Brady Quinn: Can He Save The Chiefs’ Season?

Backup QB Brady Quinn is the most popular man in Kansas City.

Well, that may be stretching it. Jamaal Charles likely has a pretty strong claim to that title but you get my meaning.

With Matt Cassel possibly on the shelf with a concussion, Quinn will could see his first start since his days in Cleveland.

By now you should have a pretty good idea of how Quinn’s NFL career has gone. The Cleveland Browns traded up to draft the former Notre Dame QB, one spot ahead of the Chiefs. At the time, it was believed the Chiefs would draft Quinn if he fell to them.

One could argue that Quinn never really had a chance in the NFL. The Browns team to which he was drafted was absolutely terrible. The team seemed as though they wanted to bring Quinn along slowly, initially placing him third on the depth chart behind Charlie Fry and Derrick Anderson in 2007, Quinn’s rookie season. Fry was traded away after one disastrous game that year and thanks to a soft schedule, Derrick Anderson navigated the Browns to a 10-6 record. In Cleveland these days, going 10-6 is like winning the Super Bowl. Anderson held on to the starting job but disappointed the following season. Quinn replaced him but hardly played before seeing his season end with an injury. The Browns were a disaster and Romeo Crennel was fired and replaced with Eric Mangini. Quinn won the job but played poorly early. Mangini benched Quinn in favor of Anderson halfway through the third game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens. Anderson played terribly so Mangini named Quinn the starter again in Week 8. Keep in mind that before entering the 2009 season, Quinn had attempted only 97 passes in two years. He was also learning a new offensive system with a new head coach. All in all he played in ten games in 2009, finishing 136 for 256 for 1,339 yards and 8 TDs vs. 7 interceptions.

Before we go further, let’s take a look at some of the offensive personnel the Cleveland Browns had in 2009.


41 Charles Ali FB
28 James Davis
35 Jerome Harrison
33 Noah Herron
31 Jamal Lewis
47 Lawrence Vickers FB


16 Josh Cribbs
88 Mike Furrey
89 Paul Hubbard
9 Lance Leggett
11 Mohamed Massaquoi
2 Jordan Norwood
81 David Patten
80 Brian Robiskie
12 Syndric Steptoe


82 Steve Heiden
85 John Madsen
84 Robert Royal
86 Martin Rucker
87 Aaron Walker

No wonder Quinn’s career never took off. He had a terrible head coach in Mangini and he had absolutely no respectable offensive personnel around him, save center Alex Mack and LT Joe Thomas.

If only he could have gotten the ball to Syndric Steptoe a little more often, the Browns would probably have won the Super Bowl.

The only skill player on that list even worth raising an eyebrow over is Jamal Lewis. 2009 was his final year in the NFL. He played in only nine games and he averaged 3.5 yards per carry.

The Browns started 2009 1-7 and reportedly escorted first-year GM George Kokinis from the building, never to return.

Cleveland finished 5-11 that season.

Seriously, the Browns were an absolute circus back then. The idiots in charge couldn’t have grown a potato in a dark closet, let alone put a young QB in a position to succeed. Everything was terrible.

After the season, the Browns traded Quinn to the Denver Broncos for Peyton Hillis. You know how that went. Quinn was unable to unseat Kyle Orton but he was listed as the #2 QB ahead of Tim Tebow. But when the time came to pull Orton, Elway went with Tebow over Quinn. You know the rest.

Does all this mean that Quinn is a good QB? No. In fact, he almost certainly isn’t. But seriously. How would you ever know?

Brady Quinn has attempted only 356 passes in his entire NFL career. He’s been mismanaged, poorly coached and shuffled around as if he was the problem when in actuality, the men charged with developing him were total failures.

Still, the fact that John Elway made no attempt to start Quinn or keep him when his contract was up may be more damning of the QB’s ability than anything he’s ever done on the field.

Now, in his sixth NFL season, Brady Quinn could be seeing his last chance to make it as a starter in the NFL and in many ways, this situation is just like the one he stepped into as a youngster in Cleveland.

Crennel is the coach. The team is a mess. The fanbase is angry. There is a QB on the roster that is supposedly better than him, despite atrocious play.

One difference is that Quinn, if he does start Sunday, will have actual NFL-caliber players around him on both offense and defense. The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs stink but it isn’t for lack of talent. They have more of the look of a young team that is poorly coached and suffering from confidence issues than the 2009 Browns who were, essentially, a college team. D-2.

Nobody blames Matt Cassel for the disaster that is the 2012 season in Kansas City but he hasn’t helped either. Cassel is one of the oldest players on the roster and as the QB, he is supposed to be the leader. It is his job to set the tone for his teammates.

