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17 Jan 2014

The Week In Quotes: January 17, 2014

compiled by Rory Hickey

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BALL HOLDER

"It's like comparing Picasso and Michelangelo. It's hard to compare the two." – Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, when asked to compare Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

"I couldn't even tell you. Somebody threw those names at me one time and I thought it sounded pretty good." -- Welker, when asked to pick between Picasso and Michelangelo (AP)

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS

"That’s my dog. Cash that check, baby. Got to pay the bills, man." -- New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, on former teammate Marquice Cole signing with the Denver Broncos in advance of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game

"‘Quice can't tell Peyton Manning nothing that Peyton Manning doesn't already know about us." -- Talib (ESPN Boston)

TOUCHDOWN, SEAHAWKS

"We will see [the 49ers] again. I want to play them again with a new set of refs. We can beat them." -- Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, after the Panthers fell to the 49ers 23-10 (Shutdown Corner)

I THINK HE JUST WANTS OMAHA STEAKS

"I think it shows Peyton Manning really loves Omaha. I'll personally take him on a tour. He has an official invitation now." -- Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska Jean Stothert, on Peyton Manning saying ‘Omaha’ 44 times before the snap (Denver Post)

JUSTIN SMITH KNOWS GILBRIDE ISN'T AFRAID TO SMEAR SOME PENALTY BAIT ON THE BULLETIN BOARD

"If you think they’re going to be called and expect that to be the solution to the problem, you’re going to be sadly mistaken. They’ve perfected the art." -- Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, on the Seattle Seahawks perfecting the art of pass interference penalties and commit them on nearly every play (Wall Street Journal)

THE EXTRA $1 MILLION ALSO HELPS

" Any time an organization has an interest in you, it's very flattering. Detroit and Cleveland, both great organizations. What it came down to was you have to feel comfortable with the direction you're going and who you're doing that with." -- New Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, on why he chose the Titans job (Eye on Football)

HE SAID FROM HIS HOT TUB

"I don't think it's a great fit and I don't think it's great timing, and here's why. You look at his tenure in Arizona -- only two years, he had success, and in those two years, Kurt Warner ran that football team -- I was a part of it… Every single Monday, Kurt Warner would come in and implement 20 to 30 new plays, which he would say, 'I want these in my game plan.' We became a spread offense and we became Kurt Warner's offense. Then Kurt Warner retires, they go 5-11 twice and they go 8-8." -- NFL quarterback Matt Leinart, on why Ken Whisenhunt to the Titans might not work out (Eye on Football)

(CHECKS OFF BOX NEXT TO "BECOME TENNESSEE TITANS WITH A QUARTERBACK THAT'S ACTUALLY GOOD")

"We don't win 12 games if Trent Richardson isn't here. Trent fits all the things we're trying to do here." -- Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, on Trent Richardson's rocky first year (Pro Football Talk)

HE'S HAGGLED THEM DOWN LOWER THAN EIGHT DOLLARS

"I've thrown them away many of times. I've asked him: 'Please, pleats are gone. Wear the flat front.' He has a flattering body."

"I threw them out and when he went to the combine, he found a Walmart. They were $8. $8!" -- Jim Harbaugh’s wife, Sarah Harbaugh, on her hatred for the 49ers coach’s khaki pants that he always wears (San Jose Mercury News)

AND, LIKE MARIO, HAS PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE BURNING RUBBER OFF THE FIELD TOO

"He is a remarkable player. He’s one of these players that’s really a once-in-every-10-years kind of physical specimen that comes along. Mario Williams was that way. I think Clowney is actually a better athlete than Mario. So that tells you what kind of player he can be." -- Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, on former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans hold the #1 pick in the NFL Draft (The Post and Courier)

MARK SANCHEZ'S EXTENSION ISN'T THE MOST NOTABLE?

