Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Oct 2016

The Week In Quotes: October 14, 2016

by Rob Eves

TEN YARDS, YOU MEAN

"Yeah, I've got to play better… There's no question to that. I've got to do a better job of leading this football team, executing this offense, scoring points, the whole 9 yards."

-- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert, promising to try harder to at least make it to fourth-and-1 as the 49ers continue to struggle, losing 33-21 to the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday night. (San Francisco Gate)

"It sucks. I don't like it.

-- Gabbert, not enjoying his benching for backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick this week. (CSN Bay Area)

HE GETS IT

"Here's what stands out: would you rather we be in the red zone more and have a good percentage or would you rather be No. 7 in the league in scoring? Which would you rather have?… (The latter?) I'd think so."

-- Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees, not worrying about the team's struggles in the red zone while they've had success defensively overall. (Baltimore Sun)

BLOOMING BROMANCE <3

"Derek is just one of my brothers. We really connect, especially in the pass rush. I listen to him and follow his lead… I've been stealing Derek's sacks for two or three years… It's been a great partnership. He's been a dominant player for a long time."

-- Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, humbly acknowledging the contribution of his teammate, defensive end Derek Wolfe. (Denver Post)

…AND DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT PROTECTING THE FOOTBALL?

"Everything is a mind-set on the football field, but it's a choice. I got a lot of decisions to make out there, so my choice is I have to protect the football… I felt I've improved a lot from my first year to my second year. I just have to protect the football… Teams usually come with whatever game plan they have, and it's typically pretty good. But like I said, it's more about me protecting the football."

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, focusing on protecting the football after a dismal first quarter of the season that produced eight interceptions and two lost fumbles. (Tampa Bay Times)

SWEET CHRISTMAS!

"They asked me if I needed a cart and I'm like, 'sh-t, I'm going to look so weak.' I've been watching Luke Cage. He's the bulletproof brother from Marvel, and I'm like, 'What would Luke Cage do right now?' He'd get up and keep bouncing around, so I was like, 'I've got to get up and show them, get a moment, just run off the field and let them know I'm coming back in the game.'"

-- New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, getting inspired by a Marvel superhero and returning to the game after an early ankle injury, as the Patriots beat the Cleveland Browns 33-13. Bennett caught three touchdown passes in the win. (CBS)

"We just had a bunch of b-tches on the roster -- that's why we didn't win games -- and coaches liked the b-tches."

-- Bennett again, speaking his mind about his former team, the Chicago Bears. (CSN Chicago)

ALL BENNETTS ARE SUPERHEROES, CONFIRMED

"That's how you know I am made of iron… He cheap-shotted me and he got a concussion. My wife was happy."

-- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, relishing in the injury suffered by New York Jets offensive guard Brian Winters after delivering a hit to Bennett during the game between the two teams on October 2. Winters was also fined for the hit this week. (Seattle Times)

SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE?

"Same pain. Same disgust… Same fury. It boils inside you. It doesn't get any easier. Unfortunately, I've experienced it too many times. I want to win. Poop still tastes the same, no matter if it was the first time you tasted it."

-- Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, not enjoying the taste of the Dolphins' latest 30-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans. (Palm Beach Post)

SIGN ME UP FOR WHATEVER HE'S ON

""I would rather have this type of season and finish strong… The story will be that much sweeter."

-- New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, remaining inappropriately optimistic as the Jets suffered their fourth loss of the season, falling 31-13 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. (New York Daily News)

WHAT Y'ALL, THE SECOND TEAM?

"We have two similar quarterbacks. Our offense doesn't change. I don't think you're going to outsmart people in the National Football League where all of a sudden if the second quarterback's playing that Rex (Ryan) is going to tear up his game plan and say, 'We're screwed. We have no idea how to defend him.'… I don't buy that whole 'stick the banana in the tailpipe and try to tell them the car is broken.'"

-- San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, explaining why he announced Colin Kaepernick as the starter for the Niners' game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday so early in the week. (NBC Sports)

TIME FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

"We hugged it out. Last time I hit him, he hit me back… I told him it was a good hit. I said from now on we can be friends."

-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., making up with the kicking net that he lost a fight to in the Giants' Week 3 loss to Washington. (ESPN)

EXPECT A FINE ANYWAY

AndersonToBenjamin.gif 17 yard gain! #KeepPounding

-- The Carolina Panthers' Twitter account, side-stepping new league rules banning teams from posting in-game video highlights via social media while games are in progress. (Carolina Panthers via Twitter)

COACH-SPEAK OR GENUINELY CLUELESS?

