According the the Plain Dealer, Corey Williams is the newest member of the Cleveland Browns. Williams will be joining the Browns in exchange for a second round draft choice, contingent on the Browns’ signing of Williams to a multi-year deal.
When a team’s run defense consistently ranks anywhere in the high twenties and thirties in the entire league for multiple years in a row, it is time to do something to change the look of the defense. Bringing in a 6 foot 4 inch 320 pound monster of a defensive end who is known for his “speed” in getting to the QB, you are headed in the right direction.
The Browns traded their second round pick, which was the only pick they had left in the first two rounds because of the trade they made with Dallas last year to get Brady Quinn. What this tells me is that Phil Savage is expecting to pick up a first and third round draft pick when someone signs Derek Anderson.
This is good news all the way around. Derek Anderson might go on to do great things, but then again he might fall flat. Obviously, Phil Savage feels like DA was a product of the system that Rob Chudzinski installed for the Browns’ offense this season. All Browns fans can do is hope that he is right. There will be no QB controversy this year. Brady Quinn is your new starting QB. He will do battle with one of the best offensive lines, and hopefully a defense that can compete more consistently than the one that was on the field last year.
Apparently the game doesn’t mean much to the rest of the world. Still after the stinker of a performance that Derek Anderson put together yesterday in Hawaii in place of Tom Brady, I have to wonder if it will hurt his restricted free agency status. Anderson completed 10 out of 26 passes for 103 yards, one interception and he got stripped once. On top of that, Anderson probably had every reason to feel comfortable with three teammates on the field with him at all times. Joe Thomas was blocking in front of him, and he had Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow running routes for him. And still, in a game where defensive backs are not allowed to play press coverage, Derek Anderson couldn’t get anything going. Compared to his peers in the game, Anderson was dismal.
Peyton Manning was 11 out of 16 for 147 yards
Ben Roethlisberger was 5 out of 9 for 42 yards
Jeff Garcia was 8 out of 10 for 117 yards
Tony Romo was 9 out of 16 for 87 yards
Matt Hasselbeck was 7 out of 9 for 78 yards
In Anderson’s defense, it has been a while since he last played because the Browns didn’t make the playoffs. Then again, NOT to Anderson’s defense the Browns didn’t MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.
Anyway, this might all just be a waste of my typing if the Pro Bowl truly doesn’t mean a thing. But it just seems to me that a guy who is out there scoffing at the Browns offers and reportedly looking for Tony Romo money, an exhibition that is set up for QB’s to perform really really well should probably work in your favor. And if for some reason it doesn’t, I should expect the likes of the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins (teams that need quarterbacks) to take notice.
This week we were live on 1540 KNR2. As we were talking about the Browns’ vacated Defensive coordinator job, they promoted Mel Tucker from within the organization. We talked about Derek Anderson and his being named the starter for next season. We talked about the Buckeyes and their problems in the national championship game.
This is the first podcast of 2008. There were three participants today. Wood from WKNR2, Antonio Castro and yours truly did about a half hour today on the Browns, Cavaliers and looking ahead to the BCS National Championship on Monday night between Ohio State and LSU down in Louisiana.
This is our last show before we go live next Saturday. That show will be available for streaming on the web and you can call in and contribute if the feeling strikes you. I will be sure to post more info on that later this week.
As we move into the off-season here in Cleveland Browns land, there is going to be a whole lot of debate about what the Browns should do regarding their breakout QB Derek Anderson. Should the Browns trade him? Should the Browns give him a qualifying offer and let him leave in exchange for future first and third round picks? Should the Browns put the franchise tag on him? Should the Browns sign him to a rich long-term deal?
There is no way to know for sure as a fan, what the Browns should do. That’s why I think this one should come down to whether you trust Phil Savage or not.
If you do, you should just leave it up to him. Nobody in the world other than Derek Anderson’s father knows DA better than Phil Savage. Savage did all the home work on him from the start when he made his way to Baltimore. Savage was the one who claimed him off of waivers when the Ravens tried to sneak him onto their practice squad to free up a roster spot. Savage was the one who pulled the trigger on trading Charlie Frye after one game, paving the way for DA to get his shot this year.
So trust in Savage to know what the proper gamble is on his future success. DA had a nice first season and the Browns will definitely make a qualifying offer so that they will be compensated if another team comes in and offers him a contract. Now, depending on how rich that contract is, I expect Savage to make the decision whether to keep DA, or let him leave and give Brady Quinn a shot.
At this point, as a fan, I guess I would prefer to see both DA and Brady Quinn on the roster when they start training camp next summer, but if the cost becomes to prohibitive, I expect that the Browns will benefit no matter what. Either they get DA to play QB at a high level in Cleveland, or they get some other team’s first and third round picks, or if they trade him they are selling the Derek Anderson stock at a pretty high point.
There really isn’t anything wrong with any of the three scenarios. These are all good problems to have and I expect Phil Savage to make the right choices in solving them.