Brady Quinn rips Tim Tebow in GQ as more lucky than humble

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Brady Quinn.
If bench-warming hunk Brady Quinn entertained any fantasies about returning to the Denver Broncos next season, he should put them out of his mind.

Why? In a new GQ article, Quinn makes a number of impolitic comments about Tim Tebow that virtually guarantee he'll be wearing an orange-free uni the next time he takes the field.

"The Year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time" by Michael Silver culls quotes from a number of folks, most of whom are smart enough to tip-toe around the subject of The Chosen One. But not Quinn, who hits one wrong note after another. First, there's this bottle of fine whine, which serves as a scene-setter:

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. 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.

Shortly thereafter, in a section of the piece keyed to the beginning of the Broncos' winning streak, Quinn suggests that Tebow's success was based less on skill than his ability to wear out opponents:

The entire game, the defensive line is chasing the quarterback around, and that wears down the pass rush. Meanwhile, the defensive backs are chasing receivers, but you only throw eight passes, so they start to feel lazy. It only takes that one play, that one big pass, for a touchdown.

What about that out-of-the-blue victory over the Bears? Quinn's take: "We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply."

Then, as if he hasn't burned that bridge to enough of a crisp, Quinn takes a shot at the phenomenon known as Tebowing:

If you look at it as a whole, there's a lot of things that just don't seem very humble to me. 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?

No, Quinn isn't the first person to have said things like this, nor will he be the last -- but he may be among the least credible. After all, he came to the Broncos via one of the worst trades in the team's history. As most fans are still trying to forget, team-destroyer Josh McDaniels picked up Brady from Cleveland in exchange for running back Peyton Hillis, who went on to tear up the league for the woeful Browns while Quinn sat and looked pretty.

During this past preseason, Quinn had a few moments -- but when it came time to actually challenging Kyle Orton for the starting job, he reverted to the inconsistent, panicky hurler he's been ever since joining the NFL. If anyone believes he would have racked up more wins than Tebow had he been inserted into the starting lineup after Orton was yanked, they've been spiking their Gatorade with moonshine. The kind capable of leaving a guy blind, impotent and screaming in agony.

True, most of us can't say that Tebow is the long-term answer for the Broncos. But we know with absolute certainty Quinn isn't. Before this article, there was little chance he'd return to the squad for the 2012-2013 season. Now there's none.

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Desi
Desi

Hes a terrible quaterback let tebow do what he does which is win and whatever way he does that is fine, id pick tebow over him everytime

Scottrg22
Scottrg22

Brady, you stunk with Cleveland, every chance you got you blew it!

Red
Red

Brady is right!

ME
ME

Years from now, when Brady/Tim are no longer in the NFL, people will still remember 1 of these guys distinctively regardless of his NFL career stats/success/or lack of. And that's because he was the same person ON and OFF the field without shame and despite public scrutiny. You know whom I speak of.

ME
ME

Years from now, when Brady/Tim are no longer in the NFL, people will still remember 1 of these guys distinctively regardless of his NFL career stats/success/or lack of. And that's because he was the same person ON and OFF the field without shame and despite public scrutiny. You know whom I speak of.

Head East
Head East

 It’s good to see at least one person not blowing Tebow. 

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Is that AKA Teblowing?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

It'll be interesting to see how often that term gets used next season. Thanks for the post, Larry.

Tesla
Tesla

Teblowing Teabots.

