Monday, December 04, 2006

DEREK ANDERSON: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY?


Derek Anderson. Now there’s a name that will get a work out around the water cooler today. Wish the Ravens kept HIM, right?

“Did you see that?” “Boy Savage really pulled one over on us there?” “How could Ozzie let this stud get away for nothing?” “I can’t believe we risked sneaking him on the practice squad after that preseason performance against the Redskins back in ‘05!”

Etc., etc., etc.

People forget that on his very first snap under center in the Falcons preseason game in ‘05 that he stumbled and fumbled and turned the ball over. They forget later in that fourth quarter he threw an interception in the red zone. The same people don’t know that time and time again during summer camp Anderson locked in on receivers, bounced swing passes at the feet of running backs and tripped so often back peddling that he made Kyle Boller look as calm and collected as Joe Montana.

Yet the Ravens tried to do something with Anderson -- not cut him but to sneak him on to the practice squad.

And while we cheered for him when he rallied the third and fourth string Ravens to victory over the third and fourth string Redskins in overtime 26-20 on the heels of a 7 for 14 performance, 156 yards and two scores, that performance may have sealed his fate as a Raven. Trying to sneak him on to the practice squad was certainly risky given Phil Savage’s intimate knowledge of the former Oregon State Beaver.

As you know (perhaps even painfully) the Ravens lost the Beaver when Savage acted like Eddie Haskell and snatched him away.

These things happen.

And great performances from backup quarterbacks also happen. How many Clint Courtneys and Stoney Cases have we seen in our days?

Anderson could become a serviceable back up. He could become a decent starter. But before we get our knickers in a twist about this, let’s see how Anderson does on a national stage against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Thursday Night or the following week against his former practice mates -- the Baltimore Ravens, after they prepare for him.

Then come and bring the topic of Derek Anderson to the water cooler!

5 comments :

HARRYO29 said...

Tony
you are ripping my heart out with all the bad things that my boy DEREK did here in the pre Season. I love the guy.. but you are 100% right; lets see how he does on the national stage playing against a superbowl defense like the Steelers.. well last year anyway..
I must interject..When I was 13 years old... a Starter (George Shaw) went down...and some bowl-legged kid from Louisville trotted onto the field and promplty thru a TD..no not for us.. but Night Train Lane the other way...he turned out ok.. didn't he?
Thanks for bringing me back to reality about Derek Anderson; all the plays that you listed are true and still in the back of my mind. What do they say?? You are only as good as your last game?
Harry O' in Sykesville

HARRYO29 said...

Tony
YOU are ripping my heart out with all the bad things that my boy DEREK did here in the pre Season. I love the guy.. but you are 100% right; lets see how he does on the national stage playing against a superbowl defense like the Steelers.. well last year anyway..
I must interject..When I was 13 years old... a Starter (George Shaw) went down...and some bowl-legged kid from Louisville trotted onto the field and promplty thru a TD..no not for us.. but to Night Train Lane the other way...he turned out ok.. didn't he?
Thanks for bringing me back to reality about Derek Anderson; all the plays that you listed are true and still in the back of my mind. What do they say?? You are only as good as your last game?
Harry O' in Sykesville

HARRYO29 said...

Dec 5th
Well, it looks like I May get to see my Favorite EX-RAVEN QB that never was, on Thursday Night Football. I hope that Romeo Crenell gives him a shot and rests poor Charlie Frye with his bruised wrist.
Best to Derek Anderson,
Harry O' Sykesvile

Ravenwoman said...

Everyone makes fun of poor Derek Anderson. He has size 17 feet, he's kind of clumsy looking, he was a 7th round draft pick, etc. etc. etc.

He lead a winning drive against the 4th string Redskins and gave the Ravens a victory in the pre season.

Then the Ravens thought they could be cute and hide him on the practice squad (another muff by the Ravens mgt)and nemisis Phil Savage scooped him up like a eagle snatches its prey.

Everyone says "Don't worry about it, he will never make it as a quarterback in the NFL."

Then last week after riding the pine for 2 years, he comes off the bench and leads the Cleveland Browns (the basement dwellers) to a stunning victory.

I just hope Charlie boy gets well fast, just in time to play the Ravens. I wish him continued good health.

Because there is no way I want to find out whether Derek Anderson is any good or not. I already know the answer.

HARRYO29 said...

Ravenwoman.
PROPS to you.. I got to Know Derek Anderson in trg camp of 2005 at Mc Daniel College while I was working for S.A.F.E. as a crowd-control-staffer.
Derek is a great kid. He is a true 6ft 6 inches tall. If he had one ounce of luck last nite, vs the Steelers (what 10 dropped balls ) he could have made that game respectable.
Yes. I hope the Ravens face Charlie Frye, I don't want to find out how good Derek is...when we have a chance to make the play offs..
Best to DEREK in the future. I think he throws a better ball than Boller and his mobility questions were debunked last week vs KC when he rambled for 33 yards to set up the winning FG in Ot vs the Chiefs..
Here is hoping the Ravens fare as well this sunday in KC
Harry O in Sykesville 4:30 pm