Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has had his share of critics throughout the last four months or so, but a new one emerged today: Brady Quinn, the man who served as his backup toward the end of last season.
"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," Quinn said in the latest issue of GQ. "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."
Tebow stepped in as the Broncos' starter in Week 7, right after the bye; he proceeded to win seven of his first eight starts before fading at the end of the regular season. Tebowmania was then revived with a dramatic overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs -- the young quarterback through an 80-yard game-winning touchdown to knock out the defending AFC champs.
Quinn wasn't impressed. "The entire game, the defensive line is chasing the quarterback around, and that wears down the pass rush," he 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."