touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at McAfee Coliseum September 23, 2007 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

As the NFL draft approaches, trade rumors involving Braylon Edwards and Brady Quinn have been running rampant.

I guess it makes sense to trade Edwards since it was his fault that Derek Anderson lost his job. It also makes sense to trade Quinn, since DA will perform much better now that Edwards is gone.

Does anybody believe that?

Neither do I.

The reality is that yes, Braylon Edwards didn't help any of the quarterbacks in key spots last year.

However, to blame DA's struggles solely on Edwards is crazy.

Let's take a look at it.

In week one against Dallas, there was a point in which he had thrown nine straight incompletions. Are all nine of them Edwards fault?

Week two against Pittsburgh was even worse. DA trying to run a two-minute drill at the end of the half was comical. Whose fault was the interception?

Week three at Balitmore was just awful.

Then he had a decent game, and a great game, for two wins.

The next few weeks were marked with inconsistency. Yes, Edwards did drop some balls in key spots, but the offense never consistently looked like a well-oiled machine. That is on the quarterback, nobody else.

Week eight against Baltimore was the culmination. He actually started out pretty well, and had scoring drives early. Then, yes, Edwards drops a long ball. However, it was DA who turned it over to cost the team the game.

Enter Brady Quinn, the offense looks like a well-oiled machine for two games.

Even though his passing stats weren't great against Buffalo, the unit looked to be on the same page. Edwards dropped some key balls for him, but Quinn didn't let it shake him. He led the team in the last minute for a game-winning field goal.

Next up is Houston, and an injured Brady Quinn is ineffective and lost for the year. DA gets a chance to show his teammates and coaches that they made a mistake by taking him out. He comes in and goes 5 for 17, for 46 yards and an interception.

The next week, the offense produces nothing with him at the helm against the Colts. Therefore, don't blame Braylon Edwards.

DA did it to himself.


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