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Quinnessential Question: Is Brady Quinn's Accuracy a Myth?

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish signals at the line of scrimmage next to offensive guard Bob Morton #76 against the Purdue Boilermakers September 30, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame won 35-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
ollie oleCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2009

Is Brady Quinn's accuracy as well as his arm strength, or lack thereof, real question marks?

Here is Michael Lombardi's (former Brown's personnel man) assessmement of Brady Quinn:

"Quinn played in three games last season and was 45 of 89 passing, a 50.6-percent completion percentage. Those stats include his game against a very bad Broncos defense in which he was 23 of 35. If you remove that game, Quinn was 22 of 54 in the other games, less than 50-percent completion. Accuracy is something that’s hard to fix. NFL accuracy is putting the ball into tight spots and making sure the ball is thrown in the right zone so the receiver can make yards after the catch. This isn’t easy for Quinn. One of the reasons he was drafted late in the first round was because in every area of his play, he wasn’t accurate — in game tape, in practice and in his workout on campus at Notre Dame. In that workout, his ball was all over the place and he made his wideouts work for the catch while throwing against air. His deep ball was very poor, and this lack of accuracy was the main reason so many teams passed on him in the first round."

If you've followed closely, Quinn's loyal supporters also built in an excuse for ND losing all of those big games. The excuse is that ND didn't have the talent to compete. That's right, when his team needed him most, Quinn turned into a choke artist...BUT QUINN fans blamed the rest of the team for his feeble play. I guess Oregon States vaunted defense really gave Quinn fits! DA beat him then, and he's been beating him ever since.

Now for a pure dink dunker, Brady Quinn is amassing a completion percentage of no better than DA's stats. And that is a big worry: Quinn cannot make the big play but now he can't control the ball either !

Is it a wonder why DA is still in this so-called QB competition despite ALL the favours going Quinn's way: Quinn's draft cost and first rounder status vs DA's practice squad stigma, Quinn's metrosexual appeal vs DA's countryboy roots etc


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