Tag:Brady Quinn
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:45 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 12:47 pm

Report: Broncos have 3rd-down package for Quinn

Denver reportedly has a third-down package for backup Quinn. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

All week long, there have been a litany of rumors that Denver would consider benching quarterback Tim Tebow if he struggles against Pittsburgh on Sunday, and inserting backup Brady Quinn into the game.

Quinn denied the rumors about receiving extra first-team repetitions in Broncos practice, but what else was he going to do? And Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported on Sunday that the Broncos have a specific third-down package designed for Quinn against the Steelers.

This package is, presumably, for cases when the Broncos end up in obviously third-and-long passing situations; though Tebow's had some success in 2011 passing the ball, he's not exactly going to keep a team like the Steelers honest in those scenarios.

Additionally, Glazer reports that the Broncos have a package prepared for both Quinn and Tebow, although there's no certainty that Denver will use it, particularly if Tebow is effective.

Finally, the Broncos are pretty clearly prepared to make a change if Tebow struggles. They've shown no real concern about yanking the former first-round pick around in the past, and the John Fox/John Elway combo hasn't shown too much concern about committing to the quarterback who got them to the playoffs before, aside from indicating he'll be on the roster in 2012.

Why would they start now?

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Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:21 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 5:09 pm

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Does Fox really have Tebow's back? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Tim Tebow set the world on fire during the Broncos six-game winning streak that put them in first place in the AFC West. But during Denver's final three games -- all losses -- Tebow looked totally different, and there's starting to be some serious chatter about the possibility that he could be benched Sunday against Pittsburgh if he struggles.

Our Broncos Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer notes on Friday that Denver coach John Fox didn't "eliminate the possibility" during his press conference, although he did support Tebow's efforts as the Broncos starter.

"Well, he's on the football team," Fox said of backup Brady Quinn. "So everybody on the team's ready. Like every game, we expect our starters to play well and if for some reason an injury occurs or something happens, it's next man up."

Adding fuel to the fire is a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source that says backup Brady Quinn has been getting "roughly half the first-team reps in practice all week."

However, Quinn, in a text message to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, denied Florio's report, saying he hasn't "gotten any extra reps." Quinn said he usually gets two reps, “if any” on Friday with the first team, but that he got two this week.

Over the final three games of the season (again, all losses) Tebow went 30 of 73 ("good" for a 41.1 completion percentage) for 439 passing yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

In that time, however, he was effective on the ground, picking up 5.11 yards per carry while rushing 28 times for 143 yards. The first-team reps can even be explained as "due diligence," considering the Broncos would need a non-Tebow offense installed in the event that they decide to yank on his apparently short leash.

The big difference between "Winning Tebow" and "Losing Tebow" is turnovers. (Which, actually, is kind of the difference between almost every good/bad version of a quarterback; don't let anyone fool you into thinking this is a Tebow-centric problem.) Tebow's fumbled four times in the past three games (two were lost), versus twice in the previous six games before that.

Add in the interceptions and defenses figuring out how to minimize the damage Tebow can do (press man coverage versus zone defenses)

And there's a pretty good chance that Tebow will struggle on Sunday against the Steelers. They are, if you don't know, pretty good at defense.

But it's still disappointing to see Fox waffling on his support of the Broncos starter, particularly since they'd currently be sitting at home without Tebow's emergence as a viable albeit different starter in the NFL.

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Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:35 pm

Elway 'disappointed' in reaction to Tebow comment

Posted by Will Brinson

Although it feels like a lifetime's worth of Tim Tebow news has happened since, it's actually only been a week since John Elway said the Broncos quarterback of the future currently wasn't on the roster.

Now, a week later and one Denver win richer, Elway is "disappointed" that people misunderstood what he was trying to say on his radio show last Monday. He clarified the remarks this week on the same radio show.

"I was surprised in the fact that people took it to be a negative answer, and it really wasn't a negative answer," Elway said Monday on KDSP-FM in Denver, via NFL.com. "That's where I was taken aback. It wasn't meant to be a strike at Timmy at all.

"It was just a reality check of where we were at the time, and it wasn't a negative because I tried to follow it up with all the positive things we were doing and tried to point out some things we needed to get better at."

Elway, at the time, emphasized that the team wasn't going to win a championship if its quarterback was completing less than 50 percent of his passes, or if they weren't converting third downs.

But because the question he was asked centered around whether or not the quarterback of the future was on the roster, many folks took it a way that Elway apparently didn't intend.

"I was disappointed, and obviously I need to do a better job communicating that message, because the way it was taken was taken more negative than obviously I really meant it to be," Elway said. "So that's just one of those situations, and it's something I'll learn from also."

