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Who wants Anderson?

Posted on: March 9, 2010 7:39 pm
 
Derek Anderson is available in a quarterback-needy league.

So who bites? Should anybody?

He's a big-armed quarterback who teased the Cleveland Browns a couple of years ago, but the reality is that he has trouble reading the field. In watching him play, and talking to league scouts, the knock on him is that he locks onto his receivers. That big arm goes to waste when corners and safeties can see where you're going with the football.

I think Anderson is more suited to being a backup, which is OK. He can help in a pinch, but I think his starting days are over.

The Browns raced to give him a contract extension after one season, which is always a mistake.

Now they've set him free. Maybe Arizona signs him as a backup to Matt Leinart.

One thing about big-armed passers: They always seem to find jobs. He will as well, but it's doubtful he'll be a starter again.
Category: NFL
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Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2010 8:03 pm
 

Who wants Anderson?

I would like to see him head off to the Patriots.  We need a young veteran behind Tom Brady.  He could learn a lot from Tom and perhaps help his own stock.  But he would be good insurance in case we need someone to come in and be expected to win a game, if needed.  I'm not sure why teams are always moving back up quarterbacks around the league so often.  I watched his career year and even when he faltered, and always thought he had the arm to play just not able to make his reads.  Something Brady is a wizard at, perhaps a perfect compliment for Anderson at this point in his career. 



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 12, 2010 12:01 pm
 

Who wants Anderson?

Who wants Anderson? Oh, Canada!

He might be successful in a Roughriders uniform.



Either that or a Stampeders uniform. ;)




Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2010 9:19 pm
 

Who wants Anderson?

more than Matt Stafford?



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 1:19 pm
 

Who wants Anderson?

Who wants Anderson?

As a Cleveland Browns fan I have to say all of you are delusional who think that D.A. will go to some other team and prosper.  The guy had half of a good season in 2007.  Once defenses knew what to look for and key in on he was exposed for his weaknesses.  I will agree it wasn't his fault the Browns sucked.  The sparse amount of talent that was on the team couldn't be motivated to play decent football.  But what is Derek Anderson's fault is that he has no touch.  he has one heck of an arm but next to no control over it.  To top it off the guy doesn't have any confidence it seemed to me.  He would make mistakes and just have this look like "aww shucks".  If there is one thing you need in a quarterback its confidence.  I watched to many times as Derek Anderson made terrible passes or tripped over his own two feet trying to actually move.  I wish the guy the best.  I just don't see him ever having much success in the NFL.  I hope if someone does sign him they play Cleveland.


I don't see what this guy sees.  I see a former pro-bowler that didn't have much success in Cleveland for the same reason that Jay Cutler and David Garrard had bad years.  It is hard to pick apart a defense when you have 2 seconds to make a decision.  If Derek Anderson played for Indy, Arizona, NY, or N.O. he would still be pro bowl material.  You need an offensive line 95% of the time to have a successful quarter back.  If Brady Quinn was awsome and Derek Anderson was bad, then I would agree with the above post.  Brady Quinn was just as bad(worse on Monday Night Football).  Peyton Manning wouldn't have a chance with that Cleveland offensive line.  Give Derek a team that protects their quarterback and he will be just fine.  How crazy would it be if Big Ben wound up doing time and Derek Anderson suited up in Steeler gear?  The sports networks would pass out at the opportunity to drone on and on about the story... 



Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 11:51 am
 

Who wants Anderson?

So.... I hate the Browns but I live in Cleveland, so I get all kinds of info jammed down my throat. Basically, Anderson had 8 good games. One of which was against the Bengals where he threw for 500 yards and a ton of TDs in one game. Watching him the rest of the season, he wasn't good at all. While the Browns stink, back then , he had a decent O-Line with Thomas, Steinbach, etc and some weapons with Winslow, Edwards (the year he was actually good), and a younger Jamal Lewis in the backfield. I think he should be judged a little more harshly. 
The biggest and stupidest move that was made was the Browns not trading him then to the Vikings for a 1st round pick, or placing a RFA tender on him and possibly getting a 1st and a third. Instead, they gave him a 3 year/$30 mil deal. It is no surprise he did not perform to those standards. As his weapons deteriorated, you are right, he got even worse. But watching both him and Quinn last year, they couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. The guy has a big arm, but no ability. I find it telling that no one was willing to give up anything to get him, knowing that he was out of favor and could be gotten very very cheap.
Bottom line is that he isn't very good. COuld he be better in the right system, sure. Why not? But as far as being an elite, second or third tier QB? No way. I wish him the best and hope he does well, just to stick it to Cleveland fans, but the chances of that are slim to none in my eyes.



Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2010 11:17 am
 

Who wants Anderson?

The guy has absolutely no passion for the game, and that alone should make teams shy away from him.  It was always abundantly clear when you saw him in a press conference after a loss that he just didn't care what happened on the field, as long as he was getting paid.  As for on the field talent, he doesn't have enough of it to make up for his mistakes.  Just off the top of my head I can think of at least five losses that were 100 percent a direct result of his mistakes, but I can't think of five victories that were a direct result of him playing well.  He's young enough that if he can get his attitude straightened out he could still learn, but I certainly wouldn't take a chance on him right now.



Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2010 5:53 am
 

Who wants Anderson?


Prisco  I have been on this site for about 7 years now... and honestly your articles just suck. First time I said it, and it will be the last. Why on this article did i finally decide to let you know? I have no idea.



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 1:23 am
 

Who wants Anderson?

Ok so he had a decent 2007 campaine,but don't forget the biggest game that year was week16 against cincinnati where if they had won they would make the playoffs and D.A.threw 3or4 int and just played a terrable game.Also he like 1 game wwhere he threw for 5 tds and 1 game with 4 take those games away and he had a averagee season



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:47 am
 

Who wants Anderson?

As a Cleveland Browns fan I have to say all of you are delusional who think that D.A. will go to some other team and prosper.  The guy had half of a good season in 2007.  Once defenses knew what to look for and key in on he was exposed for his weaknesses.  I will agree it wasn't his fault the Browns sucked.  The sparse amount of talent that was on the team couldn't be motivated to play decent football.  But what is Derek Anderson's fault is that he has no touch.  he has one heck of an arm but next to no control over it.  To top it off the guy doesn't have any confidence it seemed to me.  He would make mistakes and just have this look like "aww shucks".  If there is one thing you need in a quarterback its confidence.  I watched to many times as Derek Anderson made terrible passes or tripped over his own two feet trying to actually move.  I wish the guy the best.  I just don't see him ever having much success in the NFL.  I hope if someone does sign him they play Cleveland.



Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2010 11:04 pm
 

Who wants Anderson?

The team that originally drafted him, the Ravens. With Troy Smith probably gone he'd make a good #2 behind Flacco. Plus he could cheer the Ravens to victory over the Browns twice a year. 


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