Brady Quinn was given the opportunity to entrench himself as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback in 2008 before an injury derailed his season. However, new coach Eric Mangini plans on making Quinn earn the spot again for the 2009 season.
At the owners meetings in Dana Point, Calif., Mangini announced that the battle for the Browns' starting quarterback spot will feature an open competition between Quinn and Derek Anderson.
"I talked to both of them about that and was very clear," Mangini said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I said if they have any questions they can come and see me. In terms of the competition and their opportunities. That's what I told them. They understand that."
Mangini said, however, that he couldn't rule out a trade happening before the competition even begins.
"What I haven't ruled out is [general manager] George [Kokinis] and I looking at any opportunity to improve the team," he said, according to the Plain Dealer. "But I in no way am saying that is specific to the quarterback situation. But we would look at any opportunity we thought would improve the team."
Quinn, who is thought to be the Browns' quarterback of the future, threw for 518 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Browns last season. Anderson threw for 1,615 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions before being benched so Quinn could play. Anderson enjoyed a breakout 2007 season when he threw for 3,787 yards with 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
Both quarterbacks ended last season on injured reserve.
I feel like Mangini has said this before....hmmm....Not really a surprise obviously but just pretty funny that everywhere he goes it's the same story.