Brady Quinn isn't going to unseat Kyle Orton as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback soon, but it's looking more and more like he will be the immediate backup to Orton should the team lose Orton for any period of time.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post suggests that a strong performance by Quinn in this weekend's preseason game could cast uncertainty on the Broncos' quarterback depth chart. He'll need to play against more than third-teamers this time around. Against the Dallas Cowboys' backups to the backups, Quinn went 8-of-14 for 120 yards and one touchdown in the second half of the game.
"I don't know why it is, or exactly how to explain it, but Brady is much better this year than he was last year," Broncos star cornerback Champ Bailey said. "He just seems much more confident."
As Klis goes on to explain, Quinn received help from Paul Hackett, a longtime defensive coordinator in the pros and in college and from David Lee, a quarterbacks coach, to work on his game. It's paying off so far.
At this point, it shouldn't be a surprise if Brady Quinn does force his way into being Orton's backup.