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Brady Quinn

Not a lot of franchise quarterbacks on this list

Here’s the updated free-agent list at QBs with Tarvaris Jackson off the board 

Joe Flacco/BAL/UFA 

No chance he hits the free market.
 

Brian Hoyer/ARI/UFA 

His claim to fame is that he backed up Tom Brady.  Played a bit in Arizona.  Like all quarterbacks in Arizona he underwhelmed.

Matt Moore/MIA/UFA 
 
There could be some teams interested in Moore.  Norv Turner was a fan of Moore’s and wanted him in San Diego.  He would be an upgrade in Cleveland.  There is also noise that he is very popular in Miami and they want him to return as a backup.

Chase Daniel/NOR UFA 
 
Yeah… he was fun in college but has no chance of a pro career.  A third stringer at best.

Brady Quinn/KAN UFA 
 
I love Brady Quinn but only because I have memories of him at Notre Dame and one good game in Cleveland.  Not only is he a mediocre backup QB at best, his comments suggest he isn’t a great locker room guy.  He seems to have a sense of entitlement about playing quarterback in the NFL

Matt Leinart/OAK UFA 
 
Which CFL team will he sign with?

Tyler Thigpen/BUF UFA 
 
Probably is out of the league.

Derek Anderson/CAR UFA 
 
I can’t believe that he is even a consideration.  What is he doing in the league?  He had one good season and the rest were atrocious.

Jason Campbell/CHI UFA 
 
An interesting choice.  He has started and played well before.  To be honest Oakland played better with him as starting QB than they have with Carson Palmer.

Byron Leftwich/PIT UFA 
 
Outside of Pittsburgh, he has no market value.

Rex Grossman/WAS UFA 
 
Bad Rex, bad Rex.  Would you feel secure if your team signed Rex even to a third string contract?

Josh McCown/CHI UFA 
 
Still in the league?

Kellen Clemens/STL UFA 
 
Backup and nothing else.

David Carr/NYG UFA 
 
His career hasn’t quite turned out as well as we had hoped.

Josh Johnson/CLE UFA 
 
Meh.

Bruce Gradkowski/CIN UFA 
 
Ugh.

Drew Stanton/IND UFA 
 
Maybe try baseball again.

Charlie Batch/PIT UFA 
 
Your drafting caused Barry Sanders to retire.  You should be punished in some way for that.

Luke McCown/ATL UFA 
 
Backup and nothing more.

Jordan Palmer/JAC UFA

UFL bound.  What? The UFL doesn’t exist anymore?  Well he is still UFL bound.

Expect to see Tebow on this list once he is cut by the New York Jets.  I expect him to sign with ESPN to cover college football.  If I was a GM in need of QB, I would be calling San Francisco hourly about Alex Smith or New England about Ryan Mallet.

Brady Quinn

B_1 The Denver Broncos acquire Brady Quinn.

The Broncos acquired the former first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Browns for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012.

Not a good sign if you are Kyle Orton and want a new contract and as for Chris Simms, well it’s been nice to know you.  It will be interesting to see if Josh McDaniels opens up the starting QB job in training camp.  While Kyle Orton did a serviceable job in 2009, he didn’t exactly cause teams to fear his arm and rarely threw the ball downfield.  While Quinn was horrible in Cleveland, he didn’t have a lot to work with, didn’t have the support of the head coach but is familiar with the New England offense from his days at Notre Dame.  It should be interesting.

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The end of the Charlie Weis era

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Well Charlie Weis is out at Notre Dame.  Notre Dame had an incredible aerial attack but couldn’t run the ball out on close games and had a horrific defense for most of Weis’ tenure.  In the end Weis didn’t beat better teams than Notre Dame and often were beat by inferior teams.

Despite that, I felt really down when they announced his firing.  From all accounts, Charlie Weis is a really good man who recruited athletes that the University of Notre Dame should be proud of.  He was also a great offensive coach but couldn’t hire effective defensive coaches or could not recruit good enough athletes on the defensive side of the ball.  Notre Dame’s front seven constantly lost the war in the trenches and you aren’t going to win too many games if you can’t stop the run.  You also won’t hold many leads if you can’t run out a game and Notre Dame could not.

Former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis So what do you do now?  Michael Ventre of MSNBC asks the question, “Would even half of the Florida Gators be able to qualify to enroll at Notre Dame?”  He suggests that Notre Dame needs to lower academic standards to allow better players to qualify.  Dan Wetzel sees it differently, “When Notre Dame gets a good coach again, it will be good again. This isn’t rocket science. Had the Irish snapped up current Florida coach Urban Meyer, a former star assistant, when they could have, there would be no debate, Notre Dame would be Notre Dame.”   Weis signed plenty of players that USC and Florida and others wanted. He had a team that was good enough for nine or 10 wins. He just couldn’t coach them into a viable unit.

Now if I was Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner and for some reason, I was still committed to Eric Mangini as my coach, I would hire Charlie Weiss as my team’s offensive coordinator and see what he can get out of Brady Quinn.  Remember, Brady Quinn is from Cleveland if he can make him into a franchise quarterback or even a QB that can get the Browns into the playoffs on a regular basis, it would energize the Cleveland fan base.  While it isn’t as common now as it was in the 90s, there can still be a role for the superstar offensive coordinator.

