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Cleveland Browns Fans Must Be Patient with Brady Quinn

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IISeptember 10, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 15:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns passes the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Now that the quarterback competition is over, the Cleveland Browns can finally move forward with Brady Quinn. As of Wednesday, he was named the starting quarterback for the Browns for the season opener against the Vikings.

Most of the Browns fans are happy and expected Quinn to be the guy. Many are also thinking that he will outperform Brett Favre and then take off to lead the Browns to the playoffs. While that wouldn't surprise me, I think it is important to be realistic in our expectations.

The reality is that, unlike Favre, Quinn doesn't have Adrian Peterson to hand off to. I really don't see the Browns stopping or even slowing him. The defense has to try and make Favre beat it. As crazy as it sounds to make Favre beat you, that is what defenses will have to do.

I am as big of a Brady Quinn fan as there is, but he still has only started three games in his career and was really only healthy for one. He will make mistakes and go through growing pains. To think otherwise is just crazy.

I expect him to do some good things on Sunday, but he is going up against a good defense. Plus, he still doesn't have that good of talent around him. I have seen him perform well with mediocre talent and no defense. That was his entire senior season at Notre Dame.

Because of that, it wouldn't surprise me if he shocked the world on Sunday. However, this is the NFL and not Notre Dame. Therefore, expectations of Quinn have to be realistic.

What I do think will happen is that Quinn will grow as the season progresses. I expect to see about the same development we saw out of Matt Cassel last year. If that happens, the Browns will be in good shape at quarterback for years to come.

For that reason, Browns fans have to show a little patience this year. If he has a bad day against the Vikings, they can't be chanting for Derek Anderson. Eric Mangini has to stick with Quinn through thick and thin. Barring injury, Anderson shouldn't even be a thought at this point.

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