So, Brady Quinn’s not a Baltimore Raven. Big deal. Yeah …. that’s not what I was thinking late Saturday afternoon. As Quinn slipped down through the first round, I became increasingly anxious with hope the Ravens would trade up to grab the Madison Avenue posterboy.
At picks #17 – #20, I felt fairly confident Quinn would remain on the board; Denver, Cincinnati, Tennessee and the New York Giants had no need for him and weren’t going to waste the pick to make a splash. Honestly, I began to worry with Jacksonville at #21, given their tumultuous relationship with Byron Leftwich.
When Jacksonville passed, I pleaded with my bigscreen Sony HDTV to produce a trade of picks between the Ravens and Cowboys. It was a consensus in the Snider house …. I was going to be thrilled with Brady Quinn in a Ravens uniform and my wife was going to be happy with him in or out of uniform !!!!
When Roger Goodell announced the trade between Cleveland and Dallas, and that Brady Quinn would be a Brown, I exploded !!!! I cursed my television – calling it things I usually reserved for Anne Arundel County’s former “Chief of Police”. Are you reading this, Tom ? I saw the prospect of Baltimore on the “Chunky Soup” map of commercials suddenly gone. Yeah, Brady Quinn will be doing those soup ads.
About an hour later, I returned to my personal “war room” to watch the Ravens make their selection. Then it came ……“with the 29th selection in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select Ben Grubbs”. What ??? I know, I know …. we need offensive line help. But, I wanted to make that “splash”.
A few hours later, my wife and I were out at dinner, celebrating the “single greatest day of HER life” …. our wedding anniversary, when the obvious dawned on me. I felt this way back in 1996, when I wanted the Ravens to pick Lawrence Phillips over UCLA’s Jonathan Ogden. Now, there’s a sobering reminder that I don’t know the X’s and O’s of football.
Now, to equate Brady Quinn to Lawrence Phillips is unfair and preposterous. Quinn is a quality individual and will be successful, if not on the field …. then in the broadcast booth. However, this scenario reminds me that I need to just be happy as a fan and trust that Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta and the remainder of the braintrust know what they’re doing. And, I do.
I’m happy. Welcome to Baltimore, Ben Grubbs.