The Week In Quotes: October 23, 2015
by Rory Hickey
"You're not surprised with anything with how they play. They tried to onside kick, they did [fake punt] and, umm… Colts."
-- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, asked if he was surprised the Colts tried to outsmart the Patriots on the now infamous swinging gate fake punt fiasco. (Comcast SportsNet New England)
AND SOMEWHERE, HUGH JACKMAN SHED A SINGLE TEAR
"I looked up at the clock to see how much time we had left. At that point I knew I couldn't be tackled or didn't have time to kick a field goal or whatnot, and I started running. I was actually going to dive into the end zone before I got tackled because I didn't know if I was going to make it or not and who was behind me. After that it was pretty much pure pain."
-- Michigan State safety Jalen Watts-Jackson, describing his thought process during his miraculous 38-yard fumble return touchdown to beat Michigan. Watts-Jackson had surgery on his hip on Sunday when he hurt the hip on the game's final play as he hit the ground before being piled onto by teammates. (Associated Press)
WHAT ABOUT THE DODGERS THOUGH?
"Michigan beat my statue, but they couldn't beat the MSU Football team! Lol #GoGreen #GoWhite"
-- NBA Hall of Famer and Michigan State alum Magic Johnson, who had his statue at East Lansing defaced prior to the game, trolling Michigan fans after the Spartans' epic last-second victory over the Wolverines. (Twitter)
MARK EMMERT WILL ADDRESS THAT AFTER HIS DAILY MONEY BATH
"I just don't understand how this happens when you play 12 straight games, then you play night road games and then we are going to play an 8 p.m. road game at Washington, get back at 5 in the morning and then have to go back on the road again. If the conference is really concerned about student-athlete welfare, I think someone should step in, because when do guys get a chance to get healthy? They are not getting treatments on the plane. They can try to sleep, but they are not getting a whole lot of rest when they are traveling. It is just ridiculous in my opinion."
-- Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, voicing his displeasure with the Pac-12 Conference's scheduling of his team. (Sports Illustrated)
HE WAS DILIGENTLY STUDYING HIS PLAYBOOK ON SATURDAY AND GOT A PAPER CUT, WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN A FACTOR
"I'll have to look at the film. Like I said, it was also a little bit windy. Also, he had a lot of pressure on him really. There were a lot of things going on pre-snap that he's got to deal with, getting the formations, the protections, all that."
-- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, attempting to rationalize quarterback Kirk Cousins' poor play on Sunday against the Jets. (Twitter)
*LOOKS AROUND* I THINK THE PANTHERS ARE GOING TO WIN THIS WEEK
"No offense, but I find all media comical at times, I think in your guys' profession, you can easily take back what you say. There's no danger when somebody says, 'Oh, I'm going to pick this team to win.' If it was a pay cut or if it was an incentive, picking teams each and every week you get a raise, I guarantee people would watch what they say."
-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, throwing some shade at the media while suggesting that they should be penalized for making incorrect predictions. (Black and Blue Review)
NEON DEION PLAYING THE SHAME GAME
"This San Francisco 49ers football team and the fans should be ashamed. The management and ownership should be ashamed. This team is three years removed from a Super Bowl and they're putting that product. Colin Kaepernick has nowhere to go, nowhere to throw. We're here seeing this live. No one is open. They're not blocking a soul. This is pathetic for a team that was in the Super Bowl just a few years ago. They lost a darn good coach and some really good players."
-- Former 49ers cornerback and NFL Network contributor Deion Sanders, ripping the San Francisco 49ers for their play during Thursday Night Football against the rival Seahawks. (Pro Football Talk)
I KNOW GILCHRIST WENT TO CLEMSON, BUT IS THIS A DIG AT THE MICHIGAN STATE-MICHIGAN FINISH SOMEHOW?
-- New York Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist, when asked how you prepare to face New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (USA Today)
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BREAKING: JOE MONTANA HANGS OUT WITH PEOPLE WHO CHEAT AND TRY
"They always say, 'If you ain't cheating you ain't trying.' So they're trying hard."
"You know, everybody does everything they can to possibly get a little bit of an edge. I mean, back then it wasn't illegal but it was illegal, like our guys used to spray -- and everybody did it at the time -- silicone on their jerseys, the linemen, so that the defensive linemen couldn't get a hold of them. And the defensive linemen did it so the offensive linemen couldn't hold them. It's a game. Everybody wants to win, so you do whatever you can to make it happen."
-- Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, giving us his two cents on some scandal about deflated footballs involving a team in the northeast region of the United States. (Pro Football Talk)
THAT BRINGS 'HAVING AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR NUTRITIONIST' TO A NEW LEVEL
"I have a great nutritionist I'm sleeping with, which is my wife. She does a good job of doing the research. She has me on a lot of things, vitamins and stuff that I probably should be taking at my age anyway."
-- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., on how he continues to play through various injuries even as a 15-year veteran. (USA Today)
YOU SHOULD JUST REPEAT HIT HIM OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THAT SHOULD GET HIM ANNOYED
"Get him uncomfortable. Hit him, hit him, hit him, hit him, hit him, even when they run the ball, hit him. I think that will shake him up a bit, make him frustrated and that's when all quarterbacks start doing crazy things."
-- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox, explaining the Eagles' defensive game plan headed into Sunday's matchup against Cam Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers. (Burlington County Times)
JAY GRUDEN POST-GAME PRESSER: 'YEAH KIRK SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THE GRASS BEING FESCUE SO MAYBE THAT CONTRIBUTED'
"The way that I don't listen to what they're saying is, I don't listen to what they're saying. I turn on NPR instead of 106.7 or 980 sometimes. I turn on, you know, HGTV instead of ESPN. I think there are times when you can intentionally block it out, if you're asking how to do that. I don't have a lot of social media on my phone so it's not quite as accessible to me as maybe it is to some other guys. There are ways you can not hear it and it doesn't do me any good to hear that."
-- Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, explaining how he blocks out the noise of critics, analysts, and fans -- which is a good quality for a quarterback to have, but he seems a little too good at it for my taste. (Washington Post)
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WE'D JUST LIKE TO BE SOUNDLY BEATEN IN THIS GAME
"The last couple times it was straight massacres out there. So we're trying to change that around."
-- Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis, stressing the fact that the Jaguars need different results when they play in London, where they have lost their last two games by a combined score of 73-27. They face the Buffalo Bills at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (Associated Press)
I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THAT BEFORE -- IS IT LIKE AUSTRALIAN RULES?
"I think it was done with the idea of trying to hurt our quarterback. That's bulls--t football."
-- Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, giving his reaction to Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon's low hit on Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota suffered a sprained MCL and Vernon was fined an undisclosed amount.(Twitter)
DIRK VS. PEYTON: THE BATTLE TO END ALL BATTLES
"Had this debate the other day in the locker room: Who wins a 40-yard dash between me and Peyton Manning???"
-- Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki, posing an interesting question on Twitter
"That would be epic! Over/under 5.7? I got Peyton by 1.5yds lol"
-- Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, made aware of this debate by Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons, weighing in with his thoughts on what might transpire. (Extra Mustard)
IF MEGATRON DOESN'T KNOW WHAT A CATCH IS, THEN WHO DOES?
"I thought I understood the rule. I don't think anybody does know. But I'm glad it's a touchdown. That's all I can say."
-- Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, revealing that he does not fully understand the rule for what is or is not a catch after Golden Tate was awarded a catch after review on a play on Sunday against the Bears. (ESPN)