Dalla$tar
Dalla$tar

And the beat goes on. As a sports fan (and Tebow fan), I actually do hope that we get to a point in the near future where all this belaboring just stops. Again, I am a fan of Tim Tebow as a person and player. I've been watching his games since Florida, and he's still the same guy - winner. I think it takes a lot to come out and say things like Quinn is doing, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's smart. C'mon man! Do you really think we "fans" chanting for Tebow had anything to do with him getting the start? Since when have Mr. Bolen (Broncos owner) or Brian Zanders (exec) ever told a GM or coach to listen to the fans and start a particular guy? Coaches are going to play the guy that they feel "gives them the best chance to win." Quinn not only proved nothing at Cleveland, but even by his own admission, the staff went from him to Tebow to replace Kyle. And what have we heard all along coming out of Dove Valley: that they're evaluating guys in practice. Clearly, Tebow would've had to have shown Fox something that week which elevated him to 2nd string by the time they played SD (which Tebow & Denver almost won, recovering from Kyle's mistakes). Tebow went on to put up an 8-5 record as a starter, and went 7-1 in his first three starts. And did we not see the playoffs? He torched the Steelers' #1 ranked pass D and brought back the feeling of winning a playoff game to us Coloradoans. And no, we can't say what "would" or “wouldn't" have happened had Quinn been the starter, but we DO know that Tim was exciting to watch, won games and leaves Broncos fans in anticipation for this next season. Broncos fans are experiencing what we Gators fans have been all along. Look, Tebow is NOT Tom Brady or Steve Young or Peyton Manning. Heck, I don't even know if he's Eli Manning! But he is special. And not like the "everyone's special to someone" idea. He's obviously got something that makes him exciting to watch. And he's a heck of a hard worker and when did that become a bad thing? Will Smith (the actor, not the football player) said he knows he's not the best actor, but that his work ethic is "sick." Tell me that people don't get excited to see a Will Smith blockbuster release every July?! Tebow will NEVER say that he's the best QB or ever will be. You won't hear him talk about going to the Pro Bowl or HOF. He's just going to talk about working hard, getting better, and making his teammates better. That's what he did after losing to MSST his Jr year at FLA, and they didn't lose again until the SEC Championship...THE NEXT SEASON. Oh, and they won the BCS Championship during that 1-loss year. He's a gamer and has the ability to play at any level. I think the doubters will see that Tebow will do in the NFL as he did at Nease HS and FLA. One more thing: Could we PLEASE stop trash-talking his faith? This makes me nauseous. If it were the same guy, but he was paying homage to Buddah, Allah or something else, would there be as much disrespect going on? Absolutely not. And Quinn is ridiculous to assert that Tebow isn't humble because he prays. Faith in Christ is a lifestyle, a relationship, and not something that's only done on Sundays. It's like, if my wife comes to visit me at work, I'm going to hug and kiss her, not just when I get home from work. Our relationship isn't confined to certain areas of our lives. And Quinn clearly doesn't get that. Jesus even said, "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 10:33. When Tebow prays, he's not going to the ESPN, CBS, etc. camera guy and saying, "Put the camera on me, I'm about to kneel and pray." I think his ability to pray at work keeps him centered, and remembering - hold on, wait for it - that IT'S JUST FOOTBALL. That's it, folks! It's not saving lives by operating on people, it's not being the director of an orphanage - it's a game. And even as an avid (and sometimes rabid) lover of football, I can admit that too. Tebow is the LAST professional athlete we should be worried about in terms of character or what type of image they portray. If you're worried about your kids following someone down the wrong path, let me give you a short list of pro/ ex-pro athletes to keep off your t.v.: Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Ben Roethlisberger, Donte Stallworth, Warren Sapp, and the list goes on. And honestly, if character or lack of humility were the issue, then we wouldn’t watch any sports, or listen to any music, etc. No one is perfect. But some men/women in the spotlight have more character in their left pinky than others in their entire body. And Tebow isn’t going around telling people to be like him, he’s doing what he should be doing: recognizing his own weaknesses and reflecting the spotlight onto the person who should be receiving it – Jesus. My point is this: If you think Tebow is not being humble because he prays, then you should look up the definition of humility, read it, read it again, and then go back and watch ANY Tebow interview. Who does he give thanks and credit to besides Jesus (for being his Lord and Savior, and not once does he say Jesus won the game for him), he gives credit to his teammates, coaches and Broncos staff. And he's always talking about how he can get better. That's a leader: praising others and being diligent to improve. So, who's not humble? The guy who prays and credits his team/staff? Or, the guy who's complaining that HE was actually the coach’s first choice behind Kyle, that HE would pray with his team instead of alone, and that HE didn't have any billboards? It's all about Quinn with Quinn. He's the typical, arrogant, entitled pro athlete who thinks the universe revolves around him. Tebow on the other hand, admits weaknesses, works tirelessly to get better, edifies the guys around him, and knows that at the end of the day, and his life, that he lived to glorify God and build up others around him. I wish the best for Quinn in his pro career. But, dude, have some class.  

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Very interesting and passionately expressed post, Dalla$tar. Thanks for weighing in.

