Brady Quinn Comes Out… Then Goes Back In

Wow. Huge week for Brady Quinn, who made himself a part of the national sports discussion for the first time in about three years by criticizing Tim Tebow that other guy on his roster that (sorta) plays the same position he does.

Talk radio was all abuzz yesterday discussing the big story in GQ written by Michael Silver, entitled The Year of Magical Stinking: An Oral [Ed. note: Heh.] History of Tebow Time.

Apt title. Oh GQ, you so cray cray.

Now the flames of Hell are licking at young Brady’s heels as he tries to run away from his insensitive awful truly overblown words. I know it’s Tim Tebow, and I know that any quotes, critical or otherwise, are going to be front page news in this town, but come on. He really didn’t say anything wrong, or anything we didn’t know.

Turns out that Timmeh is not very good at playing quarterback. The Broncos got lucky in a LOT of games last year. Pretending these two facts are not facts gets nobody anywhere.

Let’s break down what was actually said, separate truth from fiction, and go from there, shall we?

Quote 1: “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.”

So he was the second string quarterback. Great. Tebow has long been regarded as an awful practice player, and had a terribly disappointing camp going into his second year. Like it or not, coaches make personnel decisions based on practice time. It has always been that way, and it will always be that way. That’s why you try hard in practice too, Allen Iverson.

But then Tebow was inserted when the team went for a change. It was confusing to Quinn, but he knew it was because of fan outcry. Of course it was. Can you imagine the reaction if Quinn had started in week six instead of the Golden Boy? I’d put the over/under on billboards at 20; the over/under on Woody Paige columns at a number that has yet to be thought of. In both cases, I’d bang the over.

Quote 2: “We’ve had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply.”

No doy. Silver placed this quote in the discussion about the Chicago game, wherein our quarterback “won the game” by making Marion Barber run out of bounds and then fumble, then made his kicker hit a 51 yarder in overtime. Luck had nothing to do with it! (That’s true according to wideout Demaryius Thomas, who Tweeted, “I’m tired of ppl talking about my QB.. If u ask me there’s no such thing as luck.. It’s hard work and determination.. That’s all…” Hard work, determination, and… luck. Sorry, but that was a lucky game from the outset with Chicago missing its QB and starting RB. Plain and simple.)

Quote 3: “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?”

Again, he’s not wrong. I point to Tim’s favorite book, the Holy Bible, for backup: Matthew 6:6-7, which states, “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. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

In other words, Tim, do it in private. I know that part of being a Christian is to evangelize. I get it. HowEVAH, you’re preaching to the converted, and turning off those who you should be converting. Just a thought. And once again, Brady Quinn is not wrong about this. Even scripture has his back.

At the end of the day, there were a lot of quotes in the piece that were public hits on Tim Tebow. Not a single one of them came from Brady Quinn. I urge you to read the piece and judge for yourself. If you see something awful that Brady Quinn said, I’d love to know what it was.

In the meantime, Quinn is publicly backing away from his comments now, due mostly to the pressure coming from Tebow zealots (who, despite Jesus’ teachings, seem to have no issue with casting the first stone and calling Quinn every name in the book, likely without reading the quotes for themselves). It sucks. For the second time in two years, I feel bad for a Broncos quarterback because of these right-wing, “how dare you say anything about our Christian soldier!” types.

You’re right, Brady. In Denver, you are done. Happy trails.

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