Message To Eric Mangini: Don't Mess With Fate

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIMarch 21, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 17:  Brady Quinn #10  of the Cleveland Browns talks to his players on the sidelines during NFL action against the Buffalo Bills on November 17, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

As many Browns fans are aware, Eric Mangini has been very busy in his first offseason with the Cleveland Browns. He has some interesting moves, like trading Kellen Winslow and cutting Joe Jurevicious. He has also brought in some former players from the Jets to help the defense.

Now, there is talk about what will happen at the quarterback situation. There has been talks of an open competition between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson. There are now rumors of trades involving Jay Cutler and sending Quinn to Denver.

Mr. Mangini don't mess with this one.

You are fighting a power that is bigger than your control, FATE. 

It is Quinn's destiny to be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. I have believed that for awhile now, and I believe the FOOTBALL GODS won't have it any other way.

Don't believe in football gods?

Well the Patriots were less than a minute away from being the first team to go 19-0. I am taking nothing away from the Giants. What they did was remarkable, but I do believe the gods had a hand in it. They weren't ready for it.

Getting back to Cleveland, it is without a doubt Quinn's destiny to be the Browns leader.

Don't believe me? Then let's take a look at history.

His senior year at Notre Dame, he was in a showdown with Jamarcus Russell and LSU in the Sugar Bowl. At that time, Quinn was the highest rated quarterback headed into the draft.

During the pre-game, he had an interview with Terry Bradshaw. Bradshaw showed helmets of the Lions, Raiders, and Dolphins. Then he show a Browns helmet and Quinn's eyes lit up. That was the first sign of where he is supposed to be.

In the game, Russsell had a better game against an under talented Irish defense than Quinn did against a tough SEC defense. That ranked Russell ahead of Quinn, meaning Quinn would not be drafted by the Raiders.

That was just because Quinn was destined to be in Cleveland, who had the third pick. Then they decided to draft Joe Thomas instead.

Now I was confused, because there is no way they can mess with fate—but they did.

Then Quinn falls in the draft, and nobody is taking him. That was "Divine Intervention" again. Then the Browns make a trade, and end up getting him. Phil Savage played with destiny and the gods didn't allow it.

Fast forward to Quinn's rookie year.

He doesn't play much, and instead watches Anderson have a Pro-Bowl year. Then there is speculation of where Quinn's future would be. Savage decided against trading him.

Then 2008 hits and Anderson is nowhere near the quarterback he was. Quinn finally gets his chance, and does quite well—until he breaks his finger.

Believe it or not, that was "Divine Intervention" again. They were not going to allow him to be in a situation where he would struggle. The upcoming schedule involved the Colts, Titans, Eagles, and Steelers.

(Also, it was meant to show how bad  the offense would look without him.)

Three quarterbacks, including Anderson, weren't able to produce a single offensive TD the rest of the year.

So Coach Mangini, I say to you: Don't mess with this one.

It is fate.

All the events that have happened did so for a reason. As a Notre Dame fan, I wouldn't normally care about the Browns, I would love to see Quinn work with Josh McDaniels in Denver.

However, that is not his destiny.


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