Eric
Eric

You had some good points, but the whole narrative went south when you pulled out the christians as victims card.

In this country, christians are much more the bullies than victims.

And just to be clear, Quinn is every bit as religious as Tebow. But he's not using faith as an advertising tool. Tebow is and always will be a walking commercial for the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association.

So, yes, the praying on the sidelines and the in your face prosthelytizing is both orchestrated and purposeful. 

lunkwill
lunkwill

The real question is, who cares what Tebow does after a play? Or before a game?  Or after a game?  Or whether it's on film?  No one seems to care when players jump and flop around after big plays, pretend to swim in the air or be an airplane, do the electric slide, gyrate like they're on a stripper pole or act like they've just gotten electrocuted or whatever... Tebow gets on a knee and briefly prays.  And?

It's not like people assaulted Neil Smith's character for using his fame to promote baseball when he pretended to hit a home run after every sack, or Aaron Rodgers for using his touchdown passes as a platform to enhance awareness of the World Wrestling Federation for his "Discount Doublecheck" move.

Tebow doesn't climb out of your TV set and punch you in the face, so perhaps people who have a problem handling themselves when they see someone pray need to check themselves for issues instead.

Eric
Eric

I absolutely don't agree with you on your belief that Tebow can play, as I don't think he can, but....................

That was a GREAT post!

lunkwill
lunkwill

Here's what's funny:

I'm neither a Tebow fan, nor a Christian.  I am a Broncos fan, so I like Tebow only insomuch as he continues to win games for my team.  I've commented on this article simply because I don't like shitty players that talk smack behind their teammates' backs. I would admonish Tebow the same way if HE was the one talking smack about teammates... as if.

Also, I'm not a Christian. I don't give a rat's ass about Tebow praying, other than I like watching him pray because that means he just scored on somebody. Preferably the Raiders.  I do, however, get annoyed by people that, in this world of injustice and terrible atrocities being committed at all times, seem unable to see someone pray on television without letting THAT bunch their panties, of all things.  I don't see you in the Darfur forum bitching about genocide and female genital mutilation.

I am able to manage my religious insecurities and self will such that I, even as a non-Christian, don't feel like I have been forced against my will to proclaim Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior simply because I happened to see a quarterback on television get on one knee and briefly pray after a touchdown pass - as a matter of fact, seeing Tebow freely assert his personal (non-violent) religious belief publicly without the threat of oppression constantly reminds me that I live in the Greatest Country on Earth, and therefore offends me less than just about any other second of my bullshit-ridden day.

I look forward to seeing Tebow pray unabashedly many, many times in the future. ... Especially against the Goddamn Raiders.

Eric
Eric

So now you're going to preach?

And you don't have cvs?

That's "christian victim syndrome".

It's all the rage these days.

Tesla
Tesla

Oh bullshit.

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Here is a large wedge of cheese to go with that whine comming from an insignificant quarterback.

Eric
Eric

It took courage to say what he did, but now that someone from the organization finally has, more players will come forward. As a celebrity, Tebow's the "bomb". He's a true hero to christ-ees, and probably a guy that you'd like in some settings. Michael, you've framed the argument by intimating Quinn's "whining". Ok, let's go with that. What part of what statement by Quinn isn't true? What is he saying that objective observers aren't? And what makes you think Quinn couldn't have played as well as Tebow if given a shot? Are you saying that it's not reasonable that when throwing 8 passes and hitting one, and winning the game, there wasn't luck and a whole lot of defense involved? Are you going to tell me that the choice to play Tebow over Brady was a professional decision, rather than a cave in by management to vocal talk show hosts, lunatics from out of state funding a billboard, the PR machine that is Tebow's corporation, and a screwball demolition of Orton and Quinn by people with very defined motives?  And this nonsensical praying business. There are several very religious people on that club. Brian Dawkins and Quinn to mention a couple off the top. But Tebow takes it to an entertainment form of art. An in your face, and tiresome "look at me" level that is at least irritating, and often a slap in the face to people that give homage to a God of their choosing in a  heartfelt, honest, classy, humble, and understated way. .Look, Tebow's the quarterback going into the first practice, at least according to the staff. What he does, and he hasn't done anything yet, during the off season is supposedly going to determine his viability a a player on this team, in this league, in this coming season. But nobody can deny he's anything but a competent quarterback at this point. Quinn's pointing out the obvious. He got screwed. And the glaring, infuriating part of the whole sorry mess is that he never got a chance to even show his game to anybody. Sure he's mad. He wasted 2 years here, and the clock's ticking.  It might come off as sour grapes to some, and to the tebowphillic crowd it's "fightin' words" but again I ask...........what part isn't true?  

