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08 Nov 2013

The Week In Quotes: November 8, 2013

compiled by Rory Hickey

"I HAVE A FAMILY? WHOA, I HAD MUSTARD?"

"Yeah, I think you always have to understand that us as coaches, we take a lot of pride in our work. We spend a lot of time in the meeting rooms, in the office grinding the tape, a lot of time away from our families. And I think that when you look at this, it does kind of bring things into perspective. You’ve got to make sure you take care of yourself, but I think that’s just naturally what we as coaches do. I don’t know that that’s really going to change a whole lot." -- Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, on the work coaches put in after John Fox and Gary Kubiak had to be hospitalized this past week (NFL Nation Blog)

GAME MANAGER (N.) -- A BAD QUARTERBACK WHO STILL WINS AND THUS JUST WINZ

"I think it’s a tribute to him. I don’t know one great quarterback that hasn’t been a great game manager. So I think it’s a heck of a compliment, and he does that, he’s taken the youngest offensive line in the National Football League and helped them become better. One great thing about great quarterbacks is they make everyone around them a little better than what they are and he’s able to do that, including the head coach." -- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, on his quarterback Alex Smith being labeled a game manager (Pro Football Talk)

NO INCOME TAX EITHER

"naw 16 is better" -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, responding to a tweet that read ‘Wonder if 12MM per and Rex as coach has any merit vs Schaino & 16MM’ (NY Daily News)

NTR CAPTAIN COMEBACK

"I would like to say there was a movie speech or something by him at halftime, but there really wasn’t. He doesn’t surprise me. That’s the complex answer that I can give. Pretty much there’s nothing he does that surprises me." -- Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener, after quarterback Andrew Luck led yet another comeback against the Houston Texans (NFL Nation Blog)

WANTS TO BUILD HIS ANDREW LUCK RESUME; SELFISH

"The 70-point games are great. Being done at halftime is great, but I want to be in there. I want the ball in my hands. Again like I said I’ve been waiting for this. What I haven’t been waiting for is to be out by halftime so this will be a big game for us, but it will be one I’m definitely ready for and I’m excited to play." -- Baylor quarterbackBryce Petty, expressing his excitement to play a full game against Oklahoma last night (quote source)

WISH I HAD MY OWN REALITY SHOW

"I don’t think so. I feel like, this team, we should at least put up 40." -- Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, when asked if the Ducks could be held to 14 points by Stanford again on Thursday night like they were in last year’s matchup (College Football Talk)

ZERO WINS AND ZERO FAVORS

"I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day. Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter."

"That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground? ‘Good job; we’re out here competing. But as soon as they snap the ball, I’m going to kill you again.’"

"There’s nothing wrong with that. Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy, explaining how his coaches were upset with him for helping an opponent up during the game (Deadspin)

WHAT FLAVOR IS THE READ OPTION? PAIN?

"Because he's Dick LeBeau. Does that answer your question?" -- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, asked why he still has faith in his long-term defensive coordinator after giving up 55 points to New England (quote source)

OR WE COULD DO WHAT THE NFL NORMALLY DOES: FINE EVERYBODY AND ACT LIKE THAT SOLVED IT

"[What's] going on in Miami goes on in every locker room. But it's time for us to start talking. Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what's going on off the field or what's going on in the building and not mask everything. Because the [longer] it goes untreated, the worse it gets." -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, on the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin incident (Eye on Football)

THAT'S "RECENTLY-EXTENDED" JEFF IRELAND TO YOU

"I only spent two weeks on the Dolphins when Ireland was the GM. In that short time he won the award for worst GM in my career." -- Quarterback Sage Rosenfels, on Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland (Eye on Football)

I WILL SUSPEND HIM FOR OUR GAME AGAINST VALDOSTA STATE SO FAST IT'LL MAKE HIS HEAD SPIN

"He did not interview. He better not have." -- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, shooting down a report that defensive coordinator Luke Fickell interviewed for the head coaching job at FAU (The Toledo Blade)

PUNTERS ARE LESS ATHLETIC PEOPLE TOO

"I was going to run for it but I saw too many humans that are way more athletic than me." -- Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, explaining why he opted to punt instead of running after picking up a dropped punt ( NFL Nation Blog)

ALSO IF YOU SLAP A HELMET ON CLAY BUCHHOLZ HE NO LONGER LOOKS LIKE A STRAY HOBO THAT WANDERED ONTO THE MOUND

"They must be going, 'Geez, these guys are huge!'"