"We don't have a plan."

-- Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, discussing the Bears' current direction (or lack thereof) at quarterback as they continue to start Brian Hoyer in Jay Cutler's injury-related absence. (CSN Chicago)

EXPECT A FINE ANYWAY 2

"Everything you do gets fined nowadays, right? Me seeing the tape of what not to do -- and I get it, rules are rules -- but I thought it would be funny to do that and troll the whole situation, so that's what I did."

-- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, explaining his robotic touchdown celebration after scoring during the Browns' 33-13 loss to the New England Patriots, as the NFL shared a tape with teams and players detailing the application of penalties for excessive celebration this season. (Cleveland.com)

HONEST WADE

"No. If you look at my record as interim, I told you I was a lousy head coach."

-- Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, acting unsurprised that he wasn't named as the Broncos' interim head coach while Gary Kubiak takes a week off with illness. The gig instead went to special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. (James Palmer, NFL Network)

ROLL ELEPHANTS

"I wish they'd have like a little mascot… and we can see who the best is. (Would I like to have a live elephant?) Absolutely.. Yeah I'd ride the elephant, course they probably wouldn't let that happen but that's just the dream."

-- The quest for a new Alabama Crimson Tide nickname continues with linebacker Rashaan Evans, enjoying the idea of riding a live elephant into the stadium on gamedays. (Terrin Waack, Crimson White)

…LIKE $40 MILLION GUARANTEED FROM AN AFC SOUTH TEAM

"We had a good thing going there for a while… The first two games went really well, we were rolling… But I always tell myself 'everything happens for a reason.' There was a reason that happened, and hopefully good things will come from it."

-- New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, reflecting on his time as a starter to start the season during the suspension of starter Tom Brady. (ESPN)

THE HENDRIX AND DURST OF KICKING

"In the kicking world, he's a superstar. He's a rock star… He's a guy I look up to, a guy I consider a growing friend. We had a word, we had a laugh. We're people. The work day was over and he said something funny and when Sebastian Janikowski says something funny to you, you laugh."

-- San Diego Chargers kicker Josh Lambo, addressing critics after he was seen sharing a laugh with his Oakland Raiders counterpart Sebastian Janikowski following another close 31-34 Chargers loss, this time involving a botched hold on a Lambo field goal attempt. ( Associated Press)

HIS TEAM ACTUALLY WON THE GAME

"The worst thing about being on Monday Night Football is, oh my God, there's no TV on on Monday and I had to turn it off because, wow! Wow! You have a lot of experts out there on other people's teams…When Jon (Gruden) was coaching and someone said (he'd lost confidence in his quarterback), you know what he'd be standing up here saying? 'That guy doesn't know what I'm thinking or anything about my team.' He gets paid to talk on TV. I get paid to coach the Bucs… Those guys can say whatever they want. Yeah, we ran it on third-and-9. You know what? We also ran it on third-and-3 and third-and-5 and we were two out of three running the ball on third down and we weren't nearly that successful throwing the ball. It had no reflection at all on my confidence in Jameis Winston. There can be no person on this planet, other than his parents, that's more confident in Jameis Winston than me."

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, reacting to ESPN announcer (and former Bucs head coach) Jon Gruden's comments that Koetter had "lost confidence in" quarterback Jameis Winston during the Monday Night Football broadcast of the Buccaneers' 17-14 win over the Carolina Panthers. (Pewter Report)

…IN WHICH AN NFL PLAYER DIES AND IS REINCARNATED AS GARDEN FURNITURE

"Got folded up like a lawn chair… I laid there for a second… Then I turned over and, like, I had 15 faces in front of me. So I thought I had died or something. They kind of scared me more than anything. Yeah, I took a shot, and it hurt, but whenever I saw everybody standing around me, I thought I had died."

-- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, going through a near-death experience in which he thought he was lawn furniture after a hit by New York Giants safety Landon Collins in Green Bay's 23-16 win over the Giants. (USA Today)

TRY TELLING THIS TO YOUR BOSS

"Meetings are for guys (who) don't know how to perform on the field."

-- Former San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys pass-rusher Charles Haley, defending current Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant for missing as many as 40 team meetings during his Dallas career. (NFL.com)

Posted by: Rob Eves on 14 Oct 2016

9 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2016, 8:53am by jtr

Comments

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by gmoney_714 :: Fri, 10/14/2016 - 3:24pm

I'll bet Cameron Wake speaks from experience.

