Catching Up With Former Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn

Remember Brady Quinn? Sure you do – he was one of the many quarterbacks who have come through Cleveland since 1999, only to flame out for a myriad of reasons and attempt to fix their careers in other cities.

Quinn was dealt to the Denver Broncos in March of 2010 in what has been one of the best trades in Cleveland Browns history, as the team received running back Peyton Hillis  in return. Denver surely thought they could be getting something out of Quinn, but decided to draft Tim Tebow instead. With Kyle Orton on the roster as well, that pushed Quinn all the way down the depth chart where he found himself as the forgotten third quarterback.

Now, with a new coach in place, Quinn feels rejuvenated as he fights for the backup job behind Orton. Despite the love affair for Tebow, the prevailing thought is that Quinn has a real opportunity to be the No. 2, though, in actual reality, that almost seems implausible. It just doesn’t seem likely that fans – or the Broncos front office – will let Tebow be the No. 3 without raising a fairly significant fit about it.

And that’s where Quinn finds himself, in a competition with a fan favorite to simply be the backup of a mediocre team. You could say it’s surprising, but that might only be the consequence of attaching expectations to him that, by no fault of his own, he could never truly achieve.

It also brings to light the idea of placing a player on an immeasurably high pedestal simply because he is on a team that you root for. No matter what we want to believe, subjectivity is often lost among the evaluation process of players we like. We want so badly for our team to win that we sometimes gloss over the deficiencies of players in the hope that they can simply help our team win.

Is that what Cleveland did with Brady Quinn? Is that what the fans are doing to Colt McCoy right now? Hopefully not, but it’s a thought worth having in the back of your mind as you watch him embark on the journey that is his first full season as a starting quarterback for the Browns.

Hopefully Brady Quinn can win the backup job in Denver. He was given a raw deal much of the time in Cleveland and if he was given an actual opportunity with a decent team, one wonders if he could become a reliable quarterback. At this point, though, he’s simply trying to avoid quarterback obscurity. If he can do that, perhaps he can then take the next step of finding a starting job somewhere.

Topics: Brady Quinn, Cleveland Browns, Colt McCoy, Quarterback, Tim Tebow

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  • puppetmaster77

    Once with Cleveland, I follow them through entire career. Especially Quinn, because I come from same area as he and I wish the best to him. He is a lot better than a 3rd stringer, and this situation is worse than the one in Cleveland in terms of QB controversies. From reading prior interviews this off-season about Josh Mcdaniels, he wasn’t too enthused it seemed with him as a coach. I would like to see Quinn go somewhere, where he has a decent shot. It’s not like hes due a 5 million bonus this month, they will likely keep him. I think he would be a good addition in (order of teams the give him the best opportunity to rebuild his career)… Minnesota, Miami, San Francisco, Buffalo, Seattle, Oakland, Arizona. All these teams he could end up starting and have the chance to show the Talent displayed in his ND days.

  • keeroc

    Perhaps Brady Quinn is the QB the Donkeys need. Can’t find out until he has a real chance. He was highly touted out of college and seems to have all of the athletic skills. Tebow’s problem is that he isn’t a great passer. Orton is too slow and frail.

  • dawgpounddaily

    @keeroc I’m not so sure Orton is frail – to be honest, I’m not sure why so many people seem to knock him or why he always seems to be the subject of trade rumors. It would be a real mistake for the Broncos to trade him right now – they might have dodged a bullet by not doing so. Quinn could very well be a good QB but Denver seems all too set on Tebow despite his deficiencies so for him to get a chance, it looks like it will have to be somewhere new.

  • monte W

    Who cares!