Travis Lynam
Travis Lynam

Did you not watch the Browns when he was quarterback ?? Muff said.

lunkwill
lunkwill

From Eric:  "Quinn's pointing out the obvious. He got screwed."

The obvious? How?  Quinn's stats are even worse than Tebow's...  How did Quinn's 4-10 record, 10 career TD passes, whopping 135 average yds/gm, highly precise 52% completion rate and Hall-Worthy 66.8 QB rating somehow entitle him to the starting role and the right to to talk smack about ANYBODY in the league?  What am I missing?

This is isn't about whether or not Quinn was correct on his assessment of Tebow, it's about why some crappy backup with a 4-10 record and a joke for a stat sheet thinks he's earned the right and respect to open his mouth and talk smack about ANYBODY in the league, regardless of who it is.

His role in not to to talk smack about his teammates, his role is to practice - a lot, so that maybe he won't suck as bad.  Worry about talking smack once you're better than somebody at your position. The dude couldn't hold a starting gig for the Browns, for God's sake. There's a reason why his interview was in GQ and not SI.

Eric
Eric

Actually, it was about whether Quinn was correct on his assessment of Tebow.

Read it again.

And again, where was he wrong?

But I do love the way zany Tebowphillics take the bait............every time.

Eric
Eric

Sorry, forgot to mention this.

Crediting Tebow for 2 60 yard field goals by Prater in the "comeback" against Chicago is a stretch.

You make some great points that can't be refuted, but be realistic.

Eric
Eric

We'll see, that's for sure.

lunkwill
lunkwill

There are two kinds of people - those that measure stats, and those that look at intangibles.  Clearly, Tebow has the intangibles that Quinn lacks.  He wins games, he is an undeniable leader (Quinn is not - see this article for details), he's a world class rusher (by QB standards) and keeps plays alive like few QB's ever have.  He steps up in crunchtime and has the ability to pull off serious comebacks (the dude made a 17 point second half comeback in his 2nd start ever - he's got the biggest 3 minute comeback in NFL history, he's a perfect 4-0 overtime - c'mon, man.)  The dude has the "It" factor.

Then there are the stats... Oh, wait, Tebow's better there too.  Win loss record? Tebow. TD/INT ratio? Tebow. TD's per game? Tebow. Rush yards per game?  Tebow. (Tebow rushed for as many yards in one game against the Raiders as Quinn has in his ENTIRE CAREER COMBINED).  Yards per game?  Tebow. (I know, right?  Though Quinn throws for a whopping 10 more yards per game than Tebow, (134 to 124, both laughable), Tebow runs for 50+ yards per game, blowing Quinn away in total production. Overall QB rating?  Tebow.  Just about every stat on the board in the 4th quarter?  Tebow.

Completion percentage?  OK, there you go, THERE'S the stat everyone dogs Tebow for... his crappy 47.3% completion rate.  Quinn has him there... by 1 complete pass per 20 attempts.  Did I mention Quinn's 53% completion percentage, like Tebow's, is a joke?  Too bad Quinn doesn't have any other ability, like Tebow's ability to run, to counteract that horrendous stat.

Quinn has never done anything to indicate he is anything but an average or worse NFL QB.  Did he get thrown into a crappy situation?  Sure.  Could he have started if he had he blown Coach Fox away with his ability?  Absolutely.  Did he?  Nope, he choked in every chance he was given.  If Quinn gets another chance to start, (and his 1st round draft status will be the only thing that gets him that shot), his time as a starter will be short.  I wish him the best, as I think he is a good guy with more to offer (not much) than he's shown us, but we made the right choice in Denver.  Tebow any day of the week.

Eric
Eric

Just saw this, sorry for not answering sooner.

Bullshit.

Tebow's first start saw 15...............that's FIFTEEN possessions without a first down, except for a scramble that netted 22 yards.

FIFTEEN possessions with no productions period.

