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Mangini re-launches the starting quarterback guessing game

The good news — if that’s even possible — for a team with two decent quarterbacks but no really great one is that, after one of them is benched during a game against one of the top defenses in the NFL, the head coach can force the next opponent to prepare for both of them by keeping the identity of the starter a secret.

And that’s what Browns coach Eric Mangini appparently will be doing.  After yanking Brady Quinn from Sunday’s horrendous 34-3 loss to the Ravens, Mangini is keeping the identity of the Week Four starter under the cockeyed ballcap that makes him look even more disheveled and slovenly.

For now, though, even Mangini doesn’t seem to know who the starter will be.

Mangini said after the game that he’ll “make a decision early [this] week” regarding whether Quinn or Derek Anderson will get the nod.

Quinn didn’t sound too pleased about the benching. 

“Why would I not want to be out there playing and trying to come back?” he said.  “It’s frustrating to not be able to finish what I started. I knew I didn’t have a good first half, and I was hoping to make some plays in the second half.”

If Quinn ends up on the bench, the potential financial consequences could be enormous.  He needs to take 45 percent of the snaps this year to unlock a $1.32 million one-time playing-time incentive.  And if he hits 70 percent, he’ll trigger a $5 million salary escalator for 2010. 

On Sunday, Quinn completed six of eight passes for 34 yards and one interception.  Anderson connected on 11 of 19 for 92 yards, but with three interceptions.

So maybe the answer to the question of who should play against the Bengals on Sunday should be “Brett Ratliff.”

Meanwhile, it’ll be interesting to see whether Mangini again tries to keep the identity of the starter a secret through next Sunday, even after one of the three men receives the first-team reps at practice this week and after one or more of the other 50 men on the roster and/or eight on the practice squad start talking about who the starter will be.

We’ll keep an eye on T.O.’s Twitter page for the scoop.

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44 Responses to “Mangini re-launches the starting quarterback guessing game”
  1. filthymcnasty says: Sep 28, 2009 10:39 AM

    Thank you Mangini, you make Zorn look good.

  2. kravon says: Sep 28, 2009 10:42 AM

    Mangini is a danger to the NFL.

  3. magsdad1 says: Sep 28, 2009 10:43 AM

    Browns fans –
    Get well soon.
    Sincerely,
    Everyone else.

  4. bearsrule says: Sep 28, 2009 10:46 AM

    Mangini is going to ruin Quinn. Replacing QB’s is not goung to help the Browns. They are going to get beat no matter who plays. Keep him in there, and let him learn. I’ve yet to see Tampa Bay, but I find it hard to believe that they or the Raiders are worse than Cleveland.

  5. Mr Krinkle says: Sep 28, 2009 10:47 AM

    Mangini is horrible, how did this strategy work for you the first time?

  6. urbusted says: Sep 28, 2009 10:52 AM

    Mangini and Crennel have destroyed two young QB propects. He never had a chance to win that game yesterday. He should have left Quinn in to get the experience of facing that defense and building his character some. Instead, he took any possibility of some type of positive away.

  7. realityonetwo says: Sep 28, 2009 10:52 AM

    Larry Mondello, er, Eric Mangini, will make the Bengals prepare for the guy who threw for 34 yards and one pick AND the guy who threw for 92 yards and three picks…

  8. danj0306 says: Sep 28, 2009 10:53 AM

    Ohhhhh wow.. what a trick mangini. Have the defenses guessing allll week as to which QB will start. The one that Throws 2 Int’s or the one that throws 4 Int’s… SCARRRYY!!! PICK A STARTER AND KEEP HIM IN ALL YEAR!!!!!
    I refuse to remain a Browns fan while this man is our coach. I hated him since he got here. His preseason QB competition annoyed me to no end. Pick a Starter and roll with him. He had a hard time picking between the 2 because A) Derick Anderson Sucks and B) Quinn has had all confidence ripped from him in this orginization. Its a joke and when they Fire Mangini and decide to bring in a real coach I will be back as a fan. Until then I remain faithfull to no team!!

