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16 May 2014

The Month In Quotes: April/May 2014

compiled by Rory Hickey

SOMETHING SOMETHING, CAKE, RABBLE RABBLE

"From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American. I knew I was going to get picked somewhere. Every team that passed me, I was thinking how I’m going to sack their quarterback." -- St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, feeling he should have been picked in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft. Sam was chosen in the seventh round (CBS Local St. Louis)

CLEARLY DOESN’T FOLLOW COLLEGE FOOTBALL

"It’ll help sell tickets, which will make a lot of people smile in the building That’s a good thing ... New England is probably the most secretive of any NFL program, and they still have Tom Brady doing Ugg commercials. He has TMZ following him everywhere he goes. It’s just a matter of how the player handles it. I don’t know Johnny and I haven’t met him, but I’m sure he’ll have a lot of guidance in how he handles things around here with the attention he’s getting."
-- Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, on new Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

"WAIT YOU CAN DO THAT?" – JOHNNY MANZIEL

"I actually told my agent that [Cleveland]’s not the place where I wanted to be. Throughout this entire process, I felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings. From every visit I had with the team, it was a family environment, the players are great guys, a great group of guys, so I felt comfortable wanting to play here."
-- New Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, on not wanting to play in Cleveland (Pro Football Talk)

AND/OR BULLIED

"It’s kind of like the first day of school. Everybody loves seeing their old buddies and getting re-acclimated to football."
-- Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, describing the first day of the offseason program (MiamiDolphins.com)

ALL CORNERBACKS HAVE IRON FISTS

"Mike kinda ruled more with an iron fist. Jay kinda lets you go in there and be you." -- Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, on the differences between former coach Mike Shanahan and new coach Jay Gruden (CSN Washington)

THEY’LL BE OUT OF NFC EAST CONTENTION BY WEEK 16 THIS YEAR

"Yes, we are better. There’s no question about that. Relative to where we played last year, we’ve had a very impactful draft. We actually have had an impactful offseason, relative to the way we play. We’re better. And consequentially, when I look over at the offense, we haven’t taken a step back on offense at any place and matter of fact, without being trite, we’ve gained on it in my opinion. For me, I feel better tonight than I did when we quit playing last year. To me that isn’t just optimism for me. I do, factually, can look down here and say we’re a better team than we were this time last year as reality would have it." -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, after the NFL Draft assessing his team (DallasCowboys.com)

LIKE WAL-MART WITHOUT THE SUCCESS

"We want competition — we don’t want people coming in and saying, ‘here is my spot and I’m safe.’ We want people to push people to be better." -- Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley, on acquiring running back Bryce Brown (Buffalo News)

DON'T WORRY, MATT SCHAUB WILL MAKE ALL RECEIVERS IRRELEVANT

"I would have liked to have had a receiver, I would have. But it just didn’t fall that way." -- Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, on the team’s failure to draft a wide receiver (San Francisco Chronicle)

I MET MY GIRLFRIEND ON INSTANTFACE

"With all due respect, I hate to admit this but I don’t think I’ve been online in a couple days or weeks or whatever, so that’s not really an important thing to me. I don’t even know what’s online and what isn’t online. But I would say we probably have, I can’t even imagine, 10,000 pages of information. It’s a lot of information. There’s no way I can sit up here and tell you that I’ve read it all. I’ve read a fraction of it. But we have a ton of information on all the players that are in the draft. What’s online, you should go talk to the geniuses that are online. I don’t know. MyFace, YourFace, InstantFace. Go talk to whoever you want that does that stuff. I don’t know."
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, on a Patriots scouting report on Johnny Manziel that was leaked (CSN New England)

SHERMAN AND OPRAH FOR THE CLIPPERS

"No I don't [believe there would be a lifetime ban]. Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins. I don't think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom-line league. If it doesn't affect their bottom line, they're not as concerned."
-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, saying he does not think Roger Goodell would ban an NFL owner in a Donald Sterling situation (TIME)

THAT’S SO FUNNY I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL

"These TV mics pick up everything and I don't like it. I'm not a fan of it. It reveals terminology that the other opponent can use and I don't like Bill Belichick hearing our plays that we're using -- and I think I know how to fix it. I think you have to get up there and say some really negative things about the commissioner Roger Goodell. 'Blue-20, Roger Goodell's a no-good, you know what...' And I think they'll just kind of turn that volume down a little bit."
-- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, on the Late Show with David Letterman (Eye on Football)

I HEAR JANE'S PURSE IS A MEAN CLUB MOVE

"A little bit of the time he looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane." -- Former New York Jet Joe Klecko, on current Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples (NY Daily News)

…WELCOME TO JACKSONVILLE!

