Browns quarterback Derek Anderson says he is ready to prove that he can be a starter in the National Football League, and while all the attention in Cleveland is on Charlie Frye and Brady Quinn, it’s been Anderson who’s been the surprise this offseason for the Browns. “I’d say my chances of starting are good,” Anderson was quoted as saying in Wednesday’s Plain Dealer. “That’s just my sense. I think they are going to give us an equal opportunity. Whoever performs well and moves the team the best is going to be that guy.”
Anderson was that guy for a few games last season when Frye went down with an injury. His career day came on the day Frye went down, and the Browns were trailing the Chiefs at home 28-14. Anderson played the whole second half, throwing two 4th quarter TD’s to Steve Heiden, and after a 33-yard run in overtime, the Browns kicked the game winning field goal to beat KC 31-28. While his three starts after that were all losses (Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Tampa Bay), Anderson did have a shot to show what he could do as the Browns starter.
So far this offseason, he along with Frye have split the first team reps, and more than one source has said that Anderson is heads and tails above Frye in the race to be the starter. Head coach Romeo Crenell did admit that Anderson is in the mix. “He’s in the competition and we’ll see how it plays out.” While many still think eventually the team will lean towards Charlie Frye as the teams starter before Brady Quinn finally gets his shot, right now Anderson is as ready as ever to be the teams starter September 9th vs the Steelers.
“We just come in and put our work in and we’ll let the chips fall where they may during training camp,” Anderson told the paper. “Eventually, they’ll have to make a decision.” Anderson hopes its a decision that falls in his favor to start the 2007 season under center.