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Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-11-29

Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-11-29
The Browns are trying to get through 2008, but if Romeo Crennel is not fired after the season his quarterback next year will be Brady Quinn.

Quinn sat for a season and a half, broke a finger and damaged a tendon in the first quarter of his first NFL start and then made two more starts. The injury has landed him on injured reserve, and now he is deciding whether to have his finger surgically repaired or let it heal naturally. Doctors with different opinions have advised each option.

With Quinn out of the picture, Derek Anderson will start against the Colts on Sunday in Cleveland and presumably the remaining four games. Even if Anderson goes 5-0, Quinn would still be the No. 1 quarterback in training camp next summer.

"I've decided Quinn is going to be the starter, and Quinn is going to be the starter," Crennel said. "I'm impressed with what the kid has done on the football field, off the football field, the way he handles himself, the way he's run the team, not getting rattled, keeping his composure, being able to manage the game -- I like all that about him. I like the kid a lot."

The Browns, 4-7, were 3-5 when Anderson was benched. Anderson talked about his second chance as a starter. He wasn't thrilled about losing the job the way he did after putting up 27 points against the Ravens on Nov. 2 and he wasn't jumping up and down about starting again at the expense of Quinn's broken finger.

"It's just an opportunity to play," Anderson said. "That's just the way this business goes. I'm not worried about next year. I'm really not. If I'm here, I'm here. I'll give it everything I've got. If I'm somewhere else, I'm somewhere else. When that time comes, I'll deal with it."

Anderson is signed through 2010. The Browns owe him a $5 million bonus if he is on the roster on March 1. It seemed a foregone conclusion one of the quarterbacks would be traded in the offseason, but Crennel said both could be back in 2009.

This past summer, Anderson entered camp as the starter. Quinn complained mildly about not having a chance to compete for the job. Quinn said he was upset and surprised when he was pulled out of the game against Houston with 14 seconds left in the third quarter.

Crennel's promise Quinn would be the starter in 2009 might be reassuring, but Quinn says he has a lot to work on. Before he can do that, he has to decide whether to have surgery.

"It's something I'm praying about a lot and trying to get a chance for my family to talk about it as well and figure what's going to be best," Quinn said. "I'm not one to make excuses. Clearly, I wouldn't be in this position if (the injury) didn't affect me to some degree."

--The 39-yard field goal Phil Dawson missed against the Texans was his first misfire inside 50 yards this season. He is 21 of 22 inside 50 and three of five beyond 50 yards.

--The Browns have been Team Streak this season. They lost their first three and then won three out of four to creep back to a 3-4 record. Since then they have lost three out of four to fall to 4-7. Unless they win at least four of their last five games, they will finish with their eighth losing season in 10 years back in the NFL.

--WR Braylon Edwards has dropped 17 passes this season. He dropped a touchdown pass against the Cowboys in the opener, a touchdown pass against the Ravens on Nov. 2 and a touchdown pass against the Texans last week.

"There are definitely plays that can and should be made by me," Edwards said. "I'm just not making those plays. I don't know what it is. I don't know what's going on.

"I'm not worried about what outside people say. I'm not worried about what (the media) says. I don't what it is, but I have to go somewhere and get my head together."

--The Browns are concerned with the numerous offensive interference penalties on tight end Kellen Winslow this season. He was called for one in the Houston game, wiping out a 12-yard completion to Winslow to the Texans 15. At least half of Winslow's interference calls have been on passes to other players.

"We've been talking with Kellen," Crennel said. "A lot of times, defenders try to hang onto him and make it tough for him to get into his route. We've been working with him about not extending his arms because he's out in the open. That's what they see and that's what they call."

BY THE NUMBERS: 49.4 -- Combined completion percentage of Browns quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm hurting right now because I love to play the game. I wish I could be with my teammates. I feel bad for the fans because I really wanted to be out there and continue to play and continue to grow in this league." -- QB Brady Quinn, on being out for the year with a finger injury.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 29, 2008

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