The Week In Quotes: October 2, 2015
by Rory Hickey
YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ON STEVE SMITH'S LIFETIME HIT LIST
"I got speared in my back by an ex-teammate. I kinda know his character and who he is. After he hit me, he said, 'How do you like that?' The best thing I could do without threatening him and saying, 'I will assault him when I see him' is I will say, 'I look forward to playing him again, and he's on my lifetime hit list.'"
-- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., on taking a hit from Pittsburgh Steelers safety and former teammate in Carolina, Mike Mitchell. (NFL.com)
IT MUST BE HARD TO PUT PANTS ON WITH ALL THOSE RINGS
"I mean, we put our pants on one leg at a time, too, and we genuinely thought we had a chance and things just didn't go our way. As a man, it's frustrating. As someone who holds himself accountable, who thinks that we have a shot at every game, it's frustrating."
-- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Roy Miller III, in response to a question about Tom Brady, who almost certainly puts his pants on in one fell swoop. (CSN New England)
HE IS GREAT AT THROWING DUCKS
"Vernon Adams is just a guy. He put up numbers, but Eastern Washington is still putting up numbers without him. He wouldn't play at Ohio State or USC. Would he play at another great school? Probably not. He took a huge jump up."
-- An assistant coach familiar with Oregon, criticizing Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams for being 'just a guy.' (Campus Rush)
HEY CARLOS -- YOU SHOULD HYDE
"I mean, it's not that you can't throw that. It's just that you can't make that turnover. There was guys open. The ball just dropped down to the other person."
-- San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, being critical of Colin Kaepernick's decision making after Sunday's 47-7 blowout loss to the Cardinals. (Sports Illustrated)
"That's always a possibility. To say we don't have plays ready for Johnny Manziel against the San Diego Chargers, I'd be lying to you. OK? I'd be lying to you. So you never know. We may use them and we may not. That's the competitive advantage of showing up and playing an opponent on Sunday. They don't know what we're going to do and we don't know what they're going to do."
-- Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, leaving the possibility open for a package of plays involving current backup quarterback Johnny Manziel. (Cleveland.com)
"Based on them telling me my role is going to be limited, that's what I based the contract on. If the sticker price on a car says one thing, you negotiate it. They didn't negotiate anything. I even said, 'You can take the structure of the contract and plug your own numbers in.' They said, 'We wouldn't be interested in that.' I sent it over to them about 5 o'clock Monday; they said, 'We can't accept this contract.' They went ahead and released everything that you saw. I was flabbergasted. I called them Tuesday and said, 'Is there anything salvageable on this contract?' They said no."
-- Joe Juranitch, the man who spent the past 21 seasons as Ragnar, the Minnesota Vikings' "human mascot," speaking out with his side of the story about his contract dispute with the Vikings (ESPN)
A VICTORY FOR RAVENS AND DOGS EVERYWHERE
"When you lose, you're open to criticism. We lost, so I'm not going to try to justify anything that we did. Anything we did, I take responsibility for."
-- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, taking responsibility for a couple of key fourth-down plays in the fourth quarter in which the Steelers were not able to convert, leading to the Ravens' come-from-behind victory. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
SO JIM CALDWELL EQUALS WOODY OR BO?
"Let me put it that way. All teams study and work hard. There's always some tips here and there, but often times what you find out is, much like from my days, remember back in the old days when Bo [Schembechler] and Woody [Hayes] ran all the same plays all the time? You knew they were coming. But the fact of the matter is could you stop it because they could execute it so well. I think there's something to be said about that as well."
-- Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, dismissing the notion that the Lions offense is too predictable in light of rumors that other teams were calling out the Lions' offensive plays. (ESPN)
HAH CORNBALL. NICE ONE MAN
"Ben is a guy who can come sit at a table with any group on that team. He can go sit with the D-linemen, 'What up Ben?' He's like one of us. He had a defensive mentality. He has a tough guy mentality. There's nothing tough about Tom Brady. The toughest thing about Tom Brady is his chin because it has the dimple in it, which is characteristic of most superheroes. You've seen him dance, he's a cornball. It's fine, he's a cornball that was a sixth-round draft pick that became maybe the best quarterback in the history of football and he has a hot wife. He has a great life and he has a bunch of hardware. That's great. But does that not make you a cornball? No, he's still a cornball. I'm sure his teammates tell him he's a cornball. It's fine, there's nothing wrong with being a cornball."
