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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: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:31 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Great post and great points made here.  Brady Quinn had outstanding numbers in college, Tim Tebow won a National Championship and a heisman.  He's a football player.  He plays football like you play it in the backyard or on the sandlot.   He's not lightning fast, but he is quick, and he will slam run over alot of dbs that get in his way.  He punishes dudes at the end of runs.  He knows to deliver the blow if at all possible.  He avoided any really huge hits last season, at least during the regular season.  He got pretty roughed up against New England, but should be ready to play next season.  All that being said, he just wins ballgames.  He's won Championships at every level.  It would help if he had a defense, but after all, he does pplay the the enver Broncos.  (No D)  Tebow also has a career QB rating that is about 10 points higher than Brady Quinn's. 76 -66.  Tebow had more TD's this season (12) than Quinn has had in his career (10).  Tebow took the team from the toilet to the top -  Quinn hasn't done ish.  



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:30 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

As a Browns fan, the Broncos can have Brady Quinn!  3-10 career record as starting QB of the Browns (including two back to back wins when the passing game was completely de-emphasized - Quinn went 6/19 for 90 yds v. the Steelers in a 13-6 upset win,  and then a week later, when Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards against KC), career YPA of 4.8 yds per pass attempt, 10-9 TD-Int ratio, 52% completion percentage.  Other than the completion percentage, Tebow's numbers in every category are better - and he hasn't even had a real offseason yet.

I don't love Tebow, but anyone who seriously thinks Quinn is a better QB than Tebow has not watched a lot of football.




Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:30 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

As a Browns fan, the Broncos can have Brady Quinn!  3-10 career record as starting QB of the Browns (including two back to back wins when the passing game was completely de-emphasized - Quinn went 6/19 for 90 yds v. the Steelers in a 13-6 upset win,  and then a week later, when Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards against KC), career YPA of 4.8 yds per pass attempt, 10-9 TD-Int ratio, 52% completion percentage.  Other than the completion percentage, Tebow's numbers in every category are better - and he hasn't even had a real offseason yet.

I don't love Tebow, but anyone who seriously thinks Quinn is a better QB than Tebow has not watched a lot of football.




Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:28 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Ooh, how horrible that someone speaks the truth. Quinn should not have retracted his comments. He is entitled to his opinion that tebow publicizes his faith. Not all Christians agree with the way tebow acts.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:26 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Quinn had his shots at starter, he had Cleveland, Arizona & now Denver. Anderson took the Browns further than any of the QB's they have drafted. FA, he and Henne are shopping themselves around to continue careers and fresh starts. Not sure if baseball is something he was also good at ? But he might consider his options. Quinn needs to own his chances and failures. Because even in Arizona, Skelton must've shown the coaches he was better than Anderson & Quinn the prior season. Skelton really showed that Kolb was nothing but average too, a product of a West Coast offense in Philly that was nurtured. Heck, Kolb was carried like a baby for 9 months and breast fed the next few seasons. I knew he wasn't good enough to beat out McNabb or Vick. Anyway, those are different discussions. Quinn is so confused at this point. Not sure he knows an offense or playbook well enough to ever be effective, too many systems to learn every season.



Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:05 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

If's, if's and if's. He's not been traded, he's not sitting on the bench and he IS a starting QB that led the Broncos to the playoffs and a first round win vs Pitt! "Not allowed to criticize"??? That's all we've heard is criticizing all season long! "Out of the league entirely"? After only his first full season?  With your post being made on a fantasy site, I'd think you know Tebow actualy had some decent games.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:58 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Anyone who thinks Tebow is a better QB than Quinn is crazy. Quinn has not gotten a fair shot since entering the league. He threw 8 passes his rookie season, started 3 games his second season playing well but breaking his finger and missing the rest of the season, his third year he was on his second coach and played musical QB's with Anderson until he was again injured. Cut to Denver and his third coach in 4 years who, Quinn has stated, would only let him take about 10 minutes worth of snaps per practice (sounds like a fair shot to me), then last year, coach 4 in five years, Quinn is praised coming out of camp and performs the best during the preseason yet is placed as second on the depth chart and is listed as such until all the Denver fans start chanting for a guy who was a 5th round pick at best. Quinn has the talent but in six years has not gotten a chance at all to prove himself. He is better than at least 15 of the current NFL starters including the guy he was forced to back up. Also for those who say he was no good in college you must not understand the meaning of good. He ranks in the top ten in NCAA history in passing yards and touchdown passes. His junior and senior years he combined for 7300 yards, 69 TDs and 14 ints. Excellent numbers. All while being a class act.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:58 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Oh, Quinn, don't be jealous. Maybe if you weren't a bust, you wouldn't have to whine about being on the bench.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:45 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

That's a comment made by a whiny, liberal guy.  No doubt in my mind.
Hey Newt, don't you have some lunar colonies to plan or crosses to burn?
 



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:33 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Ha! La2r - What you quote isn't a liberal comment. Time to find a new way to "insult" someone.
What are the odds that a conservative or even a moderate would pointlessly go out of there way to not only cite his religion but his skin color.  That's a comment made by a whiny, liberal guy.  No doubt in my mind.


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