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    Browns, Steelers share forgettable NFL link
    Buzz up!By Mark Kaboly, Daily News Sports Editor
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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    It is a category that joins Steelers and Cleveland Browns as reluctant participants.

    Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson completed 2 of 17 passes for 23 yards last week, but he still led the Browns past the Buffalo Bills, 6-3. Anderson's 11.7 completion percentage was the second-worst in NFL history for a winning starting quarterback with at least 15 attempts.

    The dubious list of three worst passing performances also has the Steelers featured prominently.

    The lowliest performance in NFL history was produced by a Cleveland quarterback against the Steelers in 1970. The third-worst came from a Steelers quarterback against Cleveland four years later.

    Coincidentally, the Browns and Steelers play this week at Heinz Field. If that's not enough, the last time Cleveland played in Pittsburgh, their quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski, completed 5 of 16 passes for 18 yards.

    Let's look at the worst of the worst, which if history has its say, shows Anderson might not be around much longer in Cleveland:

    Don Gault, Oct. 3, 1970 at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium

    Browns starting quarterback Bill Nelsen was out due to an injury, resulting in 24-year-old Hofstra product Don Gault getting his first career start.

    It would be his last career start.

    Gault became one of the most irrelevant record-holders the NFL has ever seen. He completed 1 of 16 passes before getting pulled in favor of Mike Phipps. Although Gault completed only one pass, it was a good one, a 44-yard strike to receiver Chip Glass. Gault also threw two picks before being pulled at the half.

    Phipps completed 3 of 5 passes for 86 yards and hit backup running back Reece Morrison on a 53-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that proved to be the winning points.

    Coincidentally, it was Terry Bradshaw's first career start for the Steelers.

    Gault never had a chance to redeem himself. Nelsen returned the following week, throwing for 226 yards in a 30-27 win over Cincinnati. Gault would throw three more passes that year, completing one and never played again.

    Terry Hanratty, Nov. 17, 1974 at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium

    Bradshaw was sidelined with an injury, and replacement Terry Hanratty was quite awful despite the Steelers winning, 26-16.

    Hanratty completed 2 of 15 passes for 63 yards and three interceptions before Chuck Noll finally brought in Joe Gilliam. Hanratty did throw a touchdown pass to Ron Shanklin in the first quarter.

    Hanratty exited early in the fourth after the Steelers took a 23-16 lead on J.T. Thomas' 14-yard fumble return for a score.

    Bradshaw returned the next week on a Monday night in New Orleans and the Steelers won, 28-7.

    Hanratty threw five more passes in his Steelers career with zero completions before moving on to Tampa Bay, where he started just one game before retiring.

    Which brings us back to Anderson. He already has a leg up on Hanratty and Gault because he will start this week.

    "What he did last week is no indication or has no bearing on what he's going to do this week," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

    Anderson sure hopes so, too.


    Putrid passing

    Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson completed 2 of 17 passes in a win over Buffalo last week, joining a not-so-elite list with a Steelers/Browns flavor. Here are the worst completion percentages by a quarterback in a win.

    1970: Cleveland's Don Gault, 1 for 16, 15-6 win over Steelers

    2009: Cleveland's Derek Anderson, 2 for 17, 6-3 win over Buffalo

    1974: Steelers' Terry Hanratty, 2 for 15, 26-16 win over Browns


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    I would venture to say that as long as mangenious is coaching the brownies, those kinds of performances could likely be the norm. How many former belicheat assistants have excelled?
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    I would venture to say that as long as mangenious is coaching the brownies, those kinds of performances could likely be the norm. How many former belicheat assistants have excelled?
    The "coaching tree" is one of the things that amuses me. A lot of people seem to put much stock in the Bill Cheatin***** tree, but I like the directness of a rather overlooked tree. Chuck Noll -> Tony Dungy -> Mike Tomlin.

    All hail the Emperor Chuck!

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    "Just let me play in the 4th quarter, coach" - Derek Anderson talking to Eric Mangini about this week's game against the Steelers
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