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Holmgren non-committal on QBs

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 28, 2009

New Browns president Mike Holmgren didn't say much about the future of quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn during a 25-minute conference call Monday.

Holmgren remembered Anderson's performance in the Browns' 33-30 victory over the Holmgren-coached Seattle Seahawks in 2007. Anderson completed 29 of 48 for 364 yards with one interception. That came during Anderson's Pro Bowl season.

As for Quinn, Holmgren said he knew more about him when Quinn was coming out of Notre Dame.

''(Coach) Eric (Mangini) sent me some film I’ve been looking at and will continue to look at,'' Holmgren said. ''That question has to be answered down the road, and not by just one person but by a group.

“I know this. It’s very, very important to have your quarterback play well to be successful. You look around the league, everyone knows that. In fairness to Brady, and to Derek, and to any quarterback on the Browns, it’s too early for me to comment on that. I’m not going to be the coach, but I’m going to work very closely with the coach on personnel.''

Holmgren worked with Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young as an assistant in San Francisco from 1986-91, with Hall of Fame-bound Brett Favre as coach of the Green Bay Packers 1992-98 and traded to acquire Matt Hasselbeck during his tenure in Seattle from 2003-08.

''Eric shares my views on how important the quarterback position is on any team,'' Holmgren said. ''That’s what we have to do. We have to be tough in some ways. We have to be honest about it. If we think we have the quarterback there that can take us where we want to go, fine. If not, we have to do something about it. But we have not made that decision yet.''

Quinn is finishing the season on injured reserve with a sprained left foot that may require surgery. He compiled a 67.2 rating, completed 53.1 percent and threw for eight touchdowns with seven interceptions. He went 2-7 as a starter and is 3-9 in his career.

Anderson, 2-4 as a starter this season and 15-18 in his Cleveland career, has a 41.6 rating. He's completed 43.3 percent, throwing three TD passes with nine interceptions. Sunday's 23-9 victory over visiting Oakland was his first game this season without an interception.

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