Source: Brady Quinn gets some first-team snaps in practice

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Earlier this week, Rodney Harrison questioned my sanity and/or sobriety when I suggested, both in our weekly One-on-One segment and on NBC SportsTalk, that the Broncos should get quarterback Brady Quinn ready to play, in the event that starter Tim Tebow continues to play like he has played in the last three games he has played.

Apparently, Rodney also needs to question the sanity and/or sobriety of Broncos coach John Fox and/or Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway.  Per a league source, Quinn has been getting roughly half the first-team reps in practice this week.

It’s unknown whether Quinn actually will play on Sunday against Pittsburgh, either as a replacement for Tebow (if he fails to “pull the trigger”) or an unexpected change-of-pace insertion.  Either way, the use of Quinn could throw a wrench into the Steelers’ Tebow-specific game plan.

102 responses to “Source: Brady Quinn gets some first-team snaps in practice

  1. Yeah that wrench of having to be aware of 5 yard dump offs is sure to throw off the game plan!

  2. I’d imagine letting the back up QB get some 1st team snaps would be standard operating procedure for any football team, but I’m just some schlep on PFT.

  3. ha…

    a playoff team is having too split 1st team snaps at quarterback during practice.

    – Good Luck against the best pass defense in the league, YIKES.

  4. Tebow just realized that he shouldn’t be working on Sundays so he asked if Brady Quinn could step in and play all Sunday games.

  5. It’s about time. This whole time Elway has talked about finding a franchise QB, meanwhile he’s been on the sidelines the whole time!

  6. “Either way, the use of Quinn could throw a wrench into the Steelers’ Tebow-specific game plan.”

    He’d also throw a wrench into the Bronco’s prospects of winning.

  7. Id love to know if any starting QB that led a team to the playoffs was ever benched due to a coaches decision before a single playoff game. Perhaps its happened during, but before?

  8. Even completely ice-cold, I would expect that Brady Quinn will be able to complete more passes than Tim Tebow. I won’t say the Broncos have any chance of victory, I am just saying he would complete more passes.

    * Since I am being negative about Tebow, I need to say that I do like the kid, was always a fan and hoped he would be successful.

    p.s. he wasn’t.

  9. Yeah no conspiracy here. First Elway tells Tim he needs to pull the trigger and now he’s getting half the 1st team reps. These guys are comical.

    They need to give the QB coach half of practice as well calling some real plays just to throw Pitt off of Mccoys and Fox standard formula of run, run, Pass, Punt.

  10. Half the reps. That means the Donks got something up their sleeve and it sounds pretty smart. Quinn and Tebow will be on the field at the same time this weekend in some sort of modified wildcat formation or with Tebow as a RB. Lots of intrigue around this game at the very least…

  11. The Tebow experiment/fad is over.
    John did not want to start Tebow to begin with because anyone could tell he was not ready. When Tebowmania made John switch to Tebow and the team started winning, all looked good. Now that the NFL knows how to defend the read-option of a very good running QB, it is time to move on. 2011 was the rebuilding year anyway.
    We ARE West champs!!

  12. “Either way, the use of Quinn could throw a wrench into the Steelers’ Tebow-specific game plan.”

    seriously? Quinn disrupting anyone’s defensive game plan…i’m sure The Curtain is termbling at the thought…

  13. Uh-oh!
    Can that be the theme music from “Dragnet”* (1967) we hear playing in the background?

    *(Or, as my dear, sweet and reserved 79 year old mother used to call it back in the day, “Dragnuts”!)

  14. No, it’s Wildcat time with both Tebow and Quinn in there. I had this idea earlier in the week. THAT would throw some wrinkles into how the Pittsburgh defense should play Denver. Tebow running from the wildcat – or throwing – or both. And Quinn can pass when needed. Exciting!

  15. This is a great plan by Fox. You never know when the rapture will take place. It’s obvious all the Steelers will be left on the field. The Broncos will need a QB to have a chance.

  16. How is putting another guy who can’t play in the NFL on the field “throwing a wrench in the Steelers plans?” Does anyone honestly think the Steelers will be scared when Quinn trots out there???

    I’m a Steeler fan who’s not dumb enough to think they’re the best pass D in the league (what quality QB did they beat, other than Brady?) but c’mon…Quinn??

