Here is what you missed during the NFL Network broadcast of the Broncos’ 34-30 win at Cleveland.
“They realize this is the start of something special.” – Cris Collinsworth on Browns fans awaiting Brady Quinn‘s pregame introduction
“The Broncos had a great offense draft this year. Ryan Clady is one of the outstanding young left tackles in the game and (wide receiver) Eddie Royal has been a difference maker.” – Collinsworth on the Broncos offensive draft
“If they can’t run the football they have big issues with this offense because it is based on play action and bootlegs off the run.” – Collinsworth on Broncos
“No matter how many people they have at the line of scrimmage, they are no match. They are too small.” – Collinsworth on Broncos defense trying to stop Browns RB Jamal Lewis
“What a job hanging in there. Elvis Dumervil was right in his face and gave him a big shot, but he delivered the football beautifully.” – Collinsworth on Quinn’s TD pass to Kellen Winslow
“They’ve been through so many running backs this season that they don’t know if everybody involved knows how to make the plays.” – Collinsworth on Broncos
“Brady Quinn is looking pretty good. He’s not sitting in the pocket, he’s decisive, making quick throws and not holding on to the ball. He’s looking pretty impressive so far.” – Collinsworth on Quinn
End of 1st Quarter: Denver: 7 Cleveland: 7
“The Broncos are simply being too aggressive to the football. They are trying to flow to the strong side and they are not setting the edge on the backside.” – Collinsworth on Broncos run defense
“He knows that had he probably made that catch for Derek Anderson a week ago, there may not have been a quarterback change. He has to take some responsibility for that too. He’s has a lot of drops this year.” – Collinsworth on Braylon Edwards
“I’m sure it’s tough for Derek Anderson to watch this because he knows the Broncos don’t have a very good defense. I think that factored into the (QB switch) decision.” – Collinsworth
“If you can’t run the football, you begin to get limited. For years under Mike Shanahan, this has been a ‘run and bootleg’ team. Now they’re turning into more of a drop-back team because they can’t run the football.” – Collinsworth on the Broncos’ change in offensive identity.
“This has been one good looking offense. Honestly, this is what the Cleveland Browns looked like a season ago.” – Collinsworth on Browns
“There is nothing better than a little youth in your life. You have a young quarterback and the whole stadium gets a lift.” – Collinsworth on Browns and Quinn
“I had to stroll one more time down to the ‘Dawg Pound’ since my days in Cincinnati and they said, ‘Oh yeah, we still hate you down here.’” – Collinsworth on the Dawg Pound section of Cleveland Browns Stadium
“A lot of twists and turns, just like the Browns’ season.” – Papa on Phil Dawson‘s 52-yard field goal
“He’s all fired up. His wife sang the National Anthem. He’s having a good night.” – Papa on Dawson following his 52-yard field goal
“I have absolutely no idea what that call is.” – Collinsworth on final play of first half, a Cutler run as Broncos tried to get into field goal range with no timeouts remaining. The first half clock expired before Denver could get back to line of scrimmage.
- Browns only team in NFL without TD in last 2 minutes of a half.
End of 2nd Quarter: Cleveland: 20 Denver: 10
THE SPRINT HALFTIME SHOW:
“The second candidate for change for Ohio.” – Rich Eisen on Quinn
“As the game progressed, they became more and more comfortable with him.” – Steve Mariucci on Browns and Quinn
“It’s a S.O.S. moment. Save our season and he’s getting it done.” – Eisen on the Browns and Quinn
Adam Schefter report on last play of second quarter by Broncos: The play call was a quarterback draw, but it was designed for Jay Cutler not to run as far outside as he did. The Broncos thought that they could spike the ball with two seconds left on the clock, but ran out of time.
