BEREA - He went from obscurity to the limelight—in just one week.
That's the life of an NFL quarterback—namely Derek Anderson.
A week after losing the quarterback derby in training camp to Charlie Frye, Anderson took over for Frye in the second quarter of the first game. Two days after the season opening loss, Frye was traded to the Seahawks and Anderson was named the starter for the Bengals game—with no guarantees beyond that.
Many thought he would be keeping the seat warm for Brady Quinn for maybe a game or three, but that might have changed with his AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his effort against the Bengals.
After starting the game 0-of-5, Dilfer went on to throw for 328 yards, including five touchdown passes. In the first two weeks, Anderson is 33-of-61 for 512 yards (54.1 pct.). He's thrown six touchdown passes and two interceptions. His QB rating is 101.3.
"Nothing has changed in my life," Anderson said. "I'm still the same guy. The award just means our offense did a lot of good things."
Romeo Crennel was happy for Anderson.
"It's a good honor for him," Crennel said. "He was the backup in training camp and came on and had a great game."
Crennel knows that one game doesn't really mean much in the big picture of the NFL.
"Every player has to prove themselves every week," Crennel said. "What you did last week is over and done with. That's the nature of the business we're in."
The Browns are looking for the consistency from him each and every week.
"Generally, when you're inconsistent you're good one day and not as good the next day," Crennel said. "We're trying to work with him and get him to the point where he'll be consistently good all of the time."
Anderson knows everyone will be looking at the Browns offense this week.
"It will be big for us to prove that we can be consistent," he said. "We want to try and build on the success that we had on Sunday and keep moving the ball.
"We have to prove to everybody we can move the ball," he said. "We have to be confident."
Not to throw water on the award, but Browns fans might remember that it was only 2005 when quarterback Trent Dilfer was the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in week two after leading the Browns to a 26-24 win over the Green Bay Packers on the road with three touchdown passes. He hit Steve Heiden for two touchdowns, including a 62-yard touchdown and Braylon Edwards for an 80-yard touchdown.
Seven weeks later, Frye was named the starter over Dilfer.
Injury Update: S Michael Adams (wrist and bruised shoulder) is banged up and Leigh Bodden is limited with his groin. LB Antwan Peek (foot)will be limited in practice and the Browns hope to get him ready for Sunday. DB Brodney Pool (concussion) will be held out of practice and see how he's doing by the end of the week.
With the injuries to Adams and Pool, the need for DB Gary Baxter could be very important this week. Crennel said he has been working on the scout teams and he will be evaluated this week in practice to see if he can contribute on Sunday.
"We'll see what he can do this week and see from there," Crennel said. "We just have to put him out there (in practice) and see if he can handle it."
If the injuries to Pool and Adams can't go and Baxter is not ready, Crennel said the Browns might have to look for another safety.
McGinest Update: "Willie's been making good progress," Crennel said. "He's been running and doing more. The doctors feel he's on schedule to get back soon."
"With Dave, we're not exactly sure where he is," Crennel said. "He's still sore and there's some concern that maybe we should rest him.
"Player gives us more of a long-term answer."
Zastudil is still holding out hope to play on Sunday.
"I'm taking it day to day," he said. "It was pretty tight during the game on Sunday. I only had to punt twice, but I was warming up on third down all day."
Player said he was in for a tryout when the Browns decided to sign Ernster. The biggest reason he most likely wasn't signed then was because he is a vested veteran and his price tag is much higher since the Browns thought it would be just a one week fix.
Player, 37, is still one of the few players who sports the single bar face mask.
"I'm here for as long as the need me," Player said. "This beats sitting at home watching TV."