  17. Wow, a Brady Quinn sighting. I hope he gets a chance to play now that Tebow mania seems to be going away. I will pray for them both just to find out who God’s chosen one is.

  18. @dcfan4life

    Rich Gannon led a late-season surge to win the AFC West for the Chiefs in 1997, but Marty decided to go with Elvis Grbac (who started the first half of the season before getting hurt) in the divisional round against Denver. That 14-10 loss is still one of the most painful in Chiefs fans memory, and most blame the decision to bench Gannon.

  19. I think he could very well start and then Tebow comes in for some 4th quarter magic or they are going to do some packages to try (I say this lightly, because I don’t think it will work) to fool the Steelers D and keep them guessing. Who knows. I don’t think Denver wins but I don’t think it will be a complete stomping either, like most people are predicting.

  20. Document your source, please. This story is nothing but speculation. Your “source” is probably the same guy that said Tebow was fourth string during training camp.

  21. This is all just a bit of “strategery” as a certain former world leader would say.

    Everyone knows about Tebow’s struggles the last couple games and there has been talk of “resting” him. So giving Quinn reps will force Pitt to watch film, find tendencies, make adjustments, and essentially develop a second game plan. Not that Quinn is a serious threat, but he is a completely different player than Tebow.

    And every minute or hour Pitt has to spend developing and practicing for stuff that may or may not happen helps Denver. Making a team (a banged up team) waste preparation time is a good thing.

    And Denver will need all the good things it can get.

  22. Rob Johnson over Flutie in Buffalo 1999:
    ___________

    dcfan4life says: Jan 6, 2012 3:22 PM

    Id love to know if any starting QB that led a team to the playoffs was ever benched due to a coaches decision before a single playoff game. Perhaps its happened during, but before?

  23. Are you “Freaking” kidding me Quinn was let go by Cleveland need I say more. Tebow got you there Not Orton, Not Quinn.. If win or lose it should be with him.

  24. Maybe they’re going to use Quinn for the first three quarters when Tebow is horribly bad and will use Tebow in the fourth quarter when he’s only kinda bad.

  25. Quinn may be the leader of Denver’s third down package on offense, another new concept devised by coach Fox.

  26. The Broncos win the best looking quarterbacks award though. They had to cut Orton because he looked even uglier standing next to Tebow and Quinn.

  27. Maybe they think that a QB named “Brady” has a better chance to beat the Steelers?

    GO STEELERS!!

  28. The Steelers play a physical style of defense which will increase the injury risk for Tebow. Don’t you think it prudent to get his backup ready to play?

  29. dgforreal says: Jan 6, 2012 3:19 PM

    I’d imagine letting the back up QB get some 1st team snaps would be standard operating procedure for any football team, but I’m just some schlep on PFT.
    ====================
    Well…that solidifies you as a schlep. The backup QB at ANY TIME of the season, getting HALF the reps with the 1st team, means the starter is either injured or the starter isn’t getting the job done.

    The ONLY time that the backup gets HALF the 1st team reps (and the starter is NOT injured), is during training camp. You most CERTAINLY don’t take reps away from your starter in the playoffs!

  30. The Broncos are trying to complicate the Steelers preparation for this game. The Steelers defense is good enough at this point of the season to handle pretty much anything thrown at them. Tebow or Quinn. It doesn’t matter.

  31. GOOD IDEA! Bear Bryant use to do it all the time. If Tebow is cold put in Quinn. I think it would be a great change of pace because they are such opposites.

  32. Is Brady the new savior? can the low class fans who booed Orton and threw tantrums for Tbow handle it if the guy who was the legitmate number 2 QB at the start of the season actually gets to play?

  33. Well, so much for your league source. News of this story spread in Denver and the people in the know (i.e. the ones that were actually AT the practice) are calling BS on this one.

    Nice try.

  34. RT @JeffDarlington: Quinn told me via text he normally gets “maybe a couple reps a day” with 1st-team. 1 or 2 on Fridays. Today, he got 2.

  35. Maybe Quinn can play the role of UF’s Chris Leak back in 2005, when Tebow would get stuffed on first and second downs and Leak would come in on 3-20 and try to throw for the first down. If he fails, the announcers will remind us that he’s no Tim Tebow.

