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24 Aug 2012
compiled by Rivers McCown
"Believe me, it’s not a great concern. You hope for the best, and you plan for the worst. Our goals for the season don’t change, and if he isn’t here, he isn’t here. I don’t control it. It’s his choice." -- Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, on Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout (Yahoo!)
"Train is leaving the station. Run, get on it." -- Khan, later in the week, on the same subject (Twitter)
"We never got any big screens or anything there. They said it was all because of tradition. I don't see why they have to change now but hey, whatever." -- Cubs pitcher and former Notre Dame receiver Jeff Samardzija, on recruiting perks popping up at his alma mater (Dr. Saturday)
"Every interception has its own story, nobody really wants to hear it at the end of the day. A quarterback signs the check on every ball that he throws." -- Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, on his red-zone interceptions against Seattle (Broncos.com)
"We are the unwanted red-headed stepchild, no offense to any redheads. Nobody seems to want the Vandals right now." -- Idaho head coach Robb Akey, on his conference-less school (SI)
"Yeah, that’s just football, going out there and getting the person with the ball ... running back, quarterback, receiver, whoever it is."
"I mean, it’s just football, man."
"That’s the game of football, man."
"It is." -- Patriots defender Jermaine Cunningham, on his blow that knocked Michael Vick from the game, and assorted followup questions to that (Boston Globe)
"The Nutty Buddy's dominated the ice cream (giveaway). We killed the Creamsicle. Everything we do for Vanderbilt football we try to compete and dominate, and we did that today." -- Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, on his performance giving away ice cream for free (Shutdown Corner)
"I think he’s doing pretty good. Obviously you would like to see him be a little bit more vocal, a little bit more — as the young kids say — ‘swag.’" -- Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, on teammate Prince Amukamara (New York Daily News)
"They say if I was a pitcher, they'd put me on the DL," -- Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley, on the shoulder injury that hurt his chances of winning the starting quarterback job (The Birmingham News)
"These officials have been trained. We've been working with them. We think they'll do a very credible job." -- Commissioner Roger Goodell, on replacement officials (Associated Press)
"LSU wasn’t winning when I went there. Michigan State wasn’t winning when I went there. Toledo wasn’t winning when I went there. And Alabama really wasn’t winning when I came here. I guess I gotta go someplace else. I don’t know." -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, on criticisms by Steve Spurrier that anyone can win at Alabama (Saturday Down South)
"It starts with protection. They can get after the quarterback. [I’m] definitely disappointed, because we had some self-inflicted wounds." -- Jets head coach Rex Ryan, on his underachieving offense (Pro Football Talk)
"I wasn't surprised. Everyone knows. The whole NYC knows I was struggling. I was waiting for it, to be honest." -- Jets tackle Wayne Hunter, on his demotion (Twitter)
"When people look at that helmet, what do you want them to think? All them words and mottos and all that. You think you’ve got to come up with something fancy, no you don’t. When they see your helmet, it’s like when you see the other team’s helmet. That’s what you think of when you think Florida State: that helmet with that spear on it. What do you want opponents to think, what do you want people to think when you see that helmet?" -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, on why his team has no motto (Orlando Sentinel)
"Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that." -- Raiders defensive lineman Tommy Kelly, on Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb after a preseason game against the Cardinals (AP)
"I thought all of their quarterbacks were going to get hurt." -- Titans head coach Mike Munchak, following the Titans-Cardinals preseason game (Twitter)
"The Media love twisting my damn words up .. An they always wondering why I don't wanna talk 2 they ass .. That s**t is un - professional" -- Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson, on media portrayals of his franchise tag situation (Twitter)
"He said ‘I wanna draft you so bad that I have an erection right now,’" -- Former Bucs and Raiders defensive lineman Warren Sapp, on a pre-draft conversation with then-Browns coach Bill Belichick (Pro Football Talk)
"Twenty-one thousand. I ain't even got that," -- Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, on his fine for a hit to Byron Leftwich (CSN Philadelphia)
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