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10 Mar 2017

The Month in Quotes: February 2017

by Rob Eves

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST, BETTER THAN LT

"I don't have a player comparison for what I just saw. He looked like Wolverine… Assuming the medical is good and he doesn't tell the Browns he wants to be a Cowboy when they interview him, he's it."

-- An anonymous NFL defensive coordinator, praising the combine performance of former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, the presumed No. 1 overall draft pick. (MMQB)

ADIDAS MARKETING DEPARTMENT FIRED

"Well I can't swim that well… and I don't have a boat."

-- Former Washington wide receiver John Ross, explaining why he chose not to wear Adidas cleats for his 40-yard dash attempt, thus rendering himself ineligible to claim the private island that the sports brand was offering to combine prospects for breaking Chris Johnson's 4.24-second record. Ross ran it in 4.22, but wore Nike cleats. (Josh Norris, Rotoworld; NBC Sports)

ANY KIDS WATCHING THE COMBINE ALREADY HAVE ISSUES

"I looked down and the hummer is out. I try to cover it up. I'm thinking to myself, 'little kids are watching.'"

-- Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, recounting his wardrobe malfunction at last year's combine. (Sports Illustrated)

NEW NAME SUGGESTION

"Sorry 2 [sic] the suckers that have to go to the cattle auction this week! Don't forget to lie to teams and say how much 'fun' it is!"

-- Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, offering some advice to this year's batch of combine attendees. (Joe Thomas, Twitter)

NOM NOM NOM

"A lot of Chipotle burritos. A lot of burritos. In all honestly, it was a lot of burritos and a ton of consistency. I couldn't go in and do one hard week of training and be lazy the next. It was a year and a half, two years of constant 'sorry guys, I can't hang out. I've gotta go eat.'"

-- Ashland tight end draft prospect Adam Shaheen, sharing his strategy to bulk up to 277 pounds ahead of April's draft. (SB Nation)

TEST RESULT: CHARACTER CONCERNS

"I was in the Giants room… they sat me down and gave me a thick book, thicker than a phone book. I said 'what's this?' They said, 'this is our test we give all the players.' I said 'excuse me, what pick do you have in the draft?' They said '10th pick.' I said, 'I'll be gone before then, I ain't got time for this.' And I left."

-- Former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders, remembering the time he snubbed the New York Giants in a pre-draft meeting before entering the league. (NFL)

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

"The NFL should take a page out of the NHL playbook and let us fight."

-- Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, suggesting some rules changes for the NFL to implement this offseason. (Taylor Lewan, Twitter)

TOWING THE COMPANY LINE

"Jimmy Garoppolo, I mean the guy's a stud… He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He's got that kind of gunslinger confidence. That Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard. He's a good kid, he's young. I think he's a good player."

-- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, doing his best to talk up the value of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, currently the subject of ongoing trade rumors. (NFL Network)

WE WERE, UNTIL JUST NOW

"Y'all hiring?"

-- Impending Washington free agent Pierre Garçon, getting a head-start at finding his next job. (NFL.com)

ANYONE ELSE HAVE A BETTER PLAN?

"Kidnap him before the game starts."

-- Former NFL defensive end Jared Allen, hypothesizing on how he'd attempt to stop Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. (SportsDay)

AS IS PARANOIA

"Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate, and I understand it, and we'll do our best to keep them in that position."

-- Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, sticking it to the team's critics. (SB Nation)

JESUS WEPT

"Worst news ever! 5 pre season games and an extra week of training camp. Smh…"

-- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, reacting to the news that the Cardinals will participate in 2017's Hall Of Fame game, an additional preseason contest. (Larry Fitzgerald, Twitter)

TOUGH COACHING

"One time Kyle hung one of my kids by his underwear on the doorknob."

