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06 Feb 2015

The Week In Quotes: February 6, 2015

by Rory Hickey

MALCOLM WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT PLAY

"I made a play to help my team win. I've worked so hard in practice and I just wanted to play so bad and help my team out. I got out there and did exactly what I needed to do to help my team win. I was fired up ready. I was ready to play. ... I was on the sidelines waiting to get in and I was ready. I prepared hard this weekend…

"I knew they were going to throw it. Our defensive coordinator is real smart and with a goal line, three-cornerback formation we knew they were going to throw the ball."

-- New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, following the New England Patriots' 28-24 comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX (Boston.com)

I MEAN… YOU COULD HAVE DIED I GUESS? THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE

"It was the worst result of a call ever. The call would have been a great one if we catch it. It would have been just fine, and nobody would have thought twice about it."

-- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, telling The Today Show's Matt Lauer on Thursday morning the results of his fateful decision to pass on second-and-goal. (Eye on Football)

MARSHAWN BEING RESPONSIVE AND MATURE WITH THE MEDIA ABOUT THAT PLAY? BETTER THAN 99 PERCENT OF THE WORLD

"No. Because we play football. It's a team sport."

-- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, on whether he was surprised he didn't get the ball at the 1 during the game's final moments. (Twitter)

WORST CALL EVAH? SURE CHIEF.

"Those people that said, 'Oh, it's the worst call ever,' they're idiots. Never take advice from someone who doesn't have to live with the consequences. So what I say is worth what it's worth, but they've never been in a situation where you've got to make a call where everything, literally everything, is on the line. If you're afraid to go with what's gotten you there, you're not long for this league. If it was me and that happened, I'd be pissed, but I wouldn't be mad at the coach and I wouldn't be mad at the call. If they ran it and got stopped, I would be mad. Because then that means you pussied out."

"You got to go with what got you there. The randomness of plays, that's what got them there. The dude that was the impact receiver [in the game] didn't catch a pass all season. So by definition they're not a team that plays to the odds. If you play to the odds, you're going to lose. I don't know if they gave the reason why they called that particular play, but there's a reason. I'll go with the logic of that reason versus conventional wisdom every day, because the guys who follow conventional wisdom are the ones looking for jobs right now."

-- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, slamming Monday morning quarterbacks (ahem, The MMQBs) who questioned the Seahawks' play call when Russell Wilson threw his fateful interception to Malcolm Butler. (ESPN Dallas)

PASS BAD, RUN GOOD

"There has been a lot of criticism that I don't think is anywhere close to being deserved or founded. That football team is very good, very well-coached, and Pete does a great job. Malcolm and [Brandon Browner], on that particular play, just made a great play. I think the criticism they've gotten for the game is totally out of line and by a lot of people who I don't think are anywhere near even qualified to be commenting on it."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, defending Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll for deciding to throw on second-and-goal and criticizing those who choose to criticize that play call. (ESPN Boston)

THE WORST DECISION IN SUPER BOWL XLIX (EXCEPT FOR RIGHT SHARK'S DANCING I MEAN OBVS) ACCORDING TO PETER KING

"We put our goal-line defense in probably around the same time they were sending in their multiple receiver group, and that's kind of what we wanted to be in there, to make sure they didn't run the ball in. I'd like to think had they tried to run the ball against our goal-line defense, with three receivers on the field -- we couldn't ask for any more than that in terms of trying to stop the running game. We saw that matchup and we certainly gave some consideration to taking a timeout there and leaving some time on the clock. I don't know if that would have been a bad thing to do. It might have been a good thing to do. But it just seemed like in the flow of the game that we were OK with where we were."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, explaining his decision not to take a timeout at the end of the Super Bowl. (NFL Nation Blog)

THE BEST EVAH

"You're the best ever. Ever."

"I don't know about that."

"EVAH."

"I love you man."

"Fuck that! EVAH!"

"Thank you."

