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Silver says Quinn’s comments were taped


Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports has a knack for getting people to say interesting things on the record.  As a result, Mike Silver often is accused of misquoting people when the interesting things they say get other people talking.

As a result, Silver makes sure that people actually said the things he says they said.

Regarding the claim by Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn that his comments questioning the humility of Tim Tebow and the decision to give him the starting job after Kyle Orton was benched reflect a “completely inaccurate portrayal” of Quinn’s remarks, it’s important to note that Quinn never specifically said that he didn’t say what Silver says Quinn said.

That’s because Quinn said what he said.

“The interview was taped,” Silver told PFT on Tuesday night via email.  “Brady has a copy of the audio file.  I agree that his tone was not bitter and that the entirety of the (50-minute interview) presented a balanced perspective toward Tebow.”

That’s charitable of Silver, even though it could support an argument that Quinn’s comments were “taken out of context.”  But that wouldn’t be accurate.  As we’ve explained in the past, taking words out of context means isolating a quote in a way that, absent the full content, alters its meaning.  Here, the words stand alone.  And while Quinn said plenty of good things about Tebow, too, an actual or perceived insult tends to have a bigger impact.

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45 Responses to “Silver says Quinn’s comments were taped”
  1. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 22, 2012 12:31 AM

    I think I rather work in a leper colony than sit down next to Silver! and answer questions. Rank sensationalist without a morsel of conscience.

  2. madenatewell says: Feb 22, 2012 12:37 AM

    Quinn Mania!!! Stupid…

  3. flyerscup2010 says: Feb 22, 2012 12:54 AM

    I hate that this is a story. And I don’t mean that as a slight against Silver or against PFT whatsoever. I just think it’s funny what people focus on. No other team could pull this much attention for an interview with the guy who started the season as the 2nd string QB talking about the guy who started the season as the 3rd string QB.

  4. oldbrowndawg says: Feb 22, 2012 12:57 AM

    Is this REALLY all you guys have to “report” on at this time? Geez. I know it’s a slow time, but enough with the concocted soap operas already! Get on with the combine and let this stuff drop, will ya?

  5. tinytim4115 says: Feb 22, 2012 12:59 AM


  6. kylexitron says: Feb 22, 2012 1:01 AM

    ask Silver what he thinks about washington poaching Cal’s (his ol’ stompin grounds) best recruiter, and all their top recruits – he had a mini-breakdown about it here in Seattle on a local station. That stuff is all on record too – his quivvering voice trying to say it didn’t matter much to him but following it up anyways with a tirade about how dirty and corrupt the Washington program was. Two can play at the ‘gotcha’ game, Mike. Don’t be a crybaby.

  7. crunation says: Feb 22, 2012 1:03 AM

    I read words taken out of context by journalists everyday welcome to 2012.

  8. terrellblowens says: Feb 22, 2012 1:08 AM

    I agree with what Quinn said about his humility and praying when the cameras are on him. It’s kind of unnecessary. Tebow is a good kid but nobody likes when a high profile player is pushing his religion all the time.

    That being said, Brady Quinn hasn’t been relevant in 4 years. This is way overblown.

  9. binkystevens says: Feb 22, 2012 1:23 AM

    And yet I don’t think I’ve actually seen any of the good or balanced thing that Quinn said, so I can definitely see why he’s outraged.

  10. roamingabriel says: Feb 22, 2012 1:33 AM

    Regarding the claim by Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn that his comments questioning the humility of Tim Tebow and the decision to give him the starting job after Kyle Orton was benched reflect a “completely inaccurate portrayal” of Quinn’s remarks, it’s important to note that Quinn never specifically said that he didn’t say what Silver says Quinn said.
    At least Silver knows how to structure a sentence…

  11. jjrs89 says: Feb 22, 2012 1:37 AM

    Im guessing silver wont be dedicating any don julio shots to Quinn anytime soon. One of my favorite sports writers for sure

  12. rushbacker says: Feb 22, 2012 1:41 AM

    Hah. Quinn and Silver are both bitter hacks. And if this story has any importance to them, it certainly doesn’t to Tebow. He has more important things to worry about– like starting for an NFL team, something Quinn will never do again barring injury.

