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20 Oct 2009

This Week in Quotes: October 20, 2009

compiled by Rory Hickey

BUT THEN IT MIGHT BE DAN SNYDER'S FAULT

"I think a lot of people made the comment, '[Zorn's] not out there playing in the games.' That's the truth of the matter. If you want to blame someone, look at the film. Look at the guys who are out there trying to play. We haven't been doing a great job, bottom line; we haven't been doing a great job. I think the blame lies with us. I think the blame lies with us. I think we're the ones out there playing every day, practicing, trying to do the right thing, but I don't know if we've got the right personnel here to do it."

-- Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall on the Redskins' possible lack of personnel. Clearly he isn't part of who he's talking about (Washington Post)

WELL THEY'RE AVERAGING THIRTEEN PER GAME, SO TECHNICALLY YES

"This offense is better than six points, 100 percent."

-- Redskins coach Jim Zorn on his anemic offense (WTOP.com)

I'M THE TRUTH ... WHY WOULD I LIE

"All my life I've been criticized for telling the truth, and now I'm lying?"

-- NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders on his involvement in the Dez Bryant controversy (USA Today)

ALLEN'S RESPONSE REALLY HAD OHER BLIND-SIDED

"There is nothing really special about him ... I think he found out I'm an OK player. Guy makes like $100 million. I think I did all right."

-- Ravens rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher's thoughts on Vikings defense end Jared Allen

"Well, that's just some idiot trying to talk himself up. I beat that dude like a red-headed step child, let's be honest. If he was so good why did they have to chip me all day? Ask him that. That guy will watch film today and realize. Everybody else in the world saw me abuse him."

-- Allen's response to Oher's comments (FOX Sports)

POCKET HERCULES TO B4

"The running game is like chess. The running game is your pawns. They don't really mean that much in the beginning, but at the end, they surround the king and its check mate. That's what the running game is."

-- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew after loss in Seattle, on why an offense shouldn't abandon the running game. Or maybe on why they shouldn't rely entirely on the running game. Is Jack Del Rio or David Garrard the queen? (National Post)

IT'S A BIRD ... IT'S A PLANE ... IT'S THE WILDCAT!

"I can't respect that stuff, all that Wildcat. We're in the NFL. Don't come here with that nonsense."

-- Jets linebacker Calvin Pace's thoughts on the Dolphins' Wildcat offense (Fifth Down)

"[Wildcat] non-sensed their asses all the way up and down the field. If that's nonsense, I love nonsense. They want to say gimmick this, gimmick that. We've won games with the Wildcat. I'll win a game with a gimmick...Hell, they ran two fake punts. If you want to say gimmick, those are really a gimmick. The Wildcat is an offensive formation we've been running for two years. They've got thousands of plays on film about it. Go stop it and shut up about all that junk talking. ... They ain't gonna give us no credit. We'll see them in three weeks. We have to play them again, so the hell with them."

-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, responding to Pace's comment about the Wildcat. I don't really think he's too fond of the Jets.

"We're all afraid of what we don't understand."

-- Dolphins running back/Wildcat triggerman Ronnie Brown reacting to Pace's comments (Sun-Sentinel)

AT LEAST YOU LEAD THE LEAGUE IN DYAR. OH, WAIT ...

"It's bittersweet. We get the win, but I have a limited role. So, obviously, I see this game as showing I'm no longer an asset to this team. That's all I got. My name's Steve Smith and I stand by that."

-- Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith after the Panthers' win over the Buccaneers (The Herald Online)

THEIR STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE WOULD BE DESTROYED

"It felt like they were trying to raise their ranking in the BCS, but it is not their fault we weren't matching up today."

-- Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck on the thrashing delivered by the Patriots (The Tennessean)

THERE'S AT LEAST ONE TEAM WHO IS

"I don't think anybody in this league is 59 points better than us."

-- Titans tight end Bo Scaife after the Titans lost by exactly 59 points to the Patriots (Providence Journal)

HOW ABOUT: "AT LEAST I DON'T COACH THE TITANS DEFENSE ANYMORE"

"You'll have a hard time finding the silver lining in this one."

-- Lions coach Jim Schwartz after the team's 26-0 loss to the Packers (Yahoo!)

TWO GOOD BLOCKS BY A RECEIVER IS EQUIVALENT TO A GREAT SEASON FROM AN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN IN OAKLAND

"I came over to him and was like, 'Man, that's the best two blocks I've ever seen from a wide receiver.' I have to buy him something now."

-- Raiders tight end Zach Miller on a series of blocks by wide receiver Louis Murphy (BakersfieldNow.com)

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"I loved it. On the fumble recovery, I just threw my big coconut butt on the ball."

