I didn’t get to see Brady Quinn’s maiden voyage into the NFL live. And I was surprised by the accolades being showered onto him after going 13-of-20 for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. Maybe, just maybe, I got this guy wrong. Oh me of little faith. I have to believe none of the people showering him with praise for his outing actually watched the highlights, which showcased Quinn’s incredible ability to throw five-yard check-down passes to his running back against a prevent defense.
These were his 13 magnificent completed passes against the all-world Detroit Lions defense:
His first completion was a screen pass that lost five yards through the air, but which Chris Barclay (don’t worry, no one else has ever heard of him either) took another 35 yards for a gain of 30. His second completion was a check-down to Barclay. His third completion was his one good pass of the night. After that, he completed to a receiver who was open by five yards, then he threw another short check-down pass; then his first touchdown to an open receiver. When the Lions, up 23-13, when to a prevent defense, Quinn completed a short check-down pass to a wide-open receiver; then another short check-down pass to a wide-open receiver; then another one; then he hit a wide-open receiver for 24 yards; then another check-down pass to a wide-open receiver; then another one; then another one.
I’m not remotely surprised that Quinn is still third on the Browns’ depth chart. When you have to hang your hat on a dozen check-down passes, down 23-6 in the final six minutes of a preseason game, you’ve got a lot more to prove.
This all led me to think, How did Ryan Leaf do in his first preseason NFL outing? All I could drum up was a Wikipedia entry that said he did well in the preseason in 1998. Then, famously:
"…in the third game of the season, Leaf completed one of fifteen passes for 4 yards and fumbled three times in a loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was benched after throwing two touchdown passes and thirteen interceptions in nine games, and replaced by quarterback Craig Whelihan. After ten games, Leaf had thrown two more interceptions, passing for a total of 1,289 yards, with a 45.3 percent completion rate and a paltry quarterback rating of 39."
No way Brady Quinn is Ryan Leaf. No way. But, it certainly would make me chuckle if he turned out to be Cade McNown. -Cyd Zeigler jr.