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09 Jun 2016

The Month In Quotes: May 2016

compiled by Rob Eves

SO VERY HUNGRY

"For me, and I'll speak for myself on this, I have an extra hunger… At the end of the day, the last two years in New Orleans were a waste of time for me. I want to give everything I have to a team that I want to be a part of, with a head coach I want to be a part of. Not only is Rex a great head coach, but he is also a great defensive coach. He's going to be the best coach that I can work for, anytime… I was hired to be in a multiple system in New Orleans, and I did a damn good job and got fired for it. I am more hungry now than I have ever been."

-- Buffalo Bills "assistant head coach/defense" Rob Ryan, after reuniting with his brother Rex as the Bills' new, explaining what led him to Buffalo. Possibly, wings were also a factor.

"I said I was going to build a bully, it wasn't the appropriate word, but I want to be physical. I think we are getting it right. We brought in Richie Incognito."

… and his brother Rex, on bringing Rob in. (SI.com)

IF ANYONE WAS WONDERING WHETHER I'M CLUTCH...

"That gets me 10 times more nervous than the first snap in a game or a snap in the fourth quarter when you've got to make a play. I'm worried about hitting people, I'm worried about whiffing, I'm worried about looking terrible out there."

-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, on the pressures of playing golf with the president. (ESPN.com)

MORE THAN FINE, IN FACT

"I think Nick has the feeling that if things stay the same, he's probably not going to be on the roster. Beyond that, it was more of a mutual thing. Not that we said, 'don't come.' It was just, 'Coach, I would just rather stay away until we get things worked out.' I said, 'I'm fine with that.'"

-- St. Louis Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher on quarterback Nick Foles, who was a no-show at OTAs. (Ventura County Star)

I GOT 99 PROBLEMS BUT RB DEPTH AIN'T ONE

"I'm an eclectic music guy, I listen to rap, I listen to country, I listen to rock, I listen to everything. I try to stay hip on all of the stuff. So that when I walk by somebody and they had a bad practice, I might say, 'Hey, it's like Jay Z, we're "On To The Next One."' And that resonates with him. He looks at me like, 'All right, this guy's kind of hip.' I think that's important."

-- 40-year-old Titans GM Jon Robinson, who is down with the kids. (ESPN.com)

WATCH OUT FOR YOUR TAIL, SAM

"I'm excited to be back on the field today with my teammates and coaches. The business side of football is sometimes a necessary consideration. My attention and efforts are focused on the participation in and preparation for a championship season: I am committed to my teammates and the Eagles organization for nothing less."

-- Incumbent Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, upon ending his pointless holdout after the Eagles traded up to select North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz in April's draft. (Adam Schefter on Facebook)

THE LAST PLAYBOOK MAY HAVE BEEN WRITTEN IN SPANISH

"I think it helps that he doesn't have to learn a new language."

-- Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave on quarterback Derek Carr and the luxuries of scheme continuity. This will be the first time in Carr's three-year NFL career that he will not have to learn a new offensive system in the offseason. (Silver And Black Pride)

FORTUNATELY, MOST PLAYERS AREN'T HUMAN

"Injuries are a part of it. It's a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play. But we trust in our medical staff and we trust in each individual athlete to do what they have to do to get back on the field."

-- Bills GM Doug Whaley, apparently unaware of the current issues surrounding the NFL with regards to player safety. (WGR 550 SportsRadio)

I WOULD LIKE YOU TO FORGET EVERYTHING I JUST SAID

"Clearly, I used a poor choice of words in my comment yesterday morning… The point I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and that injuries are a part of it. Playing football is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what makes the game so compelling to play and watch."

-- Whaley again, in a statement via the Bills' official Media Relations channel, clarifying his previous comments. (Buffalo Bills, via Twitter)

AN EVEN WORSE STAR WARS CHARACTER THAN JAR JAR

"You're never a loser until you quit trying." - O-Bear-Wan Kenobi #WednesdayWisdom #MayThe4thBeWithYou"

-- The Chicago Bears, via Twitter, with one of the better puns of the of the annual #MayThe4thBeWithYou tweetathon/cringeathon. (Chicago Bears, via Twitter)

AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, I ENDED UP WITH THE JAGS

"It was, honestly, humiliating. It was embarrassing having to sit there, and afterwards walking out, having my girl to my left, my mom to my right, my grandmother to the right of her and having to look at them, it was a tough feeling. It wasn't a good night, truthfully."