    Also, didn’t Quinn go to Notre Dame and doesn’t that make HIM the chosen one?

  36. This is a tough call. Both are terrible quarterbacks, but Quinn is marginally better at throwing than Tebow. But Tebow can run the ball. Either way, they’re going to lose unless Denver’s defense pulls some magic out of their asses.

  37. For anybody that’s followed the Panthers, Fox’s snafus with QBs seemed to be the nail in his coffin. (e.g. hanging onto Delhomme too long, Jimmy “Pickles” Clausen, swapping around Matt Moore)

    Fox really seemed to have problems figuring out the QB situation while in Charlotte and got coach “happy feet” pretty quick.

  38. The only question is who is worse, Tebow or Quinn? Amazingly, Quinn is probably worse and that’s saying a lot.

  39. tommikula says:
    Jan 6, 2012 3:57 PM
    Don’t forget Quinn is the last starting Browns QB to defeat the Steelers.

    Actually it was Josh Cribbs who beat the Steelers with his long kickoff return and the one drive where he ran all over them from the wildcat.

    I looked it up, Quinn was 6 for 19 with 90 yards. Very Tebowesque.

  40. You can set up any quarterback to fail and that’s what the Broncos have been doing to Tebow. As soon as he gets some success, it’s run on 1st, run on second down, andhave to throw on third down.
    You forget how well Tebow played last year when McDaniels actually ran an imaginative offense

    Quinn is a joke

    Broncos dont deserve Tebow. I hope they cut him a nd he comes to my Niners

  41. Hey pencil neck. You were wrong again. Quinn just texted that he’s getting no more snaps than usual. However, they may use him in some trick plays. So obviously your “source” is yourself who likes to make up stories. TMZ, Fox News and the National Enquirer are looking for help. With your credentials, you can land a job with any of them.

  42. Yes, does seem like Flutie and Robosack in 1999 but remember that the week before that playoff game, Rob Johnson played a flawless game against the Indianapolis Colts. That performance made Wade Phillips and company believe that he provided a better chance to win. In this case, the driving factor is Tebow’s inadequacies, not Quinn’s superior play.

  43. Per Rotoworld and NFL.com:

    NFL.com reports that Brady Quinn did not take first-team reps in Broncos practice this week.
    According to NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington, the Broncos had “internal discussions” about splitting quarterback reps between Quinn and Tim Tebow, but it didn’t actually occur. Quinn also told Darlington that he “hasn’t gotten any extra reps.” Quinn added that he received only two reps in Friday’s practice.

    So let’s not get carried away here…

  44. I’d like to see Quinn get some playing time. He supposedly was No.2 all pre-season.
    He has been the ultimate team player all while there.
    He was never truly given a chance since coming to the NFL. If you recall they kept switching back and forth in Cleveland.
    He was the quarterback when Cleveland beat Pittsburg. He has two significant injuries in Cleveland.

    As you can tell I’m rooting for him, not against anyone else.

  45. NFL.com now has a story directly contradicting this one. Maybe it’s misdirection on the part of the Broncos. That’s not abnormal.

  46. O lord. You say one thing that has Tebow mentioned in it, and the Tebow haters come galloping out. Here’s a clue for you NON football knowledge people that troll the boards looking to bash Tebow…….A league source could be someone taking a dump at the facility. Unless someone from the Denver Post, or a Denver stationed media outlet reports this from being around the practice, this report is baloney.

  47. @yelix
    @marvsleezy

    Well i didnt know either of those, interesting. Grbac over Ganon and Rob Johnson over Flutie. Thanks for the update there. Now any chance it happens this weekend???

  48. BOOOOOOOMMMMMMSHAKALAK

    gilgafresh says:
    Jan 6, 2012 4:28 PM
    Well, so much for your league source. News of this story spread in Denver and the people in the know (i.e. the ones that were actually AT the practice) are calling BS on this one.

    Nice try.

  49. bnglsfan4life says:
    Jan 6, 2012 3:48 PM
    Quinn should have been the starter from the beginning. Everyone says he looked better than both Orton and Tebow. Maybe now he will get his chance.

