Brady Quinn Hopes to Succeed Among Long Line of Post-Elway Broncos QBs

Jimmy GrapponeCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2010

QB Brady Quinn was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Denver Broncos today for RB Peyton Hillis and a future 6th round draft pick.

As a Broncos fan, I approve this trade.

Denver has a solid backfield with 2009's leading rookie rusher, Knowshon Moreno, returning but the Broncos need help at QB and Quinn will be a welcome competitor to try to unseat single-term incumbent Kyle Orton .

Orton is a solid, Trent Dilfer-esque quarterback who makes few mistakes and can manage the game as long as he is supported by a strong rushing attack and a top shelf defense, both of which he enjoyed early in the 2009 season, but the former Chicago Bear field marshal lacks the ability to stretch the field with his arm.

With Orton at the helm, Denver's offense is limited and struggles to put up huge offensive numbers, as was evident last season.

Quinn will enter Denver's training camp with the opportunity to compete for the starting spot and he should benefit from Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels' tutelage at the QB position.

McDaniels previously coached Patriots QBs Tom Brady and Matt Cassell to on-field success, and Quinn has said he looks forward to playing for his new coach, calling it a "great opportunity."

Cleveland should benefit from this trade, as well, by improving their backfield.

Peyton Hillis is a solid and shifty, if not spectacular, runner and has fared well at times in the league, most notably during a late season stretch during the 2008 season in which he had several impressive showings before suffering a season-ending injury, including a performance against the New York Jets in which he rushed for well over 100 yards and scored a couple of TDs at the Meadowlands.

Though Quinn is not yet a polished NFL quarterback, he has the potential to become a very good football player.

The former Notre Dame All-American possesses the physical tools required for NFL success and he has the arm strength and accuracy to make the throws required of a top flight professional quarterback.

Quinn merely needs to demonstrate that he can do so at the highest level.

Denver is among the league's elite at the receiver position as long their existing trio of Brandon Marshall (doubtful), Eddie Royal (almost certain) and TE Tony Scheffler (hopeful) remains intact, and Quinn has the downfield passing ability to help Royal return to his first year form in which ex-Bronco signal caller Jay Cutler helped the former Virginia Tech wideout set the NFL rookie record for most catches in a season.

Either Denver quarterback stands to benefit greatly from the aforementioned mile high value targets as long as each remains in the Mile High City for the 2010 season.

That notwithstanding, I would still like to see the Broncos move up high enough in the 2010 NFL Draft to select to select Texas Longhorns QB, Colt McCoy.

This time of year, though, we can only wait and see if, when and how Denver will eventually find–and hold onto–a worthy successor to Mr. Elway.