The Week In Quotes: November 20, 2015
I WONDER IF ARCHIE HAD A FACIAL EXPRESSION FOR THIS
"I hate football."
-- Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, commenting on the respective outings of his two sons on Sunday, when Peyton had arguably the worst game of his career while Eli lost to the Patriots at the last second. (Associated Press)
GOOD JOB, GOOD EFFORT
"He struggled a little bit, had a hard time finding receivers, made some bad decisions. That's him. He's getting pretty old. He's still a good quarterback. He tried hard."
-- Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Ron Parker, assessing Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's performance against the Chiefs on Sunday, when Manning was benched in the third quarter. At least he tried hard though. (Denver Post)
WAIT, SHERMAN IS A CRITIC AND Michael Floyd IS THE OTHER GUY? I DON'T GET IT
"Critics are people with no talent dealing with people who have talent."
-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, giving his opinion on detractors and doubters of the now 4-5 defending NFC champions. (Twitter)
I MEAN, YOU CAN NOT TAKE OUT A FIRST PLACE TEAM WITH A BB GUN
"Just talkin' to my teammates about how everybody told us we couldn't do this. Everybody said there ain't no -- you're 3-5, there's no way you're gonna go in their building and win. Well, how you all doin'? Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB gun."
-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, following the Texans' victory on Monday night in which they knocked off the previously undefeated Bengals. Watt also made sure to get in a jab at Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton just for good measure. (Pro Football Talk)
OH MY GOD, YOU ARE LIKE, SO OBSESSED WITH ME
"You guys are obsessed with them, not me."
-- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, talking to the Patriots media this week about his lack of obsession with the Patriots.
"The big one is next Monday. The Patriots, I already have that one circled, you know me."
-- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, talking to the media during the lead up to last Thursday about his obsession with the Patriots. (Twitter)
SIMPLE, YET EFFECTIVE
"I'm restricted to a few things, which include yelling 'you like that!'"
-- Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, bemoaning the fact that he does not have the rhythm of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, which restricts his celebrations. (Twitter)
'AND I KNOW WHAT A CATCH IS,' OBAMA CONTINUED
"But I cannot believe that the commissioner of football gets paid $44 million a year."
-- President of the United States Barack Obama, in an interview with Bill Simmons, when asked for which sport he would want to be the commissioner. Obama answered the NBA, but is aware of the difference in salary. (GQ)
SHE GOT THE RECIPE FROM BOBBY FLAY'S GREAT-GRANDMOTHER
"my moms home made Chicken Sue flay. Super delicious and yummy! #sixstargronkchat"
-- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, answering a fan's tweet asking what his favorite food is. (Twitter)
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WHAT IF IT WAS A BOBBY BOUCHER-TYPE DEAL?
"We're going to talk every day until he figures it out and we figure it out as a team. He knows full well that he can't do that. He can't put himself and this team in jeopardy. You love the grit, and you love the toughness and all that stuff. But playing the position like a linebacker? You can't."
-- Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, evaluating the play of now-injured quarterback Andrew Luck, and saying that Luck cannot "play the position like a linebacker." (Indianapolis Star)
THEY SHOULD RUN THREE-TIGHT END SETS 80 PERCENT OF THE TIME ON MONDAY
"Keshawn Martin is still obviously a good player for us and is hopefully coming back here soon. And I've got a lot of confidence in Brandon LaFell. Danny [Amendola's] role has been very different than was Julian [Edelman's] was for us. I just think they're a little different type of players. And certainly Julian has been incredible for us. Incredible. And Danny's had just a great year this year and really continued from the way he finished last season. It's kind of like when you lose a great player like Dion Lewis, there's different ways you're going to need to produce. We'll need to find different ways to produce with the guys that are on the field. It's just unfortunate to lose such a critical player. But you've just got to try to figure out different ways to get it done. Every team deals with injuries. We've been pretty banged up. Hopefully at some point we can get some guys back. You just keep trying to fight, grind your way toward the end of the season."
"I'm happy we got the win in the meantime. I think that's really important, because you go on the road against a good team, you play really hard, you lose a critical player and you still find a way to win. I think it says a lot about your team."
-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in an interview on Monday, explaining the challenges the team will face now that wide receiver Julian Edelman will be out likely through the remainder of the regular season. (WEEI)
MARTELLUS BENNETT: MASTER OF SUBTELTY
"I consider St. Louis 'Seattle's little brother.' So it's a bunch of front-runners. Number 97 [Eugene Sims], he's a little [b****]. So overall, I was happy just to go out there and kick their ass."
-- Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, going off on a tangent about the Rams and Eugene Sims, when asked a question about teammate Jay Cutler. (Chicago Sun-Times)
ALSO: HE IS SLY
"He definitely has the inside scoop. He developed a lot of us. We were all here when he first got here. He knows all about us. He knows what we're good at and where we're not good. That's going to be a challenge right there, but their players are the ones out there playing, not Coach Fox."
-- Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr., admitting that current Bears head coach and ex-Broncos head man John Fox may have an advantage when the Broncos play the Bears on Sunday, but ultimately Fox is not one of the 47 guys on the field. (Pro Football Talk)
RUNNING BACK TIME SHARES REALLY AREN'T MY FORTE
"The fans are the fans. The NFL is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately [league]. I've been out a few games and Jeremy has done well stepping in for me. So everybody is always looking for the next best thing. With [me] being in my contract year, it's obvious that that's the storyline that will come up. Chicago is kind of like that: 'Well, see ya later, Matt.' I'm like, 'Man, I've been here going on eight years -- y'all just going to throw me to the side like that?' But that's the nature of the NFL. And I don't mind. I will play wherever I end up after that."
-- Injured Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, musing about Bears fans' affinity for fill-in running back Jeremy Langford in addition to the nature of the NFL (not for long). (Chicago Sun-Times)
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"I'm a firm believer if you don't like it, keep me out [of the end zone]."
-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, on upsetting the Tennessee Titans with his "dab" celebration in the Panthers rout over the Titans. (Twitter)
BACK WHEN I WAS OUT THERE SLINGING PIGSKINS? THOSE WERE PEAK DAYS
"The football has never been worse in the National Football League. The quality of product is horrific."
-- ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer, preaching on the state of the National Football League's product on the field, using the word "horrific," which could be seen as generous. (Twitter)