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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
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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: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

i think Cassel can be a really good QB, i dont think he's Tom Brady, but i think he certainly is an above average QB.
Really. I would define him as the average QB of the NFL. Dead in the middle. When he isn't hurt. Good luck with that.  



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

The guy went 7-4 in his first year as a starter.  But of course, that 7-4 following a 1-4 was just a result of the "Magical Denver defense" that same defense that was absolutely demolished by Christian Ponder.  Or was it the dynamite running game of 30+ Baltimore castaway, Willis McGahee.  Probably more a result of the remarkable, undrafted midget Lance Ball.  Or was it the dynamic receiving corps of Eric Decker, Demaryus Thomas and Matt Willis.  Don't forget the remarkably fearless all-purpose receiver Eddie Royal.  Don't even get me started on the incredible array of explosiveness coming out of the TE position.  Those guys were so good nobody can even recall their names without backchecking on the Team page.  No, no no, it was definitely a result of John Fox who can't lose, despite going an incredible 1-15 the year before.

You guys are right.  Tebow or "Teblow" as you so eloquently put it, was in the perfect scenario! His success was a 100% byproduct of the amazing supporting cast the surrounded him.  I mean, could the cast have been any better. 

Also, he's such a chump.  Visiting sick kids with terminal illnesses and stuff...what a disgusting piece of work he is.



Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

i dont think the fans should hate it, when he has a good line and good weapons, i think Cassel can be a really good QB

Same can be said about Orton, or any number of mediocre QB's.  The fact is, you want your QB to make the team better, not the team to make the QB better.

Don't think Cassel is the guy.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

the fans would still hate it because they want Cassel gone, so they want someone to take his job.
i dont think the fans should hate it, when he has a good line and good weapons, i think Cassel can be a really good QB, i dont think he's Tom Brady, but i think he certainly is an above average QB.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:42 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Very well said all the way down the line.  NO WAY he gets the starting gig in KC.  No chance.
yeah, Cassel isnt losing his job and shouldnt, in fact, i was hoping the Chiefs would cut Cassel so Washington can sign him. i also dont see him starting right away in Seattle, he may take the job if Jackson starts to stink it up.
The only thing I may disagree on, expect the Bronocs to take a QB higher in the draft than you think
i dont remember if i said they would do it or not, i think they may take a QB in the 3rd round, but i dont agree with that idea. i would take one in round 4 or 5. i think the first two picks should be a DT and a pass catching TE, those picks would help that defense and give Tebow a security blanket to dump the ball to, i also wouldnt hate it if they picked LaMichael James, though i dont see it.



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Yeah, KC must have a good back-up this year so they don't have the horror of the "Palko" from last year.  If that didn't happen, they walk away with the crappy division their in.

Quinn would be a fine back-up, but the fans would still hate it because they want Cassel gone, so they want someone to take his job.

I think Cassel is much better than most fans.



Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

He referred, specifically, to the LAST FOUR games of the season genius


Yes, and I was taking the point even farther.  I know school just got out for you like you said, but try to keep up.

Besides, all the Chiefs had to do was beat the lowly Raiders and they couldn't do it.  Fail.



Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:37 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

True.  Quinn certainly ain't beating out Cassel.  But the Chiefs do need a compitent backup (not that I think that's Quinn).  They may go after him.



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:36 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

The Chiefs also lost at home to Tim Tebow and the Broncos, and they lost too many games to compete for the 8-8 Champions of the AFC West.

He referred, specifically, to the LAST FOUR games of the season genius.  Try to keep up.

Christ it's so hard writing on here after school gets out.



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Very well said all the way down the line.  NO WAY he gets the starting gig in KC.  No chance.

The only thing I may disagree on, expect the Bronocs to take a QB higher in the draft than you think.


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