In my recent article, R.I.P. Brady Quinn, I explained how his demotion two and a half games into the season signaled his time was up in Cleveland. The writing was on the wall I prophesied. Now, The Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi is reporting that Quinn has put his Avon home up for sale.
The Browns are in full rebuilding mode. Braylon Edwards is gone. Now Brady Quinn may be leaving. Both are personnel moves that Mangini is hoping will be addition by subtraction. On both counts, I believe he is right. Regardless of how well Edwards played in his Jets debut.
Don’t get me wrong. I have always been a Brady Quinn supporter and hoped like many others that he would be the “real deal.” But, whether it’s timing or the inevitability that he cannot succeed on the NFL level, preparing myself to watch him go is exciting. His leaving entails a world of possibility that could help turn this franchise around.
The problem is that his stock is not exceptionally high. His performance as a starter has not been anything to write home about. But, there are teams that may recognize his potential when put into the proper system. Teams like the Seahawks, 49ers and Texans could all use a guy like Quinn. He is a hard worker and smart player. He still has a chance to succeed. Just not with this Browns club.
The right deal here can give the Browns some hope. Potential alone, which is just about all the team has going for them with Quinn on the table, should be enough to bring in at least one legitimate young player or veteran who can make a difference and a late round draft pick that can be used to bolster the team with more youth for next year. Not a very sexy outcome, but at this point anything this organization can do to bring new guys in is important.
Also, with Brady Quinn gone, all quarterback controversies go with him. The fans divided between Quinn and Anderson would be silenced and the annual “quarterback competitions” that end in a coin flip would be over. That is a move in the right direction. Continuity at the QB position is the highest priority now for a team that since 1999 has watched quarterbacks come in and out of an endless revolving door. Trading Brady Quinn would change all that.
I never thought I would be at a point where I would want him to go. I thought the day we drafted him that I would be watching him under center for years to come. That vision has been replaced by the possibility another chance to get this right can bring. Here we are Mangini, let’s do this one more time, but let’s get it right!