Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

Most Recent FO Features

HarvinPer09.jpg

» Impact of the NFL's Kickoff Rule Change

After three NFL seasons of kicking off from the 35-yard line, what has been the impact on touchbacks, returns, field position, scoring and injuries? Also, is this rule responsible for a record number of big comebacks?

01 Feb 2014

The Week in Quotes: February 1, 2014

compiled by Rory Hickey

WHAT ABOUT YOUR PLACE IN HISTORY PEYTON?

"I've been asked about my legacy since I was 25 years old, which I'm not sure you can have a legacy when you are 25 years old, or even 37. I thought you had to be 70 to have a legacy." -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, on the prospect of his legacy being defined in the Super Bowl (Eye on Football)

COLD IS STUPID. DITKA.

"The weather's going to be a problem. They made a big mistake. The game shouldn't be there. I mean, it's stupid." -- NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, on playing the Super Bowl in cold weather (Detroit Free Press)

SHERMAN’S MAD BRO

" If you want to talk about stats, he has the best stats in three years, probably better than any corner who plays the game. If you want to talk about being the best corner, you have to match up against the best receiver every game. For years in and years out. Not just one year but pretty much for your entire career. I've matched up since '05 and this is 2014. So until he can match up and play the team's top receiver week in and week out. He's a good corner... but to say he's the best corner, you've got to humble yourself just a little bit by saying that." -- Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, on Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman calling himself the best corner in the NFL (Eye on Football)

PETE’S NEVER BEEN MORE JACKED AND PPUMPED IN HIS LIFE

"It really took me getting fired a couple times, getting kicked in the butt, to get to where I am now. It’s taken some shots to get here, but it’s a tremendous time for us now. I personally don’t think I’ve changed that much, I’ve just grown and learned." -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, on how he got to being a head coach in the Super Bowl (Pro Football Talk)

DON’T YOU DARE TALK ABOUT THE BEST!

"Did that make you feel better about yourself? Then go ahead. Because I’m not worried about you." -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, on Richard Sherman’s choke sign to him

"If you have to go out and tell everyone you're the best corner in the league, I feel like your confidence isn't where it should be." -- Kaepernick (FOX Sports)

THEY HAVE DUCKS IN WARM WEATHER… JUST SAYIN’

"I believe it to be true. They say he is a smart player, and I think that's a real reach with what he is saying there. I do throw ‘ducks.' I've thrown a lot of yards and touchdowns 'ducks.' I am actually quite proud of it." -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, on Richard Sherman saying that Manning ‘throws ducks’ (Eye on Football)

I’D LIKE TO SEE THIS

"He's a great player. I'd love to have that matchup and show what kind of player I am. I don't know if we'll match up, but like I said, he's a great player." -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, on being matched up against Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (DenverBroncos.com)

NOT IF THE LEGION OF BOOM HAS ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT

"Playmakers Denver has on offense are better than some of the guys in [Seattle's] nickel defense. Opportunity for a lot of big plays. If the Broncos can get [the Seahawks'] nickel defense out there, they’ll have some great matchups." -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, breaking down some mismatches that Peyton Manning could be able to take advantage of (YardBarker)

I THINK IT WAS OBVIOUSLY REX GROSSMAN

"I'm not going to say which Super Bowl it was but I just remember getting off the elevator one night -- it was early on in the week, just to start the week off -- and all of the sudden I just got hit over the head with fumes of marijuana on the entire floor of the hotel that the team was staying on. I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room. I was like, 'Man this is the week of the Super Bowl and you're just going in?" -- Former NFL linebacker Brandon Ayanbadejo, recalling that during one of his Super Bowl years some teammates were smoking marijuana during the week of the game (FOX Sports)

NO ROGER THE SUPER BOWL CAN’T BE IN LONDON

"I believe we need to get to as many communities as possible and give them the opportunity to share in not only the emotional benefits but also the economic benefits. It helps the NFL, it helps our fans and it helps grow our game." -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on the location of future Super Bowls (Pro Football Talk)

SEEMS LEGIT

"Being from Oakland, all I knew about him is that he punched people. That's my type of person." -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, when asked about his thoughts on Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable (Eye on Football)

KEN WHISENHUNT WILL SAVE THE DAY

" When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart. And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger." -- Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker, on the ‘cancers’ in the Titans locker room this year (ESPN)

THIS SAPP/STRAHAN FEUD IS ANNOYING AT THIS POINT

"[Sapp]’s a guy that when we were in the meeting room coaches would say, 'We’re running right at him. So go figure that. I respect the guys who play the run and the pass, who did both." -- Former Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton, responding to Warren Sapp saying he didn’t believe Michael Strahan belonged in the Hall of Fame (quote source)

WHAT IS THIS ARENA FOOTBALL?

"If anything, make a 50-yard field goal worth four points instead of three. Now all of a sudden we become more valuable rather than less valuable." -- Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, suggesting that field goals of more than 50 yards should be with 4 points instead of three (NFL.com)

I HOPE THE MARTELLUS BENNETT MAKES A SUPER BOWL

"It's called ‘Do Not Draft Me. Which is for fantasy football people who always come to me and are like ‘Oh, I drafted you and…blah, blah, blah.'"

