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08 Nov 2006

The Week in Quotes: November 9, 2006

compiled by Alex Carnevale

JOYCE MET PROUST OUTSIDE A PARTY, THESE TWO, JUST AS FITTING

"I will never forget the moment of meeting him."

-- San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, on meeting Cleveland Browns advisor Jim Brown outside the locker room in Qualcomm Stadium.

"My goodness, that's Jim Brown."

-- Tomlinson, on the first thing he thought.

"I've never met him before, so the first thing I did is just go to shake his hand, just to say, 'I appreciate you inspiring me to be a runner...' To me he was the best combination of power and speed. He was phenomenal."

-- LT

AT LEAST HE WASN'T THE CAVEMAN WHO DISSED THE WHEEL

"Well, one thing we'll take care of in the draft. We are going to get a back. This guy from TCU. I've watched him a lot and so have our scouts. This guy is the real deal."

-- former Browns coach Chris Palmer, speaking about Tomlinson in 2000.

"This guy may be the next Emmitt Smith. But he's an option back who doesn't fit what we want to do and we need to help our defense."

-- next head coach Butch Davis, before selecting Gerard Warren with the third pick in the 2001 draft.

BEETHOVEN NEVER DID THE PBP ON HIS CONCERTS THE NEXT DAY

"Their job is to block and block their man. All I have to do is run and anticipate where the hole is going to be and if it's not there then I have to have my second option trying to find out where the hole is going to be after the point of impact. I'm not going to gauge what one new guy does or what another new guy does. We all block the same scheme and we're all running the same scheme. That's how we get things done."

-- Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, on his offensive line

"I'm having a little bit more input on what we do as far as the running plays and things I like and things I don't like. I'm having more input now than I've have since I've been here, talking it over with the offensive lineman and finding out what they like and what they don't like. I think that's what's making this thing work."

-- LJ

WHAT IS THIS, A BUSH PRESS CONFERENCE?

"I just have jerseys of different guys who are in the Hall of Fame or are about to be in the Hall of Fame stitched into the seats of my truck. I've got Walter Payton, Lenny Moore, D.J. Dozier, Ernie Ladd, Ed Sprinkle, Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson, Jim Brown... the list goes on and on."

-- LJ

"Were all of those guys your childhood heroes?"

-- the follow-up question

"They couldn't be my childhood heroes because I wasn't around when those guys were done playing. Basically, NFL Films made it possible for me to learn more about NFL history than I have in other aspect of the sport. There was so much that NFL Films did, like Steve Sabol putting those tapes out there. Without those tapes I don't think I would have known Tony Dorsett or Dickie Post or anybody who played before me. I think a lot of players need to go back and take a look at that history."

-- LJ

I BELIEVE THAT'S CALLED LEADING THE WITNESS THERE, FELLA

"Do you have a whole library of NFL Films highlight tapes?"

-- the next question

"I don't have a whole library."

-- LJ

"Herm came in and was on the same page as me and is trying to get done the same things that I'm trying to get done. That's how everything gelled together and worked. That's how we can have little skits where I'm making fun of him or he's making fun of me because we're on the same page."

-- LJ

DON'T EVEN ASK WHAT HE'S PLANNING FOR HANNUKAH

"It was just a spur of the moment thing. I was just hanging out in the Public Relations Department and I just thought the idea would be cool to dress up as Herm and kind of mimic him. That would be my little fun for the year."

-- LJ, on impersonating Herm for Halloween.

"We play to win the game. My wife comes up to me, who's going to be our starting quarterback? But that's OK."

-- Larry Johnson's Herm Edwards impersonation (MissouriNet.com)

SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST

"We're a team. I don't want to say we're a defensive team because we're not. We're a football team."

-- Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards (KCChiefs.com)

I GUESS YOU HAD TO BE THERE

"Everybody panicked. And I said, 'What am I going to do?' Well, I'm going to get them focused and I'm going to give them a plan of how to beat Denver. That's the thing I talked about the next day. I never even mentioned Trent's name in the team meeting. I said, 'Here's the deal, here's what we're going to do to play Denver.' And I started talking about Denver. It got them thinking about that, and then we kind of got going."

-- Herman Edwards, on his team's turnaround after Trent Green went down with a concussion.

"Now I can hear him hollering. And he was mad it took us three plays to score down there on the 2. We scored a touchdown, and he was mad. Why'd it take us three plays to score? He's hollering that at the players. And I say, 'Mike, they can't hear you.'"

-- Herm, on offensive coordinator Mike Solari

AH YES, "STATS" CAN BE DECEIVING THERE HERM

"Yeah, but you still have to win even if you go 5-3. You've still got to win games. We talked about that but I gave them one more (stat), too: 2-5. I was 2-5 (with Jets) one time and did it. So, you can use stats however you want to use them."

-- Edwards, on did he think he'd be at 5-3 after starting 0-2.

"I want to be a good football team. I want to have the same identity that people talk about when they talk about the New England Patriots, when they talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers, teams that consistently go to the playoffs. None of those teams have been No. 1 at this or that. They just play good, solid football consistently, week in and week out. That's something every player has kind of been jealous about with New England."

-- Herman Edwards

COULD WE FINE THE CHART?

"I go by the chart."

-- Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, after an early 2 point conversion attempt gone wrong played a part in this Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Redskins. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

"Our chart says to do what we did. So that's what we did."

-- Bill Parcells

"Hey fellas, you guys are trying to pick out plays. It's the last one, that's the one you need to be focused on. That was the game-loser."

-- Bill Parcells (SI.com)

ONE WIN AND THEY THINK 'PLAYOFFS'

"When you've got your leader as maybe one of your best competitors -- your quarterback -- one of your best competitors on your football team, that's what you want because that's in your leadership position. He rallies those guys around him. He's our Joe Kapp. He's that type of guy. … He's got some of that same fiber, that same intensity."

-- Rod Marinelli, on Lions QB Jon Kitna

"I love how positive he is and how good he feels about those things. That's a positive. … I keep kind of refocusing back in on practice. My thing today was, watch this film, accept the criticism of the film, how do you improve off of the film? Let it go. We've got to become a team, a franchise, that's consistent and expects to win. We've got to learn to accept it, not celebrate for two weeks here."

-- Marinelli, on WR Roy Williams

THEN AGAIN, OTHER TEAMS HANDLE LOSING EVEN WORSE

"As opposed to just being a whisper in the locker room, guys finally came out and said it, and I think it was good for this team."

-- Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin (Arizona Republic)

"Because I don't like them. I don't like their attitude. I don't like their approach to the game, and I don't like their actions on the field."

-- Cardinals DL Bertrand Berry, on cancers in the locker room.

"We win as a team, we lose as a team."

--Berry, on Oct. 29

AND BAD TEAMS USUALLY DON'T

"It's the players' game, and the players have to understand that if you have a guy in the (locker room) and he's next to you and he feels you're not working as hard as you should be, that's what the players should do. I think the good teams, that's what they always insist on."

-- former Cardinals head coach Dennis Green

"Some of the things Bertrand said, it's not necessarily that he doesn't like one particular person as a man. It's more like he doesn't like the way certain people around here do things, how they take their job. I can agree. It's like we're losing and we get on the plane and it's OK. That's one thing that shocked me when I first came out of college. I came here, and we lost, and it was like, 'OK, we get our paycheck.' "

-- Cornerback Eric Green

THANKS FOR PICKING US UP THERE KURT

"If you just get up there and say things and it's going to be a bunch of blank words or words that don't mean anything to anybody, then it's a moot point. I hope we have the guys in this locker room that take it to heart and it changes them, and then you have a quality meeting and one that was much-needed."

