Finally Josh McDaniels has done something that makes sense, and while the jury remains out on whether Brady Quinn is a bust or not, I have to admit I love this move. McDaniels, seeing the glaring weakness the Broncos had this past season at backup quarterback, has brought in the smart and athletic yet unproven and often shaky looking Quinn.
Quinn, although thought to be picked much higher, was drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2007 NFL Draft. In what seemed to be a perfect fit for the Ohio native Quinn, the Browns would never really hand the keys to Quinn and let him lead them, and while looking good at times he found himself in a constant starting battle with QB Derick Anderson. Last season was especially hard for Quinn as the Browns traded TE Kellen Winslow prior to the start of the season and then traded WR Braylon Edwards as the trade deadline approached mid-season. With no receiving threats and a poor pass blocking offensive line, Quinn knew he was doomed to fail.
Quinn will enter training camp as the clear #2 behind incumbent Kyle Orton, who played solid yet unspectacular in ’09 and is no stranger to battle for the starting position himself. At only 25 years old and a talented offensive group to play with, Quinn has to be excited about this opportunity ahead of him in Denver.
Some fans were a little miffed that McDaniels let go of RB Peyton Hillis but it became quite obvious that this new offensive system has no use for Hillis’s skills and there was also obvious friction between the two ever since the start of last year’s training camp. If you’re a real Peyton Hillis fan, which I am, you have to be happy that he’s going to a place where he will be valued.