2007 Redux? Turning to Anderson Will Not Help Browns Inept Offense

Robert CobbCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 15:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Cleveland Browns passes the ball in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Browns Backers,

redux–"brought back; resurgent"   

You have to wonder who is the most hated man in Cleveland sports right now?

Is it the reclusive part-time billionaire owner, Randy Lerner for his invisible style of ownership, Eric Mangini for his wannabe Edgar Hoover CIA style super-secrecy or is it the outcast who took the starting QB job from Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson?

Because if I had to choose one it is Derek Anderson and just when you think the Browns can continue to live up to their "dysfunctional" reputation they go ahead and do this, can you wonder why every Browns fan is on the edge of anger and frustration.

The Browns are a lot like Eric "E" Murphy from my favorite show, "Entourage", a perennial underdog you cannot help but pull for and while E doesn't have the beauty of Vincent Chase, the hip street-smarts of Turtle or the big bother toughness of Johnny Drama The Browns—like E—cannot seem to let go of Anderson, who much like Sloan is nothing but a tease at times, and just when the Browns think they have it figured out with Quinn they go back to Anderson!

The question is will the results be the same for E/Sloan and they are for the Browns and Anderson

While I am an Anderson fan, I think the Browns need to stick with Quinn and at least see what we have in him because we all know what Anderson has and the whole league knows what DA can and cannot do.

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I think the real culprit behind the bad start for the Browns isn't the offensive line, or the schedule or even the fact our defense cannot stop a worm. It is Brian Daboll.

This is what the Browns get for hiring a no-name to coach a NFL offense with no experience, can you say Maurice Carthon all over again as Daboll's playcalling has all but handcuffed Quinn and prevented him from letting him play to his full potential.

Turning to Anderson will not help the lowest ranked overall offense in the NFL score points, and having the worst ranked QB in Anderson since last year—he has the lowest QB rating of 62.6 for a minimum of 150 attempts—isn't going help the Browns. Quinn has the third worst QB rating of 64.9 percent.

The funny thing is that there was another ballyhooed, Ohio-born QB who beat out Anderson in training camp, who went out and lost a game in a eerily similar fashion, the same way Quinn did and was then traded, and Anderson played his first game as Browns starter against? You guessed it– Cincinnati!

Anderson would ride that game to the Pro Bowl and a 10-5 record as a starter.

Can Anderson do it again versus the same team in the same stadium in similar circumstances? For Mangini's sake, that spark he saw in Anderson had better be more than just a brief flicker.

Only in Cleveland!