Chicago Bears: Mohamed Massaquoi
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- For all the problems the Chicago Bears are dealing with in the aftermath of their 45-10 loss in Cincinnati, at least there's not a quarterback controversy at Halas Hall. The same cannot be said for this weekend's opponent, the Cleveland Browns, who have seen both their quarterbacks -- Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn -- underachieve in 2009.
Browns head coach Eric Mangini began the season with Quinn, but turned to Anderson after three games. The results: Anderson has completed only 43.8 percent of his passes, throwing seven interceptions to just two touchdowns.
"He [Anderson] has made a significant amount of strides in this system," Mangini said Wednesday during a conference call with Chicago media members. "I know it's hard to say that based on the numbers that we've produced. There have been times where his throws haven't been where they should, but there have been a lot of time where they have been where they should, and the ball was dropped."
In addition to supporting his starting quarterback, Mangini spoke glowingly about first-year receiver Mohammed Massaquoi, who the Bears worked out privately before the 2009 NFL draft. Massaquoi currently ranks third among rookie wide outs with 17 receptions.
"He's done an outstanding job," Mangini said. "I see him getting a little better each week, more comfortable in his role. I think he's handled the transition very well, with excellent maturity."
Mangini also discussed two former Bears currently on the Browns roster: Michael Gaines and John St. Clair. Gaines signed with Cleveland after being cut by the Bears, and made a few contributions in their last game versus Green Bay. St. Clair opted to sign with the Browns during free agency, and has been their starting right tackle the entire year.
"He's [St. Clair] a great guy," Mangini said, "What we look for in players that we bring in are core characteristics: smart, tough, competitive, hard working, selfless. John has all those characteristics. He's just a steady guy, really good in the locker room and a good teammate. I've been really happy that he's here."