Brady Quinn: The Denver Broncos Solution to Quarterback Troubles?

Thomas GriffithContributor IMarch 23, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns hands the ball off during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 41-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos struggle with quarterback depth, but they may now have the answer as Brady Quinn steps into the picture and into the shadow of Kyle Orton.

The Broncos made a big move a week ago when they traded RB Peyton Hillis for QB Brady Quinn of the Cleveland Browns.  It was a move that may push them over the top, or hurt them in the long run.

Trading for Quinn was an attempt to provide the Broncos with a quality second string quarterback.  With Orton in the hot seat and Marshall out of the picture, Denver isn't out of the woods just yet.

Orton was a strong competitor who put up good numbers, but with an aging secondary, and shifts in their running back core, the Broncos have yet to establish whether or not they are a running or passing team.

Broncos Knowshon Moreno led all rookies in rushing last season and has nowhere to go but up.  With a super star like Brandon Marshall, the Broncos passing game took over in 2009-10.  This next year things may be different.

The Broncos may trade WR Brandon Marshall and had not upgraded in the QB area until now.  When Kyle Orton was injured against Washington during the 2009-10 season, the Broncos had to go with Chris Simms who struggled. 

In the two games Simms played he had an abysmal QB rating of 15.1.  He completed just 5-of-17 passes for 23 yards and an interception.  The Broncos lost both games by a combined score of 59-20.  

If Quinn was a backup for Kyle Orton last year, things might have gone smoother.  Although his numbers weren't outstanding, Quinn played substantially better then a flustered Simms. Quinn completed 136-of-256 passes for 1,339 yards, 8 TD's and 7 INT's.

With Brady Quinn up and ready to play for this franchise one question remains.  Will he be the starter?  Josh McDaniels says no.  Orton has proved himself and will remain the starter he says.  

At age 25, former Brown and Notre Dame great, Brady Quinn will hopefully provide relief for Kyle Orton, who struggled after coming back form his injury.  If the Broncos running game continues to improve, starting 6-0 won't be the only show.  

Offensively, if everything clicks on all cylinders, the Broncos will be a force to reckon with in the AFC.  But with the defense is getting older and All-Pros near end of their careers, we don't know what to expect.

Broncos Fans will be anxiously waiting until the Broncos open the 2010-11 regular season in September to see how it all shakes out.