At a time when former Cleveland quarterbacks seem to be lining up to rip the Browns, one of them is trying to be polite.
At least, now.
Panthers backup Derek Anderson — who might have to start Sunday if Cam Newton can’t — did his best to backpedal from previous inflammatory words about his stint with the Browns.
“I’ve moved on from it,’’ Anderson said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “I’m focused on us.’’
Of course, that’s a far cry from his parting words for the Browns after he was released, when he said the city “didn’t deserve a winner.’’
“I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured,’’ Anderson said then. “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.’’
Of course, since he might have to play them this week, he stepped back from the napalm he was dropping on bridges then.
“The whole situation and how the whole thing went down in the last few months wasn’t great,” Anderson said yesterday. “I said some things I regret saying when I left.
“But it’s over with, I’ve moved on. I’m happy. I wasn’t in a great place when I left. I’m in a lot better place now.”
Anderson went to the Pro Bowl as a Brown in 2007, going 10-5 as a starter. They haven’t sniffed that kind of production since, and are now floundering about with Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.
Longing for the days of Derek Anderson might speak to the futility that is being a Browns fan, especially considering he might not even start against them this weekend.