The offseason is over. Training camp is upon us. This marks the final installment of our interview series leading up to the start of camp.
In this edition, we bring you thoughts from new quarterback Brady Quinn (BQ), whom the Broncos acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
During OTA’s (organized team activities), Quinn spoke with 850 KOA.
850 KOA: What first went through your mind when you heard the Broncos traded for you?
BQ: When I first found out, the GM from Cleveland called. I thought someone did a prank call so I wasn’t sure if it was real or not until he told me Josh (McDaniels) would call me a few minutes later. When Josh did call, it kind of hit me that it was for real. I was really excited for the opportunity. I have looked forward to playing for a coach like Josh, a guy who loves offense, loves the quarterback position and is really going to help develop a guy (and) do some different things on offense to take advantage of the defense. It’s definitely a great opportunity for me. Any time you think of the Denver Broncos and the storied program that it is, it’s an exciting time.
850 KOA: What was your reaction when you heard the Broncos drafted Tim Tebow?
BQ: No different. Tim Tebow being drafted here really doesn’t have a whole lot to do with me. My goal is to work as hard as I can, get as good as I can and go in and compete. That’s my job and my role. Every coach is going to try to put as many good players on the team as he can. That’s what he (Coach McDaniels) did by drafting a guy like Tim Tebow.
850 KOA: Josh McDaniels and former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis once coached together with the Patriots. When you look at the Broncos’ offense, do you see similarities with what you ran at Notre Dame under Coach Weis?
BQ: There’s definitely a lot of crossover, a lot of similarities. Granted, I haven’t been in that system (Notre Dame’s) for three years, but even playing under Brian Gable last year (in Cleveland), his offense had a little bit of crossover from what I ran under Charlie. It’s a good fit for me; it’s a good system. Again, I’m excited about the opportunity.
850 KOA: We hear it is a quarterback-friendly system. What does that mean?
BQ: To me what I think that means is giving the quarterback the opportunity to pretty much do anything he wants. You’re making the decision at the line of scrimmage and setting things up. From there, you’re controlling what’s going on, how to get your team into the best play and really deciding what the best thing to do is in each given scenario. For a guy who likes to play quarterback, that’s right up my alley. That’s something I had the opportunity to do in college and it’s something we had the opportunity to do a little bit last year. I’m excited about being able to do that here.
850 KOA: What is it like to have the kind of competition the Broncos have at the quarterback position?
BQ: That was the situation I came into as a rookie (in Cleveland) so it’s really not much different than what I was accustomed to. That’s actually what it was going into last year with Cleveland. We had four guys on the roster even though it was mostly between Derek (Anderson) and myself. A quarterback competition is a quarterback competition. Everyone kind of looks at that and focuses on that. Everyone is competing all over the field. It’s not just at quarterback. I think in the end that makes everyone better and it makes your team better as a whole.
850 KOA: Coach McDaniels has made it pretty clear that he is going to play the best player at any given position. Even though coaches say things, players are smart and know if a coach is just saying that or if he means it. Since you’ve been in Denver, have you been given any indication that the quarterback job is not open?
BQ: Josh has been up front with you guys (the media) just as much as he’s been up front with us. The best guy will play and that’s what he has stated all along. I think it’s in the best interest of any head coach to play the guy who gives him the best chance to win. That’s been no different than what we’ve heard.
850 KOA: The weather is a lot better in Denver than it is in Cleveland.
BQ: (laughing) You’re not kidding. It has been beautiful.
850 KOA: Welcome to Denver and thank you for your time.
BQ: Thank you.
As of now, Quinn is second on the depth chart behind starter Kyle Orton. Feel free to post your thoughts on the three-way quarterback competition (Orton, Quinn, Tebow) and how you think things will shake out.
Full-squad training camp practices start on Sunday, August 1. I’ll have a training camp preview in my next post.
Thanks for reading.