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In an opening week where even the elite teams in college football looked mortal, the SEC had two big surprises in Texas A&M and Georgia defeating their South Carolinian opponents by big scores.

10 Jan 2014

The Week In Quotes: January 10, 2014

compiled by Rory Hickey

FAMOUS WORDS BY JAMEIS

"I said guys, we didn't come here for no reason. I said, 'Guys, this is ours, man.' All the adversity we went through the first few quarters, it was ours to take. And like I've been saying, we control our own destiny, And those men looked me in my eye and said 'We got this Jameis.' I said, 'Are you strong?' They said, ‘I'm strong if you strong.’ I said, 'We strong then." -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, on what was said before FSU’s final drive after winning the final BCS National Championship game (Dr. Saturday)

SHOULD HAVE USED THAT BEYONCE PLACARD ON THE AUBURN SIDELINE

"They had a couple of our signals a couple times and were getting to them. That happens, people do it, and that's our fault. You've got to change them, constantly rotate them, being able to get them in different ways. That's part of the game. I don't have a problem with that." -- Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, on Auburn knowing the plays FSU was running for the first seven possessions of the BCS National Championship game (Eye on College Football)

SEVEN’S ENOUGH

"There is disappointment, no doubt. We congratulate Florida State and the ACC. They have a great team. But right now I can't help but think about the enduring pride we have in what our conference has accomplished. What we have done is unprecedented. And no one will ever equal it." -- SEC commissioner Mike Silve, after Auburn’s loss in the BCS National Championship game (CBS Sports)

BETTER READING IT THEN FINDING IT I GUESS

"HORSE(BLEEP)" -- The headline of the Kansas City Star the day after the Chiefs blew a 28-point second half lead to the Indianapolis Colts (Eye on Football)

HOW CAN YOU WIN WHEN YOUR QUARTERBACK HAS NO SOUL?

"Unfortunately, the last three years, we haven't been able to win one of these playoff games. Obviously, there is going to be a lot of criticism and talk, but until you win and prove people wrong, people can say whatever they want." -- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, after the Bengals playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers (Cincinnati Enquirer)

FIRST COLLEGE WORLD PROBLEMS

"I could have been the 15th choice, and I’m so happy to be the head football coach here. Twenty, 15, it doesn’t matter, whatever choice I was, I’m the head football coach." -- New Texas head coach Charlie Strong, when asked about being the #1 candidate for the job (Dallas Morning News)

"I think the whole thing is a bit sideways. I don't have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator. But I don't believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin. I don't think it adds up." -- University of Texas booster Red McCombs, expressing his dismay at the university’s hiring of Charlie Strong as their new head coach (ESPN)

TO JERRY JONES, REVENUE IS EXCITEMENT

"From the standpoint of looking at how exciting it is for a city or a community to be involved in the playoffs and the fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at .500 or in that area… you can have that team win the Super Bowl. That makes a big case for adding a couple of more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoffs. It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities. So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs." -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, coming out in favor of increasing the number of teams that would make the playoffs (ESPN Dallas)

I KNOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT CHRIS JOHNSON GUY GETS ALL THOSE CARRIES EITHER

"No disrespect, I love Tennessee and would love to be in Tennessee. But I feel like I am wasting the prime years of my career if I am not used right. You feel me? It is crazy to look at backs around the league and see the opportunities they have." -- Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, grumbling about the lack of opportunities he received this year (The Tennessean)

I WAS IN SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK!

"I definitely feel it's something deserving. We'll see how that plays out. Hopefully, we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary." -- Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, claiming he is deserving of a new contract. He signed a five-year contract in 2012 (ESPN)

THAT WHEELIN’ N’ DEALIN’ SON OF A GUN

"Yes, because I'm answering the questions about it. The truth of the matter is, [Ric Flair]'s not going to put a helmet on and be on the field. He'll be around Charlotte and we'll see him and say hello, and that's what it is." -- Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, on if he was surprised he was answering questions about the Ric Flair controversy. It came out that the Panthers use Flair’s "WOOOO" chant in their locker room. Flair then gave the 49ers a pep talk before their playoff game last weekend

"What can I say? I've always been a very good heel!" -- Ric Flair (ESPN)

...SO APPLY?

"I will tell you this Dan, I think the best job out there is the Detroit Lions. That's the job I would want, I think they are the closest to the Super Bowl." -- Former Colts head coach/NBC analyst Tony Dungy, on which of the seven head coaching vacancies he would want (Eye on Football)

(TODD GRAHAM LOOKING ON IN AWE AT USE OF "DESTINATION JOB")

"I've made mistakes professionally and personally. Something I'm not going to do again. My first mistake was leaving Louisville [in 2007]. I want everyone here to know this is my destination job." -- New Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, in his introductory press conference (Eye on Football)

BEST CATCHER OF ALL TIME? IS THIS DAN LEBATARD’S HALL OF FAME BALLOT?

"People talk about cold weather, and it being tough to catch balls. But the greatest catcher of all time, Michael Crabtree, catches everything. It’s unbelievable. In the northern snow lands, down to the tropic sunny scenes, he’s catching the football. Where ever they throw a football, he’ll be catching it." -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, talking up wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Pro Football Talk)

BY SUNDAY HIS KNEE WILL BE AT 15 PERCENT

"Seventy-one [percent] yesterday. I think I overdid it. Fifty-seven [percent] today. Just went down." -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, on how his left knee was feeling after returning to practice this week (ESPN)

WE ALSO KNOW NOT TO COUNT HIM OUT

"We're very aware they have Tom Brady." -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden, when asked by reporters about the Patriots’ offense (Indianapolis Star)

YO, WHY YOU PLAYING CHECKERS ON A CHESS SET?

"I do know for a fact that it was always a 60-minute chess match. It was ever-changing looks and disguises and they always tend to find ways to figure out some of your signals." -- Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, recalling his time facing the New England Patriots when he was a coach on the New York Jets’ staff from 2003-05 (Indianapolis star)

AND THE LAST, THANK GOODNESS

"We’re the first team from South Carolina to ever win a BCS game." -- Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, after defeating Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, in response to Steve Spurrier saying that his team had won the ‘state championship’ (Eye on College Football)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 10 Jan 2014

10 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2014, 6:30am by louis vuitton skjerf

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 12:53pm

Steve Smith apparently assesses his health in multiples of 1/7. So he'd be 14%, not 15%.

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by dbostedo :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 2:35pm

So when he wants to tell people hyperbolically that he's giving his all, does he say he "giving 105%"?

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by tuluse :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:15pm

It's clearly (x * 7) + 1. So 15 works.

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by BroncFan07 :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 1:49pm

"From the standpoint of looking at how exciting it is for a city or a community to be involved in the playoffs and the fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at .500 or in that area..." - said by Jerry Jones the week that 3 of the 4 teams hosting the Wild Card games didn't sell out. Some excitement.

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by DEW (not verified) :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:19pm

I like Silve's comment. It's completely accurate: no other conference will win seven BCS championship games in a row. In fact, no other conference will even win two in a row.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 4:29pm

No one will win one; it's not the BCS any more.

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by dbostedo :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 7:05pm

Umm... I think that was the point of the prior comment.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 7:22pm

I was thinking in terms of a new streak.

That said -- the Ivy called. They want Silve to let them know when someone reaches 32.

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by the K :: Sat, 01/11/2014 - 1:48am

Ric Flair's comment is awesome.

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by louis vuitton skjerf (not verified) :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 6:30am

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