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02 Sep 2016

The Week In Quotes: September 2, 2016

by Rob Eves

DRUGS ARE NOT GOOD, M'KAY

"Well, I think that in and of itself the reason we are talking about is in a way part of the learning process… But it's not good. It's just not good. It's just not good…. I would know how he is, and he needs to look at that. And the other thing is it's just not good."

-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, criticizing Ezekiel Elliott after the rookie running back was spotted in a marijuana dispensary in Washington state (where the drug is recreationally legal) shortly before the Cowboys' preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. (ESPN.com)

THE NFL TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION HAS ARRIVED

"A couple of guys were in the wrong spot, but the style of offense that we run, we've just got to be in each other's Wi-Fi stronger than we have been."

-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, suggesting that the team's offensive struggles during the team's 19-17 loss to the New England Patriots might have been due to poor Internet connection… or something. (ESPN.com)

YOU KNOW THINGS ARE BAD WHEN...

"When he first got here last year, he was terrible, he really was… He was coming off a broken leg. I'd run a 5-yard hitch route and he'd throw it in the dirt. Everybody felt that way. We were like, 'What the heck? If [Geno Smith] goes down, we're in trouble.' That's how everybody felt. But he proved us wrong. He's pretty good."

-- New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, confessing what he thought of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this time last season. (ESPN.com)

THINGS HEATING UP IN TAMPA

"[Jameis Winston] came out on fire and made some beautiful plays… He'll be the first to tell you that he likes playing that way... All of those guys like playing that way."

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, sharing the secrets of his team's success in their 30-13 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns. (NFL.com)

EXCEPT SAM BRADFORD, ISAIAH PEAD, CHRIS GIVENS...

"It is important to our organization to retain players we've drafted and invested in, and [Tavon Austin] is an example of that. We're excited for him to continue his career with the Rams."

-- Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher, explaining the team's philosophy in granting a $42 million extension to wide receiver/return man Tavon Austin, drafted by the Rams in 2013. (NFL.com)

I'M SURE NOBODY EVER SAID THIS ABOUT THE WEST COAST OFFENSE

"I'm watching Niners vs. Packers and hate the read-option offense. Can we bring back old football?… I'm not bashing the Niners… It throws the timing off. No rhythm. Great players need chemistry and timing!"

-- San Francisco 49ers wide receiver legend Jerry Rice, blasting 49ers head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system. (Pro Football Talk)

OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY 101

"No one is happy with the way the first offense operated… We need to improve, we need to make sure we are going forward... we need to execute better and we need to play forward. We can't be going backwards."

-- New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, solving offensive strategy in just his first season in the job. (New York Post)

BUT FOR NOW, HE'S GROUNDED

"He's going to be a handful until I get him squared away, but I love this kid. He's a competitor, he works, he studies, he fights. I would much rather have him that way where I have to pull the reins back than the other way… He told me he was sorry. He'll learn."

-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, addressing rookie cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who was flagged for excessively celebrating an interception in front of the San Diego Chargers' bench last Sunday. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

SEEMS AMBITIOUS

"I think that's what preseason is predicated on, just hoping you can make those mistakes early -- if you're going to make them at all -- and learn from them... Unfortunately, we've made a lot of mistakes."

-- New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener, hoping that the team might limit their mistakes to just the preseason this year. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

I CAN THINK OF ONE, ACTUALLY

"I can't imagine a scenario where [Tony Romo's] not our quarterback when he's ready. But things happen. You know that. You know what happened to Bledsoe and Brady. I'm sure Tony's aware of that. But the reality is, Tony's going to come back for us and play great, we believe."

-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, refusing to speculate on a potential quarterback controversy in Dallas between rookie Dak Prescott and injured starter Tony Romo, once the latter returns to the lineup. (MMQB.SI.com)

A CHIP ON CINCI'S SHOULDER

"I don't give no f---s about them… Zero. You can write that, too. I don't give no f---s about them. They're just another team. They don't scare me. Just another team."

-- Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Vontaze Burfict, giving no f---s about AFC North division rivals Pittsburgh Steelers, who knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs back in January.

"We're not talkin' about the Steelers no more… It's a new season. Like, honestly. It's mid-August, right? And that was in January? We're past that. That's not really in our head. … We told the local media, quit asking us about it, because that was seven, eight months ago. People who aren't local media, it's always their first question."

-- Bengals safety George Iloka, also not wanting to talk about the Steelers. The two teams face off in Week 2 of the regular season. (MMQB.SI.com)

PLAYTIME

"[Mike Shanahan] said, 'Jordan, I know you can play, but we're not going to let you play if you don't know the plays. You just can't.'… I said, 'I promise you, I will learn the plays.' And he said, 'Okay.' And he walked off… And I thought, man, I really have to learn these plays."

-- Washington tight end Jordan Reed, reminiscing about his first NFL training camp under the team's former head coach Mike Shanahan. (SB Nation)

HOW'D THAT WORK OUT FOR CURTIS PAINTER?

"The thing I like about [Trevor Siemian] is he's been with Kubiak for over a year now… He's had a chance to sit in the meetings. He's had a chance to watch Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler play."

-- ESPN analyst, former head coach, and quarterback guru Jon Gruden, believing that some of Peyton Manning's talent may have rubbed off on the Denver Broncos' new starting quarterback Trevor Siemian, a seventh-round draft pick by the Broncos in 2015. (DenverBroncos.com)

LITERALLY, NOT LITERALLY

"Gruesome, according to some people there, is absolutely what it was. Players were disturbed, throwing up, not wanting to see, looking away as quickly as possible."

-- NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, reporting on the recent injury to Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who tore his ACL and dislocated his knee in practice on Tuesday. (Pro Football Talk)

"I said this. But what I meant was they were noticeably affected. Regrettably, it was not meant literally."

-- Rapoport, later clarifying his comments via Twitter. (Twitter)

HE MAY HAVE A POINT

"It's only breaking news cause you thought I was guilty."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, celebrating after the NFL cleared him of wrongdoing following an Al-Jazeera report accusing him, Clay Matthews, and Julius Peppers of PED usage. Matthews and Peppers were also cleared by the league. (Instagram)

Posted by: Rob Eves on 02 Sep 2016

3 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2016, 10:36pm by LionInAZ

Comments

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by BaronFoobarstein :: Fri, 09/02/2016 - 1:45pm

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 09/02/2016 - 2:52pm

Jerry's just disappointed it wasn't cocaine.

In the good old days, Cowboys players took illicit uppers.

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by LionInAZ :: Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:36pm

Cocaine is a stimulant, so it makes much more sense for

The itony, of course, is Jones' jones for Manziel, poster boy of substance abuse.