Sources: Feeling is Quinn will start

Updated: November 10, 2009, 1:39 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Browns are not making an official announcement regarding their quarterback situation until Wednesday. But two sources said the team likely will name Brady Quinn the starting quarterback for Monday night's game at Baltimore against the Ravens, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.

Quinn started Cleveland's first three games before coach Eric Mangini switched to Derek Anderson for the fourth game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Anderson, who actually replaced Quinn halfway through Game 3 -- coincidentally, also against the Ravens -- is coming off a 6-for-17 performance with two interceptions in a 30-6 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Anderson has thrown two touchdown passes and nine interceptions while going 1-4 as a starter. He is ranked last in the league in quarterback rating, and has a passer rating of only 3.1 in the fourth quarter.

On Monday, Mangini said he would wait until Wednesday before making his quarterback choice public.

"I know where I'm headed, but we'll talk about that on Wednesday," Mangini said during his news conference. "I haven't talked to the quarterbacks about it yet, so that's part of it."

Mangini's secrecy is nothing new. He didn't announce Quinn as his starter for the season opener until an hour before kickoff.

It may not matter who runs Cleveland's inept offense. The Browns have scored just five offensive touchdowns -- two fewer than the New Orleans defense. The Saints have outscored the Browns 303-78. It's as if the Browns are playing another sport.

And as the never-ending saga drags on, the Browns returned from a bizarre bye week that included general manager George Kokinis' mysterious dismissal without any more information being provided about his ouster.

One week after Kokinis was relieved of his duties, the team has yet to explain the circumstances surrounding his departure after just nine months on the job.

Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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