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Monday, March 15, 2010


Yesterday was an early Christmas present for QB Brady Quinn as he learned his days in the Cleveland Browns organization were over. The Browns traded their former first round pick to Denver for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012. This could possible be a career rejuvenation move for Brady.

The Browns are one of the worst run sports franchises for the past...oh...let's say 50 years. They have never made it to a Super Bowl and their most memorable moment in franchise history is that of John Elway's The Drive in the 1986 AFC Championship. They drafted Brady Quinn with hopes the local kid who grew up a Brown's fan would help rescue a team who has no idea how to build a winner. Instead of giving Brady the keys to the offense they sat him on the bench during his first season as Derek Anderson had a Pro Bowl season.

Quinn came from a pro-set offense at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis and yet was never given a chance to sink or swim within the Cleveland offense. Part of it was his own undoing (rookie contract holdout and inconsistency when he played) but then you look at other franchises like the Jets, Ravens, and Colts and could you imagine those 3 teams not playing Sanchez, Flacco and Manning much at all in their first 3 seasons because of some inconsistent playing? We all know the QB is the face of the organization but what if the Colts gave up on Peyton Manning because he threw a billion interceptions his first two seasons? Mark Sanchez had 20 interceptions and a worse passer rating than Brady Quinn this year but you don't hear people talking about him being a bust. Why is that? Because both of these teams went all in with their quarterbacks. They gave them the keys to their Ferrari and said we are going to win or lose this race with you.

The Browns never gave Brady Quinn a legit chance. He had 12 starts over 3 seasons to prove his worth to Cleveland. An organization full of losers doesn't deserve Brady.

Now in Denver he will get the chance to start all over with a team that has won Super Bowls in the past. Coach Josh McDaniels will give Brady a chance to compete with incumbent starter Kyle Orton in an offense with dynamic playmakers in Brandon Marshall and Knowshon Moreno. Hopefully the Broncos will give him a full season to prove he can be a franchise quarterback. Orton will be a free agent after the 2010 season so look for Quinn to start in 2011. For the love of God give him the keys, take off the restrictor plate and let us see what kind of Bronco power Quinn can produce.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your title is backwards: Cleveland survived shitface Quinn.