What is going to become of the Derek Anderson award? But more importantly, what is going to become of Derek Anderson. Anderson was released by the Browns today, just a couple years removed from a Pro Bowl appearance and a few months from some of the worst modern quarterbacking of all-time. To add insult to Anderson’s departure, the Browns have brought in Seneca Wallace. With all due respect, Mr. Wallace, you are no Derek Anderson. I’m worried. I’ll admit it, all of this news coming at me at once, I’m a little bit at a loss of how to handle this situation.
Clearly, Anderson is unlikely to ever start another game in the NFL. Jake Delhomme, sure, he throws picks in playoff games. That’s experience. No one wants a quarterback that can go into Buffalo and win 6-3 while contributing absolutely nothing to the offense. Does Seneca Wallace win that game? I think not. Perhaps it is the nature of the award, you simply cannot maintain this level of anti-excellence. Anderson’s sucking was just a comet streaking across the sky, and we should all be thankful we were here to see it.
I will implore an NFL team to add Sir Derek to their roster. There’s got to be room somewhere. The guy is a winner. Was Cy Young given such an unceremonious exit? Part of me wants to think there will always be enough terrible quarterback play to go around in this league. Josh Freeman, JaMarcus Russell, these guys hopefully have a long career of single digit passer ratings ahead of them. And, looking at the draft my mouth waters at the prospect of Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford being given the opportunity to start. Surely, there is at least one titanic bust in this year’s crop.
I guess my question is, does Anderson deserve his standing? Or, was he simply at the right place at the right time? Where should we go from here? I’m afraid I’m just not thinking straight. Perhaps you can take the time to offer an opinion, or some insight.