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03 Feb 2017

The Week In Quotes: February 3, 2017

by Rob Eves

NO WORDS

"Is this a must-win Sunday?

-- A (fortunately) anonymous reporter, asking a dumb question to an Atlanta Falcons player ahead of Super Bowl LI on Sunday. (Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star)

WAITED WEEKS TO MAKE THIS JOKE

"What a great Pro Bowl! AFC wins and I double my yearly win total all in the same night!

-- Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, celebrating the AFC's win. (Joe Thomas, Twitter)

*CHECKS MAP FOR NEW ENGLAND*… WAIT

"When they picked me, I had to look on a map to see where the New England Patriots played."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, admitting that he didn't know exactly where the team played back in 2000. (Henry McKenna, USA Today)

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"I don't know if it will ever be the same… I believe it's best to compartmentalize and move on."

-- Patriots owner Robert Kraft, describing his fractured relationship with commissioner Roger Goodell. (New York Daily News)

"If I am invited back to Foxboro, I will come… I have no doubt that if I wanted to come up to a Patriots game, and I asked Mr. Kraft, he would welcome me back. That's up to him, though."

-- Goodell, suggesting he hasn't been invited to Boston for any Patriots games by Kraft recently, while admitting that he hasn't himself asked for one. (NBC Sports)

…AND A MILLION CRYING JORDAN MEMES

"Looking back on it, it definitely wasn't worth it… I think the fact the photo made it… a picture is worth a thousand words."

-- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, regretting the infamous Miami boat trip taken by the Giants wide receivers the week before their wild-card playoff loss. (ESPN)

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2017'S #7&9BULLSH-T

"Oh my God, I'm not interested in that."

-- Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, expressing his reluctance for the Browns to feature on the 2017 edition of HBO's "Hard Knocks" series. (MMQB)

THE DARTH SIDIOUS DEFLATEGATE AWARD?

"Sounds to me they may want to think about renaming that trophy."

-- Former NFL quarterback Troy Aikman, suggesting renaming the Super Bowl trophy after Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. (Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times)

THINGS GOT REAL QUICKLY

"No. Where I grew up, going home from school, dodging a bullet. That's a distraction."

-- Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, affirming that his current contract situation is no distraction going into Sunday's "must-win" game. (ESPN)

SAID NOT BY YOUR MOM

"I'm tired of getting f-cked."

-- Recently fired Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, delivering a message to his former employers. (New York Daily News)

WHAT DID HE EVER DO TO YOU?

"He's bad… I don't like him… I don't have a clue, they haven't done anything right yet… Osweiler's too slow for me. He's way too slow…That's just me. I don't like him (and) I said so."

-- Former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw, ripping the Houston Texans and their quarterback Brock Osweiler. (Houston Chronicle)

CRINGE

"The only five-stars we care about in recruiting is five-star heart."

-- Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, outlining the Volunteers' recruitment priorities and making me throw up a bit in my mouth. (Wes Rucker, GoVols247)

THE SURNAME SAYS YOU'RE NOT

"I'm probably the most qualified person on Earth to talk about quarterback play."

-- Former NFL quarterback (and son of Phil) Chris Simms, bragging about his credentials when it comes to analyzing players at his former position. (Ryan Hannable, WEEI)

IT SHOWS

"I ate 19 gumbos in one week."

-- LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, discussing the "perks" of in-home visits with recruitment targets. (Shea Dixon, 247Sports)

GIFS, PICS & TWEETS

UNCHAINED MELODY

-- Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King, reenacting Talib's grab of Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree's chain back in Week 17.

JIM TOMSULA = BILL BELICHICK CONFIRMED

-- Boston Herald reporter Jeff Howe, implying that if more teams kept their head coaches around longer the standard of NFL football might be seen to improve.

STILL SALTY ABOUT THE DIVISIONAL ROUND

-- Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, referencing the extremely annoying #SaltBae meme.

…AND FANS WHO DON'T CARE

-- Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, joking about the respective ages of himself (69) (nice) and 31-year-old first-time head coach Sean McVay.

Posted by: Rob Eves on 03 Feb 2017

9 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2017, 11:04am by Guest789

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by Travis :: Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:33pm

BB said it took him 4 yrs to get his system in place. 11 other teams have had their coach in place that long. No wonder NFL had a down year.

And the Patriots only won the Super Bowl twice in those first four years.

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by Steve in WI :: Fri, 02/03/2017 - 4:17pm

Yeah, this is one of those statements that sounds great from both sides depending on how you define it. I have no doubt that Belichick really feels like it took him 4 years to get his "system" in place, especially given what a perfectionist he is. Logically, it would take any coach that long to get all of the guys he wants on the team and get rid of guys who don't quite fit what he wants to do but are too valuable to simply cut.

All that said, Belichick might have felt like it took 4 years to establish his system, but he demonstrated his quality as a coach long before that. And I think any other great coach would definitely do that.

On the flip side, while I think it almost never makes sense to fire a coach after only a year, it does not take anywhere near 4 years to determine that a coach is bad.

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by In_Belichick_We... :: Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:15am

Not to take anything away from Belichick (I'm obviously a huge Belichick fan) but he didn't inherit the train wreck most head coaches do. He took over a team that was coached by Pete Carroll for 3 years and Parcells (and himself) for 3 years, and hadn't had a losing record in 5 years. My guess is he was in agreement with many of the players drafted by Parcells.
I doubt he would have won a super bowl in his first 4 years with many other teams.
I've never been able to understand the quick firings. It will be interesting to see if SF sticks to the 6 year contracts they've issued.

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by Guest789 :: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:04am

I'll bet you $5 they don't.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:24am

I believe he was referring to his time in Cleveland. The 4th year there he went 11-5 following 6-10, 7-9, 7-9 seasons.

When he went to New England, he'd done his learning and knew which parts of his system worked in Cleveland and which didn't - so found it quicker to implement and win a SB in his 2nd season.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:47pm

If you're going to name a trophy after a coach, why not Paul Brown, who had 7 titles and could win with the Browns?

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by jtr :: Fri, 02/03/2017 - 4:48pm

I totally agree. Every year, the AAFC champion should receive the Paul Brown Trophy.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:29am

Given the league did nothing to honour Shula when he retired, I'm not sure they should or will do anything for Belichick.

Edit: they create the Coach Shula Award in 2010 ... http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81619bc7/article/nfl-creates-coach...

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by Guido Merkens :: Sat, 02/04/2017 - 8:13pm

Paul Brown was very impressive, of course, but it's easier to win a title when you're in a league of eight to twelve teams.