"A homeless man in Detroit has more mojo than a millionaire in Jacksonville."
-- Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, on the city of Jacksonville’s ‘mojo’ (Florida Times-Union)

LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE HAS A NEW FAVORITE ISLAND

"We got the best corner in the league coming in. That’s always a good thing for a defensive end like myself. Just give me a little bit more time. I’ll be happy to use that."
-- New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich, on the Patriots trading for cornerback Darrelle Revis
(Boston.com)

THE DRILLS ARE REAL CHILL

"All the coaches are real cool, even the strength and conditioning coaches."
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David, on the start of offseason workouts (The Tampa Tribune)

BETTER THAT THAN BEING KNOWN AS A SCHIANO MAN

"Being known for the Super Bowl and the hair, it is what it is. But I just want to continue to keep working on my craft and getting better as a receiver."
-- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, on his notoriety (or lack thereof) (Charlotte Observer)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 16 May 2014

15 comments, Last at 08 Jun 2014, 2:32am by Adrian---

Comments

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:48pm

There is no "Tiquan Underwood"; there is simply a creature that exists to carry around Tiquan Underwood's Hair.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 05/16/2014 - 1:33pm

Would have put Lavarr Arrington and his cease&desist letter from the Redskins in there.

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by justanothersteve :: Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:47pm

Joe Thomas doesn't follow the college draft, even when he's one of prime draft candidates. He'd rather go fishing.

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by MJK :: Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:09pm

OK, now I want some team to change their entire audibles code to be some variations of insults about NFL management.

Come to think of it, if you actually wanted to pull that off, you'd probably need to be a team where the QB calls his own plays at the line, and said QB would have to be so beloved, famous, and recognizable as an all-around good guy that he would be untouchable from league reprisals... So Peyton Manning is probably the only one that could do it...

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by tuluse :: Sat, 05/17/2014 - 3:03am

Most of what Peyton says are fake audibles. There is no reason other teams couldn't just have their QB yell out Roger Goodell smells of elderberries before each play.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 05/17/2014 - 5:59am

No reason other than it would eventually become a point of emphasis to flag it for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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by greybeard :: Sun, 05/18/2014 - 2:22am

Is Peyton really a good guy? I know he is not a bad guy, but I did not read anything that would suggest the he is a good guy either.

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by Marcumzilla :: Sun, 05/18/2014 - 3:35am

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4870733

Specifically look for the section "He keeps some things on the down low"

Besides this, I know at a minimum he was generous enough in Indy that there's now a hospital named after him.

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by greybeard :: Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:00am

Thanks for the link His foundation seems to be a very good activity. $6.5 million for underprivileged children certainly suggests that he does good. That is $430K a year. Assuming half of this cones from him he is contributing $250K to the foundation every year.

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by Sisyphus :: Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:55pm

I live in Indianapolis and he has done a lot beyond the foundation as well. (Most well-known NFL players have foundations with various different focuses these allow them some tax leverage and have other personal advantages.) Worked with the children's hospital in Indianapolis and raised a lot of funding there. But has done a variety of other things in a very quiet fashion, for example with the hospital he also would simply drop by the children's wards, often with his wife, to see children there. These visits didn't appear in the papers and were not publicized by the Colts or Manning but references pop up on Facebook and other social media where family members would post pictures. I suspect growing up a second generation NFL star he has a pretty strongly ingrained sense of giving back. So yes he is a "good guy" and perhaps a bit more.

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by DEW :: Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:33am

Reading the Philbin comment I just had to facepalm. We knew Pouncey was an idiot already, but then came Jones, and now this. Does EVERYONE on the Dolphins have a terminal case of foot-in-mouth disease?

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by Adrian--- :: Sun, 06/08/2014 - 2:32am

Yes.

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by MC2 :: Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:58am

Jerry Jones has a tendency to give long, rambling answers that make little sense, but the one quoted above may be the most bizarre yet. It honestly sounds like the kind of incoherent babbling you would expect from someone suffering from drug abuse, mental illness, or severe head trauma.

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by Mike B. In Va :: Mon, 05/19/2014 - 4:12pm

I could imagine having Romo as your QB and yourself as the GM could lead to some self-inflicted head trauma.

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by commissionerleaf :: Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:28pm

"as reality would have it." is now the official working title for the movie retrospective of the Cowboys since 1995 / Jerry Jones biography / any other project about the Cowboys.

And Romo is a good-to-great quarterback who flies under the radar because he's been coping with a poor-to-terrible offensive line his whole career and the Cowboys defense has never been very good. He's a top-ten and arguably top five quarterback in the league since he took over the job.

There is a lot of blame to go around for the Cowboys' failures, but they are a 2-14 team for the past ten years without Romo.