Skins-Cardinals Bonus Quotes
* First, where is your wide receiver going? Dunno, but Brandon Lloyd's exit from the locker room came at 4:17. The game ended at 4:04. Not bad, but against the Lions he was out of the locker room by 4:13. Maybe the drama got to him.
* Second, where is your assistant head coach-offense going? While, Old Ebbitt Grill, of course, for some post-game celebrating. Anyone see him there? "You can come," Al Saunders offered bystanders, "but if you come, you've got to pick up the tab."
* Third, what does your assistant/associate/senior vice head coach-defense think? "We're gonna have to be better this week, fellas," Gregg Williams said. "We're gonna have to be better."
* Finally, on the gold shoes front, at a minimum Portis, Springs, Smoot and Rogers had some degree of gold on their feet.
"Los was wearing his, so I had to pull out mine," Smoot explained. "I got tired of him saying he could shine without the dawg, without the kid shining. You know, when you're a star, you never know who shines the best. You've just got to look up in the sky, man."
Couldn't have said it better. Here are your serious quotes.
Gregg Williams on London Fletcher: "There are so many things that he does that really goes unnoticed to the naked eye, but from a coach's perspective I've got a smile on my face when I watch him."
On Fletcher's reaction as the lead vanished: "You saw him get the guys together and talk to them in those situations. Those are things that, again, a coach does them. We say those things. But it means more when it comes from a guy that's out there playing side by side with you, that's bleeding with you, that's a warrior on the field with you. When it comes from him, it means more."
Wait, if coaches cut themselves with razors, would players start to listen?
Fred Smoot on the final field-goal attempt: "I was nervous. I was scared. I was shaking. Neil's a great kicker, and just when it left his foot it looked like it had enough leg on it. I just waited to hear the crowd reaction. They never lie to you. Once they started cheering I knew we were in, I walked on the field and took a big sigh, because I know we got away with one. We've just got to go to the drawing board man and try to get better. We can't continue to play these type games."
Jason Campbell on the same: "My heart dropped. He kicked and it and I was looking and looking. When it went wide left, it seemed like [my heart] came back up from my feet. For a second, it was sitting very low."
Many more after the jump.
Chris Samuels on the offense: "The defense is one of the top in the league, we've got to go out there and help them. Me and Pete [Kendall], we were just talking, we're embarrassed the way we've been performing on offense at this point. We've got to contribute to the victories. I mean, we put up a little bit, but we've just got to do a better job."
Andre Carter on why they can't put teams away: "You know what, that's a good question, I can't even answer that. Nobody likes to have a close game. Close to having a heart attack to a certain degree. You've just got to keep fighting and keep coming and be relentless on offense defense and special teams, and hope that you get a win."
Fred Smoot on the result: "We're gonna take it as a wakeup call. We can't continue to do the things we doing and want to be in the upper percentile of the NFL. We just cannot. So we're gonna take it as a wakeup call."
Andre Carter being philosophical: "We can only control so much, we can only control what we do....But in the end the positive thing that Joe Gibbs stressed is that we constantly kept on fighting, we never gave up."
Wow. It's spreading. Anything about "core Redskins?"
Phillip Daniels on putting teams away: "We've just got to learn how to finish. We get a people, man, you can't let them come down. I'm happy for the win but I'm disappointed the way we finished. We'll move on together as a team, that's a bright spot, but we just have to learn how to finish."
Rocky McIntosh on the same issue: "You never should be upset about a win. Maybe we went out there and made a couple plays that were bad, but we just need to go out there, enjoy the win and move on to the next game."
And Santana Moss: "We got a win. That's all that matters. We can't look at luck. Everything happens for a reason."
What's the reason I decided to start Patrick Crayton over Lee Evans in fantasy football? What's the reason for Tim McCarver? More on point, if everything happens for a reason, why did the Cardinals recover that onside kick if Rackers was going to miss the field goal? I can't imagine what reason that happened for. Someone Upstairs was just wasing our time.
London Fletcher on his interception: "It was just a matter of understanding what they like to do in that situation through tape study and God's grace giving me the talent to make that play."
Also, on the fact that God evidently has abandoned Kurt Warner.
Carlos Rogers on the near-collapse: "Defensively we could have shut them out running their two-minute offense and hurry-up, and then the offense of course could have got a couple more first downs to keep drives alive, so we work hand-in-hand. We've still got to keep them off the field. We can only think about what we've done, we got three-and-out we wouldn't have to worry about that. At the same time, as a team, we've got a lot of work to do. As you can tell, we've still got a lot of work to do on both sides of the field."
Al Saunders on the scuffling running game: "We need to examine that very closely and we need to make sure that we're doing the right things with the people now that we have in the game. And we need to get better in that phase, because if you have a real defensive football team and if our mantra is to run the football and then to take some shots up the field, we've got to be productive in the run game."
Al Saunders on the scuffling running game, cont.: "Regardless of who you play, I think in the National Football League it doesn't necessarily have to be six runs and one pass, you've got to be a balanced football team. But as good as our defense is playing right now, our choice is to play field-position football, and we have to be able to run the football well in order to do that."
Al Saunders on the scuffling running game, Part III: "You can't go three and out. That's a turnover to me. That's no different than throwing an interception or fumbling the ball on the ground. You have to establish the opportunity to make third downs, and when you run the football your third downs should be shorter, if that's the design of what you're trying to do, and that was what we designed to do today. We wanted to not put the defense in bad position, especially when we got up by two touchdowns. We wanted to make sure that we gave that offensive line [time] to work together. Those guys had never worked together. And so that really important for us. And it turned out to be a win. Like I said, we would have liked to have been more productive, we would have liked to have run the ball a little bit better, but hats off to those guys, they did a great job."
Ken Whisenhunt on the end: "We didn't quit. That is one thing that I will say about this team. A lot of people will say, 'There are the same old Cardinals.' That wasn't the same old Cardinals. They didn't quit."
Smoot on the Cardinals: "You know, hey, I can say this about the Arizona Cardinals, they're not the Arizona Cardinals of old."
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