Cassel has failed.

While the hope may be there, I doubt many folks expect Brady Quinn to come in Sunday and play like a Pro Bowler. He may even turn out to be worse than Cassel, a frightening thought I know.

But what if Quinn doesn’t stink up the joint? What if he embraces his last NFL opportunity and helps jump-start a Chiefs team that is on life support just five games into the season?

The table is set for a turnaround in Kansas City. The Chiefs play the 1-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday before heading into their off week. After that, their schedule is not all that daunting.

KC’s remaining opponents have a combined record of 13-25.

It isn’t insane to suggest that this team can turn things around. The defense had its best game of the season on Sunday. Despite injuries to the offensive line, the Chiefs also showed they could run the football against a stout Ravens defense.

It comes down to three thing:

1. Turnovers
2. Penalties
3. QB play

I believe this Chiefs team, playing well, protecting the football and with even average QB play, has a chance to win every single game remaining on their schedule. There is truly enough talent for them to pull it off.

It may just all come down to Quinn.

The Matt Cassel experiment failed. The Quinn experience, if there even is one, could turn out even worse. If it does, Chiefs fans will likely be rewarded for their misery with a possible franchise QB in next year’s draft and perhaps even a new head coach and GM.

But what if Quinn doesn’t fail? It would lead to arguably one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history.

Hop aboard the Brady Quinn bandwagon, Addicts. It’s the only ride in town.

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Dwreck

    Can’t click on it!

    • Patrick Allen

      Sorry it was a mistake. Hit post too early. Up now.

  • spencer

    as long as Quinn doesn’t lead the chiefs to 4 turnovers a game we are good^^, just saying, we’ve been in a winning position the last two week till the last quarter, despite multiple trnovers and getting behind usually, this team is talented, turnovers have been terrible,

    i hope for quinn to prove that he was worht a 1st rnd draft pick, remember this is our 1st 1st rnd drafted quarterback to start since WHEN???????????? EVER? since the 90s?

  • vbchief

    Im purchasing my tickets right now .and im all for hopping aboard the Brady Quinn train. What I think everyone needs to do is stop saying how good or bad he may or may not be. I nstead just embrace the fact that ( atleast for one week,hopefully more) we have an oppurtunity to see what Quinn can do. I for one am redy to see an offense that can live up to its potential. We all know Quinn has the arm strength. We’ll now get to see if he has what it takes to make this “offensive juggernaut” work. That is if ofcourse Daboll has a game plan that allows us to see him throw the ball.
    Ok. All together now…. And the hoooome of the

    • Sarah Thomas

      I totally agree….GO CHIEFS !

  • Eric Fuentes-Ruiz

    So in other words, everyone that has put their two cents in about how good Brady is not, have been wrong all this time?

    • Patrick Allen

      Where does anyone say that?

      • KCMikeG

        Not in this post but earlier in the year. There have been plenty of attacks on Pioli for not bring in anyone who could really be “real ” competition and plenty more saying BQ has never made it in the NFL. But now many of the same people are so excited Cassel is gone that they have amnesia about their earlier negative comments on Brady. I am a believer that he has potential, hasn’t had a real shot but I also saw him in camp and preseason and he was NOT better than Cassel. I will cheer him on and hope for the best as I always do for the Chiefs.

        • Danny W

          I argued BM in one of his final post’s that I thought Quinn was legit competition and still do. Here’s to finally finding out.

          • KCMikeG

            He said some funny shit! Almost miss him – almost. Man we had some barn burner, long winded arguments about what was right for our team.

  • Shannon Thompson

    Well at the very least he has to be better at going through his progressions and spreading out the ball, giving ALL the play makers on the offense a chance to make the play. Protect the ball and he is already better than Cassel, but protect the ball and don’t stare down Bowe, hit 3, 4 and 5 differant receivers by actually going through his progressions and the limits of this team is unknown. They will be infused with confedence, the Offense will stay on the field longer, Defense will be off the field more allowing them to be more well rested. Oh I’m dreaming, sometimes I hate being a homer, but hey its fun to actually think something good might come of this, not near as fun as it would be to see it happen though!

  • Calchiefsfan

    Reading the scouting report on Quinn. It says he has a strong arm, reads defenses well, finds the open man, (that’s refreshing!), has good pocket awareness, makes good decisions and has good footwork. The big negative on him is his accuracy. He looked okay in that department on Sunday, imho.

