The Week In Quotes: October 9, 2015
by Rory Hickey
OH THERE ARE A LOT OF WAYS TO SUM UP INTERCEPTIONS, JAMEIS
"We've got some great players around me on this team that can make plays. I've just got to protect the football. It really is that simple. You've just got to take the simple play. Give it to your back and let him make a big. You can't put everything on yourself. Sometimes, they make good plays. … There are only so many ways you can sum up an interception, but at the same time, you've got to limit those."
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, on having to take the simple play sometimes and on having to try to limit his interceptions by being more cautious. (Tampa Bay Times)
MAYBE THEY'LL WIN BY WEEK 13
"For me, they just look like they don't quite understand the system yet, so to say, because you think about it, those guys, they could easily put up 30 points a game. I'm very, very, very surprised. You look at those guys' personnel on offense along with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. I think those two guys alone have you raising your eyebrows as to wondering why they haven't been putting up a lot of points this season. It's one of those teams, man, that they look out of sync right now, but they'll find their rhythm at some point during the season."
-- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, on the 0-4 Detroit Lions and their lack of offensive efficiency. (Detroit News)
TIGHT END FIGHT!
"We played against each other, so it wasn't like he was a teammate of mine or we were the best of friends. But we do know each other, and it was always competitive in terms of who was the better tight end, I do know that. And we joked about it. We laughed about it. So I guess if he can find a way to tarnish something I think he probably would."
-- San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, on Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe 's comments in July saying that Gates' positive PED test "calls into question everything he accomplished" and that he "cheated the game." (NFL Nation Blog)
WHAT AM I, A LINEMAN?
"For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes. I'm not out here just f---ing around just to sit around to just block f---ing people all day. It's not what I want to do. I've contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don't catch any balls in a game because it hasn't happened in so long."
-- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, insinuating that he is not happy with his current role on the 4-0 Atlanta Falcons. (NFL Nation Blog)
YOU SHOULD CLOSE YOUR MOUTH MAYBE
"Lots of stuff coming out of the attic, then a lot of stuff coming out the basement."
-- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, on his illness leading up to Thursday night's game. (Indianapolis Star-Tribune )
ENJOY YOUR TEXAS A&M EDUCATION BRO
"Enjoy your practice squad paycheck, enjoy your practice squad trophy."
-- Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, demeaning practice squad players after they had forced turnovers during Saturday's practice in London. (National Football Post)
ROWBOAT? MORE LIKE A CANOE
"Brady actually paid practice squad and look team guys if they picked him off in practice. … But comparing Tannehill to Brady is like comparing a rowboat to a battleship."
-- Former NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth, on how Patriots quarterback Tom Brady treats practice squad players compared to certain other quarterbacks in the AFC East. (Eye on Football)
"There's also been a lot of talk about bringing back the helmet stickers. We're not gonna be handing these out for potty training or reciting the alphabet like they do in Columbus. You want a wolverine sticker on that famous winged helmet; you gotta do one of the following things: hit someone so hard his eyes switch sockets, catch a pass with your junk, tell Mrs. Harbaugh she looks lovely in the regulation sized football earrings I bought her, or make such a spectacular play I start to cry. That's the list."
-- University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, outlining his policy on helmet stickers which, quite frankly, I can get behind. (Twitter)
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'HEY, WE'RE BETTER THAN THE REDS!'
"I'm not going to tell you it didn't bother him. It did. When you have the success he has had -- four seasons in the league, four times in the playoffs -- getting booed in your own city, that has to hurt a bit. But he was able to hit one over the fence for a home run. And he flipped the bat. His message was sort of, 'You might not like me now, but you're going to love me later.'"
-- Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, reflecting on when quarterback Andy Dalton was booed at the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati. (The MMQB)
SOMEONE NEEDS A BOOK OF IDIOMS
"I hope I come out guns blazing."
-- Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, on his mentality after returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy (you know, in that incident where he was accused of throwing a woman onto a pile of guns), with his words blazing. (The MMQB)
MIKE McCARTHY DOESN'T BELIEVE IN YOUR YOGI PRINCIPLES
"He's unique in his physical abilities and measurables. His yoga has really helped. I always get a kick out of him stretching during timeouts out there. It just doesn't look right or fair, but he's in great shape. I think the biggest thing is he's healthy. B.J. is a hell of a football player, always has been."
-- Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, on defensive tackle B.J. Raji and the great shape that he is in. (PackerNews.com)
KICKERS ARE LIKE THE APPENDIX OF THE NFL
"I honestly don't think of it that way. That's just me personally. Obviously kicking is very mental and if you do struggle it is a little harder to go out there with confidence, but the good ones, if they miss they can bounce right back and make the next one. There are a lot of reasons why guys can miss -- it isn't always just black and white -- but you just have to learn to move on from it. That's just the approach I take. I've missed plenty of kicks before. I think the kickers have been so good the past couple years that it just looks different. There are still plenty of guys doing well; it's just easier to point out the guys that miss."
-- New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, when asked whether or not he thinks the craft of kicking is suffering in the NFL. (NFL Nation Blog)
"The best solution might be something that's not even presented. There might be Plan C."
-- Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, on the possibility of an NFL team playing in Los Angeles in 2016. (Twitter)
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ESPN: OUR BAD
"Our immediate responsibility in the frenzy of the play was to provide definitive looks of the turnover. Due to the immediate and decisive call of a touchback by the Back Judge and Referee Tony Corrente, and no disputing of the call by the Lions, we had no signs of the illegal tip. We all missed it live. Clearly, had we caught it, we would have extended the looks of all angles. And had we done so, the booth would have clearly seen the illegal tip. Having said all of that, it would not have determined the outcome of the game, as currently an illegal tip is not reviewable."
-- ESPN producer Jay Rothman, on why there was no mention of the controversial illegal bat during the deciding play of the Lions-Seahawks Monday Night Football game. (Pro Football Talk)
THEN WHAT WILL GO ON THE MANTLE IN PEYTON'S ROOM??
"Anytime players say statistics are just numbers and they don't pay attention, they're not telling the truth. Manning might have been funny as guest host on Saturday Night Live and a tremendous pitchman in all through television commercials, but he has an ego, a big ego. Manning wanted that touchdown record to be enduring, just as Dan Marino did when he threw 48 back in 1984, shattering the old record of 36 set by Y.A. Tittle, which had stood since 1963. At least Marino's record lasted twenty years. Manning's was on the verge of being wiped out after just three."
-- An excerpt from a new book by Gary Myers about the Brady/Manning rivalry. This excerpt is a story from the 2007 regular-season finale between the Giants and Brady's undefeated Patriots. Peyton Manning called his brother, Eli, with a request to keep Brady from breaking Manning's then-NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single season. (Pro Football Talk)