Brady Quinn made his not so anticipated return to Cleveland on Sunday as starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the worst fear of Vikings fans like myself when the team drafted Christian Ponder in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft that Ponder’s “ceiling” might be that of Quinn, a quarterback who makes questionable decisions while throwing short passes. Come to think of it, those fears are painfully being realized. Quinn’s return to Cleveland was not a successful one as the Chiefs were soundly defeated by the Browns.
Drafted by his home state team five years ago, Quinn had a mediocre track record as a starter. He was traded to Broncos for future Madden cover boy Peyton Hillis. His Denver stint was also unremarkable and he was known primarily as being Tim Tebow’s backup. He signed with the Chiefs and took over when Matt Cassell was benched.
Quinn is the last offensive Notre Dame player to be recognized as a Heisman Trophy Finalist. The last Heisman Trophy finalist obviously was Manti Teo, senior linebacker and future first-rounder as well.
The Chiefs vs. Browns game was also remembered by no one, except me, as the rematch of the ten year anniversary of the infamous Dwayne Rudd game. In the NFL season opener of 2002, the former Vikings linebacker known for his world class arrogance cost his Browns squad a victory by earning a unsportsmanlike penalty by throwing off his helmet, giving Chiefs kicker and for a time, Vikings kicker, Morten Andersen another chance to make a game-winning kick.