The Week in Quotes

Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

compiled by Rory Hickey


"Recently, we have addressed issues of respect--respect for co-workers, opponents, fans, game officials, and others. Whether in the context of workplace conduct, advancing policies of diversity and inclusion, or promoting professionalism in all we do, our mission has been to create and sustain model workplaces filled with people of character. Although the NFL is celebrated for what happens on the field, we must be equally vigilant in what we do off the field."

--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in an excerpt of a letter written to NFL owners regarding the league's new domestic violence policy, in which first-time offenders will be suspended for six games and repeat offenders could face a lifetime ban. (Pro Football Talk)


"On Saturday August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong not to tell the truth. I apologize to USC for my action on this part. My USC coaches, the USC athletic department, and especially coach [Steve] Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful."

--Former USC captain Josh Shaw, admitting that the story he originally told about how he sprained his ankles was a lie. He did not in fact save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning in a pool. (Eye on College Football)


"Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it."

--St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, reacting to a segment done on ESPN about Michael Sam's showering habits. (Sports Illustrated)


"When I think of a Baltimore Raven, what I think of is you go in there, we take your lunch box, we take your sandwich, we take your juice box, we take your applesauce and we take your spork and we break it. And we leave you with an empty lunch. That's the Baltimore Raven way, that's the bully way and that's football."

--Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, trying to describe the Baltimore Ravens' bully-like ways and needlessly taking and breaking sporks. (


"I didn't know you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I'm not high anymore. I'm perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to make it to my game?"

--Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, rationalizing to police that there would be no way he was smoking pot, while confessing to smoking pot. (WPXI)


"I accept it. Money well spent."

--Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, accepting his $8,268 fine for taunting Houston Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger. (Pro Football Talk)


"Got some kinks to work out, you can notice that stuff, little stuff like that--it's to the point where he don't trust his offensive lines that much, 'cause he's watching the rush. Little stuff like that."

--New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, giving his opinion of the play of Eli Manning during the Jets-Giants preseason game. (New York Post )


"Who do you think you are? The game don't mean enough to you, and that's very f--king apparent. better wake up and get your pride in the game. Go out there and play like s--t? The s--t was coached the right way! I don't want any excuses, selfish ass. What the hell is this? Look at this crap. Are you kidding me?"

"It ain't OK to go around here and not know. That ain't cute. It ain't OK. Really don't care. That's as selfish an act as you can make. Grow the f--k up."

--Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, laying into several special teamers during a special teams meeting on 'Hard Knocks'. (Pro Football Talk)


"The game is not that complicated. If the guy is open, we've got to get him the ball. It's that simple. We can talk trajectory, we can talk it should be X amount of yards, 54 yards from the boundary and we can have red lines, which we do. We've got all that stuff. We've got all of the bells and whistles. But at the end of the day, when the guy is wide-open, we've got to make the plays."

--Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, explaining the game of football. (Palm Beach Post)


"I think I'm done. I might have to follow Jim Henderson's recommendation from the [New Orleans Touchdown Club] luncheon [last week]. ... He was saying the 'V' word was next for me. Vasectomy. We've got some football games to win first. And then as I've been told by those who have experienced it, do it Saturday before the final round of The Masters so I've got an excuse to sit around and watch it."

--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, after announcing the birth of his fourth child. (The Times-Picayune)


"Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player. It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made--and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make--but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team."

--New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, singing the praises of new Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins. Mankins was traded to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. (


"We're the glitz and the glamour of the NFL. We want to kick [our opponents'] you-know-what with glitz and glamour."

--Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, espousing the values of glitz and glamour.(Dallas Morning News)


"Let's stop beating around the bush, Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn't look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know. It's going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make. Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn't be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense]. Now Kirk, like I said, is basically a drop-back quarterback. I see Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, I see Kirk Cousins that way…"

--Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, giving his opinion on who the current Redskins quarterback should be. (D.C. Sports Bog)


"Not at all, I was just having some fun, nothing personal. I actually worked out with Victor in the offseason this year. I know him personally. I didn't take a jab at him or anything like that. I was just having some fun with something that everyone knows in the stadium."

