Uh oh, looks like everyone’s favorite former Domer might be holding a clipboard soon. Reports out of Cleveland suggest that Browns starting quarterback Brady Quinn might start losing playing time to Derek Anderson after a dismal 0-2 start to the season.
Quinn probably even realizes this as he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “I have to elevate my game, play better and fight those swings in momentum.”
Yeah, I’d say so. Nice analysis Mr. Quinn.
So far this season Quinn is 39-for-66 (59.1 percent), for 366 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He currently carries an awful 66.9 QB rating. With Quinn under center the Browns opened with a 34-20 loss to Minnesota and followed that up with Sunday’s 27-6 thrashing at the hands of the Denver Broncos. Sunday was the worst Quinn has looked since draft day when his average-looking girlfriend denied him as he moved in for a kiss.
Browns coach Eric Mangini had some serious criticism for his quarterback following Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, “there were definitely some opportunities for him to get the ball to receivers that were open.”
Clearly, Quinn failed to do that.
Mangini continued: “There were some plays where I thought he had nice throws, but it’s consistency, it’s consistency, it’s consistency … first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter.”
Considering the competition between Quinn and Anderson lasted until the final week of the preseason, it wouldn’t be shocking if the former Pro Bowler got a chance to play in the next few games. Mangini isn’t know for having much patience, so expect a quick hook if Quinn doesn’t improve. And fast. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the cover of Muscle and Fitness magazine if you can’t complete passes to wide open receivers.
The bad news for Quinn, is that the Browns will be on the road against the Baltimore Ravens this coming Sunday. While Philip Rivers and the Chargers torched the Ravens’ secondary for 436 yards passing on Sunday, Quinn is not Philip Rivers and the Browns are not the San Diego Chargers. The Ravens defense isn’t what it once was, Quinn will still have to contend with a stout front seven led by Ray Lewis, who has to be licking his chops at the prospect of getting into the Cleveland backfield.
When you consider that Anderson has had far more actual success in the NFL than Quinn, it makes you wonder how long his teammates will continue to support a kid who hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the veterans on the roster.
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