BEREA—The one constant with the Browns is change.
With the announcement that Mike Holmgren has agreed to become the team's president, it would seem that most of the talk regarding the Cleveland Browns would be on that subject.
However, Eric Mangini quickly changed that when he slipped in the fact that Brady Quinn was placed on injured reserve and will miss the final two games.
"He wasn't going to be able to play the next two weeks so we went ahead and put him on injured reserve," Mangini said.
He was injured on the 24-yard boot leg run on third-and-one that set up the game-winning touchdown against the Chiefs. Mangini would only say that the injury was to his right foot and wouldn't say if he thought if he needed surgery or not.
This is the second-straight year that Quinn has ended the season on injured reserve.
Quinn finished the season with a 67.2 QB rating. He was 136-of-256 for 1339 yards (53.1 pct.) with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Browns were 2-7 with Quinn at quarterback, including winning their last two games. Overall, he is 3-9 as a starter with 12 NFL starts.
Mangini said he thinks Quinn showed some good signs of development since returning to the starting role, but wouldn't pinpoint how many games a quarterback needed behind him to be evaluated as a starter. He did say that he felt Quinn showed signs that he can be the long-term answer as the Browns' quarterback.
"It's hard to say how long is fair to judge a quarterback," Mangini said. "I think (his play) has been a positive.
"We'll look at it at the end of the season, but I thought he did a good job of going in and running the offense. I think he's done a lot of good things. A lot of the things we saw at the beginning of the season, he was showing improvement on and he has improved in a lot of areas. I think the no huddle has helped him."
And now, it's Derek Anderson's turn to get back in the lineup after being benched at the bye week. For the season, Anderson has a QB rating of just 36.2. He is 66-of-154 for 681 yards with two touchdowns and nine interceptions.
"I'm excited with two games left to get back out there," Anderson said. "I've been here long enough to try and not get caught up with the external factors."
"He's been positive throughout the season and we've had a few moving parts throughout the season with guys moving in and out," he said. "He is familiar with (the no huddle) and will be able to run the offense."
Anderson said he knew Monday that Quinn would be unable to go and said he looks forward to running the no huddle.
"We've been working on that all season."
The players aren't concerned with the change at quarterback, or if they are, they're not saying anything.
"We've worked with both quarterbacks," Jerome Harrison said. "We'll just go out and do our jobs."
"We've worked with both quarterbacks all season," Josh Cribbs said. "We've had guys go down all season and we've just had to make adjustments."
Mangini said no other quarterback has been signed and Brett Ratliff would be the backup with Cribbs the third quarterback.
Eric on Mike: Mangini didn't really give much comment on the addition of Mike Holmgren as team president. He said he talked with owner Randy Lerner, but didn't talk about his coaching role.
"We didn't talk about that," he said. "Randy just said Mike and he had come to terms and that was the extent of that.
"It's the same as we talked about before, to bring in someone of his stature and his strong offensive background is a plus," he said. "I know he'll be in here next week. Any time you can add someone who is really smart, with that experience, it is a positive."
Team Awards: Mangini said that RB Jerome Harrison was the offensive player of the w eek for the Browns and he also gave game balls to the whole offense.
"It's probably hard to figure out who won the award, but the whole offensive group won for coming just a yard from the team record," Mangini said. "There were some great blocks. (Lawrence) Vickers was outstanding , as well as Joe Thomas.
"Cribbs and the whole return team on special teams and the defensive player of the week (Ahtyba) Rubin. Some of the hustle plays he made down the line of scrimmage."
The practice player of the week was DB Coye Francies.
New Guy: The Browns signed OL Scott Kooistra to the active roster. The 6-6, 335 pounder played with the Bengals.