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21 Sep 2012

The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2012

compiled by Rivers McCown

HURRIES ARE A STAT, AIN'T IT?

"If you ain't getting nothing, you ain't getting nothing. People don't look at (whether you got close). People look at stats. If I ain't got none, I ain't got none." -- Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson, on his lack of stats (The Charlotte Observer)

YES SIR, THEY LOVE THIS COACH IN CLEVELAND!

"We’ve got to just play for your teammates. We can’t worry about him losing his job or anything like that. You can’t worry about that. We’re not focused on that. We’re focused on getting a win. I’m focused on helping out (Ukwu) end his last year good." -- Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson, on the job status of coach Joker Phillips (Courier-Journal)

THE FANS ARE THE ONES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO SIT DOWN, RIGHT?

"They have really, really nice benches here. They have shade and they have cooling. So it was awesome that our offense could hold the ball for so long because it was relaxing over there." -- Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, on his offense winning the time of possession battle over the Jaguars, 43:17 to 16:43 (ESPN AFC South Blog)

"No, it kinda happened halfway through. The Jacksonville Jags were losing and figured I’d make it a little more entertaining since we were getting our asses kicked so bad." -- Field jumper Chad Dewick, on his minute-plus foray onto the field (Kissing Suzy Kolber)

NO FRIENDS, HE'S TALKING ABOUT HIMSELF! BUT THANKS FOR LOOKING!

"I’ll start with the football game. First of all, it wasn’t very pretty to watch. It wasn’t pretty to sit on the sideline and watch as a player, it sucks I can’t do anything about it. Do I feel that we, at times, gave up out there? Absolutely. As a leader it sucks to see people not do their jobs and to see things go wrong, there has been a lot of things go that way. As a leader, at this point you have to look forward. There has been a lot of people jump off of the bandwagon and it is my job to keep everyone in this organization and this team in that locker room together. I am going to make sure of it going forward. We’ve got a big game against Rutgers next week. I am going to do everything in my power to be a part of it and be the starting quarterback when we run out onto the field. And most importantly, get a win. You have to start with one before you can get the rest of them. I give you my word, I am going to do the best I can to make that happen." -- Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, on his team's "performance" against Alabama (College Football Talk)

"Smile! Smile! Okay? Dang, you guys all right? If not, I’m not talking!" -- Arkansas interim head coach John L. Smith, during his press conference (College Football Talk)

ELAINE, YOU'RE A MEMBER OF THIS CREW, CAN YOU FACE SOME UNPLEASANT FACTS?

"It’s everything. Technique, discipline, effort, responsibilities, everything. It’s a big problem. We don’t pass rush, pass cover, stop the run, stop the pass. We don’t tackle and play with enough effort." -- Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, on his team's start to the season (The Cincinnati Enquirer)

ALABAMA CAN'T HANDLE SUN BELT SPEED

"We got speed against them. You got speed you can win." -- Florida Atlantic defensive end Cory Henry, on his team's upcoming game against Alabama (Palm Beach Post)

IF ONLY THERE WERE SOME KIND OF CONSISTENT COMMON DENOMINATOR IN TENNESSEE'S RUNNING GAME...

"I don't care what back you put in the game, what back across the National Football League. If it's plays where people are in the backfield, you get hit when you get the ball, there's not much you can do about it. But I'm not the type of guy who's going to point fingers. We've got to get better as a whole unit." -- Titans running back Chris Johnson, on the poor performance of Tennessee's running game (San Diego Union-Tribune)

"People need to step up and do their job. They don’t need to let people beat them. It don’t matter who the opposing defense is, you can’t let your guy beat you. You just can’t give up plays. You have to make plays like they make plays. I can’t speak for the defense. I can only speak for the offense." -- Johnson, after another meek day for the Titans rushing game against San Diego (The Tennesseean)

CHAIRMAN BRINGS THE ROOM TO ORDER FOR PROPOSED NCAA REGULATION 11000839-B, THE REGULATION OF ROCKET POPSICLES

"I don't want to give out average Popsicles. We give out them bomb Popsicles. You know, the ones as a kid you love to have? These things are the mac daddy of Popsicles. We're giving out BCS-level, playoff-bound rocket Popsicles. And if they come out with a better one, we're going to get a better Popsicle. But the rockets are pretty good." -- Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, on post-practice popsicles (USA Today)

