I was reading an article from Rants from the dawg pound, by Malcolm Mathers, concerning the status of Brady Quinn, Eric Mangini, and the game with the Minnesota Vikings. I was originally going to make this a comment on his article, but it was too long, so I decided to write my own article, in defense of his starting quarterback, Brady Quinn.
The first drive of the season and they are already playing not to lose. I don't care how inexperienced your QB is; if you can't trust your quarterback in that situation than he should not be in there. Consider this; Quinn did not throw a pass on third down until the fourth quarter.
Here is the problem with Eric Mangini and what he did to the Cleveland Browns this offseason.
Instead of naming Brady Quinn the starter from day one, Eric Mangini allowed the Browns to have no leader for his team through the preseason, or until three days prior to the game with the Vikings.
*As for Brady Quinn, apparently he's a work in progress, which is expected at this point of his career. Still, the dinking and dunking is really starting to grate on my nerves. From what I saw he definitely left some plays on the field and looked afraid to take a shot, which is a terrible trait for a quarterback to have.
In the huddle he looked like a guy who tells his dying wife that everything is going to be okay, but she knows that he's lying. His timing on his slants were way off and that "miscommunication" with Braylon is on him, not to mention his Garo Yepremian-esque fumble.
The reason for this is that Quinn never had the chance to build his confidence as the starter. He basically was thrown to the wolves, by his coach, and then was expected to lead his team over a very good Minnesota Vikings team.
Quinn never had the chance to learn the timing of Braylon Edwards, or any of the other receivers for that matter. The fault for Brady Quinn's performance cannot be on Quinn, they have to lie on Mangini.
Look at Peyton Manning in the 2007 season. He missed most of preseason with a knee injury, and it was weeks before he was able to be the Peyton Manning that won league MVP's. And that was with receivers he already had chemistry with.
I believe that Eric Mangini did not want Brady Quinn as the starter, and the only reason Quinn is the starter is either because Randy Lerner insisted on it, or Mangini knows that Browns fans would have been insane had they had to endure another year with Derek Anderson as the starter.
I believe that those are the only reasons that Mangini went with Quinn, so that after losing a few games, he could make the switch to Anderson, and the Browns fans, just wanting to win, would welcome the change.
If the team did not succeed by the end of the season, then Mangini could say that he selected neither Quinn nor Anderson, and get a one year pass from the Browns and their owner, without being held accountable for another poor season.
I am not a fan of the Cleveland Browns, or Notre Dame for that matter. I have no ties to Brady Quinn, in any way, shape, or form. I do believe that the only chance Cleveland has for success over the next couple of years is if Brady Quinn becomes successful, and I do not believe that Eric Mangini is doing all he can to make that happen.
It is time for the Browns fans to see Eric Mangini for what he really is, a Bill Belichick wanna be, with nowhere near the talent. Mangini does not have the evaluation skills, the drive, the heart, or the brains of his predecessor, Bill Belichick.
Bill Belichick can manipulate the system, the injury report, the defection of coaches, and the injures he wins with, because the man is a great coach, with a system that works in the NFL.
As long as Cleveland fans are willing to give Mangini a free pass in the hopes that he is the next Belichick, you are bound to see more of the same. More losing and more excuses.
Browns fans deserve better than the snake oil that Mangini is selling. For your own sake Dawg Pound, see Mangini for what he really is!