  13. prideandpoise says: Feb 22, 2012 1:49 AM

    Silver wrote a column? I thought he was still bashing the Raiders for firing Hue Jackson.

  14. citiciti says: Feb 22, 2012 3:35 AM

    Who cares,they both will be out of the league in a couple years.

  15. edgarcaetano says: Feb 22, 2012 3:53 AM

    could he please upload the mp3 file on megaupload?

  16. emaimo80 says: Feb 22, 2012 3:56 AM

    I am not a fan of either Quinn or Tebow. Quinn has shown in the past few years that he has absolutely no potential as a starter, where Tebow has proven that he will do whatever it takes to improve his game and that one day he just may earn the right to be the undisputed starter of some N.F.L. team. Quinn should learn to keep his mouth shut and cherish his backup role before he ends up throwing passes to T.O. In Canada (another guy who couldn’t keep his mouth shut)!

  17. upyoursnfu says: Feb 22, 2012 4:24 AM

    Who cares?

  18. denverdude7 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:00 AM

    Can we reverse the trade for Peyton Hillis and send him back to Cleveland?

    That would serve him right, having to play in the place where quarterbacks go to die.

  19. bigfranky75 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:02 AM

    I dunno guys, I agree that Silver has a reputation for being a snake, but simply taking his side because he taped the conversation I think is foolish.

    People don’t trust the guy anymore…. he is reviled within the league and there is a reason tha tthe only guys he can get to sit with him for an interview are guys like Brady Quinn.

  20. tatum064 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:06 AM

    Get out of the spotlight, get in the workout room and film room, and get with a team – there are plenty of teams that are a concussion away from disaster – you could still be a decent back-up.

    Move on from this, Q.

  21. nogoodell says: Feb 22, 2012 6:09 AM

    Silver is a fat doosh who is constantly trying to stand up in a world of bloggers

  22. indianaviking says: Feb 22, 2012 6:29 AM

    Silver is a self serving hack, always making himself a part of the story.

  23. joetoronto says: Feb 22, 2012 6:37 AM

    “Listen to the fans and you’ll soon be sitting with them” is great advice and the Bronco’s are in a real mess because did just that.

    However, ANYTHING that jackass Silver says is most likely bullcrap.

    How Silver got his job and why anybody listens to him, I have no idea.

  24. davidcl77 says: Feb 22, 2012 6:37 AM

    This was obviously a setup. Who the hell cares what a guy who hasn’t played in years says? Silver just wanted him to bad mouth Tebow. Dumb cat. Like a politician, he never said those things. Gotcha, Brady. You’re on tape, idiot!

  25. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 22, 2012 7:29 AM

    Silver comes off as being cunning, crafty, and untrustworthy.

  26. jvibottomline says: Feb 22, 2012 7:54 AM

    Mike Silver is a Cal Liberal, that’s all you need to know

  27. runfaraz says: Feb 22, 2012 8:13 AM

    Why did he wait 3 months to release the interview? Oh, because that is when GQ needed an article from him so he dusted off the old recorder to find what was on it. If it was a non story at the time, it is a non story now.

  28. 69finfan says: Feb 22, 2012 8:24 AM

    Tim Tebow has never pushed Religion. He simply practices Spirituality. There is a difference, look it up.

  29. packerhater says: Feb 22, 2012 8:37 AM


  30. gjperch says: Feb 22, 2012 9:14 AM

    I must have read a different article. Nothing Quinn said about Tebow’s performance on the field was false, for anyone with common sense and a real perspective on Tebow. Several (or more) wins were luck. The defense carried the team. God has better things to do than determine the outcome of football games. However, a big difference between Tebow and Orton is that we know Orton rarely played well in the fourth quarter from behind. Tebow was unafraid (and wanted) the ball in his hands when it really counted. Right now, Tebow pretty much sucks as a quarterback. But if he can get good off-season training, maybe he has a chance to be good. At least he doesn’t choke in the fourth quarter nearly as much as Orton did. But I also wouldn’t turn down Andrew Luck or RGIII if a miracle happened akin to the Elway trade all those years ago. So, God, if you really do mess with the outcome of football games, then maybe you could work something out for that to happen.

