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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.

08 Aug 2014

The Week in Quotes: August 8, 2014

compiled by Rory Hickey

THEY’LL NEED REPLACEMENT TABLETS BY WEEK 8

"I was told mine was going to work, and mine didn’t work. They said they would get it right, and it was miscommunication. But I was excited. I did use it in the second half, and I like it a lot." -- Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, saying that his Microsoft tablet computer did not work for a portion of Sunday’s Hall of Fame game. The tablets will be used primarily for studying pictures taken before and after the snap. (Pro Football Talk)

SOMEBODY ISN'T GETTING A TABLE AT DAVIO'S NEXT WEEK

"They are cheaters. They are. You don’t wanna give any — I don’t care whether it’s the Patriots or it’s the the dang Bengals, whoever it is — you don’t want to give them an opportunity to look at your stuff. That’s just me, from a personal standpoint. I don’t want to show none of my cards. So to me it’s not benefiting us because they’ve already proven who they are [from Spygate], that’s their history. And I don’t like them, not only because of that, but because I just don’t like them. I played them three of four times in a row [in the playoffs]." -- Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, disapproving of the joint practices the Eagles will be having in Foxborough with the New England Patriots. (CSN Philly)

I WANT TO BE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

"The sky’s the limit, man. I want to be the best back to ever play the freakin’ game of football." -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, declaring that he wants to be the best back in NFL history. (NFL Nation Blog)

I THINK HE’LL BE SEVEN TIMES BETTER THAN LAST YEAR

"He's going to be great. He's going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I'm looking forward to it." -- New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick, praising teammate and presumed starting quarterback, Geno Smith. (ESPN New York)

BIGGER IS BETTER

"He keeps making more plays. He’s understanding better and better. He’s a veteran. He’s savvy, knows how to run the routes, big body, big frame, makes a lot of tough catches. … I’ve got some of the little pygmies out there like Julian [Edelman] and Danny [Amendola] and it’s nice to have a little bigger guy out there from time to time who has a bigger catch radius. Hopefully Danny and Julian don’t get mad at me for saying that. They won’t. They know I’m joking." -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on being happy to have a taller wide receiver in Brandon LaFell and calling two other wide receivers pygmies. (CSNNE.com)

SEE, PEYTON AFFECTS THE DEFENSE TOO

"It can be frustrating because you can be in great coverage and he’ll still stick it in there where only the receiver can get it. But it only helps because in the season, those guys aren’t going to put it on there like he does. He’s a Hall of Famer, one of the greats of all time. So going against him, making plays against him is giving me more confidence to go against other guys." -- Denver Broncos rookie cornerback Bradley Roby, describing facing off against quarterback Peyton Manning in practice every day. (DenverBroncos.com)

I’M JIM BROWN AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE

"We have to support him and educate him. You can only do that though leadership in player engagement…. It’s about two levels: We hope he can get his life together in the right way and as a football player we hope like hell he can play [again]. “It’s definitely No. 1 first. As a human being, he’s got to get his life together." -- Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, saying that current Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon needs to get his life together (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

JERRY JONES IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO STILL USES THAT PHRASE\

"I don’t want any of Wilcox. He’s got the fastest hands on the team and I just want him with me. That’s the quickest I’ve seen on a football field. He can put ‘em on it. Plus, he’s not afraid to go getcha either. That was one of the best little tit-for-tats I’ve seen in 25 years." -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, discussing a ‘tit-for-tat’ between wide receiver Dez Bryant and safety J.J. Wilcox during a Cowboys’ practice on Sunday. (Dallas Star-Telegram)

I HATE IT WHEN I HIT WALLS TOO

"I’ve already hit my rookie wall. I felt like that last week of the learning process and getting over the curve that was it for me. Now it’s about staying true to who I am and doing everything that got me here, and better." -- Detroit Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron, claiming that he has already hit his ‘rookie wall’. (Detroit Free Press)

SHOW HIM SOME LOVIE

"It's not all about the injuries. I let other reasons get to me mentally. It was Schiano. He got to me mentally, and I couldn't bounce back for some reason. I blame myself though. I couldn't push through it mentally. It taught me something and I'm a better person and a better player because of that." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, saying former coach Greg Schiano got in his head regarding to his poor play last season. (The Lakeland Ledger)

IF IT DON’T MAKE DOLLARS IT DON’T MAKE SENSE

"We're all about dollars and cents. The concept of college football no longer has any bearing on the quality of the person, the quality of students. Universities are selling themselves out. It's no longer about education. We've sold out to the cameras over there, and TV has made its way, and I don't fault TV. I don't fault whoever broadcasts games. They have to make a living and that's what they do, but athletics -- that's it. It's sold out." -- Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, saying that college athletics has ‘sold out’.
"Now, that's only my opinion. I'm not upset with the people that promote some of that stuff because they're trying to do their thing. That's what they do. But I think we've lost sight of what college athletics is all about. Everybody is building Taj Mahals, and I think it sends the message -- and young people today I think are more susceptible to the downside of that message, and that it's not about education. We're saying it is, but it's really about the glitz and the glitter, and I think sometimes values get distorted that way. I hate to think a young guy would make a decision about where he's going to get an education based on what a building looks like." -- Snyder ( Eye on Football)

