Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

04 May 2015

The Month In Quotes: April 2015

by Rory Hickey

HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SOMEONE WHO TOUCHES THE BALL EVERY PLAY?

"I don't think we can emphasize it enough that we're going to build a football team. We're not going to over-prioritize the quarterback position. We're very confident in the guys in that room. We are. We're very confident in the guys coaching them, I'm very confident in the plan that we're going to build and I'm thrilled with the players we're putting on the field around the quarterback. I've talked about this from the beginning -- that you want to minimize the importance of the quarterback."

We go 11 against 11, we're not just trotting quarterbacks out on the 50-yard line and thumb wrestling, To me there are a lot of different ways to win football games. You just don't force the situation. If we perceive our quarterback group is not the best in the division, what does that mean? Do we call the league and cancel games? You still gotta play."

-- Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, assuring Browns fans that he will not go out and overemphasize dumb positions like quarterback. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

AT LEAST YOU STILL HAVE KEVIN LOVE CLEVELAND… OH WAIT

"We didn't want him going to Cleveland. They don't have a team, really, or a quarterback. I knew I didn't want the Cleveland Browns."

-- Mother of Miami Dolphins No. 14 overall pick DeVante Parker, Raneca Parker, making it clear that the Cleveland Browns are the worst. (Miami Herald)

THE DALLAS COWBOYS IN HIS CORNER? NO WONDER IT WAS OVER BY ROUND 1

"MANNY,

YOU ARE A CREDIT TO THE SPORT OF BOXING. THE WAY YOU CONDUCT YOURSELF SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER!

I'M SO PROUD OF YOU - YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL.

YOUR FIGHTS AT OUR STADIUM ARE POINTS OF PRIDE FOR ME.

WISHING YOU MUCH SUCCESS - GOOD LUCK.

THE DALLAS COWBOYS ARE IN YOUR CORNER!

JERRY JONES"

-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in a letter to boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao prior to Pacquiao's superfight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.(Twitter)

DEZ SHOULD BE A GREAT MENTOR FOR THIS KID

"Obviously I wanted to be drafted early. That's the main goal. I honestly think I'm elite. But I also have problems. I have some issues I'm taking care of, and those I think are up in the air, obviously, because I haven't been picked yet."

-- Dallas Cowboys draft pick Randy Gregory, who fell to No. 60 because of character concerns, during Day 2 of the NFL draft. (Eye on Football)

THAT'S A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP

"Evan Mathis has been available for trade for two years and there have been no offers."

-- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, saying that the team has not received any offers for disgruntled offensive lineman Evan Mathis in the last two years.

"Deez."

-- Mathis, replying on Twitter to Kelly's statement. (Eye on Football)

JUST SHAKE IT OFF AND HAVE SOME CHIPOTLE

"One of these days, I'll try eating Chipotle for every meal. Just to prove that I can't get tired of it."

-- New Seattle Seahawks draft pick defensive end Obum Gwachum, on his Twitter feed, where he declares himself Chipotle's No. 1 customer.

"'Life's too short to act like you don't like Taylor swift' you didn't hear it from me though."

-- Gwachum, espousing his views on as well. (Eye on Football)

GOOD THING HE DIDN'T SEE JACK AND JILL INSTEAD

"I actually grew up watching, fell in love with the game watching Waterboy so I guess I got that kind visualize-and-attack mentality. He just taught me to go crazy out there. I just take myself to a place and attack as they say. I actually imitated this in middle school. He's at middle linebacker and he actually visualized the quarterback said something about his momma. He was just walking around going crazy, walking in circles, and then he jumped over the offensive line and hit the quarterback so I think I actually tried to emulate that in high school and middle school. It worked out."

-- New England Patriots draft pick Trey Flowers, explaining how he fell in love with the game of football, with a little assist from The Waterboy. (CSN New England)

SYSTEM QUARTERBACK: ENGAGED

"It's all about the person. My desire is to be the best, regardless of what system I'm in. What I was asked to do in college was different, but it's not because I couldn't do a pro-style offense or a West Coast offense or whatever you want to call it. That's what I was asked to do, so I did it."

