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The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

Posted on: September 21, 2008 9:04 pm
 

For the Bengals and Browns, six games into the season they have lost them all.  Today the Browns colapsed in the third quarter against Baltimore and completely blew a 3 point half time lead.  The Bengals gave their all against the Superbowl Champion Giants only to lose in OT.  At least the Bengals put up a fight and Carson Palmer looked like an NFL starting quarterback.  The Browns colapsed like a house of cards and Derek Anderson's slump that started last season continued with three more interceptions today.  Has anybody noticed when Derek throws short he is getting picked off and when he throws deep he misses his target (as in his his 2nd half pass to Cribbs deep today)?  Okay, it's also true receivers JJ and Donte Stallworth are injured, Braylon Edwards is dropping the ball, and teams are taking TE Kellen Winslow out of the game by double teaming him.  I'd like to know what the Browns plan is to solve these problems?   

Browns had a 10-7 half time lead because Baltimore Rookie QB Flacco's threw two interceptions and Matt Stover's missed a field goal.  The Browns inability to pick up more than 20 yards on a play all season had the Ravens defense playing us tight and looking to cut in front of and intercept those short 10 yard or less passes and stuff the run.  The game effectively ended when DB Ed Reed cut in front of Braylon Edwards on a short pass up the middle and scored a defensive touchdown.

So, what of the battle of Ohio next Sunday at 1:00pm?  With a bye for the Browns in week 5, should they lose and Derek Anderson look bad agian, I think it is time give Brady  Quinn extended practice time with the starters and give him his chance.  At least he was successful at Notre Dame.  He is the QB for the future for the Browns, and the Browns do have a nice O-line.  Put him back there and see if he can hit the receivers.  The Browns have nothing to lose.  No way the Browns / Bengals game in week four should be almost meaningless.  For what management is asking for tickets, the Cleveland fans deserve better.  Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel have to do something and sooner better than later.

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2008 3:33 pm
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

Ardent,

The Browns O will start clicking at some point.  Hopefull JJ will come back and Donte Stallworth too.  With these new weapons to complement Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards, the offense should start to jel.  I'd wait for it to happen before I'd play Derek again.  You may miss the first week the Browns click, but better that then to pick Anderson over and over until they do.




Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2008 2:07 pm
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

Not enough indeed Jelly... I'm benching him next week!!!!   (just a little joke) 

Garrad put 24+ points in my League yesterday, Anderson 8... ugh!

Time for some trades...

 

Peace!




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2008 8:59 pm
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

Well, on September 9, 2007 the Anderson lead Browns beat the Bengals 51-45.  Savage looked like a genius starting Anderson over Frye who had smartly been traded (virtually released) to Seattle.  On September 28, 2008 the Anderson lead Browns beat the Bengals 20-12.  Anderson had one TD and one interception.  After a poor first half, he may have done just enough in the 2nd. half to remain the starter in two weeks against the NY Giants.  Anderson is slow afoot, but I like him rolling out to the right and dumping it off to a receiver or running back. 

Anderson finally hooked up with Braylon Edwards for a TD.  Not enough to make the fantasy footballers happy, however. 

 




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2008 11:22 am
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

How you been Jelly?

 

I don't think it's so bad starting Derek this week, he'd got a decent chance of waking up this week.  If the Browns (depleted non-pass-catching players and all) can't put a scoring frenzy down on the hapless Bengals, they're in for a long season.  I'm going to take a risk on this first bye week and start him (I did last year, and it worked out pretty damn well!).  Browns spank the kitties today.

 

CB




Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2008 12:01 pm
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

Jelly - I appreciate the advice and the pulse on what's going on in Brownie country, but with a bye next week I would kick myself in the balls if he exploded (like you mentioned last Season) against the Bengals this week and I didn't have him in.  It would make the wait through a bye week even more fustrating... I'm 1-2 right now, and I'm willing to give him one more shot, if he does crappy and they bench him, he won't be playing next week regardless and it will give me week to regroup... I gotta believe he will put up some numbers against the Bengals this week, they have to wake, its now or never. 

Thanks again.