-- Cardinals QB Kurt Warner

THEY SAY THAT PRIDE COMES RIGHT BEFORE A FALL / I HAVE FALLEN AND I WASN'T PROUD / YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE FALLEN FURTHER BEFORE / I JUST CANNOT STAND FALLING NO MORE

"We went through it last year, and that helps. Our guys know it's really not about unbeaten seasons."

-- Tony Dungy, Colts coach.

"This is a different team. We're not playing quite as sharp as we did last year, but we're finding ways to win. We're in a lot more close games, and it just seems like every week it's someone else, some other unit and whatever it takes that particular week. So that's good. I like that about our guys."

-- Tony Dungy

"Even the great Ravens team I was on that won the Super Bowl (in 2000) had its flaws. Great defense. Jamal (Lewis) was running well. But we weren't as strong at quarterback with Trent Dilfer, and we didn't throw the ball as well as we liked to."

-- Vikings WR Travis Taylor

"Don't bring that up again. Go away!"

-- Colts general manager Bill Polian, on undefeated talk.

"This year is totally different. Hopefully that's a sign of a championship team."

-- Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne

"Yeah, but the good teams always find a way to win, no matter what. Maybe the Colts can't stop the run, so they claw their way to more points and win anyway."

-- Vikings TE Jim Kleinsasser (San Jose Mercury News)

"I think I like where we are better because it is more of everybody and it's more like the real NFL, where you've got to really play and you've got to make plays in the fourth quarter and you've got to really assert yourself down the stretch. And we seem to be doing that."

-- Dungy

"[He] let me down. . . . I was hoping they would continue to win so they would get all that focus."

-- Tony Dungy (Washington Post)

"They're a good team. We'll cross paths again."

-- Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, on the Colts.

FROM YOUR LIPS TO AL DAVIS'S EARS

"As important as anything in building a championship team is that you've got to move on. I'm not keeping players hanging around to serve my own ego. That's a dangerous, dangerous thing."

-- Chargers general manager A.J. Smith

"You've got to think in advance. You've got to look out in front. We can't control injuries and that torments me. All I can do is prepare. What if he's gone and he's gone and he's gone and he's gone? What do you have behind them? Get good football players as fast as you can and hope you've evaluated them correctly."

-- A.J. Smith

"I try to be cautiously aggressive. You've got to take chances."

-- A.J. Smith (San Diego Union Tribune)

I USUALLY HAVE A SLIGHTLY LESS ANALYTICAL REACTION TO GETTING KNEED IN THE GROIN

"He was obviously upset because he wasn't making plays. He was trying to get out of the situation."

-- Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, on getting kneed in the business by Raiders DE Tyler Brayton

"The officials told me what he did; I missed that part. He will be disciplined by the league for sure."

-- Raiders head coach Art Shell

"I could hear him, 'Don't do anything to hurt the team.' That's five years playing for him. He was definitely right."

-- TE Jerramy Stevens, on the 15 yard taunting penalty he received on Monday (Seattle Post-Intelligencer

AUTOMATIC AFRICAN-AMERICAN WIDE RECEIVER SHOWBOATING PENALTY, 15 YARDS

I still don't know what happened. He apologized to me. I told him that the ball boy was standing right next to him, and I usually toss the ball to the ball boy after I get up off the ground. It's what I've done my whole career. Later on at the end of the first quarter, he apologized to me."

-- Patriots WR Troy Brown, on the penalty he received after attempting to flip the ball to a ballboy and having it hit a Colts player (Patriots.com)

"He said, 'if I made a mistake, then I apologize,' and I said, 'You did.' I don't know the reason for it. For me to get up and throw a ball at somebody ... common sense would tell you that a player's not going to just stand up, look at the ref and throw the ball right at the player's head."

-- Brown

"It wasn't a good call, but I guess he was just doing his job."

-- Troy Brown

YOU AND HERM EDWARDS BOTH

"I don't call plays. I run whatever plays are called. Coach has a philosophy that he goes by, and we've been the No. 1 offense in the league. He has a method to his madness, and whatever he calls, I just want to run the plays better."

