It was reported earlier today that the Cleveland Browns have agreed to trade starting quarterback Charlie Frye to the Seattle Seahawks for a 6th round draft pick. This is going to have a much longer and lasting effect than most fans could ever dream. This trade has now pushed the future quarterback, rookie first round pick Brady Quinn closer to the starting spot.
If you are a Cleveland fan, you have to ask how does this change the Browns. There are a few things that will change. This trade is a sure sign that Quinn will be the starting quarterback within a matter of weeks. That fact alone should scare any Browns fan. In the last 20 years I can only remember two quarterbacks that where as hyped on draft day, and went to a worse situation. Those quarterbacks are David Carr (Texans) and David Klingler (Bengals).
If the browns start Quinn this year they may never reep the rewards from his talent. There is no quarterback anywhere in the league that could be effective with the current Browns. This Cleveland team has a horrid offensive line, allowing 6 sacks in week one. Add in the fact that the Browns have a limited ability to run the ball, and that is a no win situation.
I don’t expect Quinn to have any effect on the 2007 season. If he starts or not, this team will struggle to win 3 or 4 games. I do know that if Quinn is the starter this season he will be abused. That abuse could very well lead to a destruction in mechanics and confidence that will have a negative effect on this franchise for many years to come.