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.
The Browns almost blew another 13-point lead as they needed a 56-yard field goal from Phil Dawson with only 1:39 left in the game to give the Browns a 29-27 win over the Bills in Buffalo. After streaking out to a 13-0 lead after 20 minutes, the Browns fell behind for the first time in the game on Trent Edwards’ touchdown run with only 2:25 left to play in the 4th quarter. The Bills led 27-26 and the Browns needed a heroic effort from Phil Dawson in order to pull out the dramatic win. Dawson had already connected on 4 field goals on the night – 40, 33, 43 and 22 – as the Browns offense continued to sputter when it reached the red zone. Dawson’s longest attempt on the night – a 56-yarder – sailed through the uprights with less than 2 minutes to play. Head Coach Romeo Crennel and the rest of the team had to sweat out the outcome, however, as the Browns defense actually allowed the Bills a last second chance to steal a victory on Rian Lindell’s 47-yard field goal attempt with 38 seconds remaining. But Lindell’s kick veered wide right, and the Browns ran out the clock and celebrated a much-needed victory.
Brady Quinn was mostly ineffective in his 2nd ever NFL start. Quinn completed only 14 of 36 passes for 185 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass or an interception. Jamal Lewis pounded the ball 18 times for 65 yards but did not score any touchdowns. The Browns’ 2 rushing touchdowns went to Josh Cribbs on a 2-yard run in the 2nd quarter and Jerome Harrison on a 72-yard explosion on the 1st play from scrimmage in the 4th quarter. Braylon Edwards led the Browns’ receiving corps with 8 receptions for 104 yards. Kellen Winslow, Quinn’s primary target in the Browns’ loss last week against the Denver Broncos, had only 3 catches for 40 yards, and underwent a precautionary MRI on his injured shoulder on Tuesday.
Despite almost blowing the lead once again, the Cleveland Browns defense held the Bills offense to only 334 yards and forced the Bills into 4 turnovers. Trent Edwards was 16 of 26 for 148 yards and 1 touchdown, but he also threw 3 costly interceptions. Running Back Fred Jackson fumbled the ball twice for the Bills, one of which was recovered by the Browns.
The Browns ended a 2-game losing streak, and . Next up for the Browns are home games against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. Their chances of making the playoffs are slim, however, as the Browns still have road games at Tennessee, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Bills are a team headed in the wrong direction. The Bills started off the season with a 5-1 record, and with Brady out for the Patriots and Favre still learning the new scheme in New York, the AFC East title looked within the reach of the young Bills roster. Since then, however, the Bills have lost 4 straight games, and sit in last place in the AFC East behind the Jets, Patriots and Dolphins. Chances of making the playoffs are slim to none.
The Denver Broncos defeated the Cleveland Browns 34-30 in the first Thursday Night Football Game of the 2008-9 NFL season. Jay Cutler rallied the Broncos from a 13-point 2nd half deficit with 3 touchdown passes in the 4th quarter to give the Broncos the much needed road win. Cutler completed only 24 of his 42 pass attempts, but finished the game with 447 passing yards, 3 touchdown passes and 1 interception – good for a 107.9 passer rating.
Browns Quarterback Brady Quinn, the former standout Quarterback for the University of Notre Dame, made a sparkling NFL debut for the Browns. Quinn hit Tight End Kellen Winslow for two 1st half touchdowns and led the Browns on 2 other 1st half scoring drives that gave the Browns a 20-10 halftime lead. Quinn completed 23 of 35 passes, threw 2 touchdown passes and had no turnovers – good for a 104.3 passer rating. Quinn and Winslow quickly developed a great feel for each other, combining for 10 catches and 111 yards, the longest of which went for 30 yards.
The Browns defensive collapse spoiled Quinn’s debut. The Browns defense gave up twenty-four 2nd half, including the game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Brandon Marshall with 1:14 left in the contest.
Quinn will now have some extra time to learn the offense in preparation for the Monday Night Football road game at Buffalo on November 17th. Quinn will make his MNF debut as the whole nation will get to check out his skills on the western New York lakefront.
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?