-- Eagles running back Brian Westbrook (Philly.com)

OLD MAN TAKE A LOOK AT MY LIFE I'M A LOT LIKE YOU

"Twelve years down the road, whoever I'm playing for, I'm going to get him. Promise you. Promise you."

-- Lions center Dominic Raiola, on Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall.

"I promise you, if I see him on the field again, I will try to take his head off. That's all I have to say about that. I'm ready to go back and play right now."

-- Raiola

"I might tackle him out of the stands. I might get him if I see him on the street, I don't know. That was definitely cheap. There is no reason. (Kitna's) in a defenseless position. His head was down. Obviously, he was trying to take Kitna out and inflict more pain."

-- Raiola

"Go ahead, put them up in the locker room. I couldn't care less. DeAngelo Hall? The least of my worries."

-- Raiola

THE REST

"It's one thing if someone uses the N-word on the field. It's terrible, but it's a private matter. To use the PA [to play a Hitler speech] is another thing entirely. It's really hard to fathom in this day and time."

-- N.C. High School Athletic Association spokesman Rick Strunk, on a soccer team that used a Hitler speech as its entrance music. (Deadspin.com)

"There was heavy early volume on the home dog. When the line hit 7.5, there was some buyback on the Ravens, but that was followed by more Titans money, some of which was sharp."

-- a Pinnacle sports representative (Covers.com)

"It actually scares you a little bit. With a guy like Tom, if he turns the ball over like that in one game, you know in the next game you're going to get his best."

-- Jets LB Victor Hobson (The New York Times)

"We're 4-4 at the halfway, which is as average as average can be. At times good, at times bad. I understand there are eight more to play, but just in case somebody is putting that in the box and writing the Vikings off, we have everything to play for."

-- Vikings coach Brad Childress

"It's when you peel ... You're busting down. You're taking your shirt off. In case you got to bust down! So we stay in the weight room. All my guys work out now just in case we're somewhere and have to bust down. You don't want to bust down and not look right. You can't go to certain swim functions. You can't be on South Beach in Miami. The goal is to be right."

-- Raiders wideout Jerry Porter, on "busting down" (AOL Sports Blog)

"People just associate the Denver Broncos with always playing big games," Winning and playing big games - that's the national appeal of the Broncos. In this particular case, first place is at stake, and that's what flex is all about."

-- Fred Gaudelli, producer of NBC Sports. (Denver Post)

"Rent everything. That's what I should have done."

-- Jets offensive lineman Na'Shan Goddard, on being cut by the Giants. (The New York Times)

"One word: powerful ... with a nice, pleasant pepper finish."

-- Bill Hanson, Midwest region vice president for Costco, which will carry Mike Ditka wines (Chicago Sun-Times)

Posted by: Alex Carnevale on 08 Nov 2006

21 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2006, 4:22am by Sid

Comments

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by someone else (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 8:26pm

Last! *thread closed, move along*

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by NF (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 8:34pm

“One word: powerful … with a nice, pleasant pepper finish.�

He forgot to add, "And fake dreadlocks."

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by Pat (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 8:37pm

– former Cardinals head coach Dennis Green

Did I miss something?

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by BillWallace (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 8:41pm

Arrington is already missed... by the end of the season this thing is going to be 80% Herm.

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by Bobman (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 8:44pm

Did I read that right... "former Cardinals head coach, Dennis Green"???

I musta missed something, or are we just using logic, because it's imminent. (Tell that to Lions fans about "former" GM Matt Millen!)

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by Bobman (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 8:44pm

Pat,
You officially stink;-P

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by Travis (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 9:06pm

“It’s one thing if someone uses the N-word on the field. It’s terrible, but it’s a private matter. To use the PA [to play a Hitler speech] is another thing entirely. It’s really hard to fathom in this day and time.�

– N.C. High School Athletic Association spokesman Rick Strunk, on a soccer team that used a Hitler speech as its entrance music.

