Brady Quinn Must Start for Any Hope of Cleveland Browns' Success

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IMay 2, 2009

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns looks down the field during the game against the Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Draft day brought about a lot of rumors swirling around Cleveland and the Browns facility in nearby Berea.

One player that was the subject of a lot of trade rumors was QB Brady Quinn, who had only started three games in his career.

His action was mostly forced due to the bad play of Derek Anderson, but clearly his potential is much higher.

Quinn did go 1-2 as a starter, but one game was lost due to the Browns' leaky defense, and Quinn's broken finger against Houston.

The major criticisms of Quinn's game have been lack of a strong arm, but an arm does you no good if you can't complete passes.

Anderson seemed to be the opposite, with a rocket arm, but trouble completing most passes, especially short passes (see Browns-Ravens 2008 in Terrell Suggs' INT for a touchdown off a screen pass).

With an improved offensive line and a surge of new attitude from the Browns' new coaching staff, whoever starts at QB has a good chance for a better season.

But in honesty, the Browns will not win the Super Bowl. So why not play the kid and find out if he truly is the franchise?

That was one of many criticisms of Romeo Crennel, who seemed to hold some resistance to playing Quinn unless necessary.

Some claimed he didn't play him early enough.

Some felt he mismanaged the situation when he started him for the Thursday night game vs. Denver coming off the aforementioned Ravens game.

If anyone wanted to understand Crennel's QB mentality, see 2007 training camp when Crennel flipped a coin to determine who would start the preseason opener between Anderson and Charlie Frye.

Frye eventually started the season opener, and was seemingly on his back every single play in the first half before Anderson relieved him, and Frye was immediately sent packing.

As most Browns fans know, the rest was history. Cleveland went 10-5 the rest of the way, but just missed the playoffs.

Based on the results of 2008, some fans, but not all, felt that the team won in spite of the coach. And such was the case.

Simply put, Quinn at this point give the Browns the best chance to win right now.

Anderson is a solid QB, and in the right system can be a star, but must overcome inconsistency.

Those that claim Quinn is not ready have to understand that he was never given much of a chance under Crennel.

His loss came at a time where the Browns defense played terribly, especially against Denver.

Another case in Quinn's favor is his leadership and command in the huddle. Quinn takes charge of the huddle and controls the unit moreso than Anderson.

In addition, Anderson has not really been able to operate an effective two-minute drive late in games.

Plus, Anderson's potential appeared to max out in 2008 after a blowout of the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.

The Browns would only win two more games in 2008, one with Quinn.

Then came injuries to not only Quinn, but Anderson, and also third-stringer Ken Dorsey. No team in the NFL can win without a decent, healthy QB, such was the case for the 2008 Browns.

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

But if the Browns want a chance at .500 in 2009, they need Quinn to start and let him develop to be the franchise if indeed that is what he will be.

Not all fans would agree, but for the good of the franchise, let the kid get his chance. If for nothing else, to show that they didn't trade for him in 2007 just to trade him again and waste two years for some soap opera.


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