Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. It's like being being told "You are going to get punched in the head, but at least you get to pick whether or not it is by an uppercut or a hook." That said, here's hoping that come Week 1, Quinn has begun playing up to some of his potential and is the starter. (I'd also like to point out that I have never been a huge Brady Quinn fan.)
A lot is being made of Orton's year in the system being some insurmountable advantage. I disagree. If all accounts are true, and McD's system takes 2-3 years to learn, why would the Broncos conceivably waste the next 1-2 years waiting to see if Orton can parlay his limited skills into something usable, when a younger QB with equal intelligence and superior physical skills is sitting right behind him? Am I saying that Quinn should be named the starter right now? Absolutely not. However, if Brady Quinn walks in and demonstrates at the very least the same aptitude for the system that Orton did last off-season, then the smart play would be to bite the bullet on last season, hand the reigns to the new QB with with the bigger upside and charge forward.
Is it possible that Quinn has been damaged by his time in Cleveland? More than likely, given that almost no player escapes the Browns with their confidence intact. (Which is still a step up from playing in Oakland, where both your confidence and your dignity are forever stained...) However, almost everything being said about Quinn's stunted development in Cleveland is tracking with what was being said about Orton in Chicago before last season. It stands to reason that if a smart player with marginal skills like Orton can come out of a bad situation, drop into a system he has no experience with and perform to middle-of-the-pack levels his first season, then a smart player with high-grade skills like Quinn can come out of a bad situation, drop into a system he does have experience with and out-perform Orton's first year by leaps and bounds.
Am I suddenly on the Brady Quinn bandwagon? Not yet. But with his ability to move and familiarity with the system, if he impresses during the offseason, I'll be driving the wagon full steam.
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