Sometimes he makes the offense shine, sometimes he makes them dull.
Brady Quinn entered the Broncos final preseason game last night against the Cardinals as the starter. Granted, he was playing against Arizona’s starting defense in the first series, and he wasn’t playing with his own starting offense.
That combined with maybe a little rust made him go 4-for-11 passing for 26 yards, and one interception. To add a little insult, he took a sack as well.
“We couldn’t really get in a rhythm,” Quinn said. “At the start of the game we had a couple drops, and then I just threw a couple bad balls. I don’t know if it was rust, or I just wasn’t seeing things well, but just not a good way to cap the off season.”
Quinn has undoubtedly kept a great attitude as formally the team’s third-string quarterback. He’s kept afloat through the Josh McDaniels era (where he didn’t take a snap in 2010), and the through the Kyle Orton-Tim Tebow dual. He’s tried to help Tebow adjust to life in the NFL, and he’s never complained through the media that he isn’t happy in Denver. Not bad for a former first round draft pick.
Not only is Quinn a first-round draft pick out of Notre Dame, but he’s proven that he can start in the league.
A prominent QB coach told Mike Klis of the Denver Post that he thought that Quinn has a stronger arm than the Manning brothers.
What happened last night then?
“Not playing last week, it was just kind of hard to find a rhythm,” Quinn said.
One bad game out of the fifth year QB is fine. His stats against the Cowboys? 8-for-14 passing for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. His stats against the Bills? 10-for-16 passing for 130 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.
Quinn has shown that he can handle being an NFL quarterback. Whether he’s second-string or third-string, that’s for Fox and Co. to decide.