In this interview with GQ with Michael Silver, Denver Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn had some harsh words for savior of the masses, Tim Tebow.
BRADY QUINN (backup QB, Denver Broncos): 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.
Quinn on the Broncos' wins over the Raiders and Chiefs near the middle of the season...
QUINN: The entire game, the defensive line is chasing the quarterback around, and that wears down the pass rush. 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.
Quinn on the Broncos' amazing comeback win over the Bears...
QUINN: We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply.
QUINN: 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?
Pretty harsh words from the former Notre Dame star. But now, this NFL.com article is indicating that Quinn went on a Twitter rant that pretty much said he was misquoted. He called the quotes (keep in mind, direct quotes and not summaries) a "completely inaccurate portrayal" of his feelings towards Tebow.
My thoughts on this? Someone from Quinn's management team saw the interview with Silver, and told the quarterback that he needed to essentially distance himself from the comments so as to not make teams think that he's jealous of Tebow's success, and the support the Broncos have had for him.
Is this what it's coming to? NFL players are scared to criticize Tebow because they're afraid of what the comments they make will mean for their personal careers? My god, it's an epidemic that cannot be stopped. For the record, a few other NFL players and coaches are quoted in the piece, and as far as I know, none of them have backed away from their comments.