"I hope somebody falls in love with me besides my fiancée.''
-- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III
"To see Kendall Wright run 4.6, I was stunned.''
-- NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, on what was thought to be a speed receiver from Baylor coming into the combine. Wright has to do some major draft rehab at the Baylor pro day, March 21 in Waco.
"We lost two coaches from our offensive staff and the prospect of going forward, the responsibility that I have, while I am very interested in his career, I think he will be an outstanding coach for the New York Giants going forward, but we have to put our hands around our situation first.''
-- Giants coach Tom Coughlin, on the club denying permission to Kevin Gilbride Jr., an offensive assistant, to interview with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their quarterback coach.
This generated intense interest from several coaches at the combine -- one head coach, four or five assistants -- whom I spoke with. Gilbride is the son of the Giants' well-respected offensive coordinator, and when Coughlin denied him permission (which was in his rights), it rubbed coaches the wrong way.
An offensive assistant/quality control type of coach, which Gilbride Jr. is, is a step below quarterback coach -- a major step below. "Not just a step below in terms of what your duties are,'' said one assistant on Sunday. "But the money is huge. Quality control guys make maybe $50,000. Maybe. Quarterback coaches who've done it for a while might make $400,000. A young guy like that, maybe $250,000.''
Why would the Giants prevent Gilbride Jr. from moving? Timing is the likely reason. Most staffs are set in stone by now. The fact that Greg Schiano got his head coaching job late in Tampa Bay and the fact that he doesn't know a lot of the pro coaching staffs means he was going to try to hire coaches from teams that would, in turn, have to potentially raid another staff to fill a vacancy. So Coughlin is simply trying to look out for the best interests of the Giants.
But the complicating factor is that Gilbride Sr. has been with Coughlin on the Giants staff since 2004. He's helped the Giants win two Super Bowls, and his son is a bright prospect in the coaching ranks, from what I hear. No one's heard from the Giants' offensive coordinator on this issue, and if Coughlin gives Gilbride Jr. the vacant Giants quarterback-coaching job, which he may do, all will be well. If he doesn't, I would expect it could -- could, I stress; not will necessarily -- create some tension on the staff.
|Comparing air yards for three QB prospects|
Stats Inc. came up with a stat that I think shows what an impressive downfield thrower Robert Griffin III was last year: air yards. That's the amount of passing yards a quarterback gets, obviously, through the air, before a receiver catches and runs with the ball. Comparing the percentage of air yards Griffin had last year to two other downfield throwers, Andrew Luck of Stanford and Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State.
Don Banks made this wish-I'd-thought-of-this point Sunday afternoon in the press room at the combine: Jim Harbaugh was replaced as Indianapolis' quarterback by Peyton Manning in 1998. Jim Harbaugh coached Andrew Luck to replace Peyton Manning as Indianapolis' quarterback in 2012.
Strangest thing in the Delta terminal after I flew into LaGuardia late Sunday night. A woman stood outside the door leading from the terminal to baggage claim, where gypsy cabbies and limo drivers with signs always wait. I heard these three sentences: "No, I need you to come inside the terminal. I am not going down there with those guys all waiting. You've got to come in and help me.''
Ma'am, it's New York. It's a big airport. Those men don't bite. You put your head down, ignore them and walk outside. You'll be fine.
"It's official -- RGIII is faster than my first car.''
-- @SC_DougFarrar, Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports, after Robert Griffin III ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash Sunday morning.
"Penelope Cruz just made every other person on the red carpet look like they're wearing a burlap bag.''
-- @nprscottsimon. National Public Radio host Scott Simon, watching the red carpet show before the Oscars.
"Can't wait to not watch The Artist when it's on HBO or Showtime.''
-- @PeteAbe, Boston Globe baseball writer Pete Abraham, following the awarding for Best Picture Sunday night at the Oscars.
"MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated"
"When its guilty until proven innocent, all u need are the facts. #howsthecrowmlb #exonerated"
-- @AaronRodgers12, the Green Bay quarterback and very good friend of Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, whose 50-game suspension for taking a banned substance was overturned Thursday.
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