Why is it that the mother, sister, linebacker/brother-in-law and superagent are always the last to know?
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes this morning that Browns quarterback Brady Quinn “avoided talking to his sister Laura, her husband and Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, his agent Tom Condon and even his mom Robin this week so as not to leak the news that he had won the starting quarterback job and the nod for Sunday’s opener against the Vikings. About the only person Quinn told after finding out Tuesday night was Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis.”
Oh yeah, Charlie will keep it on the down low.
So while Terrell Owens was tweeting congratulations to Quinn on Wednesday for winning the starting quarterback job in Cleveland over Derek Anderson, Quinn had his own family on freeze out.
This, as Czar Florio accurately points out, shows how far and squarely placed Quinn’s nose is in the hindquarters of Eric Mangini. Even though T.O. spilled the beans first and other Browns reportedly blabbed soon after that Quinn was named starter, Mangini’s been working to maintain the appearance that the actual starter is still a secret.
And Quinn fell in line.
Of course, we can’t rightly lampoon the ability of one player to do what his employer asks on Sunday while mocking another for being unable to follow directions a day earlier, can we Florio?
We can? Sweet.