Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Quinn chose familiarity over Manning
By Bill Williamson
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- When the Denver Broncos were pursuing Peyton Manning, it seemed like Brady Quinn could be the perfect backup for Manning.
Quinn made it through the Tim Tebow experience in Denver, so backing up Manning would be a snap. Teams like to have backups who are similar in scheme to their starter and Quinn is a pocket passer like Manning.
While he was open to the idea of backing up Manning, Quinn decided he had to worry about his career before Manning’s move. Thus, two days before Manning rocked the sports world by deciding to go to with Denver over Tennessee and San Francisco, Quinn signed with Kansas City.
“You can’t base your career decision on other people’s decision,” Quinn said. “I liked Denver, but (Manning) was still considering a couple other teams and I did what I felt was best for me … I’m glad I did. I’m really happy here.”
Quinn has a comfort level in Kansas City. He has reunited with both head coach Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. He played for both coaches in Cleveland.
Quinn is battling Ricky Stanzi to be the Chiefs’ backup. Quinn has led a slight edge in the battle.
“It’s fun being a quarterback here,” Quinn said. “It’s so fun to throw to all the weapons here.”