Trent Dilfer Blasts Cleveland Browns For Going With Brady Quinn And Benching Derek Anderson

Trent Dilfer Is Not On Board The Brady Quinn Train, And Neither Am I

11/4/08 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect



It's quite rare to see any announcer just completely go after a team on ESPN, but it definitely happened yesterday when Trent Dilfer absolutely ripped the hell out of the Browns for deciding to bench Derek Anderson and name Brady Quinn the starter.

Even more impressive, Dilfer went right after Browns fans, saying that they're the reason why the Browns continue to make stupid moves as an organization.

Dilfer of course has a history with the Browns, having played for them back in 2005. Some people might say he's a little bitter towards his old team, other people might say he knows exactly what he's talking about.

I think many of you know where I stand on this issue, which is 100% in Dilfer's camp. As Dilfer makes clear, Anderson hasn't had nearly as bad a year as people like to think he has. Anderson's had to deal with a disgruntled Kellen Winslow who's having a personal battle with the organization, a star receiver in Braylon Edwards who couldn't catch a football drenched in super glue right now (14 drops on the season so far), and a horrible defense. Plus, let's be honest as well, if Edwards catches that perfect bomb that Anderson threw to him on Sunday against the Ravens in the 4th quarter, we might not even be having this discussion.

What has happened in Cleveland is that Anderson has become the scapegoat for what is essentially an entire team's bad season. 

More specifically, this is my problem. Anderson was basically a rookie last year. He had an exceptional year. This year, mostly because of his team, he's had a less than stellar season. Considering many scouts, and as Dilfer alluded to, many coaches, believe Anderson is a solid player, why should you nix this process at a year and a half? After the Browns beat the Giants several weeks ago, Steve Young was effusive in his praise for Anderson, not just for that game, but in what he believes Anderson can become over time.

And let's face it, not every quarterback in NFL history has always had a smooth road to success. It's not absurd to think a guy may go through a bit of a sophomore slump, especially considering his overall team is having a bad season.

I mean, look at Eli Manning for God's sake. It took him nearly 4 years before he hit his stride. Now he's one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

The point is that while some people will call Anderson's 2007 season a fluke, I see it as proof that he can actually get it done in the NFL, but needs more time to become a very good quarterback. This is how it works for quarterbacks, rarely do you ever get the Tom Brady who instantly produces at an exceptional level.

It also just seems to be a bad move on the Browns part. You spend a year and a half on a guy who's shown quite a lot of promise, and now you decide to start all over with another guy who you have no clue what you're going to get from him.

I realize this is mostly about the fact that Quinn was a first round draft pick and the Browns need to test him out at some point, but now isn't that time.

Many people like instant gratification, but the truth is that in the NFL, appealing to that desire often gets you in serious trouble. Development is a key part of the game, and sometimes that means dealing with a rocky a season or two. Anyway, if the Browns are lucky, Quinn will be what they hope he is. But if he's not, they'll likely be asking themselves why they didn't try and develop Anderson for a longer period of time. And they'll probably be thinking that while Anderson is playing for another team and sending Cleveland to yet another loss.
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11/5/08   |   IlliniBob72   |   83 respect

Fubu77 wrote:
why are you on a site thats slogan is proving that anylists arent as smart as fans if fans are dumb....jw?

LOL Are you trying to tell me that you want a message board poster here running your football team?

11/5/08   |   Fubu77

IlliniBob72 wrote:
What the hell does Trent Dilfer's playing ability have to do with his work as an analyst? I've been very impressed by Dilfer's work at ESPN. Besides, there are many NFL QB's that would love to have Dilfer's career.

Secondly, I didn't take his comments as an attack on the fans. He said the Browns are very into public opinion. That's all.

And NO, teams should not listen to the fans when it comes to making personnel or lineup decisions. Why? Because fans, in general, are dumb.

why are you on a site thats slogan is proving that anylists arent as smart as fans if fans are dumb....jw?

11/5/08   |   IlliniBob72   |   83 respect

What the hell does Trent Dilfer's playing ability have to do with his work as an analyst? I've been very impressed by Dilfer's work at ESPN. Besides, there are many NFL QB's that would love to have Dilfer's career.

Secondly, I didn't take his comments as an attack on the fans. He said the Browns are very into public opinion. That's all.

