Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports laid out a timeline of how Tebowmania went down in 2011 in the latest issue of GQ. He includes quotes from various people, but the one’s that caught me off guard were from Brady Quinn who was very critical of Tim Tebow.
Quinn felt like Tebow only became the Broncos starting quarterback because of the support he had gotten from the Denver Broncos fan base.
“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,” said Quinn. “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.”
Quinn criticized Tebow for only throwing eight passes during their week 10 win over the Chiefs.
“The entire game, the defensive line is chasing the quarterback around, and that wears down the pass rush,” Quinn said. “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.”
After the Broncos week 13 win over the Bears, Quinn thought they were just lucky to be winning the way they were.
“We’ve had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply,” said Quinn
Quinn made it clear that he doesn’t believe Tebow is very humble.
“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?”Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone