In other words, building a sense of stability, at this point, might be more important that being right about your QB choice.
Even if Quinn becomes nothing more than a mediocre NFL quarterback with the Browns, while Anderson moves on to another team and sets passing records -- or vice versa -- it's still better than the current setup, with a team once again in the fragile, embryonic stages of rebuilding, facing a cloudy future due to the instability of the cornerstone position on any football team.
Teams can win without a great passing attack. But they can't win without stability or leadership. That is what the quarterback position needs to provide, before it provides passing yardage and touchdowns.
But the quarterback can't provide stability and leadership if the coach doesn't provide it first. And many times, that requires tough decisions from the guy who wears the headset on Sundays.
This might prove to be Mangini's toughest decision as coach of the Browns, because of what it affects, both this year and beyond. Picking the wrong quarterback could have damaging consequences. But picking neither -- or perpetually waiting for a clear-cut winner to emerge -- could be devastating well beyond a Week 1 loss to the Vikings.