Look, Elway's in a lose-lose situation when he tries to answer that question. If he says "yes," he's committing to Tebow for the long term even if he's not sure that's what he wants to do. And if he goes back on his decision, he's sure to hear from many angry Tebow supporters down the road.

On the other hand, if he doesn't commit to Tebow as the franchise's future, he's pretty clearly undermining any support for Tebow from the organization. Even if that's not what he's actually doing.

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Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 11:28 pm

Elway says Broncos QB of future not on team yet

Posted by Will Brinson

Tim Tebow's a shocking 4-1 as a starter this year and, as such, surely John Elway is getting warmed up to the idea of Tebow as his franchise quarterback, right?

Wrong. Elway, speaking to Gary Miller on his weekly radio show on 102.3 FM in Denver, was asked if he was "any closer to feeling if you have your quarterback on this team."

"No," Elway said after a pause, per The Denver Post. "I think obviously he's making progress week in and week out. When you look at our third down numbers, those have to improve.

"I mean, that's the bottom line. We can't go 3-for-13 and win a world championship. Those are the type of things we have to keep improving."

All of those things are correct, so it's hard to fault Elway for making those points. (Although is he just not reading Ryan Wilson's "Tracking Tebow" posts? Because Wilson's work proves Tebow is a winner.) And it's also hard to fault him for being honest.

But considering how much attention was paid to his excitement in the owners' box as Tebow marched down the field to beat the Jets on Thursday, well, shouldn't he figure out a way to either get behind Tebow or not?

Maybe he will -- Elway might be saying that the quarterback of the future in Denver isn't on the roster. Or maybe he's just implying he's not sure whether the quarterback of the future is on the roster yet. Which means Tim Tebow could be the quarterback of hte future, but Elway just hasn't decided yet.

Regardless, he's clearly not throwing his full managerial weight behind Tebow as the starter, despite Tebow continuing to find ways to win.

Depending on how the Broncos finish out, it should make for an entertaining (or is it exhausting?) offseason in Denver.

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Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:53 pm

Elway: Quinn was ready if Tebow struggled Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

The AFC West, thanks to Denver upsetting Oakland 38-24 on Sunday, is a hot mess right now. And in what has to be the weirdest turn of events, Tim Tebow's led the Broncos within one game of first place in their division.

But he's still not on firm footing in terms of remaining the starting quarterback -- though he's guaranteed to start this week! -- and John Elway told Denver's 102.3 The Ticket on Monday that John Fox was prepared to bring in Brady Quinn if Tebow struggled against the Raiders Sunday.

"I think that John was patient with it and wanted to see how things were going," Elway said, via the Denver Post. "If we’d have seen what happened the last couple of weeks, we might have seen a change."

Elway also noted that he'd like to see Tebow's completion percentage, currently hovering below 50 percent, improve.

Week 9 Review

That's not surprising, because it's tough to win football games when you're only hitting on 46.4 percent of your passes. What is surprising is how quickly Fox and Elway were willing to bail on the Tebow experiment and roll with Quinn.

Tebow looked terrible against Detroit last week and was only good for a few minutes against the Dolphins in Week 7. But had they really given him a fair shake, after 10 quarters of football, a trade of his best wide receiver and no clear-cut game plan designed to utilize his strengths?

Because it sure doesn't seem that way. When Denver focused on running the ball and actually installed a offensive package designed around the guy under center, the result was much more palatable.

None of that's to say that Tebow is set up to make a run at a division title, or even that he'll be an above-average quarterback this year. He probably won't.

But how are we going to find out about his ability to adapt and improve if Denver doesn't even give him a fair shake? Speaking of fair shakes, they probably should have traded Kyle Orton if they weren't even going to make him the backup.

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 9:25 am

Fox: Tebow is Broncos starter 'for this week'

Posted by Will Brinson

Tim Tebow's start on Sunday against Detroit did not go well. At all. But the Broncos quarterback will get at least one more start to prove himself, according to Denver coach John Fox who confirmed that Tebow will get the nod against Oakland in Week 9.

Fox didn't make any promises past that, of course, but at least he's throwing the guy a bone after a brutal Sunday.

"For this week, yes," Fox answered when asked if Tebow would continue starting. "He had really two starts. I think he’s a young quarterback as we’ve mentioned. We’re getting to know him better, and he’s getting to understand the offense better with each one of those snaps."

This is, frankly, kind of a mess.

Over the course of the last two weeks, Tebow looked like one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL (the Denver Post's Mike Klis called him as much Sunday) for the majority of his time on the field. He's played terribly and looked out of place.

But it's not all his fault. After all, Fox and the Broncos staff are just now working in various Tebow packages to make the quarterback's job easier and to play to his strengths.

That's problematic because it's something that should have happened many weeks ago, rather than after Fox decided to move away from Kyle Orton and towards Tebow. And it's certainly something that should have happened before Tebow was thrown to the wolves Lions Sunday.