Contextless Football Thoughts

Denver Broncos logo Well the Denver Broncos are 5-0 after beating the New England Patriots in OT on Sunday.  You have no idea how much this messes with me.  Emotionally I was prepared for a 5-11 record and now they are 5-0.  I am not sure how to handle this.  Do I start to believe that Denver could contend for a for a playoff spot or do I stand firm with my 7-9 best case scenario.  Say whatever you want about Josh McDaniels but he ability to bring disgruntled receiver, Brandon Marshall back into the fold has had a big impact on this season.  Could you see Eric Mangini patching up a relationship like this? 

While we have seen the Patriots replace coordinator after coordinator and not miss a beat, has the loss of Josh McDaniels hurt Tom Brady?

Cleveland Browns logoHow much fun can it be to be a Cleveland Browns fan.  First they hired the most socially dysfunctional coach this side of Mike Keenan because he was an offensive genius and then they start 0-4, change their QB’s and then still stink.  Finally they win a game but they win the game 6-3.  Their QB, Derek Anderson was 2-17 or 23 yards which is slightly worse than what Napoleon Dynamite’s, Uncle Rico could do if given the chance.  For the record, this is far worse than what Brady Quinn ever did.

San_Francisco_49ers_helmet_rightfaceThis is painful for me to stay as I really like Mike Singletary as a player and as a coach but until he gets his temper and intensity under control he will continue to hurt his team.  Of course Dre’ Bly hurt the team in his own way when celebrating while making an interception.  Of course his team was down 25 points at the time.  In his defence, Bry decide to speak in third person.  “Dre’s going to be Dre’,” Bly said. “When I make plays, and I’ve made a lot, I express myself.”  He made so many places in Denver they cut him.  What an idiot.

University of Saskatchewan Huskies A little closer to home, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies walked all over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.  If I am UBC, I may put off my move to the NCAA until I can be competitive consistently in the CIS.  The University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ offence woke up scoring five touchdowns en route to a 44-7 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds.  Questioned for their lack of offence in first few weeks of the season, the Huskies entered the game with just three touchdowns and 55 points in their first four games of the season.

Other quick hits… I can’t believe that the Tennessee Titans are 0-5…I am glad to see that the Cinncinnati Bengals are doing well.  Part of me wonders if they are more stable because of Chad Ochocinco finding a community on Twitter…

Contextless Football Thoughts

I was up at the lake this weekend and the little bit of football news I got was through Twitter.  It’s always nerve wracking to come home and wonder if your team or teams won.

Okay, let’s just admit that Notre Dame will probably be 10-2 heading into a BCS bowl game and we still won’t know very much about them.  Their schedule is really, really soft and they still can barely beat teams.  Yeah they beat Purdue but we know Purdue isn’t that great.  They beat Michigan State which is nice but Michigan State lost to a directional Michigan team and won’t be contending for the Big-Ten title this year.  We really don’t know much more about Notre Dame than we did before. 

The Saskatchewan Roughriders won ugly but it’s a win and they move to the top of the Western Conference standings with a win over the Edmonton Eskimos.  What was amazing about this game was the attendance in Edmonton, over 62,000 people in Commonwealth Stadium.

The University of Alberta Golden Bears stunned a ranked team for the second week in a row with a 27-7 victory Friday night over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in Edmonton’s Foote Field.  I can’t say the loss was unexpected.  The Huskies were 2-0 heading in to the game but hadn’t played well at all.

The University of Miami Hurricanes Growing up, I hated the University of Miami Hurricanes, they represented everything that was bad about college football and on top of that, they gave the world Vinny Testaverde and no college should ever be forgiven for that.  Over the last couple of years I have warmed to the Hurricane’s and this year I had switched my allegiance from the Florida State Seminoles to the Hurricanes.  In that context, I was saddened to see them get blown out by Virginia Tech today.

Of course the good news today is that Denver is now 3-0 with Mr. Neckbeard having a QB rating of 92.1 while JaMarcus Russell’s problems continued with a QB rating of 22.6.  I have heard the stories for a couple of years about his work ethic and if they are true, this is just a case of defenses learning more about him than he knows about them which is not a recipe for success in the NFL.  While there is no doubt in my mind that Denver will not make the playoffs this year and will finish somewhere around 7-9, it’s nice to get the season started and stop hearing about Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall everyday.  It’s also nice to see that this Josh McDaniel kid can really coach. 

medium_Brady-quinn While I don’t really like Mangenius as a coach, I am fan of Brady Quinn but he looked horrible against the Baltimore Ravens defense today.  Then again, Derek Anderson didn’t look that great either.  That being said, I have a feeling that Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers in their prime would have struggled against this defense.  Quinn went 6 for 8 for 34 yards and an interception. Anderson, who lost his starting job to Quinn last year, was 11 for 19 for 92 yards and three interceptions.

Torn

Cleveland Brown's QB Brady QuinnI am a die hard Denver Bronco fan but I am also a Brady Quinn fan and while I am excited that he is starting, I really wish his first start didn’t come against my struggling Denver Broncos.

Of course Cleveland isn’t doing much better and while Derek Anderson isn’t playing great, what is really killing the Browns is that they are dropping all sorts of passes tossed their way.  I am not sure that putting in Brady Quinn changes that.

All I know is that for the first time since I became a Denver Broncos fan in 1988, I will have some mixed emotions as they get beat by the Cleveland Browns.