Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini, who earlier this week said he’s decided on a starting QB but will not announce it, chatted with Twin Cities reporters today via conference call and didn’t give any hints as to who he’d be starting. The decision is between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.
Asked “Who is going to start at quarterback for you,” Mangini replied with a laugh, “It’ll be one of those two guys.”
Click here to listen to the audio file of Mangini’s conference call.
Though he’s been perceived to be uncooperative at times with the media, Mangini was loquacious today with reporters, especially with respect to the QB situation that both the Browns and Vikings face.
“They’ve been great throughout the process and I’ve been really impressed with the way they’ve handled it,” Mangini said of Anderson and Quinn. “Their competitiveness, their intensity, the way that they’ve helped each other and supported each other throughout it and they’ve helped and supported the team throughout the process has been outstanding. I really have confidence in both guys.”
Asked about the advantage to be gained from keeping the identity of his starting QB a mystery, Mangini explained: ““I’m not saying it’s necessarily going to be the difference in the outcome. But when you prepare, you try to be as thorough as you possibly can. And if you have two guys to get ready for and look at, that adds some more time to the preparation. You’re always working as hard as you can to give the guys the best possible plan based on the information that you have. That’s what we all try to do. The better the information, the more pointed the research can be.”
Aside from his own QB situation, Mangini was also asked about the Vikings starting QB. Both Mangini and Brett Favre were with the New York Jets last year, and Mangini had nothing but positive things to say for his former signal-caller.
“I thought he was able to develop a rhythm very quickly (in New York with a new offense),” the Browns coach said. “The great thing about Brett is he is equal opportunity. If you’re open, he’s going to throw you the ball.
“The other thing is, you’re always alive on any play. He can go to the front side, he can go to the back side, he can keep plays alive. I think that’s always exciting for receivers.”
It was interesting to gain Mangini’s perspective on how Favre would affect the Vikings offense because A) he’s a defensive coach at heart, having worked in New England under Bill Belichick, and B) he coached Favre last year in New York. Mangini thinks Favre will have a dynamic impact, both on the field and off it, on the offense but also on specific players in the Vikings offense.
“I know with Bernard Berrian, he’s already an explosive, big-play guy,” Mangini said. “Brett Favre’s arm strength and the things that he can do, that’s only going to help someone like him (Berrian). I think there are a lot of other players that are really going to benefit from having him around, not just from his physical ability, but how he is as a teammate, how he approaches the game.
“He definitely has fun, but he does it in the right context. I was impressed with how humble he was and how he approached things coming into a new environment. I can’t say enough good things about him in my experience with him.”
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