Former Notre Dame and Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn had a less than glowing review of the organization that once drafted him with regard to current Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, who has quickly made a name for himself this college football season and is projected by many to be one of the top quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
In a recent interview with Monday Morning Quarterback, Quinn sounded off on his former team who drafted him with the 22nd-overall pick in 2007.
“If DeShone goes to Cleveland next year, he’ll get a first-hand experience of very poor ownership and, unfortunately, a poor long-term and short-term vision of how to build success … I mean, there were weekly press conferences at Notre Dame that had double the attendance of ones I had with the Browns.”
The 31-year-old was made the starting quarterback for the Browns at the beginning of the 2009 season, after getting little playing time – just four games (three starts) – during his first two seasons in 2007-08. In 2009, Quinn was replaced midway through the season. In three seasons in Cleveland, Quinn had a 3-9 record in 14 games (12 starts). Currently a college football and NFL game analyst for FOX Sports, he completed 184-of-353 pass attempts (52.1 percent) for 1,902 yards, 10 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
The Browns may have used a first round pick on Quinn, but he only lasted three years in Cleveland before being traded prior to the 2010 season. He was then without a job in the league from 2010-2012 before he landed with the Kansas City Chiefs, who kept him for just one season.
The current majority owners of the Cleveland Browns are Jimmy and Dee Haslem, who were not part of the ownership group during the time that Brady Quinn played for the Browns. He has also never played for head coach Hue Jackson or offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Current Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown was in a different kind of role with the Jacksonville Jaguars when Quinn last played in Cleveland. But, even with all of these changes, he still doesn’t have kind words for his former NFL employer.
Given the fact that the Browns are still in search of a franchise quarterback and Kizer will be one of the top options if he does indeed declare for the 2017 draft (he is a junior so he can always return to the Irish for his final year of college), there is a good possibility that Kizer could end up with the Browns if the team likes him enough. While Quinn may not want his former school’s quarterback in brown and orange, Kizer may be the guy who Jackson and company believe will be their franchise quarterback for years to come.