Another backup?

Posted: 9 p.m.

Could the Bengals be headed to another showdown with another backup quarterback also making his NFL starting debut?

According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns coach Romeo Crennel made it clear Monday that he's considering benching Derek Anderson and starting Brady Quinn on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Eight of the Bengals' last 18 games have come against quarterbacks who weren't considered their team's No. 1 quarterback.

Two of last season's wins came against backups in the Rams' Brock Berlin (in his NFL debut) and Dolphins rookie John Beck.

The skein began, of all places, last Sept. 16 in Cleveland when Anderson came off the bench in favor of the traded Charlie Frye to throw for 328 yards and five touchdowns.

But Anderson struggled early in that game and the Bengals looked to be one incompletion away from helping to usher in the Quinn Era.

Now they may do it a year and 12 days later.

"I think we'll definitely try to get the other guy [Quinn] ready to go and we'll see how it progresses from there," the newspaper quoted Crennel. "We'll probably give him a few more reps in practice right now."

The Bengals also lost games started by Damon Huard in Kansas City, Kurt Warner of Arizona, and Shaun Hill (in his first NFL start) in San Francisco. Then their first two losses this year came to Baltimore rookie Joe Flacco in his first NFL start and Tennessee's Kerry Collins playing in place of the injured Vince Young.

Quinn, a high school and Notre Dame teammate of Bengals starting safety Chinedum Ndukwe, played in just one game last season after Cleveland took him with the 22nd pick in the first round.

Quinn's first NFL start could come just down the road from where he grew up in suburban Columbus in Dublin, Ohio.

Ndukwe extracted some revenge on Anderson when he picked him off twice in the Bengals 19-14 victory last Dec. 23 that knocked Cleveland out of the playoffs.

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