A new article about Tim Tebow in GQ magazine has some surprising quotes from the Broncos quarterback's teammate Brady Quinn.
However, Quinn said Tuesday afternoon that the quotes were taken out of context.
In the article, entitled The Year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time
, Quinn told the reporter, "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?"
Quinn said he was the second-string guy on the team, until suddenly Kyle Orton was being pulled out and Tebow was going 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," Quinn said. "No, I didn't have any billboards. That would have been nice."
The article begins with the sentence, "Not even Jesus can save his passing game."
In the article, author Michael Silver said he talked to Tebow's coaches, teammates, and opponents. Some were complimentary, some were not.
Quinn is critical throughout the article.
"We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply," Quinn is quoted in the article.
Quinn Tweets: Story Not Reflective Of My Opinion
However, by Tuesday, Quinn said the quotes don't accurately portray how he feels about the team or about Tebow.
"The comments attributed to me in a recent magazine article are in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim and the Broncos. Tim deserves a lot of credit for our success and I'm happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate. That interview was conducted three months ago, and the resulting story was a completely inaccurate portrayal of my comments. I have addressed my disappointment with the writer and have reached out to Tim to clear this up. I apologize to anyone who feels I was trying to take anything away from our Team's or Tim's success this season," Quinn tweeted
Others in the article had mixed opinions about Tebow.
"He's a very fiery competitor. I call it competitive greatness," said Broncos coach John Fox after Tebow won the first game he started.
"They say we were giving him a hard time because he's a Christian. No, that's not it! We were giving him a hard time because he was terrible," said Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
"He keeps his body in great shape. He's a strong guy. He's incredible in the weight room," said Broncos linebacker Vonn Miller. "With his mentality, there's no surrender."
Writer Mike Silver Defends Article
In an interview on Tuesday with Sport radio station 104.3 the Fan
, Silver said Quinn wasn't angry about Tebow, just as puzzled as other players and coaches.
"I think (Quinn) was very standup guy. I think he was really honest. But I'm just a little bummed by the insinuation now that he was bitter towards Tebow. I know the quotes were strong in some cases, not unlike the things that other people were saying."
He said he talked with Quinn for abut 50 minutes from late November through the post season.
"This was not a 50-minute conversation where a guy was ripping on the guy he was backing up," Silver said.
"He was in a really weird position" about having to back up a non-traditional quarterback, Silver said. "I think being the backup quarterback, and someone who is more skilled at some of the basics of traditional quarterbacking is a uniquely frustrating position."
And yet, Quinn never said outright that he thought he was better than Tebow, Silver said.
"Quinn ... was as baffled as many other people as to how this was working when there were certain basic skills that we consider as necessary to quarterback position, that Tim hasn't seem close to mastering, yet it was working," Silver said.
"I felt like Quinn and Tebow got along really, really well, considering the bizarre circumstances," Silver added.
Silver said he will write a follow-up column online where won't be restricted to the space limitations he had in GQ.
"I think the tone will be clear. It's not going to be Brady Quinn taking an axe and chopping down Tebowmania. I think people will understand his perspective, I hope. And some of the challenges he was facing last year and to see it through his eyes," Silver said.
He said, as a matter of fact, Quinn said, "If anything, seeing what Tim did this year makes me more upbeat, realizing it doesn't have to be the perfect situation for you. It doesn't have to be on paper, everything you're looking for. If you do things a different way, which they did for Tim, you can succeed in the NFL so stop trying to look for everything to be perfect and just find a way to make it work and let it rip."
"I do hope he gets his shot somewhere. I think he clearly, when you succeed at Notre Dame, you probably have the temperament that lends itself to high-pressure situations," Silver said. "Man, that would be another great story if Brady Quinn comes out and wins a job and you have a Quinn vs. Tebow vs. Orton vs. (Jay) Cutler wars done the road."
"I think every single QB I've ever met
including guys who aren't in the league right now, believes that in the case of Tebow, it defies rational explanation. That a guy who doesn't seem to be able to read or throw accurately, at least in intermediate routes, could succeed as though he did."
He said, like everyone else, Silver found Tebow charming.
"I love being around him. I'm absolutely trying to separate the person from some of the mania that goes a little over the top in terms of not handling dissent well. I can see why people are captivated by him. He clearly has 'it' and some sort of intangible," Silver said.
Read The Year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time
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