The Browns are on a two game winning streak that has been bolstered by the running game and Special Teams. Although Brady Quinn has made some great strides in his “in game” management, there are still questions about whether or not he’s this franchise’s quarterback of the future.
His recent foot injury, which will once again cost him significant playing time and put the team in a lurch as it tries to finish out the season, stirs numerous questions about his durability. This is the second time Quinn has taken the starting reigns in Cleveland to give them up due to injury.
This fact bolstered by his inability to fervently stake a claim to the starting position and give coaches and ownership reason to believe in him may force Mike Holmgren, the new team president, to make drafting a #1 quarterback a top priority.
This is disappointing to say the least. With so many other positions requiring upgrade, it appeared that maybe Quinn was finally going to erase all doubt about his ability to lead the team. His strides against the Steelers and Chiefs were enough to make most fans comfortable with him holding the keys to the offense. His durability now is a huge issue..
The best move though may be to mine for a quality starter in free agency. Use the draft to build the team by adding offensive lineman and defense. Use free agency to find a quality backup. (I know some think we have one in Anderson) but it is time to turn the page with him and let him go, trade him or use him as part of a package deal to bring us more picks. Then once again, open the door for competition to determine who should lead this team.
Brady Quinn may come back stronger than ever. But, it appears he might not be built to weather the rigors of an NFL season. It would be best if we prepared for such an inevitability. All is not lost, but this recent injury is a lot to swallow for a fan base longing to find players to love and believe in.