The palpable difference in this Cleveland Browns training camp starts at — where else? — the quarterback position. There's no controversy, no hint of debate and amazingly little discussion about the subject that rages outside the confines of the team. There's no coin flip to determine playing time — the unfortunate metaphor of last year's camp.
"Thanks for bringing that up," Derek Anderson said with a laugh.
Anderson arrived tanned, fit and brimming with the confidence of a quarterback coming off a Pro Bowl season and banking a new three-year contract. A year ago, he was the underdog, almost an afterthought, to unseat Charlie Frye as the starting quarterback. He lost the infamous coin flip to start the first preseason game. When he struggled in the new offense, failing to see the end zone the entire exhibition season, fans chanted to rush in rookie Brady Quinn to take over.
Now Anderson's status as the quarterback of a team on the verge of something great is unchallenged. He is sitting on top of Browns Town. During the team's first uneventful workout on Wednesday, boisterous fans chanted, "D.A., D.A., D.A."
Quinn has adopted the perfect attitude about handling his plight as Anderson's backup. He doesn't mope about it, but he doesn't insult anyone's intelligence by denying it hurts.
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer