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30 Dec 2016

The Week In Quotes: December 30, 2016

by Rob Eves

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT

"Whatever happens, happens, but I'll stand by my reputation."

-- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, stoically handling rumors surrounding his job security after the Bills suffered a home overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins, giving up almost 500 yards of total offense in the process. Ryan's firing was confirmed earlier this week. (ESPN)

SHOULD HOPE SO

"I'm not going to say Rex (Ryan) is not detail-oriented or doesn't hold players accountable… (but) we were raised by different mamas."

-- Bills interim head coach, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, confirming that he and former head coach Ryan aren't actually brothers. (Vic Carucci, Buffalo News)

GREAT START!

"Cardale Jones right now… I mean -- I'm sorry. Not Cardale, but EJ Manuel."

-- Lynn, announcing a change at quarterback for the Bills' last game of the season and mixing up the team's backup quarterbacks. (SB Nation)

THEY'RE TEAMMATES

"He should be embarrassed… There's no reason, he just should be… He knows what he did. It's cool bro… It's irrelevant. Scratch that comment."

-- New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson, calling out wide receiver Brandon Marshall after the Jets' 41-3 loss to the New England Patriots. (New York Daily News)

DIE HARD A CHRISTMAS FILM? DISCUSS

"I'm gonna tell you what, though, I wanna be back here next year because I'm f-cking coming back to help this team win a championship… Period. With a f-cking vengeance."

-- Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin, a free agent at the end of the year, hoping to return to play for the team again next year despite having missed the postseason two years in a row. (Zak Keefer, Indy Star)

SO WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU?

"They're alright… They did some alright stuff that worked. Nothing special. They ain't nothing special."

-- Detroit Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, not thinking much of the Dallas Cowboys, who dished out a 42-21 hammering to the Lions this past Monday night. ( Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

"He was being dirty all game. I think he was a little salty from the Sugar Bowl win we got against him two years ago."

-- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, firing back at Robinson by bringing up Ohio State's victory over Robinson's Alabama team in the 2015 Sugar Bowl. (Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

THE GREATEST BROWNS WIN OF THE LAST DECADE

"I cried like a baby with him to be very honest with you. That was probably one of the moments that I will always remember in my coaching career, watching a future Hall of Famer (offensive tackle Joe Thomas) overcome with emotion because he knows how hard he has worked to help this young team and these players get this victory."

-- Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, getting sentimental in the wake of the Browns' victory over the San Diego Chargers to avoid a winless 0-16 season. (NBC Sports)

"Just 2 b clear, I wasnt crying about the @browns win, I was crying because I was thinking about what happened to Old Yeller #sad #stillcryin"

-- Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, excusing his emotional outpour. (Joe Thomas, Twitter)

QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY IN DALLAS

"So unexpected. We didn't know. He called it, and I was like, 'Oh sh-t.'… I was really nervous."

-- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, admitting to some nerves at being asked to throw a pass on a trick play against the Detroit Lions, which he completed to tight end Jason Witten for a touchdown. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

DAMAGE CONTROL

"There was a bumpy start with the first one… It was a post by someone working on 'Facebook Live.' That person is not in trouble -- because the sentiments expressed are correct. Skip Bayless is the Man. And we do love him on 'Undisputed.'"

-- Fox Sports President Jamie Horowitz, covering for 'Undisputed' presenter and complete prick Skip Bayless, who was caught appearing to praise himself on a 'Facebook Live' chat last week. (Awful Announcing)

FIREFIREFIREFIREFIRE

"What do I know? I grew up a Dallas fan, particularly a Hollywood Henderson fan."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, firing back at former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw's public criticisms of him last week, when he called Tomlin a "cheerleader guy." Tomlin was referencing the former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Hollywood Henderson, who famously called Bradshaw "so dumb, he couldn't spell 'cat' if you spotted him a C and an A" prior to Super Bowl XIII. (Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

"Just to rest up -- and be a 'cheerleader guy' this week."

-- Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, planning his week off as the Steelers look to rest starters in their meaningless Week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns. (Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

IN THE FINAL DAYS BEFORE THE JANUARY DIET…

"A lot. I like wings."

-- LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, estimating the number of wings he ate during the team's Citrus Bowl pre-game meal at Buffalo Wild Wings. The team reportedly ate 4,000 chicken wings, or 288,000 calories worth. (Ross Dellenger, The Advocate)

…PROBABLY NOT AS MUCH AS DONTARI

"You're lucky I didn't throw an official TD #Poe. Heaviest to throw a TD but not by much. Stick to def(ense), quit stealing my thunder."

-- Former New York Giants backup quarterback Jared "Hefty Lefty" Lorenzen, getting bitter about Kansas City's 346-pound nose tackle Dontari Poe throwing a trick play touchdown pass to seal the Chiefs' 33-10 win over the Denver Broncos on Christmas Day. (Jared Lorenzen, Twitter)

YOUNG LINEBACKERS EVERYWHERE, SHIELD YOUR EARS

"I mean look, a lot of defensive players get moved… because they're not good enough on offense, right?… If you're a high school or college coach you're not going to take your best running back and put him at -- I mean it'd be rare to put him somewhere else… I think most of the defensive players need to understand that the reason they don't play offense is because they're not good enough to play offense."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, delivering some harsh truths for young defensive players everywhere. (Patriots.com)

DON'T TELL BURFICT

"The Ravens are more of a rivalry and the Bengals, we treat them like little brothers that get on our nerves… They constantly bug you, they try to get on your nerves and try to find a way to beat the big brother but they never can… They have athletes over there, they got a good team over there, but I feel like we're just the big brothers. I think we mentally got them beat and I know how important it is to a lot of our guys."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, throwing some jabs at AFC North "rivals" the Cincinnati Bengals (NBC Sports)

JUST IN CASE YOU WERE STILL THINKING OF HAVING THEM…

"That's what happens when you've got two young kids… You tend to catch their germs."

-- Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, elaborating on backup quarterback Derek Anderson's "illness" designation on this week's injury report. (Black And Blue Review)

AMEN, BROTHER

"I love football."

-- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, explaining his motivation to play heading into a meaningless Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Indy Star)


THE WEEK IN GIFS, PICS & TWEETS

#AWKWARD

-- Monday Night Football broadcaster ESPN, trying out a new split screen advertising format. The ad in question for the Microsoft Surface Pro laughably backfired, as Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was shown on the "sideline cam" viewing plays on old-fashioned printouts rather than a tablet. Microsoft originally paid the NFL $400 million for their partnership.

FOSTER SMASH

-- Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster, breaking an NBC camera with a spike after teammate Antonio Brown scored a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens on Christmas Day.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS DREW

-- Arizona Sports radio presenter Vince Marotta, sticking up for fellow journalist Kent Somers, who recently came under fire by former Cardinals punter Drew Butler over Twitter.

TFW YOU'RE 1-14

-- A Cleveland Browns fan, celebrating his team's win over the San Diego Chargers in style.

'GO GO GO, CHARGERS BINGO DEPENDS ON IT!'

-- San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, rallying the troops to hurry up and lose the Browns game with a last-second missed field goal.

Posted by: Rob Eves on 30 Dec 2016

4 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2016, 10:05pm by justanothersteve

Comments

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by PackerPete :: Sat, 12/31/2016 - 7:57am

Could there possibly be a less appealing sports show than Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless trying to outdo each other?

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by PirateFreedom :: Sat, 12/31/2016 - 3:41pm

Skip Bayless and more Skip Bayless

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by dbostedo :: Sat, 12/31/2016 - 5:42pm

Great question... great answer.

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by justanothersteve :: Sat, 12/31/2016 - 10:05pm

I thought Jared Lorenzen was pretty funny, not bitter. Not many QBs could make fun of their weight. Just think if Scott Mitchell had continued playing.