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14 Jan 2011

The Week In Quotes: January 14, 2011

compiled by Rory Hickey

JETS, THE REVENGE: THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL

"That's the kind of guy he is. We really don't give a damn, to tell you the truth."

-- Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie telling us what he really thinks about Tom Brady.

"An ass----."

-- Cromartie, after being asked what kind of guy Brady is.

"[Expletive] him."

-- Cromartie (NY Daily News)

"I've been called worse. There's a long list of people that feel that way."

-- Brady's answer to Cromartie's comments.

"Belichick has called me that. My [offensive coordinator] has called me that. I know they like me, so maybe he really likes me."

-- Brady (Twitter)

TO BE FAIR, HE SPENDS A LOT OF TIME PLAYING WITH HIS KIDS

"What are you talking about? What are you doing? Shut up, play football. What are you talking about Bill Belichick and these people for? Spend your time looking at film; spend your time knocking down a pass. What are you doing? You're not affecting Brady; you're wasting time."

-- Former Yankees great Reggie Jackson's reaction to Antonio Cromartie's comments on The Michael Kay Show (ESPN New York)

SCREAMS FROM THE HATERS, BET THE THREE RINGS DO IT

"He's got the tuck rule incident and you got the videotaping of other teams' practices. It's like, oh OK, what's going on here? But hey, it is what it is. They won the games no matter how you did it. But, um, it's whatever."

-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs questioning the validity of Tom Brady's record on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio.

"I guess it all brews from when I nicked his knee a little bit. I was like, 'Wow you almost hit a guy and get flagged?' I never knew one man could have so much power. I guess I stand corrected."

-- Suggs, describing the origin of the contention between him and Brady (Boston Herald)

TIMOTHY HUTTON REALLY WANTS A ROYALTIES CHECK OUT OF THIS

"This is World War III to us. This is definitely Armageddon."

-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on the intensity of the third matchup between the Ravens and Steelers this year (ESPN)

NOT SO FAST, REX IS PRETTY QUICK ON AND AROUND HIS FEET

"Well, I might have a little quickness on him. He's probably got a little more strength and power on me. So, I don't think you'll see either one of us out there making any blocks or tackles or runs or throws or catches. At least you won't see me doing it. It's probably a good thing for our team."

-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick giving the tale of the tape on his "matchup" with Jets coach Rex Ryan in advance of their clash on Sunday (ESPN Boston)

WELL AT LEAST YOU HAD A MUCH BETTER VIEW THAN ANYONE

"I shouldn't have even suited up. I should have watched the game like everybody else. I was irrelevant."

-- Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne expressing his frustration with his stay on Revis Island. He had one catch for one yard and was targeted just that one time (Indianapolis Star)

MORE LIKE FOUR OR FIVE GAMES FROM 4-17

"They're probably four or five games away from being a 9-7 or a 10-6 team easily."

-- Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman's bright diagnosis of the 4-12 Buffalo Bills (Sports Radio Interviews)

WHAT A STICKLER. HE SHOULD REALLY BE MORE LOOSE

"Can I get that for you? Somebody's phone is ringing here. Let's check this out. Ignore ring tone. Hello? No, not right now. This is a press conference. OK, I'll get back to you. Old friend from high school."

"You think the guy'll call back?"

-- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll answering a reporter's cell phone that went off during his press conference (NFL.com)

SOMEWHERE, RON BORGES IS FURIOUS

"It's funny I'm so calm about this. You'd all think that I'd be all pumped up and jacked up, but there is just a calm about it."

-- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (NBC Sports)

WHAT A SCRAPPY PRESS CONFERENCE. IT ENDED DECEIVINGLY QUICKLY

"[We're] really moving forward and we're going out there being good little foot soldiers. We are making sure we are going out there doing everything coach [Belichick] asks us to do: making plays and doing everything necessary to get ready for the game."

-- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker answering a question about the higher intensity of playoff practices. This was one of eleven different times Welker referred to feet during the press conference in light of Jets coach Rex Ryan's recent foot follies (Deadspin)

COULD YOU BE BOTH A GROWN MAN AND LIFT WEIGHTS, OR AM I JUST AN IDIOT?

"I'm grown-man strong. He's weight strong."

-- Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton on the difference between him and defensive end Ziggy Hood (Pittsburgh Live)

I THOUGHT THIS WAS HILARIOUS ... THEN I GRADUATED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

"... But you still have Gronkowski and Hernandez to deal with at the tight end position. And don't forget Danny Woodcock coming out of the backfield."

