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Cleveland Browns Inside Slant 2008-09-27

Cleveland Browns Inside Slant 2008-09-27
Losing the first three games made coach Romeo Crennel contemplate lineup changes, particularly on offense, but in the end, not much is going to or can change.

Derek Anderson will start against the Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati, Crennel said on Wednesday. Brady Quinn is getting increased practice time this week, but Anderson will get the start despite a passer rating of 43.5.

"I think we have to look at all the positions," Crennel said. "We'll definitely try to get the other guy (Quinn) ready to go."

The 26 points scored by the Browns are the fewest in the league. Through three games they have gained 582 total yards -- less than 200 a game -- while allowing 1,041 yards.

Anderson has completed 43 of 93 passes for 405 yards. He has thrown two touchdowns and five interceptions and has been sacked eight times. The only quarterback with a lower passer rating is the Chiefs' Tyler Thigpen at 38.3.

Anderson has made 18 starts since taking over for Charlie Frye in the opener last year. He threw 21 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in his first 10 starts. In the eight games that followed, he threw nine touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

After losing in Baltimore, Anderson said he should have to fight to keep his starting job because of the way he has been playing. In the locker room Wednesday, he sounded determined to pull himself and the team out of this slump.

"There was never any uncertainty in my mind," Anderson said. "It's going to take a collective effort. It starts with me. Together we can continue to make changes and get better. I have to be a little better on timing and a little bit better on location.

"We don't have to change a ton. If everybody gets a little better, things will be all right."

Quinn said his approach this week is the same as it has been because he always prepares as though he's going to start. He did not use the opportunity to say he could fix the situation better than Anderson can.

"We have a lot of things to work on," Quinn said. "We have a lot of things to put together. Hopefully we'll find some more answers from the game this past week, have another good week of preparation and go into Cincinnati confident."

Anderson's career took off last year in a start against the Bengals. He threw five touchdown passes in a 51-45 Browns victory in Cleveland the second week of the season. His last game against Cincinnati was not so pleasant. He threw four interceptions in a 19-14 loss in the 15th game. The loss knocked the Browns out of playoff contention. Anderson said he has put that game behind him.

Quinn's only regular-season appearance was against the 49ers in the final game of 2007. He completed three of eight passes for 56 yards. He had two starts in preseason this summer. He was 14 of 24 for 106 yards against the Lions and seven of nine for 65 yards against the Bears.

SERIES HISTORY: 70th meeting. The Bengals lead the series, 35-34. At one time, the Browns dominated the Battle of Ohio, but the Bengals have ruled recently, winning six of the last seven. A 19-14 loss in Cincinnati last December knocked the Browns out of the playoffs.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 27, 2008

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