Brady Quinn still vying for playing time as a Bronco. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Brady Quinn Still Looking For Time To Shine With Broncos


Sometimes he makes the offense shine, sometimes he makes them dull.

Brady Quinn entered the Broncos final preseason game last night against the Cardinals as the starter. Granted, he was playing against Arizona’s starting defense in the first series, and he wasn’t playing with his own starting offense.

That combined with maybe a little rust made him go 4-for-11 passing for 26 yards, and one interception. To add a little insult, he took a sack as well.

“We couldn’t really get in a rhythm,” Quinn said. “At the start of the game we had a couple drops, and then I just threw a couple bad balls. I don’t know if it was rust, or I just wasn’t seeing things well, but just not a good way to cap the off season.”

Quinn has undoubtedly kept a great attitude as formally the team’s third-string quarterback. He’s kept afloat through the Josh McDaniels era (where he didn’t take a snap in 2010), and the through the Kyle Orton-Tim Tebow dual. He’s tried to help Tebow adjust to life in the NFL, and he’s never complained through the media that he isn’t happy in Denver. Not bad for a former first round draft pick.

Not only is Quinn a first-round draft pick out of Notre Dame, but he’s proven that he can start in the league.

A prominent QB coach told Mike Klis of the Denver Post that he thought that Quinn has a stronger arm than the Manning brothers.

What happened last night then?

“Not playing last week, it was just kind of hard to find a rhythm,” Quinn said.

One bad game out of the fifth year QB is fine. His stats against the Cowboys? 8-for-14 passing for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. His stats against the Bills? 10-for-16 passing for 130 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.

Quinn has shown that he can handle being an NFL quarterback. Whether he’s second-string or third-string, that’s for Fox and Co. to decide.

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  • bobdole

    don’t forget he fumbled and threw a few into the first row; it was much worse than lacking rhythm. The comments about not playing last week are absurd. Not only should that be a non-issue, but the offense and Quinn got worse as the half went on. I remember when he started in the nfl… it was not pretty and would be sick if i saw him warming up during the regular season

  • bobdole

    don’t forget he fumbled and threw a few into the first row; it was much worse than lacking rhythm. The comments about not playing last week are absurd. Not only should that be a non-issue, but the offense and Quinn got worse as the half went on. I remember when he started in the nfl… it was not pretty and would be sick if i saw him warming up during the regular season

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  • mikeinchicago10

    I do like Brady Quinn’s positive attitude. Work hard and not try to change anything he cannot control. Not like a self-claimed “starter” Kyle Orton. I am tired of seeing him beating up on the field and never seems to be highly motivated. He cannot win or lose a game, so what is the value? It is team work at NFL, he is no different than any other player except that he takes the snap and hands the ball to others in a safe style. Come on, Orton!

  • mikeinchicago10

    I do like Brady Quinn’s positive attitude. Work hard and not try to change anything he cannot control. Not like a self-claimed “starter” Kyle Orton. I am tired of seeing him beating up on the field and never seems to be highly motivated. He cannot win or lose a game, so what is the value? It is team work at NFL, he is no different than any other player except that he takes the snap and hands the ball to others in a safe style. Come on, Orton!

  • mikeinchicago10

    Let’s see how Orton reveals himself in the second half of the games or second half of the season. Same Orton, same situation and same results as before. Did he get better this year? Not possible. The defense gets better, perhaps. If Orton cannot keep the offense on the field on a regular basis, the defense will be worn off soon. DO not forget the horrible backup unit of the defense. Orton in practice was against a bad NFL defense and he had no pressure at all. When it is a real game and the defense players are better, his nerve will be tight and his questionable mental toughness will reveal the real himself. Come on, Broncos! Orton is simply not a QB you can count on.

  • mikeinchicago10

    Let’s see how Orton reveals himself in the second half of the games or second half of the season. Same Orton, same situation and same results as before. Did he get better this year? Not possible. The defense gets better, perhaps. If Orton cannot keep the offense on the field on a regular basis, the defense will be worn off soon. DO not forget the horrible backup unit of the defense. Orton in practice was against a bad NFL defense and he had no pressure at all. When it is a real game and the defense players are better, his nerve will be tight and his questionable mental toughness will reveal the real himself. Come on, Broncos! Orton is simply not a QB you can count on.

  • mikeinchicago10

    There is too much pressure on Orton’s shoulders and he cannot play or throw when you need him most. Who can do that? Tim Tebow. History indicates that. He is a great winner. You may argue that he was around great talents at University of Florida. But after he graduated, what happened to Florida Gators? When they did not have Tebow, Urban Meyer tried many people running the spread offense. None of them ran the offense better than Tim Tebow. They just do not have another Tim Tebow. The end of Tim Tebow’s career at UF was the end of an era of Coach Meyer’s spread offense. It is also a golden opportunity for Broncos, who recognized his uniqueness by drafting him at 1st round. If they do not win with Tebow, that is not Tebow’s fault. It is the failure of the organization, from management to coaching staff. Orton does give the best chance to win, 49% every game constantly. Tebow is only 2nd year into NFL, and he has a lot of potentials to succeed. He can make everyone around him better, which characterizes a great player and differentiate him from ordinary player. Also important, he wins fans and motivates fans.

  • mikeinchicago10

    There is too much pressure on Orton’s shoulders and he cannot play or throw when you need him most. Who can do that? Tim Tebow. History indicates that. He is a great winner. You may argue that he was around great talents at University of Florida. But after he graduated, what happened to Florida Gators? When they did not have Tebow, Urban Meyer tried many people running the spread offense. None of them ran the offense better than Tim Tebow. They just do not have another Tim Tebow. The end of Tim Tebow’s career at UF was the end of an era of Coach Meyer’s spread offense. It is also a golden opportunity for Broncos, who recognized his uniqueness by drafting him at 1st round. If they do not win with Tebow, that is not Tebow’s fault. It is the failure of the organization, from management to coaching staff. Orton does give the best chance to win, 49% every game constantly. Tebow is only 2nd year into NFL, and he has a lot of potentials to succeed. He can make everyone around him better, which characterizes a great player and differentiate him from ordinary player. Also important, he wins fans and motivates fans.

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  • plankboy

    broncos games will be very boring and dull to watch this year! As long as Orton or Quinn are at the helm this team will b brutal to watch. Tebow may not be a great pocket passer, but i would much rather watch tebow run around like a chicken with no head making plays and scoring td’s then watch those other two oafs!

  • plankboy

    broncos games will be very boring and dull to watch this year! As long as Orton or Quinn are at the helm this team will b brutal to watch. Tebow may not be a great pocket passer, but i would much rather watch tebow run around like a chicken with no head making plays and scoring td’s then watch those other two oafs!