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.