The Week in Quotes
Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

compiled by Alex Carnevale


"We need to sit down and change something. This is getting ridiculous. Everybody is saying, 'Oh, it's fine, it's OK.' I don't know who in their mind thinks this is OK. This is nothing that's OK. We need to change a lot of it. We need to sit down and change a lot. I'm getting tired of hearing that 'We'll get 'em next week' speech. We need to really start sitting down and knowing what we need to do to put points on the board and what we need to do to do win games."

-- Chiefs running back Larry Johnson (Kansas City Star)

"They need to fix it. I'm getting tired of this. It's tough running against a brick wall until you break it open, you know? You see other teams do different things; you see different teams react differently. Like I said, you don't have to bang your head against a brick wall hard enough to crack a hole in it. There are other ways of doing different things."

-- Johnson


"We've got to finish this thing off right. We'll see what happens. You never know. Until they send us a letter that says we're out. ... The last time I checked, they hadn't sent us that letter."

-- Herman Edwards

"We've been putting ourselves in known situations, especially on passing downs, because we don't make any significant yardage on first down. It puts you in a pickle in second and third down. That's happened some. "

-- Herman Edwards

"We've played some pretty good defenses. If you make an error here or there it creates negative plays."

-- Herman Edwards


"What I want to do is come back, that's for sure. That's easy because it's fun here. The vast majority of the people I know in the NFL are miserable."

-- Ohio State wideout Anthony Gonzalez, on his intention to stay in school. (

''I don't care what they say nationally. I don't think you guys [in the local media] attack me because you know what I stand for. Unfortunately, I can't hold hands 24/7, but it is embarrassing. These things socially are not right. It doesn't matter what you do for a living or who you are. You've got to follow the rules and laws. . . . These players put themselves at risk as far as being in the league.''

-- Marvin Lewis, coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, on his team's off-the-field infractions.

''It's a combination of ownership and Marvin taking chances on players some teams might not want. They got away with it a few times, but it's really catching up to them."

-- unnamed rival GM


"The way this bill was approached was to look at internet gambling as gambling defined as games of chance. Congressman Goodlatte viewed fantasy football as more skill-based than a game of chance."

-- Alise Kowalski, spokesperson for House co-sponsor Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

"It is not an issue. It is ludicrous to think a player would jeopardize his playing career to score points for his fantasy team."

-- NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy

"Fantasy football is expanding the game, and anytime you do that, I don't see that as being negative. We haven't had any issues whatsoever. I don't think it's related to gambling. That's a stretch, a real big stretch."

-- head of the NFLPA Gene Upshaw

"I had a guy who was 27 years in recovery, and all of the sudden, he started picking fantasy football teams for his grandchild. The next thing you know, it gets his juices flowing, and it happens."

-- Annie Wexler, who "works with recovering gambling addicts." In the fiscal year ending June 30, $1.08 billion was wagered in Nevada on college and pro football combined; the Nevada Gaming Commission doesn't break down the amount bet specifically on the NFL.

"Under the legal definition, I don't think fantasy sports is gambling, but you have to ask yourself, why is sports gambling unlawful and fantasy sports legal? Is there a significant difference between the two? Is there a real difference between rooting for Tony Romo to throw a bunch of touchdown passes and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys to win?"

-- atttorney Anthony Cabot (St. Paul Pioneer Press)


"Hey, listen, don't talk to me about revenue sharing. The high-revenue clubs are not going to give teams like Buffalo any revenue sharing. They haven't done it. They stalled it for years. And I'm sick and tired of hearing about it."

-- Bills owner Ralph Wilson (The Globe and Mail)


"It's just common sense right now based on performance and who gives us a better chance to win a football game."

-- Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, on using backup QB Tim Rattay (Hartford Courant)

"Two games left, who knows what they're thinking. You see other issues across the board offensively that make you think, 'What the f--- have I got into?' It's been tough. A lot of the time, I've been biting that fist of mine."

