Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: John Fox on Quinn, 'He's Our Backup QB.'

Marco CummingsContributor IIJanuary 8, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Brady Quinn #9 of the Denver Broncos stands on the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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In a pregame interview with Fox’s NFL Correspondent and former Denver Broncos safety John Lynch, Broncos head coach John Fox remarked on Denver backup quarterback Brady Quinn, saying, “He will be ready to play.” Fox emphasized, however, “He is our backup quarterback.”

The second statement is key, as Fox was trepidant to name a backup during the preseason quarterback controversy, where he stood behind former Broncos skipper Kyle Orton as the starter but remained mum on who exactly was the second-stringer.

This morning’s reports that Quinn may take over at quarterback at some point during the Broncos’ wild card matchup today against the Pittsburgh Steelers may not be totally unfounded given the amount of snaps Quinn has gained during this week’s practice sessions, but it certainly has been blown out of proportion by the national media.

If you remember, Yahoo’s Michael Silver went as far as to take the liberty of stating that Tim Tebow was fighting off Adam Webber for a spot on the depth chart during a preseason report, but those opinions later turned out to be just that: opinion.

The key in all of this is truth. And what we will actually see with our own eyes on the field this Sunday will be just that. The game will be the truth and what we see is going to be what we will get.

I am looking out on the field as I write this, and so far the only truth I can report is this: Both Quinn and Tebow have thrown passes in pregame warm-ups, just as they do before every Broncos home game, and that’s the honest truth.