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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:00 pm

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

This sounds like a disappointed and bitter man.  Fans liked someone better than him.  When is it the players choice to be thrust in front of cameras?  Isn't that the network's choice and not Tim's?  And oh, what a horrible thing to thank God for the opportunity any chance you get.  Quinn, don't throw Tebow under the bus because your career is in the toilet.  Fans wanted to see their first round draft choice of a year before and not a Cleveland retread, another big shock isn't it.
Those who have trouble with Tim's gratefulness to God need to look in their own heart to see why it bothers you so much.  He is grateful and is not making you do or think anything.   Another shock is that Tim thinks God's opinion matters more than yours.

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:00 pm
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Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:00 pm

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

Quinn is right. Tebow's infantilized, "look at how pure and holy I am" religiosity is a joke.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:00 pm

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

wow so kneeling down to pray and thank God is now considered "celebrating"?

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:58 pm

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

so Quinn thinks Tebow tries to pray in front of the camera to get attention?  Uh no, he does his Tebowing yes, but that's just what he does and it's the cameras that come to him.  Quinn was a d-bag in HS, at ND, and still is now.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:56 pm

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

humble is barry sanders!! he did not celebrate, make first down gestures, or kneel down to pray. he got up and went back to the huddle. that is humble get that straight. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:55 pm

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

Cmon guys where do you live? Do you remember when Quinn got a couple of starts with McDaniels? We don't want Quinn, it's not blasphemy either, hehe no pun intended. Seriously though, he got his shot, you guys just forgot it, like the rest of us.

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:55 pm

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

Who gives a crap. They both suck

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:51 pm

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

I'm with Quinn. They never gave this guy a proper shot. As soon as Orton got hurt, they listened to the public outcry for Tebow...and happened to get lucky.

Doesn't matter, anyway. Elway is bringing in Arizona's Nick Foles in the draft and he'll be starting by the end of next season.

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:50 pm

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

Tebow may not have the talent to be a long-lived pro NFL quarterback, but he is the most humble guy out there. Questioning his talent is understandable; questioning his humility and character is idiotic.

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