Interesting quotes from around the NFLPosted: Updated:
A week's worth of insightful, inane and intriguing quotes pulled from around the NFL:
"I want to apologize for all the things that I have done and that I have allowed to happen. I totally ask for forgiveness and understanding as I move forward to better Michael Vick the person, not the football player." -- Michael Vick, the person, apologizing for his role in a dogfighting operation prior to entering a guilty plea.
"You are taking your chances here. You will have to live with whatever decision I make." -- Judge Henry E. Hudson, after Vick entered his plea with no opportunity to appeal.
"We cannot tell you today that Michael is cut from the team. Cutting him may feel better, today, emotionally for us and many of our fans, but it's not in the long-term best interest of our franchise." -- Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons owner, on the prospect of releasing Michael Vick.
"When it happened, the first thing I did was, obviously, I panicked. I didn't want there to be a big scene there. And so I left the scene. When I left, I called the tow truck. I also was startled, and I called to report that my car was stolen. Within probably 10 minutes, I called back and accepted responsibility for what I did because it was ridiculous in the first place." -- Lance Briggs, Bears linebacker, after crashing and leaving his Lamborghini.
"Lance isn't a guy that's trying to run from anything. He told us what's happened, and he's going to face the consequences -- if there are any from there. You have to deal with what happens in life and that's what he's doing." - Lovie Smith, Bears head coach, after Briggs ran from his crashed Lamborghini.
"I don't understand the deal with the quarterback position. I know it's an important position but, I told you last week that Charlie was going to start against Denver, and then Derek was going to come in. I'm telling you this week that Charlie is going to start, and then Derek will come in. Next week, I'll tell you who the starter is going to be, and who will come in after that. I'll tell you when I know. I have an idea, but I don't know yet." -- Romeo Crennel, Browns head coach, on the ongoing curiosity about whether Charlie Frye or Derek Anderson will be the starting quarterback.
"He was like, 'You know, you've got to relax. You've got to settle down,' and I realize that. I think my experience and my success here and in this game serves me well, but at times, it can work against me. My patience is a lot thinner than it used to be." -- Brett Favre, Packers quarterback, recounting a conversation with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy after Favre showed in-game impatience with his receivers.
"I've always believed and hoped that someday I would get this opportunity. You see a lot of quarterbacks develop later in their careers: Brad Johnson, Steve Young, Rich Gannon. There have been a number of guys who have gotten their opportunity late and made the most of it." -- Damon Huard, Chiefs quarterback, after holding off Brodie Croyle for the starting job in KC.
"I've never been around a guy who has gotten hurt that bad blocking. I've been around guys who've gotten hurt running with the football and catching the football, but blocking? That's one of the least physical things a guy does." -- Darryl Drake, Bears receivers coach, after Devin Hester suffered a shoulder stinger against the 49ers.
"You know, it was the first time being out there really trying to block somebody. That's something you have to constantly get used to doing. That's why we've got preseason. You live and you learn." -- Hester, who's converting from corner to receiver, explaining what happened on the block in question.
"I don't have any regrets. It is what it is. I did what I felt I needed to do and I'm ready to play football." -- Asante Samuel, Patriots cornerback, after signing his franchise tender and reporting to the Patriots.
"All I do is coach the team. That's it. I just try to make the team better. I try to give the team the best chance to win and do what I can do to help the football team. That's my job. That's what it's been. That's what it's going to be." -- Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach, on whether he can let "bygones be bygones" with Samuel.
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