- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Can newly acquired quarterback Brady Quinn fulfill his potential in Denver?
That’s what everyone in Denver wants to know. Quinn was not impressive in Cleveland in his first three NFL seasons. Cleveland gave up on the 2007 first-round pick after he failed to make strides in 2009. He was 2-7 as the team’s starter last season.
Still, Denver found it worth its while to take a chance on Quinn. Denver traded backup running back Peyton Hillis and two future draft picks for Quinn on Sunday.
If Quinn is going to succeed as an NFL quarterback, it could be in Denver. Second-year Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels has a reputation for working well with quarterbacks. He made Matt Cassel an instant impact player in New England in 2008 and he helped Kyle Orton make strides last year in Denver. Quinn played for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. Weis is a mentor of McDaniels. The two coaches have similar philosophies.
Quinn should have no trouble adjusting to McDaniels’ scheme. He is already well versed in it.
Quinn won't face the same pressure to succeed in Denver that he did in Cleveland. He was a first-round pick for his home-state team. In Denver, Quinn comes with a small price tag and low expectations. There is also no rush for him to make an impact. Orton probably will start in 2010.
If Quinn makes great strides in McDaniels’ system, perhaps he can hit the playing field earlier than expected. His primary job now is to correct his issues and become a sponge in McDaniels’ system.
If Quinn embraces this opportunity, there is a chance his career can be salvaged.