Quinn Addresses Real Estate Rumors

Former starting QB confirms house is for sale, but says rumors of the reason why are off the mark...

BEREA—Yes, his house is for sale.

However, Brady Quinn says it isn't for the reasons that everyone is talking about.

Several published reports said that Quinn had put his Avon Lake home up for sale and that he has asked to be traded.

"I appreciate the free advertising," Quinn said. "That is awesome. My house is for sale, because I'm looking to downsize. It's a big house and being a bachelor, I don't need that much space.

"It is not for any of the reasons that have been written about."

Quinn said he has not asked to be traded.

"I have not," he said. "That's not my nature. I have talked with the coaches, but not the things that have been speculated on."

Mangini was asked if the Browns were looking to trade Quinn before the NFL trade deadline on Oct. 20.

"We're not looking to move Brady Quinn," Mangini said. "His focus as well as the rest of the team's is Pittsburgh."

To clarify, Mangini was asked if that meant if teams called about Quinn, would the Browns be interested in trading him.

"Brady is a Cleveland Brown," he said. "We get calls all the time about players."

QB Derek Anderson and Quinn have each played 2 ½ games through five games. Anderson's numbers are 39-of-84 for 384 yards (46.4) with one touchdown and five interceptions with a rating of 39.0. Quinn is 45-of-74 for 400 yards (60.8) with one touchdown and three interceptions and a 62.9 rating.

Quinn did say that he has had a tough time dealing with his benching.

"It's tough not to play," he said. "I'm dealing with it the best I can. For me, to get better, I feel I need to play. I just continue to work hard and run the scout team and do what I'm asked to do."

Quinn was asked if it bothers him losing out on potential bonuses if he doesn't get back on the field this year. Quinn had escalator bonuses of nearly $11 million if he played 70 percent of the snaps this season.

"That's money I never had," Quinn said. "You can't lose what you didn't have."

Quinn said he's holding out hope that things could still work out for him in Cleveland.

"I've always got hope of playing."

Mangini concurred.

"Things change all the time and you have to be ready," he said. "You don't know when that opportunity will come. Look at Brian Robiskie, he was inactive and then he played and he will continue to play.

"You have to keep working, be consistent and be ready."

Zastudil Honored: Browns punter Dave Zastudil was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Bills last Sunday.

Zastudil punted nine times for 386 yards (42.9 avg) with a long of 57 yards. The most impressive feat was the fact that Zastudil put seven of his nine punts inside the 20, including three inside the five-yard line. Two were downed at the one and one at the four-yard line.

Zastudil is quick to point out that guys like Mike Adams, Blake Costanzo and Josh Cribbs are invaluable.

"I wish those guys could get more credit," Zastudil said. "I can kick the ball, but somebody has to down it."

Zastudil's final punt resulted in the decisive play that led to the Browns win as Roscoe Parrish fumbled the punt at the 16-yard line and Costanzo recovered with just over two minutes remaining.

Zastudil's seven punts inside the 20 tied Josh Miller for third most in a single-game since the statistic was first recorded in 1976. He is the first punter to accomplish the feat since Bryan Barker recorded eight punts inside the 20 in 1999 with the Jaguars.

Zastudil picked up the award for the first time since Kyle Richardson earned the award during the 2005 season.

Dawson Back?: K Phil Dawson was in the locker room suited up for practice this week after missing the past two games with a calf injury.

Mangini said he was optimistic that Dawson might be ready by Sunday. However, he has said the same thing before.

"I'm excited to e able to go out to (practice) and be with the guys," Dawson said. "I'm taking it one day at a time. The doctors and coaches will make the decision (on him playing)."

K Billy Cundiff has come in an made all five of the field goals he's attempted and made 2-of-2 on PATS.

"He's done a good job," Dawson said. "He's come in and done what was asked of him."

Game Balls: Mangini said that he awarded RB Jamal Lewis a game ball for his 117 yard, 31 carry performance against the Bills. Defensively, the award was given to CB Eric Wright, while P Dave Zastudil was the special team winner.

Mangini said he gives out a practice player of the week award and it went to practice squad LB Marcus Benard.

"I think it is one of the most important awards we give out," Mangini said. "He gave us a good look at (Bills' Aaron Schobel)."

Derek's Guys: Anderson said that he is not bothered by the number of drops the backs and receivers had in last week's 2-of-17 performance.

"I'm confident in those guys," he said. "I trust them. I'm not too worried about it because we won the game."

Steeler Week: Mangini said that he doesn't specifically need to address the rivalry between the Browns and the Steelers with the players.

"It's something you don't have to stress too much because you can feel it in the air," he said. "What's happened in the past is the past."

Mangini said he's seeing signs of the Browns playing the type of football he envisions.

"I'm looking forward to continue to play for lack of a better word, ‘Browns football' which is tough, smart, physical football."

He said the team is making progress in cutting down on their mistakes.

"We've made progress in cutting down on penalties, turnovers, mental errors and self-inflicted wounds," he said.

Addition: QB Brett Ratliff welcomed a baby boy to his home on the off day according to Mangini.

Big Baby Excused: Mangini said that DL Shaun Rogers will miss Wednesday's practice for personal reasons.

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