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Some quarterback battles are worthy of Bruce Lee. Others more closely resemble Larry, Moe and Curly. But through it all, we're talking about summer entertainment. And when the other option is figuring out which punter a team will go with, we'll go with the contrived quarterback drama, thank you very much.

Browns coach Eric Mangini says he doesn't have a timetable for naming a starting quarterback. And the truth of the matter is that it probably doesn't really matter whether Mangini decides to start Derek Anderson or follows SportsNation's advice and goes with Brady Quinn when the Browns open the regular season at home against the Vikings (and their own quarterback to be named later).

Pick the right guy and maybe the Browns go 8-8. Pick the wrong guy and maybe they go 4-12 again. By December, people on the shores of Lake Erie may all be talking about Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford anyway.

But at least the Browns are choosing from two seemingly viable options, if only compared to how voters feel about the battles in Minnesota (Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels) and San Francisco (Alex Smith and Shaun Hill).


Mangini will be under alot of presser. I think he goes w/ Quinn, because Mangini will get less grief is he doesn't work out compared to going with Anderson.

-- justsandmann

has this ever worked? waiting until the last minute to decide on a starting qb? they must have their reasons, but if i was a browns fan. i would want this figured out and soon..

-- jaredlawson

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One is a legend of NFC West football, unparalleled, unmatched and unstoppable by those who share space with him in an NFL stadium. Jerry Rice was pretty good, too. The game's greatest receiver stopped to chat with SportsNation and offered up his thoughts on the outlook for the 49ers this season. But that wasn't all for 49ers fans in the 'Nation, as NFC West blogger Mike Sando also chatted on all things 49ers, Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks.

Tim Finnegan (Islip, NY)

What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of the 49ers coming into this season? Do you think Michael Crabtree could have the same kind of impact that you had on the team?

Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice

I think their weakness in the the quarterback position. They need to name a quarterback and right now they still have players battling it out for the starting job. As a receiver and a player that has been in the league for a long time, you want to know who is going to be you're starting quarterback going into training camp. Michael Crabtree showed in college that he is a great player bit right now he's a little behind schedule because of the injury. I think he will be OK but it's going to take some time to get adjusted to the pace of an NFL game. Full transcript.

Corey (D.C.)

What do you expect from Vernon Davis this season in their new offense, along with the other weapons defenses will have to worry about like Gore, Crabtree, Morgan, etc?

Mike Sando
Mike Sando

I expect greater involvement in the passing game and more maturity from Vernon Davis. The latter part seems to be the trend for him under Mike Singletary, at least to this point. Davis might always be vulnerable to his emotions, but he seems to be trending in the right direction. The touchdown catch he made at Arizona last season reminded us what he can be.

John (NYC)

Hey Sando, love the blog.What are the chances Willis has a Defensive MVP type season? I understand he'll need to get more sacks but from what it sounds like, the niners d sounds good enough to alleviate some of the pressure off of Willis allowing him to make more big plays.

Mike Sando
Mike Sando

I think Willis plays well enough to deserve consideration for that award even if he doesn't have the stats. He's a force. I do think he would need a combination of interceptions and sacks to get the necessary acclaim for that award. And it would help if the 49ers fielded a top-10 defense while winning a few more games. Full transcript.

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