  9. nasheagles says: Sep 28, 2009 10:57 AM

    Browns get what they deserve—they hired a guy not even worth interviewing. turn it over to Rob Ryan

  10. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 28, 2009 11:00 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a better coach.

  11. Fan_Of_ Four says: Sep 28, 2009 11:03 AM

    How did this guy even get one HC job, I can’t believe he was hired for a second ?

  12. Krow says: Sep 28, 2009 11:04 AM

    I hope Gaydy Quinn doesn’t do too much whining.

  13. mamboking says: Sep 28, 2009 11:07 AM

    Forget Brady.
    Forget DA.
    Josh Cribbs at QB running the triple option!

  14. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 28, 2009 11:08 AM

    I am starting to doubt my previous prediction that he would last to the bye week now.

  15. BillsFan27 says: Sep 28, 2009 11:12 AM

    Mangini’s secrets are so secretive that even he doesn’t know what his secrets are…
    Start Cribbs.

  16. dcfan-1212450 says: Sep 28, 2009 11:16 AM

    Haha, Mangini does make the Redskins and Zorn look good. But Florio didn’t pick the Browns to be in the Super Bowl, he picked the Redskins…
    Maybe Florio should post a blog about his potential dismissal, instead of the Zorn and Mangini, since Florios track record has been just as bad recently…

  17. Dawgpound2009 says: Sep 28, 2009 11:22 AM

    Maybe Penguini should fine himself for being so indecisive ??

  18. Kidekk says: Sep 28, 2009 11:39 AM

    I know it was the preseason, but Brett Ratliff put up some decent numbers when he was with the Jets, last year. Plus, there’s no harm in trying him out.

  19. biglebronski10 says: Sep 28, 2009 11:54 AM

    Stupid Mangini. He should have learned from others’ mistakes and hired an OC he could trust. You don’t have a QB problem there, you have a coaching problem. That is obvious, and either Daboll sucks or Mangini calling the plays and he sucks. Either way, he can’t trust or isn’t trusting his OC. Look at what teams (the Ravens) are doing when they bring in a good OC. Mangini is an idiot. But what else would I expect from a guy who does nothing for any reason except to piss people off?

  20. schism says: Sep 28, 2009 12:02 PM

    Dude is a trainwreck, he seems like a guy who has no idea what to do.
    what was that BS he pulled with OTAs? making the entire team ride on a bus to Coneticut to train in his home town?

  21. gallogj says: Sep 28, 2009 12:03 PM

    Mangini successfully turned the Browns into the laughing stock of the league! Most reporters outside of Cleveland already called us “The mistake by the lake”, but now we’re the Brown spot on Canada’s behind.
    I guess I’m going to have to start watching Basketball…it’s my only chance of seeing a winner. LeBron and Shaq will lift this city on it’s shoulders.

  22. Brocktoberfest says: Sep 28, 2009 12:05 PM

    It’s no secret, but you don’t remove a starting QB unless he is the one holding back an otherwise good team. After watching D.A. light it up (against much looser coverage), it’s clear that Quinn was the one holding the Browns back. What a joke. The Browns are an embarassment from their owner down to the talent on the field. They should all be ashamed.

  23. BENITO says: Sep 28, 2009 12:08 PM

    how can they blame quinn when they are calling 5 step passing plays and their o-line cant protect anything longer than 3 step? coaching is a joke! what makes it worse is that they are losing with retread jets instead of youth! mangina is a fat joke!

  24. stanjam says: Sep 28, 2009 12:33 PM

    The winner of the QB starting game will be the QB who manages to kiss Mangini’s butt the best.

