Did Brian Daboll Let the Cat Out of the Bag?

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIJune 24, 2009

FOXBOROUGH, MA - 2006:  Brian Daboll of the New England Patriots poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Getty Images)

Last week in a press conference, Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll made some interesting comments regarding the quarterback competition. After watching it, I was thinking that he just named Brady Quinn the starter.

First, he was talking about other quarterbacks he worked with like Tom Brady and Brett Favre. He mentioned how both of them were in early and out late each day. If you know the Browns at all, you know how well documented it is that Quinn is known to be in early and out late.

He did, however, say later in the press conference that both Quinn and Derek Anderson have been in early and out late. But, I sense he was just covering his bases there. It has been well documented how Quinn stays late in the offseason, while Anderson is out golfing somewhere.

Now, that is not a shot at Anderson. Players prepare differently. Maybe by getting away from the film room and on the green, Anderson can clear his head and think about the situations that way.

However, Daboll said they want a guy who is in early and out late, and we all know that is Brady Quinn.

The next thing he said was he wants a guy who prides himself on being a great practice player. Anderson has a repuatation of not being a good player in practice.

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While I do feel that Quinn is a more of a gamer than a practice guy, he doesn't have the reputation of not being good in practice.

The next thing Daboll said was he wanted a guy who has control of the huddle and gets his players lined up properly. We all know who is better at this.

He also said he wants the guy who makes better decisions under pressure. Again, Anderson throws into multiple coverages when he is pressured. Quinn ,on the other hand, either throws it away or to a place where only the receiver can catch it, or he tucks it and runs.

The last thing he said was that he wants is the guy who is more accurate. When he said that I was thinking, "You just named Brady Quinn the starter."

At least that is what it looks like to me.

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