Cleveland Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini has made a decision on who his starting QB will be for Sunday’s season opener. But, according to Zac Jackson of clevelandbrowns.com, Mangini will not publicly announce the decision.
Although he won’t share his decision with the rest of us, Mangini did say he will share his decision with Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn in separate meetings.
“I understand the excitement, but it will be something that will be internal,” Mangini said. “Being on the other side of this as defensive coordinator, I know the problems that not knowing who the starting quarterback will be can cause.”
Mangini’s position is understandable, to some degree, but there’s a good chance word will eventually emerge about who will start on Sunday. Regardless of who is under center, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said the Vikings preparation won’t change.
“It doesn’t,” Childress responded earlier this week when asked how the unsettled QB battle affects his team’s preparation. “You’re just, schematically, you’re going to look at what you’ve seen, you’re going to go back and look at Jets (Mangini’s former team) tape and see what you’ve seen.
“I know, as do our guys, there will be unscouted looks. They certainly haven’t shown their whole hand offensively or defensively (in the preseason). But you’re just going back and looking formation-wise where they’re putting people and what kind of players they are.”
For what it’s worth, I expect Quinn will be the guy who starts on Sunday against the Vikings. In 3 games as the Browns starter to conclude the 2008 season, Quinn went 45 of 89 for 518 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs.
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