It’s been widely assumed inside the Browns organization that Brady Quinn would take over for Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback following the bye week, but coach Eric Mangini has not informed players or many other staff members of his final decision, which will be announced Wednesday.
Given Anderson’s inept play, the team’s slide and Quinn’s limited window to perform thus far since being a first-round pick, players and members of the organization said they would be very surprised if Quinn did not take over. The Browns, by playing Anderson most of the first half of the season, also avoided a cluase in Quinn’s contract which would cause his salary to soar should he take 70 percent of the snaps.
Players said there was no indication given to them by the coaches about who would be under center, and that the bye week’s practice reps didn’t indicate anything about either player starting as well. However, they were anticipating a move to Quinn.
The Browns return for a full practice Wednesday to prepare for their Monday night game against Baltimore.