"[If] your team name is the ‘Black Unicorns' or ‘The Black Marty B's', [it's okay]." -- Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, addressing fantasy football players on the Jim Rome Show (Eye on Football)

THAT SOUNDS LIKE A REALLY FUNNY JOKE

"The big joke every Thursday was ‘green light-red light. You just don't know how much fun we had as a group of grown men when Bill Walsh talked about red light or green light. Green light – it was go time for sex. Red light – it was off."

"If we were playing the Giants, it was red light. We knew we had to be on. We had to be mean and nasty, with a lot of build-up." -- Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski, on sexual restrictions week to week (Eye on Football)

GO HARD LIKE I GOT AN 808 IN MY HEARTBEAT

"It was a really cool thing for our area. A guy growing up in Seattle. He had an extraordinary following locally that nobody knew about and didn't really understand why at the time. The story has been told that we found him on the first night of his Heist tour at our stadium and had no idea what was going to happen. The place was just going crazy because the fans knew him already, and then he kicks off this tour and is arguably the best performer in the world this past year." -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, on Macklemore winning four Grammys and being the best performer in the world (LA Times)

I SHOULD HAVE HAD 15 OR 20 MORE QUOTES

"I should have had 15 or 20 more touchdowns. And that's being modest. If you press me, you have no shot to cover me. Once I get you to stop your feet, it's over." -- Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace, claiming he should have scored 15-20 more touchdowns during the season (Miami Herald)

I AGREE, THE GRAMMYS WERE VERY EXCITING

"You have to admit it was very competitive. Exciting. Fun. I think the players played much harder. I believe it was a very, very positive step. I salute the players." -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on the 2014 Pro Bowl (Pro Football Talk)

RICHARD SHERMAN: ROLE MODEL

"Well, I've never gone into a strip club and thrown money, so I can't tell you. I guess ... I guess ... uh, trying to understand that there are other avenues that you can make money, that women are capable of doing anything in this world. They can be a CEO of a company, you can go out there and — like I said before, the same can be said for kids in the inner city — the ceiling is limitless and don't limit yourself to those possibilities and those circumstances." -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, answering a question about football players setting a bad example by throwing money at strip clubs (Shutdown Corner)

CAN’T WAIT FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

"The Pro Football Writers of America, the official voice of pro football writers fighting and promoting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public, is extremely disappointed in the lack of meaningful access to Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch at the Super Bowl XLVIII media day on Tuesday. Several of our long-standing and high profile members were appalled by Mr. Lynch’s conduct and refusal to answer any questions. We find the statement that by the league that ‘Players are required to participate and he participated’ to be an affront to our membership. However, we are encouraged that the league will continue to closely monitor this situation." -- A statement issued by the Pro Football of America, expressing disappointment in Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s conduct at Media Day (Pro Football Talk)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 01 Feb 2014

8 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2014, 1:46pm by vherub

Comments

1
by The Hypno-Toad :: Sat, 02/01/2014 - 2:25pm

Football writers must be thrilled about the Marshawn Lynch situation. They get to write lazy, half-assed stories about what is preventing them from writing their usual lazy, half-assed stories. They're exactly as productive without all of that unpleasant listening to answers and writing them down.

2
by jacobk :: Sat, 02/01/2014 - 4:07pm

Watching the video of Marshawn Lynch's press conferences, he looks to me to be genuinely nervous. I don't get the vibe of somebody who thinks he's too good for the media at all. Fear of public speaking is common, and I don't think somebody is immune just because he's 5'10 and 215 pounds.

I was a little shocked at the complete lack of sympathy for the guy displayed by the media.

3
by The Hypno-Toad :: Sat, 02/01/2014 - 4:20pm

Seriously. Didn't LaDanian Tomlinson have pretty severe anxiety issues when he can into the league (or maybe it was Ricky Williams that I am thinking of) that led to him only doing postgame interviews with his visored helmet on and generally avoiding other interviews when possible? I don't remember such vigorous wringing of hands from the media over that situation.

7
by coboney :: Sat, 02/01/2014 - 11:11pm

That would be Ricky Williams. He has social anxiety and I believe general anxiety - which media interviews are the type of things to trigger.

His whole situation was made worst because of the spotlight Dikta forced on him

4
by DEW :: Sat, 02/01/2014 - 6:19pm

That Bill Romanoski quote makes me see that one time Vernon Davis got tackled by his tackle in a completely different light...

5
by fyo :: Sat, 02/01/2014 - 7:08pm

That would be Ricky Williams, yes.

6
by The Hypno-Toad :: Sat, 02/01/2014 - 7:28pm

Thank you, for some reason I had Tomlinson in my head.

8
by vherub :: Sun, 02/02/2014 - 1:46pm

They could still say NY was the host city.
Or Orchard Park.
Or Mars.