Monday Morning QB (cont.)
Posted: Monday September 17, 2007 1:54AM; Updated: Monday September 17, 2007 1:01PM
Quote of the Week I
"A division win! How about that? Yaaaay.''
-- Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel, after the 51-45 victory over Cincinnati. The Browns are 2-12 under Crennel in AFC North games.
Quote of the Week II
"We need to quit getting hurt. It's ridiculous. We get too many guys hurt, and that's something that's got to stop. That's one thing we've got to improve upon.''
-- Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden.
Quote of the Week III
"Really sad day for the NFL.''
-- Colts coach Tony Dungy, on Friday, commenting on Spygate.
Quote of the Week IV
"The biography of the Patriots' owner, Robert K. Kraft, in the team's 2006 media guide, brags that the three-time Super Bowl champions 'are often referred to as a model franchise.' But no longer. It now appears to be a model fraud, a model cheat.''
-- Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Anderson of the New York Times.
If you ask me what hurts Kraft more -- the fact that his team cheated by illegally videotaping coaching signals or the fact that the most important newspaper in his world said his franchise is a fraud -- I'd say it'd be more of a contest than you think.
By the way, Anderson is retiring, which is one of the really sad pieces of news this weekend. He's one of the finest, most honorable men I've met in this business. I'll miss him, particularly in playoff press boxes. I remember Mark Purdy, now in San Jose and formerly a Cincinnati Enquirer peer, saying once about Anderson: "He always writes the right thing.'' I'll really miss all of those right things.
Quote of the Week V
"We have spent the last 14 years developing and building a franchise that people could embrace and support ... I am deeply disappointed that the embarrassing events of this past week may cause some people to see our team in a different light.''
-- Kraft, in a statement Friday night.
Quote of the Week VI
"It's disgraceful. I'm embarrassed. It's shameful. If I told you guys some of the players from past eras, their retirement package is below the poverty level. Gentlemen, that is absolutely unacceptable and in my opinion shameful and all of us should be ashamed of that, and it's a disgrace. Why we simply can't match baseball's is beyond me ... I'm surprised and disappointed that some time ago the National Football League Players Association didn't step up ... When you have someone [NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw] making the kind of money, $6 or $7 million a year, to me that's just despicable ... They need to step up and change this.''
-- Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, ripping the pension plan for retired pro football players, and criticizing the reported salary of Upshaw, in an appearance on the Heller and Murphy show on ESPN 1070 in Madison, Wis., last week. (Click here for Page 4)