The Week In Quotes: October 30, 2015
by Rory Hickey
THE AMERICAN HEALTH ASSOCIATION DOES NOT SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT
"I've been dipping for over 10 years and I'm immune to swallowing dip when I need to."
-- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, refuting the fact that his mysterious illness was caused by swallowing chewing tobacco. (ESPN)
THE NEW YORK MEDIA FINDS THIS ILLOGICAL
"I wouldn't say we made a statement because personally, I ignore everything you guys say anyway."
-- New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers, on whether Sunday night's game against the Cowboys was a statement game for the Giants. (Twiter)
IF THE COLTS PLAY THE PATRIOTS IN THE PLAYOFFS I MIGHT EXPLODE
"I have one more thing to add: There's nothing more satisfying than saddling the Indianapolis Colts with a loss. And Willie McGinest was able to do that 16 times as a member of the New England Patriots."
-- New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, ending his speech at halftime during Willie McGinest tribute night with a jab at the Colts. (USA Today)
A LOT OF PARALLELS BETWEEN PEYTON MANNING AND THE UNDERTAKER…
"We're preparing for Peyton as the same player that he's always been. What I think you're seeing is a change in philosophy and scheme. With that, there will be some things differently Sunday than what we've prepared for. This is a very potent offense, particularly with Peyton Manning and his ability to do a number of different things at a high level."
-- Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, on preparing to face quarterback Peyton Manning and the undefeated Denver Broncos. (Green Bay Post-Gazette)
WAY TO THROW THEO RIDDICK UNDER THE BUS
"We went down to London. We went to Harrod's. We went to Zara. I was ready to go within two hours. We had to wait three hours for Theo [Riddick] really to finish shopping. So we left there, went to go get a bit to eat and caught a very expensive Uber ride back up here."
-- Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell, describing what he and some of his Lions teammates did during their off day in London, including Bell footing the tab for a 20-mile Uber ride costing $253.84 in American currency. (NFL Nation Blog)
JERRY RICE: KAEPERNICOUS?
"I am a true Kaepernick fan. 100 percent. I'm not saying bench him for the season, but sometimes you gotta shake things up. It could energize the team, and provide Colin the spark he needs."
-- Hall of Fame 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, telling TMZ that he would temporarily bench Colin Kaepernick to shake things up. The 49ers currently sit at a disappointing 2-5. (TMZ)
GIVING HOPE TO UNFIT AMERICANS EVERYWHERE
"We'll see [Thursday]. I mean we didn't really practice this week. A lot of us could've gotten through practice. My mom probably could've gotten through practice."
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, when asked whether running back Dion Lewis would be available for Thursday night's game coming off a short week. (WEEI)
WHY DO I FEEL LIKE WE'LL BE HAVING A SIMILAR CONVERSATION ABOUT BRANDON MARSHALL IN A FEW MONTHS?
"There's two stories here, guys. One, about the player and the other is about the person. And I think you have to separate the two ... There's emotions that come with the game. There's a lot of testosterone. I mean you put so much into the week, you know you get disappointed and you get frustrated in those moments. This Sunday, I got into it with a teammate but we got in the locker room, we talked it out and we love each other."
"The second [story], the person ... now this is a sensitive topic for me, because I've overcome a lot of things and I'm really passionate about guys building character, guys really looking [at] themselves in the mirror and trying to get better. Every game I know there's going to be two or three cameras in my face. Why? Because I'm a high emotion guy and because of my history. I am aware. When I look at Greg [Hardy] and how he's handled himself, on the field and in the locker room, I see a guy that is not aware. He doesn't understand the magnitude of what happened last year, what he did and the atmosphere surrounding the NFL. I don't think that he gets it. I don't think that he learned his lesson. And he really needs to look himself in the mirror and ask himself, what type of person do I want to be?"
-- New York Jets wide receiver and Inside the NFL contributor Brandon Marshall, giving his take on the Greg Hardy situation in Dallas. (Eye on Football)
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"I kind of do [miss being thrown to]. I'm not going to lie. At first I was like, man, but now I kind of do. I want to be a part of the game. Now it's trying to find other ways."
-- Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, giving his thoughts on quarterbacks avoiding throwing the ball in his direction after having two interceptions against the Buccaneers in Week 4. (Charlotte Observer)
YEAH BUT WHEN EVERYONE'S THROWING DISHES AND LEAVING, YOU'RE GETTING 30 POINTS PUT UP ON YOU
"The biggest thing I said to them was, 'Guys, it's like an Italian dining room table. Everybody's sitting around the table and sometimes it gets heated, dishes get broken, people leave. [But] everybody's got to come back to the table to eat. And when it's all said and done, we're hugging and kissing and we're eating good food again.'"
-- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula, describing a "heated" team meeting that the team had following their loss to the Packers. (Sacramento Bee)
SOMEONE GET THIS MAN A DICTIONARY!
"He's, of course, one of the real leaders on this team and he earns it and he earns it with respect from all of his teammates and that's the kind of thing that inspires a football team."
-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, calling defensive end Greg Hardy one of the "real leaders" of the Cowboys. Getting into a spat with Dez Bryant, blowing off the media, and shoving the special teams coordinator is what I call leadership. (Eye on Football)
"Well everyone has that app, Yelp. And you have reviews. Two stars. That's how I review that one on my Yelp. Two stars."
-- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., offering up his thoughts on the officiating in Monday night's game with the Arizona Cardinals. (BaltimoreRavens.com)
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I HOPE HE DOESN'T GO OUT ON SATURDAY NIGHT
"The way we go about our business around here -- from [coach John] Harbaugh down -- no one is freaking out. We're not walking around in a zombie apocalypse."
-- Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore, assuring everyone that despite their 1-6 start, the Ravens are not freaking out because it's not like there's a zombie apocalypse going on or something. (NFL Nation Blog)
HOW COULD YOU NOT GET UP FOR A GUY WITH THAT NAME?
"I mean, that's just -- I didn't make a conscious decision. I think maybe my parents were really into marketing, so we were trying to sell some T-shirts from an early age."
-- New Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, explaining the origins of his name. His real name is James Robert Cooter, but this is probably the best thing to happen to the Lions all season. (Detroit Free-Press)