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30 Sep 2016

The Week In Quotes: September 30, 2016

by Rob Eves

BOOKMARK THESE IN CASE HE ENDS UP BEING ANOTHER NICK FOLES

"He loves watching tape… (He's) in here at 5:30 in the morning watching the film and exhausting the tape. I hear him just even in the building, he's constantly talking to guys about plays and routes and protections… It's Peyton Manning-ish… that's how Peyton prepared, and that's how these top quarterbacks prepare each week, and he has that now as a young quarterback, and that'll carry him through his career."

-- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, comparing his rookie quarterback Carson Wentz to one of the greatest to ever play the game at the position, future first ballot Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning. (Philly Voice)

"Brett (Favre), watching you play and being with you for eight years in Green Bay, this kid has some of the same instincts… that you had… Eyes are always downfield, you're looking for that big play, the home-run play, the broken play. And he's got that in him and that's something that's very special. And you can't teach that. That's an instinct that a lot of people don't have and we're fortunate that our guy has it."

-- Pederson, again comparing Wentz to an all-time great, in this case first ballot Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre. (Sirius XM)

*SARCASM DETECTOR EXPLODES*

"I mean I can't even tell you how excited I was about the uniforms last night. That's really incredible."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, approving of the Patriots all-blue "color rush" uniforms worn during their win over the Houston Texans last Thursday night. (NBC Sports)

SO YOU'RE SAYING THERE'S A CHANCE?

"No matter what happens in the game, if you hold a team to zero points, you've got a good chance to win."

-- Patriots safety Devin McCourty, attributing the win over the Texans to good defense. (Patriots.com)

BAD NEWS TEXANS FANS...

"He's doing the best he can."

-- Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, excusing quarterback Brock Osweiler's lackluster performance. (Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle)

HE JUST SAID WHAT EVERYONE WAS THINKING

""The game is finally f-cking over."

-- Longtime Indianapolis Colts play-by-play radio announcer Bob Lamey, fouling the airwaves as the Colts held on to beat the San Diego Chargers 26-22, with an untimed Chargers down to finish the game. (ESPN)

MOVE OVER NORMAN-BECKHAM

"As a player, he's still a good player. I'll say that about him. But I don't respect him as a man."

-- Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey, dissing Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. after the two shared an altercation during Baltimore's 19-17 victory. (ESPN.com)

"In 5 to 10 u (sic) will be retiring and they will be taking my measurements for something you will NEVER BE. #HOFer. I (sic) got cleats with stronger thread then you!!!"

-- Smith Sr., responding as only he can. (Steve Smith, Twitter)

LOSING TO THE CHIEFS BRINGS THE BEST OUT OF PRESS CONFERENCES

"It was a sh-tty game plan, sh-tty execution, and it was sh-tty all around… I'm not stunned. I'm disappointed. I'm pissed off. I'm mad."

-- New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, fuming at the Jets' 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. (NFL.com)

THEY'VE GOT TO BE KICKING THEMSELVES

"I got a lot of confidence in our two-minute (drill), and I sometimes push the envelope on that, on getting to the next play. I thought we were slow getting lined up on that next one. I thought we still had time to check it down again and use it. But as it worked out, we were a little slow, so I probably should've used (the timeout) there."

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, taking the blame for the team's 37-32 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams after blowing a 10-point lead, missing eight points' worth of kicks and two-point conversions and managing to run out of time on their final drive with a timeout left unused at the end of the game. (Tampa Bay Times)

THE REAL CHALLENGE WAS WATCHING THE WHOLE GAME

"There is no challenge. He threw for 100 yards."

-- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, discussing the "challenge" of facing San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert as the Seahawks hammered the Niners 37-18. (Eric Branch, San Franciso Chronicle)

SURPRISINGLY NOTHING TO DO WITH OREGON

"That duck is pulling that truck baby."

-- Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones, quoting Florida Gators cornerback Quincy Wilson's bizarre pre-game victory guarantee as the Volunteers came back from 21-3 down at halftime to beat the Gators 38-28. (SB Nation)

ROLL WAR-DADDIES

"A bunch of war-daddies playing hard… (war-daddies), that's what I said."

-- Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops, offering high praise for the Alabama Crimson Tide's special teams unit ahead of the two teams' clash this Saturday. (Alex Forkner, CatsPause.com)

JOKING ASIDE, HIS RECORD AGAINST THEM IS DREADFUL

"I don't think anybody has my phone number on the Vikings. Maybe Linval (Joseph), I'm not sure. I'm trying to think if I have anybody's number… I have (Sam) Bradford. I have his number. He's got my number. Can't think of anybody else's off-hand, though. I'll look through my phone and get back to you."

-- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, responding to a reporter's enquiry as to whether the Minnesota Vikings "have his number." (Pat Leonard, New York Daily News)

HOW TO ADDRESS THE AFC EAST POWER BALANCE

"Look, I can sit back and say I don't care who plays quarterback, because I know (Tom) Brady ain't… I don't care who plays quarterback; Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him. I promise you that."

-- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, looking forward to not having to face Tom Brady when the Bills face the New England Patriots on Sunday. (CSN New England)

HOW NOT TO ADDRESS THE AFC EAST POWER BALANCE

"Julian this is Walt Patulski from the Buffalo News, are you playing quarterback this week?"

-- Rex Ryan again, going undercover in a bid to discover if wide receiver and former college quarterback Julian Edelman will be starting under center for the Patriots this week. (Buffalo Bills, Twitter)

PLAYS ROOKIE; IS SURPRISED BY LACK OF MATURITY

"Grow the hell up."

-- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, chastising rookie long-snapper Kameron Canaday, whose errant snap on a third-quarter field goal attempt against Buffalo led to a Bills touchdown return during the Cardinals' 33-18 loss. Canaday was released by the team on Tuesday. (ABC Arizona)

HOW ABOUT "STRATEGICALLY UNDERPERFORMING?"

"I appreciate that folks have not seen a strategy quite like this before… but I would hardly call it tanking."

-- Cleveland Browns' vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, answering critics who have accused the organization of deliberately trying to sabotage the team's 2016 season in order to improve their 2017 draft position. (ESPN)

I WON'T SPECULATE AS TO WHO'S IN THE WRONG HERE

"Y'all know me. I talk trash. I like to talk trash. So if you want to take it there, we can… They said they won't take my check, it wasn't going to clear the bank. I was like, 'Whew! You're throwing shots. So I've got one for you'… So I went to the bank and got $3,900 in coins. It was pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, everything. I didn't care one bit. I took a truck load of it and put it right there where he wanted it, and got my truck towed back to my buddy's shop… They was (sic) upset… If you had to count basically four grand in coins you'd be upset too, but they got what they asked for."

-- Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert, offering up his side of the story as a disagreement with a local automotive tuning company led to police being called and his $3,900 bill being paid in change. (ESPN)

THE BIGGEST PERK OF PLAYING IN THE NFL

"Eat food… And a lot of it."

-- San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, outlining his plans to put on weight after losing considerable muscle mass following offseason surgeries. (San Francisco Chronicle)

BIGGER THAN JESUS, NEVER TOO BIG FOR FAST FOOD

"I guess I've been noticed more lately. People in the drive-thru ask if I'm Dak. I tell them no, then tell them yes as I drive off."

-- Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, using his newly found fame to troll fans. (Jon Machota, Dallas News)

ALL THREE OF THEM AGREED THEY'D RATHER CHECK THEIR FANTASY TEAMS THAN WATCH THE GAME

"We listened to Lions' fans and are thrilled to announce this project is underway… We're working to install the new system as quickly as possible so that we can bring the best experience to fans at every home game."

-- Abby Knowles, executive director for wireless network Verizon, announcing plans to improve the Wi-Fi internet connection at the Detroit Lions' home Ford Field. (Detroit Free Press)

SCARED FOR HIS HEALTH AND SINCE BLOCKING IS HARD, HE'S SWAPPING OUT LINE PLAY FOR LIFE AS A BARD

"I just want my time and mind intact, when you lose 'em both, you can't buy 'em back."

-- Former San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis, poetically announcing his (second) retirement from the NFL due to health concerns. (Anthony Davis, Twitter)

Posted by: Rob Eves on 30 Sep 2016

1 comment, Last at 01 Oct 2016, 10:40am by RobotBoy

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by RobotBoy :: Sat, 10/01/2016 - 10:40am

I'll be disappointed next year when the AFC East doesn't have Rex Ryan to kick around anymore. A miles gloriosus makes the NFL a better place for everyone. (Except, of course, if you're one of those pathetic creatures who had the misfortune of being raised in New York). Rex won't suffer all that much: I'm sure ESPN is keeping a chair warm for him.