The Week In Quotes: February 12, 2015
compiled by Vincent Verhei and Michael Bossetti
HE'D HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF SAYING HE WAS JUST THERE SO HE WOULDN'T GET FINED
"We'll be back."
-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, speaking at a postgame press conference, when asked if he had a message to Panthers fans after the team's 24-10 loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50.
-- Newton, when asked if he could take it to heart that Denver had won a Super Bowl two years after losing one.
-- Newton, when asked to put a finger on why Carolina didn't play the way it normally played.
"Got outplayed, bro."
-- Newton, when asked why the Panthers were outplayed.
-- Newton, when asked if the Broncos had done anything different in the game than what they had shown on film.
-- Newton, when asked if fans and/or media forgot that defenses could still take apart offenses in this game.
"He told us a lot of things."
-- Newton, when asked what Panthers coach Ron Rivera had said to his team after the game.
-- Newton, when asked if any of those things were particularly memorable.
-- Newton's response when told "Obviously you're disappointed. On the biggest stage it's difficult, I know."
"They just played better than us. I don't know what you want me to say. They made more plays than us, and that's what it comes down to. We had our opportunities. It wasn't nothing special that they did. We dropped balls, we turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That's it. They scored more points than us."
-- Newton, when asked if he had seen anything unexpected from Denver.
-- Newton, when asked if he could put his disappointment into words.
--Newton, when asked if Denver had changed anything defensively to take away his running lanes.
[Shakes head] "I'm done, man." [Stands up, walks away]
--Newton's response when told "I know you're disappointed not just for yourself, but for your teammates. It's got to be real tough." (ABC News)
TWO SIDES OF THE STORY
"You can't do that. A Manning, a Brady, all these guys that has been the prototypical quarterbacks in our league... they would not do that… You're opening yourself up for more criticism. Everybody's going to say, 'You're dabbin' and smilin' and stylin' and profiling when you're winning. So this is how you're gonna act when you lose?'"
-- Super Bowl winner Deion Sanders, criticizing Newton's behavior.
"I've been on that podium in that very same seat. It's tough. It's hard. When I look back at how I handled it, I promised to never be that person again. And Cam is gonna learn from this. Not just as a person, but definitely as a athlete. For some people, just like me, just like Cam, losing is hard. You can talk to whoever you want to, but until you've lost this game and sat on that stage and you had those feelings in you, you have no idea how it feels to get peppered with questions about how you played, how your team played and what woulda, coulda, shoulda. Talking to Cam does no good right now. When Cam watches this, he's gonna learn from it."
HE WHO FIGHTS AND RUNS AWAY/LIVES TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
"[The] way my leg was -- it could have been [twisted and caused injury]."
-- Newton, when asked why had had not dived on a loose ball in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. (The Guardian)
WELL, AFTER THE SUPER BOWL, I COULD SHOW YOU A SORE LOSER, WHO WAS STILL A LOSER
"Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I'm going to show you a loser."
-- Newton, explaining his behavior at the Super Bowl press conference. (The Guardian)
ON THIS POINT I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE
"I've seen so much blown out of proportion."
-- Newton's reaction to this whole kerfluffle. (The Guardian)
TO BE FAIR, NO ONE REALLY COUNTED Von Miller OUT
"I Love you fam! Grind, get back to Johnny all the ags know and love, Grind bro, 2yrs ago they counted me out, 2yrs frm now you can do the same!! Support no matter what! #love @jmanizel2."
A HARSH MESSAGE TO YOUNG BRONCOS FANS
"There ain't no Easter Bunny, there ain't no Santa Claus, there ain't no Superman."
ACCORDING TO WHO AND WHAT STATISTICS?
"They were the No. 1 offense in the world before this"
DID HE DAB AFTER ANY Cam Newton SACKS?
"He just had a magical personality. He's a 68-year-old guy who's hip to everyday dance moves."
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KIND OF A SLAP IN THE FACE TO COORS AND THE ROCKIES
"I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight."
SEEMS LIKE A WASTE OF FIVE SECONDS
"The longest discussion of the HOF meeting was Eddie DeBartolo Jr. at 50 minutes, 33 seconds. The shortest? Brett Favre at six seconds."
-- Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News on Hall of Fame debate times. (Rick Gosselin on Twitter)
THE SNAKE GOES INTO THE HALL
"The fans are sure getting their money's worth today."
-- Newly elected Hall of Fame quarterback Ken Stabler, to Raiders head coach John Madden during the second overtime period of a playoff game against the Baltimore Colts in the 1977 playoffs. (ESPN.com)
"I've often said, if I had one drive to win a game to this day, I would pick Kenny. Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about Kenny, you think about the Raiders."
-- Former Raiders coach John Madden, on Stabler. (New York Times)
"Can you imagine the party he would have thrown if he was still around with us?"
-- Former Raiders coach Tom Flores, bemoaning the fact Stabler, who died in July due to complications from colon cancer, did not live to see his own enshrinement. (San Jose Mercury News)
T.O. DOES NOT GO INTO THE HALL
"It was the second longest discussion we had in the room other than Eddie DeBartolo. The bottom line on T.O. is he was so disruptive. With (Lawrence Taylor), you don't count the off-the-field stuff. That's a mandate from the Hall of Fame -- it's only what you've done on the field. The argument that was made in the room, and I agreed with this, is what T.O. did in the locker room is a part… I think the locker room is an extension of that."
"He's a Hall of Fame player that five teams couldn't wait to get rid of. So what does that tell about how disruptive he was?"
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"[Cris Carter] is a guy that's criticized me plenty of times, for anything. For me, that was something that motivated me… For somebody like that, for Cris Carter to come out and say something like that, I just felt like it was disrespectful. And so now, when you look at where I am statistically, I've surpassed him. And from what I've heard, from a lot of guys, he begged his way into the Hall of Fame."
-- Owens, counter-attacking Cris Carter and pointing out that Carter was elected despite some numbers that were inferior to Owens -- Carter had 23 more receptions in his career, but Owens had 2,035 more yards and 23 more touchdowns. (Mike & Mike)
"The thing about Terrell is, on the field, outstanding talent. Probably one of the best receivers that I played with in the pro ranks. He's one of the best to have ever done it, and will he be a Hall of Famer? Absolutely."