The good news for Tebow now, at least, is that expectations are a little lower than they were heading into Week 8, both from the standpoint of fans and his coach.

"I expect him to look at the tape and see where he made mistakes," Fox said. "The things about mistakes are, first of all, you’ve got to admit them, and he’s never had an issue with that. Second of all, you correct them, and third of all, you try to never let them happen again. That’s what happens with young players in this league; there are a lot of firsts out there. He’s competitive by nature, and I think he’ll respond just fine."

But maybe Tebow won't respond and maybe he's just not ready to start right now. Regardless, over the coming week let's try and remember some of the context surrounding Tebow's situation in Denver.

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Posted on: October 23, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 8:49 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

T. Tebow had a great final five minutes of the game Sunday (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Broncos made a ridiculous comeback on the Dolphins, and Tim Tebow was front and center, throwing touchdown passes and running in a two-point conversion. After the Broncos 18-15 overtime win against the Dolphins, he kneeled on the sideline. He could have been saying thanks for the final result. Or he could have been praying for the future.

Because while the first was impressive, the second is cloudy. 

For the first 55 minutes of this game, Tebow was terrible. Then, for five minutes at the end of regulation, he was the All-American from the University of Florida, leading his team to victory.

Tebow was terrible before he was awesome on Sunday. The Miami crowd went from jeering the Florida native to cheering him and chanting his name.

But don’t you believe the hype. Tebow was horrendous for much of the day, and Denver’s win had more to do with how bad the Dolphins are* than the future of Tebow’s NFL career.

*Urban Meyer was in the house and spotted talking to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Do you think Ross offered him the job right there and then?

His first pass of the day should have been intercepted by Karlos Dansby. There were times when it appeared that he had no idea what he was doing. And it was clear John Fox didn’t trust him enough to run a fourth and 1 play (instead, Matt Prater missed his second field goal of the day).

Broncos fans applauded when the Broncos first announced that Kyle Orton would be replaced by Tebow as the starting quarterback, and today, their judgment has been vindicated. But it’s only temporary. At least Orton is a quarterback that looks like a professional athlete most of the time he plays. Tebow looks like a pro athlete as well. But not as a quarterback. Maybe as a tight end. Maybe as an H-back. Hell, maybe as a linebacker.

But not as a quarterback.

He overthrew a wide-open Eric Decker on a long pass that would have yielded a touchdown. He threw too high. For most of the day, he made Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore look like the best signal-caller on the field. By far.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Tebow had been sacked five times while completing four passes (he finished 13 of 27 for 161 yards and two touchdowns while rushing eight times for 65 yards). He led a nice drive late in the fourth quarter to get his team on the scoreboard, and he kept it up after Denver recovered an onside kick. But he was mostly making do with screen passes, short-yardage throws and scrambles.

The stats don’t look as bad as Tebow performed Sunday. But it was an anomaly, a fluke.

What does it mean for this Broncos season that is still a lost cause? Fox can’t go back to Orton now, but would he if Tebow continues to struggle? What about Brady Quinn -- who, like Orton, is in the final year of his contract?

Or maybe, just maybe, this is some elaborate conspiracy plan to secure the services of Andrew Luck. Sure, that’s a ridiculous notion and it backfired Sunday. But is it that much more ridiculous than implying that Tebow is a legitimate NFL starting quarterback? Even with today’s result, I’d say no.

After all, you shouldn’t see the mirage for the trees.

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Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 12:03 pm

Sacramone: 'best boyfriend' award goes to Brady

(Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

At some point during the first half of Sunday's Chargers-Broncos game, as Kyle Orton was doing everything he could to get benched, the thought must've crossed backup quarterback Brady Quinn's mind. Maybe he'd be the guy to replace Orton.

After all, there was talk that Quinn, after a solid preseason, had passed Tim Tebow on the depth chart. Turns out, that was a figment of our imagination. On Monday, Broncos head coach John Fox spoke about the decision to go with Tebow over Quinn on Sunday.

"I think sometimes that’s not reality. I think the call to go with Tim was obviously something we discussed before, but I didn’t want that outwardly known regardless of perception. I think we kind of showed our hand.”

So, yes, things could be better on the work front for Quinn. But the former Browns first-round pick didn't let professional setbacks affect his personal life. So while no one will be calling Quinn "NFL starting quarterback" anytime soon, he is a recent recipient of the "Best Boyfriend" award, as bestowed upon him by girlfriend Alicia Sacramone, former Olympic gold-medalist.

Let's see you top that, Tebow.

(In related news: ESPN's QBR stat has now been readjusted to account for Quinn's chivalry and he's now ahead of Tebow in the Week 5 rankings.)

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