Derek Anderson – odd man out?

Derek Anderson, Cleveland Browns QB, sacked by the Baltimore Ravens' Trevor PryceThings have just gotten interesting in Cleveland.  First starting quarterback Charlie Frye gets dealt to the Seattle Seahawks, which in turn elevated reserve QB Derek Anderson to the starter.  Meanwhile, backup QB Brady Quinn waits in the wings.  This is a time that you do not want to be in Anderson’s shoes.

He has the huge monkey on his back that is Quinn; his performance on a week-in, week-out basis will determine if and when Quinn becomes the Browns’ starting QB.  Team general manager Phil Savage probably said it best about Quinn and his standing on the team by stating that there’s “no turning back” once the Browns make Quinn the starter.  Probably the big question would be which week willl Quinn start?

Assuming Anderson lays an egg (and you know it will happen eventually), you can bet your rent money that Quinn will be in there.  There’s ample debate on when Quinn should start at QB.  One train of thought is to use him right after the bye week (bye week is Week 6).  But with the Browns’ situation being what it is, Week 6 may be too far down the road.  But on the flip side of the equation, if you combine the opening day loss to the Steelers, Frye’s departure, and the urgency to win, it is entirely possible that we may see Quinn sooner than later.

Another thing to consider – there are jobs on the line, as well.  When Quinn starts and how he fares as the starting QB will go a long ways in determining the fates of Browns head coach Romeo Crennel and possibly Savage.  But one thing is for certain: Quinn is the Browns’ future and the future is now.

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