"They're so little." -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, talking to head coach Bill Belichick about the size of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox compared to the size of football players (Shutdown Corner)

"WE FOUND HIS KRYPTONITE, IT'S BOISE STATE'S HOME TURF"

"I squint a lot. It looks like I'm squinting now. I just do that. It's a habit. I asked them earlier today when I was in the training room, 'Pick something out. I'll let you know that I can see. Just pick anything out in the back of the room.'"

"Even y'all can do it. Pick something out in the back that y'all want me to read and I will read it for you." -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, when asked about his squinting habit (ESPN)

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS THE MOST PASSIONATE OF THEM ALL?

"You know I’m passionate about the game, about my teammates. I know every guy in this locker room was a little frustrated after the game. And I kind of let my feelings out, probably in a way I shouldn’t have. There’s a way to do things, and I probably took things a little too far. The mirror was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I kind of took it a little overboard. Emotions came out and got the best of me." -- St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes, discussing how he injured his forearm by smashing a mirror (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

HOLDING OUT FOR DELIVERY

"I’m fat enough." -- Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, joking that he didn’t need to lobby Nate Burleson for any of his free coupons for DiGiorno pizza he received recently from the company (NFL Nation Blog)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 08 Nov 2013

23 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2013, 5:37pm by TomC

Comments

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by Ryan :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 11:51am

Ouch. That Tomlin quote could sum up the Steelers' troubles now and for years to come....

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:22pm

It's not like LeBeau hasn't radically altered his defensive style before.

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by Ryan :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:26pm

My problem isn't specifically LeBeau. Someone made a similar comment on Audibles--Steelers attitude is still "do what we do" when none of it is working. I wonder how far that will trickle down (roster, specific play-calling, defensive/offensive themes, etc.) and for how long.

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by commissionerleaf :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:55pm

The problem in Pittsburgh is not that the coaches are trying to be "Steeler"; the problem in Pittsburgh is that the players aren't actually very good, especially (oddly enough) on the defensive side of the football. And the offensive line of course, but that's been a problem for so long it goes without saying.

Apart from Timmons, is there really a star on that defense who isn't well into the process of decline? Polamalu has been less effective every year since the last Super Bowl at least, Taylor is still a decent corner but no longer shutdown guy, and the line and linebackers are either old, not so great, or both.

Like Coughlin in New York, it's silly to blame the coaches for not winning when the problem is that players aren't good.

On the opposite subject, it's nice to see that Gerald McCoy is not a Schiano man. If the players still have a strong identity independent of the staff, maybe Schiano's replacement has a chance. Of course, that also depends on Glennon being good, since Freeman is long gone and not coming back.

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by Ryan :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 1:00pm

I haven't watched enough Steelers to know, but has the coaching staff adjusted to the current roster's limitations? One could argue the answer is "no" looking at results, but again, I haven't seen the play enough to know. It's a two-way street. I'm not suggesting this squad could be 6-2 instead, but don't ask players to play in a way they're simply incapable of.

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by drobviousso :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 2:00pm

The problem is that the players are all the right archetype, just not very good (maybe with the exception of Hood, who may be a better fit in a 4-3). They've got the same types of guys out there as they've always had, just bad versions. Hard to adjust for that.

