YOU have to wonder if quarterback Brady Quinn feels differently about the decision he made prior his final game at Notre Dame.
Quinn was asked by a television interviewer which team he wanted to draft him. Making use of props, the interviewer placed a few helmets in front of Quinn, including the orange of the Browns.
Without hesitating, Quinn pointed to the Browns' helmet.
That was prior to the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 2006 college season. Almost three years later, Quinn might choose any helmet other than one worn by the Browns.
Five games into the 2009 season, Quinn has lost his job as the starter after just three starts and is losing millions of dollars in incentive bonuses based on playing time. As his teammates moved about the locker room after a 6-3 win over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, Quinn quietly gathered his belongings while hardly being noticed by the media.
If you're a Quinn fan, it would have been a disheartening site. Almost a year earlier Quinn was being celebrated for leading the way on a drive that led to a 55-yard, game-winning field goal by Phil Dawson in Buffalo. Now he goes as unnoticed as third-string quarterback Brett Ratliff.
This is a dangerous time in Quinn's career. The longer he sits, the more difficult it will be to rediscover his football skills when he gets another chance. Prolonged inactivity can be as damaging to an athlete's career as a torn ACL.
Out of a possible 37 starts since being drafted, Quinn has received the call six times - three last season after then-coach Romeo Crennel benched Derek Anderson. The late Steve McNair sat and learned in his first two seasons, but his talents were good enough for him to go on and become an outstanding player for a long time.
Once beyond the two-year mark of sitting for a quarterback, there's no way to know what the future holds. It might turn out for the best when Quinn resurfaces - whether it's with the Browns or another team.
It's entirely possible that his next start will be with the Browns. Anderson hasn't exactly provided a big offensive spark, and there's always the thought process that it would be dangerous to part ways with Quinn without giving him a chance over an extended period of time.
For the short term, it appears that coach Eric Mangini will stick with Anderson. If Mangini were to go back to Quinn not long after benching him, it would look like the Browns don't have a starting quarterback.
That's what many of you are probably thinking. Anderson is consistently inconsistent, while Quinn seemed to lose his confidence and feel for the game in his starts this season.
The latter is the strange thing. Quinn seemed so self-assured when he first arrived in town in 2007. After an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos in which Quinn excelled, there weren't many fans or columnists who didn't think he should be named the starter the next day.
Something has gone wrong since then, which means Quinn might need a change of scenery. He wouldn't be the first quarterback to struggle early in his career and then have it all fall into place with another team.
There are three courses of action the Browns could follow. They could stick with Anderson and cultivate more offensive mediocrity. They can go back to Quinn at some point and perhaps make the situation better or worse. Finally, they could move one or both and make one of the top college quarterbacks their choice in the 2010 draft.
One thing they can't afford to happen is to cut ties with Quinn and watch him succeed elsewhere. In that scenario, it would be said that the Browns almost ruined the kid.
Maybe they already have.