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Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance

Posted on: October 19, 2008 9:24 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2008 9:09 pm

It's been about one hour since the Browns lost 14-11 to the Redskins.  A late rally came up wide right on a 54 yard missed Dawson field goal.  The game left me looking for answers.  How can the Browns compile 454 total yards, 35 points, and no punts in their Monday night victory over the Giants just six days ago and only 236 total yards,11 points, and 8 punts in a dismal offensive effort today? 

True, the defense was far from perfect.  The Browns D yielded 193 rushing yards today (175 to Clinton Portis).  Far too many.  But they yielded 181 yards rushing to the NY Giants Monday night in a run-away victory.  The Browns went into the season expecting to do better against the run, but knew their best chance to win was to score, score, and score some more.  Sorry to say, but they haven't been scoring.  Through six games they have managed just nine touchdowns.  Take away the four they had against the Giants, and they have averaged one touchdown in their other five games. 

So, why the inconsistent offense?  Some of it is injury related.  No Joe Jurevicius this year.  Donte Stallworth missed the first four games.  Braylon Edwards has dropped way too many passes, including three more today.  Jamal Lewis runs hard, but his numbers are down from last year.  Perhaps the gas in his tank is getting low.  However, despite these issues, they should have more than nine touchdowns and 15 points per game.  After all, they do have their all star QB Derek Anderson................  right?

Well, after some thought the problem came to me as clear as my Mom's dinner bell calling me in from the playground as a child.  It's the inconsistency of our quarterback Derek Anderson.  He misses receivers wide right, wide left, low, and high way too much.  The ball sails over the head of Jamal Lewis, Harrison, Vickers, Cribbs, and any other Brown that receives out of the backfield way too much.  Derek Anderson is slow, and can't run for a first down when necessary.  Today's two minute drill looked like they were taking a walk in the park.  Where was the urgency?  Why does a play have to come in from the sideline each time?  Can't Derek Anderson remember more than one play?  Does he know how to audibilize, or does O-Coordinator Chudzinski just not have the confidence in him to let him try?   DA's leadership abilities appear shaky and as suspect as the touch on his passes.

Last week we saw Atlanta's Matt Ryan throw a 20 yard touch completion with six seconds on the game clock to Michael Jenkins on the sideline.  This pass got his team in range to win on a field goal.  That single pass told me a lot about Ryan.  Today with about 30 seconds on the game clock I saw Anderson throw a fifteen yard incompletion down the middle low and away from a wide open Braylon Edwards.  If completed, Anderson's pass would have resulted in a first down and gotten the Browns into more realistic field goal range.  That single incomplete pass is a microcosm of what I am beginning to think about DA.  He has a strong arm, but is inconsistent and can not be counted on in the clutch.  To put it in plain and simple terms, DA has to put that pass on Edwards number 17.

I don't know if the playoffs are out of reach or not.  Pittsburgh seems to be running away with the division.  I do know if the Browns are to go down I want them swinging all the way.  Brady Quinn has been learning on the sideline for almost 1 1/2 seasons now.  The Browns have a strong offensive line and can protect Brady from harm.  The time has arrived to give Brady Quinn his chance.  I don't know that Brady Quinn is the answer, but am beginning to feel very strongly that Derek Anderson isn't. 





Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 3:33 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance

once the switch is made there is no going back if Quinn falters .I agree bluezhound, Quinn would either have to get injured or perform awfully bad before the Browns would go back to DA.  I don't see a quarterback by committee situation working here.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 3:28 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance

I have to agree with you rlicata that Romeo is not the best field general.  I think his laid back ways don't provide much motivation to the players, late game or half time management has been abismal at times, and the field goal versus touchdown decisions dubious.  Dspite all that, I feel DA's inability to put the ball on the numbers of his receivers with the appropriate touch has contribued much more to their losses than anything that Romeo has done or failed to do.

