Brady Quinn Sizes Up Browns' 2019 Season

The Cleveland Browns have been here before; Brady Quinn knows from experience

Reiter Than You
August 05, 2019 - 10:04 pm
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Last year, the Cleveland Browns had their best season since 2007, and expectations are sky-high heading into 2019.

Brady Quinn, who played for the Browns from 2007-09, can’t help but chuckle.

“What’s funny is my rookie year, we went 10-6; the Browns last year went 7-8-1,” Quinn said on Reiter Than You. “And so, between the draft class that we had with Joe Thomas, myself, Eric Wright and some other players that were able to impact that team and kind of the optimism for the future – it was the same thing.”

Spoiler alert: the Browns didn’t make the playoffs in 2008. In fact, the season was a disaster.

“That’s how short people’s memories are, and they kind of forget,” Quinn said. “Next year we had 15 guys on IR, we ended up going 4-12, and our general manager, Phil Savage, and our head coach, Romeo Crennel were fired. And we started over in 2009 with Eric Mangini, who ripped down whatever was left of that team and then tried to make it into his own.”

Mangini went 5-11 in 2009 and 5-11 in 2010.

“That’s just how things work with organizations when there’s a lack of stability and when they don’t want to stick to some of the decisions they made a year or two after if there’s a little bit of adversity,” Quinn said. “That’s going to be the curious thing to see is how this team and how this organization handles adversity. I think we’re all expecting them to better this year, but if they’re a game better, two games better, is that enough? If they go 9-7 and don’t make the playoffs, is that good enough for the expectations for this team? 

“I think a lot of people get too caught up in thinking they’re going to be an 11-5 team,” Quinn continued. “Maybe they will be. They’re that talented on paper. You could maybe make a case they should be. But the division is still going to be tough, and it’s a lot of working parts and egos that have to come together to make that work.”

Freddie Kitchens, by the way, has also never been a head coach.

“Freddie Kitchens is untested as a head coach,” Quinn said. “And look, I really like everything he’s said since he’s taken over and gotten the job, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to win the Super Bowl this season just because you won the Super Bowl in the offseason.”