They Said It: week of Oct. 30

Posted Nov. 04, 2011 @ 3:37 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011

Broncos head coach John Fox on the rabid Tim Tebow supporters and their unyielding defense of his play, quoted on "The goofy thing is, it's almost like if he doesn't have success it will be anybody's fault but his. It's almost that kind of polarizing thing. They'll say it could be his supporting cast, or the type of plays. At the end of the day, we are what we are. We're doing everything we can to win, and we're finding out about a young quarterback, good, bad or indifferent."

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, bored by the lack of movement on the NBA lockout, trying his hand at being an NFL analyst on his Twitter page: "My Top 5 RB's in the NFL: 1.AP 2. Arian Foster 3. LeSean McCoy 4. Matt Forte(Pay him please!) 5. Ray Rice. Top 5 WR's: 1. Megatron 2. Andre Johnson 3. Steve Smith(Car) 4. Larry Fitz 5. Mike Wallace. Top 5 QB's 1.Aaron Rodgers 2. Tom Brady 3. Drew Brees 4. Mike Vick 5. Cam Newton."

Steelers S Ryan Clark on his $15,000 fine for a personal-foul penalty, diverting from the strategy of past Steelers who had blasted the league office for such fines, quoted on "They're really setting high standards for fair play. They're also setting high standards for keeping players healthy, safe. And that's something we as players wanted implemented. If you hit a guy out of bounds, they've been fining for that, so I've got to be smarter."

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Bears RB Matt Forté on his increasing workload despite not having a new contract, quoted on ''The running back position is the most physically demanding on the field. Everyone acknowledges that. So to continue to give me the touches I've had since my rookie year but not award me a long-term contract sends the message that you're OK grinding me into a pulp.''

Former Titans and current Bengals CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, looking back at his tumultuous time in Tennessee, quoted on "I was 21 or 22, and I didn't understand what I understand now. … Yeah, I did (mess) things up off the field. I blame myself for that. But I will say when times got hard (the Titans) weren't there for me. But I ain't holding no grudges, man."

Giants RB Brandon Jacobs on being booed Sunday by his home crowd in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Dolphins in MetLife Stadium, quoted on "I'm playing for my teammates, my brothers. That's who I care about. I don't care about anybody else to be honest with you. I don't care if [fans] cheer for me another day. They could boo me every day. But they should boo when I'm about to score these touchdowns."

Former Bucs QB Shaun King, talking about former head coach Jon Gruden's issues as a coach, quoted from his radio show on "Jon has a major character flaw in that if he's not the center of attention, that's a problem. From a relationship level I think Jon failed."

Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, taking an apparent shot at Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones, on his Twitter account: "'If' I had a few hundred million bucks I'd buy the Dallas Cowboys then get the hell outta the way."

An unnamed Lions player on the performance of Broncos QB Tim Tebow in the Lions' 45-10 win, quoted by Mike Silver on "Can you believe '15'? Come on — that's embarrassing. I mean, it's a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn't do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, 'Come on — that's your quarterback? Seriously?' "

Panthers WR Steve Smith on the holding call that negated a Cam Newton first-down run late in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Vikings, quoted on "If the ref says it's holding, I can sit here and say this and that. But at the end of the day he's the guy with the flag and he calls it. I got a few texts already saying in the HD it didn't look too bad. But for a 70-year-old man gimping down the field, I guess that's what he saw."

Titans RB Javon Ringer on a perceived RB controversy between him and Chris Johnson based on Johnson's slow start to the season, as quoted on "C.J. was blessed to do tremendous things his first couple of years here. He's earned everything he has right now. Right now, he is the guy. I am the No. 2 guy."

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

Colts owner Jim Irsay, addressing the idea that the team is losing intentionally to have a chance to draft Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the first pick in the draft, as quoted on his Twitter page: "No one is 'Tanking the season'...that's absurd conspiracy theory mumblings...Suck4Luck doesn't exist n Indy"

Dolphins OLB Cameron Wake on the team blowing another fourth-quarter lead Sunday against the Giants, as quoted on "If this was a 50-minute game, we would probably be a winning team." Added DE Jason Taylor: "It's as bad as it can be. After seven weeks of doing it over and over and having the same result, your confidence is shaken. It's natural for doubt to creep in."

Panthers QB Cam Newton, discussing his 2-6 team as it heads into its bye week, as quoted on "The old saying is: some do, some don't. Some execute, some don't. You look at our record, it says a lot. I don't classify ourselves as a good team."

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald on Arizona blowing another second-half lead, losing 30-27 against the Ravens Sunday, as quoted on "A lot of us are in disbelief. Coming up short like this is getting frustrating, and it's getting old."