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by Ryan :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 2:48pm

Ahh, thanks. It sure was jarring to see how truly WIDE open some Pats receivers were during that game. Polamalu sometimes compensating the inevitable age-related decline by trying that much harder to make a big play?

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by drobviousso :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 3:37pm

I think he's playing like he always has, and his body just can't write the checks that his brain writes. He's been a hairs breath away from making some spectacular plays that he made when he was younger.

But he's always been played like a fiddle by the likes of Breese and Brady.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:59pm

Is it that, or is that they just don't have good players (outside of offensive skill positions) anymore.

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by JMM* (not verified) :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 1:01pm

For as long as Art II is calling the shots.

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by Pied :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:27pm

Wow. TB staff is horrible (not news). And I'm something of a fan of Gerald McCoy now.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 1:01pm

But right now the TB staff is thanking their lucky stars that the Dolphins situation is taking all of the attention off of them. It takes Richie Incognito to make Greg Schiano look like a sane, reasonable person.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 3:53pm

Agreed. One wonders if the Tampa coaches would have "got on" Walter Payton because he helped up opposing players.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 4:18pm

Your use of quotes reminded me that I found McCoy's use of the phrase "get on to me" a little strange. Doesn't seem like he mis-spoke; he said it several times. Is that a regional usage I've never heard?

Oh, and Schiano's a joke, although this is already well known. If he thought a little less about his notion of playing "Buccaneer football" and a little more about playing GOOD football, he'd be a lot better off.

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by DEW (not verified) :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:46pm

Was it morbidly brilliant of DiGiorno to send Burleson free pizza coupons or what?

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 1:04pm

It would have been even more brilliant if Korbel had sent Jacoby Jones a year's supply of free champagne.

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by sundown (not verified) :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 2:12pm

The sad thing about the quote about coaches working so many hours is it's so much wasted time, put in essentially just because that's what is expected. Kubiak actually calls the offensive plays, so he'd be a guy who'd need to put in extra time. But there are guys who don't call offense or defense who still sleep at the office every night. There have been guys who succeeded and still saw their family, with Dungy being one example, with plenty of others failing miserably who worked around the clock.

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by Dired :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 2:39pm

It almost seems like just pure macho culture stuff. They are expected to do it, when in some cases a little less obsession and a little better perspective and focus would be better for the team. Having the HC call plays, or god forbid, take on GM roles just seems insane. HC don't have to be geniuses, but they do need to be able to make quick, good decisions. That seems like it would be very hard when you're overworked.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 3:45pm

As someone in the medical profession, I see a similar attitude quite often. Surgical residents are seen as "lazy" or "weak" if they don't spend 20+ hours in the hospital, get more than 3-4 hours of sleep at night, or get to spend more than minimal free time with their families. Regardless of whether they take care of business or not. As if being chronically sleep-deprived makes you a better doctor. The oversight organization for resident training has instituted rules on limiting work hours that put an end to this nonsense at most, but definitely not all, programs.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 4:10pm

It happens everywhere. The expression is "work smarter, not harder", but it's a lot easier to just observe when someone shows up and when they leave.

The big irony to me is that anyone who has an office job knows there's a point where working more overtime becomes unproductive. The point varies for different people, but no one can consistently put in 12+ hours a day of fully productive work. And yet we expect this from football coaches. And doctors, which is much scarier to me.

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by LionInAZ :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 4:44pm

It's a result of incompetent management that can't distinguish quality from quantity.

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by Dice :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 3:58pm

Wasn't that one of the big supposed beefs with Ditka in Chicago? Too many steak dinners and not enough hours at the office?

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by TomC :: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 5:37pm

Mmmm, big beef.... (http://goo.gl/1BurwI).

But seriously, I was either an adolescent or an adult through the Ditka era, and I have no recollection of that kind of criticism leveled at Da Coach. He was perceived as out of control and a dinosaur, but not lazy. And the bottom line is, he got fired because the team lost 8 of theirl last 9 games.