Why Brady Quinn Should Be the Browns Quarterback—No Questions Asked

Old AccountSenior Writer IJune 13, 2009

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 28:  Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass the football against the Chicago Bears during a preseason NFL game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 28, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The 2007 NFL Draft was filled with highs and lows for Notre Dame quarterback, Brady Quinn.

Projected as a top five pick in the draft, Quinn faced one of the most drastic falls in recent draft memory, falling all the way to the 22nd overall pick, and being selected by the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have been deemed as one of the more un-successful franchises in recent memory, failing to win a championship for the city.

In the 2007 season, the city of Cleveland almost rejoiced, having a playoff birth in sight.

However, finishing with a record of 10-6, the Browns failed to make the playoffs and headed to the off-season.

That off-season, the Browns gave quarterback Derek Anderson a multi-million dollar contract extension for his breakout season.

The 2008 season, however, was a long one for the Browns, who finished 4-12, which was last in the AFC North.

The season was filled with horror, using three quarterbacks this season, and were hurt by the injury bug.

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They also had Braylon Edwards, the highly regarded receiver from Michigan, who led the league in most dropped passes.

Late in the year, Brady Quinn made his debut on a Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, which did result in a loss. Quinn threw for 518 yards with two touchdowns, along with two interceptions as well.

However, his season was cut short due to injury, and the one bright spot for Cleveland went down the drain.

Derek Anderson had a disappointing season in 2008 as well, throwing for 1,615 yards and having nine touchdowns with eight interceptions, leading to Quinn's chances at stardom.

The franchise faced a lot of pressure in the off-season, where they cleaned out the house. Phil Savage was ousted, Romeo Crennel was fired, and Eric Mangini was brought in as the new head coach.

Even though not many people like the decision that was made, the team is going forward. However, with who at quarterback?

Entering training camp, Eric and staff has opened up the quarterback competition between Anderson and Quinn. The offense is without Kellen Winslow, who was traded to Tampa Bay, and Donte Stallworth who is in legal trouble and could miss part of the season.

With the direction the team is going, it doesn't look as if the team will be competing for two-to-three years, leading to a new face of the franchise.

Derek Anderson did show that one promising year of glory; however, will he ever reach that height again? Is he the answer to the franchise?

The franchise is better going off with Quinn: the quarterback with more potential, and more intelligence of the game.

Even though Anderson could be a vocal leader within the clubhouse, he has also had scuffles with offensive players in the past, and that is the last thing the franchise needs right now.

In just a few starts, Quinn will know how to control the game and use the talent around him to make the best plays possible, and also having a chance to win games.

The offensive line did improve in the draft, which includes the center Alex Mack being selected in the first round.

The running game is also going to need a life if Quinn could be successful. Jamal Lewis just hit the 1,000 yard mark last season.

Can he repeat that performance again?

It would be in the best interests if the Browns started Quinn. His development needs to start now, and they better do it the right way.

Make the right decisions.

Having Quinn as hope can bring a future to the franchise, and with the pieces put together, maybe a championship could come years down the line.


Matt Miselis is a writer for BleacherReport.com