The theme of Thursday's article on Rob Chudzinski was that the departure of Bobby Petrino from Atlanta could—with the word "could" being abundantly stressed—have the Browns potentially losing their fast-rising offensive coordinator to the Falcons.
In much the same way, Petrino's departure could lead to Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage having his 2008 quarterback hand played for him.
Regardless of whether or not Chudzinski were to get the job.
According to several sources both inside the Falcons organization and around the league, Browns quarterback Derek Anderson has already been a topic of discussion as
Specifically, a good percentage of the pro scouting staff and, perhaps most importantly, current general manager Rich McKay all held, and still hold, higher opinions of the soon-to-be free agent.
With Petrino out of the picture, one Falcons source said, "(
The source went on to add that, "while it's still very early in the (evaluation of 2008 free agents)", no one should be surprised "if
One league source, who is not privy to the inner workings of the Falcons organization but is a member of a front office whose team is expected to be in the market for a quarterback, said that he would "be shocked if (the Falcons) are not major players for Anderson when it's all said and done." In fact, the source fully expects the Falcons to be their major hurdle in acquiring
Here's one thing to consider when it comes to where
Should the Falcons, in their whittling down of potential head coaches, decide that Chudzinski warrants an interview for the position, they could, as part of the interview process, gather valuable information regarding
While not necessarily "using" Chudzinski, the Falcons could, the source said, "use (the interview) as an information-gathering tool, an insider scouting report" on someone who they would consider to man the most important on-the-field position in football.
Not that it means much of anything right now, what it being nearly three months until the start of free agency, but the vast, vast majority of the people I've spoken with around the league hold two very strong opinions.
One, that "there is no way in hell" that the Browns use the franchise tag on Anderson, that they will slap the first and third-round tender on the third-year QB.
Two, and perhaps most importantly, that
As one source put it: "(Anderson) will get an offer he won't refuse, and (Savage) won't match."
Whatever the case may ultimately end up being, and regardless of whether the Browns advance to the post-season or not, the Anderson situation shapes up to be one of the most interesting and intriguing offseason storylines since The Return.