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25 Sep 2015

The Week In Quotes: September 25, 2015

by Rory Hickey

NOT LIKE D.C. IS A DEMANDING MEDIA MARKET OR ANYTHING

"I remember just being with [John] Elway his first year, or Steve Young, and you take a look at their touchdown-interception ratios -- you're talking about Hall of Fame quarterbacks -- and actually Kirk's statistics are better than theirs. They didn't have that great running game and they were counting on the passing game. So I think what [the Redskins] are doing right now is great."

-- Former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, comparing current Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to Hall of Fame quarterbacks John Elway and Steve Young at this stage in their careers. (Eye on Football)

YOU CAUGHT JERRY GOING THROUGH HIS OLD AIKMAN DVDS AGAIN

"This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball downfield. He's a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won't see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it. If he can basically prepare, be the starting quarterback, come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden."

-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, painting an optimistic picture of backup quarterback Brandon Weeden after Weeden was thrust into the starting role due to Tony Romo's injury. (CBS DFW)

SO AT LEAST HE HAS A CATCHABLE BALL?

"I almost crashed my car. Listen, we played against Brandon Weeden when he was in Cleveland, and man, he threw me an interception -- I thought I was playing catch with my kid in the park or in the backyard, man."

-- Former NFL linebacker London Fletcher, on his reaction to hearing Jerry Jones' compliment directed towards Brandon Weeden. (Gio and Jones)

BROAD SHOULDERS, AT THAT

"I'm going to tell you exactly like I told our team, this loss is squarely on one man's shoulders. It's on my shoulders. Yeah we've got to get better as a team no question, but I have to get better. Belichick outcoached me, no question about it and that's how it ended up. It's unfortunate. The plan has to be better on defense. You can't give up 500 yards and beat anybody. Then we turn it over three times. But we did a [expletive] job and it's my responsibility. Our team will get better, but it starts with me getting better and I'm looking forward to next week."

-- Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, addressing the media following his team's 40-32 loss to the New England Patriots in a game that was 37-13 at one point. (BuffaloBills.com)

PIGPILE ON THE SEAHAWKS!

"They declared that they [the Packers] had the ball. Well, they didn't. They didn't point it out. … There's a lot of things that happened in this game. That play in particular because it's such a big deal to us to take care of the ball and get it. Justin [Britt] did a great job to get that ball back."

-- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, confused by a ruling on a fourth-quarter fumble in the Seahawks' Sunday night loss to the Packers. (ESPN)

IS IT TEBOW TIME? ... NO

"I think we've been varied in our two games, and through our preseason and everything, we've been doing a different job, changing formations and things like that. When you're not successful, I think guys are grasping at excuses, to be honest with you. We still need to block and tackle. What I'm saying is we need to execute."

-- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, saying that the problem with the Eagles' offense through two games has been execution, not predictable play-calling. (Pro Football Talk)

SOMEONE IS A LITTLE BIT SALTY

"That's been the case for three years now, has it not? He should be more than comfortable dealing with what he's dealing with. … We've got to get it fixed."

-- Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, criticizing quarterback Andrew Luck for not being able to handle the blitz better in the team's Monday night loss to the Jets. He later backtracked from these comments. (ESPN)

BY THE END OF THE YEAR, I'LL BE DOMINATING WATER BREAKS

"I want to progress, I want to continue to be dominant. That's my mindset and that's how I'm approaching every game, every practice, every install that we put in. Just dominate and that's all I'm really focusing on."

-- Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, on his goals for the rest of his second season in Miami. (NFL Nation Blog)

I SAW HIM PLAY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND KNEW HE HAD FOUR SUPER BOWLS WRITTEN ALL OVER HIM!

"It's amazing the number of stories that I hear now of how many people loved Tommy coming out but for whatever reason they weren't in a position to take him. Revisionist history is amazing, but there are a lot of people that have inserted themselves into Tommy's football life story in order to give themselves credibility."

-- Former Patriots Vice President of player personnel, and current Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli, taking issues with scouts who are now going back and claiming that they knew that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would be great. (Pro Football Talk)

CIARA VS. OLIVIA MUNN TO SETTLE THIS DISPUTE?

"And then getting help from God. I think God was a Packers fan tonight, so he was taking care of us."

-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, answering a question about the Packers' 27-17 victory over the Seahawks and maybe taking a subtle jab at Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's beliefs. (ESPN)

AT LEAST HE KNOWS RYAN WENT TO B.C. … SORT OF?

