Brady Quinn is done for the year. Quinn broke the tip of his right index finger and suffered tendon damage to the finger in the 2nd start of his career on November 17th at Buffalo, a game in which the Browns emerged victorious. He received several medical opinions regarding the index finger and decided to go ahead and start his next game against the Houston Texans. That turned out to be a bad decision.
The Browns ended up losing to the Texans. Quinn completed only 8 of 18 passes for 94 yards. He did not throw any touchdown passes, but threw 2 interceptions and was ultimately replaced by Derek Anderson, the Browns former starting quarterback. Following the game, the Browns announced that Quinn did more damage to the injured index finger by playing, and that he would not play the rest of the season. It is still unclear as to whether or not Quinn will undergo surgery to repair the index finger.
It is a frustrating time for Quinn and the Browns. He waited a year and a half to make his 1st NFL start, and he played well in his first 2 starts, going 1-1. Being done after the 3 starts, after waiting so long to make 1 start is not easy for Quinn or Browns’ fans. Cleveland will have to wait another season to have Quinn start for a full year and hopefully make a run at that elusive post-season appearance.
It’s official – Brady Quinn will finally get his 1st NFL start for the Cleveland Browns when the team hosts the Denver Broncos at Browns Stadium on Thursday night. Quinn replaces Derek Anderson who has been largely ineffective this year after having a break-out year in 2007. After Anderson’s solid 2007 performances that nearly led the Browns into the playoffs, the Browns locked up Anderson with a long-term contract. 2008 has been a different story for Anderson, however, as the team has struggled under his direction. Anderson is completing less than 50% of his passes and has 9 touchdowns against 7 interceptions. He has a 68.9 passer rating.
Brady Quinn only played in 1 game during his rookie season in 2007. In that game, he completed 3 of 8 passes and led the team on a field goal drive. He has yet to play in a game and will only have 3 days and 1 practice to get ready for the Broncos on Thursday night football. The one good thing – the Broncos have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The Broncos have given up 30 or more points in 4 of their 8 games this year, and they are only 1-2 on the road. Given those stats, Quinn could be in for a big game on Thursday.
The Browns move to replace Anderson with Brady is an interesting one. Many critics feel that the Browns’ poor play can’t all fall on Anderson’s shoulders. Free agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth has been hampered by injuries all season long, Braylon Edwards leads the NFL in dropped passes and tight end Kellen Winslow has not been the same threat this season as he was last, and he was recently suspended for a game by the team. The Browns now have two high-priced quarterbacks on their roster, and if Quinn struggles in his first few games, at the helm, then what does the team do? It will be interesting to see how the hometown Quinn responds. He will certainly feel a lot of pressure from his family and friends to turn the team around quickly, so he will need to stay as focused and patient as possible. If he tries to force things and attempt to do too much, it could spell disaster on the NFL level. Stay tuned Thursday night – will the initial cheers for Brady Quinn still be heard at the end of the night on the Cleveland lakefront, or will we be hearing “Derek-Derek-Derek” chants after another Browns loss?