AK




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2008 4:14 pm
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

Ardent Knight,

Picking Anderson as #1 was risky.  Go ahead with him if you must, but you should know the Browns only have two touchdowns of any variety all season and only one healthy wide receiver.  Monday evening sports talk on TV about the Browns has DA getting the hook at half time versus the Bengals if he doesn't perform better. 

Funny, because in game 2 last year the Browns and Bengals put up something like 900 yards and 100 points between the two teams.  This year has a different feel.

Romeo Crennel acknowledged Derek could get the hook at half, and he rarely says anything.  I'd go with Garrad or Griese if I were you.




Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2008 10:41 am
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

What's up, Jelly...

I wouldn't start Anderson.  No way.  Who else you got?  Not only is he not looking off defenders on the short stuff, but his main weapon Braylon Edwards is dropping the passes he does throw on the mark.  JJ and Donte Stallworth are out, and the timing with Joshua Cribbs and Cyndric Steptoe is off.  Not to mention the Browns aren't scoring. 

It's that bad ehh?  I didn't get to see any highlights this past weekend and only really watched him in his first game against Dallas (which the whole team looked like a$$!).  I have Garrad and Griese as the back-ups... Garrad doesn't put up much stats and I thought about riding Griese after this past weekend, but he's just the type of QB that will crap his shorts after a good week plus they go into Green Bay and that secendary shut down the Cowgirls...  I'm thinking with his job on the line and playing a Bengals team that looks lost (even if they almost beat the Giants), Derek & the Browns may come out of it and win one for the Puppy Pound.  I just need him to get 15 points or something, I'm not asking for much!

Peace




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2008 1:44 pm
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

jzinger34, as I said to cavsr, I'm not ready to start playing for the draft, Beanie Wells or anyone else. 

Carlson Palmer is certainly playing better QB versus Anderson.  True that the Browns have played three very tough defensive teams in Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore, but I'm not convinced they can score on even a porous Cincinnati defense right now.  If I had to pick this game, I'd go with Cleveland expecting Jamal Lewis, Eric Wright, and Jerome Harrison to be able to run on Cincinnati, but I'm far from confident. 

I thought the Browns would be in a lot of 42 -35 kind of games.  That has not been the case.   In fact, in all three games the Browns have but two touchdowns.  Another one touchdown performance against the Bengals, and you may well see Brady Quinn as well as a lot of pressure on the head coach.  Too bad they signed Crennel to a major contract extension just last year. 




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2008 1:32 pm
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

This guy is turning into a nightmare, but dare I might say that I'm still thinking of starting him next week vs the Bengals.  ugh!

Ardent Knight,

I wouldn't start Anderson.  No way.  Who else you got?  Not only is he not looking off defenders on the short stuff, but his main weapon Braylon Edwards is dropping the passes he does throw on the mark.  JJ and Donte Stallworth are out, and the timing with Joshua Cribbs and Cyndric Steptoe is off.  Not to mention the Browns aren't scoring. 




Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2008 12:41 pm
 

The Battle of Ohio: Derek Anderson's last chance

JD. I am not sure what to expect next Sunday. The first two weeks of the season, the Bengals appeared that they would have a tough time against Cincinnati Moeller (HS team). This weak they showed a vast improvement, but still managed to do what they do best, LOSE.

I would think that we may just see another shootout game, as we did last year. The defenses from both teams leave much to be desired. Our #1 pick Leon Hall is giving me flashbacks of Rod "Toast" Jones. This guy has a hard time covering the kids up in bed at night! 

The Bengals front seven has shown improvement with the addition of Atwan Odom, and Keith Rivers is playing like a #1 pick should.

I am not a Browns fan by any stretch, but I really didn't think they were going to do well this year. Though Anderson put up some good numbers last year, I still didn't think they could win consistently with that defense. I understand that people are saying that Stallworths injury hurts the team. Well, you can just get used to saying that all year. He is always hurt.

Either way, I think that neither of these teams is going anywhere this year. The second game they play this year could be very well dubbed "The Beanie Bowl". At least there's Kansas City and Detroit amking us look not as bad. 



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