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05 Oct 2006

The Week in Quotes: October 5, 2006

compiled by Alex Carnevale

MAYBE HE WAS JUST AIMING TO DO T.O. A FAVOR. TOO SOON?

"He said Sunday night he would accept the league's decision of what to do from a discipline standpoint, and that's what he's going to do."

--Haynesworth's agent Chad Speck, on his client Albert Haynesworth's stomping of Cowboys C Andre Gurode in the forehead with a spike while he was on the ground. Haynesworth will lose $190,070 for five games (Chicago Sun-Times)

"We're just in the fact-finding stage right now."

-- NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis

"For what I did, whatever they give me, I deserve it. I did it, and it's wrong."

-- Haynesworth

"I let my team down. I'm not saying that I'm the heart of this team, but I definitely let the team down."

-- Haynesworth

"I wasn't surprised. He kicked me in the chest when I was on the ground. So I wasn't surprised when I saw it that he did something like that."

-- Panthers C Justin Hartwig, on Haynesworth's behavior towards him when they were teammates with the Titans (ESPN.com)

"Albert has been trying to reach him for the past couple of days. He was apologetic and sympathetic."

--Speck

"When I was there with him, people in the media would always write stuff about how he had matured and everything, and I would see that and I would just laugh, because I knew he was still the same old guy."

-- Hartwig

"I was actually surprised that he did something that bad. But you can definitely see a pattern of that type of behavior with him."

-- former Titan Matt Martin

"We got into it the first day of rookie camp, and from that point, I guess it was just on."

-- Martin, on his relationship with Haynesworth.

"I was watching the game, and my first thought was that the organization has been struggling so much with so many things and just trying to get a win, that they certainly didn't need anything like this to happen."

--Martin

SOMETIMES IT TAKES STOMPING ON ANOTHER'S MAN'S SKULL TO REALLY MAKE YOU FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANT THINGS

"I saw afterwards where he said that he was disgusted by what he had done, but it's the same old things. When you do those types of things, that just shows such a lack of respect for your teammate, the organization and the game itself. The penalty he got is pretty steep. I hope he learns something from it this time."

-- Hartwig

"I was returning a punt [in junior college] and I was under the pile. Someone just jerked my leg and tore the cartilage in my knee and I had to have surgery. He actually tried to break my leg, I had to kick him off me. I didn't actually see who it was ... I could just feel him twisting my leg. He grabbed my foot and twisted my leg until it popped."

-- Bears WR Rashied Davis (Chicago Tribune)

"Guys would try to take your fingers and bend them back and try to break your fingers. That's probably the worst. That's why you tape them all up now, so they can't do that."

-- Bears tackle Fred Miller

"And there were times when we were playing the Raiders and Bill Romanowski would just tee off on guys on the back sides of plays and it just wasn't called. It was technically within the parameters of the game, but it was really a cheap shot and you just don't do it."

-- Miller

OH HOW WE LONG FOR THE DAYS WHEN IT WAS A GENTLEMAN'S GAME!

"The best way is to grab the guy by the windpipe, where's there's no gray area and then tell him, 'Enough of this garbage.'"

-- former DL John Jurkovich

"One time I spit in the face of Demetrius DuBose when he was with the Tampa Bay Bucs He came down on a kickoff and dove into the wedge. I asked him 'What are you doing? You're a nut.' They scored again and kicked down to us and in a scrum, I told him to cut the stuff out. He said something to me and I spit in his face."

-- Jurkovich

"A lot of that stuff is urban myth. I haven't seen much of it or know of any of it happening. I've had somebody try to cut me from behind and that's pretty bad, but luckily I was running away from him. There's definitely some dirty stuff, but there's a gray area about what they call and what they don't."

-- Bears tackle Ian Scott

"I was drive blocking this guy and he spit in my mouth. I would probably rather have someone step on my forehead than ever have that happen to me again. He knew what he was doing."

