The decision to keep Brady Quinn as starter going into Week 3 even after his “shaky” performances against the team’s first two opponents is a good one. He may be in his third NFL season, but he’s still a rookie. It is imperative that he gets “real” time experience running the team’s offense. Quinn, the team, and the fans will all win in the end if we stay the course.
First, for Quinn, he has to prove that he can perform consistently at this level. The problem he has is the comparison’s he will face while other young quarterbacks Flacco, Sanchez and Matt Ryan compete, win and do it while looking decisive and polished.
But, Quinn needs to keep his blinders on and continue to work in the Browns system. Although I am sure the QB competition that occurred in the preseason between Brady and Anderson helped Quinn from a “dealing with pressure” standpoint, his lack of reps with the offense is noticeable. Only playing will get him up to speed. So, for his sake, being left in to sink or swim is the best possible scenario for his future as an NFL quarterback.
Next, the team wins in the end if we stay the course. Although the quarterback situation was a huge distraction this year, if Quinn catches on and establishes himself as the team’s starting quarterback, a great deal of uncertainty will disappear going into the future. Draft picks, free agents and other acquisitions can be made confidently in other areas to make this team a competitor.
That is the most important thing. Knowing what they have in Quinn will go a long way to turning this franchise around. But, on the flip side, if Quinn fails this year and does not prove he can be trusted as the leader of this team, the organization can move quickly to cut their losses and prepare to find a quarterback in the coming draft. Until they get that right, nothing else really matters at this point.
Finally, the fans win with Quinn’s continued playing time. Sure, we have to put up with mistakes and sloppy play. We will also have to put up with more losing. But, we will either watch him succeed and become enamored with him just like the Steelers with Roethlisberger or the Patriots with Tom Brady or we can watch him fail and have more fodder for our rants on the state of the Browns. From a fans standpoint, this team is so abysmal that anything to talk about is worth more than apathy. How Quinn performs will prevent us from apathy no matter what path he goes down.
So, Quinn and the Browns are 0-2. They are at the bottom of the division. But, he will start against the Ravens and if all goes according to plan, he will take another step in his development as an NFL caliber quarterback. Let’s just hope the step is a positive one whether large or small.