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Quinn deal no surprise

Posted on: March 14, 2010 6:05 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2010 6:51 pm

The Brady Quinn deal should have caught nobody by surprise, especially Brady Quinn. The minute Cleveland signed Jake Delhomme, Quinn was finished with the Browns.

So Cleveland deals him to Denver where the Broncos probably discover what Cleveland did -- that Quinn is not a very accurate quarterback. Nevertheless, coach Josh McDaniels prides himself on working with quarterbacks, and if he can find something here that Cleveland did not then maybe, just maybe, Quinn has a chance. It's a long shot, but it shows that Denver is eager to find a young arm to challenge Kyle Orton. Plus, it didn't cost the Broncos much.

McDaniels is close to former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, and Weis loves Quinn. In all likelihood he sold his former pupil (the two were together at New England) on Quinn's smarts, telling him that he could be the perfect guy to run the Denver offense. If nothing else, he sold him on it being a risk worth taking because, given what you could find, the risk wasn't much.

All I know is that for Cleveland to give up on the guy speaks volumes. Because he was from Ohio, he was popular with Browns' fans who desperately wanted him to succeed. Then there's team president Mike Holmgren, who has a history of developing young quarterbacks -- which should've boded well for Quinn. Plus there was an opening, with Seneca Wallace the only challenger before Delhomme arrived on the scene.

I see where Wallace said he intends to be the starter, and that's great. Only if you've seen Seneca Wallace play quarterback he should never be the starter for anyone. No disrespect to Wallace, but as a quarterback he makes a better running back. Anyway, with all that on Quinn's side, he still couldn't make, and good luck in Denver. Maybe a change of scenery works in his favor ... but I doubt it.

Listen, Cleveland needs a good young quarterback, but the Browns bailed on Quinn after only three seasons. I know this regime didn't draft him, but Holmgren isn't going to jettison young talent. He discarded Quinn, and he did it relatively quickly -- for a 35-year-old who was cut by Carolina and who has 9 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions over his last 12 starts. That tells me all I need to know about Quinn's future.


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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2010 8:39 pm

Quinn deal no surprise

Thank you for the reality check here.  This is about the future, not next year.  Holmgren is definitely going to draft a quarterback of the future

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2010 8:27 pm

Quinn deal no surprise

So apparently you aren't a genius .

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2010 8:09 pm

Quinn deal no surprise

Holmgren is getting rid of all the drama.  No more browns fans chanting Brady while he sits on the bench.  Brady is not accurate on short routes and has the worst deep ball i've seen since Doug Peterson.  Some Browns fans will say he wasnt given a shot.  I say Brady got 2 seasons to prove himself and got injured both years.  The market isnt high for an injury prone QB who cant throw a deep ball.  I think we took the best offer on the table we had been shopping him since the end of the season.  The first thing Holmgren said when he became prez was i cant believe we won the last 4 games with QB play like we had.  Delhomme was the best vet QB on the market and i  see him as a good stop gap QB allowing Holmgren to search for his heir apparent. 

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2010 7:33 pm

I'm SO sorry Cleveland

I don't know how it happens but it does. Every time your franchise hires a new guy they destroy any hope a fan can have. What the hell did your city do to deserve this bad of luck? Between Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel and now Mangini and Holmgren you guys haven't stood a chance. Delhomme is going to wreck you guys. At least Jake Locker's gonna come out next year and it looks like your GM wants 1st pick. My heart goes out to ya.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2010 7:32 pm

Quinn deal no surprise

I an extent.  McDaniels can definatly develop Quinn if something was there.  My only concern; however, is that Holmgren has an excellent eye for qb's also, and for him to be willing to give up on Quinn says something.  Either, Quinn doesn't have it or Holmgren has plans to draft a QB, have Delhomme (who is a humble bright QB willing to mentor) help develop him and allow Wallace to back-up and give strength to the Wildcat with Cribbs.  I, personally believe that Quinn can be a good NFL QB, but needs immediate intercession by someone who can develop him.  Perhaps, Holmgren honestly wants to give Quinn an opportunity to succeed and knows that Cleveland is not the place for him at this time.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2010 7:18 pm

Quinn deal no surprise

Not a very insightful article.

If you are going to make a final decision on a QB's future just because Mike Holgrem cut him, then maybe you should look at a QB's future when Josh McDaniels signs him.

If I am not mistaken, McDaniels has a pretty good track record himself with QB's.  He took a no name in Cassel and plugged him unexpectedly in at New England and had one of the most productive QB's of the year.  He took a supposed less than average QB in Kyle Orton, booted the  All-Pro (title only) QB Jay Cutler, and had identical production from his QB position, while Cutler fell flat on his face.

To judge Quinn solely on his run with Cleveland is not fair to Quinn.  Cleveland has been fielding one the worst teams in football the last few years and there has been no decent management/coaching either.

Brady Quinn stands a good chance of being the next McDaniel's project that surprises everyone.  I'll give McDaniels the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2010 7:08 pm

Quinn deal no surprise

So apparently Mike Holmgren is a genious that wouldn't have made this move if Quinn wasn't a bad QB?  I for one think this was a bad move on the Brown's part.  Jake Delhomme?  Seriously??  This guy is as washed up as you can get, there's no way Judge can think this is a good move.  Now for the Broncos, I think this will work out well.  I would rather have Brady Quinn coming in if Orton gets hurt then Chris Simms, that is for sure.   This article tells me all I need to know about the football knowledge of Mr. Judge.

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