For those fans who are tired of watching the Derek Anderson show at quarterback for the Browns, get used to it.
Barring some seismic shift in the thinking of coach Eric Mangini, Anderson will be the starter when the Browns face the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Mangini confirmed the obvious when asked about it at a press conference on Monday.
Apparently Mangini isn't a fan of the ratings. After the 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, Anderson's passer rating for the season dropped to 40.6. Brady Quinn, for as bad as he looked in three starts, has a 62.9 rating.
Mangini pointed to dropped passes as a reason for Anderson's struggles more than the errant throws of the quarterback. In making his call, Mangini seems to be going with the lesser of two evils.
"I think (Anderson) gives us the best chance to move the ball," Mangini said. "He's had a significant number of drops. I've seen him do some good things."
All of this seems to point to the obvious - that Quinn might not ever see the field again as a Brown. Mangini has made his choice with Anderson - warts and all - and he's sticking to it. Barring an injury situation, Quinn might as well get used to his comfortable spot on the sideline.
If that bothers Quinn, he's not letting anyone outside of his inner circle know. He's relying on his religious faith to carry him through a difficult time in his athletic life, assuming that better days are ahead - whether it's in Cleveland of elsewhere.
"I'm in a similar role that I've been in for the last couple of years," Quinn said of his spot behind Anderson on the depth chart. "I do more film study and as much preparation as I can. I feel that I'm extremely blessed."
When a position as high profile as NFL quarterback is discussed, the conversation can take many twists and turns. There's a belief that Quinn is at odds with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and that Daboll didn't give Quinn the best chance to succeed in his three starts before being benched.
Another popular belief is that the organization doesn't want Quinn on the field because of a clause in his contract that would pay him close to $11 million if he plays 70 percent of the downs this season.
No one knows what goes on behind closed doors, but Mangini is firm in saying that money isn't the root cause for Quinn's benching. Quinn denied that there is a rift between him and Daboll.
"There's no truth to that whatsoever, even though my role has changed," Quinn said.
Mangini continues to believe that progress has been made, although it hasn't shown on the field. That 28-point defeat to the Packers was a bump on the road, or so it seems to Mangini.
Mangini is now backed into a corner concerning the quarterbacks. He tried Quinn without success. He keeps trying Anderson without any signs that better times are ahead.
Brett Ratliff is out there, but does Mangini want to go with a third-string quarterback that looked bad in preseason? Talk about a way to ensure television blackouts in December.
Mangini's approach to Quinn's status as a sideline observer is as it is with every non-starter - keep your head up and think positively. The problem is that Quinn is a first-round draft choice and supposedly a building block for the future.
"The conversation I had with Brady is that you have to keep working," Mangini said. "You never know when your opportunity is going to come. It can change quickly, and you want to be able to maximize your opportunity."
Assuming, of course, that there will be another opportunity for Quinn in Cleveland.