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07 Oct 2016

The Week In Quotes: October 7, 2016

compiled by Rob Eves

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

“I told them, 'This was (the Cardinals') Christmas present. We see them after Christmas. This was their Christmas present. We just gave it to them early, OK?'… Go back and see all the sh-t Bruce (Arians) said against us a couple of years ago."

-- Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, enjoying the Rams' 17-13 win over their NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals, especially after Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians called them "a team that is always 8-8" back in December 2014.

"Hey, it's L.A… It's Hollywood. It's a storyline… and it's not short on drama."

-- Rams quarterback Case Keenum, joking about the Rams' unlikely 3-1 start to the season after getting blown out 28-0 against the San Francisco 49ers on opening weekend. (NFL.com)

MEMBER RYAN FITZMAGIC?

"Honestly, it's time instead of J-E-T-S, you guys got to start going G-E-N-O… That's right, it's time for Geno (Smith). You can't throw nine picks in two weeks and keep your starting job…Meanwhile Geno Smith beat you out two years ago and he's still on the bench. C'mon man, roll it. It's time to get Geno in there because Ryan Fitz-tragic is taking over."

-- Former San Diego Chargers and New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, arguing that it's time for the Jets to bench quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of much-maligned backup Geno Smith, a former second-round pick by the Jets in 2013. (New York Daily News)

SHOTS HOPEFULLY NOT FIRED

"You do dumbass things, pretty soon you're going to be labelled a dumbass."

-- Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, discussing the arrest of linebacker Nigel Bradham earlier this week for attempting to board a flight from Miami International Airport with a loaded firearm in his luggage. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS

"Just to walk into a locker room and you see burgundy pants, the only worries I had was that I ain't had the cleat game right to match up. Just to know that we can actually catch up and do things a little bit different, swag makes a helluva difference in the game and nobody really realizes it. Swag makes a helluva difference in the game."

-- Washington defensive end Ricky Jean Francois, enjoying the switch from gold to burgundy pants in the team's road uniforms. (Washington Post)

NO SELFIES UNLESS PLAYOFFS

"Nobody's freakin' pouting."

-- Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray, not getting too depressed about the team's latest loss as the Titans fell 20-27 to the Houston Texans. (The Tennessean)

HE PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN COVERING HIM ANYWAY… BUT THAT'S NONE OF MY BUSINESS

"I'm just gonna sip my tea on that one"

-- Washington cornerback Josh Norman, feeling smug after Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones posted a 300-yard outing against the Carolina Panthers, Norman's former team, on Sunday. (JP Finlay, CSN)

STILL A BETTER ANALYST THAN PHIL SIMMS

"Turned into a pretty good game. But one big hit, this sh-t could explode."

-- NFL referee Pete Morelli, leaving his microphone on during a third-quarter timeout during the Buffalo Bills' 16-0 road win over the New England Patriots. (ESPN)

TOUGH PARENTING

"I deserved to get hit like that, taking that foot off the gas… I was so shocked. The guy just came out of nowhere it felt like… I'm going to talk to my father tonight, and he's probably going to tell me what I already expect: I deserved it."

-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, blaming himself for the concussion-causing hit he took from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones. Newton eased up heading into the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt, as the Panthers lost to the Falcons 33-48. (Black And Blue Review)

TOUGH COACHING

“It's a judgement call, but If I was playing, I would have taken a shot."

-- Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, feeling as though he would have been unable to resist hitting Newton had he been in Jones' position. (Black And Blue Review)

TARGETING PENALTY

“After the play is over, unsportsmanlike conduct, No. 24. Shooting a bow and arrow."

-- NFL referee Jeff Triplette, penalizing Washington cornerback Josh Norman for simulating a weapon during the team's 31-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. In addition, Norman was fined $10,000 for the gesture. (MMQB)

IT'S NOT JUST YOU

"I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way, it'll be a flag, it'll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag. It is what it is. You have to understand that."

-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., complaining about being targeted by officials for personal foul penalties following a number of high-profile in-game meltdowns. (Associated Press)

FLAGS UP, RATINGS DOWN, COINCIDENCE?

"I guarantee if I score, I'm twerking in the end zone… That's what I'm guaranteeing… We talk about, we want to grow the business of the NFL and revenues. We see growth from 10 billion to 20 billion (dollars) by the end of 2022. We need more of that. We need guys to come out the box. We need Antonio Brown twerking in the end zone. Kids shouldn't be fined for that. Guys should go out there and wear colorful cleats. That's our culture right now. This is this new era, this hip-hop and lifestyle era. We've got to embrace that. Can't just put guys in a box."

-- New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, planning on emulating Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown's trademark celebration should he score against the Steelers on Sunday, and offering some wise words to the league regarding the strict enforcement of excessive celebration penalties this season. (New York Daily News)

THE REAL SECRET TO THE RAMS' TURNAROUND

“The D.J. has to be next to the nutritionist, which has to fall after Jeff Fisher."

-- Los Angeles Rams offensive guard Jamon Brown, bigging up the Rams' practice DJ Sergio Galvez. (Los Angeles Times)

SURELY COVERING FOR MATCH-FIXING

"(I'm) furious… It's a major disappointment. You get the lead we had, and to fall apart -- a major disappointment. Frustration is an understatement. I can't say right now in this microphone how I really, truly feel."

