Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Jan 2009

The Week in Quotes: January 23, 2009

compiled by Mark Zajack

THEN I'M GOING TO PUNCH KEVIN GILBRIDE IN THE MOUTH

"The message to the rest of the league is 'Hey, the Jets are coming. We're going to give you everything we got, and that's going to be, I think, more than you can handle.'"

-- Jets new head coach Rex Ryan, on how he wants his new team to play.

"I think you're going to see a drastic change in maybe some of the style of play, in particular on defense. Read and react is for somebody else. We're going to be attacking from the whistle and not to the whistle but through the whistle. We're going to turn the heat up and let the fur fly and see what happens."

-- Ryan.

"You've heard of the KISS philosophy, which is Keep It Simple Stupid. That's for somebody else. Ours is a KILL philosophy."

-- Ryan, who went on to say that the "L"s stand for "likable" and "learnable."

"I'm excited about getting to know all our players. I'll start knocking off about four or five a day, and when it gets down to the F's I'll talk to Brett."

-- Ryan, on the inevitable "F"-ing endless questions about the quarterback position. (ESPN.com)

THE CLASSY EXIT CONTINUES

"Goodbye, ladies."

-- Former Lions head coach and new Bears defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, when approached at the Senior Bowl by three Lions beat reporters. (MLive.com)

HOW DOES GUNTHER RELAX? HE PUNCHES FANS OF THE OTHER 31 TEAMS IN THE FACE

"The best way for me to describe it is that every minute of every day is fourth-and-1 to Gunther."

-- Lions new head coach Jim Schwartz, on his new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham.

"He's one of the most aggressive people that I've met. Generally, the people who work with him love him and the people who work against him hate him. The reason is because he views the people who work against him as the enemy."

-- Schwartz, on Cunningham. (MLive.com)

"The first day, I had my phone on vibrate and it rang so many times that it was actually hot. I literally picked it up and it was hot to the touch. I'm not used to 600 phone calls in a day. I generally don't spend a lot of time on the phone, I spend a lot of time watching film."

-- Schwartz, on a major difference between the head job and being a coordinator. (MLive.com)

IF MILLEN PICKED OUT THE GROCERIES, YOU MAY WANT TO GO OUT TO EAT

"I can tell you this, we had a difference of opinion in how we saw the current Lions and going forward. That was probably the biggest thing in my interview. We had a different perception. I'd rather not get into [the specifics]. But we had different perceptions of where to go and the length of time to get there. We were really far apart in that."

-- Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, on a potential reason why he was not called back for a second interview with the Lions. (Detroit News)

UH, COULD I GET THIS CONTRACT IN LATIN?

"You try to get married in another country, you talk about paperwork. This paperwork around here is nothing."

-- Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who planned to marry his wife, Maria, in Rome, but was missing some paperwork.

"I had read somewhere that if you got married at the Vatican, you didn't need this piece of paper because the Vatican has its own rules because it's its own country."

-- Spagnuolo.

"That was an act of God or divine intervention."

-- Spagnuolo, on a last-minute cancellation that allowed them to get married. (Belleville News-Democrat)

CLEARLY CRIS MADE THE MISTAKE OF READING FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS

"If you had said at the beginning of these playoffs that it was going to be Pittsburgh-Arizona, there might have been a little sense of, 'Oh, I don't know if that's the best matchup for NBC or for the Super Bowl.' But now when you look at what this Arizona Cardinals team has done ... this is an opportunity to see one of the best against one of the best."

-- NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth, backtracking on his "worst playoff team in history" assessment of the Cards when the playoffs began. (The Arizona Republic)

FAN IN CHIEF

"He's a Bears fan first, he admits that. But he's a Steelers fan. He's said it, and all his staff, they're rooting for us [in the Super Bowl]."

-- Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who delivered a game ball from their victory in the AFC championship game Sunday to Barack Obama. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

NO LOVE FOR DETROIT, DESPITE THE DE-MARINELLI-MILLEN-IZATION PROCESS

"It's a blessing. God had mercy on us, saying, 'If I send you to Detroit, then I'm going to have to send you to Tampa, too.'"

-- Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, on playing the Super Bowl in a warm weather town. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Posted by: Mark Zajack on 23 Jan 2009

20 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2009, 7:50pm by BroncosGuy

Comments

1
by Theo :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:38am

God chooses the Super Bowl cities? I never knew that.

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by Marko :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:18pm

That makes sense. After all, he is a huge football fan. His favorite team is whatever team Kurt Warner plays for. No, wait, it's the Dallas Cowboys.

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by Theo :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 12:13pm

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by the K (not verified) :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 12:15pm

Then I'm going to punch Kevin Gilbride in the mouth

Love, love, love it.

3
by Temo :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 12:43pm

Rex Ryan is awesome. How have we gone this long without a Ryan in a head coaching job somewhere.

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by DennisK (not verified) :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 2:43pm

Best part about a Ryan getting a head coach is getting to see that footage again.

Unfortunately, everyone forgets the best part about the punch that Buddy Ryan landed on Kevin Gilbride...they both were coordinators for the Houston Oilers and it was during a game...in which the Oilers were WINNING! Who gets in a fist fight on the winning sideline?

5
by Dean (not verified) :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 5:10pm

It's not quite enough to get me to cheer for the Jest. At least not yet anyway. But they have my attention.

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by billycurley :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 6:19pm

This seems like a fitting place to say that ESPN is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with Herm Edwards.

Hello?

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by Unverified Telamon (not verified) :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 6:44pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-

*gasp*

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...

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by peachy (not verified) :: Fri, 01/23/2009 - 7:01pm

Don't take my Hermie awaaaaaaaay!

[sobbing]

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by Jercules (not verified) :: Sat, 01/24/2009 - 3:22am

It'll be interesting to see if that KILL philosophy does so many wonders when Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, and Ed Reed aren't around to employ it.

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by Spenczar (not verified) :: Sat, 01/24/2009 - 11:30pm

You know, the Jets defense actually looks pretty okay for a transition to the Ryan Ravens style. David Harris is good, I hear - although almost certainly not Ray Lewis. Kerry Rhodes is very good. Vernon Gholston could turn into a Terrel Suggs-style player... it's doable, I think.

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by Treima (not verified) :: Sat, 01/24/2009 - 8:08pm

"All his staff, they're rooting for us."

Something tells me his Director of Homeland Security might not be rooting for the Steelers.

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by parker (not verified) :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 1:00pm

He's going to hate Gholston.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 12:57am

Now I understand why it took the Ryans so long to land a HC gig.

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by Crunked (not verified) :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 7:25am

Chris Collingsworthless said the same thing about the Colts in 2006, IF THE CARDS WIN maybe the DVOA should factor in Chris' assessment of talentfrom here on out.

....just sayin'.....

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by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 8:47am

"But we had different perceptions of where to go and the length of time to get there. We were really far apart in that."

It was the difference between a cold day in hell and hell freezing over.

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by D Jones :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 6:52pm

Yeah, or the difference between pigs flying and monkeys shooting out of his butt.

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by J. Morse (not verified) :: Tue, 01/27/2009 - 12:14pm

"That was an act of God or divine intervention."

Does Spagnuolo know the meaning of the word "or"?

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by BroncosGuy (not verified) :: Thu, 01/29/2009 - 7:50pm

Just saw that ESPN has hired Herm Edwards as an analyst. The collective prayers of FO have been answered.