"No, not at all. That's part of it, when people question you. My job is to prove to the 31 other teams what they're missing out on. ... My confidence is never shaken."

-- New York Jets draft pick and Baylor product Bryce Petty, on system quarterbacks and sliding down all the way to the fourth round. (Eye on Football)

SOUNDS LIKE A DENZEL WASHINGTON LINE

"Ain't no reason to go around a block."

-- San Diego Chargers draft pick linebacker Denzel Perryman, giving us his philosophy on the art of blocking. (Twitter)

HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KIDS

"I'm a Giant baby"

-- New York Giants safety and No. 33 overall pick Landon Collins, proclaiming what the New York Post was planning to run as an Eli Manning headline in October. (Twitter)

I CAN ONLY MAKE THINLY-VEILED REFERENCES

"I'm under gag order on the Adrian Peterson situation, but I believe something's gonna happen. But I can't talk about it."

-- Hall of Famer Cris Carter, revealing something about Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, but he can't talk about it. ( Pro Football Talk)

OH, IT'S ALREADY THE ANDREW LUCK ERA. COOL

"In the Andrew Luck era, we would like to win at least two World Championships. When you look at that, we look at how do we build this roster over the next three years to really be able to go on a run where you can win two Super Bowls in a row, when you can really be dominant. Again, that's working on all phases of the ball."

-- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, proclaiming that he would like his team to win two Super Bowls in the Andrew Luck era. (Colts.com)

MAKE ROOM ON THE RUNWAY

"We thought the idea of bringing Zac in for that kind of investment would be very beneficial and increase the competition at that position. He's had success in the league. Two years ago, he was close to a 1,000-yard back. This past season, his production wasn't quite as high, but we do think he's a good-caliber running back."

-- New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan, on trading a seventh-round draft pick to the St. Louis Rams for running back Zac Stacy. Maccagnan said the trade was not related to the health of Stevan Ridley's knee. (ESPN New York)

IS CHIP KELLY JUST MESSING WITH EVERYBODY?

"No. I think everybody here that we bring to our organization is here to compete for a job. That's what Timmy is going to do. He's an unbelievable competitor... If we were just going to have guys throw drills, we'd take [Mike] Mayock in the offseason and bring him down here and let him throw to them."

-- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, on quarterback Tim Tebow having a shot at a roster spot with the Eagles. (NJ.com)

CRAB LEGS FOR EVERYONE!

"Days like [Saturday] are why you coach. I'm really proud of all of these guys... For FSU to be able to get the modern three-year record, it's a testament to our assistant coaches and our support staff, and our ability to develop players. But most importantly it's a testament to the work these players have put in. We've had some terrific players come through the program the past three years, but they're even better people."

-- Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, commenting on the fact that Florida State broke the modern record for players drafted in a three-year span, pumping 29 draft picks into the NFL. (Pro Football Talk)

GOOD. I DON'T LIKE MY DRAFT PICKS HAVING SHORT, STUBBY BODIES

"He's baby-faced but he's got a big, long body. He's what we thought. We got a chance to meet him also. Great kid, smart, picks up the game effortlessly, and he's an exciting prospect."

-- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, on second-round linebacker Preston Smith. (Washington Post)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 04 May 2015

22 comments, Last at 08 May 2015, 2:14pm by Kevin from Philly

Comments

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 05/04/2015 - 3:26pm

Josh McCown is probably better at thumb wrestling than playing QB so hey Mike Pettine let's not discount this idea too quickly seriously Flacco's got girly thumbs Josh you got this

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by Independent George :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:35am

As easy as it is to make fun of the Browns for being the Browns, he's actually right. You obviously need a QB to win, but what good came of trading up and reaching for the likes of Brady Quinn and Johnny Manziel because they needed a QB?

