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26 Jan 2010

The Week in Quotes: January 26, 2010

compiled by Rory Hickey

HINDSIGHT ISN'T JUST 20-20, IT'S ALSO 31-28

"I probably should have ran it."

-- Vikings quarterback Brett Favre looking back on the interception he threw in the closing moments of the fourth quarter of Minnesota's loss in the NFC Championship Game. (ESPN)

HAVE YOU HEARD ONE OF YOUR PRESS CONFERENCES? JEEZ ...

"We were very humble this week. I think we just kept our mouths shut and went to work."

-- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning possibly throwing a subtle jab at Jets coach Rex Ryan after Indianapolis defeated the Jets 30-17 to advance to the Super Bowl. (The Huddle)

ONCE BRETT FAVRE MAKES A DECISION HE STICKS WITH IT ... FOR AT LEAST A WEEK

"It's still early. Way too early. Brett is liable to change his mind five, ten times down the road."

-- Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian on quarterback Brett Favre's potential retirement or unretirement or non-retirement. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

A COACH WHO SOLVED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND PROVED FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM

"Why [G.M. Buddy Nix] had not called a coach with a Super Bowl ring, ten wins a year for nine years, having orchestrated the highest-scoring offense and defense in the history of the league, is a question worth asking."

-- Former Ravens coach Brian Billick wondering aloud why he was not contacted by the Bills for their head coaching vacancy in the wake of Buffalo hiring Chan Gailey (AFC East Blog)

REX RYAN IS AMERICA

"No, everybody knows you can't buy a 4X tee shirt anyway. I don't care about that stuff. I always go into men's stores and ask, 'Where is your men's section at?' "What do you mean. We have XX?" I'm like, 'Yeah, who is that supposed to fit?' It's tough."

-- Jets coach Rex Ryan on whether the postseason itinerary he distributed to the team before the playoffs included selling AFC championship merchandise, (which is "common practice" for teams to do), before his team had actually won the game. (The Huddle)

NO DISRESPECT BUT YOU DROP A LOT OF PASSES

"I don't call plays. I just run them. ... No disrespect but they weren't rolling the coverage toward me."

-- Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards on his role, or lack thereof, in the second half of the Jets' loss to the Colts. (Newark Star-Ledger)

AT LEAST HE DIDN'T SAY BALTIMORE COLTS

"The New York Giants call tails."

-- Referee Tony Corrente mistaking the Jets for the Giants during the opening coin toss of the AFC Championship Game. (WBIR)

WAY TO TAKE A STAND THERE JARED

"Heck, I was on the team that was running the score up I guess, so heck. ... I figure, hey, it's the professionals. It's not like Pop Warner where you're gonna have to write a letter after the game apologizing for it. I thought coach did what he thought he had to do, and if I was on the other end of it, I might be pissed off, too."

-- Vikings defensive end Jared Allen on whether the Vikings ran up the score at the end of their 34-3 blowout win over the Cowboys. (Pro Football Talk)

TOP-FIVE ALL-TIME QUOTES FROM ANYONE IN WORLD HISTORY NAMED "VISANTHE"

"First, we have to stop their momentum, their velocity. They're like sharks in the water, man. If they smell or taste blood, they're going to go crazy. We've got to make sure there's no bloodshed on our behalf. We have to start fast and exert our will."

-- Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on the Saints' predatory instincts. (USA Today)

"We can't listen to all the hoorays, getting all the pats on the back. If we don't win, and play well, all those pats on the backs will turn into foots in the ass."

-- Shiancoe on tuning out praise for the team when there are still games to be won.

DOES PRINCE REALLY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO AT THIS POINT?

"as we approach the throne we won't bow down/this time we won't b denied/raise every voice and let it be known/in the name of the purple and gold/we come in the name of the purple and gold/all of the odds r in r favor/ no prediction 2 bold."

-- Some of the lyrics of song composed by Prince in honor of the Minnesota Vikings. (New York Times)

"I haven't it heard it yet. But I heard it wasn't that good."

-- Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards on Prince's Vikings anthem. (Pro Football Talk)

AWW LOOK THEY'RE ALMOST LIKE A REAL TEAM!