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by jmaron :: Sat, 10/15/2016 - 9:57am

I don't know much about coaching and certainly don't know much specifically about the teams Wade Phillips was the head coach of, but it seems genuinely accepted, and even by Phillips himself, that he was a bad head coach. He has a .562 winning pct in 146 games.

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by Will Allen :: Sat, 10/15/2016 - 12:38pm

Wade's being modest. He wasn't bad, he was at least average, maybe slightly better than that. Hos biggest problem was he could never hire a coach who was nearly as good as he is at defensive playcalling (which he is freakin' great at), which meant he tended to get sucked back into that role, to the detriment of other responsibilities.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 10/15/2016 - 2:49pm

As I recall headcoach six times.

Three times interim ... Saints 1985, Texans 2012 and Atlanta 2003.
Full-time ... Broncos 1993-95ish, Bills 1997-1999, Dallas 2007-10.

- Denver - he was the guy between Dan Reeves and Mike Shananhan. Not sure why they got rid of him.

- Buffalo he followed Marv Levy. He was coach of the Bills when they lost the Music City Miracle.

- Dallas he followed Parcells and was doing a good job and they were considered contenders going into 2010. But he lost the team - JJ canned him when they were 1-7. Garret took over and the team closed out the season 5-3 and remains coach to this day.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Sat, 10/15/2016 - 4:20pm

Phillips was the last consistently successful Bills head coach. In '99. with the immortal Rob Johnson at QB, he was one insanely unlucky special teams play from knocking off a very good Tennessee team in the playoffs.

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by Vincent Verhei :: Sat, 10/15/2016 - 9:07pm

Nothing you typed there is factually untrue, but you have omitted so many facts that your conclusion is terribly inaccurate.

The 1999 Bills started out 10-5 with Doug Flutie starting every game at quarterback. With a playoff berth clinched, the Bills sat their starters in Week 17, and Rob Johnson quarterbacked them to a 31-6 win over the Colts. Based on that one win, Phillips benched Flutie for Johnson in the playoff game.

It was an utterly insane decision. Flutie didn't break records that year or anything, but he was good -- he was 10th in DYAR, 13th in DVOA. Meanwhile, Johnson was a known commodity at that point as a terrible quarterback. It was his fifth NFL season between Jacksonville and Buffalo, and in those five seasons (including six starts with the Bills in 1998), he had been sacked 37 times in only 213 dropbacks -- a sack rate of 17 percent. That's monstrous.

So what happened in the playoff game? Surprise, surprise! Johnson, a terrible quarterback, had a terrible game! He went 10-of-22 with six sacks and three fumbles. The Bills had seven three-and-outs. The Bills defense kept Buffalo in the game, and Johnson did lead a field goal drive to briefly take the lead before the famous ending, but he was an anchor on that team all damn day.

In 15 games behind that same offensive line, Flutie was never sacked more than five times, and was only sacked more than three times once. And he only fumbled six times all season. If Flutie starts and plays that whole game, the Bills probably win by two touchdowns.

Wade Phillips benched a good quarterback to start a horrible one, and as a result his team lost a playoff game they should have won. Don't credit him for almost winning with Johnson. Blame Phillips for benching Flutie.

The follow-up: Phillips, Flutie, and Johnson were all back in Buffalo the next year. Johnson went 4-7 as a starter with a sack rate of almost 14 percent. Flutie went 4-1 and had a sack rate of barely 4 percent.

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by xydux :: Sun, 10/16/2016 - 12:57am

Wasn't that allegedly because Ralph Wilson told him to start Johnson, though? I read an article that mentioned that Wilson, the owner, wanted Johnson (who was at the time a fancy acquisition with potential) to start for the team, and pushed Wade Phillips into starting him in the playoff game.

If that's the case, it's harder to blame Phillips for starting Rob Johnson; if he doesn't start Johnson, he gets fired. If he does and it's shown that Johnson isn't very good, the Bills will lose, and he'll get fired. It seems kind of like a no-win situation to me.

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by Vincent Verhei :: Sun, 10/16/2016 - 1:12am

I had not heard that. Well, obviously if that's true, that takes a lot of the heat off Wade.

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by jtr :: Mon, 10/17/2016 - 8:53am

"We have two similar quarterbacks" is the meanest insult Kaepernick has ever received.