And NO, teams should not listen to the fans when it comes to making personnel or lineup decisions. Why? Because fans, in general, are dumb.

11/4/08   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Now let me say...seriously  was shocked by his comments.  Its not everyday you hear an ESPN employee talk like that. He's paid for his opinions and is entitled to one, but lets maybe wait a few games before we attack an organization and some of the best fans in all of sports.  More teams shoud listen to their fans.  They pay the bills!!!

11/4/08   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

I will just put this mildly.  WHO GIVES A $HIT WHAT TRENT DILFER SAYS.  Cleveland fans loved him, now they will hate him...LOL>>>>LOL>>F-U Trent Dilfer you waste.

11/4/08   |   RichmondSpider

Not sure I want Trent Dilfer being the only person singing my praises - kinda like having W. endorse your political campaign...

11/4/08   |   Seth   |   301 respect

Probably goes back to the big Fresno State/Notre Dame rivalry.

11/4/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

johnlynch_47 wrote:
again last year Braylan was second in dropped passes only behind TO
I just don't see Quinn having a better game then anderson did on monday night football (which was also a prime time game and against a tougher team) Its not going to happen

I can almost guarantee that Quinn will struggle this week.  He's only got one practice and its his debut.  Thats not the point though.  The Browns are going nowhere this year and need to focus on 2009 and beyond.  Anderson isn't the answer, but Quinn should be.  Might as well get a head start on it.

11/4/08   |   uptown7010

johnlynch_47 wrote:
its good to hear a Giants fan sticking up for DA
lol

You hate to see a decent QB go down the tubes. Maybe another team and system may be better for him.

11/4/08   |   johnlynch_47

kantwistaye wrote:
He completed 56.5% of his passes and threw 19 interceptions.  Thats not incredibily effective, and its shown in his 82.5 QB Rating (which was only 17th best last year) and his 12.3% DVOA (15th best).

He was only average last year and now has returned back to his talent level, which isn't NFL quality.

again last year Braylan was second in dropped passes only behind TO
I just don't see Quinn having a better game then anderson did on monday night football (which was also a prime time game and against a tougher team) Its not going to happen

11/4/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

johnlynch_47 wrote:
ya cause making it to the probowl having 29 TD's isn't good and  he won all the home games he started in with a crowd that doesn't even like him but no i guess that wasn't good

He completed 56.5% of his passes and threw 19 interceptions.  Thats not incredibily effective, and its shown in his 82.5 QB Rating (which was only 17th best last year) and his 12.3% DVOA (15th best).

He was only average last year and now has returned back to his talent level, which isn't NFL quality.

11/4/08   |   johnlynch_47

its good to hear a Giants fan sticking up for DA
lol

11/4/08   |   johnlynch_47

kantwistaye wrote:
Derek Anderson is completing 49% of his passes, or about 1 whole percent better than JaMarcus Russell.  He's 30th in the league in passer rating.  He's been atrocious.  This was a move Cleveland had to make.  Brady Quinn is the future.  Derek Anderson was a one year fluke (and even then, wasn't a special QB by any means.)

ya cause making it to the probowl having 29 TD's isn't good and  he won all the home games he started in with a crowd that doesn't even like him but no i guess that wasn't good

11/4/08   |   uptown7010

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They're dropping ALL of his passes? That's hard to believe.

Braylon Edwards lead the league in drop passes (17) and the hi-lights show the quality of the drops should have been TD's.

11/4/08   |   keebs8   |   1701 respect

Trent, your the only Qb to win the Superbowl, then not get re-signed and got ran out of Cleveland...

11/4/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Look Trent you were no fan of completing passes either, but it still worked out for you. . .

11/4/08   |   uptown7010

I agree with Trent because Derek Anderson is playing his ass off and the receivers are droping all of his passes. If they don't like Derek maybe there's a deal on the table in Dallas for him to be Romo's backup? They couldn't do any worst.

11/4/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Derek Anderson is completing 49% of his passes, or about 1 whole percent better than JaMarcus Russell.  He's 30th in the league in passer rating.  He's been atrocious.  This was a move Cleveland had to make.  Brady Quinn is the future.  Derek Anderson was a one year fluke (and even then, wasn't a special QB by any means.)