"We need playmakers. That's what we have to get on our team right now, that's what we have to get: guys that can score touchdowns from way out, guys that can sack the quarterback, make a difference, impact a game."

-- Rams GM Billy Devaney on the immediate needs of the St. Louis Rams. (Rams.com)

BORN IN NEW ORLEANS, RAISED IN NEW ORLEANS, I WILL REMAIN FOREVER FAITHFUL ... BRETT FAVRE?

"I'm rooting for Brett because I'm a diehard."

-- Rapper and New Orleans resident Lil' Wayne on rooting for Brett Favre and the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. (The Boombox)

PETE CARROLL WAS SO JACKED AND PUMPED TO SEND THAT TWEET

"You are the symbol of the power of believing in yourself and realizing your dreams ... let it rip again [tomorrow]!"

-- Seahawks coach and former USC coach Pete Carroll sending a motivational tweet to Jets quarterback and USC alum Mark Sanchez. (Twitter)

BILL COWHER'S CHIN TALKS TO JEROME BETTIS REGULARLY

"I haven't talked to Jerome Bettis in two years. I'll leave it at that."

-- Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher on Jerome Bettis claiming that Cowher is waiting for the Giants' job to open up before he returns to coaching. (NY Daily News)

BRAD CHILDRESS USUALLY FORGETS THAT PART OF THE GAME PLAN

"We'll have a plan that doesn't involve pooping our pants."

-- Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on the team's approach to punting to Saints punt returner Reggie Bush. (Pioneer Press)

WHO DOESN'T LIKE MARMALARD?

"I was really excited to see Philip Rivers choke."

-- Titans defensive back Cortland Finnegan on the Jets' victory over the Chargers in the AFC Divisional round. (The Tennessean)

LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE'S IN THE DOGHOUSE

"Very annoying. It's like your wife nagging you at home."

-- Vikings defensive end Brian Robison on the team pumping in fake crowd noise during its practices to simulate the loudness of the Superdome. (Pioneer Press)

JARED ALLEN AND BRAD CHILDRESS COULD BE THE MOST OPPOSITE PLAYER-COACH COMBO EVER

BS: Do you consider yourself a hero to bearded guys who are hair-follicle challenged?
Childress: [Smiles.] Geezo Beezo. I don't look at it this way, but somebody said, ‘I kind of like the beard. It gives you balance.' I said, ‘Yeah, that's the ticket. Balance.'
BS: You do know that, if you win the Super Bowl, you'd be the only coach to win who was both bearded and hair-follicle challenged?
Childress: It's in Miami. I have a chance to have a hat on. And now, with my new earpiece deal that doesn't come over the top of my head, I can probably wear a floppy hat. I may be the first coach that's worn a floppy hat in a Super Bowl. [Laughs.] Jared Allen likes the facial hair. He wants me to go for the mullet. I said, ‘How many bald guys do you see with a mullet?' He said, ‘Oh, I've seen plenty.'

-- Vikings coach Brad Childress in an interview with Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press. (Pioneer Press)

I am extending an open invitation to Conan O'Brien to co-produce This Week in Quotes with me for the rest of the season. However any jokes he comes up with will be the intellectual property of Football Outsiders. Send a quote to quotes-at-footballoutsiders.com

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 26 Jan 2010

32 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2010, 11:39am by Eddo

Comments

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by Temo :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 12:32pm

If I'm Bernard Berrian (or Sidney Rice, or Percy Harvin) I'm doing everything I can to bring Brett Favre back.

Also, please tell me that Childress was using "Yeah that's the ticket" as a Jon Lovitz reference. That'd be cool. Then again, if that's how he actually talks, that's probably funnier.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 12:42pm

Percy Harvin would benefit even more hugely from another year with a qb who has a clue, given he'll only be in his second year. If Harvin gets really good at reading coverages, plays with other good receivers, and has a qb who can use the whole field, look out.

