Misconceptions About Brady Quinn

Richard BairdContributor IIDecember 24, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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As the season draws to a close, Mike Holmgren will be evaluating the players on the Browns' roster and deciding who when keep moving forward.

No position, aside from head coach, has seen more scrutiny than the quarterback.

Many people think Brady Quinn is the quarterback of the future, while others think the Browns should cut ties with Quinn and bring in a new quarterback.

I'm not an NFL talent evaluator, but there are misconceptions among fans and the media about Brady Quinn that are apparent from statistics and watching video.


Brady Quinn is an accurate passer best suited to a short-passing game

Brady Quinn's career completion percentage is 52.1 percent.

You cannot make an argument that this reflects accuracy in any way. The measuring stick for accuracy among NFL quarterbacks is generally 60 percent. Quinn has the second lowest completion percentage among quarterbacks with enough attempts to qualify. The only quarterback with a lower percentage is JaMarcus Russell.

Heading into this season, rampant claims were made that Quinn should be successful in the short-pass, ball control offense that Mangini prefers. His stats have not been impressive and though the Browns have won the last two games, they've done so in spite of his passing performances.

Brady Quinn's completion percentage in college was just over 60 percent.


Brady Quinn lacks arm strength

If you watch film on Brady Quinn or watched him play in college, you'll realize that Brady Quinn does not lack arm strength. His problem is rather that he lacks the accuracy to complete the deep passes effectively.

Both interceptions that Quinn threw in the Kansas City game came on passes downfield that were overthrown and off-target.


The differences between the Browns' current offensive plan under Brian Daboll, and the West Coast are not significant. Currently, the Browns throw the ball on approximately half the plays. If they switch to the West Coast, expect that number to climb to 60 percent.

Given Quinn's completion percentage, will it help to throw the ball more often?

I don't believe that Brady Quinn is the answer moving forward. The Browns should be in a great position to draft the best quarterback in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Sam Bradford probably would be a Detroit Lion if he decided to enter the draft last year. This season, he suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder. While this is cause for concern, the surgery was considered a success.  If the Browns can get him with the fourth to sixth overall pick it would be of enormous value.

Bradford's college numbers are magnificent. In 2008, he passed for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns. His completion percentage was 68 percent.

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper ranks Bradford fifth on his Big Board. This is his analysis of Bradford:

Has underrated arm, great feel for position, is superaccurate.

That sounds like a great formula for a successful west coat quarterback.

Holmgren should build the team his way, with his players. Quinn does not fit the profile of a West Coast quarterback, but Sam Bradford does.