Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson Both in Better Positions Than Browns

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIApril 3, 2010

BEREA, OH - AUGUST 07:  Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns talks with Derek Anderson #3 during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on August 7, 2009 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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As we all know by now, both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson are with different teams. The Cleveland Browns quarterback situation now involves Jake Delhomme as the starter with Seneca Wallace and Brett Ratliff as the backups.

Calling it honestly, the Browns are a disaster waiting to happen at quarterback. Let's be real. Delhomme has been a train wreck the last couple of seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Wallace has proved nothing and Ratliff has proven even less.

Sure, they will likely draft a quarterback in the middle rounds, Dan Lefevour makes the most sense, but that will be a long term and not an immediate solution.

Meanwhile, the guys who were at the center of the quarterback controversy last year are now in situations where they both get a fresh start.

Both Quinn and Anderson will enter training camp and in all likelihood start the season as backups in Denver and Arizona, respectively.

However, the fact is that there is a good chance that both will be starting by the end of the season. The reality is that both are in  systems that are very conducive to their success.

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In Denver, Quinn will be in the exact same system that he ran at Notre Dame. Josh McDaniels was mentored by none other than Charlie Weis.

Meanwhile, Anderson will be licking his chops in Arizona like any gunslinger would when you have Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston to throw to.

Also being real, nobody in Denver or Arizona sees Kyle Orton or Matt Leinart as the long term answer. While the fair thing to do is to allow both Orton and Leinart the chance to prove them wrong, the ceiling is probably low for both guys.

Ken Whisenhunt did not draft Leinart and his window of opportunity lasts about four weeks. It could be even less if he is a train wreck in the pre season. Based on that, I could see Anderson starting in Arizona as early as week 4.

In Denver, it is no secret that Quinn was the guy McDaniels wanted last year when it became clear that Jay Cutler would be traded. Orton came in and performed very well in the first half of the season. Then he faded down the stretch.

Orton performed well enough early to go into this season as the starter, but poor enough down the stretch for the Broncos to justify bringing in Quinn.

That means Orton has in all likelihood a higher ceiling than Leinart, but we could still see Quinn starting in Denver by week 6 if Orton doesn't perform.

Based on all that it would not be a bit surprising if Quinn and Anderson were both starting for their respective teams at the end of the season while the Browns were still desparately looking for their quarterback.

That would only be justice in my eyes. Browns fans may not like what Anderson said after he was cut, but he was 100% dead on.


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