Thursday, September 3, 2009

Quarterback mystery deepens

So Eric Mangini did not play most of his starters in the final preseason game against the Bears Thursday. That isn't exactly revolutionary football. But since Mangini says he isn't certain who will start at quarterback - Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn - it has to make one wonder what will tip the scale with only 10 days left before the opener.

You can expect trade rumors involving Anderson to heat up before NFL rosters are trimmed from 75 to 53 on Saturday. Mangini has said repeatedly - though he hasn't been asked recently - that he has no plans to trade either quarterback. But just because he has no "plans" to make a trade doesn't mean he won't listen to offers.

Sixth-round draft choice James Davis was impressive again in the 26-23 loss to the Bears. Fans will want him to start over Jamal Lewis. He isn't ready for that, but the coaches should find a way to get him five to 10 touches a game.

Brian Robiskie finally came to life after a slow preseason. He caught three passes and recovered a muffed punt. Obscure running back Chris Jennings led the Browns with 57 carries.

The Browns committed stupid penalties - again. They were flagged for illegal formation, wasting a punt to the 1 by Dave Zastudil, and they were penalized for taunting after an interception by Mike Adams. The Browns are not good enough to overcome those mistakes.


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