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30 Oct 2015

The Week In Quotes: October 30, 2015

by Rory Hickey

THE AMERICAN HEALTH ASSOCIATION DOES NOT SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT

"I've been dipping for over 10 years and I'm immune to swallowing dip when I need to."

-- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, refuting the fact that his mysterious illness was caused by swallowing chewing tobacco. (ESPN)

THE NEW YORK MEDIA FINDS THIS ILLOGICAL

"I wouldn't say we made a statement because personally, I ignore everything you guys say anyway."

-- New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers, on whether Sunday night's game against the Cowboys was a statement game for the Giants. (Twiter)

IF THE COLTS PLAY THE PATRIOTS IN THE PLAYOFFS I MIGHT EXPLODE

"I have one more thing to add: There's nothing more satisfying than saddling the Indianapolis Colts with a loss. And Willie McGinest was able to do that 16 times as a member of the New England Patriots."

-- New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, ending his speech at halftime during Willie McGinest tribute night with a jab at the Colts. (USA Today)

A LOT OF PARALLELS BETWEEN PEYTON MANNING AND THE UNDERTAKER…

"We're preparing for Peyton as the same player that he's always been. What I think you're seeing is a change in philosophy and scheme. With that, there will be some things differently Sunday than what we've prepared for. This is a very potent offense, particularly with Peyton Manning and his ability to do a number of different things at a high level."

-- Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, on preparing to face quarterback Peyton Manning and the undefeated Denver Broncos. (Green Bay Post-Gazette)

WAY TO THROW THEO RIDDICK UNDER THE BUS

"We went down to London. We went to Harrod's. We went to Zara. I was ready to go within two hours. We had to wait three hours for Theo [Riddick] really to finish shopping. So we left there, went to go get a bit to eat and caught a very expensive Uber ride back up here."

-- Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell, describing what he and some of his Lions teammates did during their off day in London, including Bell footing the tab for a 20-mile Uber ride costing $253.84 in American currency. (NFL Nation Blog)

JERRY RICE: KAEPERNICOUS?

"I am a true Kaepernick fan. 100 percent. I'm not saying bench him for the season, but sometimes you gotta shake things up. It could energize the team, and provide Colin the spark he needs."

-- Hall of Fame 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, telling TMZ that he would temporarily bench Colin Kaepernick to shake things up. The 49ers currently sit at a disappointing 2-5. (TMZ)

GIVING HOPE TO UNFIT AMERICANS EVERYWHERE

"We'll see [Thursday]. I mean we didn't really practice this week. A lot of us could've gotten through practice. My mom probably could've gotten through practice."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, when asked whether running back Dion Lewis would be available for Thursday night's game coming off a short week. (WEEI)

WHY DO I FEEL LIKE WE'LL BE HAVING A SIMILAR CONVERSATION ABOUT BRANDON MARSHALL IN A FEW MONTHS?

"There's two stories here, guys. One, about the player and the other is about the person. And I think you have to separate the two ... There's emotions that come with the game. There's a lot of testosterone. I mean you put so much into the week, you know you get disappointed and you get frustrated in those moments. This Sunday, I got into it with a teammate but we got in the locker room, we talked it out and we love each other."

"The second [story], the person ... now this is a sensitive topic for me, because I've overcome a lot of things and I'm really passionate about guys building character, guys really looking [at] themselves in the mirror and trying to get better. Every game I know there's going to be two or three cameras in my face. Why? Because I'm a high emotion guy and because of my history. I am aware. When I look at Greg [Hardy] and how he's handled himself, on the field and in the locker room, I see a guy that is not aware. He doesn't understand the magnitude of what happened last year, what he did and the atmosphere surrounding the NFL. I don't think that he gets it. I don't think that he learned his lesson. And he really needs to look himself in the mirror and ask himself, what type of person do I want to be?"

-- New York Jets wide receiver and Inside the NFL contributor Brandon Marshall, giving his take on the Greg Hardy situation in Dallas. (Eye on Football)

NORMAN PENINSULA

"I kind of do [miss being thrown to]. I'm not going to lie. At first I was like, man, but now I kind of do. I want to be a part of the game. Now it's trying to find other ways."

-- Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, giving his thoughts on quarterbacks avoiding throwing the ball in his direction after having two interceptions against the Buccaneers in Week 4. (Charlotte Observer)

YEAH BUT WHEN EVERYONE'S THROWING DISHES AND LEAVING, YOU'RE GETTING 30 POINTS PUT UP ON YOU

"The biggest thing I said to them was, 'Guys, it's like an Italian dining room table. Everybody's sitting around the table and sometimes it gets heated, dishes get broken, people leave. [But] everybody's got to come back to the table to eat. And when it's all said and done, we're hugging and kissing and we're eating good food again.'"

-- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula, describing a "heated" team meeting that the team had following their loss to the Packers. (Sacramento Bee)

SOMEONE GET THIS MAN A DICTIONARY!

"He's, of course, one of the real leaders on this team and he earns it and he earns it with respect from all of his teammates and that's the kind of thing that inspires a football team."

