Browns backup quarterback Brady Quinn will make his first NFL start in Thursday night's nationally televised home game against the Denver Broncos, the team confirmed Monday evening.
Quinn, the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 draft, has attempted only eight passes and completed three for 45 yards, all during a field goal drive during last year's finale against San Francisco.
With 2:43 remaining in a 37-27 loss to Baltimore Sunday, the home crowd erupted in chants of ''Brady, Brady'' after Terrell Suggs intecepted a Derek Anderson pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. Before that throw, Anderson had compiled a career-high streak of 132 consecutive completions without an interception.
The Browns had won three of four before Sunday. Anderson led Cleveland to a 10-6 record, one game shy of the playoffs, threw 29 touchdown passes and went to his first Pro Bowl in 2007.
Coach Romeo Crennel did not seem to leaning towards making a change when he spoke to the media at noon.
Asked if his thinking on Quinn had changed, Crennel said, ''No, I haven’t really. I haven’t had chance to talk to the coaches or anything. With a short week, I told 'em to go ahead and get started on Denver. They haven’t even looked at this game yet.''
Asked if Anderson was the starter for the Broncos, Crennel said, ''Yes, as of right now.''
Whether the short week would play a part, Crennel said, ''A short week is always tough. I don’t know how much you take that into consideration. You do what you think you need to do.''
Quinn spoke briefly in the locker room before the team meeting. If the change had already been made, he didn't let on.
Asked how he felt about fans chanting for him, he said, ''We lost the game, really that's all that matters. That's something in the NFL, everyone always loves the backup. That's just how it is. It's not any difference any place else.''
Quinn made two preseason starts when Anderson was sidelined with a concussion and did not throw a touchdown pass or an interception. He completed 14 of 24 for 106 yards against the Detroit Lions and 7 of 9 for 65 yards against Chicago.