-- G Terrence Metcalf

IF INCOME EQUALED PERFORMANCE

"They need to quit whining so much. Half those guys are making over $3 million a year. They need to get off their butts and start doing the job. I don't like to feel sorry for guys--there's no room for crybabies. You are offensive linemen getting paid big money, then do your job."

-- Cardinals coach Dennis Green (East Valley Tribune)

"You can go to watch Mesa High School play and know if the offensive linemen are doing their job or not. A 75-year-old woman in the stands can tell if you are doing the job or not. The guy got blocked, or he didn't."

-- Green

AND THIS GUY'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A STARTING QB?

"Al Gore won the popular election and George Bush won the electoral college. Who cares about statistics?"

-- Dolphins QB Joey Harrington (Palm Beach Post)

(Note: Not an excuse to discuss politics! No politics in the discussion threads!)

IT'S GOOD THAT WE'RE HUMBLE ABOUT HOW AWESOME WE ARE

"Hopefully -- four, five, six weeks from now -- we'll look back on this game and realize this is the best thing that could have happened to us because that's a team we can beat. If we get another chance to play them -- which I hope we do -- that's a team we can and we should beat."

-- Bengals QB Carson Palmer, after being decimated by the New England Patriots on Sunday.

"Not to take anything away from them; that's obviously a phenomenal organization, the best of the best. But I felt if we would have played our best football, we could have beat them."

-- Palmer

"I think we kind of needed this. We went out there, and we got our heads beat in. I don't know if we came into the game too cocky, too confident or what.

-- Palmer

IS IT JUST ME, OR IS THIS GUY STARTING TO MAKE SENSE?

"It doesn't seem like nobody else is concerned."

-- Raiders wideout Randy Moss, about the plight of the Oakland Raiders.

"I don't really want to single players out. I mean, I don't really know what the feeling is. But I know the feeling is bad, so that's saying no one cares about what's going on around here."

-- Moss

ON THE OTHER HAND, IF I'M THE CANCER, I'M WILLING TO BE TRADED TO A CONTENDER

"I don't want to be the downfall, or the negative or the cancer of the team. That's definitely not my goal to do. If they feel trading me and getting me out is the best thing to do, I've been traded once, two won't hurt."

-- Moss

"I don't worry about all the stuff that's being said. I know the character of the players in this locker room. I know what they're like and I know what they're capable of doing and what they've done. I don't worry about that. Maybe I'm naive, but I don't worry about that."

-- Moss

EXCEPT FOR CELEBRATING RAMADAN AND YOM KIPPUR, THAT'S JUST WEIRD

"He has his views. I have to go out and do my job. Really, it just comes down to, the game of football is about individual battles, working together with the team. So, what I have to do isn't affected by what anybody says, outside or inside the program. He's entitled to his beliefs."

-- Raiders QB Andrew Walter

SUPER BOWL BOUND!

"We're doing the right things now. We're continuing to go in the right direction. So it only gets better. We got no room but to go up right now. We're 0-3, and we just continue to try and build. It's still the first quarter. And everybody's panicking and everything like that. Hey, you know something? We got a long season. The year we went to the Super Bowl, we lost four in a row."

-- Raiders fullback Zack Crockett

ALLOW US TO BE SERIOUS FOR A MOMENT

"A lot of the kids there lost parents during the war. Your worst day here is good because you can't even imagine their worst one."

-- Bears DT Tommie Harris, on the school he built in Liberia.

"He's so good. I never could have known he was so good."

-- Rachel Keita, mom of Chiefs DE Tamba Hali. She was able to see her son play in the NFL for the first time on Sunday since they were separated for 10 years while she was in Liberia (Charlotte Observer).

HER AIM HANDLE IS WARTORN531

"I received an e-mail the other day from one of the girls on the trip. She said they went into the orphanage two nights ago and found two of the kids sleeping with a picture of me in my Bears uniform. That really warmed my heart to see those kids doing well."

