Dear Brady Quinn,
You don’t know me, but I feel that someone out there has to be honest with you. I get the impression that you’re surrounded by a whole lotta “yes, sir”s. And Lord knows, I am not one to beat around the bush, so here goes. You’re not going to win the Heisman. Really. You’re not.
Sure, you’ll get the invite to the ceremony. And ESPN will shower you with as much attention as the other candidates. And you might even land on the covers of SI and ESPN the magazine because you’re a candidate. But you’re not going to win it. Really. You’re not.
The way I see it, a Heisman candidate quarterback is only as good as his receivers/backs. And frankly, your receivers sucked yesterday. And the fact that you led the team in rushing yards yesterday makes your running backs look bad. But it’s not entirely your fault. The USC defense did a lot to confuse them and pressure them. The Trojans broke up passes, batted passes away, and even forced a fumble. Facing a defense that is arguably one of the best in the country isn’t an easy task, considering you’ve played against defenses from the likes of Army, Navy, and Stanford (by the way, combined record of these teams is 12-21). If maybe you played some decent teams on your schedule, you and your teammates would’ve known what to do. Instead, you prepared for this game with scrimmages.
I totally get that you have great numbers. 3,278 passing yards with 37 total TDs and only 5 interceptions. That’s pretty good. But these yards and TDs were all accomplished while playing against teams like UCLA, Air Force, and North Carolina (by the way, the combined record of these teams is 13-21). If Sean Glennon (the Virginia Tech quarterback) played that kind of schedule, he could probably put up similar numbers. And he’s pretty bad.
My guess is that Troy Smith is going to win the Heisman. Why? Well, Ted Ginn, Jr. is his receiver and he’s pretty bad ass. Secondly, Smith has put up similar numbers with a tougher schedule. And third, he actually led his team to victory against Ohio State’s biggest rival, Michigan. And you, Brady, you lost to Mchigan and to your rival USC (two schools that actually play defense). There was no miracle comeback for you last night. You know, God was probably too busy what with hunger, crime, and corruption running rampant in the world.
So, I recommend that you start looking to your future. Hey, maybe you can hope to be the number one NFL draft pick….unless Calvin Johnson gives up his final year of eligibility. He’ll probably be the top pick.
A loyal Trojan
P.S. Oh I almost forgot to tell you…
Matt Leinart’s prettier than you!