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22 Nov 2013

The Week In Quotes: November 22, 2013

compiled by Rory Hickey

RG LEADER?

"If we're going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying, 'At the end of the day, I didn't make a play,' regardless of if it wasn't him. And that's how I feel. Because that's what we're out there to do." -- Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss, on looking for accountability from quarterback Robert Griffin III (ESPN)

GOOD THING YOU’VE NEVER BENEFITTED FROM THE BCS

"I think it’s a flawed system. When you logically think about it, what the BCS people have done, which obviously we’re all part of it, I think it was great for a while."

"I think it took an imperfect system and did the best you can without a playoff. There’s going to be controversy in playoffs, too, now. There’s not a 64 team playoff. You’re going to have four guys. What is that fifth team going to feel like?" -- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, calling the BCS a flawed system during his weekly press conference (College Football Talk)

"IT'S BECOME SELF-AWARE, SOON IT WILL KNOW THAT ALABAMA WILL BEAT CHATTANOOGA"

"Since everyone beats ISU at home, I want to be the first to congratulate @OU_CoachStoops on tying the record of 157 wins! #coachescabana" -- Former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer, congratulating current Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops on tying the record for most wins as Oklahoma head coach before OU had even beaten Iowa State (Dr. Saturday)

ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY RAY LEWIS CHECK

"I didn’t hit him with my hand or my helmet. I basically bear-hugged him. That’s just how football is played. I think this sh*t is bullsh*t. Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down. It ain’t real no more." -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, on his controversial hit that drew a personal foul against Saints quarterback Drew Brees (San Francisco Chronicle)

RETIRE RIGHT TO REHAB

"Get a little messed up, sneak a girl into your room, feel on top of the world. I had some of my best games off of benders — some of my worst too. My two best seasons ever were 2005 [at Notre Dame] and 2009 [in Baltimore] when I was the most out of control drinking, so I thought, hey, maybe I should go back to that.'" -- Ex-NFLer Tom Zbikowski, saying he had some of his best games at the college and NFL level off of benders (Deadspin)

NOT ENOUGH GLORYHOLE

"It was a very micromanaged atmosphere. Everything was heightened. Everything was very tight. I didn't feel the relationship and the bonding between players and coaches. Maybe just the players. Or maybe just a few coaches and a few players." -- Veteran safety Will Allen, on the atmosphere of playing for the Dallas Cowboys (ESPN Dallas)

GISELE: MY HUSBAND CANNOT THROW THE BALL AND THE FLAG AT THE SAME TIME

"My mom thought it was a penalty, does that count?" -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on the picked up flag at the end of Monday Night Football that ended the game (NFL Nation Blog)

CHARTERS MARK THIS VORTEX IN ZONE

"We didn't necessarily blow a coverage, just leave a guy in the middle of the field wide open." -- Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde, attempting to explain the Packers mistakes in downfield coverage (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

CHRISTIAN PONDER, YOU HAVE BEEN SUBTWEETED

"It's the complete opposite. It allows you to stretch the field." -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, on the difference between the Seahawks scheme and that of Seattle’s opponent and Harvin’s former team, the Vikings (NFL Nation Blog)

MIKE GUNDY: THE VINCE MCMAHON OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

"I think it helped us in recruiting. It benefited our program."

"It was interesting, we had four or five players that were really good players that started calling on us and showing interest the next few weeks after the article came out. That was the only thing I could attribute it to, because we certainly weren’t playing very good. So it was just kind of interesting."

"I know people think, ‘Well, he’s lost it again.’ But the truth is, you guys, and I hear people say in marketing, any publicity is good publicity. So I thought about that and I thought, ‘I wonder if (prospects) thought, ‘Well, you know, we’ll check them out or see or whatever.’ I don’t know. It was just kind of weird. But there was interest from players that we didn’t have any interest in until that came out." -- Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, providing his theory that the negative articles written in Sports Illustrated about Oklahoma State have actually helped the program (The Tulsa World)

IT'S HARD TO GET A GRIP IF YOU'RE ALIGATOR-ARMING EVERYTHING

"You can say what you want to say and you can write whatever the hell you want to write, it’s real. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for that locker room. To hell with me — I’m worried about the kids. You know these kids have fought their butts off. There’s a lot of negativity out there and some of our fans need to get a grip. They really do. They got a bunch of kids in that locker room fighting their butt off. They can criticize me all you want. I’m great with that. They pay me enough money to deal with it. But those kids don’t. They really don’t. And they fought their butts off. And they’ve continued to fight and play hard. Nobody’s ever questioned their efforts." -- University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp, telling some UF fans that they need to ‘get a grip’ (Larry Brown Sports)

WITH ALL THE CONCERN ABOUT SAFETY HOW IS SCALPING STILL LEGAL?