-- Raiders QB Aaron Brooks

"First of all, merry Christmas to everyone. That's exactly what we need to be talking about. Don't let what the Texans are doing, what I'm doing, ruin your Christmas. That's the message I want to send out. As far as us not winning, I'm as frustrated as every fan, player, coach and owner. This is as hard as anything I've gone through football-wise. I've just never had to work so hard and achieved so little. It's been very difficult. You wish you had the answers. If I did, I'd find a way to win."

-- Texans QB David Carr (Houston Chronicle)


"You don't know why it happens sometimes. Like Bill [Belichick] always says, ‘you have to make a deposit to get a withdrawal.' We have been making deposits for a few weeks here. We got a little payout today."

-- Patriots defensive back Artrell Hawkins, on his team's breakout performance in a 40-7 whomping of the Houston Texans.

"It was huge. I think we were the only team in the league that hadn't scored a defensive or a special teams touchdown. [That's] the skill set that Ellis possesses."

-- Patriots linebacker Roosevelt Colvin


"Corey [Mays] had a great play. I'm on the end making sure nothing comes around the side. We were just coached better on that play than they were. That's kind of the bottom line. We were ready for it; we were able to stuff it; we were prepared. Brad [Seely] had us all week, gadget team, gadget team, gadget team. So we knew, hey, they want to come in here and get a win on our turf. We were expecting everything. It's not like they gave anything away until the last second there and then we hopped on it."

--Pats fullback Heath Evans, on the Texans' onside kick attempt. (

"I've got [No.] 12's back, no matter what. When 12 speaks his mind about something that pertains to his mood, we're trying to perceive it and talk about it and correct it."

-- Evans (Hartford Courant)

"I'm not going to hypothetically guess who will and won't be OK."

-- Belichick, on his attitude towards the injury list.


"The Patriots got caught doing something early in the year they weren't supposed to be doing. They had a man on their sideline dressed in coaching attire with a video camera who was presumably videotaping the other team's signals. You can't do that. They were warned. If it happens again, they're going to be disciplined."

-- CBS commentator Charley Casserly

"Why don't you go talk to Charley Casserly? He seems to have all the answers on everything."

-- Belichick


"There is absolutely no validity to that at all. If we had Jake healthy now, he'd be out there now, and it would be the same to start next season. There are no quarterbacks just behind the bushes out there at this point or even this time next year."

-- Panthers coach John Fox, addressing Terry Bradshaw's contention that the Panthers were going to pursue another quarterback in the offseason. (Charlotte Observer)


"I hope (Terry Bradshaw) doesn't become the head coach or the GM over here. But honestly, when things aren't going well ... there's going to be a lot of talk. But, I can't control that. I truly believe I'm going to be here."

-- Panthers QB Jake Delhomme


"The only week that you need to know anything about football is the first week, when you pick your players."

-- San Jose mathematics teacher John Hagen, who uses fantasy football to illustrate math concepts in the classroom.

"The kids were more excited about doing the work that was related to fantasy football than doing the work that was straight out of the textbook."

--Dan Flockhart, developer of series of books on fantasy sports and mathematics. (Charlotte Observer)


"When it happened, we were jawing in each other's face, so it wasn't anything intentional. I didn't intentionally spit in his face. He's trying to make it seem like more than what it was by saying I hauled off and spit in his face. I feel like if I spit in his face ... somebody would've seen it."

-- Terrell Owens

"This is dangerous stuff. You've got to try to do things, and you've seen it in baseball. I do think you see a lot of things in sports today that you wish weren't a part of it, for an old-fashioned guy like me especially."

-- Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells

"I don't reconcile and I don't do any of those things. I don't pass judgment. I just try to get the player to play to his potential on the field; that's what my job is to do. I told you that when the player came here it's my job to try to make things work; that's what I'm trying to do."

-- Parcells (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

"At first I couldn't believe it happened, and people who know me know how I'd want to haul off on him. But I kept my composure about it and didn't retaliate. But the league should hit him by suspending him."

