The Disappointment Zone

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Cleveland Browns: QB Score: Week 9

Posted by disappointmentzone on 4 November 2007

This weekly blog post is usually reserved for touting the abilities of Derek Anderson, which has been happening since Week 13 of last season and has not let up since. Once again Anderson played well. He got off to a slow start, with a number of incomplete passes and an interception, but finished strong (to say the least), leading the team back with 21 points in the second half and the game-winning drive in OT. All told he threw for 364 yards on 48 attempts. Both were career highs, but it’s a small number that needs a little attention: 0. As in the number of times Anderson was sacked.

After allowing five sacks to Charlie Frye in a little over a quarter in the first game of the season the Browns’ offensive line has given up only eight sacks since. That’s eight sacks in 257 pass attempts. That’s one sack every 32.1 passes. That’s one sack per game. That’s phenomenal.

The rushing attack still leaves a bit to be desired — entering OT the team had rushed for all of 50 yards — and a lot of credit has to go to Anderson, who’s quick to get rid of the ball and apt to wisely throw it away when there’s nothing available. None of this, however, takes away from the incredible job the offensive line has done this season. It is one of the best in the NFL in terms of pass protection. It is no coincidence that the team is one of the league leaders in scoring. It is also no coincidence that the Browns are suddenly playing for a playoff spot.

Now, about the defensive line….

QB Score: 205
QB Score per play: 4.10

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8 Responses to “Cleveland Browns: QB Score: Week 9”

  1. as the resident clergy on this blog I pray on behalf of us all that the Browns never again forget what we have learned this year…the game is won and lost “in the trenches”. the O-linemen and D-linemen are the two most vital positions on the team.

    btw…off topic a bit…but I know “trade talk” will heat up very soon…I also pray that it is Quinn we trade and not Anderson. Anderson is really starting to look like something special…like a Brady…or even a…Favre…

    I know, he has a long way to go before he is tossed around with those names, but wow…this guy is really special I think and trading him might go down as the worst decision we ever made…that’s what my “gut” is telling me.

  2. Erik said

    I don’t really see the harm in keeping both Anderson and Quinn next year. If Anderson keeps this up all season, you have to re-sign him. But that doesn’t mean you have to trade Quinn.

    For some reason, a lot of Browns fans have it in their heads that the team can only have one of the two QBs at the outset of next season. It’s a cap burden to carry both with long-term deals, no doubt, but the backup QB is always one play away from being under center, so I think keeping both Quinn and Anderson for at least one more season seems like a good investment.

    Ultimately, I still think Quinn is the QB of the future. But Anderson is pushing that future back right now. The Browns are 5-3, so I’m not complaining.

    I’m still in favor of a wait-and-see approach with Anderson. Right now, he’s a hot hand that the Browns are riding. Nothing more. If he keeps this up for a couple of years, we can start talking about him as an elite quarterback.

    And with regard to the sudden improvement of the offensive line, I think Frye gets the lion’s share of the blame for those five sacks on opening day. The entire offense was in discord with him under center, and by the time Anderson relieved, it was too late to change. That game was a mess from start to finish.

    If the line needs to hold blocks for eight and nine seconds while the panicky QB dances in place, that’s unrealistic. Right now, it appears Anderson can make his reads in an orderly progression in five seconds or less, and that’s a huge boost to the line. It’s a big reason why Anderson hasn’t been sacked in two games.

  3. two words sums up why I would like to trade Quinn off in the off season:

    -win

    -now

  4. josh said

    if healthy, Browns make playoffs as the 6 seed.

    keep them both for another year. we have time. we wont win now — NE and Indy are in the AFC

    keep building

  5. if we can get some help on the D-line through trading Quinn (either by picks or a vet or a combo) then we’re right there with those two teams next year! we need to strike RIGHT NOW…it’s not like we are far from dominating as it is! we just can’t stop the run and we can’t put pressure on the QB…which is killing us…

    we can make some big waves in this off season and really “go for it” next year I believe…this is the time…the window in the NFL closes REAL fast…it’s not like when we were kids and a team could gel and mature together for a long time…no…you gotta strike while the iron is hot…

    ask Philly, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego…

  6. Here it is:

    The core of the Browns’ offense is still incredibly young. Anderson, Winslow, Edwards, and Thomas are all still within their first few seasons as a pro. I simply do not believe that the iron, however hot it is right now, will not be hotter over the next few seasons. This team should get even better.

    Which is one of the reasons why trading Quinn right now is a bad idea. There is no amount of talent Quinn could attract that would put the Browns in position to compete with the likes of Indy or New England this season. It probably won’t happen next season, either. This isn’t baseball and the Browns are not one ace pitcher away from having a shot. There are huge holes the Browns need to address and trading Quinn would only be a starting off point, not an end. More importantly, it’s an end that can be achieved through better means that this sort of trade.

    That said, the real argument against striking while the iron is hot is that that’s not a good strategy for winning in football. The game is so complex and unpredictable and the season short to the point where luck plays an overwhelming part that the small moves made possible by a single trade won’t be enough to push the Browns over the line.

    In fact, football compels us to act against hot irons. Like the Steelers in the 1970s, the 49ers in the 1980s, the Cowboys and Broncos in the 1990s, and the Patriots and Colts in the 2000s, the one thing that’s clear is that well constructed teams are the ones who most reliably win. Put your money on those teams, not the hot team.

    Further, there is nothing about what the Patriots or Colts have done that is extraordinary. They can’t buy all the talent. This isn’t baseball. They’re two teams that were built without sacrificing for quick gains (hence letting go of so many veterans demanding more money). Putting Quinn on the trading block is doing just that. Browns fans should go to bed dreaming about a front office and coaching staff as savvy as those in NE and Indy. Jettisoning Quinn is not what they’d have in mind.

    There are other reasons why trading Quinn is a bad idea, but I think the ‘hot iron’ justification is fatally flawed.

  7. I’m not suggesting that it is the “end all” by any means…not at all. couple such a big trade with all the other deals that would be made this off season and I think we’d be onto something.

    what good is keeping two stud QB’s?

    what could we do with the extra salary cap room moving Quinn would create?

    there are three things NE and Indy has always maintained and is why they are where they are: the O-line, the D-line and the QB. everything else as been interchangeable.

    this is a good problem to have…but I see no reason to keep two pro-bowl potential QB’s around now that Anderson has suddenly emerged in such an overwhelming way. with all the QB starving teams in the NFL these days surely we could put the value of Quinn and his cap room to better use.

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