"You're going to add a couple more to that resume."

-- An exchange between actor and Southie native Mark Wahlberg and Super Bowl XLIX MVP, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, following the game. (Eye on Football)

WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE TALKING IN THIRD PERSON YOU KNOW IT'S INSIGHTFUL

"[Joe Montana] didn't have to cheat. I've lost all respect [for Brady]. When your integrity is challenged in the game of football, to me, all his Super Bowls are tainted. You have to say this just didn't happen overnight. Who wants that shadow over them? I could be wrong. But I realize there were twelve balls deflated and 12 ain't. Then you've got [Bill] Belichick coming on three different times trying to explain it.... You know something is wrong."

"How he's redeemed himself? What'd he throw? Every time he tried to throw deep it didn't work or he threw it in the ground. All those Wes Welk -- not Wes Welker, but the other guy [Julian Edelman]. All those 5-yard passes or whatever he threw. This is what Charles Haley believes -- it's going to come back to haunt him one day. If the league doesn't come down on this guy ... everybody is talking about it. Nobody believes it was by accident. It is what it is."

-- 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Charles Haley, claiming that he has lost all respect for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and that his four Super Bowl wins are tainted. (Talk Fame Sports Network)

JUST NOT WHEN HE'S ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY

"About this shirt.. Just so ppl know, I have 100% respect for @MoneyLynch and how he plays the game. There's a reason he's called #BeastMode"

-- New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, explaining why he was holding up a "Bitch Mode" shirt during the Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade, in reference to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's moniker. (Eye on Football)

SEAHAWKS STRIFE

"Yeah, I would be lying if I said it didn't bother us. He's a coach and so you take that criticism or whatnot and you look in the mirror and figure out what you could have done with it. It's harsh. But in the reality of it, it's in the heat of the moment right after the game, people may say things or do things they may have changed or would like to be interpreted differently. However, at the end of the day, like I said, we're going to stick together and move forward so none of that matters now."

-- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, admitting that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's comments that wide receiver Ricardo Lockette "could have been stronger to the ball" bothered him and his fellow wide receivers. (Seattle Times)

GRONKMAKERS

"Screw it, last game of the year, I'm throwing some haymakers."

-- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! describing the sequence after Malcolm Butler's interception in which the Seahawks seemed to instigate a melee and the Gronk found himself right in the middle of it. (YouTube)

I GUESS THE PATS TOOK MICHAEL BENNETT'S ADVICE FROM LAST WEEK AFTER ALL

"We won today 28-24 and our people didn't touch the balls. I love our team. I'm proud of our guys."

-- New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, talking to NBC following his team's Super Bowl XLIX victory, putting a pin in Deflate-gate. (Eye on Football)

ERIC DECKER: BODY CLOCK MASTER

"Well, it's different when it's a girlfriend and a wife. So I think if it was my wife giving birth, you know, ultimately I believe my purpose is to be a father and a husband. It's easier said now because I'm not preparing for the game and I'm not in that situation. But with a clear mind, I guess, thinking about that situation he's in -- I mean, you never want to be in it. You've gotta time your conception a little better, I would say. But I would be there for my wife and my newborn child."

-- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (CBS New York)

MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES…

"Gisele Bundchen's husband wins Superbowl for 4th time"

-- The headline of a Brazilian newspaper (translated into English, you're welcome), covering the Super Bowl reading: "Marido de Gisele Bündchen vence Super Bowl pela quarta vez." (SB Nation)

A PATRIOTIC OCCASION IT SHALL BE

"@BarackObama see you in a few"

-- New England Patriots defensive back Brandon Browner, following the Super Bowl, in a trolling tweet to President Obama after Obama failed to mention Browner's name among the Legion of Boom members during last year's White House appearance by the Seahawks. (Eye on Football)

MAD PROPS TO THOMAS DAVIS FOR RETURNING FROM THREE KNEE SURGERIES

"We definitely enjoy going out and competing and playing together. I think we're a force to be reckoned with. I think we're the best tandem in the league. You hear a lot of people debating on it. But at the end of the day there's not many linebackers that can do what we do on a day-to-day basis."

-- Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, saying that he and teammate Luke Kuechly are the best linebacker tandem in the NFL. (Eye on Football)

HE CERTAINLY LEARNED SOME GREAT FOOTBALL SCOUTING METHODS

" ...The last time I won [a Super Bowl] and got a Gatorade[d], my dad was here. I was certainly thinking about him tonight, and I'm sure he was watching. I hope my mom is watching too so, 'Hi Mom.'"

-- Belichick (CSN New England)

(This is the final edition of the Week in Quotes for the current season. We'll be back with the Month in Quotes every few weeks beginning in early March!)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 06 Feb 2015

23 comments, Last at 09 Feb 2015, 11:51pm by Will Allen

Comments

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by PatsFan :: Fri, 02/06/2015 - 8:38pm

Didn't Haley play with Jerry Rice? Guess everything Haley has done is tainted, too.

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by Lyford :: Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:30pm

"Guess everything Haley has done is tainted, too."

Not only did Rice cheat with illegal substances on his gloves, the 49ers teams that Haley won rings with was cheating on the salary cap at the same time. Talk about tainting!

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by mehllageman56 :: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:21pm

I'm surprised Haley's next sentence wasn't him griping that Steve Young didn't deserve a ring either.

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by MJK :: Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:28pm

Haley is a jealous idiot. 'Niff said.

Blount could certainly have shown more class, though.

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by PatsFan :: Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:00pm

Well, Blount was just holding up a shirt someone in the crowd threw at him (it wasn't a shirt he had had made up). That said, he should have looked at it first, because the shirt was lame and didn't deserve to be held up. Especially as Lynch wasn't mouthing off pre-game.

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by patriotsgirl :: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:18am

I'm just not sure that Charles Haley should be the moral arbiter of anything. It sounds like he made Zeke Mowatt look sane.

http://nypost.com/2008/08/31/boys-will-be-boys/

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by mehllageman56 :: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:39pm

The Haley anecdote from that story seems tame compared to others I've heard, mostly from his time with the Niners. I might add that Zeke Mowatt decided to show himself off to a woman reporter while surrounded by four other teammates, something Haley was never accused of. From what I know, Haley tormented his teammates and team officials, not reporters. Perhaps his teams kept him away from them.

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by patriotsgirl :: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 12:09pm

Oh, agreed. Zeke Mowatt was the nadir of being a Pats fan (especially as a woman), but I understood that his harassment was purposeful (targeting Lisa Olson to keep women out of the locker room). Haley's actions seem to defy logic.

Then again, he didn't stab his teammate in the neck with scissors, so there's that. I definitely need to read that Cowboys book.

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by mehllageman56 :: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 2:30pm

That was a terrible year for Patriots fans. I got to see Ken O'Brien have his second game with a perfect passer rating against them, the score was something like 42-3, and the Jets went 6-10 that year, complete with beatdowns by the Bills and Steelers. Much as I am sick of the Pats dominance, I'm still glad Kraft got them out of the cesspool created by the earlier owners.

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by patriotsgirl :: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:08pm

It's appreciated. Yeah, a lot of the bandwagoners make fans forget that some of us lived through the late-80s, when the Pats were the butt of all kinds of jokes.

I feel kind of the same way about the Jets now; with Bowles and the departure of the Rex show, part of me hopes the Jets have some success (though not too much!). Although it's not precisely parallel, I feel like the Jets' 10-11 success is partly offset by the sideshow since then.

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by TomC :: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 10:23pm

My memento of that thankfully bygone era is this doubly offensive joke:

Q: What do Lisa Olson and Saddam Hussein have in common?

A: They both got to see Patriot missiles up close.

