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Charlie Weis: I would have made Brady Quinn a winner

Charlie Weis was fired by Notre Dame after going 35-27 in five seasons as head coach of the football team, but he worked with quarterback Brady Quinn to go 19-6 in his first two years. Weis, now the coach at Kansas, believes he could have turned Quinn into a winner at the NFL level.

“Brady could have been a starting quarterback for me in the NFL,” Weis told the Kansas City Star.

“Go back and look at those numbers for the two years he played for me,” Weis said. “He was great. He wasn’t good. And I know if I had him as a quarterback, I would have felt very comfortable that I could have won no matter where we were.”

Quinn was drafted in the first round by the Browns in 2007 and has 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in his career. He started in 2009 but failed to consistently move the football, and he’s been a backup since then.

The comments are laughable for two reasons. For one, Quinn has been in the NFL for five years and is viewed as a backup quarterback. Two, Weis has an absurdly overinflated view of his ability as a coach. He parlayed his time as offensive coordinator for the Patriots into a gig with Notre Dame, then the Chiefs, then Florida, and now Kansas. He had success with the Pats because Tom Brady was his quarterback, and he was only a mediocre coach with Notre Dame after Brady Quinn left. If he’s some grand offensive wizard he takes himself to be, then why did Florida’s quarterbacks flame out so badly under his watch last season?

I do know one thing: With the way he talks about himself, at least he has no need to pay for a publicist or agent.

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Tim Tebow subtly jabs Brady Quinn for constantly boasting about Notre Dame

Think Tim Tebow doesn’t talk some smack? Think again.

Many people were in disbelief when we posted a story about Tim Tebow talking trash to Charles Tillman last December. They tried to defend him and say he was above that.

Now we have direct confirmation that he does.

We posted over the weekend about a speech Tebow gave to the Gators Boosters last week where he called out the New York media for getting stories about him wrong. In the same speech, he also took a jab at Brady Quinn, his former teammate and backup quarterback with the Broncos.

“So many guys come up to me and say, ‘What’s it like to be at the University of Florida? What’s it like to be a Gator?’ The first thing I think of is, ‘Wouldn’t you like to know.’ … I had a teammate at Denver who played the same position as me and he went to the University of Notre Dame,” Tebow said, according to Gator Zone. “He would brag about his university, how great it was. Most of us in the locker room were like, ‘C’mon, we all had opportunities. We chose not to go there.’ … But he talked so much about his university that it became easy. I’d say, ‘Your whole team had one guy who ran under a 5.0 40 [yard dash]. Our kicker ran under 5.0.’ ”

That’s pretty strong stuff from Tebow. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with a guy like Brady Quinn being proud of where he went to school. And Notre Dame’s most success recently came with him at quarterback. But it’s nice that a guy like Tebow and others were around to put him and Notre Dame in place considering the Irish haven’t done anything in the last five years.

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Brady Quinn backs off Tim Tebow comments, apologizes

Oopsies. Brady Quinn made a mistake with his big mouth during a recent interview for GQ Magazine, and it didn’t take him very long to realize it. Earlier on Tuesday, we shared Quinn’s comments about Tim Tebow with you. The Broncos’ backup questioned Timmy’s humility and said the only reason he was given the opportunity to start after Kyle Orton went down was because the fans rallied for it. Quinn apologized with a series of tweets on Tuesday afternoon.

“The comments attributed to me in a recent magazine article are in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim and the Broncos,” Quinn wrote. “Tim deserves a lot of credit for our success and I’m happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate. That interview was conducted three months ago, and the resulting story was a completely inaccurate portrayal of my comments.

“I have addressed my disappointment with the writer and have reached out to Tim to clear this up. I apologize to anyone who feels I was trying to take anything away from our Team’s or Tim’s success this season.”

The article, which was written by Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, may have left some of what Quinn said out, but is there any other way to interpret the comments that were included? Unless Silver completely made the quotes up, there’s no way to see them as not somewhat insulting to Tebow.

Quinn may not have realized how much backlash would result from being candid, but saying the article is a “completely inaccurate portrayal” seems like a cop out. In all likelihood, he realized he insulted Jesus and knew he had to take it back.

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Brady Quinn says Tim Tebow doesn’t seem very humble

Anything Brady Quinn says about Tim Tebow should be taken with a grain of salt. If Quinn were not bitter toward Tebow for the way things have gone in Denver, that would be a bit of a surprise. Quinn still wants a chance to start in the NFL, and Tebow came out of nowhere and jumped him on the depth chart and completely stole the show in Denver.

While people tend to praise Tebow for his humility and the way he goes about his life, Brady disagrees. Michael Silver recently spoke to a number of NFL people about Tebow for GQ Magazine, one of whom was Quinn. The entire thing is worth a read, but the former Notre Dame star in particular had some interesting quotes.

“If you look at it as a whole, there’s a lot of things that just don’t seem very humble to me,” Quinn said. “When I get that opportunity, I’ll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?”

