Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Feb 2009

The Week In Quotes: February 6, 2009

compiled by Mark Zajack

WDIV, YOU READ MY MIND

"Matt Millen was president of the Lions for the worst eight-year run in the history of the NFL. Knowing his history with the team, is there a credibility issue as he now serves as an analyst for NBC Sports?"

-- Scroll at the bottom of the screen showed by WDIV, NBC's affiliate in Detroit, every time Millen was on camera Sunday during NBC's Super Bowl pregame show. (Yahoo! Sports)

I'M GLAD JANET JACKSON DIDN'T FLASH THIS

"62 Scat Flasher."

-- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, recounting the name of game-winning play in which Santonio Holmes was the third read. (ESPN.com)

"I saw Santonio in the corner and as soon as I let go of it, I saw the defensive back going to get it, and I thought it was intercepted. I thought the game was over. I thought I blew it."

-- Roethlisberger, on the game-winning touchdown pass. (SI.com)

POST-TRAUMATIC SCAT FLASHER SYNDROME

"It was like getting a chair pulled out from under you. It just hurts to be able to get so close and fall short of your ultimate goal."

-- Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, on losing a heartbreaker.

"We didn't make the plays we needed to seal the game up. I'm never going to be a sore loser. They deserved to win and made plays, and that's what it's all about."

-- Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. (Arizona Republic)

"Everybody feels a little disappointed, but the road for us to get here, man, it was tough. There isn't anybody in a million years that would think we would get here. (We'll) take some time off and get back to work. Next year, we'll make a run for it again."

-- Dockett. (Arizona Republic)

"I still love this game."

-- Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, in the postgame aftermath, when asked if he "loved or hated football right now?" (Yahoo! Sports)

FITZGERALD CHASES HARRISON, HARRISON CHASES FITZGERALD, HARRISON SITS DOWN

"I was thinking, he was way faster than I thought."

-- Steelers safety Ryan Clark, on his thoughts after chasing Larry Fitzgerald on his 64-yard touchdown. (NBCSports.com)

"I felt like trash. Just like garbage."

-- Steelers linebacker James Harrison, with his thoughts after failing to run down Fitzgerald.

"He was actually supposed to be covering the running back, but he read the play."

-- Steelers safety Ryan Clark, on James Harrison's assignment on the interception and touchdown before the half.

"I was tired as a dog. I'm not going to lie, it was a quarter tank. But I ended up making it."

-- Harrison, on the end of his touchdown run. (NBCSports.com)

"Gosh, dog, it was one of those things that seemed to happen in slow motion."

-- Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, on the James Harrison interception returned for a touchdown before halftime. (Arizona Republic)

"I've never been more emotionally drained in my life."

-- Harrison. (New York Times)

"Where's my chair?"

-- Harrison, arriving at his locker after the game, looking like he might collapse. (Yahoo! Sports)

MC MARTY B: YOU SO CRAZY!

"I shouldn't cuss that much. I've been listening to Too Short too much."

-- Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett, whose lyrical skills, including rhyming "Romo" with "Homo," resulted in a $22,000 fine from the Cowboys. (Dallas Morning News)

"He's just like my dad told me one time, 'If you'd quit trying to be so funny, you might get something done. Get serious with me, will ya?' My dad told me that, because I needed to quit screwing around."

-- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, on Bennett. (Star-Telegram)

"Why they hatin' on me, It was just a song, I was only rappin', I didn't do nothing wrong..."

-- Bennett (a.k.a. Marty B) with his rap response called My Apology. (Dallas Morning News)

I'M SORRY, CAN YOU DEFINE 'TRAPPED' FOR ME?

"You just feel trapped. Ever since I came to Kansas City, they've been trying to push me out the door."

-- Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, sharing his feelings on being in Kansas City with radio station KCSP 610-AM. (United Press International)

THREE CLUES TO THE ILLEGITIMATE OFFSPRING OF JEFF GEORGE: TEN-MILLION-DOLLAR ARM, TEN-DOLLAR HAIRCUT, TEN-CENT HEAD

"He's a great quarterback, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying anything to disrespect him. I think he's a hell of a player. But Jeff George was a hell of a player. There's a lot of guys who have been great players."

-- Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, on his one-time teammate and quarterback successor, Jay Cutler. (Denver Post)

Posted by: Mark Zajack on 05 Feb 2009

21 comments, Last at 12 Feb 2009, 5:59pm by D Jones

Comments

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by Robo-Pope :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 10:09am

I think "Where's my chair?" is the best of all of these.

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by Tim, London UK (not verified) :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 10:22am

The Coach Whizz comment...does he speak "urban" and refer to people as "dog"?? Does he think Mike Tomlin's youth and comfort with that vernacular gave the Steelers the push they needed?? I don't know...

