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Durability May Force Draft Pick

The Browns are on a two game winning streak that has been bolstered by the running game and Special Teams. Although Brady Quinn has made some great strides in his “in game” management, there are still questions about whether or not he’s this franchise’s quarterback of the future.

His recent foot injury, which will once again cost him significant playing time and put the team in a lurch as it tries to finish out the season, stirs numerous questions about his durability. This is the second time Quinn has taken the starting reigns in Cleveland to give them up due to injury.

This fact bolstered by his inability to fervently stake a claim to the starting position and give coaches and ownership reason to believe in him may force Mike Holmgren, the new team president, to make drafting a #1 quarterback a top priority.

This is disappointing to say the least. With so many other positions requiring upgrade, it appeared that maybe Quinn was finally going to erase all doubt about his ability to lead the team. His strides against the Steelers and Chiefs were enough to make most fans comfortable with him holding the keys to the offense. His durability now is a huge issue..

The best move though may be to mine for a quality starter in free agency. Use the draft to build the team by adding offensive lineman and defense. Use free agency to find a quality backup. (I know some think we have one in Anderson) but it is time to turn the page with him and let him go, trade him or use him as part of a package deal to bring us more picks. Then once again, open the door for competition to determine who should lead this team.

Brady Quinn may come back stronger than ever. But, it appears he might not be built to weather the rigors of an NFL season. It would be best if we prepared for such an inevitability. All is not lost, but this recent injury is a lot to swallow for a fan base longing to find players to love and believe in.

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6 Responses to “Durability May Force Draft Pick”

  1. Denolakes says:

    Durability issues? I don’t know what this foot injury is, but if he’s on crutches, it doesn’t sound good. All QBs get hurt at various times in their career. Last year, everybody getting the ball from center was getting slammed, so that isn’t a factor. I don’t see a QB I’d burn a high choice on. Neither Tebow nor McCoy do much for me. Maybe Bradford in the second round. Package a trade with lower choice(s) with, I don’t know, McDonald and/or Anderson, and see what you can get.

    • pyelor says:

      When selecting a QB in the draft, you have to take Cleveland’s weather into consideration. Before making the pick, you have to ask yourself, “Can he play in rain, wind and snow? Or, is he a warm-weather QB like Sanchez?”

  2. pyelor says:

    We have so many other places to apply our draft picks. I don’t want to waste one on another bust QB. A trade or a free agency pickup would be best here.

    Also, what about Ratliff? How about giving him some reps in game scenarios rather than playing DA so he can give the ball back to the opposition all the time?

  3. ButchGavlen says:

    I smell Holmy here; he’s got DA in there to showcase him and i look for a trade with Seattle for Hastlebeck (sp) straight up, or maybe with a late rounder. BQ has already begun his internship and the trade will give him a mentor he hasn’t had.
    If after another year this continues, BQ is backup and we draft one.

    • pyelor says:

      I live in Seattle. Trust me. You don’t want Hasselbeck. He can’t run. He will sit in the pocket and get nailed more often than not. He’s only good if you put a stellar offensive line around him. Plus, he’s prone to injury even more so than Quinn.

  4. ButchGavlen says:

    this soounds once again like the media trying to create news. Watching the replay of the injury, that would have been anyone. Just as he was picking up the foot but still behind, it got slammed on so that it was upside down as he was about to bring it forward. probably one of the ligs got tore or strained. that would be hard to plant, or even walk at first.

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