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Cleveland Browns Inside Slant

Cleveland Browns Inside Slant
General manager Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel have made it clear Derek Anderson is the starting quarterback as opposed to last year when the job was a duel between Anderson and Charlie Frye - a duel Frye was winning until the middle of the second quarter of the first game. The way work was divided in the three-day minicamp that concluded Thursday left no doubt what the pecking order will be when camp starts on July 23.

Still, Brady Quinn, without rocking the boat, is not approaching training camp like a guy resigned to being second string. He says he is looking forward to competing with Anderson.

"That has to be my mindset going in regardless what people may say because if I'm not preparing that way I'm doing our team an injustice," Quinn said. "If he was to go down on the first play of the season, I have to be ready to take the reins and go from there."

Quinn threw the football much better in minicamp than he did a year ago. The entire offense looked better because it has been in the same scheme for more than a year, but Quinn particularly looks improved. He connected on a sideline throw to Travis Wilson and flicked a pass to Jerome Harrison that went for a touchdown on the final play of minicamp.

Anderson also threw the ball well. He looked more at ease than he did last spring. There is more structure to practice with him working as the starter and Quinn as the backup.

"I want what's best for this team," Quinn said. "I want to win a Super Bowl. If Derek is the guy leading us there, that's fine.

"Obviously I'd like to be that guy. Ken Dorsey would love to be that guy. Any quarterback would. In the position we're in now, we're going to push each other and compete. It will make us both better in the long run."

Quinn missed 11 days of training and 17 practices in a contract holdout last summer. The holdout took him out of contention for the starting job, and since Anderson won 10 games and threw 29 touchdown passes last season Crennel would look silly if he said there would be open competition this year.

With the order set, Anderson will get the majority of practice time in training camp. Quinn will have to make his mark in preseason games. However it shakes out, he says he is better than a year ago.

"Your first year, there are so many changes not only on the football field but in your life," said Quinn, a first-round draft choice from Notre Dame last year. "You're not able to simplify things. Now, a year later, football is your main focus and you're not worrying about other things. It's so hard to put into words, but it makes a world of difference."

Quinn did not play last season until the last series of the first half of the final game. He completed three of eight passes and led the Browns to a field goal.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 4, 2008

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