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29 Dec 2017

The Week in Quotes: December 29, 2017

by Cale Clinton

A GIANT PROBLEM IN NEW YORK'S SECONDARY

"Only one corner ... that needs to grow up and we all know who that is. That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides the other two guys, [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] and [Janoris Jenkins], I love those two guys. They play hard; they love what they do. That first pick, he's a cancer."

-- New York Giants safety Landon Collins tore into teammate and cornerback Eli Apple following a long season of Apple going to war with his coaches throughout the season. Apple was later suspended for Week 17 after refusing to participate on the scout team during the week. (NFL.com via New York Post)

"I gotta take a s*it."

-- Apple's response when pressed about Collins' comments. (Bleacher Report)

BENEDICT HARRISON: TRAITOR TO PITTSBURGH?

     

"Finally … A teammate that's older than me!"

-- New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison posted a photo of himself and his new teammate Tom Brady after news broke that the former Pittsburgh Steeler would sign in New England.(Instagram)

"I have to assume when they say you're going to get 25 percent of the snaps and you get 25, safe to say things didn't go as planned. After the first week of the season, I said to them, it's clear you want to play your younger guys and I understand, so why don't you release me. You go on your way and I'll go on mine. They said, 'No, no, no, we got a role for you.'"

-- Harrison goes into detail about internal frustrations with the way the Steelers used him after he signed a two-year deal this past offseason. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"He played outside linebacker for the Steelers and we'll see how it goes."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gushes over Harrison when asked about his skill set and what he brings to the table. (Ian Rapaport, Twitter)

"This team is so mature. Small stuff like that, man, we deal with so many different things, that's nothing. Like, if you didn't want to be here, just come out and say it. Don't make it seem like it's the team's fault and the organization. You think the organization wanted to get rid of James Harrison? Let's be serious. C'mon now. Trust me, if I wanted out, I wouldn't let the team take the blame for it. I'll tell you, I don't want to do that. 'I want to do that. I want to go somewhere else to play differently. I want to go start somewhere else.' That's me as a man. That's what I would do. I'm not going to run from it and say, 'The team played me, I didn't want to get cut.' Nah, that's not what it was. I'm glad the team is being respectful of that, but we're going to speak the truth. It is what it is. … He erased himself. He erased his own legacy here. Let's be serious."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey had a lot to say about the James Harrison story when asked about it, going as far as to outright say that the move to sign with the Patriots erases Harrison's legacy with the Steelers. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

EVERYTHING'S BIGGER IN TEXAS, EVEN THE EGOS

"I think I have to throw him a better ball. Just put it right there on his face mask and don't give him a chance to drop it, I guess."

-- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott on his interception that slipped through wide receiver Dez Bryant's hands. (David Moore, Twitter)

"Some of the film I see, damn, I'm running routes a lot better than this person and this person. It's all about the opportunities. Hey, it is what it is. Hey, I'm Dez Bryant baby all day."

-- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant reminds us who he is by highlighting just how good he looks on film.

"Hell no."

Bryant's response when asked about potentially taking a pay cut this offseason. (Brandon George, Twitter)

     

WHEN YOUR EX IS HANDLING THE BREAKUP WAY BETTER THAN YOU ARE

"I am a huge fan of the Rams players. They're basically -- I don't want to say my players -- but I had a lot to do with that roster. Left them in pretty good shape, and Sean, as he has shown in a short period of time, is an outstanding young coach."

-- Former Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher thinks he deserves some of the credit for the Rams' success this season. Fisher was 31-45 during his tenure with the Rams, including a 4-9 record last year. (Rich Hammond, Twitter)

SHERMAN STANDS UP FOR SEATTLE

"1 win away from another 10 win season! The fans that have turned on players and coaches. You should be ashamed of yourself. This team has overcome Tons of adversity and shown incredible resolve. There are teams out there that haven't had a winning season in years. Be grateful."

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted this out, as it looks like the Seahawks are on the outside looking in for the first time since 2011. (Richard Sherman, Twitter)

AKA 'SEND ME TO NEW YORK INSTEAD OF CLEVELAND'

"I'd rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher pick at the wrong team."

-- UCLA quarterback and top draft prospect Josh Rosen on getting drafted by "certain teams" (*cough*BROWNS*cough*) if he declares for the draft this year. (Josh Weinfuss, Twitter)

PAYTON'S FOCUS SEEMS TO BE ON REAL-LIFE FOOTBALL

"We're not in the business of playing fantasy football. We really aren't. We're in the business of winning. So, if that upsets all the people that have a player on our offense or defense or somewhere in the fantasy games of the world, then that's tough."

-- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton gets irked when asked about Drew Brees' lower-than-average passing yards this season. Brees is on pace for his lowest passing yardage with the Saints this season, partially due the emergence of running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. (Josh Katzenstein, Twitter)

LIKE PRINTING OUT JOB APPLICATIONS AT YOUR CURRENT JOB'S OFFICE

"I went to the locker room to talk to Dez [Bryant] and also coach [Jason] Garrett. And I've always been a Cowboys fan growing up. The biggest thing when i said 'come get me' [to Garrett], I didn't literally mean come get me now. I still want to be here. But when Seattle kicks me to the curb, please, the Cowboys, come get me. You know? This is the first place where I what I meant by. People take me too serious. That's just who I am."

-- Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas explains his rationale after reports emerge Thomas asked Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to "come get me" after Seattle's game in Dallas on Sunday. (Ian Rapaport, Twitter)


THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

THE WAY HE MANAGES THE GAME CLOCK, EXPECT YOUR PRESENTS TO ARRIVE DECEMBER 29TH

-- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid addressed the team donned in a Santa costume following a 29-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Reid would continue to wear the costume during his post-game press conference.

'WE'RE GONNA HAVE THE HAP-HAP-HAPPIEST FOOTBALL GAME SINCE BING CROSBY TAP-DANCED WITH DANNY F*CKING KAYE!'

-- Oakland Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson broke out this amazing National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation t-shirt prior to the team's Christmas Day game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

IT'S GRONK'S WORLD AND WE'RE ALL JUST PARTYING IN IT

Gronk. (via @thecheckdown)

A post shared by House of Highlights (@houseofhighlights) on

-- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski notes that New England's record eight straight 12-win seasons began the same time that a certain ball-spiking party boy arrived in Foxboro.

ONE MAN'S TRASH…

-- Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney turns a harmless joke by Jaguars fans into a genuinely heartwarming moment.

MARTA, MARTA, MARTA: PART DEUX

-- The New Orleans Saints troll the Atlanta Falcons as they take the field with a throwback to the bus that blocked a film crew's view of the demolition of the Georgia Dome.

WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT 'BLOWING UP THE TEAM,' THEY DON'T MEAN IT LITERALLY, KIRK

-- Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins displays his explosive temper by laying the boom down on a sideline propane tank.

Posted by: Cale Clinton on 29 Dec 2017

11 comments, Last at 30 Dec 2017, 6:12pm by mehllageman56

Comments

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by MC2 :: Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:35pm

I find it a little absurd that whenever a coach is asked about a player's individual stats, they immediately resort to attacking the "fantasy football" straw man. Don't they realize that individual stats matter for a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with fantasy football -- things like contract negotiations, Pro Bowl selections, Hall of Fame resumes, and so forth? It's almost like they think that before fantasy football became popular, the league didn't even bother to calculate individual stats.

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by uosdwiS :: Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:58pm

As a (now past) fantasy football player with Brees, Ingram, and Kamara on my team, I fail to see the problem... aside from getting knocked out of the playoffs. But who is counting, eh?

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by MC2 :: Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:38pm

Oh, and Patterson's "Christmas Vacation" shirt is indescribably awesome!

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by RickD :: Fri, 12/29/2017 - 6:21pm

Gronk - how weird it must be to have a 8-year career and never seen fewer than 12 wins.

Also - I was wondering if FO was going to do an Extra Point about James Harrison joining the Pats. From the perspective of Pats' fans: he plays a position of extreme need. Let's see how productive he can be.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Sat, 12/30/2017 - 2:20pm

He can look back on his college career for what losing seasons are like.

Did he cripple anyone last year? Hernandez wasn't supposed to be a role model.

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by RickD :: Fri, 12/29/2017 - 6:23pm

Not impressed by Cousins banging his helmet against the propane tank. Gus Frerotte would have done that with the helmet still on!

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 12/30/2017 - 6:52am

Was he actually banging it on a propane tank?

He was banging the helmet on the little white post where unworn helmets are put (but it's partially obscured by things on top of the Gatorade bucket). He even leaves the helmet on it when he walks away.

I honestly don't know whether that post contains propane or is just a hat hanger?

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by dbostedo :: Sat, 12/30/2017 - 4:50pm

Good catch... that's the helmet warmer, not the actual propane tank he hit. As I understand it, the propane burns to pump hot air through the warmer (and the heated benches). There's no propane there, so what cousins did isn't that big a deal.

So it's also not funny. Thanks for ruining it for me. ;)

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by morganja :: Sat, 12/30/2017 - 2:17pm

Propane tanks explode. Do not bang on propane tanks.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Sat, 12/30/2017 - 2:22pm

They can also conflagrate.

It's different, but not necessarily better. It's mostly a question of whether you die from a fire or a pressure wave.

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by mehllageman56 :: Sat, 12/30/2017 - 6:12pm

I understand the feeling that Cleveland rebuilding is an impossible task, and the idea that the owner will preclude the Browns ever being contenders, but if you are Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold, do you really want to play behind the Giants offensive line? Especially with Rosen, who has gotten two concussions this year, I'd take my chances with the Browns and Joe Thomas.