-- Harris

HERM EDWARDS IS SAFE AND I'M ON THE HOTSEAT? THE HELL?

"Coach Schottenheimer is the head coach of the 2006 Chargers. At the end of this season we will review everything, as we always do ... He was hired to do a job, and that job is to coach the team in the manner that he deems proper."

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

"I don't anticipate any changes. We are under way for '06. But if we do decide to make a change, we'll let you know. Making a coaching change during the season is not at the top of my list now. The 2007 college draft is."

-- Smith

"I have complete trust in him."

-- Charges head honcho Marty Schottenheimer, on QB Philip Rivers, who barely threw a pass in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens.

"I think that is a fair assessment. We're not asking Philip to do all the things we asked a five-year veteran to do."

-- Schottenheimer, on whether or not the game plan would have been different with Drew Brees at QB.

"I'm glad he stuck with his game plan, because that Rivers kid could play."

-- Ravens LB Bart Scott, on Schottenheimer's conservative play callin.

"I'm a little pissed off right now. It's different when you get no balls than when you get no attempts, no play calls. You can only do what you can control."

-- Chargers wideout Keenan McCardell

AND I LOOK GREAT

"Yes, I want to do things offensively. But I look at the mirror first."

-- Chargers TE Antonio Gates

"With what's been called to this point we should still be 3-0. That said, I feel confident we can throw it more and still do what we need to win. Any quarterback loves more opportunities to throw. But the ones I've got, I've still got to make."

-- Rivers

"My hope is there isn't a lack of confidence or trust."

--Rivers

"I assure you the better defense we have, the more you'll see of, quote, Martyball. It's resurrected itself a little bit. I can't walk out of a game in which we only threw the ball one time in the third quarter and say it isn't back."

-- Schottenheimer

IN FACT, SOME OF OUR PRELIMINARY INFORMATION INDICATES I MAY WELL BE THE HEAD COACH OF THIS TEAM

"It's unfair to point to one area in particular or one coach in particular. This is a team thing."

-- 49ers head coach Mike Nolan (Contra Costa Times)

"Billy is doing well. Billy is doing the things he has to do. We as a staff accept responsibility no different than we do the players in trying to get them to perform well."

-- Nolan, on his defensive coordinator.

"I think you're much better when you solidify what you are, whether it's 4-3 or 3-4, it makes no never mind to me. We have been much more of a 4-3 team thus far this year because I think to put our best 11 on the field, I believe that's where it lies."

-- Nolan

OBVIOUSLY JOE THEISMANN AND JOHN MADDEN HAVE YET TO HEAR ABOUT THIS POOR DECISION

"He had one poor decision. Late down the middle. You've heard me say that before, late down the middle. We had a lot of run-pass checks at the line, and he gave the receivers a chance to make some plays."

-- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, on Brett Favre's decision-making ()

THAT'S CONFIDENCE-INSPIRING

"With the money they make now, if in the middle of the season you did something like that, you know $2.5 million, I can't afford $2.5 million for someone to go out there and rest on their couch or something."

-- Titans owner Bud Adams, on the future of head coach Jeff Fisher.

OUR NIGHTMARE SCENARIO INVOLVES A YARMULKE, LAVAR ARRINGTON, AND A BLACK MAMBA, BUT THAT'S NEITHER HERE NOR THERE

"My nightmare scenario is 10, 20 years from now, you will not be able to cover the NFL unless you pay a rights fee."

-- David Elfin, president of the Pro Football Writers of America (Kansas City Star)

"There is a smell here, and it gives the impression that the NFL and the teams are more interested in their own financial protection than they are helping the public understand what goes on in the field with the players in the games."

-- Bob Steele, of the Poynter Institute

WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

"He has one bad year, and this is how he reacts. What kind of message is he sending to the fans and younger players when things go bad? But they're letting him get away with it."

-- Elfin, on Brett Favre speaking to the media only twice a month.

