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29 Nov 2007

The Week in Quotes: November 29, 2007

compiled by Ben Riley


"It's a lie. It's a lie. There's only two other people who talk to Mr. Ford, Matt (Millen) and myself. Lie. Lie."

-- Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, responding to a local Detroit radio report alleging that Lions owner William Clay Ford instructed the coaching staff to throw more to Calvin Johnson

"I don't know. I haven't heard of that one. That's a new one for me. I don't buy into that one. I would hope Mr. Ford would rather just win a ballgame than to try and demand one guy gets the ball."

-- Lions wide receiver Roy Williams, responding to the same radio report

"We thought he was getting healthier, and that was about as healthy as we felt he was. He's had some big games for us when he's been healthy. So we went to him."

-- Marinelli (Detroit Free Press)


"I got nothing, dude."

-- Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers, refusing to take questions after he missed what would have been a game-winning field goal against the 49ers in overtime. The Cardinals then lost the game when Kurt Warner fumbled in the end zone. (East Valley Tribune)

"I was obviously very frustrated after the game but that's no excuse for acting like I did. I've reached out to the gentleman involved to apologize personally and I also want to apologize to the Cardinals organization and fans."

-- Rackers, apologizing for shoving his helmet into the head of an NFL Films cameraman after he missed the kick. The cameraman was not seriously injured.

"It was wrong and I'm sorry."

-- Rackers

"Obviously, this is not acceptable behavior under any circumstances and it has been addressed with Neil. Several members of the organization have spoken to the photographer to apologize and let him know that the appropriate measures are being taken."

-- Cardinals official statement (Arizona Republic)

"We're not going to play that game of musical kickers or worry about that. I have confidence that Neil is going to make the kick, and we're going to work in practice just like he made that kick."

-- Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, denying that Rackers was in danger of losing his job

"He just barely missed it."

-- Whisenhunt (Arizona Republic)


"It's just sad. As hard as he's worked. He worked so hard physically to get back into shape and in therapy. He worked so hard for that moment and to have it end this way is sad."

-- Ricky Williams' agent Leigh Steinberg, reacting to the news that Williams improbable return to the NFL would be cut short after a mere six carries, after Williams tore a chest muscle in the Dolphins-Steelers Monday Night Mudbowl.

"Life is a series of crossroads."

-- Steinberg (Palm Beach Post)


"USC thugs, man."

-- CBS analyst and former Notre Dame (and journeyman NFL) quarterback Steve Beuerlein, making an on-air comment to fellow CBS broadcaster Bill Macatee about Titans running back LenDale White, after White was flagged for a late hit in the Titans-Bengals game.

"Steve being a Notre Dame guy and like any two friends who have those allegiances would do, they kid each other about Notre Dame and USC all the time. Certainly Steve wishes it wasn't on the air and so does CBS, but that is the explanation.''

-- LeslieAnn Wade, vice president of communications for CBS, doing some damage control (Tennessean.com)


"I didn't hear Nate [Burleson] until the last second, and then once I caught it I looked back at him and he was like, 'Go.' So I took off like Forrest Gump."

-- Seahawks cornerback and kick returner Josh Wilson, describing his 89-yard kick return for a touchdown that began with a near mishap with fellow returnman Nate Burleson (Tacoma News Tribune)


"The record's not going well, he came out of college and plus, with what happened with Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban, it was a normal question, so I asked him about it."

-- Falcons owner Arthur Blank, revealing that he recently asked Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino whether Petrino was considering returning to college football

"He's been very clear with me. He loves Atlanta and he loves the organization. Obviously he's disappointed in what happened to Michael Vick, but he has great confidence with myself, with [president/general manager] Rich McKay and the coaching staff to put together a winner and be here many years."

-- Blank

"He told me this is where he wants to be and that his work is just beginning."

-- Blank

"I haven't given that one bit of thought. I certainly don't want to get into any speculation and rumors and having to deal with that. I am focused on our football team here. I'm focused on playing the Rams this week."

-- Bobby Petrino (Atlanta Journal Constitution)


"It's not like we were purposely trying to not score points. They were chanting 'More' -- that they wanted more points. And we were trying to give it to them."

-- Panthers quarterback David Carr, when asked for his reaction to the crowd chanting "Moore, Moore" during the Saints-Panthers game. Matt Moore is the Panthers third-string quarterback.

"We knew if we could go ahead and kind of disrupt Carr a little bit, he would make some bad decisions."

-- Saints cornerback Jason Craft

"I know everyone wants to pin it on the quarterback. I think it's fairly evident it's not just the quarterback. Right now we're just not a very good football team ... and the buck stops here."

-- Panthers head coach John Fox (CBS Sportsline)


"When you play the game, the players have to make plays."

-- Herm Edwards

"The coaches will take their share of the blame, but the players have a part of it, too. They get in the game, and they've got to go make plays."

-- Herm

"That's how you end up winning."

-- Herm

"You have to make a play somewhere along the line. It's not always going to be drawn up perfect all the time. There's never the perfect call."

-- Herm

"Oh, every once in a while you make a great call."

-- Herm

"But other than that, it's players making plays."

