You know it is a new era of Browns football when you read a headline like “Sheldon Brown on McNabb Trade, Winning” and you come away not being embarrassed. In years past, I expected a headline like that to be followed with oral napalm dropped by a player on the organization they left behind. Maybe this really truly is a new era for Browns football. Could it be that the Browns truly are looking for football players that won’t blow up their locker room? We laughed all year about “Mangini guys” being pleasant and good on special teams. Chack out Sheldon Brown’s quote, though.
“I think it’s a win-win for both parties. Donovan is a heck of a quarterback, and he’s going to win a lot of games in Washington,” Brown said. “Sometimes you have to give young players a chance to play. They drafted [Kevin] Kolb — everybody can see that coming. I wish both of those guys greatness, and both of them are good players.”
In former Browns player news, things are looking bad for Derek Anderson and Matt Leinart. Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt seems like maybe he learned from the Browns’ lackluster quarterback competition a year ago.
Don’t be surprised if the Arizona Cardinals make a run at former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger sometime in July. According to a team source, the Cardinals coaching staff hasn’t been terribly impressed with the work of any of the quarterbacks on the roster, including veterans Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson, this offseason as the team tries to replace retired Kurt Warner.
If past performance under pressure is any indication, Derek Anderson will probably not respond real well to this not-so-subtle challenge to step up. You can ask the Who Dey Revolution all about that though, right?
And just when he thought he was safe, according to PFT’s Mike Florio, Eric Mangini is #5 on his list of NFL head coaches on the hot seat. Check out the whole feature, but Florio reports that some sources think Mangini will be under pressure this season to make it to the post-season. Cue the “Playoffs?” video clip everyone. I certainly think you can make the case that Mangini will have something to prove this year, but I doubt highly there is a playoff expectation in Berea to weigh down Mangini this year. He certainly will need to build off the apparent progress in the end of the year winning streak.