Brady Quinn never saw a regular season snap in two full seasons with the Denver Broncos. But, the former first-round pick may have quietly played a significant role in the success of the 2011 Denver Broncos.
Quinn, who held a clipboard to Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow during his time in Denver, helped the Broncos develop their famed crunch time chemistry during offseason workouts, according to a new book written by Loren Landow, the trainer who helped the Broncos during the 2011 spring and summer player-organized workouts.
In Landow’s recently-released book, My off-season with the Denver Broncos, co-written by the Denver Post‘s Mike Klis, Landow said, “I’m sure there were some guys who disliked it when after a hard workout, Brady would pull them in and say ‘OK, we’re going to do the two-minute drill.’ He would make them run it at high tempo and talk to them about protections. I would say he took on, for lack of a better term, a coaching role. It was a coaching-player role.”
Quinn developed a bit of a negative rap by the end of his time in Denver for making some disparaging remarks about Tebow, but the book paints Quinn in a far more favorable light. A full chapter of the book is devoted to Quinn’s workings with the Broncos’ offense and Landow credits Quinn’s extensive work with getting timing and reads down for the Broncos’ success in the two-minute drill last year, which helped lead the orange and blue to several notable wins in 2011. Of course, however, Tebow received the wide majority of the credit for the Broncos’ miracle workings in helping them go 8-8 and win the AFC West crown and beat the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs last year, while Quinn went almost entirely unnoticed during the run.
Perhaps Quinn, who is now riding the bench in Kansas City, wasn’t such a bad soldier after all. The chapter is worth a read; click the link above to purchase a copy for yourself.
MHS Take: “I said that Brady Quinn was the best quarterback on that team. So I can see it. And he’s got a pretty hot sister.” – Brent W. New | @BrentWilsonNew