Make no mistake about it in Cleveland – the quarterback job to start this season belongs to former number one pick Brady Quinn.
That’s not to say that Eric Mangini might still not throw a total curve ball into the mix and decide to go with Derek Anderson as the starter opening day vs the Vikings, but in my mind, the time is now to see Quinn in action.
The numbers for the two QB’s through three preseason games are pretty even:
21-for-31 for 225 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He has a QB rating of 86.1.
15-for-26 for 207 yards 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s. He has a QB rating of 51.3.
Neither player has lit the world on fire, to me Quinn has shown just a bit more poise and needs the chance to grow into a starting QB in this league. I’m not the only one that think it’s Quinn’s job at this point.
“It’s Brady Quinn’s job,” former Ravens coach Brian Billick said. “I think they have seen enough of Derek Anderson. This team needs to know who its quarterback is, and I don’t think they know who that is yet.”
If you don’t go with Quinn at the start of the season, when do you? You can’t keep this young talent on the bench forever. It’s Brady’s time. You still have Anderson to go to if things get really bad, but right now, Mangini has to give the ball to Quinn to start the 09 season.