All reports so far from the Cleveland Browns mini camp has Brady Quinn suffering from the usual rookie problems at QB in the NFL. After his surprising slide in the recent draft to No. 22, it could be that he’s feeling a little more pressure than normal. Combine that with the fact it’s his home team and it’s understandable he would have early adjustment problems. However, I feel confident in predicting that by mid-season of 2007, he will be the starting QB for the Browns.
Every year while leading the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, Quinn improved in every major category for passing. Granted the tutelage of offensive genius Charlie Weiss helped the last two, he showed an exceptional ability to learn. He is conceivably the type of player to build a franchise around similar to the dynasty days of the 1980’s and early â€˜90’s. The competition he must face this year in either Charlie Frye or Ken Dorsey is only marginal at best. Let’s face it, the Browns weren’t exactly a good team last year, but looking at their draft picks and other acquisitions, they are close this year.
Frye will most likely be the starter at the beginning of the season due to his experience, but will ultimately be met with cries of “Brady, Brady” from disenchanted Browns’ fans early in the season. Of course, Romeo Crennel, the Browns Head Coach will most assuredly deny a QB controversy for another few games until finally, Quinn will get his chance. With what should be a reasonably strong running game in William Green and Jamal Lewis and the addition of possession receiver Joe Jurevicius and hopefully, a healthy Kellen Winslow, Quinn has some respectable targets whom to throw the ball. And if Braylon Edwards can overcome his recent trip to the doghouse, Quinn will also have a legitimate deep threat.
My prediction is to look for Quinn to silence the pre-draft “nay Sayers” by either the middle of the 2007 season or at the latest next year and outshine Jamarcus Russell like he wasn’t able to do in last year’s Sugar Bowl.