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QB decision coming Wednesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 28, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini said he would announce Wednesday whether he'll start Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson in Sunday's home game against Cincinnati.

Mangini lifted Quinn at halftime of the Browns' 34-3 loss Sunday at Baltimore. Cleveland trailed 20-0 when Anderson took over and he threw three interceptions to Quinn's one.

The Ravens (3-0) scored 21 points off turnovers.

''What I'm looking at it is who I think gives us the best chance to win the next game, and that's the most important thing,'' Mangini said. ''I think both guys did some things on Sunday that were positive and when you have turnovers, it's hard. You've got to be able to move the ball consistently, you've got to be able to take advantage of opportunities that are there.''

Mangini wouldn't give Anderson a pass for his interceptions, despite the tough situation he inherited.

''It is a tough situation when you come in down the way that we were down and he made some really nice plays to move the ball,'' Mangini said. ''Especially the 3rd and 16 play (a 22-yard gain to Mike Furrey), I thought was a really nice play. But that being said, there's some other plays where you've just got to throw it away and either give us a chance to play the next play or punt the ball away and not give the opponent field position that's usually going to result in points.''

Quinn, the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 draft, is now 1-5 as a starter over the past two years.

Asked if Quinn has made progress this season, Mangini said, ''There were things that he's done better and there's some things he did better based on what we're trying to accomplish. He did have a high completion rate for the plays that he was in for, but it'll still comes down to moving the team consistently and being able to make good decisions with the football.''

Quinn is now 6 for 30 on third down conversions, which could weigh heavily in Mangini's decision.

''A lot of that comes back to what we do on first and second down,'' Mangini said. ''This was actually better in terms of the amount of third downs we had of less than 10. When you're working on third and long in a lot of situations, it's hard to convert. We did a better job of putting ourselves in a position where we were in third and more manageable and we've got to be able to execute on those and execute them on a much higher percentage than we have been in order to sustain drives, play complimentary football and keep the defense off the field. It's going to be key each week.''


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