What's Up With Brady Quinn?

gary wertmanCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns is sacked by defensive end Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 27-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

After two lackluster performances that resembled something out of an NFL Follies Film, Quinn has to be skating on thin ice with coach Eric Mangini. After all, didn’t Quinn win the Browns’ quarterback competition?

Cleveland has scored a meager 26 points in two games. Take away Josh Cribbs touchdown on a punt return and the offense has scored only 19 points. One touchdown and five field goals. Those numbers actually do the Brown’s offense justice. Terrible is the best way to describe it.

I know Quinn should not shoulder the entire burden for this ineptness since his  offensive line has allowed him to be sacked nine times. Some of that has been Brady’s fault for holding the ball too long but the line has still under performed. After two games Quinn has completed 39 passes in 66 attempts for 366 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. His passer rating is 66.9. Brady is averaging a measly 5.5 yards per pass attempt. Quinn is not the only reason Cleveland’s offense is horrible but he’s definitely been a major contributor.

Where is the Brady Quinn I’ve caught glimpses of his first two seasons?  That Brady Quinn looked poised and confident. He looked like the leader the Browns so desperately needed. The Brady Quinn I witnessed this preseason is nothing like the guy who has quarterbacked the Browns to an 0-2 record so far. Quinn has looked like a high school freshman in his first varsity game. He has not looked like the confident leader the Browns hoped he would be.

After finally winning the quarterback job, is the pressure too much to handle? Did the pressures of a way too long QB battle do more damage than good. For whatever reason, Quinn is not playing with confidence. With the Baltimore Ravens up next, Mangini and staff had better get it figured out or risk losing not only another game but another starting QB.

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