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04 Dec 2015

The Week In Quotes: December 4, 2015

by Rory Hickey

IF ANYONE'S A GOOD JUDGE OF CONTACT…

"Lol, i'm sorry but a thumb hitting the face mask isn't [face-mask]! Heck of a play "

-- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, commenting on the facemask penalty at the end of the Packers-Lions game, extending the game for one untimed down that became a game winning Hail Mary pass. (ESPN)

THAT IS ADORABLE

"What's the SI jinx?"

-- Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, when asked by a reporter if his family informed him of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx after Osweiler was placed on a regional SI cover following the team's defeat of the Patriots. (NFL Nation Blog)

PLASTIC BUBBLES SHOULD BE OPTIONAL FOR BALLCARRIERS

"I think it's obviously a contact sport. Guys are going to get hit. You hate to see one of your guys take hits, and I do think they should change some of those rules with those defenseless receivers. I don't think there's anything different than a chop block. I mean, everyone else has their legs protected in the NFL. Quarterbacks get their legs protected. Defensive linemen get their legs protected. Linebackers get their legs protected. I don't see why a defenseless receiver shouldn't get his legs protected as well, so maybe that's something they'll look at in the offseason."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, advocating for the NFL to look into making a rule that would make it illegal to hit defenseless receivers low -- adding to the rules barring hits to defenseless receivers. (Pro Football Talk)

…HE SAID FACETIOUSLY INTO HIS PERSONAL TAPE RECORDER

"I think our officials do an extraordinary job. I think what we see now through technology is we see things we could never see before. But I think what it does is it validates the quality of our officiating."

-- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, addressing the state of NFL officiating which, I don't know if you've noticed lately, has been great! (NFL.com)

THEY SHOULD HAVE REPLACEMENT REFS! THAT WOULD GO OVER REALLY WELL

"The officials were struggling. Mightily. They can't count to three. I got tired of them because they were just running out of [explanations]. It was a FUBAR on their part. They can try to explain it. They're wrong."

-- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, complaining about the officiating during Sunday's game against the 49ers and then explaining why he complained to officials during the game while using a cool acronym to describe the situation. (Arizona Republic)

I WENT TO STANFORD BY THE WAY

"I mean, you hear idiots say a lot of stuff. People can't play. They don't play the game. They don't have talent. So they can sit there and say everything from a couch, from an armchair. But we all know what's good. We all know what it is as players. There's tremendous respect amongst the guys on the field. Their team had a great respect for me, and we had great respect for their receiving corps, and it's back and forth. You see people who've never played the game, who've never coached the game, who've never stepped foot on the field talk about how you're not good against smaller receivers. You can't call that. You don't have enough knowledge. You can't have enough intimate details. You don't even know the game. You have very low football IQ. So it's tough to take those people serious, but we went out there and executed today."

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, on how it felt to play Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown one-on-one the way he did after analysts said he couldn't. (Twitter)

PETE CARROLL'S 'FIRED UP' SWITCH IS ALWAYS FLIPPED ON

"Congrats to @USCCoachHelton! An awesome head coach for the Trojans! Couldn't be more fired up! Good luck this weekend! #FightOn"

-- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, weighing in on the University of Southern California electing to name Clay Helton as its permanent head coach, a move that surprised many. (Eye on Football)

I THINK DEZ MIGHT HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THAT BUT JERRY JONES IS ON LINE ONE

"Hey, they need to get Dez's 70 mil back."

-- Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, after the Panthers defeated the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day and Norman held highly paid Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant to two catches for 26 yards. (Dallas Morning News)

OSKEE WOW-WOW!

"Obviously, it's not ideal but for now, I don't think it'll put a dagger in the heart of the program."

-- University of Illinois athletic director Paul Kowalczyk, on head coach Bill Cubit's contract. The deal is only two years long, critics of the deal citing this as a reason Cubit will struggle with recruiting, but at least it won't put a dagger in the heart of the program, right? (Scout)

WE CAN HAVE DINNER, BUT NO BEVERAGES OF ANY SORT!

