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“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. 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.”
The quarterback went on to say that the Broncos got very lucky in 2011 and Tebow often just made one big play to help the team win.
Then, Quinn attacked the way Tebow presents himself to the media.
“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?”
Why is Quinn knocking Tebow when he hasn't been able to produce his entire NFL career?
Too many athletes these days try to place blame on others when they are not able to perform at a high level. A.J. Burnett did the same thing on Monday when he was traded from the Yankees to the Pirates.
The pitcher said he was glad to leave new York because he let too many people “tinker” with him.
“When you let that happen, you start doubting yourself sometimes. you wonder, 'am I doing it right? is this how it's supposed to feel?' and things like that,” said Burnett. “In '09, nobody messed with me. I was able to do what I wanted to do on the mound, whether it was turn around, close my eyes and pitch upside down. then you have a few bad games and you start changing and listening.”
Nobody wants to hear multi-million dollar athletes blame other people for their problems, especially athletes who have never reached their full potential.
Quinn was the 22nd overall selection in the draft and has been a bust so far.
He has just 10 career touchdowns to go along with nine interceptions. his career completion percentage is 52.1.
That would have ranked 33rd among quarterbacks last season.
Burnett has been described as having some of the best stuff in baseball since he reached the big leagues. He still has yet to put it all together on a consistent basis.
The righty is just 10 games over .500 since he made his first start in 1999. Even in his first season with the Yankees, when he said nobody “messed” with him, he still had an earned run average above four.
Burnett has struggled with every team he's been on and has no one to blame but himself.
Quinn's assessment of Tebow's play wasn't completely off base.
Sure, Denver had gotten somewhat lucky. Perhaps Tebow did receive too much credit. but taking a shot at Tebow and criticizing the way he handled himself just makes Quinn look jealous of his teammate's success.
Maybe it was a lucky season, and it's possible that Tebow won't be able to sustain his success for an entire career.
Either way, Quinn should keep quiet. the nation grew to love Tebow because he is humble and a winner.
Right now, Brady Quinn is neither.
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You have to understand Brady Quinn’s position.
If you were out performing someone and they were just handed a promotion over you, you would be salty too. when I worked in the corporate world this happened to me several times and it is frustrating.
But that is business, it isn’t always the best person who gets the job. it is the most popular or the nephew of the boss. I can understand these comments from Quinn even if they do come across as someone who is very bitter about his situation in Denver.
Early in his piece, Silver gets Quinn talking about how Tebow got promoted to starter:
“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.
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.”
Quinn offers a reason for the Broncos’ surge: “We’ve had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply.”
The former Notre Dame star also questions how Tebow prays.
“if you look at it as a whole,” he tells Silver, “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?”
Probably went a little too far questioning how Tebow prays, but in general he has said what a lot people think, but are afraid to say out loud about Tebow.
The truth lies somewhere in the middle.
If you look at it with an unbiased eye, you can say that Tebow does bring some special qualities to the table. his intangibles as a quarterback are at a very high level.
You can also see that he has some huge flaws in his game, that he would need to correct before you can see him being a legit starting quarterback in the NFL.
One of the reasons he is so praised is because he is so limited as a passer, so any pass he completes becomes a celebration.
I disagree with the Broncos bringing in QBs to compete with him. The only way we will know if Tebow can consistently compete on this level, is if he plays a full season without having to look over his shoulder.
Then we will know if it is luck or not.
Mike Silver has a nice oral history in the upcoming issue of GQ on everyone’s favorite god-loving quarterback, Tim Tebow. It would be just a nice summary to Tebow’s compelling 2011 season, except for the fact that x-string quarterback Brady Quinn was invited to speak his mind. and boy, does Brady have a lot to say, most of which can only be described as “catty” or “thoughts that were only meant for his spiral-bound diary.” here are a few choice quotes:
“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.”
Oh dear God. this is like, literally the first thing Brady says in the piece, and any chance of sympathy the reader might have had toward him is immediately doused in gasoline and set aflame. in spite of Brady’s best attempt to string together some sort of conspiracy about the REAL reason for Tebow playing (he’s in the Illuminati!), he’s forgetting that Tebow is being paid first-round money, and the Denver Broncos would be damned if they weren’t at least going to give their experiment a trial shot. Tebow is getting paid more than twice the amount Quinn is, so Quinn should realize that Tebow would get first dibs.
Also, that last sentence is going to be the cause of so much internet outcry. “It would have been nice.” What the hell does that mean, Brady? Is he upset a grassroots campaign wasn’t created on Facebook to get him the starting gig, the way Betty White got to host Saturday Night Live?
Brady already has the appearance of someone who’s snotty — immaculate hair, Notre Dame grad (not my personal opinion, but generally people have something against Notre Dame alumni) and a weird sense of entitlement that just isn’t helping. “Why didn’t I get a billboard?” “Why didn’t I play?” “Why does he get a new cell phone?” all of this just makes him sound like a child who’s upset the boy down the street gets everything.
“We’ve had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply.”
The undertone of this quote is that Tebow had very little to do with the success of the team, which to an extent is true. a lot of the time it felt like Denver was winning in spite of him, but freaking Brady Quinn shouldn’t be the one to make this decree obviously. to say “luck” is the cause of success is Quinn spitting in Tebow’s face, but by “accident.”
Now we’ll end with Quinn on religion. Hooray!
“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?”
Here’s another quote, not from Quinn but maybe what he was implying: “but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6
Either that, or you can turn the act of prayer into a national meme to be made a mockery out of. What Quinn is saying here is, I guess, that Tebow tried to use prayer to turn the spotlight on himself and his beliefs, rather than making it about the team. this of course is a weird point to make, because I don’t think the rest of the team is complaining about how “TEBOW NEVER PRAYS WITH US WAHHH.” in fact, they’re probably relieved when he goes and does his thing in public, because it’s a break from the usual prayer interludes that I’m sure spontaneously break out.
Quinn is going to get massacred for this quote, and that’s a fact. go on Twitter, and I’m sure you’ll see whatever the written equivalent is of a burning effigy. the thing is, Quinn is right about most of what he says. Tebow didn’t have a whole lot to do with the Broncos success —the defense and running game were more important — the fans did perhaps egg the coaching staff to go “Screw it, why not!” and it does seem like at times Tebow shoved religion into the faces of America. but it isn’t Quinn’s place to say these things. It should have been left over for his tell-all book.