Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

Most Recent FO Features

JefferyAls12.jpg

» Catch Radius: The Bigger, the Better?

Our season finale of catch radius focuses on the growing size of Josh McCown's talented receiving duos, including breakout stud Alshon Jeffery. Also: Anquan Boldin's incredible year.

24 Dec 2010

The Week In Quotes: December 24, 2010

compiled by Rory Hickey

MERRIMAN JUST SUED COUGHLIN FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT

"I sat in a room with the lights out for about 2 1/2 hours."

"It's not funny. It's not the way it's supposed to be. What was I going to do, join in on (the) festivities?"

-- Giants coach Tom Coughlin on what he did in the hours following his team's crushing loss to the Eagles. The Giants yielded 28 unanswered points in the final eight minutes.

"My wife ignores me, and I don't have a dog."

-- Coughlin, presumably joking, when asked if he talks to anyone in particular to bounce ideas off of after a loss (Newsday)

COUGHLIN MUST HAVE BEEN YELLING AT DODGE FOR NOT PUSHING THE RESET BUTTON REALLY QUICKLY WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING

"They dialed up the right things at the right time. It's kind of like Tecmo Bowl when you press the same button as your opponent and everything breaks down. They had the right blitzes dialed up against the right runs, and they got lucky."

-- Giants running back Brandon Jacobs on how the Eagles stopped the Giants' running attack in the final minutes of the collapse (Philly.com)

UNLESS IT'S SANTA, OF COURSE

"You don't want anybody to come into your yard, your house, and take your cookies. As funny as it may be, you just can't let that happen. You just have to take it as a personal challenge and not let it happen."

-- Colts defensive end Robert Mathis following Sunday's 34-24 victory over the Jaguars. The win allowed Indianapolis to maintain control of its playoff aspirations (FOX 59 WXIN)

IT'S THE ANNUAL FRAN TARKENTON AIRING OF GRIEVANCES!

"Why in the world would they play Brett Favre? Or would Brett Favre want to play? ... Is that what is best for the franchise going forward? Of course not. It's selfish! It's absolutely selfish!"

"He talks about the team and, 'I am for the team but I want to play for the home fans and my teammates.' It was Monday Night Football last week ... He hasn't had enough publicity in the last week; he has been on the bench for two weeks. It is not right. He ought to keep himself out of the equation and say, this is not best for the team."

-- Former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton criticizing current Vikings quarterback Brett Favre for playing on Monday Night and his histrionics. Tarkenton has previously voiced his criticism of Favre (Sports Radio Interviews)

WOULD IT FIND NINE MEALS OR AM I MIXING UP MY CAT PROVERBS?

"A blind cat will find a meal every once in a while."

-- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis when asked what he thought of Sunday's opponent Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who had 144 yards on 22 carries against the Ravens in the teams' last meeting (Ravens.com)

DOESN'T CHAD KNOW NOT TO POUT SO CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS?

"Well, he's being his mopey self. Hopefully, he can pull himself out of it and move forward ... When things don't go Chad's way, that's kinda how it happens."

-- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis's response when asked how wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was doing (San Diego Union-Tribune)

"Since when the [expletive] am I ever mopey? I'm injured for the 1st time in 9 years and it's called being mopey, unless I'm dead then I get respect… Did anyone get the license plate to the bus I was just threw under"

-- Ochocinco tweeting his feelings after seeing Lewis' above comment (Twitter)

WHY NOT CROYLE?

"Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning," [Dramatic pause] "And Ryan Fitzpatrick."

"I'm pretty sure [Brady] didn't vote for me, either."

-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs revealing his selections at quarterback on his Pro Bowl ballot, notably leaving off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who Suggs has feuded with over the past few seasons (Yahoo!)

I THOUGHT I SAW WOODHEAD ON THE STREET, BUT IT WAS JUST A FOURTH GRADER

"I don't know [Danny Woodhead], personally, but I think he's a likeable guy."

-- Patriots running back Danny Woodhead posing as an employee at Modell's, attempting to sell his own jersey (YouTube)

RYAN LEAF'S MAKING A BIOGRAPHY? KNOCK IT OFF!