    —————————————–

    Problem is the little Tebow miracle run screwed up any chance Quinn had of being successful. First time he screws up, the tebowites will make what they did to Orton child’s play. And everybody screws up….

  50. Quinn is 1-0 v pittsburgh
    ——————

    Yes, he sure is. He went 6/19 for 90 yards against what was ranked as the 16th best pass defense in the league.

    If anyone wants to know what is going to happen, its pretty simple. Pitt is going to load up the box and force Denver to pass the ball. I expect 8 on the line and 3 going man to man. Heck, Ryan Clark would have probably been replaced with an extra line backer anyways.

    All Pitt is going to do is pull out their playbook from when they played Denver in the AFC championship game and forced Plummer to try to win the game with his arm. If that had been Payton or Tom Brady, Pitt would have been chewed up badly. But with Plummer, it was a different story.

    Its going to be a tight game only because Pitt is having problems moving the ball and Denver wont be able to move anywhere.

  51. Speaking as a browns fan, I think you bronco fans would have a better chance if winning if Horse Face Elway himself, dusted off the ol size small jockstrap, and played, as opposed to putting pretty boy Brady in to save the day. You rode Teboner to the playoffs thus far, you might as well ride him the rest of the way.

  52. Braddus Quinn vs Pittsburgh! A blast from the past! If they put him in my guess is the Steelers win something to the tune of 57-3!

  53. Sounds like a false flag operation to “leak” to the press that Quinn is getting 1st team practice in an attempt to fool the Steelers.

  54. “Id love to know if any starting QB that led a team to the playoffs was ever benched due to a coaches decision before a single playoff game. Perhaps its happened during, but before?”

    1986 – NY Jets started the season 10-1 then lost five straight to finish 10-6. They benched Ken O’Brien before the wildcard game vs. KC and started Pat Ryan and the Jets won. Lost the next week to Cleveland in double OT.

  55. ben hurt. pouncey out. mendenhall out.

    9 is a lot of points to give on the road in the playoffs.

  56. donterrelli says:
    Jan 6, 2012 3:21 PM
    “Either way, the use of Quinn could throw a wrench into the Steelers’ Tebow-specific game plan.”

    He’d also throw a wrench into the Bronco’s prospects of winning.

    =============

    Quinn will go 6 for 19 for 90 yds and beat Pittsburgh

    then throw for 300 plus yards and lose to Detroit in OT

    He just is that kind of QB, and even still he could beat Pittsburgh , since they’re only averaging 13 points per game.

    this will an upset of monumental proportions, unless Polamalu, Harrison and company simply blow up anything moving for most of the game. This is also a game Tebow could very well be knocked out of if he gets to running. This is going to be a little more interesting than people think – both Tebow and Rothlisberger could be knocked out – Ben is a statue and Elvis had a near knockout blow on Brady.

  57. vegasbronco says:
    Jan 6, 2012 3:27 PM
    The Tebow experiment/fad is over.
    John did not want to start Tebow to begin with because anyone could tell he was not ready. When Tebowmania made John switch to Tebow and the team started winning, all looked good. Now that the NFL knows how to defend the read-option of a very good running QB, it is time to move on. 2011 was the rebuilding year anyway.
    We ARE West champs!!

    ===========

    Only a temporary renter.

    The landlords are coming back to reclaim the throne.

    Reggie McKenzie is onboard and the Deathstar and Lord Raider will rise again.

  58. popdawg99 says:
    Jan 6, 2012 3:22 PM
    So, I guess the Broncos are trying to make this playoff appearance as embarassing as possible?
    ================================
    People doubting the Seahawks v. Saints last year thought the same thing.

    Jamie Dukes was saying don’t be surprised if this is the upset of the playoffs.

    I’d say the same about the Lions-Saints, if the Lions secondary wasn’t so horrible and if they had a running game.

  59. Seriously Quinn is not much of an upgrade over Tebow in the passing department and he lacks the intangibles and running talent of Tebow.

  60. Wade Phillips benched Doug Flutie in favor of a pretty boy QB named Rob Johnson in a playoff game for Buffalo. It was Buffalo’s last playoff game. You dance with who brought you to the party.

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