Despite Historically-Bad Performance, Anderson Still Browns' Starter

Derek Anderson was bad in the Browns 6-3 win over Buffalo this past Sunday.

(How bad was he?)

He was so bad, it ranks as one of the worst single-game performances of all time according to sports history blog Inhistoric.

2-17, 23 yards, 1 sack, 1 INT, zero touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 15.1 and his completion percentage was just 11.8% -- the second-lowest percentage of a winning quarterback since the AFL merger. Only Don Gault, who won a game in 1970 despite converting on only 1 of 16 passes, had a worse completion percentage. It's also the first time since the turn of the century that a team won with just three or less completions.

Um. congratulations?

So with Brady Quinn and his salary escalators waiting in the wings, surely head coach Eric Mangini will want to hand the keys over to him, right?  Nope.  Mangini is going all-in with the guy who has a 15.1 passer rating.

Coach Eric Mangini said Monday that Anderson will keep the starting job.  The Browns play at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

It's good news for Anderson but bad news for Quinn, who's getting closer and closer to losing out on a chance to trigger $10.9 million in salary escalators.  To do so, Quinn needs to take 70 percent of the snaps.

If only they had a weapon like, say, Braylon Edwards.  To open things up and make it easier for the wide receivers.  Oh well.

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