Brady Quinn with Another Solid Preseason; Is This the Year It Matters?

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIAugust 30, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 30:  Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs for a first down against the Green Bay Packers during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Earlier this week, Romeo Crennel named Brady Quinn Matt Cassel's backup. On Thursday, Quinn validated that with another solid performance against the Packers. It was a good decision to bring him in on a drive that Cassel started. That is a game situation that could happen, and it was good to give him a few reps with the starters.

The offense did not miss a beat on that drive. That is a good sign.

Quinn then led another impressive drive with the second string in which he showed toughness by lowering his shoulder on a long run. Unfortunately, it ended with a bad pick in the end zone, but it was still a nice performance.

His total preseason stats were 23-of-41 for 284 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also led several scoring drives. 

So Quinn had another solid preseason. Unfortunately for him, that has been the story of his six-year career, and to this point, it has meant very little.

He hasn't played a down in a regular-season game since he was in Cleveland. There, he only got to start 13 games.

Some of that was his fault, but a lot was due to circumstance. Crennel named him the starter halfway through his second year, only to have him break a finger three starts in. Quinn was doing well in those games.

Unfortunately, Crennel was fired at the end of the year and in came Eric Mangini, who could never decide between Quinn and Derek Anderson.

That resulted in neither quarterback being properly prepared as the starter and neither playing consistently.

Quinn was then traded to Denver to be Kyle Orton's backup. It appeared as though Quinn would ultimately take over.

That was until the Broncos surprisingly drafted Tim Tebow. When that happened, Quinn became a forgotten man. He wasn't going to play no matter how good he did in the preseason.

I am sure Quinn couldn't wait to get out of Denver. 

Now here he is, heading into another season as a backup and still uncertain about when and if he will play this season.

Once again, there is a young quarterback behind him, Ricky Stanzi. However, I am not sure there is any way Stanzi gets a chance before Quinn if something happens to Cassel.

The only way I see that happening is if the Chiefs are out of the playoffs in December. They may decide to look at Stanzi in that case, since Quinn only has a one-year contract. 

The good news for Quinn is that this year he truly is one play away from playing, unlike last year. Of course, that does not mean he is hoping Cassel gets hurt. It is just that his whole career has been filled with nice preseasons that haven't mattered.

Will it matter this year?