-- Herm

"They know that and we haven't made enough plays in the last four games -- especially in the fourth quarter -- to win."

-- Herm (Kansas City Star)


"Not a record I'm looking to break any time soon. That's a lot of folks. I'm playing for free."

-- Colts defensive end Robert Mathis, who is from Atlanta, bemoaning the financial impact of purchasing more than 100 tickets for friends and family for last Thursday's Colts-Falcons game (Indianapolis Star)

"I don't think you can just let him sit back there all day and let him throw it. That's the cat-and-mouse game or the chess game or whatever you want to call it."

-- Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, describing his approach to defending against Brett Favre (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

"We can't blow everyone out by 30 points or so."

-- Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, after the Patriots' narrow 31-28 win over the Eagles (Boston Herald)

"I had the trifecta done on me."

-- Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun, who had punt returned by Devin Hester for a touchdown, a kick returned by Hester for a touchdown, and a punt blocked (Denver Post)

"It's kind of like Starbucks coffee. It just gets better and better -- although I don't drink coffee."

-- Eagles head coach Andy Reid, when asked whether Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is too fond of blitzing (Tacoma News Tribune)

Remember to send your quotes to quotes-at-footballoutsiders.com, just like Steve N. did this week.

Posted by: Ben Riley on 29 Nov 2007

42 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2007, 1:39pm by Sid


by Brooklyn Bengal (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 1:20pm

at least neil didn't say "bro."

by Jesse (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 1:31pm

The Sauerbrun quote is priceless

by Moridin (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 1:43pm

That quote by Reid is just awesome.

by Karl Cuba (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 1:45pm

Not a great overall week for the quotes but Herm is pure gold. Josh Wilson too.

by vijay (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 1:59pm

Reid's quote is one of the best ever - just pure genius... Let's also give Wade Phillips some props for saying that and placing question marks over the heads of everyone reading that! If he can confuse Favre as much as he confused everyone with that comment, Cowboys in a blowout!

by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:07pm

Please tell me the David Carr quote is made up.

by johonny (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:13pm

“We can’t blow everyone out by 30 points or so.�

– Patriots safety Rodney Harrison,

at least not without his Juice

by Costa (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:16pm

Oh my, the David Carr quote is just embarrassing.

by JCRODRIGUEZ (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:18pm

Whenever Billy Idol gets some air time, sun shines a little brighter...and when it goes along with an angry mob witch-hunting a QB...that's even sweeter...

by Theo, Holland (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:27pm

Nothing on Sean Taylor?

by Diane (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:28pm

Obviously the numerous sacks he's suffered from over the years has impacted Carr's logic ... what a quote!

Maybe the crowd wanted to see filmmaker Michael Moore?

by oljb (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:31pm

“Oh, every once in a while you make a great call.�

– Herm

So true, so true. But only every once in a while.

by David (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:42pm

Oh my god, there's actually a real-life version of "Boo-urns". This is too good to be true.

by panthersnbraves (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:59pm

I sure hope Carr was trying to be funny.

The crowd sure did roar when 'More' came in.

by Jdbar (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 3:25pm

Life is a series of crossroads? Sounds like Steinberg's been in urban centers too long. He needs to come up north where life is either a highway (according to Tom Cochran) or an open road (according to Bryan Adams).

by Purds (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 3:32pm

I agree. That Sauerbrun comment is great. Nothing like being honest, and realizing that football, even professional football, is still, in the end, just a game.

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 3:33pm

So Herm, are you saying that players have to make plays?

Damn you #13 for pre-empting my (admittedly easy) Hans Moleman joke.

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 3:37pm

I'm willing to bet Jeremy Shockey's trifectas are a lot more fun.

Itch vs. Scratchy in a chess match...Go!
/John McLaughlin

by mactbone (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 4:07pm

Re 15:
Except that Indiana is the Crossroads of America.

I think Carr was kidding and it makes me think he's a decent guy. Bad QB, but decent guy.

by Marko (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 4:33pm

Maybe Carolina fans wanted to hear a song from the Andrea True Connection.

by Unshakable Optimist (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 5:37pm

“That’s how you end up winning.�

– Herm

He makes it sound like an accident.

by Carlos (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 5:40pm

Nothing on Sean Taylor?

I also find this most surprising.

What's the point of this feature? Enough with Herm Edwards. FO "hivemind" seems to be coming around to the notion that he's a pretty good coach. Try the thought experiment of imagining this week's Herm quotes being from another coach, would you feature them?

by Joe T. (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 5:52pm

#21 - Thats because usually it is.

by David (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 6:01pm

But... Herm Edwards is NOT a good coach. That's the whole problem with him. If he said idiotic things while not destroying every runningback that came into his field of vision, and winning playoff games against anyone other than Marty Schottenheimer (as we all know, playoff wins against Marty don't count) he would get more respect. But for now, while he is saying idiotic things while losing to the Raiders and missing the playoffs altogether I'm not going to buy into this Herm Edwards is a good coach crap. And my lack of respect for him predates my knowledge of FO.com.

by Carlos (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 6:23pm

well, Herm had a .500 record coming in to this year, reaching the playoffs in 4 out of 6 years, and winning a couple of playoff games. 5 of those 6 years he was in the same division as the superbowl winner.