-- Former NFL head coach Gary Kubiak, recounting the time that newly appointed San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan babysat his three sons. (San Francisco Gate)

NO MEDAL IS WORTH THAT

"I think we set the record for being (in San Francisco) the longest under the present ownership, I take pride in that. Maybe there should be an endurance medal, a courage medal for that."

-- Michigan Wolverines and former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, taking pride in having managed to last for four years under Jed York's ownership. Since Harbaugh left the team, the 49ers are on their third different coach in as many seasons in recently hired Kyle Shanahan. (SB Nation)

INDEED, SEEMS GENEROUS

"We've got some strides to make on this roster, but I can also tell you (that) I don't look up at the film we've been watching and see a 2-14 team."

-- San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, acknowledging there's some work to do in Santa Clara. (Sacramento Bee)

UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO TALK ABOUT DROPS

"Once you learn your value, don't ever drop the price…"

-- Los Angeles Rams "wide receiver" Tavon Austin, possibly hinting that he may have been asked to take a pay cut by the organization following the $42 million extension he signed in 2016. (Tavon Austin, Twitter)

IN FIGHTING OR AT MADDEN?

"I honestly thing I can get a wolf 1-on-1 though… I'm 230lbs, wolves are what, 180-200 tops? He has no thumbs. If I control his neck he's dunzo… I've studied the wolf. He can't read. I know his weaknesses. Plus the thumb thing… Also hasn't been to four Pro Bowls, overcome those injuries and DOESN'T HAVE THUMBS."

-- Recently retired NFL running back Arian Foster, backing himself to beat a wolf in heads-up combat. (SB Nation)

THE MONTH IN GIFS, PICS & TWEETS

DON'T LET THIS FLOAT DISTRACT YOU FROM THE FACT THAT…

-- WTXG Radio Sports Director Nader Mirfiq, pointing out one of the more entertaining (for New Orleaners) floats at the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade.

SLOW DOWN THERE ROOKIE!

-- SB Nation's Dan Kadarn, reporting on the modest ambitions of Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams as he prepares to enter the NFL.

WELCOME TO THE OFFSEASON

-- Yahoo Sports, asking only the important questions.

HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME DAMIEN MAMA

-- NFL Network journalist Rich Eisen, running a 6.02 40-yard dash in this year's Combine, as is tradition.

SPEECHLESS

-- Ciara and (we assume) her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, along with Ciara's son future and the couple's unborn child, during a photo shoot for Harper's Bazaar that is, in fact, bizarre. Ciara originally shared the photo on her social media accounts, and though she has since deleted it, nothing is ever truly deleted from the Internet. (Perez Hilton)

Posted by: Rob Eves on 10 Mar 2017

8 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2017, 2:18am by ChrisS

Comments

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by Guest789 :: Fri, 03/10/2017 - 4:32pm

If you haven't seen it yet, the entire wolf-fighting discussion on Arian Foster's Twitter page is well worth the read. Dude is an... interesting guy.

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by RobotBoy :: Sat, 03/11/2017 - 5:23am

Joe Thomas keeps landing the zingers. Nothing like a career spent in Cleveland to develop your sense of the absurd.

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by Jeremy Billones :: Sat, 03/11/2017 - 7:43am

So Arian Foster is saying a wolf could take JPP.

Too soon?

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by Theo :: Sat, 03/11/2017 - 1:38pm

I don't know the rule of thumb for jokes to be 'too soon' or not.

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by ChrisS :: Mon, 03/13/2017 - 2:18am

Woot

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by Theo :: Sat, 03/11/2017 - 1:36pm

Tip #87: don't ever share nude family pictures with anyone.

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by bobrulz :: Sun, 03/12/2017 - 8:24am

I've never understood people who share pictures of their children in the nude on social media. Innocent, yes, but it's just a bad, bad idea, period.

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by panthersnbraves :: Sun, 03/12/2017 - 8:20pm

"Your Honor, in regards to custody, may I present into evidence, item number 1."
"Future, you may have your son, Future, back. Case closed... Dang..."