YEAH AND CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DISCOVERED AMERICA

"A Redskin is a football player. A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskin fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride. Hopefully winning. And it's a positive. Taken out of context -- you can take things out of context all over the place -- but in this particular case, it is what it is. It's very obvious." -- Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, attempting to explain what a Redskin is. (DC Sports Bog)

I DON’T LIKE PIE CHARTS EITHER AS A MATTER OF FACT

"Seriously, the depth chart, I don’t care. I think [Eagles PR Director] Derek [Boyko] did it. I mean, it’s absolutely nothing. I know we’re going to get questions on it, and I’ll be honest with you, I do not care… I said a long time ago, it’s written in sand, it’s written in water, it can be written in anything. That depth chart means absolutely nothing. The only reason we make one is because they tell us to make one. Call it whatever you want to call it." -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, iterating that he is not too fond of depth charts. (Philly.com)

JUST WAIT UNTIL SABAN HAS YOU WORKING 20 HOUR DAYS

"To be able to go [through] what I've gone through and still be fortunate before the age of 40 to be here and be an offensive coordinator with Coach Saban at Alabama, you take some time to reflect on that." -- Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, reveling that he feels fortunate to have landed on his feet in Tuscaloosa. (Eye on College Football)

WHO WOULDN’T WANT A GUY WITH A NAME LIKE THAT?

"Read between the lines. I think we all know what happened in that situation." -- Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, when asked about the abrupt change of heart by wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, who had committed to Nebraska but then changed his mind and transferred to Ole Miss. (Nebraska 24/7 Sports)
"I think it's bad form ... we're colleagues and in this together." -- Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze’s response to Pelini’s comments. (Eye on College Football)

YEAH MORE WOOD FOR THE FIRE, GOOD

"Oh yeah, it’s definitely a fire burning. I haven’t forgotten what was written out there. I’ve got my axe ready to chip away some wood." -- Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, saying he will attempt to prove his doubters wrong this season. (Pro Football Talk)

WEAPONS AND TOUGH GUYS? SOUNDS LIKE A JOB FOR MACGRUBER

"I expect our offense to be a lot. We haven’t performed up to our standards, statistically. This offense is going to be pretty tough to handle. We’ve got a lot of weapons and we’ve got a lot of tough guys. I expect us to be up there at the top of the league." -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, addressing the state of the Ravens’ offense. (BaltimoreRavens.com)

"That’d be cool. I can go for that. That’s a cool thing to think about. But no, I think it should stay the way it is." -- St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zeurlein, on the NFL’s experimental extra point rules during the first two weeks of preseason. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

GOOD LUCK TO DAVID WILSON

"You get to the NFL and you have great players that will probably be in the Hall of Fame one day, and they support you. Coaches that won Super Bowls, they get behind you and they support you. And that's been a great feeling. These are tears of joy, man. Don't for a second think that I'm pitying myself or sad, because I got to live my dream. And I'll set another dream and be great at that. These are just tears of joy, because as I speak, I realize how much people have helped me along the way." -- Former New York Giants running back David Wilson, on his neck injuries forced him to leave the NFL, and on starting a new chapter in his life. (ESPN New York)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 08 Aug 2014

7 comments, Last at 10 Aug 2014, 11:23am by justanothersteve

Comments

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:45pm

I will blame Greg Schiano for many things, but the continued mediocrity of Da'Quan Bowers is all Da'Quan Bowers fault.

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by Malene_copenhagen :: Sat, 08/09/2014 - 3:01am

Wow. That Bowers quote is just mindblowingly immature.

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by mehllageman56 :: Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:14pm

As for Geno Smith 10 x -371 dyar =-3710 dyar. I'll just take better, or a continuation of the last month of last season over that.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:51pm

So Jerry Jones is on Tobias Funke levels of communication now, isn't he?

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by Vandal :: Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:00am

Well this was a pleasant surprise, I was expecting to see:

ESPN: THIS WEEK IN QUOTES

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by Vandal :: Sat, 08/09/2014 - 11:46am

This will be the last time I visit the site until something changes. I started following Football Outsiders 5 or 6 years ago, and have been a premium member since. That's right, I pay to use your site.

Here's the Article breakdown for the last 10 days:

ESPN: Cowboys
* This week in quotes
* Adjust Interceptions
ESPN: BCS
ESPN: Most likely 1st to worst
ESPN: In Indy
* HOF CLASS
* QUOTES
ESPN: NFC WEST
ESPN: COLLEGE

So, if I wanted to read original content from Football Outsiders, I could read about the Hall of Fame, or Quote's from players.
THAT'S IT!

The site has become an advertisement that parades as a website.

Best of luck, a former fan.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:23am

Just wondering how much Bill Snyder makes per year. If he's like most big school college coaches, it's well into seven figures. Maybe he'd like to go back the the college football coaching pay structure of the 1950's. Oh, and let's get rid of all those paid assistants too.