Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Jan 2015

The Week In Quotes: January 23, 2015

by Rory Hickey

YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I CAN FLY SO HIGH, IT'S DEFLATION

"You do feel a little deflated."

-- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, following the Colts' 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Luck attempted to backtrack, but too late, it's on the Internet. (Eye on Football )

IS THE GOLDEN BOY'S IMAGE GOING TO BE DEFLATED AFTER THIS?

"When I pick those footballs out, at that point, to me, they're perfect. I don't want anyone touching the balls after that. I don't want anyone rubbing them, putting any air in them, taking any air out. To me, those balls are perfect, and that's what I expect when I show up on the field."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, answering a question at a press conference concerning Deflate-gate. (ESPN Boston)

(HOLDS BACK TEARS) THOSE ARE MY FOOTBALLS, MAN

"I did not believe what Tom had to say. Those balls were deflated. Somebody had to do it. I don't believe there's an equipment manager in the NFL that would, on his own initiative, deflate a ball without the starting QB's approval ... That football is our livelihood. If you don't feel good about throwing that ball? Your success on the football field can suffer from that."

-- ESPN analyst and former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, reacting to Tom Brady's press conference and in the process of being driven to tears on live television. (ESPN Boston)

OR YOU COULD JUST BLAME DEFLATED FOOTBALLS

"We were the better team today and we played well enough to win and we can't blame anybody but ourselves."

-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, following the Packers' crushing overtime defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. (Twitter)

A NAME THAT WILL LIVE IN PACKERS INFAMY

"It definitely means a lot. I'm at a low point right now. The whole world is on my back about this thing, but my teammates are here to pick me up. They know it's just a mistake, and they've been on my side."

-- Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick, on the words of encouragement he received from his teammates after failing to recover an onside kick that might have sealed the game for the Packers. (Packers News)

I MEAN YEAH, TALENT AND SKILL IS ONE THING

"I actually don't think he's that good. He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls."

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, talking some smack about New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and saying he just is not that good. (ESPN)

UH-OH JOHNNY JAMBOREE, BETTER HAVE A SNICKERS

"At this point last year, Derek Carr wasn't in the Oakland Raiders' building. Whoever is in our quarterback room is going to have a clean slate."

-- New Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, expressing uncertainty at who his quarterback will be in 2015. (ESPN)

MADDEN THOUGHT THE PATRIOTS SHOULD PLAY FOR OT AGAINST THE RAMS WITH 1:30 LEFT IN SUPER BOWL XXXVI #NEVERFORGET

"That would have to be driven by the quarterback. That's something that wouldn't be driven by a coach or just the equipment guy. Nobody, not even the head coach, would do anything to a football unilaterally, such as adjust the amount of pressure in a ball, without the quarterback not knowing. It would have to be the quarterback's idea. He is the effected. He is the only guy. I heard some of the pundits saying the ball is easier to catch, but that would never, ever, ever be done for that unless the quarterback wanted it. You wouldn't do something for a receiver to catch the ball if the quarterback couldn't throw it. So it's going to be done for the quarterback."

-- NFL Hall of Fame coach John Madden, giving his thoughts on Deflate-gate and putting the blame for the deflated footballs squarely on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (MSN)

I WON A HEISMAN TROPHY SOME ONE LISTEN TO ME!

"Every team tampers with the footballs. Ask any Qb In the league, this is ridiculous!! Actually my guy @kurt13warner didn't tamper w the footballs because he wore gloves. Used to irritate me.. So correction, almost all QBs!"

-- Former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Matt Leinart, insisting that all quarterbacks tamper with footballs in some way or another, with one exception: former Cardinals teammate Kurt Warner. (Pro Football Talk)

SPORTSCENTER DOES AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS

"NFL head coaches here at Senior Bowl seem downright offended that people think this deflation stuff is a big deal."

-- The Wall Street Journal's Kevin Clark, reporting from the Senior Bowl that NFL head coaches aren't necessarily deflated by the latest "scandal" to hit the NFL. (Twitter)

THOSE KICKS WERE PRETTY SWEET FROM MARSHAWN

"They were trying to suspend Marshawn [Lynch] for gold shoes -- that really affects the game if you suspend Marshawn for gold shoes. But then you got balls being deflated and that's an issue."

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, comparing running back Marshawn Lynch's gold cleats to the Patriots' deflated footballs. (Eye on Football)

HOW DO WE KNOW THAT TOM?!?

"We're gonna be fine: this isn't ISIS, this isn't…you know, no one's dying."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, attempting to put "Deflate-gate" into the proper perspective for the assembled mass of media at his news conference, unsuccessfully most likely. (Vine)

AIKMAN'S JUST MAD FOX DOESN'T HAVE THE SUPER BOWL THIS YEAR

"It's obvious that Tom Brady had something to do with this. I know going back to when I played, they've loosened up the rules in terms of what each team is able to do with the footballs coming into the game. Used to, the home team provided all the balls. And now, each team brings their footballs the way they like them and break 'em in. Used to you couldn't break them in. So for the balls to be deflated, that doesn't happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen, I can assure you of that."

