Looking at the story below, I think it is pretty much agreed that Mark Brunell should be given his marching orders this winter. Comments have been made that Sanchez didn't have any viable competition which didn't allow him to push himself to improve. Brunell was the experience that Rex wanted to surround Mark with but without someone really challenging, there isn't always that onus or pressure that a lot of people require to bring out the best in them. Its more of a knock on Tannenbaum and Rex rather than Mark. However that should be fixed before OTA's and what we may need is a young player who is just as hungry. Greg McElroy is a prospect and so is Brady Quinn. Both of these players will be extremely hungry and will both push Sanchez to keep improving.
I'm not saying that Brady is the only guy that we can pursue, there are plenty of options; Brady's former team mate Kyle Orton is available. A middle of the road type player. David Garrard, David Carr, Rex Grossman or Charlie Batch. There are no shortages in options for a back-up QB who can really push the starter.
Brady has always been a favourite of mine, not from his NFL days but his time at Notre Dame. There is a reason why he was a highly touted first round selection. A number of situations have attributed to him having a pedestrian career so far. He has been taken in and out of the line-up on a daily basis in Cleveland, good performances were rewarded with questions over his starting place. Bad performances resulted in him being pulled at half time, or after the game.
He missed 10 days of rookie camp while his contract was being sorted and he has experienced a few niggling injuries throughout his career. To his throwing hand, his wrist. A lot of people will say that Derek Anderson beat him out, Kyle Orton beat him out and Tim Tebow was who the Broncos turned to when things were not going their way. All points are very true and very valid. However every coach he has played for has commended him.
Denver Head Coach John Fox praised Brady today saying that Brady impressed him throughout the year, former Jets head coach Eric Mangini said that Brady's hard work, determination, continued growth and attitude were some of the reasons why he kept going back to him in 2010. In his 5 year career he has 10 TD's to 9 INT, 1902 yards of passing with a completion percentage of 52.1%. Keep in mind that he has started just 12 games so far.
At Notre Dame he holds numerous records, and in 2006 he completed 61.9% of his passes, hitting 37 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. The year before he completed 64.9% of his passes, throwing 32 touchdowns and just the 7 interceptions. He has never really been given any stability in the NFL, but I believe that he really does have a lot more to give than he has so far.
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