Peaches and oranges

October 30, 2007 | Keith Melchior

Remember when Mike Lowell and AJ Burnett were offered to the Orioles two years ago, and the Orioles’ brass nixed the trade because they didn’t want Lowell? Funny how the Warehouse wizards deny that trade that turned into a World Series ring for Lowell. I recently heard the comment, "If we had gotten them, we could have won the division."

Two years ago Derek Anderson comes in to play in the fourth quarter of a meaningless preseason game and leads the Ravens to a victory against a lot of guys who now probably deliver pizza, Legitimate roster depth issues put him on and off the taxi squad. The Cleveland Browns, needing a backup QB, took a gamble and it seems to be paying off for them. Derek Anderson is 4-2 as a starter. He beat the Bengals (2-5), Dolphins (0-8), Rams (0-8) and the Ravens (4-3) If Charlie Frye doesn’t stink it up and get traded after Week 1, Derek Anderson is probably a #3 carrying a clipboard (see Brian St Pierre, Wally Richardson, Drew Olson, and Troy Smith). The Ravens invested a lot of money in Kyle Boller and Steve McNair. There was no way he was going to make this team as a starter. You knew it, I knew it and even Derek Anderson knew it.

I can think of a few simple reasons why people are upset and complain. We see Anderson completing about 57% of his passes — the longest for 78 yards — 17 TDs, 8 interceptions and a passer rating of 95.5. The Ravens combination of Boller and McNair have completed 64% of their passes — a long of 37 yards — 5 TDs, 4 interceptions and a rating of 79.1.

The Browns have a veteran offensive line, while four of the Ravens starters have, at most, three years experience between them. Do you honestly think Derek Anderson would have those kind of numbers if he was starting for the Ravens.

It’s like Ray Lewis said: "Peaches and oranges."