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Tom and Mike perform the ritual "complimenting of the Loser League team names," pile on Marty Mornhinweg, and actually find a scenario where starting Geno Smith is a good idea.

15 Aug 2014

The Week in Quotes: August 15, 2014

compiled by Rory Hickey

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?

"I think for the first time, I truly believe we're going to get a team. Finally, everybody is on board. The city is on board. The business community is on board. The NFL is on board. Finally we have momentum. In the next couple years, at least in the next 24 months, I think one team will be coming. I don't know what team that will be, but I believe in the next two years we'll have a team." -- Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson, predicting that an NFL team will be in Los Angeles within the next two years. (Shutdown Corner)

IT’S BEEN… SASHA FIERCE

"It's been fierce. Two guys fighting for their lives. It's close. I'd say [the locker room] is split about 50-50. We know they both can play." -- Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner, revealing the Browns’ locker room’s thoughts on the quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. (The MMQB)

RAIDERS IS SYNONYMOUS WITH SLOPPY

"Overall, we were pretty sloppy. We hurt ourselves with a lot of penalties and we put ourselves in long-yardage situations. It's tough to win that way. We have to really look hard at the mistakes and clean those up because they are things we can control, especially pre-snap issues. We need to iron those [mistakes] out if we want to be the type of team we want to be." -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub, assessing his team’s performance in their first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. (CSNCalifornia.com )

QUARTERBACK AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

"The Jets tried this whole garbage with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez and it got them nowhere. In the situation now, I think it takes away from what Geno Smith can do. It’s a maturity process for him to try to develop into an NFL quarterback. Now you’re taking him off the field or splitting him wide to bring in a 34-year-old quarterback? To do what? I understand the ‘wow’ effect, but it’s not a good thing for either quarterback." -- FOX Sports analyst Donovan McNabb, analyzing the New York Jets’ quarterback situation. (NY Daily News)

WELL, HE’S CERTAINLY NO ANDY DALTON

"I want to get something that's right that I'm going to play out, absolutely, and that's definitely a focus of mine." -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, saying that he does not want a ‘pay-as-you-go’ deal for his next contract. Smith’s contract expires at the end of this season. (USA Today)

PEYTON THE PACIFIST

"I don't like [fights], to tell you the truth. You don't do it in a game. If you do it in a game, it usually costs you something important, it costs you a drive, costs you field position. ... I'm into treating practice like a game. I'm not a fan of it." -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, expressing his displeasure at the number of on-field skirmishes that the Broncos have gotten into during training camp. (ESPN)

DO IT!

"Reach down inside and get whatever the fuck your mother gave you." -- Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox, motivating his defensive line unit during an Atlanta Falcons practice on an episode of Hard Knocks. (Rolling Stone)

I TOTALLY THOUGHT WE WERE BFFS

"He’s going to say whatever he can about the quarterback he is with. I was more disappointed he didn’t reach out to me. I know he told some other guys: ‘You know I love Ben, I didn’t mean it like that.’ I wish he would have reached out to me and just say that and I would have been fine with it." -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reacting to former wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ comments that Peyton Manning was a better leader than Roethlisberger. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

BRADY IS JUST REALLY THOROUGH WITH HIS CENTERS

"I love both Dan and Wendy. I love those guys. They work so hard. The center-quarterback relationship is a pretty special one. I've got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so it's a pretty unique trust and relationship you have. " -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on the training camp competition between centers Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell… and their butts. (Boston Herald)

YOU KNOW, I LEARNED SOMETHING TODAY

"Stereotypes, prejudice, whatever you want to call it. I think between the tattoos, the way I dress, the way I talk. People don't think it should go together with a franchise quarterback or someone that's leading the team or representing the organization. At the end of the day, you have to look at 'Are they knowledgeable? Are they doing their job?' Not what their appearance is." -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, theorizing what is behind the unfair criticism of him. (Bleacher Report)

IT’S WEEK 1 OF THE PRESEASON, CHILL

"That’s what they brought me in here for, to make big plays and put pressure on the quarterback, and that’s what I love to do. We can see the spark that we have, the talent that we have on our defense, and how we can play with really great tenacity. So we’ve got to keep that up and build each week to become the defense that we want to be." -- Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware, crowing after the Broncos first preseason game of the year against the Seattle Seahawks. ( )

I’M OPEN TO BEING SIGNED BY AN NFL TEAM

"There are benefits for me being here. I’m learning a lot. It’s less stressful. At the same time, I’ve always got to be ready, because football’s a crazy game. I could play at some point. But it’s an opportunity for me to learn. I do really feel like it’s going to benefit me in the long run. If something happens — I get traded, or there’s an opportunity elsewhere to play — I want to play. But this is where I am right now. I can’t control it." -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, saying that he is open to being traded by the Vikings. (USA Today)

