Cleveland's football team may be called the Browns, but their helmets are orange -- as in pumpkin orange. You know, like the pumpkin that Cinderella rode all the way to her dreamy fantasyland before the clock struck midnight. Or maybe in terms you can relate to a little more directly: the orange-helmeted quarterback you rode all the way to your dreamy fantasy title last season long before the clock struck Week 4 of the '08 campaign.
After the first three weeks of the '07 season,
But all was not as perfect as it may have seemed -- especially considering his value heading into this campaign.
To begin with, his passer rating was pedestrian, finishing with an 82.5 rating. That ranked him 17th out of qualified quarterbacks. While some talented players such as
But who cares about the passer rating when he can fling the ball around enough to rack up lots of yards and scores, right? The trouble with that thinking was the fact that the Browns have a brutal schedule this season. Through three games, they've faced three very tough defenses (Dallas, Pittsburgh and Baltimore), and there are plenty more on the way with the Giants, Jags and another run with the Ravens on the horizon.
So it's really not that big of a surprise that his QB rating stands at a brutal 43.5. Anderson has only the Chiefs'
As if all of that doesn't make you wonder about his future as the starting quarterback for the Browns, don't forget that the so-called future face of the franchise is
And if you thought that big contract would keep Anderson in the driver's seat, think again -- this is the NFL, where contracts can just be nullified, so the Browns really have no long-term investment required.
The big question in fantasy terms is what will happen next and down the line?
Much of that should be answered in Week 4, when the Browns face a pathetic Bengals defense. If Anderson can't get things going against them, we may see Quinn at the helm before the game is done. If that happens, you'd have to expect Quinn to continue to start for the foreseeable future, even if he fails miserably.
In defense of Anderson, his offensive line has been dinged up, he missed most of the preseason with a concussion which left him rusty and his top wide out,
Even so, I'm in wait-and-see mode on this one. Or is it "I'll believe it when I see it" mode?
You definitely can't start Anderson this week, and you definitely have to pick up Quinn if you own Anderson.
Then join me in counting the seconds until the clock strikes midnight -- or halftime of Week 4 -- on this pumpkin-orange Cleveland Brown Cinderella story.