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07 Sep 2015

The Week In Quotes: September 7, 2015

by Rory Hickey

PATRIOTS 1, ROYALS 0

"While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. I don't think it has been good for our sport -- to a large degree, we have all lost. I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation. I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud. I look forward to the competition on the playing field and I hope the attention of NFL fans can return to where it belongs -- on the many great players and coaches who work so hard every week, and sacrifice so much, to make this game great. Most importantly, I look forward to representing the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our season opener. I hope to make all of our fans proud this year … and beyond!"

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in a statement following the decision to have his four game Deflategate suspension overturned. (Pro Football Talk)

AIN'T NOTHIN BUT A QB THANG BABY

"Yeah, the NFL overturned Brady's sh-t. I can't do nothing but smoke. That's bullsh-t. You might as well overturn all the homies that got weed cases in the league, too. If you all are gonna do that. Keep it real."

-- Rapper Snoop Dogg, complaining about the decision to revoke Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension. (World Star)

YEAH, HOW COULD HE KEEP UP WITH HIS INCESSANT ENDORSEMENTS?

"If it was J.J. Watt, I think he would have been cooperative, and it wouldn't be a question. ... I don't think J.J. would destroy his cell phone."

-- Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, claiming that if defensive end J.J. Watt were involved in Deflategate, Watt would not have destroyed his cell phone. (ESPN)

RG3RD TEAM?

"The problem comes in with RGIII being the man for so long, all of a sudden, how does he come out and take practice team reps? How does he go out and take scout team reps? For a guy who's so into himself to the point that he still feels like he should be the guy, I think it's going to be hard for him to do."

-- Former Washington running back Clinton Portis, questioning how embattled Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will handle going from being the man to taking practice team reps. (Pro Football Talk)

TO BE FAIR, 'T.J. BRADY' SOUNDS RIDICULOUS

"My last name's not Brady."

"I feel it's really unfair. I'm getting punished for being accused of doing something. Not doing something, but being accused. And I've got to pay the consequences."

-- Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward, speculating on why the NFL suspended him for one game stemming from a 2014 incident at a Denver strip club. (Denver Post)

NFL LITIGATION: LESS SAVING. LESS DOING.

"It's not healthy for the NFL to be in the kind of litigious position that it's been for last several years. I think that the commissioner is working hard to hold up the respect and integrity of the game, the competitive balance of the game and the shield. Having said that, I think we have to find ways to get to a better place sooner with the NFLPA than the process that we've gone through."

-- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, saying that it might be time to look into commissioner Roger Goodell's power. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

I'D TAKE THE $600K NOT TO PLAY FOR THE RAIDERS

"I have no reaction, 'cause this should have happened a long time ago. Trent Richardson is the worst running back of all time. Of all time. There's a freshman that goes to University High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, named Michael Hollins that I would take on my team right now in the NFL before I got Trent Richardson. I can't believe they gave him $600,000 guaranteed. And they gave it to him to go away. Can you imagine that? If somebody said, 'I'm going to give you all this money just so you never run the ball for us ever again.'"

-- Former NFL safety Ryan Clark, declaring that recently released Trent Richardson, a former No. 2 overall pick, is the worst running back of all time. (Sporting News)

'AHH THAT WAS THE BEST' -- SHANE LECHLER, TO HIS GRANDKIDS SOMEDAY

"I think I'm going to win multiple dinners. I had a little wager going with some guys. I hit it twice in warmups. I felt good about hitting it on that punt, but not good enough to tell everybody not to run down the field. That's the first time I've had a do-over for hitting a scoreboard."

-- Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler, on hitting the gigantic scoreboard at AT&T Stadium in a preseason game against the Cowboys. (Pro Football Talk)

IF THEY STILL HAD OTTO GRAHAM, BEAR BRYANT WOULD STILL BE COACHING THE NAVY

"If we'd had Drew Brees, I might still be in Miami."

-- University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, saying that had the Dolphins signed quarterback Drew Brees instead of Daunte Culpepper Saban might still be the coach of the Miami Dolphins. (Pro Football Talk)

ELIAS: FIRST PLAYER NAMED 'TYROD' TO START AT QB IN NFL HISTORY

"It doesn't mean that they couldn't throw another guy in there at some point during the course of that game, but you can kind of hone in on what you want to do, especially from a pass-rush standpoint, if you have a pure pocket passer that is not mobile, can't run around, you're probably going to go after him a certain way. If you've got a guy that's as athletic and mobile as Tyrod is, then you have to plan accordingly."

-- Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, discussing the challenges of defending Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the Colts' Week 1 opponent. (NFL Nation Blog)

OH SURE, JUST WHALE AWAY ON THE GUY

"There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was [Whaley]."

-- Seattle Seahawks running back Fred Jackson, reflecting on his release from the Buffalo Bills and revealing his distrust for general manager Doug Whaley. (The Buffalo News)

DOES CHARLES JOHNSON KNOW WHO QUASIMODO IS?

"He walked in like Quasimodo."

-- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, discussing defensive end Charles Johnson, who had a trapezius muscle "lock up" on him in practice. (Black and Blue Review)

WHAT HE'S SAYING IS THE GIANTS NEED TO HAVE A COLD TUB INSTALLED

"This is the NFL. No one team is just going to go out there and not have its fair share of adversity. That comes along with the game. If you know that, you know it's required that you have to be able to respond to it. That's what we need to do a better job with. When we get hit in the mouth or go through adversity, we don't respond as well as we should."

-- New York Giants defensive end Cullen Jenkins, saying that the team "freezes up" during games over the last two seasons. (Newsday)

A PACKER DISASTER AVOIDED

"I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of me. I was just jogging off the field at the end of the series, and I could feel the pain. I didn't know exactly what it was. It was discomfort, and I let Doc check it out and we went back and got X-rays. It's not what we think it could've been."

-- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, going through his thought process when he got injured and he thought he may have broken his collarbone. (ESPN)

HOW ABOUT GETTING A POINT IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE THIS YEAR FIRST?

"It depends on how my football career goes but, when I am finished, I would love to go the NFL and be a kicker. Even if I got to play just one game it is something I would like to do. It's a long way off yet. But it is definitely something I have thought about."

-- Tottenham Hotspurs striker Harry Kane, saying that he would like to give American football a try some day after his regular football days are over. (The Sun)

TOO BAD GOODELL ISN'T ATTENDING THE GAME ON THURSDAY

"He never left."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, when asked what his thoughts were on Tom Brady re-joining the team. (Twitter)

WHY NOT GO FOR QUALITY CONTROL COACH?

"Quarterbacks coach, I would do at Tennessee. Head coach? Absolutely not. People in Tennessee like me right now, Dan -- I don't know why. But you become the head coach and cut that in half right away. 'Why are you throwing it on fourth-and-1? Why did you punt there; you should go for it.' Cut it in half -- it's like being in politics... Quarterbacks coach, you probably could stay under the radar. You get your quarterbacks throwing a lot of completions, you probably could stay in good favor. Maybe if they call, that'd be something."

-- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, on the Dan Patrick Show denying that he would have any interest in becoming the head coach at the University of Tennessee, his alma mater. (WVLT)

I COULD HAVE BEEN THE ANSWER TO A TRIVIA QUESTION IN 20 YEARS!

"I was going to be going in on every third down in that game. People don't know this, but because we we're throwing the ball so poorly on third down, we basically worked in packages where Tim and I were together in the backfield. He was playing wide receiver. I was coming in to purely just throw dropback passes on third down. When we got to the game, we had so much success on first and second down -- kind of moving the ball -- that when we got to third down, they were kind of like, 'We can't pull him, he's doing all right.' Then we went 3-for-10, 30 percent, on third down and then it kind of got washed away because we moved the ball on first and second."

-- Former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, saying that in the 2011 playoff game which Tim Tebow won with the Broncos, the team's original plan was to have Quinn play every third down and bench Tebow. (Eye on Football Podcast)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 07 Sep 2015

4 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2015, 9:43am by bubqr

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Mon, 09/07/2015 - 4:56pm

With all due respect to Brady Quinn, I've watched Brady Quinn play football. I'm skeptical that the Broncos would have been significantly better on 3rd down with him throwing the ball than with Tebow (and that says more about Quinn than it does Tebow).

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by dbostedo :: Mon, 09/07/2015 - 4:51pm

As a Ryan Clark fan, I had hopes that he would make a good commentator... but it seems maybe the hyperbole machine has gotten a hold of him.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Mon, 09/07/2015 - 4:58pm

Maybe he can carve out a niche as an anti-Jon Gruden...negative hyperbole instead of positive. I would find that pretty entertaining.

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by bubqr :: Tue, 09/08/2015 - 9:43am

Harry Kane should focus on not becoming the next waaaaay-overhyped English talent before thinking of his post-soccer career.