Brady Quinn: Where Did The "Golden Boy" Go Wrong?

Matt AlgarinContributor ISeptember 30, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns delivers a pass against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 27-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Date: Apr. 26, 2007

Location: NY City/Browns War Room

Time: Desperation/First Round: 22nd Pick

The Choice: Notre Dame QB and Hometown Hero Brady Quinn

We all remember how this all started...

Quinn was the toast of the town and the Browns looked like masterminds. Although the Browns passed on Quinn with the third overall pick, he was still on their minds. It was like destiny when he heard his name called by the commissioner.

Finally, the Browns had the QB who was everything they needed and wanted.

What more could we have asked for; he had the look, the poise, and was a hometown kid.

This was a recipe for success and the "Great White Hope" would bring the Browns back from ridicule and futility.

Fast forward...

Game One: September 13th.

Eric Mangini names Brady Quinn starter, and Browns faithful have great hopes for the season.

Enter Minnesota, with talented running back Adrian Peterson, and some old guy named Favre.

Outcome: Vikings 34 Browns 20

Quinn's stat line: 21-35, 205 yds, one TD and one INT. 60 percent completion rate.

Not a bad line, especially when facing the D-Line that the Vikings smack you in the face with.

Game Two: September 20th.

Quinn is ready for his second consecutive start of the season; the Browns faced off against the Denver Broncos, who were a lucky play away from losing to the Bengals.

This was a game that we could win; but, as the saying goes: "That's why they play the game."

Outcome: Denver 27 Cleveland 6

Quinn's stat line: 18-31, 161 yds, no TDs and one INT. 58.1 percent completion rate.

Game Three: September 27th.

A division game against the Ravens should be enough to get anyone pumped!

The perfect game to turn things around; the Ravens defense was not the same as it was last year, so maybe the Browns offense would have some luck moving the ball.

Outcome: Baltimore 34 Cleveland 3

Quinn's state line: 6-8, 34 yds, no TDs, one INT. 75 percent completion rate.

Quinn was pulled in favor of back up Derek Anderson. Mangini hoped this would give the team a spark, since Anderson can put the ball down the field and has a better rapport with Braylon Edwards.

Outcome: Anderson: 11-19, 92 yds, no TDs, three INTs. 57.9 percent completion percentage.

So, after you digest the stats, what do you really know?

From my guess, not much. Both QBs have not had stellar games so far, but this was supposed to be Quinn's season.

We were supposed to let him fly and see what he can do. But, as we are well aware of, Mangini is not going to let that happen.

Is it a personal grudge?

Mangini did not like either of the QBs that he had on his roster when he arrived in Cleveland. If he could have gotten away with it, and not gotten run outta town, he would have traded them both and played the entire season with Brett Ratliff.

These are the guys we have. Both are very talented, and can start for this team. Mangini just needs to stop flopping back and forth and make a decision. Quinn, in my opinion, is the face of this franchise for years to come.

The buzz on blogs and message boards are calling Quinn a bust.

How is this a fair assessment? It is way too early for the comparisons to Ryan Leaf.

This kid is stil young, and trying to develop his craft at the professional level. Why don't we all get off his back and let him learn?

I know from being a die hard Browns fan, that we are desperately searching for someone or something that can bring us back to the proud glory days that we have been a part of.

This franchise is deep in history, so let's just sit back and let Brady Quinn make his own mark in the record books.

What do we have to lose?


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