" Obviously we made a couple mistakes -– trading for Tim Tebow most notably." -- Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, discussing his tenure as general manager (CBS Sports Radio)

DON'T SELL YOURSELF SHORT CHRIS; YOU'VE ALSO GOT A BETTER THROWING MOTION

"As much as we are polar opposites on the things we stand for, Tebow is the exact same way. There are backup quarterbacks in the NFL right now that Tebow is certainly better than — he could fill a role with a team. But because he brings this other stuff with him, just like I bring my other stuff with me, teams look at it like, ‘We don’t want it. We don’t want players speaking out. We don’t want players doing anything other than football. " -- Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, comparing himself to Tim Tebow in terms of inability to find a team (Pro Football Talk)

ALL THOSE YEARS OF BEING A BAD OVERPAID CORNERBACK WERE FINE, BUT THEN SNYDER READ THIS

" I think eventually they will change it. They probably should, but they won’t for a while at least." -- Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, when pressed on whether the Redskins should change their nickname (DC Sports Bog)

ESPECIALLY NOW THAT I'M OUTTA THERE AND SOMEBODY ELSE HAS TO DEAL WITH ANDY DALTON

"I’m very proud of what we accomplished. When I first got the job, Marvin and Mike Brown went on a limb. We did not have a quarterback, totally blew up the wide receiver room and had to start from scratch. To win 30 games in three years is something to be proud of. To see these young guys develop and veteran leaders grow was a great experience." -- New Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, reflecting on his time in Cincinnati (Cincinnati.com)

AS IN: WE WILL ACTUALLY RECRUIT DEFENSIVE PLAYERS THIS TIME

"We had some deficiencies in some areas we were trying to cover up. It all starts with recruiting and now that we’ve had our defensive staff that has been intact for a year, they can specifically recruit to those areas." -- Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, on covering up some of Auburn’s deficiencies (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/16/gus-malzahn-speaks-a... " target="_blank">College Football Talk)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 17 Jan 2014

28 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2014, 9:52am by www.louisverige.com/Monogram-Canvas

Comments

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:46am

At what point will it become inaccurate to call Matt Leinert an "NFL quarterback"? 365 consecutive days without having a contract? When Christian Ponder beats him out for a third string job?

I do find it amusing that a guy who would presumably like to make few more million dollars for holding a clipboard, while wearing a baseball-style cap, would, by opening his yap for 20 seconds when some stranger called him on the phone, pretty much destroy whatever chance remains that someone will give him an audition for the part.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:50pm

Ego is a hell of a thing.

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by commissionerleaf :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:50pm

I agree that Leinart's comments were stupid from a professional standpoint and that borderline NFL players shouldn't make stupid comments (Chris Kluwe, take note).

But Leinart's comments were at least football-related and, you know, spot on. I never understood why Whisenhunt was given any credit for the success of the Arizona ballclub during the Warner era. His resume (and Jim Caldwell's) amount to hanging onto the coattails of a Hall of Fame quarterback for a few years and then losing their grip and faceplanting.

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by Adam Gase (not verified) :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:20pm

Shhhhhhhhhh!

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:22pm

Accuracy is frequently a hindrance to career advancement.

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by LionInAZ :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:10pm

I'll give Leinart the benefit of the doubt as long as Blaine Gabbert still has an NFL contract.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:46am

No love for Peyton's "how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth" comment at his press conference?

Or was that just another one of those constructed adverts?

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:02pm

Sure it was. I was surprised that somebody didn't place, NASCAR-style, a Bud Light hat on his head before he said it.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:20pm

What Ryan Grigson said about Trent Richardson might be entirely true if he followed it with "We'd actually win 13, probably."

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by tuluse :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:50pm

I get the impression that most teams want a backup QB who can run roughly the same offense as the starter. Not only in a game, but in practice so the backup receivers can practice running the same plays as they would as starters. Plus you want your defense practicing against something that looks like other NFL offenses.

So while Tebow might be better than some backup QBs (debatable, especially at the 2nd string level), his skill set is too unusual.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 1:57pm

Based on Tebow's performance in recent years, particularly his time in New England in the preseason this year, there's no way he could be "better than some backups". The guy was patently abysmal in every way. I agree in that he's like Kluwe in the sense there are very valid football reasons why both of them lost their jobs without needing to look for anything like "distractions" to explain it.

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by Steve in WI :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:00pm

I don't know enough about many of the backup QBs in the league to say that they're all better than Tebow, but it seems likely enough to me. Apart from what tuluse said above, I'd also add that it seems to me that most teams want one of two things in a backup: either a veteran guy they trust to jump in and at least be solid, or a young promising guy who might compete for the starting job. I don't see how you could call Tebow either of those.

I have to say, I'm surprised Kluwe got so little interest from other teams and is done in the league. I can understand the Vikings cutting him loose as being strictly a football move, but no team with a bad punter thought he might be able to help them?

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by LionInAZ :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:48pm

The Lions already found a punter to meet that need.

More seriously, Kluwe was reaching the end of his usefulness as a punter. He had a fanbase because of his quirky character (more from RP gaming than his political ideas), but that just made it easier to let him go.
He might still get a call from a team desperate for a punter (Giants? Washington?), but he'll definitely have problems after dissing his old team before he has a new offer.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 8:22am

I don't buy into Kluwe being cut for valid football reasons. The Vikings may have convinced themselves of that but actually he was 31 when they cut him which is not that old for a punter (Shane Lechler is 37, Jeff Feagles and Sean Landeta punted into their 40s).

The guy the Vikings replaced him with performed marginally worse than Kluwe did in 2012.

I don't know if there are any valid salary factors involved.

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by Will Allen :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 4:45pm

They paid rookie scale instead of 10 year veteran scale, for pretty much the same performance.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 5:12pm

Thanks Will - fair enough it makes good financial sense.

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by Steve in WI :: Sun, 01/19/2014 - 2:28am

Didn't they spend a draft pick to get their punter, though? Using a draft pick, even a late round one, to obtain a slightly below league average punter seems like a bad decision even when you factor in the money saved. (And makes me suspect that it was a personal thing against Kluwe).

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by tuluse :: Sun, 01/19/2014 - 3:24am

Getting a player who actually gets on the field for a 6th or 7th round pick seems like good value to me.

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by Jerry :: Sun, 01/19/2014 - 4:07am

Not when punters, especially below-average ones, are so readily available as free agents.

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by tuluse :: Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:20pm

So are terrible players at other positions who can't even get on the field.

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by Cythammer :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:55pm

I think his season with the Jets made things much worse. If the Broncos had released him when they brought in Peyton Tebow would've got attention from a lot of teams. But after a year of NYC media attention he became even more of a distraction, while the impression from his sort of successful year in Denver faded.

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by CBPodge :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:23pm

By that logic though, Tebow would be an excellent fit as a backup in places like Washington, San Francisco etc where they have a mobile QB.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:31pm

Not really, no; Washington and SF have mobile QBs who can actually throw the ball. Tebow is a patently terrible passer, and that's why he's unemployed. RGIII and Kaepernick are good QBs because their running ability makes it harder for the defense to account for the pass, as they have to worry about the QB taking off and it screws up coverage and the pass rush. With Tebow, teams just crowded the line, because he can't throw the ball.

Tebow doesn't have a job in the NFL for the same reason I don't have a job in the NFL; we both suck at playing QB.

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by buzzorhowl :: Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:13pm

Upon reading this comment, it occurs to me that maybe Tebow could at some point beat out Matt Barkley for the third-string job behind Michael Vick and Nick Foles in Philly.

But I doubt that will actually come to pass.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:11pm

I'm not sure what a good antonym for nuance is, but your analysis of qb style is the word I'm looking for.

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by LionInAZ :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 12:53am

1. Picasso and Michelangelo were both fantastic artists in different ways. Why would anyone want to force a comparison between them? The differences between Brady and Manning are minuscule by comparison.

2. I think Coloradans should call for 'Telluride! Telluride!' or 'Breckenridge! Breckenridge!' Seems more fitting for the local fan base.

3. I'm starting to think that Whisenhunt is settling for a locality that will be happy to pay more money for years of mediocre (aka Volunteer) football as long as it stays true to its roots -- that is, backwards.

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by Hurt Bones :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 2:56pm

1. Yes.
2. Rifle! Rifle!
3. And where you have lived before and your family enjoys. Both jobs were projects. It's probably his last opportunity why not choose a place you like and money.

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by www.louisverige.com/Monogram-Canvas (not verified) :: Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:52am

Vogelsong gjorde precis tillr