    We arguably have the best running game in the NFL. We have the best running back running behind the best o line we’ve had since the Roaf, Shields, Waters days. I mean the Ravens couldn’t stop us and they knew what were going to do. The Ravens! If that isn’t a testimony to the Chiefs running game, I don’t know what is. We have good receivers. The point is any decent quarterback should not have a 66 QB rating in that kind of environment. Great receivers drop balls, Andre Johnson last night, Welker on a sure TD Sunday. Good coaches call bad plays. I saw that all day Sunday, it happens. Cassel is out of excuses.

    I really can’t feel sorry for Matt. I like Matt a lot as a person and as a competitor, but he had his chance. As a matter of fact he got more of a chance to show his stuff than he would have on another team. Four years worth. He will now be stuck being a backup making only $2-3 million a year. Poor guy. Everyone wants to be “The Man” but second place isn’t too shabby in the NFL.

    Seriously, I hope he has a full recovery. I think anyone that booed him when he was hurt or at the charity softball game for that matter has no class.

    Time to get behind Quinn and if he can’t do it, find someone who can. We have all the other pieces.

  • micah stephenson

    He might b able to if the oline dont get him injured like they did Cassel 2 yrs n a row or Orton on his 1st play. He might able to if the wrs dont keep tiping it ova to the defense. He might b able to if the rbs stop fumblimg the ball. He might b able to if all of a sudden the wrs get open and not drop passes. He might b able to if B.Daboll get creative. Its a lot of ifs but its possible. Tampa Bay only has 1 win and a horrible pass defense so Brady better tear them up

    • Michael Shaw

      The wide receiver’s were tipping the ball away because your hero Matt Cassel was throwing the damn ball WAY TOO HIGH!!!! I understand trying to use Bowe and Baldwin’s height to an advantage, but when D-Bowe jumps six feet into the air to TRY to catch a ball that barely hits his fingertips, that is a poorly thrown ball. When McCluster had to jump unnecessarily high to catch a pass that had no reason to be high and then gets hurt coming down with the ball awkwardly, that is a poorly thrown pass. The play calling has been horrendous because Daboll has NO CONFIDENCE in Matt’s ability to run this team. Stop making excuses for Matt. He had his time, now let’s just see what Quinn can or maybe cannot do. I will say his first pass was on the money in stride with Bowe as a defender draped on him, so I am already impressed. And before you ask, YES, I will be this critical with any QB on this team when they are 60% or less throwing the ball on a team that should be hitting 20 yard play’s on play action due to our running game. That’s if Jamaal is over his fumbling issues of course!

      • micah stephenson

        Im not talkn bout Cassel. Cassel is injured. He is out. Im talking bout the rest of the team. Cassel is no longer QB so the blame it all on Cassel is done. Now that Cassel is Done Im talking bout Brady Quinn. No need in me talkn bout Cassel anymore or you ether(if thats possible). Now Cassel wont play sunday but the rest of the team will. Now comment on the rest of the team. And the defender was not draped on Bowe, mcluster picked off Bowes defender. Cmon u know bowe cant burn anyone to get open.

      • micah stephenson

        Hey I understand everything will always b cassels fault and the whole entire team was playing superbowl caliber play except Cassel. I get it. I bet even if we lose sunday it will b Cassels fualt. So Im done wit Cassel. This is the Brady Quinn era. So wen the chiefs lose noone can blame it on Cassel.

      • DBowe Sr.

        This is the National Muthafuckin Football League. “Ooh the ball’s too high!” You want money in your contract? Suck it up and catch the fucking ball asshole!

        • KCMikeG

          Odd how there seems to be many excuses allowed for WR drops but every Cassel pass has to be a laser beam dead on strike or he’s a total POS. I see elite WR’s actually jumping and diving for passes across the league every game. So why do ours suddenly get a pass for having to go after a ball? Saw a Peyton highlight where he under threw the WR and he actually stopped and came significantly back for the ball. Certainly more than we could ask of ours right??
          Cassel has his share of issues but blaming him for the receivers not doing everything to catch the ball is inexcusable. I have heard Fitz and other elite WR’s say if you can touch it – you can catch it. That’s what I want and expect of our receivers. Especially ones wanting top 5-10 WR money next year after being #4 over the last three years in drops with 26. Wonder if he had caught half of them or go ahead and dream that a big $$$ WR would catch most of them. Wouldn’t a couple more catches by Bowe every game of the year make Cassel more successful? And help the offense maintain drives and score more points and keep the defense rested? NOT ONE player deserves excuses for less than expected performance but none of them deserve our hate either.