If Wilf was smart he had a short conversation with Favre, and simply asked him to not make any decisions, don't talk to the media, and if he wanted to come in as late as the last week in August, that would be fine. The odds of a good, established qb becoming available via trade are very low, and there isn't anybody coming out of college that anybody should get all that excited about, as a first round pick. It's either gonna be another roll of the dice, with a guy at age 41, or a roll of the dice with Tavarisage Rosenjackfelson. I think I prefer the former, to understate things a little. Either way, however, they need to focus on becoming an efficient rushing team once again.

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by Yuri (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 1:53pm

Donovan McNabb is a potential good established free agent, and if the Eagles do try to trade him, I'd assume it's going to be to either Cardinals or Vikings...

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 1:58pm

Yeah, that is what some people are saying. The Eagles aren't going to give him away, and if he is traded I think the price is going to bid up higher than what he is worth.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 5:04pm

Yeah, they might wait for a higher than market value offer. McNabb's contract isn't too bad so they could live with him for a year if they had to. It'd be real interesting if they traded Vick AND Donovan at the draft - maybe they'd take a look at Tebow in the 3rd or 4th round as a backup/wildcat QB.

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by zip.4chan.org/sp/ (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 10:14pm

Picking up Tebow would undoubtedly be even more unpopular than picking up Vick was last season. Please don't let this happen.

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by mathesond :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 12:36pm

I just hope Childress doesn't get fined by the league for saying the Super Bowl is in Miami, rather than South Florida.

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by starzero :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 12:43pm

I thought Kluwe was good until I got to Childress. Now I'm sad they lost.

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by Bobman :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 4:04pm

Can the NFL at least give Childress the Lombardi Quote trophy?

That is, if the honor doesn't make him soil himself on the podium.

That was beyond awesome.

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by Antique Furniture Sydney (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 4:36pm

I'm pretty sure there is a great interview floating around of Kluwe talking about his World of Warcraft addiction- sounds like a really funny guy.

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by DrewTS (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 12:46pm

Anyone know Cortland Finnegan's beef with Phillip Rivers? I don't disagree with him, but it just seemed like a very random thumb in the eye.

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by Ben :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 7:30pm

I was wondering about that too.

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by Illmatic74 :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 9:34pm

It seems that opposing players don't really like Rivers.

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by Hurt Bones :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 9:47am

"Philip Rivers is a jerk." -Brendan Ayanbadejo

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/blog/2010/01/ravens_rootin...

Let's just say Rivers has a very polarizing personality.

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by Eddo :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:39am

That entire Ayanbadejo quote was great:

"I counted them out. I said, 'OK, let’s see. San Diego is going to play Indy. Whom do I want to win out of that game? Philip Rivers is a jerk. Peyton Manning's real good, but he beat me in the Super Bowl, so I don't want him.' And then I was like, 'I don’t really want Brett Favre to win. So I think I'm going to have to go with the Saints.' But now that the Jets have won, Jets all the way."

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As to Rivers, I've never seen a guy get so animated on a football field, particularly at the officials. By all accounts, he's a good guy off the field, but it seems like he gets in opponents' faces and argues with officials more than any quarterback I've seen, Jay Cutler included. On the bobbled interception by Revis, Rivers came flying, bat-out-of-hell-style, over to the officials discussing the call; I've never seen anything quite like that from a player.

I guess I can see why opposing players would really want to stick it to him. He's a great player, and off the field, seems to be a good person, but on the field displays a rather grating personality.

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by peterplaysbass (verified?) (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 12:58pm

I'd like to see Chilly with a mullet.

Shiancoe's one of my favorite Vikings, a mere two years after being one of my LEAST favorite. Good work, Visanthe.

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by Sophandros :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 3:14pm

That would be a skullet.

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by Treima (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 1:01pm

Brian Billick oversaw the highest-scoring offense in the history of the league?

My last memory of Billick as a head coach: blowing kisses to Rodney Harrison on the Ravens' sideline playing against the highest-scoring offense in the history of the league.

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by andrew :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 1:21pm

Well, he did (in '98) until the Patriots surpassed it in '07.

He obviously saw that such a great offense makes a defense lazy, so thus intentionally held back the Ravens offense to keep their defense sharp.

