Browns coach Romeo Crennel didn’t exactly give QB Derek Anderson a vote of confidence during Monday’s press conference.
When asked if Anderson was still Crennel’s starting quarterback, the Browns coach replied, “Yes, as of right now.”
Anderson has struggled to follow up on a strong first season as a starter in the NFL, one after which the Browns rewarded the quarterback with a three-year, $24 million contract, including $14.5 million in guarantees.
In Sunday’s 37-27 loss to the Ravens, Anderson was 17 of 33 passing for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, which was returned for a game-clinching touchdown by Terrell Suggs. When Anderson left the field, Browns fans were screaming “Bra-dy! Bra-dy!” for popular backup Brady Quinn.
“It’s deflating when they run the ball in for a touchdown,” Crennel said following Sunday’s game. “It’s deflating when they throw the ball over your head. It’s deflating when you don’t make a catch in the open. It’s deflating when you lose a game.”
After throwing for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns as the Browns finished 10-6 in 2007, Anderson has throw for 1,454 yards and nine touchdowns as the Browns have compiled a 3-5 record this season.
The Browns traded back into the first round of the 2007 draft to select Quinn with the No. 22 overall pick. While Browns fans have been clamoring for Quinn to see some action behind center, the second-year quarterback has yet to hit the field this season.