Posted by disappointmentzone on 20 August 2007
[Editor’s note: Believe it or not, but over the last 11 months I have written the Disappointment Zone without internet. Well, technically without internet at my apartment, which always proved to be a huge pain in the ass. I actually had to walk places to use the internet and walking is just too much work for a sports blogger. But today I boldly entered the 21st century and got myself some of these here internets. They don’t come cheap but they sure are pretty. Expect regular postings from hereon out.]
Though it’s coming about a day late and about 96% of all Cleveland sports bloggers have commented on it, Brady Quinn’s debut is worth talking about just a little bit more.
True, his gaudy numbers came against the fourth string defense of the Detroit Lions, a team whose first string defense is mediocre. True, a bulk of gaudy numbers came against a fourth string defense playing a prevent defense. But nonetheless, Quinn lead the Browns on two touchdown drives, something no other Browns quarterback had been able to do through the first 7.5 quarters of the pre-season.
Not scoring a touchdown for consecutive quarters just proves that the Browns first string offense is already in mid-season form, but that’s the problem, isn’t it? Except for when Kelley Holcomb channeled his inner talent against the Steelers a few seasons ago the Browns have been without an offense since the team returned to Cleveland. Watching Anderson and Frye duke it out for the right to be the stinker not leading the team on scoring drives this season is practically the equivalent of watching two people compete to see who can fall down a flight of stairs better. In the end you just close your eyes and hope no one gets hurt.
So watching Quinn throw two touchdown passes, watching him easily guide the offense down the field twice, watching him not mismanage the game clock — these are uncharted territory for Browns fans. You’ll have to excuse us if we emotionally and irrationally clamp our hopes onto a guy who played pretty well during scrub time of a game that doesn’t even count.
Browns fans have been able to maintain a sense of pride and hope throughout these tough times, two actions that are arguably much more irrational and emotional than suddenly turning into screaming school girls for Brady Quinn.