Jerry Angelo’s 4th Worst Acquisition

Jonathan Quinn-QB-Free Agent 2004:

Jonathan QuinnRex Grossman had showed promise at the end of the 2003 season to be the Bears’ quarterback of the future. His injury history to that point was clean, so the position of backup quarterback wasn’t thought to of urgent focus. When Angelo signed Quinn, Kansas City’s backup quarterback, the reason was more to tutor Grossman on new offensive coordinator Terry Shea’s offense than for the actual need to step in and play the majority of the season. And Quinn had shown promise when he took the field for his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Then fate intervened when Grossman tore his ACL in the third week of the season, thrusting Quinn into the starting role. He only kept the job for three weeks before being pulled for rookie fifth-round draft pick Craig Krenzel, and was cut as a failure following the season. Quinn threw for one touchdown and three interceptions with a 52% completion percentage. Like any decision that turns out to be bad in the game of football, any signing is a crapshoot until a player proves himself. This crapshoot did not work out.

7 Responses to “Jerry Angelo’s 4th Worst Acquisition”

  1. Awful signing, I don’t think this guy ever played in the NFL again after this.

  2. And you would be correct on that, Steve.

  3. Interesting trivia. Jonathan Quinn’s last NFL action was Thanksgiving Day 2004 against Dallas, the highest rated regular season game that year. He replaced Craig Krenzel. They were both so bad that neither of them would ever take an NFL snap afterward. On the other side of the field, the Cowboys gave the first and only NFL start to Drew Henson. Drew would not see an NFL field again until 4 years later as part of the 0-16 Lions. After the 1st half, Coach Parcells pulled the plug on Henson and put in Vinny Testaverde who showed why even at the age of 40+ he was still on an NFL roster.

  4. Nice research Rob. I definitely remember the game. Hutchinson must have started the next game after Dallas. What a mirage that guy was for three games.

  5. It was a strange game. How many other games can one point to and say that 3 different NFL QBs lost their jobs? Actually, I can think of anohter. The final game of the 2002 season. Chicago was hosting Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football. Gruden was resting his starter and put in Rob Johnson at QB. The Bears gave Henry Burris his only NFL start. Rob Johson would never again start in the NFL. Late in the 4th Quarter, Burris was benched in favor of little known Cory Sauter. After five years in the league, Sauter was finally getting his chance to play in an NFL game. He tried to make the most of his single drive, completing 6 of 9 passes and rushed twice for 8 yards. Afterward, Burris returned to the CFL. Sauter returned to the Colts practice squad, never to play again. All of his stats were recorded in a single drive in a meanless game, but to him, it was his Super Bowl.

  6. Chad Hutchinson was actually a worse MLB baseball player than NFL QB. He gave up 3 home runs and 6 walks in 4 innings during is stint with the Cardnials in 2001.

  7. Great stuff Rob! And being a Cubs fan, I’m so used to the Cardinals always making the right moves…

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