“In my expert analysis: wow!” – Collinsworth on Quinn’s first half
“I thought the one chance they had in this game was the fact that Brady Quinn was playing quarterback.” – Collinsworth on the Broncos defense
“Jim Brown turned a lot of defensive backs into wide receivers in his day.” – Collinsworth
“That’s a Tiger Woods lofted wedge…perfectly thrown.” – Collinsworth on Cutler’s looping touch pass over the middle to TE Tony Scheffler
“Marshall Faulk better be cautious on the sideline. Mike Shanahan may try to dress him.” – Papa on Broncos’ injury problems at running back
“Mike Shanahan has had a lot of success in taking bigger wide receivers and turning them into tight ends. They do so much flanking those guys out and creating those mismatches. I think back to the Super Bowl in Miami. This is exactly how the Broncos won that game. They just went five wide and said, ‘hey, let’s see if you can cover all five.” – Collinsworth on Denver tight ends
“It’s strange to think the Cleveland Browns might have their most efficient performance on three days rest.” – Collinsworth
End of 3rd Quarter: Cleveland: 23 Denver: 13
“Joshua Cribbs is the great equalizer. You almost feel good when you stop him at the 50-yard line.” – Collinsworth on the Browns kick returner
“He’s single-handedly (letting) the Broncos back into this game.” – Collinsworth on Winslow
- 93-yard TD pass is longest by the Broncos since 1981 (Craig Morton 95-yard pass to Steve Watson)
“Jay Cutler has got to be making Mike Shanahan nervous with some of these hand grenades he’s throwing.” –- Collinsworth
“It happened so fast, it’s almost remarkable.” -– Collinsworth on Broncos coming back to take fourth-quarter lead
“Peyton Hillis has made quite an impression on me. Seven catches for 116 yards last week, and now as a third string tailback getting it done and helping with the running game.” -– Collinsworth
“Jay Cutler is playing this Cleveland defense like a fiddle right now.” -– Collinsworth
“Well, there you go, Brady Quinn. You’ve always wanted to be an NFL quarterback.” -– Collinsworth on Quinn being down by four with 1:10 left
“I wonder how many times Brady Quinn has run the no-huddle offense this year in practice. I’d bet zero.” -– Collinsworth
“I have to say, I’m beginning to understand why the Cleveland Browns made this move now. That mobility is a real difference-maker for this Cleveland offense.” -– Collinsworth on Browns naming Quinn starting quarterback
NFL TOTAL ACCESS ON LOCATION PREGAME SHOW PRESENTED BY SEARS
Browns Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown joined the Total Access on Location crew on the set:
“There are no more excuses, there are no more victims and we as Americans have to help him deliver because it’s going to be difficult. But he has delivered so far by bringing the county together. It’s about all people and I am tickled to death.” -– Jim Brown on president-elect Barack Obama
“You’re going to see a composed young man and a talented young man tonight who’s going to take this team over and produce.” –- Brown on QB Brady Quinn being named starter
Browns QB Brady Quinn spoke exclusively with NFL Network’s Adam Schefter on receiving his first start:
“It’s been a tough transition for me because I’ve never experienced (waiting) before. I’ve always been the guy. The biggest transition was understanding how to learn the game by not playing and that can be tough.” –- Quinn on waiting two seasons for his first NFL start
“I wish in the offseason the owners would get together and change the NFL overtime procedure to be similar to the college overtime system because I think it’s fair to have both offense and defense on the field to show what they can do, not a ‘one and done’ situation.” – Steve Mariucci on the NFL rule he would change
Adam Schefter reports:
- Former Raiders CB DeAngelo Hall was not claimed on waivers by any team, so Hall is now a free agent and can sign with any team. Expect a deal to get done within 24-48 hours. Four teams have jumped out of the gate and shown some initial interest in Hall — the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. All are playoff contenders and all are interested in Hall. Hall will have the opportunity to speak with all four of those teams and any others that might jump into the fray. The New Orleans Saints might be interested as well, but Hall would like to make a decision on a team as soon as possible.
- There are two things that are certain about a very uncertain situation in Oakland. First, Nnamdi Asomugha is going to go to the Pro Bowl this year. Secondly, we know that the Raiders are going to franchise Asomugha after this season because they’ve had a tough time signing him to a long-term deal. The franchise number for next year will be $11.7 million, but if the Raiders don’t sign Asomugha, who is regarded as the best cornerback in the game, they risk losing him and the Raiders won’t allow that to happen. A lot of people thought that Oakland would put recently released CB DeAngelo Hall’s money towards signing Asomugha, but that’s not going to happen because they’ve been unable to sign Asomugha to a long-term deal.
- Browns QB Brady Quinn has a clause in his contract that says if he plays in 55% of the plays in 2008 and 2009, he will receive $11 million in escalators. The fact that Quinn has been inserted into the Browns starting lineup midway through the season makes it virtually unattainable that he can get to 55% of the play time this year. This means for Quinn to receive the $11 million in incentives, he will have to play in 70% of the plays next season. Therefore, it seems to be the consensus that money did not drive this decision, but the timing of the decision is curious.
- On roughly March 15th, the Browns have to pay QB Derek Anderson a $5 million option bonus payment. The Browns don’t want to add any more money to Anderson’s contract if they don’t intend to keep him. So if Quinn pays well, it’s possible that the Browns will look to deal Anderson before March 15 when that $5 million roster bonus payment is due.
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