From that point out, the kid was AWFUL every game save some crazy and inexplicable plays that still leave people shaking heads.

Tebow wasn't a good, even decent a quarterback last year. He got lucky.

Won't happen twice.

Quinn's never had a shot, no matter how you see it through your orange tinted glasses. Cleveland was awful, and when he came here, he was 3rd because Tebow was a first round draft choice that was automatically catered to.

Quinn will get a shot somewhere.

His career will be longer and more productive than Tebow's, no matter how it looks now. Why?  Because his basic and position specific skills are simply better.

And one other particular.

Where Tebow is averse to working during the off season. Quinn is not.

He does need a shot.

He'll get it somewhere.

lunkwill
lunkwill

Perhaps reading comprehension is not your forte. The article is about the fact that Quinn rips his own teammates, not about the content of his rips...  Perhaps you should reread the opening paragraph(s) that establish the theme of the article. 

Then feel free to read the last paragraph that sums up the article.

Then feel free to note that both are about what a chump Quinn is for ripping a teammate, not about what the rips were.

Then feel free to apologize for wasting my time.

BTW, As far as "wrong" things Brady said ... well, they were all his opinion, so they can't be "wrong", right? Speculative, uninformed and petty, maybe. But by definition unable to be wrong.  What a silly question you asked.

Here's a couple of funny things YOU said that were wrong though... in my opinion:

"It took courage to say what he did"  ... ... except, it didn't.  Where I come from, talking smack behind the back of a teammate who is not there to defend himself is called being a "chickenshit", not being "courageous."  You think he would have said those same things had Tebow been in the room?  Please.  For being courageous, he sure started apologizing real quick.

"He never got a chance to even show his game to anybody." except ... 3 years in Cleveland, where he sucked, and our 2 preseason(s), where he sucked.

"Quinn's pointing out the obvious. He got screwed."  I'm sorry I have to quote myself from above but, "how did Quinn's career 4-10 record, 10 career TD passes, whopping 135 average yds/gm, highly precise 52% completion rate and Hall-Worthy 66.8 QB rating somehow entitle him to a starting role?" Quinn's stats are even crappier than Tebow's.  Quinn has a similar but suckier version of Orton's playing style, so why would they get rid of Orton only to put him in?  The Broncos needed a wholesale change in offensive philosophy.  That's why Quinn was 2nd string only if Orton got hurt (you can't exactly retool the entire offense in the middle of a game) but Tebow was ALWAYS the one that was going to start if they did a wholesale QB change.  He's different kind of player entirely, thus offering hope for another win or two - or second round of the playoffs, as it were.

Quinn is and was a bad fit for this team, and it's too bad for him he got caught up in it.  Blasting a teammate in frustration (a teammate who doesn't get to choose who starts, incidentally) is no way to prove you're a leader or good teammate.  Quinn was wrong.  He got that quicker than you did, hence his immediate damage control and copious apologies for his "courageous" comments.

Eric
Eric

Again............

What part was he wrong about?

Stop screwing around. Either answer the question or stop wasting my time.

lunkwill
lunkwill

I read it again...  Nope, still unsure why Quinn is busy "assessing" teammates instead of talking about himself. Perhaps instead of trashing teammates in his interview, he could illustrate a plan going forward on how he intends to suck less.

If he MUST continue to bash teammates, here's my suggested order of operations:

1. Suck less2. Get a (starting) job3. Think about smack talking4. Back it up

Unfortunately, he's having a lot of trouble getting past step 1, so at this point he should probably keep his comments to himself.

Michael Kerns
Michael Kerns

 he played in cleveland and did nothing so there is his chance to show what he can do.

lunkwill
lunkwill

I've never understood what players think they gain by trashing teammates ... if Quinn is auditioning for a starting QB position elsewhere, I don't think spending precious words in your magazine interview making snide, bitter comments about a teammate that you back up (and are evidently jealous of) endears you to many coaches.

If you're a great player, your interviews are about yourself, and what a great player you are. Apparently if you're 4-10 as a starter with a 66.8 QB rating and a gaudy 10 career touchdown passes in 4 years in the NFL, I guess you're left with little else to talk about except your teammates...

If Quinn learned nothing else last year, I hope he learned how to get comfy on a bench.

Tesla
Tesla

I have a new found respect for Brady Quinn.

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