Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Anderson expected to start Saturday

Derek Anderson is expected to start at quarterback for the Browns Saturday night in the preseason game against the Lions, but Coach Eric Mangini is keeping his plans a secret.

Brady Quinn started against Green Bay in the preseason opener and took 17 snaps. Anderson took only five snaps against the Packers. Since balance is the name of the game for Mangini, it makes sense to start Anderson. Mangini did say he wants to see Anderson in a hurry-up attack vs. the Lions. Quinn ran a two-minute drill in Green Bay and came up empty when he threw an interception.

At this point in camp it would make sense to settle on a starter so that player can get the bulk of practice leading up to the opener. It would help the team get into a rhythm, but Mangini said it is more important to be right than quick.

Mangini's plan makes sense, even if it is to keep the Vikings guessing, but there also is something to be said for receivers knowing who will be throwing them the ball.


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