"I respect the heck out of them. It's been a great game every time we've played since we got here. It's a big division game. I'll have dinner with 'em, but I ain't liking 'em. I ain't drinking with 'em."

-- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, commenting on his upcoming matchup and hypothetical dinner arraignment with coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

THIS IS HOW REX AND ROB GOT OUT OF GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL NUMEROUS TIMES

"I sat down there and he kind of real casually -- the whole thing was real casual -- and he just said, 'Hey, man, you're gonna be gone by the time we get to pick, so here's what we're gonna do: We're gonna put out a fake medical report that you have some sort of disease. I don't know what it is, whatever, we'll make it up. And you're gonna drop, but we'll pay you like you're up there [in the first round]."

-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, outlining a meeting he had with then New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the 2011 NFL Draft Combine in which Ryan joked about planting a fake medical report so Watt could fall to the Jets at No. 30. (NFL Nation Blog)

WELL THAT'S AN INTERESTING POINT I MEA -- RGIII?

"He's a touchdown-for-interception guy, that's the definition of a backup. You need to make a quarterback that can make plays outside of the design of the offense... Kirk Cousins is just a good solid guy and unfortunately for Washington, they're going to need a lot more."

-- Former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick, saying that Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is 'the definition of a backup.' (NFL.com)

OH PERNELL, THAT IS UNNECESSARILY DESCRIPTIVE

"C'mon, the quarterback said he loved beating up on us. Who he think we are? We ain't the team from last year, or two years ago, or three years ago. You know what I'm saying? This is the 2015 Chicago Bears. A lot of guys took it personal, especially when some guy says he love beating up on your brother. I ain't going to let nobody come and beat my little brother up. You know, we went in there and slapped him on his ass. They need to go ask him how that feels."

-- Chicago Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee, following the Bears' victory over the Packers on Thanksgiving night, saying that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' comments prior to the teams' Week 1 meeting made the turkey day victory extra savory. (ESPN)

MOTHERSHIP ON MOTHERSHIP CRIME

"Wondering why there's no letters to the editor, or why First Take's not doing 'Should Travis Kelce be dancing in the end zone?' They didn't. I wonder why they're not doing that… oh because he's not black."

-- ESPN personality Robert Flores, during SportsCenter on Monday postulating as to why there was no outrage after Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hit the 'quan' (a popular dance move) during a touchdown celebration in the third quarter of the team's victory over the Bills. (Eye on Football)

JULIO, YOU CAN BE RENEE ZELLWEGER FOR THIS PART

"He completes me."

-- Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, on NFL Countdown, talking about facing Falcons' wide receiver Julio Jones in a couple weeks. (Eye on Football)

JUST TRUST THE SYSTEM EAGLES FANS…

"Why don't I do that? Because my right guard doesn't really care what our free safety does. So it's not really efficient for Matt Tobin to listen what the instruction is going on with the free safety. When you want to get detailed in terms of making corrections, it needs to be done in the position group. Because those guys are paying attention to what goes on at their position. In this sport, more than any other sport, it's very not related. What goes on for an offensive lineman is totally different than what goes on for a defensive back."

-- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, answering a question about cornerback Malcolm Jenkins' statement that the way the team watches film -- in positional groups rather than together as a team -- could cause accountability issues. (Philadelphia Daily News)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 04 Dec 2015

29 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2017, 12:10am by smily

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by are-tee :: Fri, 12/04/2015 - 2:59pm

I can't believe Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't make it:

Reminded that he threw for four TDs after shaving his mountain-man beard, Fitzpatrick was asked if he was going to do that again.

“I’ll trim my nose hairs,” he said. “Maybe I’ll do that.”

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by Kevin from Philly :: Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:25pm

"What's the SI jinx?"

These days, I'm surprised he didn't ask "what's SI"?

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by N8- :: Fri, 12/04/2015 - 4:20pm

"I will just say this: At least our guy really caught the ball in this one," McCarthy said with a small smirk. "You can quote that."