  • Corey Wayne Lande

    Elway did make an attempt to keep him. If Tebow was really better than Quinn; why when they aquired Manning would they trade away Tebow and offer Quinn even more money than he had been making to sit behind Manning? Pretty sure Elway knows that Quinn is a decent QB that has just had bad luck in Cleveland and to come up against TEBOWMANIA. Quinn will do well.

  • Michael Shaw

    GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tc_stingq

    It will be nice to see Quinn bring life to the Chiefs. KC has real talent and maybe Quinn will be the spark they need to play like professionals.

    Unfortunately we have to go to Tampa try to do this. While Tampa has a 1-3 record, their defense is not as bad as that record suggests. I think we are in for a real fight on Sunday.

    As long as KC plays well, win or lose, I will be happy with the improvements as we will finally have something positive to build on. Tampa defense is ok (not great, but has flashes of real good ability) and so we can expect some hiccups.

    Just watching a game where we don’t literally hand the other team a win would be a real nice Sunday adventure for once.

  • ArrowFan

    I remember a guy named Kirt something that got a chance after someome named Green got hurt.

  • Rocket

    #1. B. Quinn threw for 12,000 yards at Notre Dame. (okay, you’re right, it was only 11,753yds. or there abouts). Anyone remember how many yards M. Cassel threw for at USC? (hint: keep your guess to three digits, beginning with a 1.)

    #2. Charlie Weiss (anyone remember Charlie Weiss? He was the Offensive Coordinator the last time the Chiefs had any semblance of success.) said in a conversation years ago, that Brady Quinn would be one of the best QBs in the NFL. But, what does he know…?

    My point being, ( I have nothing derogatory to say about M. Cassel, he’s a swell fellow and deserves our respect) but who should be the Prince, and who should be the Frog?

  • Jim Harper

    Great post Paddy and you make valid points. I would be willing to bet that a change would have been made earlier but Pioli was making them stick with Cassel. I hope Quinn takes this opportunity and runs with it. A strong performance and a win in Tampa would go a long way to keeping the job, and make no mistake it will take exactly that or Pioli will bring his boy back. One thing is certain. Quinn can most definitely throw a deep ball. There is no doubt that Quinn has had lousy circumstances making it almost impossible to succeed. He now walks into a talent laden team hungry to be great. I am rootin for him. Go Chiefs!

  • Reality

    The absolute ballsuckery of some of these comments. I hope Cassel has a speedy recovery, and I hope against hope that Brady Quinn comes out and kicks ass. The odds are against that happening, but I hope for it all the same. I feel sorry for Brady Quinn right now, Every pass he completes will be met with cheers that we are going to the superbowl, and every INT or fumble or incompletion will be met with calls to lynch his ass like we do with every QB that dares come play in this podunk hick town. Good luck Quinn, you’re gonna need it.

  • Jarrod Field

    I’m so frustrated with Cassel right now I would be willing to start Stanzi just to see what would happen. That being said, I am all for Quinn getting a shot here. I’ve never been a big Quinn fan and was admittedly disappointed when they brought him in; I’ve always thought he was overrated coming out of college. However, I saw a spark in the offense in his limited time last week and I would love for him to make me eat my words. I have been a loyal Chiefs fan for almost 30 years and have been through some frustrating, to say the least, seasons. This year however takes the cake. We have so much talent on this team to be 1-4 is appalling; and I rest that record squarely on the shoulders of Cassel’s play. A goood QB and the Chiefs would be 4-1 if not 5-0 right now. Now, Cassel’s play is not just his fault. It was obvious on Sunday with the play calling that they had no confidence in him what so ever; so why did he even start the game? I realize I’m just a fan, but I’ve been a fan of the Chiefs long enough to know a little something about them. I was disappointed when Pioli showed up in the first place, I was disappointed when Crennel got the head coaching job, (love him as a DC though), and I was disappointed when they brought Dabol in. So maybe we should start blaming Clark Hunt. Maybe we should stop buying tickets and merchandise. Maybe then Hunt would make better decisions. Why do the Chiefs consistently never go after a good QB in the draft? Luck or RG3 under center this year and we are atop the AFC West; but nooooo, we have to let Pioli continue to try to make us a New England clone and still have Cassel under center. Heck, even Brandon Weeden under center and we would at least be aboe 500; he is the victim of a horrible team this year and is a better QB than there record reflects. I’m just so sick of the Chiefs being bad…this isn’t our history. Arrowhead used to be feared! Now we’re just cushion for the elite teams records. We used to be the elite team! Hunt is ruining that. Pioli is ruining that. Cassel is ruining that. So bring on Brady Quinn. If he comes in and turns this thing around I will happily get back on here and publicly apologize to him and eat my words.