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by Vince (not verified) :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 1:29pm

Well, he was OC of the '98 Vikings who held the record before the Patriots. I don't know how much credit he should get for the Ravens' D. Ozzie Newsome is the guy most responsible for the Ravens' success, then and now.

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by dmstorm22 :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 2:15pm

Also, he isn't a defensive coach at all. That was Marvin Lewis' defense. If Billick will take credit for "leading" the 98 Vikings offense, than Lewis should get the credit for the '00 Defense.

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by Yaguar :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 6:02pm

Billick consistently lucked into great players because he got to work with Newsome. If I had Shannon Sharpe, Todd Heap, Jamal Lewis, Chester Taylor, Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Peter Boulware, Adalius Thomas, Jamie Sharper, Ed Reed, Chris McAlister, Haloti Ngata, Michael McCrary, Terrell Suggs, Rod Woodson, Matt Stover, Samari Rolle, Jermaine Lewis, and Tony Siragusa, I reckon that I would look pretty good too. There could be about five Hall of Fame players on that list.

I get the sense that those acquisitions were mostly the ones where Newsome was allowed to do his own thing. Billick tended to involve himself more on the QBs because he was an alleged "offensive guru" and he consistently got burned.

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by BDAABAT (not verified) :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 12:02am

I weep every time I think about all those offensively challenged years of the Brian Billick era. I weep because that consistently outstanding defense really needed just a LITTLE bit of offense to have potentially won multiple championships. I'm thankful that even the Bills wouldn't interview the guy. There may be hope in Buffalo after all.

Bruce

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by Yaguar :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 12:17am

There is no excuse for having your team quarterbacked by Anthony Wright. It's not like they needed a good QB, or even an average one. They needed someone who could sit behind a Hall of Fame offensive tackle, hand off to a 2000 yard rusher, and maybe, just maybe, try to throw for a first down on the rare occasion that a passing play was called.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 2:33am

You are really underestimating how often even the Ravens would have needed to throw, and you are really overestimating Jamal Lewis. Yes he ran for 2000 yards one year, but his advanced stats weren't that good compared to what you would think they would be. One HOF tackle does not a good line make.

None of this excuses the mess of the QB situation the Ravens had, but to compete at a high level year after year, yes they would have needed average or better quarterbacking.

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by Bobman :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 4:08pm

I thought the greatness of the quote rested on him saying (but not meaning) the highest scoring offense AND DEFENSE.

Now does that mean a D that scores a lot of points, like the Saints this year? Or a D that allows a lot of ponts, at which point, I'd put down the phone.... (Or more likely, he meant the highest scoring O and the lowest scoring D on a points allowed per game metric... which is a mouthful. No wonder these guys sound dumb.)

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by Marko :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 3:55pm

How about Curt Menefee's quote on the Fox postgame show? I don't rememeber the exact words, but immediately after the Saints' 31-28 victory, he referred to the score as having been 41-38.

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by Ben Stuplisberger :: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 4:08pm

To Mr. Shiancoe,

You are a scholar and a gentlemen. Well played sir... Well played.

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by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 1:59am

Just when I thought Conan O'Brien had disappeared back into the misty depths of irrelevance whence he came. Hopefully, he will soon.

Football-related comment: I actually am still quite surprised that Billick not only has not gotten a job but does not even seem to be getting interest. Rich Kotite, Dick Jauron, Jim Mora Jr., Wade Phillips, Norv Turner, Norm Van Brocklin, Bill Belichick, Dom Capers, Dennis Erickson, Chan Gailey, and Ray Rhodes all got second jobs (and Phillips also a third job) after underwhelming performances. Billick's resume is, on paper, far stronger than any of those. I'm not saying that anyone should hire him, but I'm quite surprised no one has.

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by Eddo :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:33am

You don't like Conan!?

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by Sophandros :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 10:59am

The greatest quote from championship weekend has to go to Tom Jackson:

"That's the thing about Brett Favre: He's not afraid to throw interceptions. You have to admire him for that."

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by NHPatsFan (not verified) :: Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:12am

Sorta like Kevin Costner in Tin Cup.....