Blog Entry

It's Quinn's time

Posted on: November 11, 2009 11:44 am
Edited on: November 11, 2009 3:09 pm

Now that Brady Quinn is back in as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, it begs this question:

Why did they sit him down in the first place?

Quinn did not play well when he opened the season as the starter, which is why Derek Anderson replaced him as starter in Week Four. The Browns had to know they had a lock-on, not-scan-the-field passer in Anderson.

Did they know what they had in Quinn? Do they now?

Quinn's strengths are seeing the field and understanding the passing game. He doesn't have a big arm, which Anderson does. Maybe the big arm seduced the Browns, but does it matter if he has no one who can get deep?

The thing that disappointed the Browns was that Quinn didn't make the right reads when he was starting. If he doesn't do that, his arm can't compensate. He's then just a guy, on his way to bust-ville.

There are some who will say Quinn was benched in large part so the Browns could avoid paying him bonus money. I don't buy that. This is a team that spent $40 million to jettison the last front office and coaching regime and to re-do the team's facility at coach Eric Mangini's request.

Sitting Quinn down was a football decision. A bad one.

Now they have to make it right. They have to spend the rest of this season finding out if Quinn can be their long-term passer. If not, they have to go into the draft next April and get one. Somehow you can see Mangini thinking Chad Pennington could be his guy. He's a free agent, but that's not a good fix. They need a franchise passer, not a lollypop-armed quarterback who can't get the ball down the field.

Next spring that could mean taking Oklahoma's Sam Bradford or Washington's Jake Locker in the first round, or somebody who can win in the passing game. So far, the Browns have been dreadful throwing the football.

It isn't all on the quarterbacks. They have few weapons outside and they haven't played well on the offensive line.

Cleveland is averaging 121.5 yards per game passing, last in the NFL. In this era of wide-open football, that's pathetic. The rules mandate you must throw it now to win. The Browns haven't -- or can't.

In Quinn's four games, including three starts, he completed 59.7-percent of his passes, but threw one touchdown and three interceptions. He didn't take many chances, instead taking safe, check-down throws. His average per attempt was 5.3, which pales in comparison to the top passers who are over 8.0.

Quinn has to show that he's willing to take shots. Playing safe doesn't win. If Quinn doesn't show more an inclination to take shots, the Browns will have a new quarterback next year and it won't be Anderson, who they've soured on.

Mangini is making the right decision going back to Quinn, but the wrong one was sitting him down in the first place.


Category: NFL
Tags: Brady Quinn

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2010 8:32 pm

It's Quinn's time

I hate to say this, but I think is has to be said.  The Browns DO NOT have a QB.  Anderson is far too inconsistent to be a starter for any team and Quinn is a game manager at best.  I really liked the Quinn pick when they selected him but when he has been on the field he gives the perception that he can't throw an accurate pass longer than ten yards.  Everytime he tries to go downfield he appears to be throwing a hail marry and the throw is rarely catchable.  When in the pocket, he seems scared as can be and gets happy feet milliseconds after receiving the snap.  I hope these poor qualities are due to inexperience but I have my doubts.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 10:36 am

It's Quinn's time

So let me get this straight: the fact that Quinn's arm is not as strong as Anderson's shouldn't be a reason to avoid starting him, but the fact that neither Pennington's arm is as strong, should be a reason to do just that? Wow! Prisco's hate for Pennington is well-documented, but this is beyond ridiculous.

Pete must have missed the fact that ol' Chad resurrected the Dolphins' offense last year.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2009 4:19 pm

It's Quinn's time

Perhaps they should hold an open tryout. Might work out better for them.
The Browns are simply a lost cause this year and should unleash players like Derek Anderson to free up some cap room and start building the franchise again around linemen Joe Thomas and Alex Mack.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2009 12:43 pm

It's Quinn's time

To say Brett Ratliff is better than Brady Quinn is the utmost in ignorance. I would suggest to you that Drew Brees and Phil Rivers had rough beginnings but were given time to learn and improve. One thing is fairly certain, intelligence and poise are the most important attributes of great Quarterbacks, not tremendous arm strength. Mangini became enamored with Anderson's big arm and completely ignored the facts that he can't read a defense to save his life, call an audible or even throw a 7 yard out. If they go to Ratliff, Mangini will be fired.

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2009 10:20 am

It's Quinn's time


I'm pretty sure the reason that Anderson got the nod is because they were hoping he could re-create some of that magic that he brought a couple years ago. He was only going to get a small window of opportunity to show if he could do it, he didn't so they went back to Quinn. I don't think it was such a bad move, Mangini was looking for a way to succeed after starting so slowly. If he had done nothing, then he would have been showing that the Browns were willing to concede the season in hopes that Quinn would slowly get better.

Pulling Quinn was actually a smart move for Mangini. If he hadn't done anything, fans would be screaming that he let Brady Quinn throw their season in the dumps early without giving a proven guy the opportunity to turn things around. Anderson was unable to turn it around so they have gone right back to Quinn. I think it was a good decision by Mangini, but it was a lose-lose situation for him anyways. No matter what decisions he makes from here on out, he's probably lost his job regardless.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2009 10:17 am

Why did they sit him down in the first place?

Pricso asks: Why did they sit him down in the first place?

Because he blows at playing quarterback more than you do at writing about football.

He is a bonafied BUST!!!!!!!

All the other 31 teams knew it.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2009 6:40 pm

It's Quinn's time

sorry, but you know the answer and it is D "all of the above"

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2009 6:23 pm

Not the QB's Fault

I will start now by saying I wanted Quinn to be named the starter of the 2009 season.

And yes he did not play well...

Lets try Anderson, he was good one year.

And yes he did not play well...

So, is it that we have bad QB's or do we have bad Coach's?

If you think that we have bad QB's...
Then how come Anderson almost broke Cleveland's franchise record for TD's in a season and went to the Pro Bowl?
If you think Quinn is bad, then how come he broke every Notre Dame record and the team hasn't been remotely good since he left?

If Quinn (Woulda' Coulda') never got hurt last year... is Crennel still our coach this year? He did get hurt and the coach got fired.


What has the new coach done to improve the QB's performance? Was it with the vote of confidence in the offseason when he wouldn't name a starter?
Was it when he had both QB's share 'Valuable' preseason practice snaps when switching to a new system?
Was it when he told the media that when he selected a QB he would stick with him 'NO MATTER' what?
Was it when he depleted the team of veteran leadership?
Was it when he shipped off the only two offensive weapons we've had since 99?
Was it when he got rid of players for the sake, they weren't his players?
Was it when he stated to alienate his players with harsh work environment and then tell everyone, if you don’t like it come talk to me attitude?
Was it when he kept 2 QB's on the roster knowing that the starter could never play loosely fearing they would lose their starting positions to the other QB sitting on the bench refusing to be a team player and not helping or supporting the current starter? (mouth full)


Do we really have bad QB's or do we have a Bad COACH?

I think BAD COACH!!!

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2009 6:15 pm

It's Quinn's time

Will Mangini even be around to make a run at Pennington next spring? I wouldn't bet on it.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2009 4:21 pm

It's Quinn's time

Go Brady

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or