Brady Quinn: Kansas City 's New QB Can Thrive in Starting Role

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2012

September 23, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) on the sidelines during their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Having not thrown a regular season pass since 2009, there’s cause to believe that Brady Quinn’s new starting responsibilities will precede a miserably unsuccessful spell for the Kansas City Chiefs.

One would be wrong to think as such.

The man that Quinn is set to replace, Matt Cassel, received an unfortunate reaction at the time of his concussion at the Arrowhead Stadium. Quinn will be hoping for a rosier reception.

Cassel’s lackluster performances this season have revolved around his inability to hold onto possession of the ball. On the way to the Chiefs 1-4 record, Cassel has thrown nine interceptions and contributed four fumbles.

At 27 years old, Quinn is young enough to stand up to injury in his new role, but is most importantly mature enough to have learnt from the disappointing spells in his career.

In two seasons with the Denver Broncos, Quinn failed to take one snap, making his time at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High an unmemorable one.

So, to draw a regular season playing reference for the former Notre Dame prospect, one has to look to his time with the Cleveland Browns where Quinn began his NFL career.

The 2007 Draft First Round pick spent three seasons in Ohio, improving his pass completion percentage with every year that went by.

Since then, the 2012 preseason was the most action Quinn has seen after completing his move to the Chiefs. In the summer period, Quinn threw 23 of 41 passes for 284 and a touchdown. While not a miraculous total, this kind of performance is encouraging for an NFL backup.

Although he’ll still need to make a considerable step up in deputising for Cassel, Quinn knows that this is the biggest chance he’s going to receive in salvaging what was once tipped to be a glittering NFL career.

The Chiefs' new starting QB has just a one-year deal in Missouri and if Cassel is ever to be toppled from his starting perch as the No.1 choice, he has to make good on this rare opportunity—and he knows it all too well.

Although Cassel is the option with more experience, Quinn has been around the league for just about as long as the man he was serving under. If there’s anything he’s had time to do, it’s learn.

Yahoo! reports Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel as saying, "I think he'll be good and make the best of it. Quinn has been in the league, and he's been on different teams and he's seen different operations and how things are done.”

Crennel and offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, will have an understanding with Quinn having worked with the QB in Cleveland, a link that Quinn himself will be glad to have.

The nearly forgotten figure of Brady Quinn came on in the fourth quarter of Week 5 to complete three passes in three attempts and the Kansas City Chiefs can feel safe the quarterback has all the assets to turn that cameo into the start of something beautiful.