"Hey homeboy, don’t pull my dreads out, dog." -- Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, to Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin after Babin pulled out one of Ellington’s dreads while making a tackle (The Big Lead)

...AND IT WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL RUSHING PLAY OF THE SEASON FOR THE GIANTS


"That was probably the longest run of my career and it gets called back. I was trying to cut back and I felt fast there. I'm sure I'll look on film and realize I'm not fast again. If that's what we need to do, that's what we need to do."
-- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, lamenting the fact that he had a 17-yard run called back on a penalty (The Giants Beat)

"REALLY UNBELIEVABLE," HE CONTINUED, "NOW CUT THOSE LIGHTS OUT, AND YOU THROW IT BACK TO YOURSELF"

"That is ridiculous. I don't know what comments you expect to get from me, but that is news to me and completely false. For me to bully anybody, that sounds unbelievable." -- Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, responding to accusations from former teammate Shawn Andrews that McNabb bullied Andrews (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ISN'T YOUR PLAY THE REASON YOU'RE NOT HERE?

"Wade said something to me. He basically just made sure I was leaving. He was probably the guy, the reason I'm not there. But it's all good, man. I'm not worried about it." -- New York Jets safety Ed Reed, saying that former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was the reason he was released by Houston (ESPN)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 22 Nov 2013

14 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2013, 8:10pm by Steve in WI

Comments

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by GeorgeB (not verified) :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 12:34pm

ICE UP SON, ICE UP

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by panthersnbraves :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:33pm

Just because it was the Monday Night game, doesn't mean that anyone outside of the 237 Panthers fans saw it.

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by nat :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 12:47pm

Great quote from Brady. He's saying what we're all (except the silly brigade and the NFL's bogus excuse office) thinking. But he's moved on and making light of it. Even though it's the NFL, it's just a game in the end.

[Cue the silly brigade.]

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:21pm

I'm sure, somehow, it was Wes Welker's fault.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:59pm
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by nat :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:30pm

I'd forgotten that. I meant a different type of silliness, naturally.

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by Travis :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:38pm

"You’re going to have four guys. What is that fifth team going to feel like?:

Unsaid is that Meyer's undefeated 2004 Utah team finished sixth in the BCS standings and would presumably have been left out of a four-team playoff.

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by bucko (not verified) :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:45pm

Meyer is a worthy heir to other OSU head coaches playing all pity party over some perceived slight in this case the BCS

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by Nathan :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:15pm

The growing media backlash against RG3 after a fantastic rookie year (coming off an injury) and chorus of people starting to second guess a disappointing second season reminds me SO MUCH of Cam Newton. For the past couple seasons I've just been looking on in horror as people (like PFT) started whispering about how Carolina was going to move on from Newton, or that Ron Rivera was going to be fired and the new regime was going to go in a different direction. And it just did not make an ounce of sense to me, it seemed so apparent that, despite some bumps, the team was moving in a good direction. Franchise QB is not a position that should be reevaluated on a yearly basis.

Now I see on PFT all these reports about how Shanahan really wanted Tannehill all along, etc. It really annoys me to see a fanbase/media turning on a QB who had a tremendous amount of success his rookie year after 6 games, while coming off a January knee injury and ligament tear. Have some patience.

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by Never Surrender :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:02pm

Many of us are patient, but that's not the view that gets represented in the press.

Fortunately, practically the whole team came to the press this week and reiterated that they are 100% behind Griffin and respect and trust his leadership. Not that it makes our horrible play or position any better, but at least we don't have the imploding locker room that many losing teams (including a few Redskins teams from the past 10 years) have had to deal with.

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by Dired :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:34pm

The only thing people like more than feeling like they somehow create their heroes is the thrill of then later tearing them down. We create you, we destroy you, like oldtime deities. RG3 was overhyped, almost desperately so, and the backlash is equally excessive.

Which is one of the weird benefits about following a team the mass-media seems to go out of their way to ignore, such as the Seahawks. You don't cringe and wait for the inevitable parade of hacks gloating about how they were right all along since they never bothered in the first place.

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by the K :: Sat, 11/23/2013 - 6:04pm

As a lifetime Buffalo Bills fan now living in Seattle, I agree 100% with this.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:56pm

"There’s not a 64 team playoff. You’re going to have four guys. What is that fifth team going to feel like?"

So what? Previously, you had two "guys" -- what did the third team feel like? 4-team playoff is better than nothing. And I think it's fairly well understood that this is a baby step, and if the 4-team playoff is a success, it'll just be a matter of time till it becomes an 8-team playoff. And then what will the ninth team feel like?

Even if you did have a 64 team playoff (which would be excessive), you'll still have this. Anyone who follows college basketball knows, one of the tried and true articles that comes out right after Selection Sunday is the "who got snubbed" article.

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by Steve in WI :: Sat, 11/23/2013 - 8:10pm

Yeah, I've never understood this kind of argument. "Well, sure, it's better than what we've got, but it's not perfect, so we shouldn't make any changes even though they'll clearly improve the situation."