Quinn isn’t the first person to call Tebow out for being too in-your-face with his religion, but most of the time he can’t help it. When he goes to the sidelines to drop down on his knee and pray, all the cameras follow him. That isn’t exactly the same thing as doing it “in front of the camera.” Quinn also made it clear how bitter he is that Tebow jumped him on the depth chart after Kyle Orton went down.

“Early in the season, there was a game when Kyle (Orton) got hurt and the coaches were calling for me to go in, but Kyle got up and finished the game out,” he said. “So I was the second-string guy. Then, a few weeks later, they decided to put Tim in. I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that. Just ’cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I didn’t have any billboards. That would have been nice.”

There’s a lot of truth to that, but it sounds like someone is letting jealousy get the best of them. The billboards fans purchased and media buzz certainly helped the Broncos make the decision to play Tebow, but it doesn’t look like they’re regretting it. Quinn is a draft bust. That’s nobody’s fault but his own.

Brady Quinn Flies Overnight to be with Girlfriend Alicia Sacramone for Her Surgery

Brady Quinn may have been surpassed by Tim Tebow on the quarterback depth chart for the Broncos, but he’s still excelling in another realm. Following his team’s home loss to the Chargers Sunday, Quinn took a red eye flight to be with girlfriend Alicia Sacramone, who had surgery Monday on her ruptured Achilles’ tendon.

The extra effort earned him bonus points with his gymnast girlfriend.

“Best boyfriend award goes to Brady Quinn for taking the red eye from Denver to be here for my surgery today…just another reason why I love him,” she tweeted Monday.

The two have been dating since 2009. Maybe Quinn was just returning the favor to Sacramone who used to fly to Cleveland to support Brady when he was the quarterback for the Browns.

Either way, it’s pretty clear they’re extremely supportive of one another.

Say what you want about Quinn’s ability as a quarterback, but you can’t say he’s not a good boyfriend. He went out of his way to ensure he was by his girlfriend’s side at a difficult time.

The London Olympics begin in 10 months, so Sacramone’s status for the Summer Games is in question. But the good news is that Brady appears to have found a girl who appreciates him, unlike his last girlfriend.

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Note: This post also appeared on the Yardbarker Olympics blog

Brady Quinn’s New Girlfriend Is Gymnast Alicia Sacramone

We were mighty surprised around draft time in 2007 when Brady Quinn was dating an old girlfriend from college and high school, Lindy Slinger. Out of all the people he could have had considering he was the star quarterback at Notre Dame and set to make millions in the pros, he chose her and was content settling down. Well, looks like all the people who said he was with a bitch whom he should dump turned out to be right — he’s moved onto Team USA’s finest — gymnast Alicia Sacramone. Sacramone confirmed the news in an interview recently, as pointed out by Gym Truthteller:

USA Gymnastics: I hear you’ve been attending a lot of Cleveland Browns football games lately. Can you talk about that?
Alicia: Yes, I have become a football fan. I was always a football fan but never into it too much until now. I’m dating Brady Quinn (the quarterback for Cleveland) so I travel to Cleveland on Sunday afternoons for home games.

USA Gymnastics: Has Brady visited you at the gym?
Alicia: No, but he said he’s excited to come to a gymnastics meet.

Way to go Brady, at least this is a step up. You just figure after throwing for 4 touchdowns he would have been cautioned about the Tony Romo/Jessica Simpson curse and held off in the celebrity female departments. Maybe he’s going for high profile chicks to confirm he’s not gay despite what people on TV might think.

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Brady Quinn’s Cheap Shot Knocks Terrell Suggs Out for Weeks with a Knee Injury

Quarterbacks have been taking a lot of heat recently for going low with their blocks on running plays or interceptions, with good reason. Brett Favre was called out for chop blocking Eugene Wilson of the Texans earlier in the season on a reverse, Trent Green was lambasted for taking out Travis Johnson’s knees two years ago, and Mark Sanchez had to apologize for his dirty play last month following an interception. This week it’s Browns quarterback Brady Quinn getting called out for a dirty play. Following his second interception, he was semi-trying to make a tackle and dove into linebacker Terrell Suggs’ knees. The hit caused what’s being termed a “strained knee” for Suggs, and reports are saying he’ll miss several weeks of action. Here’s a video of the Brady Quinn cheap shot on Terrell Suggs, just skip ahead to the 1:50 mark to see the block:

While the play was not in the proper ethics of the game at least it helped Cleveland make a stop. Count Ray Lewis as one person who was livid with the cheap shot:

“Heck yeah it was a cheap shot. When you’re running down and you’re looking at the quarterback going at somebody’s knees who doesn’t even have the ball. I want to see if he gets the same fine I got or even higher. Now this man is out four or five weeks because of some baloney like that.”

Quinn says cheap-shotting Suggs at the knees was not his intent and that he was going for Chris Carr who made the interception, only to have Suggs pop into the picture at the last second. Looking at the video, that makes sense because there would be no reason to dive for Suggs (and Carr was right behind Suggs anyhow). I’m guessing something around a $15,000 fine will be coming for Brady. With him not reaching his bonuses this year, he could use that money.