"This is our business ... that's why the rules are the way they are. Otherwise, we'll shut it down."

-- Dennis Green, when asked to name an injury replacement.

YOU'RE ALSO MY FIRST STEVE

"I've never met a white person before."

-- what Byron Leftwich told offensive lineman Steve Sciullo at Marshall the day he met him (Washington Post)

"I don't see a color barrier, I don't see a difference in color, really. I think it's because of football and because of the person that I am. Look at it. I have a black left tackle, a Hawaiian left guard, a white center, a Hawaiian right guard, a black right tackle, a white tight end, a black wide receiver, white wide receiver and a black quarterback, so you see all the different races. In football, you look at everything, everybody's together, everybody has one goal."

-- Leftwich

NOBODY EVER SAID HERM WAS A MATH GUY

"We haven't won a game all year, so this is our first win. We'll see how we handle winning after you win a game."

-- Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards, on the Chiefs' drubbing of the 49ers on Sunday (Chiefs.com)

"It's always better to win than lose.

-- Edwards

BRINGING NASCAR-STYLE HONESTY TO THE NFL

"My reflection on that whole thing is all based on the fact of, 'What could I have done to have helped that, to have kept that from happening?' Because that's my job. That's what I'm supposed to do as a head coach. I'm supposed to be able to work through things like that, and the fact that we wound up having a couple of years there where things didn't go well, and then we wind up--LaVar leaves--I kind of looked at the whole thing as, 'What could I have done?' and I think I needed to take the heat on that one."

-- Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, on former Skins LB LaVar Arrington

"I don't think LaVar knew all of our defense when he was here."

-- Redskins safety Shawn Springs (New York Post)

WELL I'VE BEEN AFRAID OF CHANGING/SINCE I BUILT MY DEFENSE AROUND YOU

"If I were in a 3-4 and trying to learn a 4-3 right now, [I'm] not going to be 100%, especially after four games of the season. With the 4-3, it took me years to really understand and master. It's going to be work in progress with the 3-4."

-- Jets LB Jonathan Vilma (New York Daily News)

"Of course. No one's going to be perfect at it. Maybe Kimo (von Oelhoffen) because he's been at Pittsburgh. But a lot of guys have been in the 4-3 their whole careers. We just have to keep learning, keep grinding and each week we'll get better."

-- Vilma

"Coach is a smart coach. He understands us as players. Obviously, he came from New England where they played the 3-4 but he's not solely going to stick to that. He's going to do what's best for us to win."

-- Vilma

"The angles are a little bit different and the assignments are a little bit different, but the bottom line is to get to the ball. Every backer knows that. How you get there might be different, but the bottom line is get to the ball."

-- Vilma

THE REST

"The stock phrase in the NFL is, 'Yeah, we're going to bring you back Monday. Everyone in the NFL knows that's a famous phrase. I was wary. I was hurt. I had a lot of mixed emotions about it."

-- Harvard grad and news Rams special teamer Isaiah Kacyvenski (Belleville News-Democrat)

"Sometimes the players are right. Sometimes the coaches are right. Sometimes they're both right. Sometimes they're both wrong."

-- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Patriots.com)

"They were going to let me have the single, maybe the double. But not the home run. And I was trying to get the home run instead of the double that was right there in front of my face. When you're trying to hit the home run, they say, 'OK, we'll give you the 15 yards. We're going to filter out. We're going to fan out. We're not going to just swarm to the ball and come and corral you.' "

-- Chiefs punt returner Dante Hall (New York Daily News)

"He's mostly focused on issues of clarity. We're living in an age where the game is the attraction, but the way it's presented is distracting. It doesn't show the game the proper respect. When Dad and I first started, we had a saying: Don't fuck with the game."

-- Steve Sabol, NFL films head honcho, on his dad's role with the organization (Arizona Republic)

Send quote suggestions with links to quotes-at-footballoutsiders.com.