"Let me ask you guys a question: who would you take, Joe Theismann or Tom Brady? I'm taking Joe T. I've got a guy [at work], he loves Tom Brady, and I think Tom Brady, I ain't gonna go there, but Tom Brady can't even pack Joe Theismann's jock. This [co-worker], that's all we debate all day is about Joe Theismann or Tom Brady. I think Tom Brady can't pick up a first down. He has no athletic skills, he's surrounded by good people, but the guy is in the toilet, in my opinion. In my opinion he's in the toilet. I'll take Joe Theismann, I'll take [Matt Ryan], anything over Tom Brady. I'll take Joe Theismann first, I'll take Matty Ice second, and I might take Doug Williams third, but I'm not gonna take Tom Brady to lead my team nowhere. Tom Brady is garbage. He can't pick up a first down. He has no athletic skill. He's surrounded by people, but Tom Brady is garbage. Garbage! Matty Ice is a pure passer. He can pick up a first down. I don't know if he's an athlete, he's from Boston somewhere, but I'll tell you what, he's much better than Tom Brady."

-- Former Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley, saying that he would, among other things, take former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann over Tom Brady. Also, Brady is garbage. (WEEI)

THEY'RE BOTH SIMILAR COLORS, I GUESS?

"We're not Texas anymore. We're Arizona State."

-- An anonymous frustrated athletic department employee, summing up former University of Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson's era there. (Twitter)

WILL A 3-LOSS SEC TEAM MAKE THE PLAYOFF THIS YEAR?

"I don't care. He doesn't deserve that attention from me. The bottom line is, ask Tennessee and their 105,000 people if we're relevant or not, and a few other teams here in the last couple years. So it doesn't matter -- and he's getting paid to promote a league."

-- University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, when asked about ESPN Radio's Paul Finebaum calling him "irrelevant" before the OU-Tennessee game. (Twitter)

BEEN THERE BRO

"That's why it's so difficult. You don't know who wants you for you, who wants you for the money, who wants you for the fame. You have no idea. And how would you know? There's no way. So that's why you try and rely on family and friends. And then you talk about celebrities with other celebrities … someone who's in a similar situation, so you know that they already have money and fame. But you can't think about love on paper like that. If you're thinking like that -- 'Does this person want me for me?' -- then you're gonna have a hell of a hard time falling in love, 'cause you're constantly thinking about what they look like on paper. Trust me, it's a lot more difficult than I wish it was -- but I'm sure hoping to find the right one."

-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, discussing his difficulties in finding a girlfriend. (FOX Sports)

HE HAS THE SAME REACTION WHEN HE TYPES HIS NAME INTO GOOGLE

"We all think it's blasphemy, because Peyton, he still has it. You know, he has what it takes. I think it's just a matter of time because it's a new offense. It's the beginning of the season ... just the chemistry with the O-line and the receivers, everybody gotta get in sync. I definitely think it's going to turn around. I have no issues, or no worries about anything."

-- Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, saying that it is blasphemous to doubt quarterback Peyton Manning's arm. (NFL.com)

THE FIRST STEP IS ADMITTING YOU HAVE A PROBLEM

"I feel like they're just going to tell me stuff that I already know. I know I'm f--ked up."

-- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, on why he has chosen not to seek therapy for his anger problem; he knows therapy will not help. (Seattle Times)

ROGER GOODELL DOESN'T ATTEND THURSDAY GAMES

"It's about the money. The game is growing, fans want to see football and I get it. I just know from a player's standpoint, it's extremely tough to play on a Thursday night game. Your body is just beat up, especially when you play a late Sunday or Monday game."

-- New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason, saying that the reason the NFL plays games on Thursday nights is all about the money. (New York Daily News)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 25 Sep 2015

10 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2015, 9:02pm by kimkom

Comments

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 3:34pm

Mr.Bundchen could advise J.J. as to how to be sure that a prospective g.f. or wife is not just after J.J.'s money

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 3:35pm

Repeat

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by jtr :: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 4:02pm

For anyone who's curious, here's Fletcher picking off Weeden
http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000111918/Fletcher-...

Fletcher's kid doesn't have much of an arm.

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by jtr :: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 4:11pm

>Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, criticizing quarterback Andrew Luck for not being able to handle the blitz better

I interpreted Pagano's comments to be more of a sarcastic dig at the GM who has been putting together lousy offensive lines than a serious criticism about how his QB plays against unblocked rushers. It could be some of each; there's plenty of blame to go around in Indy right now.

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by CaffeineMan :: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 4:24pm

I thought it was a shot at Grigson as well.

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by PirateFreedom :: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:32pm

Absolutely, Luck has been beaten like a David Carr for three years and, instead of working the Draft like a real GM, Grigson says "oh well , BAP is WR so what can I do?"

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by crosseyedlemon :: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 6:30pm

Jerry Jones and Donald Trump must be in competition to see who can make the most ridiculous comment.

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by boog :: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:12pm

Jerry doesn't have much of a choice. Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are not walking through that door.

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by commissionerleaf :: Sat, 09/26/2015 - 2:14pm

Matt Cassel is though!

Feel the excitement.

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by kimkom :: Mon, 12/14/2015 - 9:02pm