New Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini inherited two quarterbacks who started games for the team last season. At Tuesday's owners meetings in California, Mangini said for the first time what his plan was for the starting QB position in 2009. From Cleveland.com:
The open quarterback competition between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn officially has begun, Mangini said at the NFL owners meetings this morning.
While the prospect of trading one still exists, Mangini said he met with both quarterbacks prior to coming here and explained they will have an open competition for the starting job in 2009.
"I talked to both of them about that and was very clear," Mangini said. "I said if they have any questions they can come and see me. In terms of the competition and their opportunities. That's what I told them. They understand that."
Mangini said after reviewing tapes of both players, holding conversations with them and talking to others, he is "excited" about the prospect of having both compete for the job.
"Without knowing exactly what they were being asked to do on each of the plays, I thought both seemed to have a good presence, a good command of the situation. They each do different things in the passing game and running game that I like," he said.
Mangini said he will determine later how to divide QB repetitions in offseason practices, the minicamps and then in training camp.
• Browns coach opens competition between Anderson and Quinn (Cleveland.com)