BEREA — Brady Quinn is in no hurry to relive draft day. It was long enough the first time.
But with the Miami Dolphins
(0-5) scheduled to visit Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday, Quinn was surrounded by reporters Wednesday. If the Dolphins had taken him with the ninth pick, there’s a great chance he would be starting vs. the Browns.
“It’s the draft. It’s done, it’s over with,” Quinn said. “For some reason everybody tags Miami as the team, ‘Oh, they didn’t take you.’ Well, a lot of teams didn’t take me, including the team that ended up coming back around and getting me.
“It’s not like you hold grudges.”
When the Dolphins took Ohio State receiver/returner Ted Ginn Jr. at No. 9, the resulting slide by Quinn became the story of the draft — and ESPN captured every agonizing second. The teams at the top of the draft were the ones in need of quarterbacks, and Miami was the last of the bunch.
“That’s when we started calling every team from 10 through 24, except Pittsburgh and Cincinnati,” general manager Phil Savage said. “We were surprised that he didn’t go there because of the predraft speculation. It goes to show you.”
Quinn slid to No. 22, and the Browns gave Dallas a second-round pick in 2007 and a first-rounder in 2008 to move up and grab their quarterback of the future.
First-year coach Cam Cameron said the Dolphins’ goal was to get an impact player and one of a handful of quarterbacks. So they took Ginn, then BYU’s John Beck in the second round.
“Brady Quinn was a quarterback that we really liked,” Cameron said on a conference call. “John Beck was a quarterback that we really liked. (Stanford’s) Trent Edwards was somebody that we really liked.
“Hey, we all know how difficult those quarterback decisions can be but we were fortunate. I reiterate this, Brady Quinn will be successful in the NFL.”
Quinn said he had a good workout for Miami and had a good rapport with Cameron. The Dolphins also hired Terry Shea as quarterbacks coach after he had worked with Quinn in preparation for the scouting combine.
“He was very impressive through the whole process,” Cameron said of Quinn. “We have an extremely high opinion of him. Because you don’t pick a quarterback with the ninth pick, it doesn’t mean you think he can’t play.”
When the season started, no one would’ve predicted the starting quarterbacks Sunday would be Cleveland’s Derek Anderson vs. Miami’s Cleo Lemon. But Cameron named Lemon the starter after Trent Green was lost to a concussion Sunday, and Anderson is 2-2 with 11 touchdowns since taking over for Charlie Frye.
Despite Anderson’s success, coach Romeo Crennel was asked if he would consider playing Quinn now that the roughest stretch of the Browns’ schedule is over.
“I’m just trying to win this Miami game and we’re going to do whatever we can do to win,” he said. “We’ll see when Quinn’s time comes.”
On draft day Quinn said his plan was to come in and start. An 11-day holdout sabotaged that.
“D.A.’s done well,” he said of Anderson. “I think he’s given us a chance to win. My role is the backup.”
Ginn has it worse than Quinn. Dolphins fans wanted Quinn and booed the pick of Ginn. His career will always be judged in relation to Quinn’s.
“Brady Quinn and Ted Ginn, that situation should be over with,” Ginn said on a conference call. “We’re both with our teams and trying to make our teams the best. I really stay away from if Brady Quinn was here, or if I was there. It’s really just B.S. We just have to go on.”
Quinn will second that.
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