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Keep Quinn On The Bench As Long As Possible


I have been a proponent of the Cleveland Browns getting Brady Quinn since last December. I have stated on the record since February, both on our sister site and that I thought that Quinn had the “intangibles” to make him a very special quarterback in the NFL. Brady played on a NFL type offense at Notre Dame under former New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weiss. Although the knock on Quinn has always been that he comes up short in big games, the same thing could be said up until last season about Payton Manning, until he won the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts. Although I don’t believe that Quinn is in the same class athletically as Manning, I think they share very similar traits in their on field demeanor. Both are charismatic, and both are leaders, you could see evidence of Quinn’s leadership abilities on display Saturday night, as Quinn got the team pumped up shortly after he trook the field. These are the reasons that I wanted Cleveland to pick Quinn, because I think he can be the on the field leader that this team has so desperately needed since 1999 when Cleveland Browns II(The Sequel) took the field.

Even though a lot of members of the Cleveland Media were against the Browns taking a quarterback in the first round, I never believed that either of the in-house candidates that Cleveland had would have any lasting success. To this observer, Derek Anderson is and always will be a capable backup quarterback nothing more, and nothing less. And unfortunately Charlie Frye, who is one of the nicest young men you will ever meet, may not even be that good! Frye does not have the physical skills to be an athletic quarterback. And he does not seem to be able to read defenses well enough to be considered a cereberal quarterback. So exactly what does he bring to the table? He is a placeholder, the only question is for how long.

My close friend and colleague, Matt Loede posted an opinion column on this site on Sunday, saying that now is the time for Quinn to get his hot. Matt, although I thoroughly respect your football knowledge, I could not disagree with you more. I do not want to see Brady Quinn start the next exhibition game, let Crennel do exactly what he did in the game against Detroit. Give Quinn a taste of the action, and give the Browns fans a taste of Quinn. I want Brady Quinn to be able to have the time to observe from the sidelines, holding a clipboard learning the league. Cleveland has already seen what rushing a quarterback into the action too early can do to his career. Just ask Tim Couch who was cut by Jacksonville last week, in his umpteenth attempt to make it back to the NFL.

Matt, I thoroughly expect Quinn to start at some time this season, however if it’s up to me it’s not until November December. The Cleveland Browns will not make huge strides on the field in 2007, however if they play their cards right they can start planting seeds which will start to take root in 2008.

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