Hear me out Browns’ fans. I’m not saying he should be the starting QB…
As the Browns continue to win, and get closer to the playoffs, Derek Anderson cements his place as the team’s starting QB. He will get Pro-Bowl consideration this season. He has led this team to their best record since my nephew was born. But let me ask you a question, if Derek were to get hurt this week or next what would happen to the Browns’ playoff chances?
The Browns have a second string QB that has never thrown a pass, or taken a snap in an NFL regular season game. Imagine this scenario, fourth quarter of a playoff game in Pittsburgh with the Browns down 4 and D.A. gets Kimo’d. (Sorry Bengal fans.) Quinn comes in for his first ever series? Is that fair?
So here’s my suggestion. Sometime in the next couple of weeks (like say, this one) Romeo needs to pull Derek and Brady in the office and have a conversation something like this-
“Derek we think the world of you and would be in serious trouble this year without you. In fact, I would probably be fired by now if you hadn’t saved my behind. But the quarterback (has Romeo called Quinn anything else yet?) needs a series or two to get his feet wet in case something were to happen to you. So, Brady is going to play the first series of the second quarter this week. We’ll run a script and he’ll have plenty of time in practice to go over the plays we are going to run with him. He will probably get a series next week as well. And if we are able to clinch a playoff spot early enough, I’d like to get him at least a quarter in the final game of the season.”
Obviously you don’t want to broadcast this to the Cardinals, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to let the media know right before the game that Quinn will see a series, whether winning or losing.
I’m not crazy enough to think that the Browns are a Super Bowl contender. I really think they have some serious work to do on defense in particular before that is the case. But you have the power to get Brady’s feet wet before he is forced into action, I say you have to do it. There is no QB controversy, even if he does well, Derek is still going to be seen as the starter even in the ficklest of fans.