-- Recently un-retired Patriots linebacker Junior Seau on his return to the field during Sunday's game (CBS Sports)

THE BROWNS DEFENSE DIDN'T GET THE MEMO

"We're not trying to lose every time we go out here."

-- Browns quarterback Derek Anderson on the Browns' approach to games, week in and week out (USA Today)

MARTELLUS, YOU CERTAINLY ARE A WORDSMITH

"It's kind of like having a girl on the side, you know? When you need her, she's there. You know she's always going to be there no matter what you put her through. That's what Tashard Choice is like."

-- Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett using an interesting analogy to describe teammate Tashard Choice (DallasCowboys.com)

THIS WAS A PLOY TO PSYCH THE RAIDERS UP FOR THE EAGLES

"I do not like knocking teams, but right now, they're struggling. We're playing that game the other day and, honestly, it felt like a scrimmage, like a practice. It felt like we were going against our offense [in a controlled setting] as far as the tempo."

-- Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce on the Giants' destruction of the Oakland Raiders in Week 5 (NESN)

THE RAMS AND REDSKINS WOULD LIKE A WORD

"The mood we're going to be in or should be in, right now we're kind of the laughingstock of the NFL."

-- Raiders defensive end Greg Ellis on the perception of the Oakland Raiders (FanNation)

YEAH, I THINK YOU HAVE SAID IT TOO MUCH

"I just got to get these coaches to realize, throw me the ball. Maybe I've said it too much."

-- Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzedah on if he gets the ball enough. Shockingly, he doesn't think so (The Seattle Times)

MAYBE YOU NEED TO GO THE OTHER WAY ... HAVE THE MUSICIANS LIVE IN CONCERT AT PRACTICE

"We canned the music today. We've got to get back into it. We can't use music to motivate us. We can't go out and stretch and need music to help us. What's going to motivate you? How are you going to be motivated? We motivated ourselves today by reliving that sick feeling from Sunday that we've been having."

-- Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris on no longer allowing his team to listen to music during practice (Tampa Bay Online)

I DIDN'T KNOW DELAWARE STATE COULD AFFORD DVD PLAYERS

"Michigan played just like they played on the DVDs. I was not shocked, but I was surprised at how much the domination was."

-- Delaware State coach Al Lavin after his team got destroyed by the Michigan Wolverines, 63-6 (Sports Illustrated)

CHIEF OSCEOLA WOULD LIKE A WORD

"I don't approve of how he's treated. He is Florida State University."

-- Deion Sanders on the treatment of Bobby Bowden (FanNation)

I'M NOT MAKING ANY STATEMENT ABOUT THE POPULARITY OF THE EXPRESSION "HURTIN' PUPPIES"

"Anybody who says there's no fight in the Fighting Irish is missing the boat. Down three scores to these guys ... there's a lot of hurtin' puppies in that locker room right now. But there's plenty of fight in this team, I guarantee you that."

-- Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis on the team's effort during its 34-27 loss to USC (Chicago Tribune)

I DON'T THINK RICH RODRIGUEZ COULD SEE IT IF CARR WAS UP IN A BOX

"I saw an article that said Lloyd Carr was at the game in Iowa. Number one, whose ticket did he go on? Whose private box was he sitting in, and whose university staff was in the box with him? As far as I'm concerned, as a former player that loves this program, I love our head coach, I love what they're trying to do -- our ex-coach flipped a huge middle finger right in our current coach's face."

-- Former Michigan quarterback Rick Leach on ex-coach Lloyd Carr attending a recent Wolverines game (Detroit Free-Press)

WHEN IT RAINS IN THE SWAMP, TIM TEBOW DOESN'T GET WET. THE RAIN GETS TIM TEBOW'D

"It's a Wildcat, with a 250-pound cat."

-- CBS analyst Gary Danielson on Florida's offense with Tim Tebow (Awful Announcing)

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Posted by: Rory Hickey on 20 Oct 2009

25 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2009, 2:11am by Whatev

Comments

1
by coboney :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 11:28am

Great, as always.

I have to say though Ronnie Brown's response to Pace on the Wildcat was the best comment.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 11:43am

What is great about Brown's insult is that it implies that Pace is too stupid to grasp the meaning of a pancake block.

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by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:19pm

I agree.

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by Mello :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:46pm

I loved that quote from Brown. Classiest insult I've seen in a while.

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by tunesmith (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 1:46pm

Man, that's why they invented the word "pithy". That's two insults in one short philosophical statement. Awesome, I'm still laughing.

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by TomC :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 2:08pm

Agree 100%. That dude's got mad rhetorical skillz.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 11:39am

I always feel bad for actual red-headed step children. At least rented mules are illiterate.