-- Former NFL linebacker and current CBS football analyst Bart Scott, calling Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a 'cornball' and saying that there is nothing tough about him. He did compliment Brady's dimpled chin though. (WEEI)
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WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE A WHITE/BLACK THING?
"They get mad because my cleats are too black but they're perfect for my feet. I feel like they're supposed to protect the players. I have a certain shoe that feels the best for my foot. I've had foot problems over the last two years. They fine me because they're too black and they don't make them in white. I've got a kid at home. She's smart, too, so I'm gonna have to pay for Harvard or something."
-- Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, saying that he is 'pissed off' at the NFL over the fact they fined him for wearing black Jordan brand shoes because they are the only shoes that have helped Bennett with his foot problems over the years. (Chicago Sun-Times)
*LAS VEGAS ALTERS JETS/DOLPHINS LINE BY 3 POINTS*
"Some may say that's a little over the top or whatnot, but it didn't really cost that much, so why not? We're basically trying to replicate everything that we're doing here over there."
-- New York Jets' senior manager of team operations, Aaron Degerness, on bringing 350 rolls of two-ply toilet paper to replace the thinner version used in England during the team's trip to London to face the Dolphins on Sunday. (New York Times)
WOULD YOU RATHER OWN THE CHARLOTTE HORNETS OR DATE OLIVIA MUNN? YEAH
" Well, I appreciate the kind words. I don't know if the comparison is… I'm not worthy of that comparison. I enjoyed watching Michael. I was a big fan as a kid. "
-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in response to comments first made by Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien, comparing Rodgers to Michael Jordan in his prime. (ESPN)
I'M GONNA MISS PEYTON REFERENCING THESE OLD MOVIES WHEN HE RETIRES
"You guys are getting so desperate here. I had like these big throws and it almost reminds me of The Bad News Bears when Buttermaker was trying to encourage his team when they're really bad. He asked whoever kept the stats -- I can't remember if it was Rudi or whatever -- he said, 'Come on guys, get me the stats. Look on the bright side. Two of our runners have almost reached first base and we did hit 17 foul balls. That's the spirit.' Well, two good throws in there. I'll take it. Hey, I love it. I'm just going to keep trying to hit foul balls and almost reach first base. Maybe we'll get on base on some point and get going."
-- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, when asked if a pair of long throws he made last week was a result of some of the increased agility work he was doing (Denver Post)
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BETTER THAN SETH ROLLINS DEFENDING AGAINST 'DEMON' KANE
"You want to beat the guys you know really bad. That's just how it is. I want to beat him real bad. He wants to beat me real bad. We'll get our teams prepared and get after it. I wish it could be him and I wrestling on the 50, but it won't come to that. Foxy is pretty tough and he might still take me. In seriousness, it's going to be our two teams going at each other. It should be a good battle."
-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, on facing longtime adversary and Chicago Bears head coach John Fox this Sunday… in a wrestling match? (CSN Bay Area)
NOT TO COMPARE THE TWO, BUT AMOBI OKOYE DIDN'T PAN OUT TOO WELL
"Not to sound cocky or anything, or confident, but yeah, I do feel like I could have came out my senior year of high school and played in the NFL. I really do. And I'll just say this, people were like, 'Well, physically you just weren't ready.' I came in my freshman year and I was up for the Heisman, had a pretty good season, was the leading rusher."
-- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, saying that after he graduated high school, he could have made the leap to the NFL had the rules permitted him to. (ESPN)
LIKE A GUY WHO CAN'T HIT IN DOUBLE-A SAYING HE NEEDS TO BE IN THE MAJORS
"I never really wanted to go to the CFL, but I did it and I committed to going. I want to thank the Montreal Alouettes for all they've done for me, but I wasn't getting better as a football player. That was one of the main keys, I wasn't getting better as a football player. It was a different defense, a defense I wasn't used to, and all the stuff I learned from the Rams, the Cowboys, I thought I was losing that technique in Montreal. I am a football player, a damn good one too, and I want to prove myself within this league. I know that I can do this, and I can play in this league."
-- Free agent defensive end Michael Sam, elaborating on why he left the CFL and his aspirations to return to the NFL and stay for a lot longer. (Pro Football Talk)