"This whole comment by Roger Goodell based on the Saints when Sean Payton got suspended for the year, and he says 'ignorance is no excuse,' that's going to come back to haunt him again. That haunted him during the whole Ray Rice situation with he, himself, and now it's going to haunt Roger Goodell in terms of what the punishment is for the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick. If ignorance is no excuse, and it wasn't for Sean Payton. Sean Payton did not cheat. There was nothing that Sean Payton and the Saints did that was illegal. And they did not give themselves a competitive edge. I maintain, regardless of whatever was said in the locker room, and in that locker room, is not anything different than what's been said in any other locker room around the league. There's no proof on the field of what took place that guys were targeting players. You can always pull out a play here and there. They were one of the least penalized teams for unsportsmanlike conduct. So there was no evidence that anything translated to the field that they were trying to hurt players. And they did not give themselves a competitive advantage. Now twice, under Bill Belichick and possibly a third time, they've cheated and given themselves an advantage. To me, the punishment for the Patriots and/or Bill Belichick has to be more severe than what the punishment was for the New Orleans Saints."

-- Former NFL quarterback and FOX analyst Troy Aikman, saying that the Patriots should have more of a punishment for allegedly under-inflating footballs than the Saints did for allegedly putting bounties on peoples' heads. (Dallas Morning News)

MAN I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE ACTUAL SUPER BOWL HAPPENS

"I think people sometime get a skewed view of Tom Brady, that he's just a clean cut, does everything right, and never says a bad word to anyone, and we know him to be otherwise, but in that moment of him being himself, he said some things and we returned the favor. Unfortunately he apparently didn't remember what he said, but I'm sure at those moments of yelling at the ref, I'm sure he was saying, 'Good job, you're doing a fantastic job, keep it up.' He was pretty much saying that we were nobodies and that we should come up to him after they get the win. So we should take that pretty well. 'Cool, can I get your autograph too?'"

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, going back in time to the last time the Patriots met the Seahawks in what will always be known in NFL lore as the "U Mad Bro" game. (Pro Football Talk)

LOSING MY VIRGINITY INVOLVED A POLICE OFFICER TOO, ODDLY

"When I first lost my virginity, that was a good bike ride too, but not as good as this one. I just saw the bike. I was like 'Man, shoot we're going to the Super Bowl again, they're not going to mind if I take the bike. I'm not going to take his gun, but I'm going to take his bike.' So I was just riding around the stadium, I didn't know it was going to get that much exposure. I was just having a good time, popping wheelies, riding around giving the fans high-fives and stuff. I just thought it was a cool thing to do."

-- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, on taking a police officer's bicycle and riding it around following the Seahawks shocking comeback victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. (JimRome.com)

WAIT NO, I MEANT HE'S A REALLY GOOD GAME MANAGER!

"[He was] a great college quarterback."

-- New New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, giving his assessment of incumbent starting quarterback Geno Smith. (Twitter)

SO A NEW NFL FOOTBALL COSTS LIKE $100 AT THE STORE WHEN YOU CAN GET 100 SCUFFED ONES FOR $75 EACH?

"I paid some guys off to get the balls right. I went and got all 100 footballs, and they took care of all of them. They took care of them"

-- Former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, admitting to paying $7,500 to have some footballs scuffed up prior to Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders. Both teams used the same footballs in that case, however. (Tampa Bay Times)

OH RIGHT, X'S AND O'S

" He kind of reminds me of watching [Roger] Staubach. I remember a lot of Staubach's spectacular running plays where it looked like he was about to get tackled by three or four guys, and he would Houdini it out there somehow. You see Wilson doing some of the same things."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. (ESPN.com)

PUNTERS ARE REALLY GOOD AT PANTOMIMING IT SEEMS LIKE

"It was all in fun obviously. I have nothing but respect for Mike McCarthy. When I was in Green Bay, he was great to me. Just like Aaron Rodgers when he does it, it's all in fun. No one takes things serious."

-- Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, on doing the "championship belt" celebration right at his former head coach Mike McCarthy after throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to cut the Packers' lead to 11. (USA Today)

YOU NEVER KNOW WITH ROGER GOODELL

"If New England was to be DQ'd.. We'd be their replacements right??... I should probably lay off these strawberry margs"

-- Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, offering his response to Deflate-gate. (Twitter)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 23 Jan 2015

10 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2015, 6:21pm by Theo

Comments

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:12am

Prater agrees that you should be careful with strawberry margaritas.

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by ChrisS :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:55pm

Yeah like not drink them and drink something better instead.

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by Led :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:16pm

I just love the idea of a punter drinking strawberry margaritas. Mellon balls and fuzzy navels were a bit too hardcore obviously. And you don't even want to THINK about McAfee after a couple of wine coolers.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:16pm

Didn't McAfee get arrested a few years back for getting drunk and going swimming in downtown Indianapolis in a fountain or stream or something? Must have had one Cosmo too many.

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by Paul R :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:57pm

I drank a pitcher of frozen daquiris once and booted like crazy. Strawberry Margaritas probably have a similar effect. Makes sense for a kicker to drink them.

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by hatersgonhate :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:04pm

It was a canal. He claimed it was raining

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by Vandal :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:44pm

"right at former head coach Mike McCarthy"

Either "his" needs to be added to this sentence, or McCarthy lost his job and no one else knows...

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by Vincent Verhei :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:18pm

Fixed.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:23pm

I'm sure Kurt Warner feels better about his career, now that Matt Leinert has proclaimed him to be "my guy". Next up, Kurt is angling for the Ryan Lindley endorsement.

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by Theo :: Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:21pm

This is quote number so-many of Leinart telling the world that it's not his fault for not being a starting NFL QB.
I'm seeing a pattern here.