Posted by: Alex Carnevale on 05 Oct 2006

45 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 5:38am by Elvin

Comments

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by zip (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 3:35pm

Man, I was initially skeptical about this feature, but now I think it totally rocks.

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by ToxikFetus (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 3:40pm

"He's mostly focused on issues of clarity. We're living in an age where the game is the attraction, but the way it's presented is distracting. It doesn't show the game the proper respect. When Dad and I first started, we had a saying: Don't fuck with the game."

I couldn't agree with Steve Sabol more. FOX is the worst with its camera work. Those annoying "Sky-Cam" shots (or whatever the hell they call 'em) add absolutely nothing to the game. On kickoffs, it's impossible to see the action or spot the ball. On passing plays, it's just a jumbled mess. Stick to the side-angle shots and maybe zoom out a bit so we can see the coverages.

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by Harris (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 3:42pm

“I assure you the better defense we have, the more you’ll see of, quote, Martyball. It’s resurrected itself a little bit. I can’t walk out of a game in which we only threw the ball one time in the third quarter and say it isn’t back.�

Charger fans, you know those preseason Super Bowl predictions for your team? You can go ahead and forget about all that now.

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by Fnor (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 3:53pm

Politics in Football? Politics in Football?! There's no politics in football!

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by zip (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:03pm

#2

I hope you aren't talking about that camera on wires behind the kickoff returner. I've only seen that a few times but it's cool perspective on kick returns the side view totally misses.

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by JJcruiser (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:12pm

“I don’t think LaVar knew all of our defense when he was here.�

The quote in contex is much funnier!

Springs was talking in response to the question: whether Arrington would be able to help the Giants this weekend because he had recently been on the Redskins and would know their defense. THEN Spring said he didn't think Arrington knew the defense when he was in Washington, the implicit criticism being how the heck could Arrington help the Giants with the Redskins if he couldn't help the Redskins with the Redskins.

Great quote.

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by Pacifist Viking (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:15pm

Let me say it: I love Randy Moss. Someday after he retires, somebody should publish a book with all the things Randy Moss has said. I won't buy it, but I will certainly check it out of the library.

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by JJcruiser (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:19pm

Herm's quote are always great too. I'm sorry he's not in the AFC East anymore, though. As a Patriots fan, I really miss his play calling, game planning, and clock management.

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by Bobman (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:24pm

Leftwich has two Hawiians on the OL? That's gotta be pretty unusual.

And “Sometimes the players are right. Sometimes the coaches are right. Sometimes they’re both right. Sometimes they’re both wrong.� from Belichick is positively Rumsfeldian (i.e. "there are things we know we know, and things we don't know we know...") It'a also BB's longest statement ever, I am sure.

And that was a linguistic observation, not political. I'm an Indy fan who would take 1 BB over ten DRs. (now THAT was political.)

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by Insancipitory (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:31pm

Man I'll miss Isaiah, the guy who I generally give my 2nd ticket to went to highschool. So he's all fired up for Kacyvenski's first game in Husky Stadium. Isaiah goes out there and proceeds to make the 1st 3 Seahawks special teams tackles. He was a good guy on the field, really nice at signings, and the longest tenured defensive player. Definately sorry to see him go, but it was real nice to see him get a chance to continue playing.

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by Phil (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:44pm

I was hoping to see some of the Belichick/Harrison vs. Chad Johnson banter. What I saw of it, it was pretty funny stuff. Was it here last week and I just skimmed over it?

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by Independent George (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:45pm

Scenes from the Bill Belichick '12 campaign trail:

Reporter: So any decisions on a running mate yet?

BB: The list came out on Wednesday.

R: There were 108 names on that list - all of them marked as 'questionable'

BB: That is the information we have at this time

R: Come on, they can't all be 50%, can they?

BB: The list reflects the current status as we see it.

R: You had to have narrowed it down at least a little bit...

BB: Cuts will be announced at the deadline.

R: Come on! You're not seriously still looking at all 108, are you?

