Browns’ Crennel Facing Dilemna

Quinn throws to Jason Wright

Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel has one of the most unpleasant tasks sitting right in front of him right now.  And that would be this – when do you put quarterback Brady Quinn in as your permanent starter?  There has to be some major pressure on Crennel to start Quinn sooner rather than later, from both the Browns fans and probably the Browns’ front office.

So far this preseason, QB’s Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson haven’t exactly stood out.  On the other hand, Quinn has done the following:

  • 13-for-16 against the Lions’ reserves who for all intents and purposes were utilizing a prevent defense.
  • 7-for-11 for 81 yards and a touchdown in two series (a missed FG was part of this) against the Broncos’ first-team defense.

It’s stats like these which will make Crennel’s decision that much more difficult.  The Browns will probably have to get out of the gate rather impressively in order for Quinn to be carrying the clipboard; however, if the Browns’ recent history is any indication, you can expect Quinn to be the Browns’ starting QB by around week 6 or so.  After all, if the Browns go 6-10 or similar with either Frye or Anderson behind center, then Crennel is as good as gone.  On the other hand, if the Browns go 6-10 with Quinn as the QB, Crennel may possibly extend his coaching tenure in Cleveland for at least another year.

And truth be told, Quinn does need to sit and absorb more of the nuances of the Browns’ offense for him to be the QB that the Browns envision him to be. But as i said earlier in this piece, unless the Browns are clicking on all cylinders form WEEK 1, you can expect Quinn to be behind center on a permanent basis no earlier than WEEK 6.  I really feel sorry for Crennel as he has a QB dilemma to deal with; to a degree I do feel for the loser of the Frye-Anderson competition as one will probably be let go once the smoke clears.  But despite it all, things will get more interesting up in Cleveland, especially between now and Week 1.

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