Like many other fans I expect that Brady Quinn will ultimately be the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. There are those who doubt that, but I believe now more than ever that Brady Quinn's destiny is to be the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. Even if he doesn't start opening day, I still believe he takes over quite early in the year.
How can I be sure? After all, there is uncertainty about whether or not Eric Mangini is committed to him. Nobody knows if Quinn will be given a chance to develop or if Mangini will pull him after a few games if he is not effective. It is also true that Derek Anderson can look phenomenal when he is on.
Brady Quinn will be the quarterback and there is nothing Eric Mangini, Derek Anderson, DA fans, Quinn bashers, and Notre Dame haters can do about it. This is above them.
It isn't because he is the better quarterback.
There is no doubt that he has the bigger upside. Anderson has him beat on arm strength. However, Quinn is more accurate, a better leader, has better pocket presence, more escapability, and just smarter on the field.
It isn't because of his marketability.
There is no question that Quinn has Anderson beat here too. He is great with the media and Anderson is not. There were more No. 10 jerseys in the stands than No. 3 jerseys. That is even before he ever started. Quinn was the first quarterback I know to get endorsements before starting.
It isn't because of the owner.
I have heard that Randy Lerner wants to see Quinn on the field. You can't blame him for that. He has a lot invested in him and knows that his customers want to see him. He is a business man after all.
Those right there are three solid reasons to think Quinn would win. However, the reason Brady Quinn wins the job is because of divine intervention. This is something I believe very strongly in. It is those football gods.
The football gods decided a long time ago that Brady Quinn's fate was to be the Cleveland Browns quarterback. Those gods have been with him ever since the Sugar Bowl. In the pre-game, Quinn was shown helmets from various teams to see which team he may play for. His eyes really lit up when he saw the Browns helmet.
Before the game, Quinn was slated as the No. 1 pick in the draft. I hated the idea of the Raiders picking him. He didn't fit with them because he has never been arrested. The game starts and Jamarcus Russell had a great game. That moved his stock ahead of Quinn's.
From that point on I knew his fate was to be in Cleveland. I was positive that the Browns would take him No. 3. I was shocked when they took Joe Thomas.
Then it happened. The gods intervened.
Other teams kept passing on him and he fell to No. 22. That to me was the gods way of saying he belongs in Cleveland, nowhere else.
Then he has a great preseason as a rookie in spite hardly knowing the playbook. However, when the season started Romeo Crennel wanted him to sit out for awhile before playing.
Then it happened again.
Anderson comes in and has a Pro-Bowl year. That was a way of not forcing Quinn in too early.
Then nobody in Cleveland expected Quinn to be the quarterback of the future. Then it happened again. Anderson just fell apart in 2008. When Quinn got his chance, he did quite well in his first two starts. After trying to play on a broken finger, he was then lost for the season.
Believe it or not, the broken finger was an act of the gods as well.
The upcoming schedule was the Colts, Titans, and Eagles. They weren't going to have him struggle against those defenses. Instead they thought it was better to have three quarterbacks fail to produce an offensive touchdown the rest of the year.
Then when Eric Mangini comes in there is doubt about how much he wants Quinn as his quarterback.
Then he almost gets dealt on draft day. For whatever reason the deals didn't go through.
Now here we are once again. It is June and now most Browns fans want and expect Quinn to be the quarterback. I believe it will happen because I just don't see the football gods having it any other way.