Broncos coach John Fox said he wants to bring in two quarterbacks to compete behind Tim Tebow in 2012, and based on comments published in GQ magazine don’t expect one of them to be Brady Quinn.
Quinn began the 2011 season as Kyle Orton’s backup, then was leapfrogged by Tebow and Orton was ultimately released. Quinn rode out the season, and Tebowmania, as the No. 2 quarterback in Denver.
Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver interviewed a host of coaches, players and other football personalities to document Tebow’s rise to cultural phenomenon for the GQ article. While much of what Quinn had to say was innocuous, he did take exception to some of Tebow’s sideline and postgame actions.
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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 told Silver. “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?
Tebow’s penchant for dramatic comebacks hit its zenith when Denver upset Chicago in Week 14, thanks in large part to running back Marion Barber running out of bounds when the Bears appeared poised to run out the clock in regulation. Broncos kicker Matt Prater hit a 59-yard field goal to send the game to overtime and then won it with a 51-yarder after Barber fumbled on Chicago’s overtime possession.
“We’ve had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply,” Quinn said.
Quinn is scheduled to become a free agent March 13, and he admitted it would have been nice to get an opportunity to show what he can do in 2011.
“Early in the season, there was a game when Kyle 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,” Quinn said. “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.