Head coach Eric Mangini announced today that Derek Anderson will take over the starting quarterback role for the winless Cleveland Browns. That will leave everyone’s favorite former Domer, Brady Quinn, holding a clipboard during this Sunday’s contest with Cincinnati.
Quinn, who seems more interested in working his pecs than developing his quarterbacking skills, won the starting job during training camp but has lost it after just three games. And it was a spectacular three games. The kind of spectacular that left him with a 62.9 quarterback rating and half of the Cleveland faithful recovering from strokes caused by screaming at the television.
Let’s break down Quinn’s three performances thus far, shall we?
Week one vs. Minnesota, 34-20 loss
21-of-35 (60 percent), 205 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 5.86 yards per attempt, 5.0 sacks (GET RID OF THE BALL BRADY!) and a 74.1 QB rating.
Week two at Denver, 27-6 loss
18-of-31 (58.1 percent), 161 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception, 5.19 yards per attempt, 4.0 sacks (GET RID OF THE BALL A-HOLE!) and a 58.7 QB rating.
Week three @ Baltimore, 34-3 loss
6-of-8 (75 percent), 34 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception, 4.25 yards per attempt, 1.0 sacks and a 42.7 QB rating.
Quinn was pulled at halftime of the Baltimore game. For those of you thinking that putting up those numbers against the Ravens’ defense isn’t so bad, consider that one week earlier Philip Rivers torched Baltimore for 436 yards through the air.
Quinn’s quarterback rating of 62.9 ranks 30th out of 33 eligible players. Just for fun: David Garrard, Seneca Wallace, Byron Leftwich, Kevin Kolb, Shaun Hill, Trent Edwards and Kyle Orton are ahead of him. I’ll give Cleveland fans a second to stop banging their heads on their desks…
Quinn has been so bad that he is being replaced by a guy who threw three interceptions in relief of him on Sunday. Quinn’s leadership abilities are so atrocious that Mangini saw Derek Anderson go 11-of-19 (57.9) for 92 yards, 0 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 30.9 QB rating in the final three quarters against Baltimore and said “Yep, that’s my guy.”
The fact that Mangini is already (supposedly) on the hot seat in Cleveland and went with Anderson is telling. He has seen what Quinn can do and has decided that if he’s gonna go down, he’s gonna go down with the other guy. That tells me two things. First, Quinn does not have the trust of his teammates. Mangini obviously feels like the team will fight harder for Anderson. Second, the talent difference between Quinn and Anderson is minimal.
The two signal callers were dead even for most of training camp and it was the final quarterback battle in the NFL to be decided (the players were informed of the decision just four days before the opening game). Mangini probably went with Quinn because of his status as a first round pick and someone the Browns gambled on (they traded a first round pick in 2008 and their 2007 second rounder to move up and snag him).
Anyone else think the Browns should be burning up the phones trying to work a deal to get Michael Vick to Cleveland? At least he’d provide some excitement, though he’d probably have to avoid the Dawg Pound as a requirement of his probation.
I just feel bad for Notre Dame fans since they’ve talked Quinn up as a franchise quarterback since he was a freshman. It’s a shame. Why can’t he be more like Mark Sanchez?