Berea---Now that Brady Quinn is out for the rest of the season with a broken finger, the Browns are back with Derek Anderson at the helm.
For nearly two years, the common answer when asked about Quinn was 'He's only one play away.'
Now, the role is reversed and Anderson is back in.
The plan was to evaluate Quinn for the rest of the season and determine who the long-term quarterback would be. Before Quinn was put on injured reserve, Romeo Crennel said he would be back at the starting position at quarterback for Sunday's game with the Colts.
That is all in the past.
Quinn finished the season 45-of-89 for 518 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His quarterback rating is 66.6. His completion percentage is 50.6.
Compare those statistics with Anderson who is 126-of-257 for 1505 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. His rating is 66.0 and his completion percentage is 49.
The Browns have a little less than three games to base their evaluation on regarding Quinn.
However, Crennel said he has seen enough to name Quinn as the team's quarterback of the future—providing he's still the coach.
"I had planned to go with Brady," he said. "When he is healthy he'll be the quarterback."
What if Anderson lights it up in the remainder of the season?
"Next training camp Quinn is the quarterback," he said. "I've decided that Quinn is the starter. That is the question today."
Crennel likes what he sees in Quinn and even sees some of Phil Simms in him.
"I'm impressed with the way he's handled the team," he said. "He's not been rattled and been able to keep his composure. I like the kid a lot.
"The thing we know that in six weeks his finger is going to be good," he said. "We still feel good about him and where he is.
"I think he is more similar to Simms the way he carries himself and the way he commands the huddle," Crennel said. "I think he has improved the way he throws the football. He throws a decent ball. He might not have the strongest arm in pro football, but he can throw the ball down field."
Crennel explained why Quinn played against the Texans, as opposed to being held out.
"All of us were given three options," Crennel said. "Option one was to splint the finger and play. Number two, splint it for six weeks. Option three was to have surgery.
"All involved chose option one, because he wanted to play. It was determined that he would be reevaluated on a regular basis. After the game, it was determined that the finger wasn't healing and so option one was no longer available. For it to heal properly, it was option two or three. I know Brady wants to play but for his career, he's got to get the finger healed.
"When the medical people said it was an option for him to play, we chose for him to play," Crennel said. "When you have options, you get together and determine which option to choose. "
Quinn said it was his decision to play.
"It was my decision," he said. "I have no regrets. I knew it was a possible consequence if I played."
Quinn said he hasn't decided if he will have surgery or not.
"I'm still praying about it."
Quinn did say it is tough after waiting his turn for a year-and-a-half.
"It's frustrating," he said. "I'm hurting because I wish I could continue to play and continue to grow. I would like to play healthy because there are a lot of things to improve on."
Anderson hopes to make the most of his second chance.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity," he said. "It will be good to get some reps in practice. It's an opportunity for me to play and get back in there."
Kellen Winslow feels bad for Quinn, but thinks he will be a good quarterback.
"I feel for him," he said. "He's real calm, confident in the huddle. I think he's going to be a good quarterback for a long time."
Braylon Edwards is comfortable with having Anderson back at quarterback.
"If everyone does their jobs, we'll see the offense that we know we are capable of."
Most fans assumed the Browns would have to make a decision to keep either Quinn or Anderson after this season. Crennel said if it's up to him, there might be room for both.
"Everybody assumes that with the two quarterbacks it was only a one-year deal," he said. "Every circumstance is different and we'll have to wait and see."
Crennel said he doesn't think Quinn holds it against him for benching him against the Texans.
"He's a young kid and was disappointed he was taken out of the game," he said. "I don't think he ever said Crennel was a dumb ass or anything like that."
Crennel said the Browns would sign Richard Bartel to the practice squad to be the third quarterback, but if he isn't added to the active roster, Josh Cribbs would be the third quarterback for Sunday's game.
Crennel said that Quinn hasn't been placed on injured reserve.
Push the Reset: TE Kellen Winslow wishes the NFL season was like playing Madden or other video games.
"I wish we could start the season over," he said. "I play a lot of video games and I wish I could push the re-set button."
Glasses for Braylon: WR Braylon Edwards was asked by two different reporters if he might need something to correct his vision.
"I don't think me dropping passes has anything to do with my eyes."
Injury Update: Crennel said that TE Darnell Dinkins has a high ankle sprain and is doubtful for Sunday's game. Several other players will not practice or be limited, but could still play. FB Charles Ali (rib fracture), DL Shaun Rogers (shoulder),DB Sean Jones (ankle), FB Lawrence Vickers (ankle), DL Corey Williams (foot), TE Kellen Winslow (shoulder), DL Shaun Smith (calf) and RB Jerome Harrison (hamstring).