"It will cover four years, from the moment I decided to attend Washington State up through our Rose Bowl appearance in 1998. For Cougar fans, it will be an entertaining, behind-the-scenes journey through a fascinating time in the school's football history. For sports fans generally, it will offer an unvarnished look at the world of college athletics, good and bad. The aim is not to glorify the sport or our very special 1997 WSU team, but to put a light on the powerful stories, colorful characters and some of the shenanigans behind one of our country's most beloved weekend pastimes."

-- Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf discussing the first of three books he will be writing about his life. The series will begin in October 2011 (Business Wire)

Merry Christmas to all of the readers of TWIQ. If you want to get a head start on a New Year's Resolution, you could send a quote to quotes-at-footballoutsiders.com

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 24 Dec 2010

17 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2010, 2:51pm by Athelas

Comments

1
by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 12/24/2010 - 1:29pm

It sounds good on first reading but if I'm not mistaken Ray Lewis' analogy isn't a good one unless he's implying that the Ravens run defense is there to be feasted upon every week.

2
by Mike Y :: Fri, 12/24/2010 - 4:13pm

I love that Brandon Jacobs invoked Tecmo Bowl into his quote.

3
by theshadowj :: Fri, 12/24/2010 - 5:45pm

Its funny to me because it made me perfectly understand what he was trying to say.

4
by loneweasel (not verified) :: Fri, 12/24/2010 - 6:01pm

Too scared to include "It's a personal matter."?

5
by alexdl :: Fri, 12/24/2010 - 6:16pm

Can I uuuuhhhh.... smell them?

that would be my personal choice.

6
by johnny walker (not verified) :: Fri, 12/24/2010 - 8:01pm

"Scared," huh? That's your conception of this? Oh man, look at Rory hiding in his closet, too afraid to include unfunny quotes in a humor column! What's the matter Rory, you too chicken to ignore the context of the article you're writing? Haha, "personal matter!" Oh man! That phrase is such a kneeslapper.

7
by PatsFan :: Fri, 12/24/2010 - 8:47pm

The Woodhead thing is incredible in that if you saw the guy in a Modells or on the street and he told you he was an NFL player, let alone a non-benchwarmer, you'd laugh in his face.

8
by JonFrum :: Sat, 12/25/2010 - 1:19am

"Tom Brady, who Suggs has feuded with over the past few seasons..."

Doesn't a feud take two? Suggs tries to feud with Brady. Brady doesn't notice.

9
by Bobman :: Sat, 12/25/2010 - 3:54am

That could explain why I have been winning in my lifelong feud with Tsar Nicholas II.... (and hey, if I score any Faberge eggs, I'll let you have one)

10
by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Sat, 12/25/2010 - 4:35am

Oh, so you're the one f*cking up all of my seances for the past few years!

12
by Former Tsar Nicholas II (not verified) :: Sat, 12/25/2010 - 1:32pm

You will not get away with this, Bobman. I'm on to you!

11
by Temo :: Sat, 12/25/2010 - 1:13pm

To be fair, it's not so much a feud as "I don't like or respect him".

Interesting discussion I had with a friend of mine: is Suggs better at his position than Brady is at his?

13
by RickD :: Sat, 12/25/2010 - 1:47pm

Doesn't sound like it would be a very long discussion.

Is Terrell Suggs universally recognized as having been one of the top two players at his position for the past decade? (Or even right now, if you think Suggs joined the league significantly later than Brady.)

Suggs is good, but he's not a threat to make anybody forget LT.

14
by dryheat :: Sat, 12/25/2010 - 4:24pm

Interesting in what sense? That somebody could take the pro-Suggs side?

15
by jonnyblazin :: Sun, 12/26/2010 - 12:30am

Suggs is great, Brady is an all-time great, but who cares? Ravens whupped the Pats in Foxboro last playoffs and will whup their asses again in a few weeks.

16
by Anonymous454545 (not verified) :: Mon, 12/27/2010 - 10:34am

Brady did enter the fray just a bit earlier this season. Something about how Baltimore likes to talk a lot for a team that has beaten him once in his career....

17
by Athelas :: Mon, 12/27/2010 - 2:51pm

“I think (Suggs) is a great player, he really is,” (Tom) Brady said. “I didn’t get to vote, actually. I left everybody off my Pro Bowl roster this year because I was sick. I would’ve voted for Terrell. He gets my vote, such a nice guy.“
-Rap Sheet, Boston Herald