December 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) leaves the field after the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

How Bad is Brady Quinn?

This season, and in reality over the last few years, the Seattle front office has been making so many prudent transactions that it’s beginning to approach infallibility in the eyes of many fans. With the recent signing of Antoine Winfield, on a very reasonable contract, the legend of John Schneider grows further. It is not my goal to discredit the Seahawks GM because I agree with most of the praise he has been getting wholeheartedly. Perhaps for that very reason my standards for this front office have reached unreasonable levels, but alternatively I think that each transaction can be evaluated for its merits in isolation.

With this in mind I find the Seahawks signing of Brady Quinn both puzzling and problematic. In a perfect world Brady Quinn will never take a snap for the Seattle because Russell Wilson will be durable or, preferably, invincible. However, football is a violent game where injuries are common and as a result it is important to have quality depth, especially at the game’s most important position. Brady Quinn is not quality depth. I’d go so far as to say that Brady Quinn isn’t an NFL caliber quarterback. I don’t know if the Seahawks believe that they can unlock some hidden potential in Quinn but he turns 29 this year so you can color me skeptical.

Here is a look at Brady Quinn’s careers stats:

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I know that the win-loss record is a bit of an unfair way to evaluate quarterbacks but it helps paint a picture of Quinn’s relatively legendary ineptitude. Things do not look rosier when we delve into some of the more advanced statistics. Keep in mind that for every statistic in the table below, 100 is the league average.

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Quinn approaches adequacy when it comes to avoiding sacks and interceptions but proves woeful in all other facets of quarterbacking. Quinn is mildly athletic, having rushed for 4.2 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per game in his career but he can’t run the read-option. It’s not as if he’s a grizzled veteran that has some kind of unique perspective to offer in the locker room (if you are the type who thinks that sort of thing matters).  Quinn also did not make great strides last year which might have suggested he would improve on his career numbers in the future. His QBR in 2012 was 27.4 (average is 50), a career low and good for 35th in the NFL. (Only 39 quarterbacks threw enough passes to qualify.)

I wish I had some profound insight to add here. All I have to say is that Brady Quinn is an abysmal NFL quarterback and I can only hope that John Schneider finds someone better in the draft or that Josh Portis can step into the backup role. Usually, whether I agree or not, I can find the logic in the transactions made by the Seahawks’ front office, but this time I’m dumbfounded.

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  • davidkingdavid

    No clue. Thanks for bringing this up.

  • ImpactHawk

    Listen, His 1 year contract is for $670,000 with a bonus of $65,000 of which only part of the bonus is guaranteed. This is only the first move at the position before the season begins. This is a fail safe, fall back option only, from a guy who has a great work ethic. Based on the contract terms, it virtually guarantees that we will also draft a QB to compete for the #2 job. Quinn and Portis likely will be left for the #3 job, or more likely….Cut before the season. Camp Arm most likely.

    • Feedhimskittles#24

      I agree. People forget that this guy isn’t FOR SURE going to stick with the Hawks. Again, Go Hawks!

  • Wil Larson

    If Russel goes down, god forbid, all they really need is someone who can take care of the ball. Quinn may not have the athleticism of a Portis (or some of the other free agents they were looking at), but I bet he blows them all out of the water with his preparation and work ethic. You can’t put any stats behind what kind of a locker room presence he would be (nor would you or I or any average Joe know). Would I want Quinn as my starting QB for a full season? No way. Would he be competent for a couple games with all this talent around him? Absolutely. I have 100% faith in this front office..

  • All Coug’d Up

    Quinn has been in an unfortunate situation his entire career with absolutely no talent around him. Reminds me a whole lot of Alex Smith. I will say that I also hope the Hawks go in and draft another QB though. If they don’t draft one I’d like to see Jeff Tuel brought in to camp to compete. I think he’d show quite well against Portis and Quinn and his athleticism is highly underrated. Just like to see where he stacks up.

  • Hawkman54

    Camp arm or not – It is hard to understand (with his interception to TD rate) why they would want this guy. I am sure there are better options available. I guess there is always the option of a turnaround miracle, but highly unlikely.

  • Feedhimskittles#24

    I think PC and his crew have done a really good job making smart picks for things they seen in these guys that 12th fans, & non Hawk fan’s don’t. I’d say, leave it up to the people who know what they’re doing. Go Hawks!

  • Scot Ranney

    I remember Quinn in college. Great arm, scrambling, quick thinking and agile in the pocket. I don’t think he ever got a fair shot in the NFL and when he did get a shot he either had a terrible coaching staff (browns and, what… chiefs) or had a huge amount of pressure put on him turn a dying club around, or both. He’s not going to start in Seattle but he and Wilson are both football fanatics, they s hould get along well. For the price, I think Quinn is perfect. Seattle still has Portis in the background as well. Good move by Seattle.