  31. dprouse says: Feb 22, 2012 9:35 AM

    I’m not a big fan of Silver’s style, but Quinn has only himself to blame here. Quinn clearly wanted to unburden himself, and like any good journalist, Silver knew how to get him talking. For a smart guy, Quinn made a dumb move, one that may hurt him as he tries to find himself a new team this off-season. (First rule for backup QBs – be a good team guy, and don’t be a distraction. Second rule – see the first rule.)

  32. beedubyatoo says: Feb 22, 2012 9:41 AM

    packerhater says:
    Feb 22, 2012 8:37 AM
    Ok packerhater and all of you other Packer bashers. Here’s another reason to hate Quinn and his comments.

    He’s A.J. Hawk’s brother-in-law.

  33. iplaybad says: Feb 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    I commented yesterday that the conversations for big publications like GQ are always taped. But it did not make it through the approval police.

    It’s funny that any of you blame Silver for what Quinn chose to say in an on the record interview! Look, Quinn did get shafted because the Broncos season looked to be doomed and a vocal minority of fans wanted Tebow. So, even though Elway thinks Tebow sucks, he let Foxy throw him out there.

    Funny problem is that the D got better and a string of luck hit the Broncos in the eye. Of course Quinn was resentful!

  34. propertyofthebroncos says: Feb 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    he just says what everyone else is thinking…unless you’re a bible thumper I’m which case we know you’re in love with Tebow. hoping we oust him from the team ASAP….

  35. nesuperfan says: Feb 22, 2012 10:12 AM

    Quinn: “You got that on tape?”
    reporter: “Yes.”
    Quinn: “I hate it when that happens.”

  36. suhnum1fan says: Feb 22, 2012 10:27 AM

    Same garbage QB that played in Stinkland, Brady Quinn

  37. bigd9484 says: Feb 22, 2012 10:28 AM

    So if Quinn was asked to list a few good things and a few bad things about Tebow, and they decided to just post and talk about the bad things he listed, that’s not taking it out of context?

  38. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Feb 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    Saw Mike Silver up close at a Niner game last year,..easily the ugliest man on earth. Friggin gross.

  39. rayguyreturns says: Feb 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    And you wonder why a lot of sports figures dodge the Media.

  40. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 22, 2012 10:46 AM


    You mad, bro?

  41. dexterismyhero says: Feb 22, 2012 10:54 AM

    How about we hear the audio. Tone of voice can be taken out of context.

    BTW:Silver is a Grade A Douche.

  42. chunkyloverfiftythree says: Feb 22, 2012 11:55 AM

    Comments taken out of context to generate attention during a slow news cycle! This site knows a thing or two about that!

    It makes it easier for them when people read the headlines and form their opinion before reading the articles. Or sometimes forego the whole article thing altogether and just read the headlines.

  43. brenenostler says: Feb 22, 2012 12:07 PM

    Quinn never denied what he said

  44. fmwarner says: Feb 22, 2012 2:33 PM

    Too many athletes think “My words were taken out of context” means “I wish I hadn’t said that”.

  45. letafan4ever says: Feb 22, 2012 6:09 PM

    I think the way Profootball Talk has exaggerated this non story is the poorest example of journalism that one could imagine. This is a good example of defamation of a character and stirring up negative attention by taking something out of context.

    If I were an athlete I would steer clear of this interviewer and anyone related to ProFootbal who are maximizing something to the detriment of Brady Quinn.

    Has anyone thought to write about what a great teammate he is and how dedicated he is even when not given a chance to play his entire time there despite doing well in Preseason.

    This was sensationalized because it involved Tebow. It is disgusting and now is all over ESPN, Sports Illustrated etc etc.

    Why not have Brady on instead or with the author. Or are you trying to exaggerate the story even more by having Silver on ,on Friday.

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