BB: We are still looking into the different options we have available.

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:48pm

7 Randy doesnt bother me.

Has anyone else played on a really awful sports team, or worked for a really awful company. Sometimes, you just start thinking: What difference does it make?

I know in my men's softball league, when I started playing, I was hitting about .800, mostly line drive singles and doubles short in the outfield. Now I just pretty much swing for the fences, and probably only hit .300. Why? Because we're not going to win, no matter what we do, and if I hit a homerun, atleast we score A run.

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by Pacifist Viking (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:59pm

Randy was at his all-time talkative peak after the Vikings' victory over the Packers in the 2004 playoffs. "They better talk about that W we just laid on Lambeau field today" was followed up by "straight cash, homey." Man, I miss him.

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by Loki9179 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 5:01pm

RE: 13

I doubt if you are paid millions of dollars in your softball league, and I doubt if your career is in some softball league.

Kind of apples and oranges to compare your leisure activities to Randy Moss' views on how he plays the game, isn't it?

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by mawbrew (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 5:17pm

"Who cares about statistics?" - Joey Harrington

Probably more people than care about Joey's career at this point.

Joey's obviously just lashing out due to the years of ridicule he's endured on this statistics based website.

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by Phil (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 5:22pm

Re: 15

I don't think so. It's human nature.

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by B (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 5:56pm

16: As opposed to the heaps of praise he's received on non-statistics based websites?

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by karl (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 5:59pm

Don't fuck with the game.

Eight year olds, Dude. Eight year olds.

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 6:08pm

re:15

Not really, because the same thing happens in people's jobs.

If you work with a bunch of people who dont pull their weight, and realize that your performance doesnt matter, it starts getting really depressing.

IE, whether or not I do really well, management is still gonna screw up, and we're gonna lose this contract, so theres no reason to put in overtime.

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by Travis (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 6:08pm

Great column as usual, but a couple of nitpicks:

- The Hartwig, Davis, and A.J. Smith links are screwy.

- Do we know for sure that Sabol said f$%k (edited to avoid the spam filter)? It's probably that, but the article just says "(expletive)," which could be as mild as "screw," based on some newspapers' standards.

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by Becephalus (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 6:10pm

#9 Thats called a tautology. And the spring up everywhere when people are trying to be evasive because they are literally contentless.

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by Yaguar (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 6:32pm

9, Hawaiian and Samoan players are actually extremely common. For whatever reason the Pacific islands have a pretty strong squad of NFL players. Obviously, the big names are Polamalu and Tatupu, but there are plenty of others.

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by emcee fleshy (atl) (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 6:42pm

Ever seen Herm Edwards and Marty Schottenheimer in the same place at the same time?

I'm just sayin' . . .

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by Independent George (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 7:10pm

#24 - not recently, but didn't Herm get his start as one of Marty's assitants? Then again, I think Bill Cowher did, too...

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by Kal (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 10:07pm

#23: And another recent big name - Haloti Ngata. Oregon and BYU have recruited there for a long, long time, and USC has more recently started hunting there with a lot of success. Samoa is a good place to get some very good players with really strong physical attributes and a willingness to go for it.

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by Travis (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 11:02pm

Re: 23

Don't forget Junior Seau.

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by Kevin (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 11:52pm

As a Giants' fan, can someone explain the obsession with LaVar and the Redskins? I've never seen a player or team asked so many questions about a former player (outside the T.O. saga). Jennifer Aniston didn't have to answer this many questions about divorcing Brad Pitt. Both sides should get over it and shut the hell up!

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by Signor Sack (not verified) :: Thu, 10/05/2006 - 11:53pm

#12. Funny !

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by Jay B. (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 12:19am

No discussion of Pacific Islanders in the NFL is complete without a mention of Reno Mahe.