  25. leem says: Sep 28, 2009 12:52 PM

    lets not condemn Mangini without first pointing out that the ignorant ownership in Cleveland hired him and another wanna e to run the show.
    they are both losers which is what makes them a perfect match for the Lerner family in Cleveland.
    He hired them and gave them multiyear contracts and now he gets to pay them for years for doing nothing but helping to keep running the browns into
    the asphalt.
    here is the REAL mistake by the lake
    on a side note
    can brady quinn actually throw a football across his backyard??/

  26. heywood jablowme says: Sep 28, 2009 12:53 PM

    Two Words:
    Rich Kotite

  27. The Centurion says: Sep 28, 2009 1:20 PM

    THIS IS THE WORST COACH IN FOOTBALL!! Lou Hotlz would be a better option at this point. Mangini is an arrogant fat clown. I think both of these quarterbacks could be successful or at least far more servicable under a different regime. The players in Clevland arent buying anything Man-Kok is selling, he isnt giving any of his players confidence especially his two Quarterbacks. We all suspected this was a horrible hire from`the start. Florio Im really interested to hear an unfiltered assessment of this guy from your opinion.

  28. momar3000 says: Sep 28, 2009 1:23 PM

    “After watching D.A. light it up (against much looser coverage)” ????? WTF???
    D. Anderson 11/19, 92 yrds – 0 -tds, 3 – picks, 30.9 rating.
    Lighting it up alright.

  29. PimP JuicE MaN says: Sep 28, 2009 1:29 PM

    Mangini is keeping the identity head coach a secret ……………….
    Thanks for taking this guy off our hands, this guy is a miserable sack of sheet, almost ALL the same players on the TEAM and we have a BETTER TEAM WITHOUT THIS GUY. The players have said the game is FUN AGAIN.
    This guy has no clue, he is not a LEADER because HIS TEAM WON’T FOLLOW.
    GOOD LUCK WITH THIS GUY

  30. PimP JuicE MaN says: Sep 28, 2009 1:32 PM

    Mangini is keeping the identity head coach a secret ……………….
    Thanks for taking this guy off our hands, this guy is a miserable sack of sheet, almost ALL the same players on the TEAM and we have a BETTER TEAM WITHOUT THIS GUY. The players have said the game is FUN AGAIN.
    This guy has no clue, he is not a LEADER because HIS TEAM WON’T FOLLOW.
    GOOD LUCK WITH THIS GUY
    HAPPY IN JETS-VILLE

  31. The Centurion says: Sep 28, 2009 1:38 PM

    How many people can get credit for the Tom Brady patriots success? Its like all these New England alumni leave Boston saying “I am Tom Brady” No Eric Mangini your an idiot “I am Tom Brady” No Chrarlie Weiss you suck at game managment. STOP HIRING THESE Patriots assisstants, The Hoodie is the engineer!

  32. TheGhostofBernieKosar says: Sep 28, 2009 1:47 PM

    i…am… speechless and so very very sad.

  33. Thunderlipps says: Sep 28, 2009 1:58 PM

    3 games people….. 3 games removed from a 4 win season, and Mangini ruined this team??
    I dont think Quinn should have been pulled, and I think Mangini should put him back in and stick with him for the year. However, the Browns offense has done nothing to this point, and if his intention was to try and create some sort of spark… create ANYTHING, then I’m OK with the move for this game (being down 20 at half). Not to mention Florio, as well as all the other national talking heads are focusing on the wrong thing- its not the QB’s its the Defense… or lack there of.
    By the way whats the infatuation with Mangini? didnt he take a 4 win Jets team to the playoffs his first year, then in 08 have them sitting at 8-2 after 10 games widely considered the best team in football until Favre f’d everything up?
    3 games in…. 13 to go allot can get better. (It cant get worse)

  34. jordan4440 says: Sep 28, 2009 2:14 PM

    1. Terrible owner
    2. The GM sucks
    3. The head coach is a joke. Look at the team he left! 3-0, Browns 0-3.
    4. Bad Cornerbacks
    5. Bad offensive line (right side.)
    6. No good WR’s, that includes Braylon Edwards.
    I’m tired of people thinking he is all that great.
    7. No good TE’s.
    8. No time for either QB to show what they can do because of their piss poor offense.
    I love the Browns but we are officially the worst team in the NFL from the owner to the water boy. FIRE MANGINI!!!!! SELL THE TEAM BUT KEEP IT IN CLEVELAND!

