The Week in Quotes

Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week in Quotes: November 23, 2018

by Cale Clinton

WELL THAT WAS A FUN TWO-HOUR NEWS CYCLE

"I love my Browns -- and I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.

"On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches. One doesn't have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts -- and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches.

"BTW -- I'm not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a 'prevent defense.'"

-- For a few hours on Sunday morning, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was reported to be a candidate for the Cleveland Browns head coaching position. This was her official statement after Cleveland refuted reports by ESPN. (Condoleezza Rice via Facebook)

OAKLAND: INFINITY WAR

"It's like Thanos snapped his fingers and they all vanished."

-- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is not having fun watching all his targets disappear. In the last two weeks, wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Brandon LaFell, and Martavis Bryant have all gone down with injuries. (Scott Bair, NBCSports Bay Area via Twitter)

RULES TO LIVE BY

"Back in college I learned the MF rule. If there are a lot of MFers over there, go the (other) way."

-- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen brought some advice he learned at UCLA to the pro level. This was the explanation Rosen gave when recalling an audible that led to a 59-yard touchdown by wide receiver Christian Kirk. (Scott Bordow, The Athletic via Twitter)

PROGRESS!

"If we get into a shootout with them, that means we scored a touchdown -- which I'm all for."

-- Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has some levity when it comes to his team's upcoming matchup with the Indianapolis Colts (Safid Deen, South Florida Sun Sentinel via Twitter)

SHORT AND SWEET

"No ... just no."

-- Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield kept it brief when asked whether Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator and former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson knowing the Browns offense could be an advantage for Cincinnati. (Keith Britton, 92.3 The FAN via Twitter)

LOOKING FOR A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

"I don't know if it's been more difficult, but it's been challenging to integrate him. Certainly, with the way we weren't able to stay on the field the other day, and finding a rhythm for the offense, that part of it, then everything becomes a bit disjointed. If we can do a better job of staying on the field and having drives, then everybody gets more involved in the offense."

-- Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh has had difficulty integrating new wide receiver Golden Tate (Philly Inquirer)

CHECK THE SCOREBOARD

"No, I don't think they played well at all. We dominated the game. Turnovers, we gave them some points and that's what happened. They suck."

-- Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen gave the Denver Broncos no credit for beating the Chargers this past Sunday. (ESPN.com)

RIVERBOAT RON STATES HIS CASE

"I think you go for two on the road to win the game -- that's what I did end of the day. What's to say the coin toss is going to in our favor or [what's to say] we're going to stop them? I was going for the win. That's the bottom line."

-- Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera explains his decision to go for two instead of playing for overtime in a loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday. (NFL.com)

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE BUTT IN NOVEMBER

"It all went wrong when [Mark Sanchez] turned the wrong way. That was the first indication that it was going to be a bad play. But we had no idea it was going to be a disaster play like it turned out."

-- Former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reflects on the most infamous play of his career on the six-year anniversary of the Butt Fumble. (NBCSports Boston)

ANYONE ELSE'S NIPPLES ROCK HARD RIGHT NOW?

-- The Northwestern football team all popped their tops off to warm up for their game last week … in 22-degree weather.

AND THAT'S HOW YOU DO THE SCARN!

-- Washington Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn broke out a hidden gem for his touchdown dance on Thanksgiving. This is "The Scarn" from an episode of The Office titled "Threat Level Midnight."

SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY

-- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett hasn't seen the field as much now that Andrew Luck is fully healthy, so he has to find his way into the spotlight any way he can.

THIS WEEK IN LEACH

-- Washington State head coach Mike Leach tells the story of how he rolled into the PAC-12 coaches' meeting 30 minutes late with In-N-Out.

Comments

3 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2018, 3:40pm

1 Re: The Week in Quotes: November 23, 2018

by LionInAZ // Nov 24, 2018 - 6:48pm

Leach must on stronger drugs than Jeff Spicoli ever was. How else to explain the doctored tweet that lost his school more than a million $$ in pledges?

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2 Re: The Week in Quotes: November 23, 2018

by Theo // Nov 26, 2018 - 10:55am

"I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches."
What does she mean with "start"? If there are female coaches that are better than male coaches, does she really think that the NFL wouldn't hire her because the coach is female?

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3 Re: The Week in Quotes: November 23, 2018

by Harris // Nov 26, 2018 - 3:40pm

Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Are you kidding? Yes, of course.

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