It is strange how the career paths of Bill Belichick and Bill Cowher crossed in 1991 (I think)  I wonder if The Browns offered their head coaching position to Cower if Belichick would have wound up in Pittsburgh?  Of course, the Browns were doomed to move to Baltimore in either event.  The prospect of Cowher coaching in Cleveland has a lot of appeal to me.  Perhaps he could provide the needed incentive to beat those dreaded Steelers once in a while.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 2:51 pm
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Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 2:19 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance

Its hard to remeber that at the same time the Steelers hired Bill Cowher the Brownies hired Belichick, who maybe one of the all time greats as well... I have never been one to say fire the coach, but I think that he doesnt have the answers. I remember when Cleveland was booing Tim Couch and wanted Kelly Holcomb. There are a lot of armchair QB's out there as well as Monday morning coaches. I like to think that change isnt always the answer, but a last resort. Unfortunately, I dont see the Cleveland Brownies going anywhere with a soft  "players coach".

You are right while the Browns probably were not going to win the game against Dallas with a field goal you still need the same thing,  3 touchdowns to either win or tie to go to OT. It really shows that he doesnt believe that the Browns could come back and once the coach loses faith how hard is it for the players to keep faith.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 1:16 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance

It's time for a new slogan:

The Browns will fine

with Cowher in '09

Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 1:14 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance

Yes, start Brady Quinn.  Romeo needs to realize in the end its DA or him that will be the fall guy.  If he doesn't put Quinn in then most likely it will be him.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 1:14 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance

And in a related manner:  perhaps Romeo and Charley Weis and Mangini aren't the geniuses they were cracked up to be when they're not cheating?

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 7:24 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance

i also think Romeo should be given the old heave ho. or as least just demote him to defensive coordinator, oh wait, he isn't very good at that either... We all know the hoodie was the one making the calls in New England..

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 7:22 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance!!!

I completely agree. Honestly what else do we have to lose? The 3rd spot in the AFC North? I trust Brady a little more than Fitzpatrick and the Bipolar DA. I think now is as good a time as ever... if the brownies were really smart, they would have traded DA this past week...

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2008 4:44 pm

Time to Give Brady Quinn His Chance


I think Romeo's decisions to go for a field goal or touchdown for the most part is over blown. 

  • In the Dallas game, the Browns were down 21 in the fourth quarter when Romeo kicked the field goal.   I know the fans wanted him to go for it on fourth down figuring even with a field goal the Browns were going to need three scores.  True, but come on , they were going to lose anyway, so does it really matter?
  • Late in the Pittsburgh game down 7 Romeo decided to kick the field goal.  I know the fans wanted him to go for a TD it as they still needed a touchdown to win.  True, but the touchdown after the field goal would have been to win rather than tie. 
  • In the just played Washington game, late and down 11, some fans wanted Romeo to kick the field goal to go down 8 rather than go for the TD.  I don't know.  If the TD was converted instead of the play blown up by the Skin D-line, what would the fans have said?

It's not the field goal / touchdown decision that is the problem ricata, it's being down 21, 7, and 11 points well into the 4th quarter that is the problem.  I think a better performing QB will help that, and that is why I support starting Brady Quinn.  I want to see the Browns up 21, 7, and 11 points in the 4th quarter and watch the opposing coach have to make those kinds of tough decisions.  While I don't think the field goal decisions warrant Romeo's firing, he does need to be evaluated at the end of the season for sure.  His motivating skills are questionable in my mind.

The Oakland Raiders have had six coaches in seven years and no playoff appearances.  The Pittsburgh Steelers had Bill Cower since 1991 until the fairly recent hiring of Mike Tomlin, and tons of success.  The Browns have changed coaches somewhere in the middle between Oakland and Pittsburgh, and with little success.  Changing coaches is not usually the answer, although I have always thought Bill Cower would look pretty good in brown, orange, and white.  I may blog about that possibility some day.

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