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Heiden okay with any QB choice

Steve King, Staff Writer


Whoever. Whenever. Whatever.

That's the attitude of Browns tight end Steve Heiden on the subject of quarterbacks. It's not that he doesn't care who starts at that spot for his team in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium, because he does. Quarterback is one of the most important positions in team sports, so it matters greatly who starts.

But what Heiden has concerned himself with instead is being ready no matter who was going to be under center.

The fact that Derek Anderson is going to be the guy -- general manager Phil Savage announced that Tuesday -- doesn't change anything with him.

"Whoever is out there is the best person for the job. That's the way I have to look at it," he said Monday. "Whoever the coaches put in there, that's who I believe in.

"If you ask every player in the locker room -- all 53 guys -- every one of them will tell you we're all on the same page in that we want the best person playing, regardless of it's the quarterback or any other position. We all want to win.

"Whoever they put in there, I'm going to have confidence in. I owe it to that guy. For instance, if Kellen Winslow got hurt, I wouldn't want someone to say, 'They're going to have to put Steve in at tight end, and he can't do the job. No, I want them to have confidence that I can do the job."

BUSY ROAD: What's with the Browns' relationship with the Seahawks regarding trading quarterbacks since Cleveland general manager Phil Savage arrived in 2005? The Browns got Trent Dilfer from Seattle in a 2005 and now have sent Frye to the Seahawks. Even though the Bengals will not see Frye on their trip to Cleveland now, they will cross paths with him the following Sunday, Sept. 23, when they visit Seattle. According to Savage, the trades have come about because he has a great relationship with Seahawks president of football operations/general manager Tim Ruskell. "We know each other well, so we can cut right to the chase on these types of things without a lot of back-and-forth stuff," Savage said.

A BRIGHT SPOT?: There aren't many of those when you lose by 27 points, but if you're looking for a candidate for such, a good bet might be outside linebacker Antwan Peek. Peek, signed in the offseason as a free agent from the Houston Texans, had three total tackles, including two solos, combined with fellow linebacker Chaun Thompson to record the team's lone sack of the day and had three of the Browns' five quarterback hits.

CLOSE: The Browns are almost dead-even in their regular-season season series with the Bengals and Steelers, trailing Cincinnati 34-33 after losing the last five and leading Pittsburgh 55-54. The Browns own a 20-13 lead over the Bengals in Cleveland but have dropped two straight.

ANNOUNCING THE ANNOUNCERS: Bill Macatee (play-by-play) and former NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein (color analyst) will call the game for CBS-TV. It will be shown in the Cleveland area on WOIO (Channel 19). ... The contest will also be broadcast on the Browns Radio Network by Jim Donovan (play-by-play), Doug Dieken (color analyst) and Andre Knott (sideline reporter).

UP NEXT: After being off Tuesday, the players will return to the practice field Wednesday to begin installing the game plan for the Bengals.