Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Brady Quinn was supposed to be drafted by the Miami Dolphins seven years ago. That is, at least what the media and fans said at the time. Instead, former head coach Cam Cameron and former general manager Randy Mueller shocked the world by taking wide receiver Ted Ginn out of Ohio State. Now, Quinn is finally with the Dolphins competing for a roster spot.
“I heard about it at some point,” Quinn said. “To be honest, I thought I was going to Miami. It’s kind of crazy to think (seven) years later now I finally made it here. That time I’d heard word from a very, very good source that something was going to happen that next day. We had heard a lot of things before the draft and you never really know what to believe or who to believe. Obviously that didn’t take place and it’s just a story.”
Quinn, who was hired by FOX Sports as a television analyst for college football and the NFL, said that he had always wanted to play this season and FOX was aware of his wishes. In addition, he has lived in Fort Lauderale the past five years and recently got married so this made a lot of sense for him.
“FOX offered me a great opportunity to be a part of the game from a game analyst side of it,” Quinn said. “I took that opportunity, but I made very clear to them I still wanted to play football, so if the opportunity came I was going to take it. Anytime you have the opportunity to come out and compete and be a part of a team, it’s an unbelievable experience. Playing this game for a living, I feel incredibly blessed always to be out here even in this heat like this. It’s great to be out here working out for them.”
Head coach Joe Philbin said that they hope to get Quinn immersed into the system as soon as possible to give him a fighting chance for the number two quarterback spot.
“The expectation is to get him immersed in the system and acclimated to how we do things from a schematic standpoint as quickly as we possibly can so we can get a good evaluation of him,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “He came in, he had a very good workout. Seems to be a good fit as an individual; all the reports we hear from a locker room standpoint is he’s an excellent teammate. We’ve got to get him caught up to speed football-wise so we can give him opportunities to compete and show what he’s really capable of doing. Until we can do that, we’ll have to see.”