Tag:Brady Quinn
Posted on: March 14, 2010 6:57 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2010 7:02 pm

Denver fleeces Browns

The Denver Broncos have made some strange moves over the past two years (See Jay Cutler).

But they made a good one Sunday.

They acquired a potential franchise quarterback in Brady Quinn for essentially a ham sandwich. That's not to disrespect running back Peyton Hillis, the man the Broncos traded to the Browns to get Quinn. But let's face it: The asking price was reasonable.

The Browns also get a sicth-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional 2012 pick, which is probably late-round selection that can improve if Quinn becomes a starter.

If he does, the Broncos fleeced the Browns.

Quinn has had some tough moments with the Browns, but he's never really been given much to work with or been truly given the keys the car.

He will compete with Kyle Orton in Denver, and here's a guess that Quinn pushes Orton for the starting job.

The one knock on Quinn is that he didn't let it go last season, that he wouldn't make the chance throw. He has to do more of that. But once he gets around a better offense, I think he’ll do more of that.

I still can't believe the Browns are willing to play with Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. Did they watch tape from 2009?

Unless they draft a guy in the first round, the Browns will be a disaster in 2010.
Delhomme and Wallace? How would you like to be stuck with that mess?


Category: NFL
Tags: Brady Quinn
Posted on: November 11, 2009 11:44 am
Edited on: November 11, 2009 3:09 pm

It's Quinn's time

Now that Brady Quinn is back in as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, it begs this question:

Why did they sit him down in the first place?

Quinn did not play well when he opened the season as the starter, which is why Derek Anderson replaced him as starter in Week Four. The Browns had to know they had a lock-on, not-scan-the-field passer in Anderson.

Did they know what they had in Quinn? Do they now?

Quinn's strengths are seeing the field and understanding the passing game. He doesn't have a big arm, which Anderson does. Maybe the big arm seduced the Browns, but does it matter if he has no one who can get deep?

The thing that disappointed the Browns was that Quinn didn't make the right reads when he was starting. If he doesn't do that, his arm can't compensate. He's then just a guy, on his way to bust-ville.

There are some who will say Quinn was benched in large part so the Browns could avoid paying him bonus money. I don't buy that. This is a team that spent $40 million to jettison the last front office and coaching regime and to re-do the team's facility at coach Eric Mangini's request.

Sitting Quinn down was a football decision. A bad one.

Now they have to make it right. They have to spend the rest of this season finding out if Quinn can be their long-term passer. If not, they have to go into the draft next April and get one. Somehow you can see Mangini thinking Chad Pennington could be his guy. He's a free agent, but that's not a good fix. They need a franchise passer, not a lollypop-armed quarterback who can't get the ball down the field.

Next spring that could mean taking Oklahoma's Sam Bradford or Washington's Jake Locker in the first round, or somebody who can win in the passing game. So far, the Browns have been dreadful throwing the football.

It isn't all on the quarterbacks. They have few weapons outside and they haven't played well on the offensive line.

Cleveland is averaging 121.5 yards per game passing, last in the NFL. In this era of wide-open football, that's pathetic. The rules mandate you must throw it now to win. The Browns haven't -- or can't.

In Quinn's four games, including three starts, he completed 59.7-percent of his passes, but threw one touchdown and three interceptions. He didn't take many chances, instead taking safe, check-down throws. His average per attempt was 5.3, which pales in comparison to the top passers who are over 8.0.

Quinn has to show that he's willing to take shots. Playing safe doesn't win. If Quinn doesn't show more an inclination to take shots, the Browns will have a new quarterback next year and it won't be Anderson, who they've soured on.

Mangini is making the right decision going back to Quinn, but the wrong one was sitting him down in the first place.


Category: NFL
Tags: Brady Quinn
Posted on: September 30, 2009 12:39 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2009 3:06 pm

Browns QB: Does it matter?

So the Cleveland Browns are turning to Derek Anderson at quarterback (story here ) and sitting down Brady Quinn? I bet Browns fans would like to see Eric Mangini and owner Randy Lerner sit down ... together on a plane out of town.

The Browns are horrible and sitting Quinn down for a guy who threw three interceptions last week makes no sense. It doesn't matter if Otto Graham walked in now in his prime, the Browns would still stink.Why? There are no weapons for the quarterback. Who do they throw to? Who runs it? A slow-to-the-hole Jamal Lewis? Jerome Harrison? Or rookie James Davis. No passing game means no running game either.

It's not just the quarterback. I always say a franchise passer can cure your ills. But not here. We haven't seen either of these passers look like one of those, but even if they were there are still too many issues.

It starts with Mangini. He's too uptight. He plays the mind games that players hate.

At least he made this decision known on Wednesday this time, instead of playing that stupid game he played in Week 1 where he thought he was being smart not letting his decision out for competititve reasons.

Again, does it matter?

Bring back Bernie Kosar or Brian Sipe in their primes. The Browns wouldn't be good with them either. This team isn't good. The offense is awful.

How's that decision to bring in Mangini, Lerner? Just like many thought it would be.

Not good.

Posted on: November 5, 2008 1:34 pm

Prisco Rants

It's about time the Cleveland Browns made Brady Quinn the starting quarterback.

I warned Browns fans and anybody who would listen this summer that Derek Anderson looked to be a one-year wonder.

Anderson's second half of the 2007 season didn't come close to matching his first-half performance. He threw nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in his final seven starts compared to 19 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in his first eight starts.

The league figured him out.

That carried over to this season. He's completed 49.8-percent of his passes, which is awful. Now he's had some drops, but he isn't playing well.

I saw where some in the national media said the move comes too soon. I say it didn't come soon enough.

Quinn is this team's future.

The Browns will be a playoff team with him next season -- just like I said when I predicted this season's failures.

Quick hits

---I am so sick of the obligatory running play all teams use after an incomplete pass on first down. I've talked to several offensive coordinators about the reasoning behind it, and I get that making it more of a manageable third down is the reason. But come on, guys. You all do it. What's the difference between third-and-10 and third-and-8? Why not a second down pass for a first down and then you don't have to deal with the third down?

---After watching Byron Leftwich light up the Washington Redskins Monday night, it's even more mind-boggling to me that some teams failed to even look at him this off-season. The Minnesota Vikings were pushed by some to look at him and coach Brad Childress was too stubborn in his conviction that Tarvaris Jackson could be a quality starter. Now look. Jackson is on the bench and the Vikings are playing Gus Frerotte. They made a big mistake not going after Leftwich. If Ben Roethlsiberger can't go this week against the Colts, it will be another chance for Leftwich to audition for 2009.

---The more you watch the college game these days, the more you wonder what's going to happen to the quarterbacks in the next four or five years. "We're going to be lucky if we have guys who can take snaps from center," said one AFC coach. The spread offense may be the rage now in college, but it isn't a good thing for the NFL. The evaluation of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will be one of the toughest scouts face since he doesn't play in a drop-back system.

---With word coming that the Raiders will release corner DeAngelo Hall, it's another knock against Al Davis and his decision-making power. The Raiders traded a second-round pick to get Hall and then gave him a new deal. Even though the release will save them a lot of money on that deal, they still lost a 2008 second-round pick in the deal with the Falcons.

---The Saints lost defensive end Charles Grant for the rest of the season with a torn triceps muscle. That will force Bobby McCray into the starting lineup. McCray was signed as a third-down pass rusher and he's more suited to that. Losing Grant will impact the Saints run defense more than the pass rush.





Category: NFL
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