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Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:28 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 5:04 pm
Quinn and Tebow: Not BFFs after all? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn will be a free agent on March 13. While he didn't make our list of top free-agent quarterbacks (although he was honorable mention!), he'll likely end up landing a backup job somewhere for the 2012 season.

Just don't count on it being Denver, at least based on the quotes he gave Mike Silver for an oral history of Tebowmania in the latest issue of GQ.

"Early in the season, there was a game when Kyle [Orton] got hurt and the coaches were calling for me to go in, but Kyle got up and finished the game out," Quinn said. "So I was the second-string guy. Then, a few weeks later, they decided to put Tim in. I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that. Just 'cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I didn't have any billboards. That would have been nice."

This is a harmless quote. You don't have to be a backup quarterback to want billboards pulling for you all over the town you live in.

But Quinn's comments took a different tone as his comments continued throughout the article.

"We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply," Quinn said, recalling the Broncos memorable overtime win over the Bears.

Again, more or less harmless. Marion Barber running out of bounds and then fumbling is the definition of luck. It's not the greatest thing in the world to say about your (former?) teammates, especially if you want your job again in 2012, but it's not incendiary. But how do you feel about the way Tim acts off the field, Brady?

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"If you look at it as a whole, there's a lot of things that just don't seem very humble to me," Quinn said. "When I get that opportunity, I'll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?"

Annnnnnd ... scene. At least on Quinn's career with the Broncos. Remember, they shipped Kyle Orton out of town because he was going to be a pain in the locker room. And they already know what they've got in Quinn (read: a guy who can't beat out Tebow for the backup job).

The Broncos said they want to bring in two more quarterbacks to generate some competition, but they're unlikely to bring in (or back) anyone who might truly try and undermine Tebowmania in Denver. If you're coming out to Mile High, you've got buy into the idea that you're going to get pelted with foam crosses should you win the starting gig.

But maybe Quinn's comments in the magazine aren't as bad as represented. Quinn released a statement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon refuting the nature of his comments in Silver's article.

"The comments attributed to me in a recent magazine article are in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim and the Broncos," Quinn tweeted. "Tim deserves a lot of credit for our success and I'm happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate. That interview was conducted three months ago, and the resulting story was a completely inaccurate portrayal of my comments.

"I have addressed my disappointment with the writer and have reached out to Tim to clear this up. I apologize to anyone who feels I was trying to take anything away from our Team's or Tim's success this season."

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Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:12 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Spineless jellyfish! Going back on what he said? Doesn't matter either way, he isn't important and Tebow won't be in the league after 4 years and the Broncos will still suck.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:43 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Um yea ah who the hell is quinn ? Exactly !

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:34 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

quinn is just another in a long line of notre dame blowhards!!!! he couldn't win in college at a mid level school, comes to play on  sundays and stinks out the joint, just go away you big blowhard!!!!

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:18 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Brady Quinn can be a starter. Everybody have to understand the teams he have been on. Cleveland Browns who had NO PLAYMAKER then the Denver Broncos who fans love Tim Tebow so much, he is their god. Brady Quinn need to be with a team with playmakers and not have the game on his shoulders. Let him manage the game and he will be alright. With the right coaching staff and players around him, I see good things for him

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:56 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

You're an idiot

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:35 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Stupid, senseless article.

1) Nobody knows who Quinn is, or if he truly exists.

2) Nobody outside of Denver gives a crap about Tebow or the Broncos.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:42 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

the media is trying to make this as a backtrack. quinn meant every word as probably did most of his teammates have wanted to say but kept quiet. its not sour grapes, its real unprofessionalism from the media and the never ending special treatment thenever ending coaches have given this fraud and its time the truth came out how he divides a lockerroom like he did at florida too. lets ask percy harvin if thought tim teblow getting a body guard treatment escort through the stadium on senior day while harvin "just got introduced" didnt piss him off?  without harvin the blow is crying like the end of the alabama game. im surprised its only one or two guys so far who have come out and said what most of us not brainwashed by this fraud have already known. many opponents who have played on the same field have already come out and outted the fraud as a hypocrite. the blow has been deceptively cunning at everybody elses expense and slowly all or most of his former teammates will come out and make it known. and if they dont speak outloud they definitely believe and know what quinn is saying because they cant say this while they are still teammates. plain and simple he divides a lockerroom with his guile. this is not a great secret. the media built this fraud up and they wont let go of their boyfriend until he is completely exposed. and HE WILL be before it is all over

