On Wednesday, Brady Quinn was once again named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Many will probably think that I am happy about that, and I guess I am. However, while I do want to see him play, I also want him to succeed. And I just don't think any quarterback can succeed with this team.
To be honest, I actually feel a little sorry for Derek Anderson at this point. He has taken a beating lately both on and off the field. This offense has an all-pro left tackle (Joe Thomas) and a somewhat decent rookie receiver (Mohahmed Massaquoi). Sure, Anderson wasn't good, but how can he really get a fair evaluation under these circumstances?
Eric Mangini said that he has been pleased with how Quinn has performed in practice and would like Quinn to be the guy for the rest of the year.
Do you believe a word he says? Neither do I.
In reality, the only part of that statement that is true is the last part. The part that rings true is the "rest of this year" part. That means not next year. If Mangini is back next year, Quinn won't be. Everybody knows that.
Therefore, when Quinn takes the field on Monday night, he needs to realize a couple things. He is not playing for Eric Mangini nor the Cleveland Browns. He will be playing for his place in the NFL. He needs to show the whole league that he belongs there.
The Browns will face many key decisions this upcoming offseason. Randy Lerner has made it clear that he wants to hire an executive similar to that of Bill Parcells in Miami. Once that person is hired, the first thing he will have to decide is whether or not he wants to keep Mangini.
If he does want to retain Mangini, then Quinn will go somewhere else. If he decides to fire Mangini, then the new executive will have to hire a new coach who may or may not want Quinn as his starting quarterback. Therefore, Quinn's future in Cleveland is as unclear as ever.
Based on all that, Quinn needs to realize that he needs to look out for himself and play for himself. The thing I have always loved about this kid is that he was always a team-first guy. Unfortunately for him, he has to realize that the NFL is like any other profession, in that there is a time to cover your own backside.
For Quinn, that time is now. I know he has always had dreams of being the quarterback for the Browns and taking them to the Super Bowl. He now has to realize that is very unlikely because of the Browns' current state.
Everything about the Browns is garbage. The owner is garbage. The Head Coach is garbage. The Offensive Coordinator is garbage. The team is garbage. Even many of the fans are garbage because of their impatience and lack of loyalty.
The best advice I could give to Quinn right now is to go out there and play for himself. I hate to advise that, but if he wants a career in this league, that is what he has to do.
Quinn needs to know that Brian Daboll is the worst Offensive Coordinator in the history of the NFL. THEREFORE, HE SHOULD CALL AN AUDIBLE ON EVERY PLAY.
Whatever the call is, change it at the line of scrimmage and call one that maximizes his strengths. The funny thing is that that is how he may actually finally get his teammates to believe in him.
I have no doubt that Quinn can read a defense way better than Daboll. Therefore, Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie may be able to showcase their skills better if Quinn can put them in position to do so.
In closing, Quinn can't single-handedly turn this offense around. However, if he looks out for number one, he can show other teams that he is worth trading for. Like I said earlier, Quinn is no longer playing for the Browns or Mangini.
Instead he is playing for the new executive and possibly a new coach, whomever they may be. He is also playing for all the teams that will need a new quarterback next year.