Thursday, September 2, 2010

Who's No. 2, Tebow or Quinn?

From the Denver Post:

Q: Where does Brady Quinn stand today?

A: Jack, he's in a battle for the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback job. He entered training camp solidly in the No. 2 spot, worked as the No. 2 in practices and was treated like the No. 2 player at the position.

But Quinn's preseason performance has been spotty. He had a difficult game against the Bengals and a better one against the Lions, and is in danger of losing the job. Some NFL scouts who have seen him play in recent weeks say Quinn appears unwilling to let the ball go on time, that he looks like a quarterback who isn't comfortable in the offense and fears making a mistake.

Quinn recently said he's still trying to get "fluent" in the Broncos' offense and that he's still a confident player.

Adding to Quinn's difficulty: The Broncos have been creating some packages to use rookie Tim Tebow as a change-of-pace quarterback. To make that work, Tebow most likely has to be the No. 2 quarterback on game day, because NFL teams rarely have three QBs on the 45-man game-day roster (eight players are declared inactive for each game).

But when starting quarterback Kyle Orton left Sunday's game against the Steelers for one snap after being hit by linebacker James Harrison, it was Quinn — not Tebow — who quickly entered the game. Quinn was sacked on the play, but it showed that when the Broncos didn't have time to consider the decision and had to get lined up to run a play, they went with Quinn as the No. 2 QB.

Tebow has played relatively well in the preseason, but it's unlikely he is ready to be the Broncos' starting quarterback if Orton were injured.

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