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:37 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Now you guys see: more is being revealed as I released this information with many post last year.  The media decided to post it but I posted this months ago.  I always stay 5 steps ahead of the media.  When you look at all the antics by Tebow, not praying when he loses or all the rage for a QB, I say he might be roiding.  Either way, the truth is going to surface and I think Tebow is young and the media has built him into this "only person" that prays.  Yet all over the internet are clips of him partying in Vegas, drinking with friends and hanging out in late night spots.  Is Tebow a "real" Christian?  Nothing in his actions speak of a Christian on the field.  Leak, Wuerrful, Ward were all devout Christians who lead by examply not by trying to get attention.  In college I remember when he didn't want to give te back-ups playing time to build his stats.  That is real humble isn't it.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:56 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

This grabbing quotes by players to make headlines are media-driven events that I find more suspicious than the current advertisements and sound bites from politicians running for office.  No doubt, quotes are being grabbed here and there and the next thing you know, a player is being asked to explain what he meant by this or this, and the explanation to spew than the actual quote.  I guess that's what we get in a 140-character Twitter world - for which I don't have an account and don't follow.  I will take the Wilbon/Kornheiser "Five Good Minutes" on PTI anyday over coverage based on single quotes.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:57 am

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

I'm not here to defend quinn or bash tebow as a quarterback,
Well.  That's exactly what you did minus the Quinn part.  You actually took the bashing to the extreme.

Tebow is not an NFL quarterback. His numbers reflect it. Tim Tebow is a carnival freak show, and a pr and publicity exhibit. That worked in college but it won't work long term here.

How do you know that.  The team went 7-4 with Tebow as a starter and beat the defending AFC champion in the playoffs.  Considering he has no comparable point of reference, as far as QB's go, what's your evidence that it can't work?
This was a strike year. Because of it there was less training camp and prep time. because of that they were in poor condition, there were more injuries. He benefited from playing in a weak afc west division. KC had injuries to to many key players. Chargers had injuries and continue to challenge dallas as the biggest underachievers in the nfl. The raiders had injuries and as usual internal turmoil. The broncos were lucky to play teams at just the right time. For example they played the bears when forte and cutler was out for the year  Why did tebow win? It was a combonation of things. A good defense, lucky to play in a weak division, lucky to play teams at the right time with key personel injuries, and a little luck and help from the raiders the last weekend. Then in the playoffs the were lucky to get an older slower pitt team with ben on a bad ankle and d cordinator with a stupid game plan that refused to change it. Remember what happened the next week in New England? That weak vanilla offensive game plan made a poor pats d look like an allstar defense.
Players were in poor condition? Didn't every expert opine that the strike heard Tebow about as bad as anyone because of his mechanics.

Weak AFC West-  OK.  Obvious fact, but you play the hand your dealt.  Phillip Rivers had the same opportunity.  No dice there.  Your explanation?

Injuries- I don't buy that, but whatever.  I don't see that other teams in that division were "more injured" but for the Raiders.

Good Defense- OK. Except for they were an incredible 1-4 without him at QB.  They were demolished and lit up for nearly 400 yards by Christian Ponder? Tom Brady threw 5 touchdowns in the first half.  It was like a video game.  I watched him play 8 games last year and never did he play with more ease than he did against that "amazing defense."  In fact, the next game he took so much heat from the Ravens front 4 that he resorted to his Quarterback Guru to fix his game.

You have no idea.  You didn't say anything there that 50% of the people on these sites aren't already saying.  It's all just speculation because you're argument falls flat if you choose to look at the only thing that matters which is the W column.  Coach Ditka and Parcells sure seem to be on his bandwagon, so he must not be all that bad.

But truly the most amazing thing for me to watch on these sites- is how oblivious they are to the underdog dynamic of Sports.  How many damn movies and public interest stories need to come out about a guy with an undeniable will, who's being doubted, insulted and kicked around, only to see that guy persevere.  In the end, all the doubters look like chumps and we look back and see villains and bullies.  I'm not saying Tebow haters are bad people, but isn't it just bad Karma to attack this kind of character?

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