Tim Tebow: Is Brady Quinn Being Used as Motivating Factor?

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 6, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes witht the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 7-3 as the Broncos advanced to the AFC playoffs.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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There are reports flooding the Internet that Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn is receiving half of the snaps in practice this week over the beloved Tim Tebow.

Let the debating begin!

What in the world is going on in Denver?

There are a few ways that this could turn out.

First, Tebow plays poorly at the start of the Broncos playoff game this weekend. He is benched for Brady Quinn. In all likelihood, Denver would lose the game and people would complain Tebow wasn't given a fair chance.

Second, Tebow plays the entire game on Saturday and the Broncos lose. There will be talks that Tebow wasn't given a fair shot and lost reps in practice when he shouldn't have.

Third, Tebow plays poorly and is benched for Quinn. The Notre Dame flop suddenly steps up and plays like an All-Pro, leading the Broncos to victory.

Last, Tebow responds to the limited reps by playing the best game of his career. He leads the Broncos to victory.

Although it's doubtful that the move will be effective, it's likely that the higher-ups in Denver are attempting to motivate Tebow by putting him down.

We all know Tebow's story by now. Everybody always counted him out from high school to college to the pros.

Now he is a starting quarterback on a playoff team.

Tebow is known for responding well to being put down, but this really isn't the time for such antics.

Brady Quinn has stated that nothing has changed in practice from any other week.

Apparently the backup always gets a few reps here and there with the first-team offense, and that has been the case this week as well.

Either way, Tebow could be feeling the heat after his poor performances the last couple weeks.