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by RowdyRoddyPiper :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 10:53am

Actually gosh dog is a more southern version of gosh dang which is a synonym for gee whiz. Whiz is from Georgia so it makes sense he would use that. Since his nickname is whiz if he said gee whiz, people might get the impression he was talking to himself.

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by Tim, London UK (not verified) :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 12:17pm

So that means we aren't going to get a quote like "I felt like we went out there and repped our 'hood on every down" from him? Thanks for the clarification RRP

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by drobviousso :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 12:26pm

You will also unlikely hear that from Roderick Hood. :D

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by starzero :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 11:05am

i don't remember jeff george as all that great a player. more a whiner who got too high a draft pick. maybe not a bust, but certainly a crybaby.

at least the colts figured out how to use #1 picks eventually....

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by bravehoptoad :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 5:15pm

Jeff George had the best arm ever. Partly it was because of this strange way he had of throwing the ball with one index finger on its point.

I always thought he was a pretty good player. He was great for Minnesota and pretty good for Oakland. Whatever his problems were, they weren't on the field.

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by Sophandros (not verified) :: Sun, 02/08/2009 - 10:15pm

George was a phenomenal quarterback who did not grow up until too late.

He was incredible in the run and shoot under June Jones.

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by D Jones :: Thu, 02/12/2009 - 5:59pm

My friends and I have always referred to Jeff George as "cancer" due to his ability to slowly but consistently destroy every team he was on.

I don't know if that's fair, but that's how I remember him.

He did have a quality mullet though.

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by Temo :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 2:34pm

I don't get it... a big name player in KC earning big bucks basically saying his team hates him... nothing in the news.

Dan F-ing Reeves doing god knows what and Jerry Jones fumbling around... all over the news. Bah. Screw it.

On a brighter note, Marty B. makes my day every time.

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by Key19 :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 2:57pm

Of all the bad things that went on this year for the Boys, I think that MartyBTV was the LEAST deserving of a fine. Oh well. I don't think losing one game check is going to dry up his well of priceless quotes.

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by Wait, what? (not verified) :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 3:34pm

I'm mildly amused by the fact that LJ's comments are consistent as long as you take them literally: You feel trapped, he's being pushed out the door. (No, I don't really think he meant that his interviewer felt trapped, but hey.)

Reading the Cowboy fans' comments on the Marty B situation makes my head hurt. Personally, I'm inclined to respect him just for listening to Too Short, who was a hilarious cat in his own right.

(My Captcha: "vodka cincinnati." Does this mean Childress will be replacing Marvin Lewis shortly? Hmm.)

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by Temo :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 4:45pm

Reading the Cowboy fans' comments on the Marty B situation makes my head hurt. Personally, I'm inclined to respect him just for listening to Too Short, who was a hilarious cat in his own right.

???

I do believe that most Cowboys fans love Martellus Bennet and support him through this entire non-issue.

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 10:06pm

Does this mean Childress will be replacing Marvin Lewis shortly?

I can but hope.

Instead, I'll probably be provided an offseason to watch my team: 1) bungle the draft, with Rick '7 years of Dolphins mediocrity!' Spielman at the helm; 2) sign Brett Favruh for a ridiculous sum on a 2-year contract, and; 3)let Leslie Frazier go to another team.

...
...
Damn. Okay, I'm ready for a Vodka Cincinnati now.

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by Sergio :: Sun, 02/08/2009 - 2:00am

Ugh. Rick Spielman.

Just... just... hell, I can't even offer any kind of encouragement. Get close with baseball or something, it's going to get ugly.

-- Go Phins!

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by Theo :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 8:27pm

Feeling trapped while been shown the door is a paradox.
A shown-door traptee is a contradictio in terminis.

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 10:09pm

Yes, I'm pretty sure that's why they included the quote.

But - for the sake of argument - you could be 'shown' the door, without necessarily being provided access to it. Perhaps Johnson felt that he was being 'shown the door' whilst 'trapped' in a glass cage of emotion.

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by Theo :: Fri, 02/06/2009 - 11:01pm

Where is the annual award show?

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by Mikey Benny :: Sat, 02/07/2009 - 6:50pm

I think the Matt Millen scrolling text by the Detroit NBC affiliate is the quote of the year.

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by Unverified Telamon (not verified) :: Mon, 02/09/2009 - 2:14pm

Not quoted above, the scroll goes on to say: "Will Detroit fans ever forgive him for turning the Lions into the worst team in football?"

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by Spielman :: Sun, 02/08/2009 - 10:10pm

Man. Whoever was responsible for that WDIV scroll should be getting high-fives from Michiganders for the next year or so.