-- Falcons corner DeAngelo Hall, on TO's loogie.

"That's an unwritten rule in this league. You don't do that."

-- Hall


"Never, never, never, never... He is the best man to ever wear a uniform, period. I mean, besides Deion (Sanders)."

-- Chad Johnson on trash-talking Champ Bailey (Associated Press)

"There are two kinds of corners in the NFL. There are corners that play not to get beat. That's your regular corners. Then you have Champ Bailey, who plays to make a play. Period. He's in a class of his own. Deion played the game to make a play. Everyone else plays the game not to get beat."

-- Ocho Cinco

"Get lucky."

-- Ocho Cinco, when asked how to torch Bailey.

"That's a no-no. I can't have that. I don't like people scoring. Hopefully, when I'm in front of him this week, nothing like that happens."

-- Bailey, on Johnson's 50-yard touchdown in their last meeting.


"As the Colts get paid, IPD gets played... If you were the NFL would you want to risk sending the Super Bowl to a city protected by angry police officers?"

-- fliers put out by the Indianapolis police union. (Indianapolis Star)


"I hope Gary Anderson is fly-fishing in Canada for a long time. I hope he's not coming back anytime soon. My congratulations to Gary for setting the bar. My job is to set it even higher."

-- Falcons kicker Morten Andersen, 46, on becoming the NFL scoring leader with 2,437 points. (Los Angeles Times)

"The league had previously informed us of this possibility, so this was not unexpected. I do want to say that I am really proud how Joe has responded to his mistake. He has been getting treatment and has done a commendable job in dealing with his problem. He has definitely learned from his mistake and has moved forward in a very positive manner."

-- Lions coach Rod Marinelli, on assistant coach Joe Cullen, who was arrested for nude driving as well as drunk driving.

"The defendant breached its duty by allowing its mascot to operate motorized vehicles on the field while players are present, further the mascot's reckless disregard for the safety of players of the opposite team was a breach of its duty and the conduct is so reckless as to require punitive measures."

-- a lawsuit alleging that a Titans mascot driven vehicle struck Adrian McPherson in the right knee while he was fielding practice punts on Aug. 12.

"I don't want to say my conference is bad, so I would call it parity."

-- Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, on the NFC playoff picture. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Yes I do, I think the New York Giants will be in the playoffs."

-- Giants LB Brandon Short (New York Post)

"He was truly a gentleman, a smart guy and very respectful. I think he respected the game a lot, too. When he spoke in league meetings you always had the sense that he was speaking from the heart, Wellington Mara-ish, what was best for the game. It wasn't about was best for the Chiefs. It was about what was best for the game and I think that came across in a genuine, sincere manner, so I believed it. It's a tough loss."

-- Bill Belichick, on Lamar Hunt's passing. (

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39 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2006, 2:12am

1 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Hi - a correction

Evans was referring to the failed fake punt and not an onsite kick. Pls verify and correct as appropriate

3 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

I think Chad Johnson epitomizes the best of what NFL has to offer. He is fun, he is good, he knows his lines, he knows his limits and best of all - he does deliver where it really matter - on the field

tell me one other fellow who can talk trash to Pats and BB and not get knocked down in return (hello!Freddie). Prior to the NE-Bengals game, CJ talked trash and BB even went to the extent of returning it in good humor and probably the first time, BB and humor went together in the same sentence!

Outside the Pats, CJ is one of the few i truly follow week-in and week-out.

4 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Kalyan, I've got to agree.

Chad Johnson is everythign TO could be if he wasnt such an assclown. Hes a great reciever, hes cocky, and hes fun. His celebrations are funny, not crude, and hes a great player.

There was something he did a couple of weeks ago that made me really think he was a class act...but now I can't remember what.

5 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

After the Bengals pulled starters in the Oakland game, Chad was out there running the waterbottles to the o-linemen during commercial breaks and they mentioned it on TV. Maybe that?

6 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

hey charley.. calm down ..wouldn't you? weren't you the guy that managed the texans for a few years and disastrously at that, i should add.

