The guy who spent his last two seasons as a backup in Denver has sounded off in a new GQ profile focused on his former teammate.
"[T]here's a lot of things that just don't seem very humble to me," Quinn told Michael Silver. "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."
Quinn sounds a little bitter that it wasn't him, but it was Tebow who was under center when the Broncos made their midseason run that culminated in the Broncos' first playoff appearance since 2005.
After being drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns in 2007, Quinn only managed to start 12 games in three years, throwing only 10 touchdown passes. I'd say that qualifies Quinn as a bust, giving the Notre Dame product little standing in the league to sound off on anyone, especially one whose achievements overshadow his own.
But despite sitting on the bench in Denver over the last two seasons, Broncos coach John Fox hadn't ruled out re-signing Quinn in the offseason.
Perhaps now he can.
Quinn also seems to believe that he'll be getting a chance to play again, and soon. "When I get that opportunity," he said. And that opportunity may come, but it certainly won't be with the Broncos.
Team president John Elway has made it clear that he wants to give Tebow some competition for the starting quarterback job this fall. It's also clear that Quinn—who hadn't taken a snap in those two years in Denver—is not that guy. It's unclear what quality of player Denver could corral to compete with Football Jesus, but to think it could do better than Quinn isn't much of a stretch.
I don't think much of Quinn as an NFL starter, or as a person. To me, he'll always be the chump who bailed out of the green room at the 2007 draft with his girlfriend, who was inexplicably dressed as a flight attendant.
Nothing about the guy evokes leadership, which is only one of many things that would make him the opposite of Tim Tebow. If Quinn wants to get another crack at starting in the NFL, maybe he should buy a billboard.
[UPDATE: Quinn now says that the feature was a "completely inaccurate portrayal" of his comments.]
As first seen on Larry Brown Sports.