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03 Jan 2014

The Week In Quotes: January 3, 2014

NOT WELL ENOUGH APPARENTLY

"Preparation has gone well, yada, yada, yada. Let's go play the game." -- Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, opening his press conference for the Capital One Bowl (College Spun)

TWO CAPITAL ONE BOWLS MEANS YOU CAN UPGRADE TO BANK OF AMERICA

"These two Capital One Bowls in a row are pretty nice, but that state championship ain't bad either." -- South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, taking an obligatory shot at Clemson after defeating Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl (College Spun)

"He needs to go to driving school, doesn't he? Somebody told me he got another speeding ticket today. At least he'll have enough money to pay for it a week or so from now. He needs to go to driving school. Hopefully they'll send him there after the bowl game." -- Spurrier, on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney getting another speeding ticket

AS A CYCLONE ALUM THIS MAKES ME VERY SAD

"This game just goes to show that the BIG12 conference is way overrated" -- Reserve Oregon defensive tackle Ryan Hagen, after Central Florida, from the AAC, defeated Baylor 52-42 (Twitter)

SO… HOW ABOUT THE BIG 12?

"I think we match up with any team in the SEC, and better." -- Florida State linebacker Christian Jones, on how his team matches up with National Championship opponent Auburn (College Spun)

KING KAUFMAN JUST GOT HIVES

"I personally would love to see the kicking game remain as a very integral part of the game so that the kickoffs are returned and so that extra points are not over 99 percent converted because that’s not what extra points were when they were initially put into the game back 80 years ago, whatever it was." -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, expressing his displeasure with how easy extra points are (Patriots.com)

GOOD THING HE DIDN’T USE BROWNS AND GREAT IN THE SAME SENTENCE

"I’d be very surprised if they made a change. And I’d be very disappointed."

"You look at the great franchises. They don’t fire your coach after the first season. You can’t do it." -- Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, before head coach Rob Chudzinski was fired after one 4-12 season (Akron Beacon Journal)

EVERYONE COULD USE PROTECTION

"Next year, [the offensive line’s] got to be something that we improve: We've got to keep our quarterback clean because he's not going to make it. You keep taking hits and hits and you're not going to make it. We're going to have to find ways to get him protected, keep him upright so he can do what he do and that's make throws and win football games." -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, saying that the Falcons need to upgrade their offensive line in order for quarterback Matt Ryan to be successful (NFL Nation Blog)

TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME GREG

"It’s all about the numbers with me. I don’t really have an end game to where I want to hustle or play around or play the market. I want a big number that I worked for, nothing imaginary. And if you don’t believe me, tell me what you want me to do and I’ll go do it for you. And then give me my number and we’ll be good."

"It’s still discounted. If you take $10 million off $110 million, it’s still $100 million. That’s not the case, but you know what I’m saying? It’s a number, it’s not ridiculous. But I want to be compensated and I want it to be what I deserve. And I will take a franchise tag if that’s what it takes to get it done." -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who had four sacks against Atlanta, laying out his demands for free agency while also saying the hometown discount he promised still stands (Charlotte Observer)

I WILL WATCH FROM THE COMFORT OF MY OWN HOME, PERHAPS WITH THE FIREPLACE RUNNING

"Eat a lot of chicken noodle soup." -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, on how he prepares to play in cold weather games

"Chicken noodle soup's pretty good. I can't argue with that one." -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, after hearing about Rodgers’ cold weather tip

"Just get me a 'W' and that'll give me all the warmth I need." -- Willis, on Sunday’s playoff game which calls for a low of 15 below (Inside Bay Area)

JUST WAIT TIL HE ENCOUNTERS THE KUBIAK PEOPLE

"You can print this: You can print that I don’t really give a f*ck what the ‘Paterno people’ think about what I do with this program. I’ve done everything I can to show respect to Coach Paterno. Everything in my power. So I could really care less about what the Paterno faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I’m tired of it. For any ‘Paterno person’ to have any objection to what I’m doing, it makes me wanna put my fist through this windshield right now." -- New Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, in a conversation last month about his tenure at Penn State (The Patriot News)

CHUCKY THINKS THAT SOUNDS LIKE CHILD’S PLAY

"I don't want to be considered for any of these jobs. I don't want to be considered for anything. There are plenty of good candidates out there. I'm just sick for the guys who can no longer coach their teams." -- ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, taking himself out of the running for any NFL head coaching vacancy (Eye on Football)

