Improving From Within – CB Jalil Brown

It’s the forgotten avenue of team development – improvement from within.

There are players that management and the coaching staff are counting on to improve their level of play on offense, defense and/or special teams. The top five players on that list are: WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Allen Bailey, QB Brady Quinn, CB Jalil Brown and C Rodney Hudson. All play key positions where improvement is needed, either via their performance or by forcing teammates to raise the level of their play. On Tuesday we looked at WR Jonathan Baldwin, Wednesday it was DE Allen Bailey and Thursday it was QB Brady Quinn. Today, it’s CB Jalil Brown and C Rodney Hudson follows.

Jalil Brown

It’s been a common refrain from NFL personnel types and coaches for the last 20 years now – you can never have too many good cornerbacks. The growing influence in the pro game of passing schemes with more than the normal two receivers on the field requires defenses to have more than two cover corners. Sometimes three are not enough.

GM Scott Pioli obviously agrees with that approach. In four drafts with the Chiefs (including the 2012 session), Pioli has selected a cornerback in the fifth round or higher each year: Donald Washington (4th-2009), Javier Arenas (2nd-2010), Jalil Brown (4th-2011) and De’Quan Menzie (5th-2012).

Over the past four years, the Chiefs had great stability at cornerback with 2008 draft picks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr in the starting lineup. Two seasons ago, Arenas joined the defense in the nickel back role, handling the slot receiver. …Read More!

Improving From Within/QB Brady Quinn

It’s the forgotten avenue of team development – improvement from within.

There are players that management and the coaching staff are counting on to improve their level of play on offense, defense and/or special teams. The top five players on that list are: WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Allen Bailey, QB Brady Quinn, CB Jalil Brown and C Rodney Hudson. All play key positions where improvement is needed, either via their performance or by forcing teammates to raise the level of their play. Over the next five days we’ll zero in on each of these players. On Tuesday we looked at WR Jonathan Baldwin and Wednesday it was DE Allen Bailey. Today, it’s QB Brady Quinn with CB Jalil Brown and C Rodney Hudson to follow.

Brady Quinn

It’s been two seasons, nearly 900 days since Brady Quinn played in an NFL regular season game. The last time he played in a game that counted was ironically at Arrowhead Stadium, December 20, 2009, when Quinn started and led the Cleveland Browns to a 41-34 victory in a performance where he threw for just 66 yards.

Late in that game, Quinn suffered a foot injury and two days later, his season ended because of surgery. Since then, he’s played in seven pre-season games with Denver over the last two years. In those appearances with the Broncos, where he was behind both Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow on the depth chart, he threw for 610 yards, three TDs and three INTs. Overall, in five seasons he played in 14 regular season games and started a dozen, where Cleveland had a 3-9 record.

Brady Quinn has a lot of things going for him. He will be 28 in October, so he’s still a young man, even a young quarterback given his lack of playing time. He’s a former first-round draft choice, who signed a 5-year, $20.2 million contract with $7.5 million in guaranteed money. He was a campus hero at Notre Dame, where he was a record-setting passer for the Fighting Irish and also earned two undergraduate degrees (political science and finance).

What he does not possess is any concrete reason to believe he’s capable of stepping in and being a successful starting quarterback in the National Football League. …Read More!

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