-- San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, fuming as the Chargers blew another big lead, losing 34-35 against the New Orleans Saints after holding a 13-point lead going into the last five minutes. The Chargers are now 3-12 in one-score games since the start of last season. (ESPN)

FANTASY ATHLETES ABUSE AWARENESS

"I can't even go to the grocery store without getting yelled at."

-- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, feeling the effects of fame as he gets berated by his fantasy football owners in public. (Mike Reiss, ESPN)

NOTHING LIKE ROOKIE CONFIDENCE

“I would love to race (Usain Bolt) in the 40… I would definitely race him in the 40. Anything above that? Negative… I think I'd get him. He doesn't have a great start but once he starts going, it's no beating him. So I have to beat him before he gets going. So that's a good thing about me. I'm a quick-twitcher. He has to build up."

-- Miami Dolphins rookie wide receiver and return specialist Jakeem Grant, believing he could defeat nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt in a 40-yard sprint. (Palm Beach Post)

AN INSULT TO ACTUAL BUMS

"They were cutting me for bums at quarterback, guys with no reason to be on the team over me… At the end of the day I know what it is, it's a lot of politics. So I knew I was playing the politics game and it wasn't working out in my favor so I might as well try to do something different."

-- Cleveland Browns multiple position player Terrelle Pryor, believing that he deserved to be a part of the Browns quarterback rotation last year, when he was instead waived by the team and later converted to (primarily) a wide receiver this season. (Cleveland Scene)

WILL ALSO ACCEPT: SEAHAWKS, JETS, COWBOYS, 49ERS...

"I say this with all due respect because I have a lot of family and friends. (The worst fanbase in the NFL), it's the (New England) Patriots… Deflategate put it over the top, the persecution complex, just, nobody cares, it's tired. Just, just go win your 13 or 14 games (and) go to the Super Bowl every year, be happy. Be happy! You have a great team, a great franchise. Just stop with the persecution complex."

-- Sports Illustrated NFL writer Greg Bedard, making a compelling case for the New England Patriots as the owners of the league's worst fanbase. (CSN New England)

TENNESSEE MIGHT BE IN THE MARKET

"Officially on the job hunt: Anyone know of anybody looking for a 3 down back w/ great movement skills who's also freakishly good looking lol."

-- Recently released Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett, taking to Twitter as he begins the search for his next job. (Twitter)

IF YOU INSIST…

"Jack off to promising start."

-- Florida newspaper Orlando Sentinel, headlining journalist Ryan O'Halloran's article highlighting Jacksonville Jaguars rookie linebacker Myles Jack's debut performance in the Jags' 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley. (Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel)

THAT'S WHY BRETT FAVRE GOT A PLUS-3 MODIFIER TO ALL END ZONE ROLLS

"The Packers are my main team. It's quite an embarrassing reason, but Wisconsin is where Dungeons and Dragons was invented."

-- British NFL fan Katie Edwards, who caught the ball that Blake Bortles punted into the crowd after scoring during the Jacksonville Jaguars' 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts at London's Wembley Stadium, justifying her Green Bay Packers fandom. (ESPN)

Posted by: Rob Eves on 07 Oct 2016

9 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2016, 9:25am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

Comments

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by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:21pm

similar was articl shown on Dave Lettemrn show one time. Normamly Jat Leno did article styuff but occasionaly letterman did too. it was some low level college or a high school with nicbname Jacks. Title of articl was "Jacks Off To Great Start"

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by ansum :: Sat, 10/08/2016 - 5:01pm

Oakwood Jacks Off to a Good Start. Haha, my friend in high school wrote that.

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by Jerry :: Fri, 10/07/2016 - 5:51pm

The tagging seems to be slightly broken at the end of "FLAGS UP, RATINGS DOWN, COINCIDENCE?"

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by Vincent Verhei :: Fri, 10/07/2016 - 6:56pm

Whoops. Thank you. Fixed.

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by Anon Ymous :: Fri, 10/07/2016 - 9:38pm

"Sports Illustrated NFL writer Greg Bedard, making a not-so-compelling case for the New England Patriots as the owners of the league's worst fanbase."

Fixed that for you. :)

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by LionInAZ :: Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:55pm

I think it's fair to consider Bos/NE fans as the whiniest, most self-important, entitled fans in the country in any sport, even over NY fans these days. But it's hard to say that they're worse than PHI fans.

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by Kaelik :: Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:57pm

Writer was probably thrown off by fact that Philly Fans in the brief period of exultant happiness with QB, before he loses playoff game and becomes garbage to hate forever.

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by Noah Arkadia :: Sat, 10/08/2016 - 1:16pm

Is this the right place for quotes from Steve Young's book? Some are hilarious. Like when he went over to Montana's home for Christmas dinner and his 3 year-old daughter asked Joe, "Dad, is this the guy we hate?". That and a couple others are over at MMQB.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 9:25am

Grant would have a chance against Bolt in the 40 yard. Bolt has amazing top-end speed and carries it well, but his starts aren't world-class. He's the fastest ever from 60m-200m, but you can beat him to 60m.

Put them in pads, and I'd favor Grant.