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Tebow or Quinn as Broncos' backup? McDaniels hasn't decided

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels says he doesn’t know yet whether Tim Tebow or Brady Quinn will be the No. 2 quarterback for Sunday’s regular-season opener in Jacksonville.

“We’re not going to name [the No. 2 quarterback] right now,” McDaniels said today, per the Denver Post. “We got three that we like and . . . [Tebow and Quinn] are going to compete and we’ll try to make the decision that we feel is best on game day for our team, based on how we’re going to play the game.”

If McDaniels wants to put in a package of plays that use Tebow in a wildcat-style offense to take advantage of his running skills, it would make sense for Tebow to be the No. 2. But if McDaniels just wants the No. 2 to be prepared to step in and run the offense if starter Kyle Orton goes down, Quinn is probably better equipped to be the backup.

McDaniels says he’ll see how Quinn and Tebow look this week before he makes a decision.

“How they practice and how things look during the week will probably play a large role in determining who we name as the No. 2,” McDaniels said.

A lot of fans in Jacksonville, where Tebow is a star from his college career at Florida, are hoping to see Tebow take the field on Sunday. But they may turn out to see Tebow do nothing more than hold a clipboard.

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28 Responses to “Tebow or Quinn as Broncos' backup? McDaniels hasn't decided”
  1. Drafty says: Sep 7, 2010 8:07 PM

    Oh, the Man With The Plan hasn’t made up his mind yet? Astonishing.
    I mean, if you look back on his reeking tenure thus far, you’d really be shocked that he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. I mean, when you consider thus far, he’s really demonstrated maturity, intelligence, acumen, and control … right? Come on, he has shown he can dress like Belichick … spin a whistle like Belichick ….
    Cue the McD ball washers.

  2. 90ragtop says: Sep 7, 2010 8:23 PM

    Take it from a Browns fan — all Broncos fans need to hope that it’s Tebow…

  3. comment_submission_error says: Sep 7, 2010 8:51 PM

    That’s a tough choice. Go with the guy that hasn’t proved he can play, or go with the guy that has proved he can’t play? I’m betting on baby J.

  4. robert ethen says: Sep 7, 2010 8:53 PM

    Shockingly, neither of the two won the backup spot. Instead, Kyle “No Respect” Orton was named to the position. Tebow and Quinn will duel for the starting role.

  5. FinFan68 says: Sep 7, 2010 8:53 PM

    Make tebow the back up and try and trade Quinn to the Cardinals for the ultimate display of bad karma

  6. BigBear123 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:09 PM

    McDaniels is enough of a douchebag to keep Tebow on the sidelines for the game. Could throw the fans a treat and give Timmy a play or two, he won’t lose the game.

  7. swervinmervin says: Sep 7, 2010 9:11 PM

    Meanwhile, Pat White cant get a job in the league?! Are you kidding me?! Tebow and Quinn are NOT better QBs than Pat White. Something stinks.

  8. trickbunny says: Sep 7, 2010 9:19 PM

    McDaniels “doesn’t know” who his backup will be?
    Was he on the sidelines for any of those preseason games?
    Of course he knows.
    Sorry Brady.

  9. other half of the triangle says: Sep 7, 2010 9:20 PM

    Quinn has looked like crap in Denver. . . He is not the same QB I watched playevery week in college.

  10. DirtDawg55 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:21 PM

    What McDaniels is really saying is “I really want Orton to be the back up because none of them can play, but since that isn’t possible I have to choose between two guys whose popularity is inversely related to their QB skills. Someone please shoot me.”

  11. trickbunny says: Sep 7, 2010 9:22 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    September 7, 2010 8:53 PM
    Make tebow the back up and try and trade Quinn to the Cardinals for the ultimate display of bad karma.
    ————————————————-
    Wow, you’re wishing Anderson and Quinn, together, on the people of Arizona?
    That’s like wishing AIDS on a whole class of preschoolers… except even meaner :)

  12. All Teal says: Sep 7, 2010 9:24 PM

    Matters… Just another victim. GO JAGS!

  13. jkiddrock says: Sep 7, 2010 9:25 PM

    Maybe he knows, and wants to keep an eliment of surprise.
    What a novel concept.
    You guys are a bunch of ‘tards.

  14. HarrisonHits says: Sep 7, 2010 9:39 PM

    “What McDaniels is really saying is “I really want Orton to be the back up because none of them can play, but since that isn’t possible I have to choose between two guys whose popularity is inversely related to their QB skills. Someone please shoot me.”
    @DirtDawg55 ,
    What about 3800 yards, 21 tds to 12 ints and an 86.8 qb rating says to you that Orton can’t play ?
    @jkiddrock,
    Comment of the day. What do you expect around here ?