  35. Browns_fan_in_therapy says: Sep 28, 2009 2:43 PM

    Hopefully Randy Lerner will start his “Who’s going to be the next head coach” guessing game. If there was ever an argument for firing a coach by the bye week of his 1st season, this is it. Mangini turned over the roster, picked his own talent and still looks like they couldn’t beat the practice squads of the other teams in this division. Absolutely pathetic.

  36. Whodey08 says: Sep 28, 2009 2:57 PM

    Mangini successfully turned the Browns into the laughing stock of the league! Most reporters outside of Cleveland already called us “The mistake by the lake”, but now we’re the Brown spot on Canada’s behind.
    Hate to break this to you,,,but the rest of the country has been laughing at Cleveland for decades before MAngini arrived.

  37. xskippzx says: Sep 28, 2009 2:57 PM

    Thunderlipps said, “By the way whats the infatuation with Mangini? didnt he take a 4 win Jets team to the playoffs his first year, then in 08 have them sitting at 8-2 after 10 games widely considered the best team in football until Favre f’d everything up?”
    Before Favre f’d everything up? Um, MANGINI was fined by the NFL for lying about a shoulder injury that should have sidelined Favre.
    A year later, the Jets and Favre are a combined 6-0. Meanwhile, Mangini: 0-3. Not a coincidence.
    MANGINI AND KOKINIS ARE TERRIBLE. LERNER NEEDS TO SELL THE TEAM.

  38. WashingtonRedstorms says: Sep 28, 2009 3:01 PM

    Wheres Brian Sipe ?

  39. phootballphreak says: Sep 28, 2009 3:03 PM

    good god man, mangini is amazing ….. remember the devastating coaching dilema he caused poor minnesota in week one by not revealing who his starting center was going to be ….. are you kidding me???? he is an abomination to the coaching position …. with his cockeyed hat he looks like a camp kid waiting at the bus stop for the little bus …. i turned the game on yesterday just for the chuckle factor ….. to all the browns fans …. you have my utmost sympathy

  40. leem says: Sep 28, 2009 3:07 PM

    he fired yet??

  41. callmecougar says: Sep 28, 2009 3:19 PM

    I shaved my balls for this?

  42. Phenom says: Sep 28, 2009 5:13 PM

    momar3000,
    I think it was pretty obvious that the poster was being sarcastic about DA lighting it up. The Browns are the most pathetic team in the league. At least the Rams put up a couple of TD’s yesterday (with a backup QB no less).

  43. tobago says: Sep 28, 2009 10:16 PM

    This is not all Mangini fault, just like it was not all Crennels fault, but they got rid of him therefore Mangini should go. He has two backup quarterbacks trying to be starters, give Brett Ratliff a chance, bench Quinn and Anderson, what can you lose, another game?As a BRowns fan for many years this is the worst year i can remember. I am trying to keep the Browns habit and find another team but it is not that easy, this organization is the pits top to bottom.

  44. chazcanfly says: Oct 2, 2009 5:13 PM

    Hey Mike,
    You sound like a guy who is as unformed as Eric Gangreeni! The problems you are witnessing with the Browns are primarily the fault of the Mr. Gangreeni and Mr. Randy Unlearned. First of all, How many owners that you know who will hire a coach BEFORE GM? That’s what Randy Unlearned did. Second, Grangreeni screwed up the draft by passing on the best talent available including Mark ?Sanchez and Rey Malaleuga. Then he goes and brings in a bunch of bums from the Jets because players don’t like him. He screwed up the offense by waiting too late to name his starting QB. The rest of the offense never had a chance to gel around the qb before game one. Finally, his combination of ego and arrogance will be his undoing. Unless he starts winning –and right now—he will never coach in the NFL again.

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