Yes you read correctly. I know most of you already have your minds set on saying that he's a bust and will never be great. Of course, everyone is quick to say that some players performed well or haven't met the expectations set on them because they have been tossed into a bad situation. Well, Quinn is one of those players. He got tossed into quite possibly the most horribly situation in the NFL by being drafted by the Browns and being expected to be the saving grace of the Brown's offense. More after the jump.
Like I said before, Quinn was tossed into one of the bad situations in the NFL when he was drafted by the Browns. So I’m here to try and show you how Quinn would be a great fit for our offense at a much discounted price. While in college he played for Notre Dame in a pro style offense. He was a good player while he played there. His college stats weren't outstanding, but he played great, always improved, and never gave up. From 03-04 he played under HC Tyrone Willingham where he had a total W-L record of 11-13. Then in 05' Charlie Weis became the new HC and both he and Quinn led the Irish to a 9-3 season. The following season he led the Irish to a 10-3 season. He played quite well in college and would continue to improve in the NFL IF he was tossed into the right situation and was coached well. That did not happen.
When he was chosen by the Browns in the draft I knew that he was just not going to do well at all. The Browns have been a bad and mediocre team since they were brought back into the NFL in 1999. They were above .500 two times since 1999. Those years were in 02' (9-7, 2nd AFC N.) and 07" (10-6, 2nd AFC N.). In 07' he played the last game against the 49ers and went 3-8 in passing. In 08' he played 3 games and went 45-89. Then finally he 09' he started 10 games throughout the season. He was constantly being benched in favor of Derek Anderson, but Anderson always did much worse than Quinn ever did in the games he played. Then after the 2009 season he was traded to Denver, and he did not play in a single game.
Now since he has "underperformed" to what most thought he could be, his trade price has fallen greatly which falls in our favor. I believe that he can still be a great QB especially since we now have Jim Harbaugh who can pick him up and turn him into, possibly, a great QB. He has the drive to be great, but was never coached right and played for a team with an abysmal offense. He could be the missing piece in our offense if we choose to not draft a qb in the draft. He is young and has many, many years left to play with a lot left to show. Jim Harbaugh is the right coach and the 49ers are the right team with great weapons on offense to help Quinn.
Most of you will hate on me for even coming up with this comparison, but I look at the how they both performed in college and I just have to say that there are similarities in how Joe Montana and Brady Quinn played. They had the drive to win, never gave up, and gave it their all in every down they played. The difference comes in NFL comparisons. Joe had the Late Great Bill Walsh to coach him from the second he came into the pro's. Quinn had Romeo Crenel (who has failed as a HC) for 2 seasons and then had Eric Mangini (who has also failed as a HC, among the many from the Bill Belichick Coaching Tree). None of those two were good at helping him to continue to grow as a QB. In fact I think that they were a factor in his "failing" as a QB. If he comes to the 49ers then he has a chance to be taught by a great Offensive minded coach and be coached right. I believe that he deserves to have a true 2nd chance, and we are the team to give it.
Here is a highlight video from his time at N.D. (there is no sound because of the "copyright infringement")