Pluto isn't a fan of drafting Quinn at number 3 (or anywhere):
I'd rather have Peterson than Quinn. I'd rather have Thomas than Quinn. I'd rather have Russell than Quinn. I'd rather have Johnson than Quinn. I'd rather trade down than take Quinn. Are we clear on this?But it's not just his dislike for Quinn, it's this pestering tendency for Browns quarterbacks to get hurt:
Honestly, I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Again.
• I wonder how many fans who have been writing me demanding that the Browns take Quinn really like Quinn. I bet it's that they don't believe in Charlie Frye or Derek Anderson. They believe one good quarterback will fix what ails the Browns. It's thinking, ``Hey, he's gotta be better than Charlie Frye.''
• Here's what should be obvious by now: Unless the Browns fix the line, no quarterback will stay healthy enough for long enough to become effective. Put a rookie such as Quinn into this mess right now, and you'll see Frye or Anderson -- a kid struggling not to get killed out there.
• Jeff Garcia played here and broke a leg. He played for Detroit in 2005, took another beating. He went to a good Philadelphia team in 2006 and played well behind a solid line. Is this lesson that hard to figure out?
• OK, here's another: Trent Dilfer played 11 games in 2005 for the Browns. When the season was over, he needed surgery on both knees. Kelly Holcomb broke an ankle, a leg, assorted ribs and other bones that I can't remember, and couldn't stay healthy for more than a few games in a row. Frye suffered a concussion and a broken thumb (or a sprain, or something) last year. Anderson played a few games, then broke a collarbone!• Only once in the eight-year history of the new Browns has a quarterback played all 16 games. That was Tim Couch in 2001, but he was hurt by opening day of 2002 and has been out of football since 2004 because of injuries.
• If the Browns trade up (I can't believe that rumor is true), I'll scream. JaMarcus Russell is intriguing, because he's huge (6 feet 6, 256 pounds), quick and athletic. The LSU quarterback might be able to withstand some of the physical pounding a Browns QB receives. But I would not trade up for him, period.
The Browns offensive line has been absolutely horrid over the last 8 years. It's been awful. No matter what quarterback was behind center, something would go wrong. There'd be no time to throw the ball (or hand it off), there'd be holding miscues at exactly the wrong time and, like Pluto subtly mentions, the QB inevitably gets hurt.
The Browns sign one guard (ONE!) in free agency and what do fans want the Browns to draft? A quarterback. And if they trade up for Russell, I'm pretty sure I'll go insane (Patrick McManamon
Look, I like the Steinbach signing as much as the next guy, but if anyone believes that he solves the Browns line problems, they are very mistaken. Is he going to help? Sure. But its not like everything is hunky dory. They still need a tackle (Joe Thomas!!!!!!!!) but I have a sneaking suspicion we'll be seeing Steinbach at tackle before the year is out.
I've come to expect that the fans will get distracted by the latest shiny object of a skill position player, but I just hope the Browns brass won't.