It wasn't a Hitler speech; it was Goebbels. The whole thing reads like an episode of a bad sitcom:

"Sometime back, coach Shearer and the team started using `On to victory' as a slogan," Carpenter wrote. "We have a German exchange student on our team. He taught our students to say it in German. Some of our more zealous students sought to capture this slogan in German and to play it on the PA."

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by Bill Barnwell :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 9:31pm

You can’t go to certain swim functions.

What swim function is Jerry Porter going to???

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by The Ninjalectual (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 11:05pm

When Bill Parcells wins, it's good coaching. When Bill Parcells loses, it's "Hey fellas, you guys are trying to pick out plays. It’s the last one, that’s the one you need to be focused on. That was the game-loser.�

And then last year when the Redskins beat the Cowboys, it was "Crayton dropped the ball." Haha. /schadenfreude

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by mactbone (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 11:43pm

Re 8:
Well, not everybody wears grandpa swim outfits that cover the torso. Most people just wear the shorts when they swim.

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by Jeremiah (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 11:57pm

Just to let you know, I get a message on this page telling me that "This website wants to run the following add on: 'Microsoft Data Access - Remote Data Services Dat...' ..."

Never seen it happen anywhere on this site before, and I don't know why it's happening now.

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by Jeremiah (not verified) :: Wed, 11/08/2006 - 11:59pm

Ok, so now it's not happening. My best guess is that it was one of the ads or something.

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by Malene, cph (not verified) :: Thu, 11/09/2006 - 12:05am

Since I have less reason than some to be afraid of admitting that I was sort of intrigued by the whole "ripped athletes busting down at swim functions", I'll own up to checking out the link, therefore finding out that it is indeed JOEY Porter, not Jerry, who busts down, peels down, whatever, on a regular basis.

And, Bill at no. 8, since this is about Joey Porter, I think we can all agree that we should just not ask questions, 'mkay?

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by JAT (not verified) :: Thu, 11/09/2006 - 12:35am

“I think I like where we are better because it is more of everybody and it’s more like the real NFL, where you’ve got to really play and you’ve got to make plays in the fourth quarter and you’ve got to really assert yourself down the stretch. And we seem to be doing that.�

– Wayne

No biggie, but this quote is from Dungy, not Reggie Wayne.

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by DavidH (not verified) :: Thu, 11/09/2006 - 12:40am

3, 5:
I think it's a reference to the Oct 26 This Week In Quotes, where a quote was attributed to "Denny Green, erstwhile Cardinals head coach." Then one of the posters pointed out that "erstwhile" actually means "former."

Classic callback American humour. Pause. Not.

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by B (not verified) :: Thu, 11/09/2006 - 12:41am

“I don’t have a whole library.�

– LJ

LMAO

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by lobolafcadio (not verified) :: Thu, 11/09/2006 - 9:14am

What happened between Raiola and Hall ?

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by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Thu, 11/09/2006 - 12:55pm

According to the linked article (homer warning: from the Detroit Free Press), apparently Hall hit Kitna while he was sliding, Kitna jumped on someone else, and Hall hit Kitna in the back of the head, knocking his helmet off.

Can't wait to chart that play.

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by James (not verified) :: Thu, 11/09/2006 - 11:13pm

Marinelli is a breath of fresh air in Detroit. It is not easy to change a culture of constant losing for decades, that has increased with Matt Millen as General Manager. To instill a winning attitude, it is odd that Marinelli has to clean house and risk losing a lot of games. My only hope is that Millen and the owner, William Clay Ford, will let Marinelli stay long enough to create positive momentum.

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by Jesus Christ (not verified) :: Fri, 11/10/2006 - 2:03pm

Good to see Ed Sprinkle getting a shoutout from LJ.. I'm impressed

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by Sid (not verified) :: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 4:22am

lots of mistakes, but still funny.

The questions to Larry Johnson were hilariously stupid.