OconRecon Posted June 11, 2009 Report Share Posted June 11, 2009 Very supportive of Mangini's approach to the QB situation. Mangini is continuing to grow on me. No matter what's being said publicly, the Browns quarterback position is Brady Quinn's to lose. By Ed Thompson Scout.com Senior NFL Analyst Posted Jun 11, 2009 Based on comments coming out of Cleveland, it appears that head coach Eric Mangini won't officially name a starting quarterback until at least mid-August. He's said he wants to see Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson in a wide variety of situations before he makes that call. And that makes a lot of sense. But that doesn't mean that it's not obvious that Brady Quinn is the better quarterback in Cleveland. Mangini is playing the smart hand, especially when you consider that Anderson's ego has to be shaky at best. He's coming off of a rocky 2008 season that has undoubtedly damaged not only his confidence, but the confidence of some of his teammates as well. Anderson was 3-6 as a starter last year. While it's not fair to put those losses just on his shoulders, as the leader of the offense, his performance wasn't nearly as sharp as it was in 2007. "The big one for me is huddle presence and the ability to run the offense," Mangini explained during a press conference. "Who can most effectively run the offense? Who can look at the defense, understand what the coverage is and go to the right place with the ball? Who can see a blitz look and put us into the right play? "There's always going to be some right answer. And the ability for us offensively to get to the right answer in a short amount of time, under pressure -- that's what's going to drive the decision." Sure sounds like Quinn to me. He's the calmer, more focused and athletic quarterback. He's hungry to lead and has a field presence that his teammates should respect. But I like the way Mangini is playing the cards that he's been dealt. The best thing for his club right now is a quarterback competition that shows equal support for Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson -- at least for now. Imagine this scenario. Mangini hands the starter's role to Quinn now or early in training camp. Then the unthinkable happens and Quinn is sidelined with an injury. Anderson tries to salvage some respect while he inherits the starter's role by default. How well do you think he's going to play in that situation? Instead, by dragging out the competition and withholding his proclamation, Mangini hedges his bets. If Quinn is injured, Anderson becomes the starter, powered by the illusion that he was possibly going to win the job outright. Bottom line, intended or not, Mangini's strategy is a confidence builder for a veteran Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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