-- NFL Network analyst Joe Theismann mistakenly referring to Patriots running back Danny Woodhead as Danny Woodcock. This caused the entire panel of No Huddle to laugh for almost a minute (YouTube)

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Posted by: Rory Hickey on 14 Jan 2011

22 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2011, 9:36am by ChaosOnion

Comments

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by MJK :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:32pm

Very Jets-Pats centric this week. I guess with a Rex Ryan game, that's normal.

To be fair to Welker, it's not clear he was trying to dig at Ryan. He delivered it perfectly straight-faced, and of his "eleven mentions of foot or feet", about four of them were describing CB's or receivers that were "quick on their feet", and two or three of them came when he repeated the cliche "we need to put our best foot forward". So if it was a dig, it was a subtle one, but it may just have been a coincidence...a case of looking for something that wasn't there, and finding it.

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by RichC (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 2:30pm

Someone on SOSH went through all of Welker's press conferences for the last couple of years, and none of these are phrases he regularly uses. (See link).

I think it was a dig.

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by Eric P (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:42pm

Unless I didn't read far enough down, that's not exactly what the research found. It found he used "terms related to the feet or toes" approximately 2.5 times more frequently (per word) than he had in his prior press conferences since joining the Pats. From what I understand, he has used the phrase "best foot forward" on a fairly regular basis in the past.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 2:45pm

Subtle? Once or twice would have been subtle. Eleven times is about as subtle as a punch in the face.

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by coboney :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 6:11pm

Yes but think about who its compared to. Compared to the Jets trashtalking Welker was incredibly subtle.

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by dryheat :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:49pm

An NFL analysis crew laughing way too long and too hard about something that isn't funny? Say it ain't so! During one game, the play-by-play guy must have called him Danny Woodhouse every time he touched the ball.

Actually, if Deion is reading this post, he might think it's hilarious, Butthead style.

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by Bob Loblaw (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:34pm

Pretty solid Kanye reference in the title there

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by Southern Philly :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:40pm

The Woodcock line was mildly funny. Of course they hyped it up so much throughout the show that it was destined to be a let down.

The funniest line was, in talking about the Top 100, someone (I forget who) said "maybe Joe can get with the producers and talk himself onto the list." That's funny.

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by JonFrum :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:54pm

Terrell Suggs: Just a suggestion - More Rothlisberger, less Brady.

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by RichC (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 2:56pm

The funniest part about Suggs issue with Brady is that the Patriots have actually had less Roughing calls go their way than almostany other team in football the last couple years, and had more called against them than most other teams.

In other words, its all in his head.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:03pm

Of course Brady usually has a really low sack rate, so he isn't getting hit very much either.

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by RichC (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 4:27pm

Most roughing calls are called on plays that aren't sacks. IIRC, the last time FO published the numbers, Brady was pretty high in the "Hits" Collumn.

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by robbbbbb (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:57pm

Pete Carroll was asked in this week's press conference if he was worried about his team getting overconfident. He replied:

"Oh man. No. Have you watched our season?"

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by peachy :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 6:38pm

That's a winner, right there.

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by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:58pm

Rex Ryan puts the foot in football

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by PantsB (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 1:53pm

Also the balls.

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by PantsB (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 1:52pm

When did Suggs get traded to the Jets? Still it'd be nice if he focused on more than just the quarterback of the team he's facing, even if he was correctly flagged for blatantly going after his knees once.

Whats that you say? Steelers? huh.

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by are-tee :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 2:41pm

Cromartie delivered his quotes in a standard locker room interview following practice, so I don't think he was really giving up any film-study time to say what he did.

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by Jerry :: Sat, 01/15/2011 - 4:47am

Reggie was probably unhappy that it left less tabloid space available for him. (Although he seems to have solved that problem.)

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by Richard Hendricks (not verified) :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:22pm

Watching the show, it looked like the analysts were getting loopy making fun of Theisman. When he said "Woodcock," that was all it took to finally set them over the edge.

P.S. one of the CAPTCHA words was "juvenile." How appropriate.

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by BroncosGuyAgain (not verified) :: Mon, 01/17/2011 - 8:17pm

Welker's comments would be valid if sourced with footnotes. Otherwise, they are merely pedestrian.

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by ChaosOnion :: Tue, 01/18/2011 - 9:36am

I'm grown-man strong. He's weight strong.

That is just Casey's way of saying "old-man strength."