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Brady Quinn To Get Start For Browns Against Broncos

It is being reported everywhere, including all over Cleveland, that Brady Quinn will get the first start of his NFL career Thursday Night against the Broncos.  From ESPN's report --

The switch was announced Monday by the team, just hours after coach Romeo Crennel said he had no plans to make a change.

"No, I haven't really [considered it]," he said. "I haven't had a chance to talk to the coaches or anything. With a short week, I told them to go ahead and get started on Denver. They haven't even looked at this game yet."

Crennel was then asked if Anderson was still his starter.

"Yes," he said, "as of right now."

With their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy, the Browns must feel it's time to see what they have in Quinn, who didn't play as a rookie until the final game of 2007, when he came in for one series and led the Browns to a field goal. Quinn was 3-of-8 for 45 yards and had a TD pass dropped by tight end Kellen Winslow.

The problem facing Quinn is whether he can turn around the Browns and salvage something from this season. Unfortunately for him, Quinn doesn't have the benefit of a full week of practice. The Browns host the Broncos on Thursday night, so Quinn will have only one really good practice with the first team.

The timing is curious, to say the least, and one has to winder if the decision is coming from above Crennel.  Crennel said earlier on Sirius NFL Radio that Anderson was his quarterback and that he didn't foresee making a change.  A couple hours later everything had changed.

This scenario reminds me of the Broncos making the switch to Jay Cutler.  The Broncos also played a Thursday Night game(at Kansas City) in which speculation ran rampant that Cutler would get into the game.  That night ended up being Jake Plummer's last start as a Bronco.

Will this help the Broncos?  Will it give the Browns the boost they are looking for?