The Cleveland Browns have themselves what they feel is a franchise quarterback in Brady Quinn, but that does not take away the feelings down south in Miami that Quinn should be ready to wear a fin on his helmet in 2007 and not the brown and orange of Cleveland. Tuesday at the NFL Rookie Symposium in Florida, Quinn spoke to the media and stated that he felt back in April at the draft that he was going to end up playing in near palm trees and in the sunshine of Florida, not the what is eventually to be the snow and cold in Cleveland.
Quinn said that he was outright shocked when the Dolphins passed on him with the number nine pick of the draft, taking instead wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. of the Ohio State Buckeyes. “At that point we pretty much figured we had a done deal,” Quinn told the media yesterday. The quarterback even went so far as to state that his college coach, Notre Dame’s Charlie Weis, had spoken to Miami and said he felt his young QB was going to end up there as well. “That was something said to (Weis by the Dolphins),” Quinn said.
Instead of getting Quinn, the Dolphins grabbed Ginn, setting off a firestorm that even saw Miami fans boo the pick and shower new coach Cam Cameron with catcalls at the teams draft party that day in Miami. Quinn took some comfort in seeing that the fans of Miami felt he should be there. “It feels good that a team’s fans would feel that way about you,” the QB said. Instead of Quinn, the Dolphins used their second round pick on a QB, taking John Beck from BYU. While the team is not going to say it, maybe in the end they felt Quinn was not worthy of the number nine slot.
If there are hard feelings by Quinn towards Miami, he didn’t show it on Tuesday, and says that he is excited to be with the Browns. As for Miami, they stick by their decision to pass on Quinn, and Brady says that’s just fine. “I don’t have any hard feeling towards them,” Quinn said. “That was their decision, and Ted Ginn’s a great player. I’m sure they’re going to be happy with him.”
As long as Quinn can get into camp on or near on time, he may have a shot to show the Dolphins what they missed out on. Miami is set to make a visit to Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 14th for a week six showdown with Cleveland. While Quinn won’t say it, he would love nothing better than to stick it to Miami for passing on him and taking Ginn instead.