VICK IS GOING TO THE DOGS

"I don’t worry about it. My skill set is still there, my arm is still there, my legs are still there, I’m still a playmaker, that’s evident. I think at some point, I’ll be playing somewhere." -- Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Michael Vick, on what he will be doing in 2014 (Shutdown Corner)

IT’S A LONG AND WINDING ROAD

"It is all about the new sweatsuits, the beefy mac and the Gatorade flavor. We feel really good about what we have going this week with that. I can’t wait to see those new sweatsuits and hopefully that will change our luck." -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, on head coach Sean Payton changing some things to help cure the Saints’ road woes (Shutdown Corner)

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"I was fired by Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn’t agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman." -- Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, in an article written for Deadspin (Deadspin)

LISTOMANIA

"[The list of corners taken above me] is over my bed. That’s motivation for me. It legitimately motivates me. That’ll never go away." -- Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin, revealing he is motivated by the eleven cornerbacks taken ahead of him in the 2012 Draft

" Every year. Till all of them are out of the league. Every single one of them. That doesn’t go away." -- Boykin, on how long he will keep the list of corners over his bed (CSN Philly)

THREE PUNCHES FOR A BYE, AN IRISH WHIP TO THE BENGALS, BIG BOOT TO THE BRONCOS AND A RUNNING LEG DROP IN THE SUPER BOWL!

"You know, Matthew Mulligan, brother. I got something for ya, but I’m not gonna tell you about it right now. First off, big fan of the team, brother. Love the Patriots, man. You know, my daughter was engaged to a Dallas Cowboy for a while but now I’m ready to go up and beat the whole team up, man. Because I am a Patriots fan. I love New England, brother. And I was the champion for a long time up in your area, brother. But I got something for ya. With the world title belt around your waist and hanging in the locker room with the Patriots, you guys got a piece of Hulk Hogan there, jack. Right in New England. You got a piece of Hulk Hogan. And what that meeeeaaans, brother, is if you get tired, if Brady gets tired, or if anybody’s knees wobble, their back cracks or their liver quivers, brother, you can TAKE one of the largest arms in the world, Hulk Hogan’s arm. You can strap it to your hips and you can score as many touchdowns as you want, brother. So what are the Patriots gonna do now that they got Hulk Hogan running with all of you RAWRRRR [mock punches camera]" -- Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, firing up the New England Patriots in a Facebook video (Kissing Suzy Kolber)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 03 Jan 2014

24 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2014, 12:36pm by braver.su/ojias/

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by BlueStarDude :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:08pm

RE: "This game just goes to show that the BIG12 conference is way overrated"

Huh. Well, I wonder what last night's game showed. Or maybe people shouldn't be stupid and make sweeping statements based on a single game. Nah, that will never happen.

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by DEW (not verified) :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:16pm

The Big 12 and SEC quotes were indeed rather funny in that hindsight-is-hilarious sense (even though Oklahoma-Alabama didn't involve anyone who was involved in those quotes).

The caption for the Vick quote just made me cringe, though.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:09pm

If you want to make extra points harder to convert, you could make the team take the kick from the last line of scrimmage e.g. if you score on a 25-yd pass you try a 25-yd XP conversion.

Generally that would reward teams that make long drives to score. If you get lucky with an 80-yd pass on the first play from scrimmage, you're not converting the XP kick!

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by Corey (not verified) :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:29pm

Slightly flawed, but a good idea in there. The team can have the option of kicking a PAT from wherever it was scored from. (Using your example, a pass from the 25 leads to a PAT from the 25, AKA a 42 yd FG) Or they can attempt a 2PT conversion from the, lets say, 5 yard line?

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by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:54pm

So what about the team that gets a lucky 80yd pass on the first play from scrimmage and the receiver is tackled on the 1 yard line. The team then scores on the second play from the 1.

Also your theory penalizes the wrong team. Those 80 yard plays are usually the result of some catastrophic defensive mistake. The other team which screwed up shouldn't get off lightly.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:57pm

I'm not saying it's perfect but then most of football is less than perfect.

If you tackle the guy at the 1-yd line the offense still has to score the TD - that's far from automatic for some teams or against certain defenses.

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by Rambonious (not verified) :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:13pm

Does Brandon Boykin not remember that he had a broken leg during the draft? Maybe he should have his personal injury protection ledger above his bed.