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:05am

Tavaris Jackson begs to differ......

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by Independent George :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:21pm

Fair point. But, then again, look at the QBs drafted in rounds 1-2 in 2007, the Year of Tavaris: JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Kevin Kolb, John Beck, Drew Stanton. Would you have been happy if the Vikings traded up to grab one of those guys?

Of course, then 2008 went and produced Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, but I think that actually backs up my point: it's worth trading up when there's a good QB class, but not if aren't actually sold on the guys at the top. Heck, the last time the Vikings got caught in a run at 1st-round QBs, they ended up with The Ponderous One.

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 5:46pm

Hey, the Vikings traded away two thirds (!)(!!)(!!!)(!!!!), to climb up a few spots to grab Tavaris at the end of the 2nd. The next time out, they decided to cut out the middleman, always a sound business strategy, and just blew a top half of the 1st pick on a qb, who also had, as his only notable skill, straight line foot speed, but devoid of any actual instinct as to how to productively employ that skill on a football field.

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by Independent George :: Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:59am

Ah, ok; I misinterpreted your comment. I thought you were saying the Vikings should have put a priority on trading up once it became evident that Tavaris Jackson was not the answer. In retrospect, you would have said Childress rather than Jackson, then.

I didn't realize they traded up for him. That's especially egregious because four QBs had already been taken ahead of him (Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, Kellen Clemens - talk about physically talented but mentally unready!); I'd have guessed that by then, everybody in need of a QB had already taken whomever was on their boards by then.

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by LionInAZ :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 5:20pm

Maximize the entertainment potential: direct snap to the RB on every play. Make Manziel block.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:53pm

I vote for the anti-Wildcat, both McCown and Manziel are in at QB on every play, and the center gets to choose who to snap to.

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by Vincent Verhei :: Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:16pm

If those are the options, can he just keep it himself?

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by SFC B :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 2:10am

If it turns out he has a tattoo of Roy Orbison I might have to get a Flowers jersey. Waterboy is one of my guilty likes.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:23am

The Jim Irsay quote just seemed like another dig at Manning (based on his previous comments about Manning only winning 1 SB).

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by Theo :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:17am

"-- San Diego Chargers draft pick linebacker Denzel Perryman, giving us his philosophy on the art of blocking."

* block shedding

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by big10freak :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:56am

So the Philly lineman responded to his coach with "Nuts" if Google is to be believed?

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by Independent George :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:25pm

So he's a history buff, too?

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by Guest789 :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:57pm

I'm sure there's context to that Chip Kelly quote, but man, he sounds like a dick. Evan Mathis is not a bad player,and Kelly is essentially telling the media (unprompted?) that he's worthless. I'd have far harsher words if I was Mathis.

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:50pm

The follow up questions to Kelly should be "How is it that a guy that the rest of the league, if we are to believe you, has categorized as being completely without value, has started 25 games for the team which you were in charge of the last 2 years? What's wrong with you talent evaluation?"

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by chemical burn :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:35pm

There's no need for sarcasm even, the follow-up is "why does no one, you included, value a player who has made the last two Pro Bowls as well as the AP All-Pro team in 2013 and is consistently rated by anyone who does ratings as being a Top 5 guard? Why do you, Chip Kelly, loudly sarcastically and publicly treat your best players like pieces of garbage?"

Kelly' management of personalities is appalling. There's just no need for this crap. It's Raiders/Redskins level embarrassing. I cannot wait for him to be gone.

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by Independent George :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:24pm

OMG!!!

Kelly + Redskins + Hard Knocks = ratings gold! This MUST happen!

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by Independent George :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:24pm

double

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by LionInAZ :: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 5:21pm

I've lived long enough and listened to too much music to like Taylor Swift.

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by PirateFreedom :: Thu, 05/07/2015 - 9:03am

What about Becky?

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by Kevin from Philly :: Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:14pm

Cut it out before Kanye hijacks this thread!