Why did you have to bring this incident to light when the pats hosted your old team. i think it was completely class-less and full of spite for your part.

BTW, your fella did great in the game. he managed to stay completely out of sight ... so much for the No. 1 pick for him (actually, i pity mario williams for what the texans have done to him!)

9 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

6 Naw, it wasnt that.

I remember now, he caught a TD in the endzone, then basically went over and told the ref that he'd pushed off on one of the corners. The flag had been thrown by the line judge, who hadnt got over there yet.

No arguing, just ' hey, I pushed off, thats what hes coming over for'

12 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

FO skipped one of the best quotes of the week! This is from Mike Reiss' blog on the New England Patriots, with Belichick expounding on what he thinks about roughing the passer penalties:

"Again, that's one of those things that I don't have any control over -- do you want replay, do you not want replay? Pass interefernce at the point, or a 15-yard penalty? I would say go talk to the genuises who make the rules, because they are the ones who make it and they have all the answers. ... There are plenty of people on that committee and they love to talk about the rules they made and how great they are and all that. The Charley Casserly's of the world, who have all the answers to everything. Talk to them."

13 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Johnson not only ran out with some water for his guys, he offered some to one or two Raiders as well. I don't think they (the TV people) could tell what was said, but Chad was smiling as he ran off the field (no surprise there), so I doubt it was contentious. If anything, the Raiders were probably just shaking their heads. "That Ocho Cinco, he's nuts."

14 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

1. Atta Boy, David Carr. It's nice to see a professional athlete take some accountability.

2. Does the Indinaapolis Police Dept. actually think that the Super Bowl would be played in Indianapolis? Is that because they think that one of the team's playing hosts the Super Bowl, or because Indianapolis is just the kind of place that the NFL wants to host their marquee event?

15 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

#14, it seems to be standard practice for the NFL to send the Super Bowl to any new dome or warm-weather open air stadium within a few years of opening. And Indy's replacing their dome with a new one, and has a rep as a great convention city (not much to do there, but certainly much more capable than say, Jacksonville, of handling crowds) so I wouldn't be surprised if they get one in the next few years (2011 is the next open spot).

18 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

The only way to beat Champ Bailey is to get lucky? I think Cedrick Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger might disagree with Chad on that score.

19 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

#14 & #15 - The new Colts stadium (with a retractable roof) opens in 2008. The Colts & city are doing whatever is necessary to get a Super Bowl in Indy ASAP. Heck, it was in Detroit last year so cold Indiana weather for the week-long festivities is not an issue. Indy has hosted numerous NCAA Final Fours & always done a great job as host city.

20 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

My guess is that Indy will get 2011 and Dallas will get 2012 or 2013. The precedent is there (indoor or warm-weather stadiums), and you know how awful the NFL must have felt looking at poor little RCA Dome eight weeks a year. (short story from Indy Star linked)

I'd rather not have it here. Most people have no chance of going and everything suddenly doubles in price. Traffic is bad enough downtown as it is (bad in a non-Chicago Great Lakes sense, not in an East Coast sense).

21 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Favorite CJ story... "Chad Johnson's side job." Click my name for the link.

CJ isn't TO with or without anything. They're both WRs and they both talk to the media... that's about it.

22 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

#15, #19.

Yes, this could make sense. But if so it seems strange that the Indy PD is trying to give the impression that the current unhappiness over their contract is going to come to a head at an event that may or may not happen four years from now.

Nothing against Indy....they seem to be able to host a few huge auto races every year, so the infostructure is certainly there. Just seems odd that the police are planning on being angry that far in the future.

24 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

The traffic in downtown in Indy is nothing. Hotel prices have a maximum, which is still significantly higher than the normal rate. Two of the races that were mentioned draw an estimated crowed of 400,000 so I think the City can handle the crowed for a Super Bowl.

The stadium is on the edge of downtown and within walking distance of the downtown hotels, shopping and clubs. The downside is that the public transit system is pathetic, if you don't have a room downtown you will have to drive or take a cab.