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by Eric (not verified) :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:03pm

Someone suggested on Boston sports-talk radio that football adopt the rugby approach, where the try is spotted at the lateral point on the 2-yard line where the ball crossed into the endzone on the touchdown. So on a dive into the corner pylon, the ball is spotted right on the out-of-bounds line. The offensive team can choose to move further back if they want a better angle for a kick try.

This method has the advantage for me that a kick try and a 2-pt try start at the same spot, which the "spot PAT kicks on the 25" doesn't.

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by panthersnbraves :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:31pm

Can you fake it? what about a bad snap? 2 points?

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by RoninX (not verified) :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:37pm

This is one of the best ideas I've heard in regards to revamping xpts. Though identifying precisely where the ball crossed the goal line on fades (or any pass beyond the goal line) would be another interesting exercise in officiating discretion.

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by Intropy :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:10pm

It would be physically impossible to start so near the sideline and still line up in a legal formation.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:47pm

If you really want to revamp you could just make it a free kick to avoid the illegal formation issue. That would then also play into all the stuff the NFL is doing to try and improve player safety.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:41pm

That's a free two points.

The center is on the bounds line, with the rest of the team further in-bounds.

It's illegal to be heads-up on a long-snapper or for a defender to line up out of bounds.

1.) If the defense honors this, snap to a man-in-motion who Brady's the ball over the goal-line by diving towards and touching the pylon. Per the previous, this space cannot have a defender and the snapper can easily pivot and pick up the only defender legally allowed to be near this play.
2.) If they shift per the man in motion, reset him, snap the kick while the defender is illegally positioned, and have the holder throw a pass to the snapper (who's eligible).
2a) Convert the pass for 2.
2b) If it fails, accept the unsportsmanlike penalty and try again, with the ball reset to the hash after the penalty.

There's a reason gridiron dispensed with that nonsense back during WWI.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:54pm

Another solution I've seen floated about to address Belichick's extra point issue is to have the player that scored the TD be the one to try the XP. It would definitely remove the "automatic" factor from the extra point. But aside from the amusement value, I don't think I'd be in favor of this. Having a game be decided by whether or not a running back can kick an extra point doesn't seem quite right to me.

The game evolves. It's an era of specialization. "It's not like it was 80 years ago" is true of virtually every aspect of the game.

For my money, if we're going to mandate changes in the kicking game, we should bring back barefoot kickers and single-bar facemasks.

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by apk3000 :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:58pm

I suppose you could also outlaw placekicks on XPs, but continue to allow drop kicks. Depending on the percentages, you might see coaches opt for 2pt tries more often.

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by bernie (not verified) :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:52pm

I don't know why teams don't try for 2 pts every time anyway. If your success rate is 50%, then it's the same as if you are 100% on 1 pt attempts. If you get slightly better then you come out ahead of the game. I would have to imagine most teams have at least a 50% chance of making 2 yards on a single play.

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by Ryan D. :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:57pm

First, narrow the goal posts by about 20 to 25%.

Second, here are the new options for scoring after a TD:

1 point - successful kick with the line of scrimmage at the 5 yard line. (22 yard FG)
2 points - successful kick with the line of scrimmage at the 33 yard line. (50 yard FG)
2 points - successful running or passing score with the line of scrimmage at the 5 yard line.

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by Intropy :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 6:12pm

Narrowing the goal posts could be good just in general. But for the extra point I think I'd rather just make it a choice between:

1) Receive a free point.
2) Go for two with the current rules.
C) For completeness sake, if the team should happen to convert a drop-kick during the two point attempt it gives a point.

That way you don't waste time with the automatic extra point down. I don't think the NFL wants this because that's an opportunity for advertising space.

Bonus) I think a return on a turnover or a blocked xp attempt ought to yield two points rather than just ending the try.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 7:14pm

Just adopt the damned college rules.

The defense can also score, so the risk to the offense goes up.

Maybe keep the snap at the NFL distance, though.

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by V (not verified) :: Mon, 01/06/2014 - 6:54pm

Bonus) I think a return on a turnover or a blocked xp attempt ought to yield two points rather than just ending the try.

Absolutely!

Another idea I heard is any turnover yields one point for the defense and a return all the way yields two.

Still need a method of encouraging more two point tries. Drop kicks instead of place kicks mentioned earlier might be fun to watch and be just enough motivation.

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