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by patriotsgirl :: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:09pm

*shakes head*

(not at you, but that it's the same franchise less than 20 years later)

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by Will Allen :: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 11:52am

What Cuban and Carroll don't seem to grasp is that having a play which depends on Kearse successfully countering Browner's jam, on the 1 foot line, is kinda' like designing to have your last second three point shot taken by Rajon Rondo. All Cuban's comments about the utility of second guessing play calling aside (which I normally tend to agree with), I can guarantee you he would ask his coach about it if, in the last second of a game 7, his coach purposely tried to have Rondo toss one in from 25 feet. Yes, Pete, if Rondo succeeds, everybody from Dallas cheers, but that doesn't mean it was the smart thing to do. No, Mark, trying to get your players assigned to tasks that they are good at is not being a "pussy", and it is incredibly stupid to say otherwise. Also, it seems to have escaped you that some of the second guessers ARE living with the result.

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by NRG :: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:47pm

This would be spot on if Carroll had thought that would be the last play. If Rondo throws up a 3 when his team has the next two possessions as well, it's a different ball of wax. In other words, there are elements relevant to football that lie well outside your analogy.

NRG

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by Will Allen :: Mon, 02/09/2015 - 8:59am

No, it would still be astoundingly stupid to purposely design a play for Rondo to take a 3 pointer, down two points near the end of a game, for the simple reason that Rondo sucks at 3 pointers, and it is poor coaching to ask players to do things which they are poor at executing. If you want a better analogy, ask Cuban what he would think about one of the more poor Maverick free throw shooters being asked to shoot a technical foul.

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by Jerry :: Mon, 02/09/2015 - 7:19pm

I was at a game once where Charles Oakley (really!) hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, and afterward Coach Randy Wittman talked about how his defense had done exactly what it was supposed to. Sometimes players make up for a bad playcall, or screw up a good one, or sometimes the other guy makes a better play.

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by Will Allen :: Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:51pm

Sure, sometimes players execute those tasks that they normally are bad at, and when that happens you tip your hat, and plan on doing the same thing again, unless you have determined that the player has significantly improved at that thing. Here's the deal with this matter being examined. Browner is really, really, good at jamming the likes of Kearse at the one foot line, which means it was completely predictable that a central element of the play design would be completely fouled up from the get-go. It's really dubious that such a play was in their goal line package at all for this game, much less used in that situation. There isn't any away around it. It was bad coaching, highlighted by a catastrophic result.

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by Theo :: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 11:23am

"The call would have been a great one if we catch it. It would have been just fine, and nobody would have thought twice about it."
-- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll

I would. Because considering a failure, you don't take time off the clock and you don't ask the patriots to take a time out to save time for a comeback.

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by Will Allen :: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 11:35am

Good grief, Cuban's comments, upon re-reading, are even more dumb than I originally appreciated He seems to be implying that Maxwell's big day was a random event, as opposed to a not altogether surprising outcome of matching a big guy with ball skills up against second tier small defensive backs. Does Cuban think Wilson was unaware of the matchup he was throwing to when Maxwell made those catches? Does he think Belichik's adjustment after those catches was random?

Beware the billionaire being stupidly contrarian.

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by SFC B :: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 5:59am

Matthews, not Maxwell. To be fair, it was pretty impressive to watch the old out-of-shape white guy snagging passes against NFL CBs.

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by Lebo :: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:48am

Yeah, and if he's talking about doing what got the Seahawks there, why not the read option or a Beast Mode run?

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by RickD :: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 12:44pm

I thought it was Left Shark, not Right Shark that was having the problems. I guess it depends on your perspective. He was on Katy Perry's right, but on the left from the audience's perspective.

In any case, I thought the dancing land sharks were great. Even if one of them was drunk.

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by Not Jimmy :: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:14pm

...One of them was drunk. Ha!

Wait, where's Raider Joe?

- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you are talking about.