Tales From The Inbox

Is Brady Quinn getting an adequate chance to prove himself? Has Anderson really improved? What happened with Ken Dorsey? Could the Browns have misfired with the young QB from Notre Dame? The questions have been pouring into Lane's in-box, and here's his take on where the Browns signal callers stand...

Q: There appeared to be a noticeable difference with the Cleveland offense when starter Derek Anderson is on the field in comparison to backup Brady Quinn in the Jets game. The offense appears to be more "West Coast-like" with Quinn. Why doesn't Quinn get time with the starters so they and we get a better idea as to who the better QB is? Could he be better than Anderson right now?

LA: Was the offensive strategy different with Quinn under center? Absolutely, but the question is, was that change due to this QB seeing the field differently and looking to check-down quicker than the starter?

I honestly believe Quinn had his opportunities to go down-field and chose not to. I also believe that with Quinn playing with lesser talent, you simply cannot gauge his ability in this offensive scheme accurately in comparison to Anderson.

What you can gauge is what he did with his opportunities. IMO, he checked down far too often and left opportunities on the playing field.

Now we can wonder and ask, who would you rather have on the field with you, the starting or backup offensive line? Same with the receivers?

You have to remember, Quinn did have the Cleveland second-team offense on the field against the New York first and second-team defensive units and the results were the same in each instance.

It's all relative. Quinn is the backup and has to perform with that group. If he is as good as many believe he is, he will shine with that unit.

Brady Quinn is going to be a player somewhere, probably in the 2009 season, unless Anderson gets hurt or simply plays terribly.

Right now, Anderson has done nothing for this organization to pull the rug out from under him and would be irrational for the organization to make such a rash move.

Q: Why does it appear QB Brady Quinn is not getting the same opportunity as starter Derek Anderson? The team traded in the draft to get Quinn, why the uneven ability of the organization to see if the kid is the real deal?

LA: Think of it this way:

The organization stated in the off-season, at the June mini-camp, that there would be no QB competition. Derek Anderson is the QB of the Browns and there hasn't been a competition to really create an atmosphere where actual controversy could occur.

This organization has directly handled the issue and they have all the control to make such a reality. Anderson is the starter and gets almost every rep with the first-team offense. Quinn gets a look here and there, but it is what it is.

From those I have spoken with, the organization has a pretty solid feel for Quinn and like the progress he has made with some mechanical and recognition aspects of his game.

With Derek Anderson, he worked diligently this off-season to hopefully overcome short-comings in his game. He was re-signed to provide quality depth at this ever-important position. If Anderson progresses and it shows on the playing-field in the 2008 season, the team has to really make a decision on just who will lead this team heading into the 2009 season.

Q: It appears everyone is on the Brady Quinn bandwagon again this year. Did anyone happen to notice that Derek Anderson is having a good training camp and was very efficient in the game against the Jets? What makes it difficult for fans and the media to accept Anderson as being a quarterback that can lead this team?

LA: I will agree with you, Derek Anderson is having a good training camp and absolutely nothing like the train-wreck of the 2007 camp sessions. In his limited action in the New York game, Anderson efficiently moved the team down the field and tossed a TD to WR Braylon Edwards.

While Anderson excelled in the 2007 season, I do believe he has plenty of aspects in his game to improve upon, much like most QB's. In camp, Anderson has recognized and thrown the ball well in the short game, which was an area he struggled in last season.

What Anderson needs to learn to do is take what the defense gives at times. This QB likes the down-field game, and it's difficult not to want to strike long since he has an Edwards, Kellen Winslow and now WR Donte Stallworth at his disposal.

If Anderson can minimize mistakes such as throwing into double and triple coverage and utilize the entire array of weapons at his disposal, he will have a successful season.

Q: We have read reports where Brady Quinn did not throw the ball well in practice sessions, the ball was wobbling and his deep balls basically floated. I did not see this in the pre-season opener. What gives?

LA: I can't and won't speak for any media, but we did report Quinn was having those issues in the first week of training camp. As we have noted in numerous reports at the Orange and Brown Report, Quinn has thrown the ball much better in the time following.

For the most part, Quinn threw the ball extremely well against the Jets, which was basically what he has been doing in practice sessions. If anything, much like we picked-up on last year and what we learned from Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, is that Quinn plays at a different level when it is game time. Some QB's simply have that next gear, or that mental ability to take it up a notch. There is nothing suggesting that Quinn doesn't possess that ability.

Q: While all the focus has been on Anderson and Quinn in training camp, what about Ken Dorsey? He did not look very good against New York and if he were to play this team may have problems. Wouldn't it be prudent to have a young player developing?

LA: Ken Dorsey pretty much is what he is. If Dorsey ends up having to see significant playing time, then the issues are far worse than him having to play. You have to consider everything in the equation when looking back at the New York game.

Against the Jets, Dorsey was forced to throw on nearly every down. There was no running game to keep the New York defense reasonably honest and a few dropped passes didn't help. Granted, the veteran did throw some ill-advised passes in this game, but to simply state he is not capable would be pushing things a bit.

With two young quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart, it would be difficult to bring in another young player to develop. Developing a young QB takes time and plenty of focus, which the staff is giving to Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. With Dorsey, they have a bright guy that can help with the other two QB's, which is not a bad thing at this time of the Anderson/Quinn growth period.


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