The IPD situation is the union posturing for a larger raise next contract. Of the various unions that the City works with, the PD got the highest % wage increase last contract.

25 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Is there any truth to this statement?

“The Patriots got caught doing something early in the year they weren’t supposed to be doing. They had a man on their sideline dressed in coaching attire with a video camera who was presumably videotaping the other team’s signals. You can’t do that. They were warned. If it happens again, they’re going to be disciplined.�

– CBS commentator Charley Casserly

26 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Re Indy PD:
Well, from what I understand, the issue right now is that with the merging of police and sheriff units the pay didn't change. So sheriffs are making 5,000 more than the police. This isn't about a Super Bowl or anything, this is all about the police merger, they're just using the Super Bowl since the stadium construction is very visible and it's football season.

27 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Re #25: Is there any truth to this statement?

“The Patriots got caught doing something early in the year they weren’t supposed to be doing. They had a man on their sideline dressed in coaching attire with a video camera who was presumably videotaping the other team’s signals. You can’t do that. They were warned. If it happens again, they’re going to be disciplined.�

– CBS commentator Charley Casserly

I'd imagine so, or else Casserly just opened himself up to a massive slander lawsuit. Casserly doesn't strike me as a stupid enough man to say things that he knows to be untrue in the national media.

28 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Wasn't one of the players caught on the sidelines videotaping earlier this year? It wasn't a Patriot, was it?

I swear I remember something like that.

30 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Yes, funny. By working at McD's, wouldn't that make him "Calvin" Johnson?

Sometime in the next two years, he'll wish he was.

31 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

#28 - IIRC, that was the worthy-of-infinite-respect Rodney Harrison using a camcorder on the sideline while he was injured. The referre stopped the game to announce that the camera was not allowed, but there were no other repercussions.

32 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Yeah, see, that might be what Casserly's referring to, although he would've gotten basically all the details wrong (which wouldn't surprise me). Patriots employee, videotaping the game, who was warned by officials that he wasn't allowed to.

33 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

I thought that was, uhhh, Marcus Stroud doing the videotaping? I don't think it was a Patriot, but my memory is fuzzy.

34 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

I do remember the sideline shot of an injured player sheepishly grinning and putting the camera back in his bag.

35 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

I thought that was, uhhh, Marcus Stroud doing the videotaping? I don’t think it was a Patriot, but my memory is fuzzy.

Yup, it was Marcus Stroud against the Eagles. Link:

Playing amateur photographer on the sidelines against Philadelphia, Stroud received warning from officials for taking snapshots from the Jaguars bench area. Stroud - using a small digital camera - took various action shots and scenes from the game. But cameras aren't allowed near the bench area. "When I was advised of that, I promptly requested it be put away," Del Rio said. Laughing off the situation, Stroud explained that officials thought he was shooting snapshots of Philadelphia's formations to give to Jaguars coaches.

36 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

linked to an article with a TWIQ-worthy quote (at least I thought it was kinda funny, considering who said it)

Or as Dolphins Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas said: "Do you have to game plan for a guy? I don't care about stats. Stats don't tell the whole story. What really matters is if you have to prepare for a guy. You look at Tom Brady, he's a Pro Bowler. When we face New England, our whole game plan is about how to deal with him.

"Some guys might have more yards or more touchdown passes, but Brady is better than those guys. It's like on defense. You can have a lot of tackles if you're on a bad run defense because you're on the field so much."

38 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

I can't believe none of the quotes from the Bears' Tank Johnson press conference were used. One such whopper was Jerry Angelo mentioning that keeping him had "nothing" to do with his availability for the playoffs.

39 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 21, 2006

Indy as a Super Bowl city? What's to do after you've seen the Birthplace of David Letterman? I'm sure the big spenders are already saving their money to play Bingo Saturday night. Hey, they can always have Gomer Pyle flip the coin - he certainly won't be playing QB that day.