--New York Jets third-string quarterback Matt Simms, when asked whether his terrible attempt at the 'salsa' was a dig at Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. ( )


"Man, the Pittsburgh Steelers need a new [darn] offensive coordinator. This guy sucks. Coach Tomlin, this is Snoop Dogg, man. Fire that [fellow] and get us a real offensive coordinator. We ain't won a playoff game since we had this [guy], man. [Shoot]. "

--Rapper Snoop Dogg, giving his highly displeased assessment of the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense. (Shutdown Corner)


"His daughter was my first kiss, back in the day. So yeah ... I don't know if I should have said that. For clarification, we were like six years old! Just so everybody knows that."

--West Virginia starting quarterback Clint Trickett, when asked if he knew Alabama head coach Nick Saban very well. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


13 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2014, 2:16pm

1 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by Theo // Aug 29, 2014 - 12:28pm

Bang more spork!

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2 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by Pottsville Maroons Curse // Aug 29, 2014 - 12:54pm

Not that I expect coherent analysis from Joe Theismann, but here are Kirk Cousins' numbers from last year:

81-155 (52.3%), 854 yards (5.5 ypa), 4 TD, 7 int, 58.4 rating, 0-3 record.

I wonder why Kirk Cousins looks more like a QB to him?

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3 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by Guest789 // Aug 29, 2014 - 12:57pm

Well that was last year. He might have improved. QBs often take a big jump in their second off-season.


“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”

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5 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by tuluse // Aug 29, 2014 - 2:11pm

Nice, subtle. I like it.

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6 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by buzzorhowl // Aug 29, 2014 - 2:45pm

My favorite part is how he compares Kirk to Andy Dalton, who is... OK I guess, but not amazing by any means. Yeah Joe, let's bench RG3 so we can have our very own Andy Dalton. Sounds like a great plan.

I swear, every time that man opens his mouth, my childhood dies just a little bit more.

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9 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by uosdwiS // Aug 30, 2014 - 1:02pm

This anti-Griffin sentiment is starting to gain a troubling amount of traction, but given how violently opinion on players swings back and forth these days, it isn't surprising. Its pretty clear that Cousins can't hold a candle to Dalton this far in this career. The only real impressive action Cousins saw was a few passes to beat Baltimore when Griffin was hurt and a solid game against Cleveland. As if Theismann's seal of approval wasn't enough to damn Cousins, Bill Simmons seems to be under the impression that Cousins is worth a 1st round pick by following Theismann's own "reasoning" (but somehow also slamming Dalton). Based on those above numbers from the games he started last year and how unimpressive he looked doing so (two of those games were against Dallas and ATL), it would be an uphill battle to get back his original 4th round spot in a trade.

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10 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by RickD // Aug 30, 2014 - 1:26pm

My understanding is that RG3 has had a miserable pre-season. At least that's what the DC area talk radio has been saying.

Cousins also has some passing data from 2012 which could be relevant.


Colt McCoy took all the snaps against Tampa, so the most recent game that featured the top two QBs was at Baltimore.

Cousins was 14 for 20 for 122 yards and 2 TDs.
Griffin was 5 for 8 for 20 yards and a pick.

Nobody thinks that Gruden really should replace RG3 with Cousins, but RG3 really needs to step up and prove he deserves the contract and the loss of draft picks that brought him to DC. He has yet to prove that post-ACL injury RG3 deserves to be a starting QB in the NFL.

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11 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by Led // Aug 31, 2014 - 12:38pm

I think 7th in DVOA and 11th in DYAR in 2012 proves that RG3 deserves to be a starting QB in the NFL. He played poorly in a bad situation last year, but Cousins played A LOT worse (also a lot worse than Griffin in 2012). Even factoring in the injury and Shanahan craziness, Griffin's total DYAR in 2 years is 818. For comparison, St. Andrew Luck's DYAR in that period is 1173. (Just counting passing DYAR it's 667 for Griffin, 907 for Luck.) Luck has been better, to be sure, but not enough better to treat Luck as NFL royalty while talking about benching Griffin.

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4 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by Sakic // Aug 29, 2014 - 1:40pm

"Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it."

And speaking on the behalf of the majority of America I can also tell ESPN that we don't care about the Cleveland Browns quarterback competition anymore (if we ever did) nor do we think that the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry is the greatest in the history of sports. :-)

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7 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by Theo // Aug 29, 2014 - 8:53pm

TV nowadays is in no way made to entertain you.
The goal is to make you feel superior to the idiots you're watching.

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by dchale // Aug 29, 2014 - 9:06pm

You gotta love that coach speak.

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12 Re: The Week In Quotes: August 29, 2014

by boog // Sep 02, 2014 - 5:22pm

[Shoot] yeah!

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