-- New Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack, on his fall to Day 2 of the NFL draft. (Rich Eisen Show)

DON'T CALL IT A 'DIET' EITHER

"It's not a cookbook! It's a nutrition manual."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on launching his new TB12 cook… err, nutrition manual. In case you were wondering, the $200 wood-bound book is already sold out. (GQ)

THEY ACTUALLY SCORE THE MOST POINTS ON THE TEAM

"Not a lot of people will ever admit that a kicker is worth a first-round pick. I'm going to be jumping for joy when a few of the people in your business realize that some are… If we love a player we're going to go get him. Don't worry about it. Go get him. Don't worry about how other teams had him ranked, either. If you read that this guy is a sixth-round pick and you take him in the second, it doesn't matter. Get your guy."

-- Bucs GM Jason Licht defends the selection of Robert Aguayo, the kicker for whom they traded up into the second round of April's draft. (Pewter Report)

ANYONE KNOW WHO WEARS THE 5 JERSEY?

"A Bills quarterback with a jersey number that is the square root of 25 threw a football that missed its intended target."

-- Buffalo Bills reporter Mike Rodak reporting from team OTAs, after the Bills published a strict set of media guidelines preventing media from reporting which players dropped passes or threw interceptions during camp. (Mike Rodak, via Twitter)

"This is my 38th year covering the NFL. I've asked many, many coaches to give me one instance in which media won or lost a game. None could."

-- Houston Chronicle writer John McClain, confirming suspicions that, indeed, there is no competitive advantage to be gained by knowing who threw an incompletion in their shorts in May. (John McClain, via Twitter)

WE ALSO DISCOVERED THAT IT GETS DARKER AT NIGHT

"[Head coach Dirk] Koetter said Bucs researched temperatures and found it 11 degrees cooler at 8:45 a.m. compared to 2:45 in afternoon."

-- Greg Auman reporting from Tampa Bay Buccaneers OTAs, where the team is using cutting edge scientific techniques to help inform their training. (Greg Auman, via Twitter)

IF YOU ROLL A DOUBLE HE'LL PROBABLY COME BACK

"I don't put anything past him. He's about as predictable as a pair of dice."

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who believes it's possible that retired running back Marshawn Lynch could return to play for the Seahawks. (NFL.com)

I MEAN, WHERE DO I START?

"There's (sic) a lot of factors that may play into (why Murray had a disappointing season)… Wrong style, not getting along with the coaching staff, offensive line being garbage…"

-- Tennessee Titans defensive end Brian Orakpo on the struggles of former Eagles running back DeMarco Murray last season. (Bleeding Green Nation)

Posted by: Guest on 09 Jun 2016

6 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2016, 11:32pm by tuluse

Comments

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:43am

Oh, good, it's June, and two quotes have already made me vaguely embarrassed to be a Bucs fan. Good to get a head start this year.

Breaking news--head coach Dirk Koetter has noticed there is significantly more light outside at 10:00 a.m. than 1:00 a.m. in the Tampa metropolitan area.

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by garion333 :: Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:26pm

No, really, quotes about kickers being worth a 1st is the sort of stuff that GMs say on their way to the Hall of Fame and not Dumpster Alley.

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by Jonrd :: Thu, 06/09/2016 - 5:07pm

I don't know, I think the best part of the Aguayo quote was the PewterReport Fab 5 was actually titled "Licht Is Mastering The Draft; Inside Bucs’ Pick Of Aguayo."

The full Koetter quote on the heat is a little less damning, though. Seems like he wasn't taking it all that seriously. Again, per PewterReport: “We did a little study and in August when we’re out here it’s on average 11 degrees cooler at 8:45 a.m. than it is at 2:45 p.m., so I did quick Idaho State math [laughs] and figured that out and said, ‘Jeez, it’s 11 degrees cooler. Why don’t we practice in the morning?’”

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by Noah Arkadia :: Fri, 06/10/2016 - 10:35am

And yet they had to make a study to determine that. It's a small thing, but it is kind of ridiculous.

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by The Ancient Mariner :: Sun, 06/12/2016 - 8:20am

That's not actually what he said. What he said was, "We did a little study." That's Idaho State parlance for "We looked it up on Wikipedia."

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by tuluse :: Sun, 06/12/2016 - 11:32pm

Lovie Smith timed his practices for noon, 3:15, and 7:30 to match kickoff times for real games. Koetter realized it's cooler in the morning.