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Derek Anderson Thinks He Knows Frustration

March 10, 2010

According to the News-Herald, Derek Anderson seems to think he was owed more than the money and the chances he got from the Browns. Quotes from an email he sent to the New-Herald’s Jeff Schudel include these three:

“The fans are ruthless and don’t deserve a winner, I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured..”

“I know at times I wasn’t great. I hope and pray I’m playing when my team comes to town and (we) roll them.”

“I never heard from anyone until today,” Anderson said of the end of the 09-10 season. “Nobody ever tried to reach out to me, which is fine.”

Wahhhh. Screw you, Anderson. You think Browns fans are ruthless? I hope you get to play in New York or Chicago. See how much love your game earns you there. Or Philadelphia, where they boo Donovan McNabb, a tough, proven starting quarterback.
BTW, Derek, My take is the fans weren’t cheering your injury in 2008. They were cheering because that blow forced the coaching staff to put in another quarterback. Crennel and Company didn’t seem to be in a hurry to sub for you before that injury. But you weren’t getting it done, and the fans were tired of watching you.

Nobody contacted you? What did you expect, a testimonial dinner hosted by Randy Lerner? How about a video showing highlights of your one good season and your four undistinguished ones? Probably one reason you didn’t hear from the team was you left town long before Holmgren and Reckert unpacked the trophies in their new offices. You said at the time you didn’t think that the Browns would pay your upcoming roster bonus. You were right, but you didn’t act like a guy that wanted to have a conversation with someone from the Browns. Maybe Holmgren should have called you a month ago and said, “Derek, we’re going to release you in a month, but I wanted to call you and thank you for your years of service.” Was there a more appropriate time for them to make a comment about your career in Cleveland than when your release was made official?

Derek Anderson was caught in a bad situation for the last couple years here, I’ll admit that. He played under two coaching staffs that didn’t have full confidence in him as a starter. Whether that assessment was fair, or whether Anderson’s success was sabotaged by a weak running game, or a dodgy offensive line, he didn’t get much of a chance to disprove the coaches’ assessment once Quinn arrived. That must have been frustrating. When he did get a chance, the result was OK, but not overwhelming.

Being a backup NFL quarterback is a frustrating position. The modern NFL team is structured around a particular quarterback, and the backup has to wait and wait for a slim chance to prove what he can do. If the second-stringer gets in a game, it usually means things aren’t going well already. As the focal point of the offense, the QB gets the blame even though the fault may actually lie with the offensive game plan, a weak line, subpar running backs, inexperienced receivers, or other factors. In the case of the Browns, the turnover in coaching, lack of quality players, indecision in quarterback assignments had to add to the frustration. However, it seems clear that if Anderson performed head and shoulders above his rivals, the Browns coaches wouldn’t have hesitated to hand him the ball. What did they have to lose?

If Anderson is frustrated, he should be able to relate to the frustration of the Browns fans, who he claims cheered his injury. The fans have put up  with mediocre ownership in the Modell years, the loss of the team, and more years of  futility since the Browns have returned to Cleveland. They weren’t cheering you getting hurt; they were cheering an end to a plan that wasn’t working. They were cheering a chance to move on and try something new. Instead of hurling insults, maybe that’s what you should be doing now, too, Derek.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2010 6:12 pm

    This is right on! And instead of piling on Anderson, you did point out that he was a lightning rod for weaknesses all through the organization. This is the only thing I’ve read that points out the cheering was for replacing the quarterback, not for his injury. Great job.

    • March 10, 2010 8:48 pm

      Thanks! I wonder if I’ll be reposting this in a month or two and replacing all the occurences of “Derek Anderson” with “Brady Quinn?”

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