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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: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:13 pm

Quinn: I'm a bitter little bitch

Yes you are Brady, yes, you are....

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:12 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

If Quinn wants to talk about football.  Whatever, chalk it up as frustration from a competitive guy that wants to play.  OK no problem.
When he starts attacking Tebow personally is when he oversteps his boundaries.  People are way too concerned about when and where he chooses to pray or act as an individual.  Is he demanding that the cameras focus on him?  The media is interested in him and not vice versa.  How many players actively promote themselves to gain the spotlight and still can't even get it.  See Chad Johnson, Stevie Johnson.  If he wants to pray he can pray.  If some player wants to dance around on the sideline during pre-game, nobody claims that is "attention seeking."

Criticize his football abilities if you may, but the critique of his prayer rituals is hypocritical as can be.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:11 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

With Tebow, they WERE a playoff team. Where you been?

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:09 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

Quinn= Crybaby. Go take care of your girlfriend man.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:09 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

This article is useless. Who cares what's going on in Denver? Even with Tebow as the QB, they aren't a playoff bound team, and I think Tom Brady proved that. They made it off of shear luck that the 4th quarter just so happened to go their way for X amount of games more often than their opponent. That kind of luck doesn't last.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:06 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

just another in a very long line of notre dame blowhards!!!!!!

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:05 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

"They know what they got in Quinn (a guy who can't beat out Tebow for the backup job)"

But he can and he did until the idiots in Denver called for Tebow. All season he was ahead of Tebow on the depth chart. Mechanically Tebow is not even half the quarterback Quinn is. I won't argue the facts that Tebow won games but let's not act like Tebow is actually a good quarterback or again even technically as sound as Quinn.

Quinn will never be a franchise QB but let's be realistic this Tebow is about done as early as next year. None of the Qb's on that staff last year will be the long term answer in Denver.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:55 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

Hey Brady Quinn...Pampers there buddy?

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:55 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

quinn's just jealous he is the "hottest" QB in the league anymore....enjoy being a backup for your entire career....I guess those big biceps and arms are for carrying clipboards? Oh wait, the immediate backup does that...I dont know what 3rd stringers do on the sidelines....

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:50 pm

Quinn: Tebow actions 'don't seem very humble'

Quinn...Who? Sounds like pure jeolousy to me!!! Period!!

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