We're going to go out on a limb and suggest firing Phil Savage wasn't the best move the Browns could have made after last season. True, we don't know Phil Savage from Phil Spector (other than that Savage is the one who isn't incarcerated) or the stunningly bad musical catalogue of Savage Garden. But the product in Cleveland without Savage stinks. And as Eric Mangini takes time away from fining people for bottled water mistakes to bench Brady Quinn, SportsNation turned to a pair of experts to figure out what went wrong.

CJ (Michigan)

Hey Mort!! What are your thoughts on the Browns quarterback situation?

Chris Mortensen
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I think Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn can both be quality starting QBs, but a lot of people question the scheme. Bottom line - Browns owner Randy Lerner shot himself in the foot by firing GM Phil Savage. He was very capable in personnel and had a plan. Good franchises don't panic like Lerner did. And then you compound it by maybe making the wrong hire. It's not the quarterbacks, not at all. Full transcript

Alan (East Lansing)

Do you think it was a strike?

Mel Kiper
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Oh boy, that's a great question. I think they have some major issues. I think this: The big mistake was completely changing the organization. Phil Savage is a great friend of mine and is one of the best evaluators in the NFL. He's done a great job. They were well on their way. Last year, they had a ton of problems. Phil inherited Kellen Winslow. They had a ton of injuries last year. To pull the plug on the organization that was just putting his imprints on this team. To cut the cord on Phil Savage was mind boggling to me.

Obviously, with Romeo Crennel, there were some questions if he was the right man for the job. All of that and the shift away from the Phil Savage regime is what you have now. Phil drafted Brady Quinn. I've said before that if the coach and GM are no longer there who drafted you, you're all by yourself. That's dangerous for the QB. You didn't draft him. You don't have confidence that he's the right man for the job. When you pull the plug on Phil Savage, you pull the plug on Brady Quinn. Now Derek Anderson is the QB. He's a guy that Savage had in Baltimore. Full transcript

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