Anderson Excited to have Another Shot

The Browns have changed quarterbacks again, and the players involved adjust to different roles once more. Fred Greetham has the details and the reactions from Berea...

BEREA—The drama continues…

Eric Mangini created a stir when he pulled Brady Quinn after the first half against the Ravens.

It kept the pot boiling when he named Derek Anderson the starter for Sunday's game with the Bengals.

"Derek will start this week," Mangini said. "He did a nice job on third down conversions last week. He's done a nice job since I've been with him. He's made a lot of progress. I made the decision with Brady based on the information I had."

Anderson said he's grateful for the opportunity.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Anderson said. "We're all competitors and want to play."

Anderson came off the bench to throw three interceptions against the Ravens and post a 30.9 QB rating. He did move the ball in his time, but the Ravens were in a prevent type of defense.

"Whatever I can do to give the team a spark," Anderson said. "I threw some balls in places that I had no business throwing to (against Baltimore). Things I wouldn't do in a 7-3 game."

Anderson admitted he was a little rusty.

"I had a little bit of jitters, I'll be honest," he said.  "No excuses, but I hadn't played in a game since December."

Last season, Anderson made the comment that the fans didn't like him. He said he's not worried about that.

"I'm concerned with the guys in the locker room," he said. "We haven't been good and we're trying to do everything we can to get better."

Quinn said all the right things.

"I'm obviously disappointed," Quinn said. "I'll do everything I can to help the team."

He admitted his disappointment.

"It's tough," he said. "But, it's something you have to deal with."

After winning the starting job over Anderson in the preseason, Quinn was 45-of-75 (60.8) for 400 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. His QB rating is 62.9.

"I thought we did some good things in the preseason," he said. "I am surprised by the lackluster start to the season."

Mangini has maintained since minicamps that the offense wasn't the product of one position, but the body of the whole offense. However, it looks as though Mangini is making Quinn the scapegoat for the poor play of the offense.

"What I'm looking for is for us to improve offensively," he said. "I'm not saying by any means that it was all Brady."

Eric Steinbach agreed.

"I think it's more of a position change than one guy taking the fall."

Mangini didn't say that it's over for the former first-round draft choice.

"In talking to Brady, the most important thing I expressed is the importance to improve," he said. "I don't think it will change dramatically. It's a process."

In 2007, after Anderson relieved Charlie Frye, Anderson came in and led the Browns to a 51-45 win over the Bengals at home in his first start.

Anderson downplayed that happening again this week.

"It's kind of weird how it happened, now," he said. "We have different personnel, as they do."

Bengals' coach Marvin Lewis said he had heard that Anderson would start, but it doesn't change much in the Bengals' preparation.

"I assumed that somebody would play quarterback," Lewis said. "I think he did a good job in that (51-45) game and it led to a big contract."

Braylon Edwards and Anderson had a good chemistry I 2007 when the duo hooked up for 16 touchdowns.

"DA likes to throw the deep ball and I like to run deep routes," Edwards said. "This is a different team and a different year."

Edwards said he's not surprised by the change at quarterback.

"It's something I've dealt with for five years," he said. "We haven't played very well and coach felt he had to make a move."

Anderson downplayed the differences in the offense from what he thrived in 2007.

"It's football plays," he said. "Really, everyone runs the same plays."

Anderson has a propensity to turn the ball over and Mangini said that's an area of concern.

"We've turned the ball over and put the defense in bad situations," he said. "We have to convert on third down and communicate and get everyone on the same page.

"That's something we need to improve on, overall," he said. "You have to protect the football consistently. You have to decide whether to try and squeeze it in there or throw it away."

Mangini thinks the upside to Anderson's game against the Ravens overshadowed the turnovers he committed.

"It's more about being able to consistently move the ball," he said. "He did a good job against a good defense in Baltimore after being down 20-0."

Mangini wouldn't commit to Anderson for the long haul, but gave no timetable for Anderson's tenure at quarterback.

"We're going to look at anything we can do to improve," he said. "Each week, there is potential to move things around.

"You saw in the competition that everything was laid out and we tried to make the best decision on what we had," he said. "There are some things that are going to take time."

Not Touch Football: Mangini was asked about the three rushing touchdowns by the Ravens that scored untouched by a defender.

"That's nothing that's designed or nothing that's expected," he said. "If you have no edge there is nothing you can do. It's surely not well coordinated defense, just like watching a guy fair catch a touchdown pass."

Walking Wounded: There was no update on K Phil Dawson, RB Jamal Lewis, OL Rex Hadnot or OL Floyd Womack, who all missed last week's game with injuries.

"With all those guys, Phil, Jamal, Rex and Floyd, you're always optimistic and we'll see where they're at by the end of the week."

The injury report comes out late on Wednesday.

Quick Snap: Mangini was asked why QB Brady Quinn did a quarterback sneak in the second quarter against the Ravens on first-and-10.

"It was a matter of they had 12 guys on the field and we were trying to catch them before they had a chance to get the player off the field."

Why No Rey: Mangini was asked why the Browns passed on drafting LB Rey Maualuga on at least four occasions. In the second round, the Browns drafted two receivers, WR Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi.

"When you go through the draft you look at where you have the players rated and what your needs are, as well," Mangini said.

Maualuga has 17 tackles with two forced fumbles and a sack, including six tackles last week against the Steelers.

It was reported that Maualuga had some off the field issues, which scared the Browns off.

"We do our checks on every player and in terms of specifics we're not going to talk about it."


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