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Brady Quinn doesn’t want DeShone Kizer to get drafted by Browns

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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.

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.

  • whosevelt

    I apologize if I came across as too dismissive – I appreciate the viewpoints of all the WFNY regulars. But I don’t think it is superstition to assume that an organization that has always been terrible, and whose terribleness has always come from the top, is terrible until proven otherwise. I am optimistic about what they are doing now but I have been optimistic too many times in the past to assume by default this regime is competent. Heckert also gutted the team and drafted well for a couple weeks, and that went nowhere.

  • Pat Leonard

    I suppose that’s a philosophical difference that we won’t get past then. I don’t believe that a new regime should be judged based on past regimes. I do think ownership matters, but not to the extent that you would put importance on them. I think their ability to put the right people into the right roles is the defining factor of a great ownership, and for me the jury is still out for the Haslems. I think it’s taken them a couple years to figure out what they think is the right way to build a football team… so I’m willing to give some more leeway for a couple more years.

  • Steve

    If we’ve had more guys other than Seattle go on to make other NFL rosters, it would pretty clearly suggest that they aren’t devoid of talent.

  • Steve

    A big part of this franchise’s inability to sustain any sort of success, and it is very pertinent to developing a quarterback, is how much turnover there is in the front office and coaching staff, and that comes down to the owner. Again, maybe this is finally the year (or, well, five years) that the owner is patient with his staff, but I feel very confident saying that Haslam has planned for his previous hires to stick around for more than a year or two as well. If this team goes 0-16, Jackson is going to be feeling a warm seat, regardless of his previous history with quarterbacks.

  • Cleveland_Rocks

    Sounds like he has a case of the bitter balls.

    “Nobody want pway Bwady Quinnn…they stupid. myyahh.”

  • Cleveland_Rocks

    Carson Wentz has had exactly 2 pretty good games.

    And he might have 2 more before DCs figure him out. Or he might have 8 more, or even 14 more. He might end up Rookie of the Year. And even get a shot at the playoffs.

    Sound familiar? Any other young geniuses come to mind? Former Rookies of the Year? Dynamic QBs that cost their team a ton of picks?

    Nothing is certain and every outcome, good and bad, remains possible. Wentz could turn into A-A-ron Rogers. He could turn into Kapernick.

  • woofersus

    It is more opinion based than what Hoynes said, and I can’t blame anybody for having a low opinion of the Browns organization if we’re asking their opinion on the subject. But, something about a guy who wasn’t a very good player taking potshots at the team that wasted a first round draft pick on him and paid him around 75% of his $11M career earnings feels crappy. Maybe the browns ownership and coaches were terrible, or maybe it’s the fact that they kept drafting guys like Brady Quinn. If Joe Thomas wants to go off on how he never got a chance to win because of the ineptitude of the organization, he’s earned that right. It’s not like Quinn set the world on fire anywhere else. I know he’s an analyst and it’s his job to analyze, but he wasn’t talking about next year and Kizer when he made that statement. He was talking about his own career as if he wasn’t one of the reasons the team was bad.

  • nj0

    Came to post this. Glad to see I didn’t have to.

  • Pat Leonard

    I thought Charles Johnson was headed there, but turns out he is a former Brown after all.

  • Garry_Owen

    Those two games were also against pretty bad teams. I know this, because one of them was the Browns.

  • scripty

    I wonder if Brady would advocate Watson come to camp 3 weeks late.

  • Natedawg86

    Ah yes. Forgot about him. He was there #1 for a bit.

  • Sam Gold

    I appreciate that two adults had a rational discussion where both defended their ideas dispassionately and never once had to attack the other personally. Bless you WFNY.

  • Shadow_play

    Well, they are 3-0 now without Brady…so I think the system/organization/coaching are all in good spots.

  • BenRM

    I think Brady got a raw deal here. (Points to avatar). But I also think that it was also partly his fault (reporting to camp late, and perhaps having a more limited skill set than he realized).

    That said, I would love Kizer here in a heartbeat. I have loved what I’ve seen from him over the last year and a half. And I like how big he is.