-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, calling defensive end Greg Hardy one of the "real leaders" of the Cowboys. Getting into a spat with Dez Bryant, blowing off the media, and shoving the special teams coordinator is what I call leadership. (Eye on Football)

STEVESMITHSYELP.TUMBLR.COM

"Well everyone has that app, Yelp. And you have reviews. Two stars. That's how I review that one on my Yelp. Two stars."

-- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., offering up his thoughts on the officiating in Monday night's game with the Arizona Cardinals. (BaltimoreRavens.com)

I HOPE HE DOESN'T GO OUT ON SATURDAY NIGHT

"The way we go about our business around here -- from [coach John] Harbaugh down -- no one is freaking out. We're not walking around in a zombie apocalypse."

-- Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore, assuring everyone that despite their 1-6 start, the Ravens are not freaking out because it's not like there's a zombie apocalypse going on or something. (NFL Nation Blog)

HOW COULD YOU NOT GET UP FOR A GUY WITH THAT NAME?

"I mean, that's just -- I didn't make a conscious decision. I think maybe my parents were really into marketing, so we were trying to sell some T-shirts from an early age."

-- New Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, explaining the origins of his name. His real name is James Robert Cooter, but this is probably the best thing to happen to the Lions all season. (Detroit Free-Press)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 30 Oct 2015

9 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2015, 1:55pm by GrandVezir

Comments

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by andrew :: Fri, 10/30/2015 - 6:01pm

I have this image now of Adrian Peterson in the Princess Bride as Wesely, competing against Ziggy Wilf and two cups of wine, one with chewing tobacco in it...

"I was corrupt before I had power!" - Random

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by jacobk :: Fri, 10/30/2015 - 6:30pm

You know, I've always wondered about that scene... where did the wine come from?

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by Hummingbird Cyborg :: Sat, 10/31/2015 - 4:42pm

Who doesn't carry around wine and goblets? But the perfect table shaped rock, that's a mystery to me. Also, how often has the man in black had need to use the iocaine powder that he carries around with him? I guess fairly often as a pirate.

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by tuluse :: Sat, 10/31/2015 - 6:24pm

I think if you've spent years building up an immunity to a specific poison, you probably keep some around at all times.

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by Rich A :: Fri, 10/30/2015 - 8:39pm

Pats fan here.

Kudo to Brandon Marshall of the Jets for simultaneously speaking about the pressures of the game (as spoken to in Charles Pierce's Grantland piece about sin-eaters, actually a decent piece of reflection) and also the image/perception issues and character issues in play.

Yeah, there will be frustration but it needs to be managed and focused towards building each other up. I didn't hear Hardy's conversations myself but it certainly looked like he tearing his team down, and that isn't leadership. Brady gets fiery but he challanges and pushes his team to excel - I don't think Hardy is doing that.

I think the Jets have a really good culture change happening right now, and as it pains me as a Pats fan, it's good to see teams move from being dysfunctional towards being well-run.

It's too bad the Winnipeg Blue Bombers can't figure out how to get out of dysfunction.

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by PatsFan :: Fri, 10/30/2015 - 11:15pm

Football by Football's Matt Chatham (former NE and NYJ special teamer) says the real problem (with respect to football and the players) is that Hardy was sticking his nose into another unit's business:

http://www.footballbyfootball.com/column/the-real-problem-with-greg-hard...

The focus predictably shifted to Hardy's off-field transgressions as a Panthers player, the enabling that appears to be going on in the organization and on on. Not that these aren't legitimate topics to flesh out, but it clouds the real football problem with Hardy's antics as it relates to the ecosystems that exist on a professional football team that fans and media often miss.

It's none of his business -- or any defensive lineman's -- what problems there are with the Cowboys kickoff coverage units.

Putting aside whether or not Hardy is or should be a vocal leader on this Cowboys team, the issue from a real football perspective is if ANY defensive lineman should be offering a tongue-lashing to an under-performing unit on a football team that he's not a part of.

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by mehllageman56 :: Sat, 10/31/2015 - 1:51am

The thing about the Brandon Marshall quote is, he got blamed for someone else messing up. Devin Smith needed to set up off the line of scrimmage, because if Marshall is closer to the sideline, Marshall has to be on the line of scrimmage, otherwise it'ts a penalty. When Marshall saw Smith was in the wrong spot he moved. Of course he went off a little on Smith, it cost them a chance to tie the game.

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by andrew :: Sat, 10/31/2015 - 1:25am

Apparently the NFL has a serious chewing tobacco problem, estimates between 40%-60% of players use it. Just not on TV.

It seems stunning that atheletes would do something so harmful to themeselves. The linked article implies it is common amongst coaches which is part of what drives the culture...

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by GrandVezir :: Sun, 11/01/2015 - 1:55pm

It seems stunning that atheletes would do something so harmful to themeselves. The linked article implies it is common amongst coaches which is part of what drives the culture...

It's simple: nicotine is a legal stimulant, unregulated under the CBA, and chew doesn't have nearly the same social stigma as smoke.

Regarding the long-term health consequences, these are football players. Many of them risk their long-term health daily just to practice and work out enough to make a team.