Is it too early to ask the most probing question of the 2007 season thus far?
No, this has nothing to do with the Browns' embarrassing run defense or even more embarrassing pass defense. And it has nothing to do with Romeo Crennel's job security.
Nor does it deal with whether Todd Grantham should be demoted or whether LeCharles Bentley is finally ready to fulfill his dream of playing for the Browns.
That begets other questions. Were the Browns premature in drafting Quinn? Did they have their quarterback of the future on the roster and not realize it? Did they trade next year's first-round draft pick unnecessarily? Is this all just an aberration? Or a portent of things to come?
Think about it before jumping to conclusions.
This season has gone from "where did that come from? in week two against
But the most important statistic on
For the first time since the Browns returned in 1999, they seem to have reached a level of offensive stability that has been sorely lacking. And
Sure, he has the weapons with which to work. But he's good enough and smart enough to make take advantage of that weaponry. Great teams are the sum of all the parts, not just a few here and there. For example, how good would Kellen Winslow Jr. and Braylon Edwards be with Charlie Frye under center?
Yes, that's a rhetorical question. But it kind of makes one wonder what the Browns didn't see in
(You know what's scary? The Browns trading
The amalgam of the offensive line, a decent running game and two terrific receivers has elevated the
After this Sunday's game against the hapless Rams, litmus tests await
Who knew back then that a sixth-round draft choice out of
Then again, that might not turn out to be the case. After all, look what happened in
The arguments on both sides are valid, entertaining and definite food for thought.
The offensive line has received major points for its protection of
His ability to check down adroitly enables him to get rid of the ball so quickly, opposing pass rushers frequently punch the air in frustration because they reach him too late. Don't underestimate how much that helps build a bridge of confidence between the quarterback and his men up front.
Pass blocking is hard enough, but when your quarterback gets rid of the ball in less than four seconds, that's reason enough to work harder.
He gives his receivers a chance to make plays. Last week against
Most of his problems, it seems, have come while throwing down the middle of the field. That's where most of his interceptions have taken place. Those mistakes are correctable.
When criticizing his inconsistency, factor in that
He's going to have his bad games. Count on it. But that shouldn't interfere with the notion that he definitely belongs in the NFL. The big question is with which team.
And that's where Phil Savage's developing little dilemma begins.
Eventually, he is going to have to make a decision regarding his quarterbacks. He'll most likely say it's a win-win situation and that whichever quarterback he chooses, the Browns will be in good hands.
Given his troubles with quarterback personnel decisions over the years, it'll be interesting to see which of the young quarterbacks he hangs his hat – and reputation – on.
There's also a chance he might choose to keep both quarterbacks. But that would spark something that would be distasteful: A controversy.
So . . . once again . . . is it too early to wonder whether Derek Anderson is well on his way to making Brady Quinn an afterthought?
Certain things in life make you wonder and go hmmmm. Add this one to the list.