The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Brady Quinn: the cynic approach

Posted by disappointmentzone on 8 August 2007

“It’s awful,” Brady Quinn said. “You grow up loving the game that you play and all of a sudden you’re told you can’t come in unless you sign a contract. There are so many things you don’t understand.”

Scouting reports on Quinn emphasized that he was a quick learner with a natural ability to grasp complex schemes. The prospect of Quinn potentially starting the season as the Browns’ starting quarterback rested in part on his smarts, or at least that is what we were told. Quinn would pick up the offense because of all the schooling he had at Notre Dame. He’s a smart boy. He’s got it all under control.

Then he wakes up one morning and realizes that to play football in the NFL one needs to sign a contract.

Huh?

The best part of the above quote is the phrase “all of a sudden”. “All of a sudden you’re told you can’t come in unless you sign a contract.” How did this information sneak up on Quinn? How did the contract aspect of NFL life slip past his attentive mind? How can Browns fans expect Quinn to be a productive player his rookie season when he apparently has a huge learning curve for such simple matters?

I know that Quinn was trying to placate the anxiety of Browns Nation by saying that all the contract stuff is beyond him and that he just wants to play football. His intentions were good. I shouldn’t slap him around.
But does he honestly think that we are so stupid as to actually believe that he was somehow caught unawares in this situation? And if we were to believe that then what does it say about Quinn?

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5 Responses to “Brady Quinn: the cynic approach”

  1. Erik said

    What happened to Quinn is what happens to virtually all NFL first-round picks that hold out. He goes off somewhere to run sprints and take dietary supplements with a personal trainer while his agent and his team go to battle over how much the golden boy is going to make.

    There is this misperception the guys like Quinn are the ones playing hardball, that the players are saying “Pay me like a No. 3 pick or you’ll never see me.” While the players do want to be paid well, really it’s in the hands of the agent to drive the hard bargain. A rookie player who has never been exposed to professional negotiations before is left to bide his time until someone calls him and tells him to get his John Hancock on a contract and catch a plane to camp.

    That’s not to say the players are totally-innocent pawns in this whole process. But when a rookie says he was frustrated by the fact that he couldn’t play ball, I’m apt to believe him. I believe it’s that simple for a guy like Quinn at this point. He’s never been told “You can’t play with the team” until this summer.

  2. Ian said

    It’s called hyperbole. Look it up.

  3. Thanks, Ian.

  4. Erik said

    I was just trying to get a conversation started. I wasn’t trying to refute your post. And I’m fully aware of the concept of hyperbole.

  5. Erik, I thought Ian’s comment was directed at my original post, not your reply. Either way, it was a comment void of any substance. I hear what you are saying, but I think Quinn forfeited the right to play the innocent card when he signed with Tom Condon, an agent with no history of getting guys into camp on time. He’s the Scott Boras of football agents and Quinn is lying if he says that he didn’t pick Condon because Condon is really good at getting a lot of money for his clients, often at the expense of them being in camp.

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