Quinn stood patiently to the side and waited.
His turn's coming soon enough.
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Since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, no quarterback had ever started an opener and been traded before Week 2.
Frye's abrupt departure -- he was benched in the first half of Sunday's 34-7 loss to Pittsburgh -- elevated Anderson, the loser in a summer-long competition with Frye, into a start on Sunday against Cincinnati and pushed Quinn up the depth chart from No. 3 to No. 2.
Anderson's promotion could be temporary.
The Browns plan to start Quinn, already being tabbed as the franchise's savior, at some point this season. It's a matter of when not if, and Anderson has a chance to control how long he's the one running Cleveland's offense.
"I know my job and I know I've got to move the team," said Anderson, who went 0-3 in three starts last season while filling in for an injured Frye. "I've got to have touchdowns and I've got to control turnovers."
And, he's got to do it with Quinn breathing down his neck.
The former Notre Dame star is now just one snap away from taking over the Browns. General manager Phil Savage has warned that there will be "no turning back" once the club decides to play Quinn.
That time may have arrived.
"I'm a confident guy. I'm competitive. I'm someone who wants to be in there, thinks he's ready now," Quinn said. "That decision's not up to me. I just wait and I try to do my best and help out this team the best I can whenever my number's called."
If Anderson lays an egg like he did during a disappointing preseason, No. 10 could be summoned quickly.
Playing Quinn so soon has its risks.
How do you know when the time is right?
"I'm not a GM. I wish I was," Winslow said, cracking a smile. "I don't know. It's gambling really, isn't it?"
Anderson, taken by Baltimore in the sixth round in 2005, had his finest moments last season coming off the bench.
After Frye got hurt in a Dec. 3 home game against Kansas City, he rallied the Browns from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 31-28 overtime win.
The out-of-nowhere performance, and Anderson's cannon arm, convinced the Browns to give him a chance to beat out Frye this summer. But he couldn't, and now he's getting a second -- and perhaps final -- chance to start.
"I expect him to play the way he played against Kansas City when we put him in the game last year," Crennel said. "I did tell him this morning that that's what I expect out of him."
Crennel, whose job could be on the line if the Browns don't start winning, has been criticized for his handling of the team's quarterback situation. At one point during camp, he flipped a coin to decide who would start the exhibition opener.
Anderson called the competition with Frye "weird" and "confusing."
Following Tuesday's peculiar quarterback shuffle, the Browns took more than their share of national ridicule for their apparent disarray. Crennel, a former defensive coordinator, defended the team's choices.
"Everybody has a different perspective on the situation," he said. "They aren't in the building. They don't know what we talk about or what the plan is. Their perception is their perception. We're doing what we think is best and we'll move forward with that.
"I have to work with the things that I have to work with. Frye and Anderson were my two choices at that time so we let them compete. I chose Frye, it didn't work out, and now I'm going with Anderson."
At least to start.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press