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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Not Yet Brady's Bunch


To Bench or not to bench the Rams QB is not really the "pressing" issue in St. Louis. It's more like trying to find an offensive line that can block or anyone who can play anything that slightly resembles defense. The only intrigue in whether to bench Marc Bulger in place of Trent Green is that it may be the final head coaching decision Scott Linehan gets to make. The move to Green is fine for Sunday, but Green won't be able to do anything Bulger couldn't. Green will most likely show some rust, probably get banged around and Bulger will be back in the lineup in no time. I've seen it before.

It gets a bit more interesting in Cleveland. Derek Anderson came out of nowhere and was fantastic last season. It was okay at the time because the Browns wanted to give their young, multi-million dollar man, Brady Quinn the chance to learn from the safety of the sidelines. They didn't want to rush him into a situation where he was going to get killed. Not with his guaranteed money. The problem though is that no one expected Anderson to do what he did. Suddenly Anderson was the young, explosive QB that could be the second coming of the Cleveland Browns. But they fell just short of the post-season and now they're 0-3 and looking dawg-gone bad.

So what should Cleveland do this weekend? I think they should stick with Anderson. What better way to get your offense clicking again then by having an Ohio battle of two winless teams. Last year, Cleveland and Cincinnati played fantasy football on the field. Chances are it'll happen again. Anderson should be given the chance to regain that momentum that he carried last season. Quinn should continue to watch, studying and practicing harder than ever, knowing inevitably his time will come -- shortly perhaps. But not yet.

But Anderson has earned this game against Cincinnati. If it ends in an 0-4 disaster Sunday with the much needed bye week to follow, then the football gods are basically aligning to make the decision for Romeo Crennel.

That's when you make the switch -- introducing Brady Quinn as your starting quarterback in front of the home crowd with the defending Super Bowl champion NY Giants in town. That's when it becomes Brady's bunch in Cleveland.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  September 24, 2008; 8:00 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Zach you should look for another job....maybe something you are good at.

Posted by: ozzie | September 24, 2008 12:27 PM

It's time for Quinn to start already. Cleveland stinks and this is it for Anderson if he doesn't win Sunday. Enough losing already. I agree with what Zach writes. He's pretty accurate in his stories.

Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Hey Ozzie, I think you should get back to managing the White Sox before the Twins sweep you out of the playoff hunt.

Posted by: kjell | September 25, 2008 2:03 PM

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