It's Time For Me To Give Quinn His Due

gary wertmanCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2009

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 10:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 10, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Brady Quinn I've witnessed lately is not the same QB that was benched after just three starts at the beginning of the season. At the time of his benching, I thought it was probably warranted. He looked scared, confused and showed very little confidence. I'm sure his teammates saw this as well. I now see a QB that still has a lot of improving to do but is making strides. Getting better with each game.

Against Pittsburgh the stats won't show it, but Quinn guided this team to a win. He didn't turn it over and did the little things that go unnoticed by most fans. Quinn didn't win the game but he didn't lose it either. He guided the Browns in the right direction and let his running game and defense win the game. In the poor weather conditions, he played smart.

At the bye week, I was convinced the Browns would need to draft a QB in the first round. Now I'm convinced that would be a huge mistake. This team has needs that can now be filled, like at safety, right tackle and cornerback. QB is not one of them. Quinn has shown poise in running the no huddle and the ability to make all the throws. A word of advice to Brady, back off the weights and watch the accuracy improve.

My hope is if Mike Holmgren takes the job of czar with Cleveland, he doesn't want to rebuild what's already in place. As I've already made it known, I want to see Mangini and most of his coaches stay. The Browns do need an offensive coordinator that can continue Quinn's development. Much like Bernie Kosar had in Lindy Infante.