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by Temo :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:07pm

Actual quote from future red-headed NFL DE: "I beat him like I got beaten by my step father."

Truly a inhumane saying that needs to die. We can at least all agree that beating rented mules or even beating dead horses is a far more agreeable endeavor, not that anyone's beating a path to the door for that. If you wished, you could avoid all this by beating around the bush and not miss a beat.

ah, idioms.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:14pm

It won't die, because as well know, the beat goes on......

I am curious as to how long the lease must run on the horse-donkey hybrid for the beating becomes less acceptable.

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by TomC :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 2:12pm

God, I hate Jared Allen. His comments may or may not be factually correct (I don't know; I didn't see the game), but they could only have come from the mouth of a real asshole.

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by Rover (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 7:10pm

I'm pretty sure Rice had two touchdown runs where he went right by Jared Allen, who was so locked up by Oher that Allen coulnd't lay a hand on Rice. (Might be a LB's fault, but its more fun to say its Jared Allen's fault.)

Oddly enough, my captcha is "touchdowns: astray"

3
by matt w (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 11:42am

Tim Tebow is Particle Man!

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by B :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:06pm

So Triangle man hates Tim Tebow?

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by Jay (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 3:57pm

Sweet TMBG shout-out.

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by ABW (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:03pm

If Maurice Jones-Drew is a pawn, and Jack Del Rio is a queen, does that mean MJD is going to turn in to Jack Del Rio when he reaches the end zone?

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by coboney :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:19pm

Nice one ABW. Nice.

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by Bobman :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:56pm

Did I miss it? Pretty sure "I didn't think my head would split open" should be up there.

The Tashard Choice analogy was pretty sweet. I hope he has a good sense of humor.

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by Temo :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 1:12pm

Think that quote was last-last week.

Edit: NVM, maybe not.

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by zlionsfan :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 1:27pm

Chess? That explains the Lions' run defense last season. They were expecting to tackle en passant. (In more ways than one, I suppose.)

I'm petitioning my commissioner to award points for quality comments ... Ronnie Brown would have given me extra credit last week. (Then again, I won handily this week, so I suppose I should let it go.)

I see Keith Bulluck is a fan of the old-school BCS rankings.

I suppose the DVD players could have been in the visitors' locker room. I'd guess a MEAC school wouldn't invest in them ... can they afford to film their games digitally? How much would it cost to transfer from old-school film to DVD? (It would be kind of cool to donate to a MEAC athletic department instead of my alma mater.)

If ex-FSU players want Bowden to coach there until after he dies, that's cool with me. I'm not a Florida State fan, and it doesn't bother me to see them struggling around .500. Plus it's not like the school's image is being tarnished while he's there ... oh wait.

I'm sure there would have been flak had Carr been sitting with Michigan people. "Oh look, it's the ex-coach trying to take credit/offering ideas/blah blah blah."

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by tgt2 (not verified) :: Tue, 10/20/2009 - 3:44pm

What a weird quote about Carr. Would that happen in any other industry? My company still invites former employees to our Holiday party. Do I assume they're trying to steal my job and are making snide comments about me to my boss?

Carr coached Michigan. He probably feels fondly of watching Michigan play. He probably still has friends in the Michigan structure. What's the big deal? Is he supposed to be exiled from the stadium and campus for life?

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by Dice :: Wed, 10/21/2009 - 12:58am

Props to Louis Murphy. Dude might not be great, but at least he's making plays every game, unlike DHB.

Jared Allen and co. got 3 sacks. I only saw part of the game, so I didn't see how often Flacco was getting hit, but a single sack against a rookie O-lineman isn't exactly what I'd call setting the world on fire. I like his swagger, but I want to see that tape too, because its not showing in the (conventional)stats.

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by Whatev (not verified) :: Thu, 10/22/2009 - 2:11am

I really think that he's as good as you have any right to expect from a rookie 4th-round pick. He might be the only pick the Raiders actually got proper value on this year.

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by Strange/David (not verified) :: Wed, 10/21/2009 - 9:08am

"I just want to feel like a winner."
--Jeff Fisher, introducing Tony Dungy at a fundraising event; Fisher had just removed his shirt to reveal a Peyton Manning jersey underneath.

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by ChaosOnion (not verified) :: Wed, 10/21/2009 - 11:19am

So Tashard Choice is Martellus Bennett's girl on the side? I did not know Jerry World was such a progressive place.

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by Guantanamo George (not verified) :: Wed, 10/21/2009 - 8:48pm

Here's one for next week from Monday's NY Times

“It’s too early for teams to start jettisoning players,” the former Kansas City Chiefs executive Carl Peterson said in a telephone interview last week, “because it’s still early in the year.”

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/why-the-nfl-trade-deadline...