Brady Quinn may not be a part of the future for the Kansas City Chiefs, but on Sunday he took the field at Arrowhead under very difficult circumstances and was nearly flawless. Thanks in large part to his unexpected performance the Chiefs sent the Carolina Panthers home with a 27-21 loss. Quinn’s efforts on the field not only brought the team it’s first home win in seven tries this season, it also led to him being named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.
I have gained a lot of respect for Quinn over the last few days. Not only did he have the finest game in his otherwise lackluster NFL career this past weekend, his post-game comments showed a level of insight and eloquence not often found in a public statement.
The fact that the Chiefs were able to upend a Panthers team that has also struggled to win games this season is hardly a surprise. Brady Quinn’s performance however certainly was. He was 19-23 on the day for 201 yards and hit eight different receivers. With two touchdowns and nary an interception added to the mix his QBR was a stellar 97.6 (100 is the max, 50 is average).
Improbable doesn’t even do his performance justice. Prior to Sunday’s game he was 48-83 for 434 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions in parts of five games under center for Kansas City this season. Quinn’s performance was also the first time in 2012 that a Chiefs quarterback threw a touchdown pass without also throwing an interception. That’s both encouraging and depressing at the same time.
It’s also entirely indicative of the level of quarterback play we’ve seen in Kansas City this year. We will have to see what he has in store for us as an encore in Cleveland this weekend.