THE WEEK IN TELLING QUOTES ABOUT REPLACEMENT OFFICIALS

"There's a lot of people in the league that would rather break a union, there's a lot of people who don't feel like the officiating is on-field personality, they feel like it's commodity. But more importantly, everything about the NFL now is inelastic for demand. There's nothing they can do to hurt the demand for the game. So the bottom line is: they don't care. Player safety? Doesn't matter in this case. Bringing in Division III officials? Doesn't matter. Because at the end, you're still gonna watch the games." -- ESPN personality Steve Young, on the referee lockout (YouTube)

"That's awesome you get to be an official for a Saints game! I didn't think they would let you since your [sic] from Louisiana." -- Facebook friend of replacement ref Brian Stropolo, who was not allowed to ref the Saints-Panthers game on Sunday because of his fandom (Shutdown Corner)

MY PLANET NEEDS ME

"I dunno. I gotta go." -- USC head coach Lane Kiffin, responding to inquiries about a player's injury status as if someone had just ran over his dog (YouTube)

DON'T WORRY, I'M SURE A COMPETENT CREW WILL COME AND BREAK UP THE FIGHTS THIS WILL CAUSE ... OH

"There's no doubt that Tom Coughlin owes Greg Schiano an apology for the way he reacted after the game. And I will give you a real-life example of why. Remember the 'Miracle at the Meadowlands' with [Giants quarterback] Joe Pisarcik? Very similar play before the Pisarcik-Csonka fumble. The Giants were in victory formation, and Frank LeMaster, our linebacker, fires off [at the snap]. We were taught by [Eagles then-head coach] Dick Vermeil to play until the game is over. All of a sudden, a big shoving match ensues. The only thing the Giants had to do was take a knee, and the game was over. But their coach, Bob Gibson, was on the sideline, angry because of what we did. They called a play to try and get a hit on our defense. Lo and behold, Larry Csonka thought Pisarcik was taking a knee, [Eagles defensive back] Herman Edwards picks up the ball, and we won the football game. So, the Eagles win a game, go 9-7 that year, and go to the playoffs, all because of a play that was almost identical to what happened [Sunday]. You play to the end of the game." -- ESPN personality Ron Jaworski, on the end to the Buccaneers-Giants game (Shutdown Corner)

"We’ll just tighten up and just be ready for them to fire off. And I wouldn’t change my reaction in any way. If a guy dives at my knees, my knee is going into the back of his head. That’s what happened in the game, and that’s what will happen going forward." -- Giants guard Chris Snee, on future Schiano disciples (New York Daily News)

CONVENIENT AMNESIA SETS IN SO FAST THESE DAYS

"True. Well, look how he played last year. He’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever been around in my life. And no one has ever questioned his toughness. So, that dude (Finebaum) must have been in a coma. I don’t even know who you’re talking about. I don’t know who he is. So, it doesn’t matter to me." -- Missouri head coach Gary Finkel, on accusations that quarterback James Franklin is soft (InsideSTL.com)

THE WORDS UNDER THIS LINE HAVE JUST COMPLETED A 89-YARD TOUCHDOWN DRIVE ON COLORADO

"I'd like to give Embree and E.B., the benefit of the doubt, but it's really hard for me to do that after 69 points to Fresno and losing to Sac State and losing to CSU, and then having to look at our conference schedule the way we do. I mean, I don't see a team that we can score a touchdown on let alone win. They're going to all score 60 points on us." -- Former Colorado player Matt McChesney, on the state of Colorado football (Shutdown Corner)

"We do have more than one team up there. We had a couple of teams do pretty well last winter in basketball, both the men's and the women's. So I think success is tied to the whole picture. You don't look at one piece of the picture. You look at the whole piece." -- Colorado president Bruce Benson, on his school's failing football program (Boulder Daily Camera)

R.I.P.

"I think I could speak for a lot of coaches, and we all sort of went through the same thing with Steve. I'll never forget the first time that I got asked by Steve to be wired as the head coach of the 49ers. I was very reluctant to do that; I had never been wired before. I said, 'OK I'll do it but I don't want the team to know that I'm wired, let's keep this secret.' He said we have you covered. I was wired up before the game in a private room, the cameras were never close to me; they were on the other side of the field. He said to me just be yourself; don't even think about us, coach the game and then we'll take the wires off when it's all over with. You know how emotions fly during the game and I probably did some things or said some things that I didn't want aired. I remember calling him the next day and said you have to do me a favor, I think I might have cursed or something like that on the sideline; can you not air that please? He said, 'Coach, remember we are not here to make you look bad, you're going to have to trust us; we're here to promote your team, to promote the National Football League and you can trust that we will always, always be on your side and make you look as good as possible. We'll have some fun with this.' ... He became like a brother that way; you trusted him so much. Every coach trusts him and NFL Films and that's a general statement around the league. Players and coaches trusted that they would always do the right thing and make you look good." -- Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci, on the late Steve Sabol (Shutdown Corner)

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Posted by: Rivers McCown on 21 Sep 2012

16 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2012, 10:30am by NRG

Comments

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 10:15am

How the hell did Colorado football fall off the face of the Earth so completely? Hell, what was it, 20 years ago, that they won a national championship?

