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09 Sep 2016

The Week In Quotes: September 9, 2016

by Rob Eves

LIKE WINNING THE LOTTERY, AGAIN

"My initial reaction was surprise… It's something I really didn't think was a possibility. It kind of caught me off guard, but I think after the surprise, I was quickly filled with excitement for a new chapter and the opportunity ahead of me."

-- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, newly traded for this week via the Philadelphia Eagles, expressing his happiness with the move. (ESPN.com)

NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME, TO BE FAIR

"Team (sic) have spent two first-round picks, a second and two fourths on Sam Bradford. What is that definition of insanity again?"

-- NBC Sports writer Joe Posnanski, offering some perspective on the latest Bradford trade. Bradford was traded for by the Eagles themselves in 2015, and the Vikings just gave up a 2017 first-round draft pick plus a 2018 fourth-rounder in order to secure his services. (Joe Posnanski)

I SUPPOSE I DID SORT OF GET THAT IMPRESSION, YEAH

"I don't like the part that he appears to be fragile… I think it's a position where you need to be physically tough and mentally tough, and when he came out and made statements when they drafted Carson Wentz in Philadelphia, instead of going and competing for the job… you sort of got the impression he wasn't happy and he wanted out."

-- Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann, criticizing Bradford for his holdout back in May when the Eagles drafted quarterback Carson Wentz second overall. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

MEANWHILE IN NORTH DAKOTA...

"I was laying in the middle of a corn field hunting."

-- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, recalling what he was doing the moment he found out he had become the team's starter after the incumbent Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. (Andrew Siciliano)

HE WILL FIT IN WELL HERE

"Spikes, that's a good question. Sore knee. Bad attitude."

-- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, diagnosing the injury of linebacker Brandon Spikes, who did make the team as NFL rosters were trimmed to the final 53 players this week. (Buffalo News)

HARDLY SAYING MUCH

"I think a lot of people have already realized that I'm not as crazy as him… It's not easy to be that crazy and wild, but I think people are already starting to realize that. I'm a little more tame, a little more intelligent probably."

-- New Buffalo Bills fullback Glenn Gronkowski, who made the team as an undrafted free agent this summer, comparing himself to his older brother, New England Patriots tight end Rob. (ESPN.com)

MAYBE THE RAMS SHOULD TRY THIS

"The best thing I can do for these players is show them the intangibles… Being a leader, grinding… they always say prior proper planning prevents piss-poor performance."

-- Los Angeles Rams offensive guard Rodger Saffold, explaining his methods of coaching members of Rise Nation, the esports team that he founded. (ESPN.com)

VETERAN JOURNEYMAN

"You go real quick from being a young guy to a veteran. I still feel like a young guy. But I've been around a couple systems, a couple different locker rooms. I guess that makes you a veteran… I was hoping for a call, hoping for an opportunity to land somewhere and continue to play, keep my career going. It's exciting… And just help these guys out from what I learned when I was playing and having been around a bit."

-- New Denver Broncos quarterback signing Austin Davis, formerly of the Rams, Dolphins, and Browns, a veteran despite a grand total of just 10 career starts under his belt. (Denver Post)

THAT MAY BE THE GREATEST ONE STUPID LITTLE BALL I'VE EVER SEEN

"He just went (in the draft) in the first round and everything is handed to him. He gets to New York… He catches one stupid little ball, and everybody in New York (loves) this guy, because that's the biggest amount of media in the world… So all that went to his big old head, and for some odd reason he thinks he's somebody that he's not."

-- Washington cornerback Josh Norman, still talking about New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s famous catch against the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. (Charlotte Observer)

IT'S 8:53, JEFF

"I'm looking for my clock… There's a few things I haven't found yet."

-- Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, admitting that the team's offseason move from St. Louis to the West Coast hasn't been without hiccups. (Los Angeles Daily News)

MUST BE FUN AT PARTIES

"If you want to know the truth about it, I wasn't pleased with the way we played."

"We need to get more players that can play winning football."

-- Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, expressing disappointment with his team's performance after a 52-6 hammering of USC. (David Ubben and Cecil Hurt)

HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF US

"I literally Googled: 'How to stop the Wing-T.'"

-- Clemson Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables, crediting his strategy to the Internet after he was "tipped off" that Auburn might be running some Wing-T offense against them on Saturday night. The Tigers won 19-13. (ESPN.com)

OF COURSE HE IS

"We're really focused on Arizona right now… That's who we play this week. All the other decorative and marketing things and so forth are not really part of the team's preparation. We're focused on Arizona."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, refusing to acknowledge whether or not he has seen the newly posted banners hanging from the Gillette Stadium lighthouse in support of suspended quarterback Tom Brady, who is suspended for the first four games of the season following the "deflategate" incident of 2014. (CSNNE.com)

PAYTON OUT

"If someone is asking (what my Tweet was about) then I don't know that they've paid much attention to it all… There aren't a lot of people that can understand what Tom (Brady) is going through… Certainly I'm one of them."

-- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, empathizing with Brady after sending a seemingly supportive tweet towards the Patriots earlier in the week. Payton was also suspended by the league in 2012 after the "bountygate" scandal. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

BEATING A DEFLATED HORSE

"You took the air out of my retirement announcement so fast, you could probably get a job as Tom Brady's ballboy."

-- Peyton Manning, cracking a joke at the roast of comedy actor Rob Lowe this past week at the expense of his former rival. (Comedy Central)

Posted by: Rob Eves on 09 Sep 2016

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