Everyone felt sorry for Brady Quinn, a projected top pick in the 2007 NFL draft, when he fell to No. 22 and sat in the green room of Radio City Music Hall as player after player had their name called.
They didn’t know the ascension of a relative unknown in quarterback Derek Anderson would prolong that wait for another season, with an unlikely performance that propelled the Browns to the playoffs — not to mention every Monday Night Football game of the 2007-08 season.
But Quinn will finally get his shot against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
A lackluster performance by Anderson and all the skilled position players around him have resulted in him being sent to the bench. Highly touted wide receiver Braylon Edwards leads the league in dropped passes, including a 50-yard pass on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. And tight end Kellen Winslow also hasn’t been up to par with his 2007 performance where he caught 82 passes.
Fans have called for Quinn, and Browns head coach Romeo Crennel appeased. But, I’m not sure Quinn will make much of a difference on a team with failing receivers, a lacking running game and well below average defense.
He also has a short week where he’ll practice only once before he performs against the Broncos, who are not one the best defensive teams in the league, but my expectations for him are still short.
I don’t see Quinn or the team doing much Sunday, or the rest of the season for that matter. But, as always, we’ll figure this mess in Cleveland out on Sunday.