MAYBE THE TITANS SHOULD TURN OFF ASK MADDEN

"When I was in Tennessee, a lot of the plays when the offensive coordinator was calling them, they were predictable. Everybody could tell what was coming. With Marty [Mornhinweg], the plays aren't predictable." -- New York Jets running back Chris Johnson, commenting on his new offense in New York while slighting his old offense in Tennessee at the same time. (ESPN New York)

HAPPENS TO ME ALL THE TIME WHEN I’M DRIVING

"You have no idea. My body is feeling tremendously good. I’ve actually reached some gears that I didn’t know I had. I’m feeling very, very fast right now." -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, revealing that his body feels great and he’s reached extra gears he did not know he had. (Seahawks.com)

THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT AN INNOVATOR WOULD WANT YOU TO THINK

"It’s cyclical. You watch Andre Reed go into the Hall of Fame, and the offense he ran with the Buffalo Bills was as exciting and outstanding as you get, with Jim Kelly at quarterback and Thurman Thomas and that group of guys there. You can go back to Sam Wyche and Boomer Esiason — they were doing it a long time ago. I think sometimes there’s just cycles that go through." -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, downplaying how much of an offensive innovator he actually is. (Pro Football Talk)

IT’S ONLY A FLESH WOUND

"His finger is shot. It's been thrown out of place about 15 times, and he's not catching the ball. But he's getting his work done. You can practice with that type of thing." -- Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, on why wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been dropping so many passes during training camp. (ESPN)

AT LEAST HE PICKED A GOOD STATUE

"You might as well be Venus de Milo." -- Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Pat Morris, to Cyrus Kouandjio after the Kouandjio and the Bills got dominated in a drill by the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Twitter)

IT'S LIKE THAT, AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS

"When you hear the officials come to camp with their points of emphasis, they're going to emphasize the points." -- Jon Gruden during Thursday night's Bears-Jaguars telecast on ESPN.

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 15 Aug 2014

16 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2014, 3:45pm by John Courage

Comments

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by dryheat :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:56am

Why is Brady putting his hands on his teammates' wives? That's a close-knit team.

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by nat :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:58am

In the context of that Brady quote, the photo is very nasty.

Well done, you evil, evil boys.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:47pm

Sounds to me like Alex Smith is about to talk himself out of a job.

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by RickD :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:52pm

At least Venus de Milo isn't going to be flagged for holding.

(Too soon?)

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:25pm

Yeah, but what about the footwork. A punch as soft as the wind, I hear, too.

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Who, me?

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by BroncFan07 :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:06pm

It's funny, L.A.'s been hearing this claptrap for 20 years now. "The NFL is interested." "There's going to be a stadium." "There's ownership." "It's the #2 market." "Everyone's on board." But, you know what, I actually believe Magic here. Why? Because "momentum."

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by commissionerleaf :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:33pm

Like the 34-year-old-quarterback swipe from Donovan. I guess he's not quite over Vick taking his job in Philadelphia yet and setting him on the road to retirement?

I don't think there is any question that Michael Vick is a better quarterback than Geno Smith. The question is whether or not playing Geno Smith now is necessary to his development into a start-able quarterback, someday. Since I don't think he will ever be a start-able quarterback, I think the Jets should play Vick, if only because he's fun to watch.

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by mehllageman56 :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:51pm

While I understand we disagree about Geno's potential, they're pretty much playing about equal in camp. The problem with Vick is he won't stay healthy anyway, so bringing him in for a Wildcat play so he can get hurt doesn't make sense. He'll start if Geno plays the way you think he will, but I wouldn't expect him to survive a full season behind that line.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:49pm

Brady betraying some major secrets by revealing the lack of intimacy between his linemen and their wives.

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by nat :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:39pm

At least he isn't saying they have had some protection issues.

Now that would be TMI.

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by pickleops :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 4:10pm

The quote by Bryan Cox was incorrectly attributed. Mike Tice was the one who said it. I just watched that episode of Hard Knocks.

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by Theo :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:01pm

That kid Prince Shembo is going to be a steal. He'll be a good player.

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by Theo :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:28pm

"...actually Tom, you don't" (Dan Connolly's wife)

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by Theo :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:32pm

Uhm, Andy Reid? If a receiver's finger is messed up, let the hand heal and not catch passes.

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by morganja :: Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:38pm

Going to break your spork.

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by John Courage :: Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:45pm

The statement this commentator is about to make is a question: will the referees make a point to emphasize their points of emphasis?

-- Perd Hapley