  15. rusriousdawg says: Sep 7, 2010 10:18 PM

    Maybe he should Flip a coin for the position

  16. RioFastRacer says: Sep 7, 2010 10:26 PM

    Really the question should be more like what the heck was McDaniel thinking of drafting Tebow so damn high!! He’s not a NFL QB period. He’s not a back-up neither. The sooner they admit their mistake in Denver the better.

  17. yardbarker says: Sep 7, 2010 10:26 PM

    little Timmie is so blessed to have Jesus and Josh on his side.

  18. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 10:29 PM

    If Tebow goes into the game, I wonder if Jags fans who are also Gators fans will cheer. Seriously. His fans here in Florida are really … intense.

  19. dafish says: Sep 7, 2010 10:51 PM

    Harrison,
    when 1500 of those yards came from one guy, well…

  20. comment_submission_error says: Sep 7, 2010 10:51 PM

    # robert ethen says: September 7, 2010 8:53 PM
    Shockingly, neither of the two won the backup spot. Instead, Kyle “No Respect” Orton was named to the position. Tebow and Quinn will duel for the starting role.
    =======
    Nice work, sir.

  21. 1/2MaN1/2aMaZING says: Sep 7, 2010 11:47 PM

    what does it matter who the backup is? Kyle Orton is gonna be smoking fools this season. I’m predicting 26 tds and well over 4000 yards passing

  22. mwcarolina says: Sep 7, 2010 11:54 PM

    This should be an easy decision, Tim Tebow, like one guy wrote, he’s not the same quarterback we all saw in college, Quinn has REALLY fell apart. What happened??? Maybe having a big reciever like Samarzijia helped him??? who knows, BUT Tebow should start, he’s got more potential and can be used in wild-Bronco formations.

  23. chitown26 says: Sep 8, 2010 12:41 AM

    Brady quinn is so bad it’s literally a joke. He’s worse than leinart.
    Put tebow in since he has a minor chance to actually be decent in this league.
    Send Brady down to fat burger to work with deangelo fall.

  24. jkiddrock says: Sep 8, 2010 12:43 AM

    Harrison: Watch the Orton dissect defenses this year. No Joke.
    His Coach is no longer named “Lovie”. So, he grew a pair and started darting balls into our guys’ hands. We actually know how to draft WR’s if you haven’t heard.
    Also, the Cutler trade was a blessing. He can now cry, moan, and sulk on the Bears’ bench after 3 and outs. Minus by subtraction to say the least. I would have traded them straight-up at this point. Chicago got “raped” in that deal. Hate to use that word, but it is the only way to word the obvious.
    Also, if you watched Tebow (probably not). He has a GUN, and is way more patient in the pocket than Quinn. Also, he has “it”. Can’t be taught, and can’t be coached.
    So, please eat shit while the rest of us watch your team die in agony.

  25. thunkened says: Sep 8, 2010 1:49 AM

    This is little child’s game. He’ll name the starter as Tebow, and reality puts Orton back in by week 8. Cute don’t work in the NFL.

  26. veistran says: Sep 8, 2010 4:38 AM

    Some straight up mega-homers in here with some insane expectations for a team that has bled talent all year.

  27. muchmaligned says: Sep 8, 2010 10:58 AM

    @chitown26,
    Don’t you have some issues of your own to work out? By mid-season Lovie is going to be fired and you’re going to have… wait for it… Rod Marinelli as your interim HC. Ahhhhhahahahahaha.
    In a tenure replete with mistakes, Marinelli may have been Millen’s greatest. What a dick.

  28. jkiddrock says: Sep 8, 2010 1:18 PM

    Bring the hate. I know people love to bring down someone of faith (Tebow) by saying he “sucks”.
    Funny thing happened while he was at Florida: He became one of the greatest college football players of all-time.
    Clearly doesn’t have what it takes in the NFL.
    - Strong Arm (Watch some film)
    - Accurate (Look at the stats)
    - Can run (Again, stats, etc.)
    - Intangibles- Charisma, leadership, etc.
    So, he was the dumbest pick ever? Really? He seems like a bargain at #25, not a bad pick.
    You guys are all sheap. You just repeat what you hear from the National Media.
    Have any of you actually WATCHED Tebow play this preseason? Didn’t think so.

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