If you think Herm is a bad coach, then you've raised the bar so high that few coaches would be able to meet it.

This week he's quoted as saying:

Oh, every once in a while you make a great call....

But other than that, it’s players making plays....

They know that and we haven’t made enough plays in the last four games — especially in the fourth quarter — to win.

That's idiotic? I think that's unimpeachable.

By the way, whether Herm sounds smart or idiotic to a bunch of internet geeks (I count myself in that crowd) isn't at all relevant to whether he's a good coach. Does he sound idiotic to his players? There's ZERO evidence of that.

destroying every runningback that came into his field of vision

To whom are you referring? Curtis Martin had 2 probowl years in his first 4 years under Herm and then got hurt as a 32 year old.

Are you referring to LJ? First, that's not "every runningback." Second, the jury is still out on LJ. I know the dogma around here about 370 touches, but let's not treat hypotheses as handed down from God. FO does so for marketing purposes, fine. But that doesn't make it so.

by G_Man (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 6:35pm


I don't think the perception ever was that Herm is a bad coach. It's true that if you imagine the Herm quotes by any other coach, they wouldn't be nearly as funny. But after watching Hard Knocks and the "You play to win the game!" speech, the quotes are hilarious if you imagine Herm saying them.

Why no Sean Taylor quotes? Um, this section is for comedic purposes only. I don't think there's a lot of humor in the situation.

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 7:00pm

I wish to God I could remember the Herm quote about Testaverde from about 4-5 years ago. It was the greatest quote ever, and I don't remember it. I think it referenced flat tires or wheels coming off of something, but searches on those strings haven't turned up anything.

by The Boilermaster (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 9:06pm

"It’s kind of like Starbucks coffee. It just gets better and better — although I don’t drink coffee.�

So...he's saying that blitzing constantly is overrated because it's the only thing we see, right?

I mean...Starbuck's coffee. better and better?

by bubqr (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 9:29pm

Carr not understanding "Moore Moore" is a joke right ? Right ??????

by Zac (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 9:43pm

Herm has a history of saying quotable lines. If someone else had the body of quotable work he did, then they'd be in this every week too.

You play to win the game.
When you play the game, the players have to make plays.
That's how you end up winning.

by Derek (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2007 - 11:11pm

The chant was actually "We Want Moore", and I'm fairly positive that Carr was joking. He is a bright guy and is known for having a really dry and sarcastic sense of humor.

by stravinsky (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2007 - 12:04am

Every week, Herm starts to sound more and more like John Madden. I can hear Madden now saying "What you need to win is players making plays because when players make plays then you win." I can also hear Herm saying "When the quearterback throws the ball to the receiver and the receiver catches it in the endzone then it's a touchdown and you get 6 points."

by sigma804 (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2007 - 1:57am

I live in Charlotte and saw the video of Carr's comment. He had a smirk and was definitely being sarcastic when he said it.

by G_Man (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2007 - 2:16am

Either way, Carr's quote is hilarious.

by the K (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2007 - 4:41am

Herm's in top form this week.

by BBtAC (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2007 - 5:31pm

“We can’t blow everyone out by 30 points or so.�

"Yeah, we're resting up to lay 75 on the Jets."

by Doug (not verified) :: Sat, 12/01/2007 - 1:57am

Guess i don't get the Herm joke either. These seem like things every other coach says also.

by QB (not verified) :: Sat, 12/01/2007 - 8:07am

I hope Carr's standup career goes better than his football career. Hilarious quote.

by Cyrus (not verified) :: Sat, 12/01/2007 - 10:13pm

Dryheat-- is this the quote? (Top part is from an article, quote is below...)

"Beyond the obvious motivation of the ex-Jets quartet wanting to prove something to their old team, the game has its share of subplots. No. 1 is whether New York can survive the loss of quarterback Chad Pennington, who gives way to soon-to-be-40 backup Vinny Testaverde.

Edwards says yes. All he needs is the football equivalent of a lug wrench.

"You don't invest that much time to say, 'You have a flat tire, so your car doesn't work.' You get a new tire, one of those little spares, the little skinny ones you can drive on," Edwards said. "You're only supposed to drive a couple of hours, but some people drive for a whole month on it.""

by Phil (not verified) :: Sun, 12/02/2007 - 1:39am


How in the world is the jury still out on LJ? He is on pace for 800 yards and 4 TDs and has missed the last three games the season after setting the record for most carries in a season.

by Dubya (not verified) :: Sun, 12/02/2007 - 2:11am

“It’s not like we were purposely trying to not score points. They were chanting ‘More’ — that they wanted more points. And we were trying to give it to them.�

Is Carr seriously this stupid, or is he trying to be funny? I realize he took a lot of sacks when he played for the Texans...how many concussions do you suppose he suffered?

by Sid (not verified) :: Mon, 12/03/2007 - 1:39pm

RE: 41

try reading the posts before yours.

As for Herm:

He's known for gameday ineptitude along with a penchant for attempting to ruin the career of every RB he comes in contact with. Please don't try to argue that he didn't ruin Larry Johnson.