Browns coach Eric Mangini has named Derek Anderson his starter for Sunday against Cincinnati.
Anderson replaced an ineffective Brady Quinn last week against Baltimore and completed 11 of 19 passes for 92 yards, with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Mangini saw some positives in Anderson’s performance.
“He did a nice job with third-down conversions, which is an area we need to improve,” Mangini said at his press conference Wednesday morning. “This will help us sustain drives. He’s done a nice job since I’ve been with him. He worked hard throughout the process, made a lot of progress. When I made the decision with Brady, it was based on the info I had. Giving Derek this opportunity has the potential to help us.”
The Browns are 0-3 and have scored one offensive touchdown — in the final minute of a blowout loss to Minnesota in the opener.
Quinn’s quarterback rating of 62.9 ranks 29th among the league’s 32 starting quarterbacks.