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by Stevie (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 1:18am

Or Alfred Papunu

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by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 2:49am

Re: Lavar and Skins
It's because Lavar keeps talking about the Redskins. He's got a pretty big mouth and likes to hear himself talk. Same thing with Antonio Pierce... he wasn't like that until he ended up in New York. Both of them are bitter ex-Redskins. They are also given plenty of opportunities to take shots at the 'Skins by the NY media.

Even during the winning streak at the end of the year, Lavar was talking and complaining about playing time. He even admitted to still having the 'Redskins defensive play book... insert your own joke about it still having shrink wrap on it.

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by Bill (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 2:49am

#25 - Yup, Cowher was an assistant here (KC) too, but then again, so was Tony Dungy, and nobody's mixing him up with Marty. I haven't seen Herm mess up basics yet, but tell ya what, we've got a defense here for the first time since, well, Marty.

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by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 2:51am

And as a public service announcement... Clinton Portis unvieled a new character for today's presser.

http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=20555

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by Kibbles (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 3:02am

Re #25: #24 - not recently, but didn’t Herm get his start as one of Marty’s assitants? Then again, I think Bill Cowher did, too…

Yup. Wikipedia also lists Tony Dungy and Gunther Cunningham as branches of the Marty Schottenheimer "coaching tree". Which means that Schotty has officially produced a more successful coaching tree than Joe Gibbs.

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by billsfan (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 10:01am

"WELL I’VE BEEN AFRAID OF CHANGING/SINCE I BUILT MY DEFENSE AROUND YOU"

Are you trying to say that even Eric Mangini gets older?

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by Dan Riley (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 11:47am

After a week of media burying of Albert Haynesworth (and rightly so), I think it's time to praise the guy. His genuine contrition and mature acceptance of responsibility for his actions are both admirable and refreshing. The whole culture...from sports to politics...has been completely overrun with weasels and whiners. As bad as what he did on the field was, what he's done since should be held up as a model of behavior for every weak character who's ever disgraced him or herself in public. Just stand up and simply say, "I did wrong, I'm sorry and I got what I deserve."

So here's to Albert Haynesworth for an All-Pro apology.

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by Kyle (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 3:50pm

I think Arrington handing Coughlin the Redskins' defensive playbook qualifies as "last laugh" in this whole exchange.

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by Donny Bahama (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 4:57pm

#37
I'm reminded of the drunk who beats his wife then the next day is so remorseful that he apologizes profusely and sends her flowers. A couple days later, she's black and blue again. I think Haynesworth has a problem with anger management, and I hope this brought him to the realization that he needs to deal with it. But he certainly deserves no praise.

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by Eh? (not verified) :: Fri, 10/06/2006 - 8:59pm

Have we all forgotten about Chris Fuamatu Ma' a Fala?

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by Warren Rambridge (not verified) :: Sat, 10/07/2006 - 2:48am

#37 - I agree that Haynesworth's apology was exemplary. He should indeed be praised. I suppose I'll get around to praising him when I'm done praising everyone who, uh, hasn't stomped on a defenseless person's head in the past week or two. Might take a while.

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by TomC (not verified) :: Sat, 10/07/2006 - 2:07pm

"My nightmare scenario is 10, 20 years from now, you will not be able to cover the NFL unless you pay a rights fee.�

When I first read this, I honestly thought the speaker was complaining about defensive P.I. and illegal contact calls. I laughed out loud and looked for the attribution to see which defensive back was that witty.

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by TomC (not verified) :: Sat, 10/07/2006 - 2:08pm

And of course, I read "cover the NFL" as "cover in the NFL."

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by wyote (not verified) :: Tue, 10/10/2006 - 8:18am

Sabol is dead-on: the game is the attraction, and the coverage is a distraction. If someone has the guts to do it, they could revolutionize sports broadcasting. Put Joe Theisman on the sidelines, and get someone in the booth who'll watch the game and give us some insight into it. Like Madden in the old days.

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by Elvin (not verified) :: Thu, 10/12/2006 - 5:38am

pro sports sold out long ago people