That bell ringing heard all throughout the great city of Cleveland is not from a cell phone or even an Albert Belle home run. It's from the ringside bell, that rings every time Peyton Hillis carries the ball for the Cleveland Browns. That ringside bell also rings every time Brady Quinn drops back for a pass and throws a ball akin to a wounded duck flopping through the air, usually into the hands of someone with a different jersey on. For year's Cleveland fans have yearned for Brady Quinn. The whole home town hero vibe ended in a much less spectacular failure than that of another home town hero, LeBron James. Unlike James, Quinn didn't quit and run away with his tail between his legs, he was traded to the Denver Broncos.
Despite being only three games into the pre-season, the Quinn trade has been ruled a total knock out in favor of Cleveland. The Browns acquired Running Back Peyton Hillis along with a 6th Round pick (in 2011) and a conditional pick in 2012 (can become as high as a 3rd rounder) in exchange for Quinn, a Quarterback from Notre Dame. Quinn came to Cleveland with the 22nd pick in the 2007 NFL draft. The Browns traded up with Dallas to acquire the pick. His hype out of Notre Dame was very high. Fans here wanted the Dublin, Ohio native more so than the 3rd overall pick, who became All-Pro Left Tackle Joe Thomas. Quinn never lived up to his promised hype, holding a career QB Rating of 66.8. Quinn threw only ten touchdowns, which was nearly matched with nine interceptions. The numbers aren't very good.
During this pre-season, Hillis's numbers have dwarfed Quinn's. As evidenced by the statistics below there is a clear-cut winner here.
Game 1: Hillis at Green Bay Packers (Win)
Yards Per Carry: 1.5
Game 2: Hillis vs. St. Louis Rams (Loss)
Yards Per Carry: 4.3
Game 3: Hills vs. Detroit Lions (Loss)
Yards Per Carry: 3.7
Totals: 3 Games
Yards Per Carry: 3.8
While these numbers do not jump off the charts, Hillis has been a punishing bruiser coming out of the Browns backfield. It's as if he seeks out targets and tries to blow them up when he's running with the football. Of the impressive members of the Cleveland Browns offense, Peyton Hillis stands tall above the rest.
In comparison, Brady Quinn's pre-season numbers are in a word, painfully average.
Game 1: Quinn at Cincinnati Bengals (Loss)
Yards Per Throw: 4.3
Completion %: 37.5
Game 2: Quinn vs. Detroit Lions (Loss)
Yards Per Throw: 6.8
Completion %: 64.7
Game 3: Quinn vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Win)
Yards Per Throw: 1
Completion %: 50
Totals: 3 Games
Yards Per Throw: 5.3
Completion %: 51.4
These numbers show that Quinn has only thrown for 105 yards more than Hillis has run for. They have the same number of touchdowns as well. There is no mistaking it, The Browns and Broncos deal has weighed heavily toward the Cleveland Browns. Comparing a Running Back who is essentially a starter for the Browns to a Quarterback who will be second on the depth chart but third most talented on his team is what we’ve got here. Brady Quinn’s career is headed down because of his continued ineptitude toward throwing good solid passes. He can’t read a defense, nor can he throw the ball quick enough to avoid the sack. Quinn hasn’t learned the art of throwing the ball away either. Peyton Hills has the skills to be a downfield runner who hits holes quickly and seeks to destroy defenses by running them over. Hills epitomizes exactly what Eric Mangini wants from his Running Backs, while Quinn toils in clipboard obscurity.