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by Thunderbolt of ... :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:24am

And 11 years ago they hung 62 on a Nebraska team that made the National Championship game and won the Big XII.

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by jackiel :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:56am

Downward spiral of violations and budget cuts. A sexual assault case involving a female kicker and sketchy (to put it mildly) recruiting practices during on-campus visits got Gary Barnett fired and placed a taint on the program. The administrators then lowered the football budget. The next coach Dan Hawkins just couldn't recruit good enough players due to the above issues and a mediocre start to his tenure. There was so little talent on the roster and the resources were so meager relative to its Big 12 and Pac 12 peers during Hawkins' dismissal that only a guy like Embree, who had never been a coordinator or head coach at any level, would agree to be the lowest paid coach in the Pac 12.

If the school reemphasizes football again, then you'll see the program improve in short order. It'll probably take a new AD and coaching staff for that to happen though.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:57am

Hell, they won their division in 2004 and 2005. (Got hammered in the title games by Oklahoma and Texas, but made it)

Their Faustian bargain seemed to expire on November 5, 2005, after beating Missouri to go to 7-2, and ranked 22nd. They are 22-57 since then.

Basically, Gary Barnett left, and the years have been cold and barren since.

Not that some other titlests did great after their wins, either. Army was decent 22 years later, but their 1970 and 1973 teams (25 and 28 years after) were dreadful. The 1998 Pitt team (22 years post-title) couldn't beat anyone, either.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 3:04pm

Come to think of it, Minnesota won a national championship in 1960, a Rose Bowl in '62, and a share of the Big Ten title in 1967. By 1983 they were getting beaten by Nebraska 84-13.

I don't think a WAC team ever beat them 55, however.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 5:43pm

While true, they're only 2-2 all-time against current WAC teams, and never played Boise or BYU -- the WAC's two best teams, historically.

In 1993, they lost 48-17 to San Diego St.

San Diego St. was WAC at the time.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 6:27pm

Hey, 31 ain't 55, buddy boy! As a Gopher, I squeak in your general direction!

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by BroncFan07 :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:55am

OK Rivers, owing to how much Steve Sabol NFL Films stuff I watched in my life, I know you took that "Yes Sir, they love that coach in Cleveland" quote from one of those team or year recaps. Only, I can't quite remember what it was from. Was the actual quote "Yes sir, they love that team in Cleveland?" Was it for the 86 Browns? I know it was one of the radio broadcast clips. Thanks.

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by johnnyxel :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 1:35pm

Its from Major League.

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by BroncFan07 :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 2:14pm

Whoa, I was way off on that one. It was that scene in the opening game where Uecker was trying to make it seem like there were more than 12 people in attendance, wasn't it?

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by Aloysius Mephis... :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:55am

Did I spot a Poochie reference in the Lane Kiffin QOTW? If so I think I'm going to have to refer to Lane Kiffin as 'Poochie' for the foreseeable future.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Sun, 09/23/2012 - 6:29am

God I hope this catches on

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by DEW (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:40pm

I'm surprised that Jaws didn't notice the irony: in the Herm Edwards play, Jaws pointed out that the Giants *didn't* take a knee, got cute, and paid for it. But in the TB game last week, the Giants *did* take a knee--i.e. they did exactly what Jaws said they should have done to prevent the Herm Edwards play from happening. Internal consistency, anyone?

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 1:23pm

Jaws' point was that it is stupid for coaches to get mad because a defense won't agree to surrender.

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by stephenbawesome :: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 1:40pm

The play before the fumble was an attempted kneel-down that the defense attacked similar to TB. Then the Giants changed strategy and fumbled.

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by NRG :: Sun, 09/23/2012 - 10:30am

Methinks Rich Rodriguez might want to worry a little more about red zone offense and game planning than popsicles. Arizona went 0-6 in the red zone yesterday vs. the Quack Attack of Oregon.