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by Led :: Fri, 12/04/2015 - 5:11pm

You know who also could protect receivers from taking dangerous hits? The QB and the OC. Why should a team have an inalienable right to throw seam passes into traffic that leave the receiver exposed? Protecting against head shots by rule is one thing. You can play just as effective defense without hitting a reciever in the head or leading with your head on the hit. Plus, concussions and head trauma are extremely serious issues. But you can't force DBs to hit Gronk high -- a recipe for missed tackles and/or extra yardage -- or to wait for him to get ready for the hit. In other words, protecting at risk offensive players from injury is as much a responsibility of the offense as the defense (if not more).

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by mbmxyz :: Sat, 12/05/2015 - 3:08pm

1) Tackling high, hitting above the knees and wrapping up, is plenty effective, but not as easy, nor as dangerous to the ball carrier, as chopping the legs. 2) Putting stars out of action is a waste of (a lot of) money. Currently owners accept the ability of street-level players to deliver (knee-level) hits that put millions of their dollars on the bench. Gronk's average game salary under his current contract is $560,000, which this Sunday gets wasted. 3) Stars drive ratings and ratings drive revenue (down when stars are recuperating). Brady was out in 2008 and local HH (household rating) shares dropped a third; Gronk set TD and yardage records in 2011 and the Pats set local ratings records. (2007/2008/2009/2010/2011 -> 33.6/25.3/30.1/34.9/35.2) 4) Brandon Browner in NO got grief a few weeks back about a big away-from-action hit on a lineman during a long TD play. I assume that was an enforcement hit for some earlier action by the lineman. That is Browner's value and his tenure in NE coincided with an injury-free season for Gronkowski and the NE receiving corps. Fear, not the QB or OC, protects players running in the middle of the field, well at least when I played football (in high school). Go low and you should expect retaliation.

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by Kaelik :: Sat, 12/05/2015 - 4:19pm

So... Browner is a great guy because he does nothing but make cheep hits you approve of, unlike all those filthy people on teams you don't like, who are only ever diving at Gronk's knees to take him out for the season, which explains why he has been injured in the first week of every year since he started playing... or not.

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by mbmxyz :: Sat, 12/05/2015 - 7:06pm

If the league and the referees will not protect players, especially their legs, then enforcers will do it. Hockey has had them for decades. In baseball, there are consequences for throwing at a batter's head; in football the consequences come when a player dives at the knees. Players rightly consider those career threats. (Search for video of the hit in the Carolina-Tennessee game a few years ago that ended the career of Marcus Lattimore.) It is bad for a player, a team and a league when the careers of exceptional players are compromised by injuries. Me, I want to see great players, good players, not just the next guy up.

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by Kaelik :: Sat, 12/05/2015 - 9:47pm

So it's totally fine when Browner tries to end the careers of no ones like Jordy Nelson and Larry Fitzgerald by giving them concussion problems, or going for their knees, because you believe it is deserved retribution for imagined slights against real stars like golden tate and doug baldwin.

Look man, enforcers in football are literal monsters. Browner isn't an enforcer, he's a dirty player who you believe was making good enforcement hits when he was on your team because you see imagined attacks on your team everywhere, as evidenced by your belief that low tackles on gronk are somehow magically different than low tackles on everyone else in the league that gets low tackled for the same reason.

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by jacobk :: Sun, 12/06/2015 - 10:21am

He played football in high school and knows how the world really works. Can't argue with that.

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by Guest789 :: Fri, 12/04/2015 - 10:23pm

I don't get Mcphee's comments. All Rodgers said after week 1 was "It's always fun to beat the Bears".

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by tuluse :: Sat, 12/05/2015 - 2:32am

WELL LOSING IS LESS FUN ISN'T IT NOW?

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by Kaelik :: Sat, 12/05/2015 - 3:07am

It's the fact that saying that expresses the (correct) expectation that beating them is easy and he does it all the time. I can understand why someone might be offended at that kind of expectation, and say in effect "we aren't the same bears you can just mark a win down for" as McPhee was doing is a reasonable response. McPhee may have taken things a little more personally and been a little more excited than the comments justified, but well, that's one way to get into quotes of the week. If he had said a boring "This Bears team is different, and he probably won't get to beat up on us as much in the future" that would hardly be worth quoting.

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