What they are saying in Indy – Volume 4

From Indianapolis, Indiana

Patriots offensive coordinator and soon-to-be head coach at Penn State Bill O’Brien on whether national signing day in college football is overhyped – “I think the recruiting services do a great job supplying information, but as far as four stars and five stars; how many stars do you think Wes Welker had? How many stars did Julian Edelman have coming out of high school? I think you’ve got to look at the recruiting class two years forward, and say to yourself, ‘Did we do a good job recruiting this class? Are they playing now? Are they going to class? Are they doing what we thought they were going to do? Are they contributing to wins on the field? And are they good citizens off the field?’ No one really knows that right now, so whether we’re ranked the 50th recruiting class or the No. 1 recruiting class, I really couldn’t care less, to be honest with you. We feel very good about the players we brought in here. Hopefully they all sign up today. We can’t wait to coach them.”

Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gillbride on QB Eli Manning – “He is very much a serious student of the game. It is very important to him. He wants things done right. The coaches, he would be crushed if we weren’t disciplined in our presentations, if we weren’t extensive and comprehensive in our presentations. Like most people, he wants to enjoy what he is doing. When the opportunity presents itself he has always enjoyed a prank being played, especially when he is the one committing it. Now the players love it when it is reversed and he is the recipient of it. It is a good give and take. I think what it does, is it probably keeps him grounded with the rest of the players. He is one of us. Even though he is the quarterback, he is the leader, he is a captain, he is one of us. We can fool with him when the moment is right.”

Patriots QB Tom Brady on his father, Tom Brady Sr. – “He was my role model growing up. I really enjoyed spending time with him. I had three older sisters, so when you’re the youngest, the baby boy and the only boy, you get spoiled by your Mom and your Dad, which I certainly did. My Dad would always take me on trips together. We always enjoyed playing golf together and doing things one-on-one. When I was in high school and I really started enjoying the game and understanding the game we went to some camps at some different colleges. We went to the University of Arizona one year, UCLA one year and Arizona State one year. He’s been there every step of the way. Then I went to school a long ways from home (University of Michigan) and he and my Mom were there at every home football game that they could possibly be at and a lot of road games, too. And even when I started my pro career, he traveled to Buffalo. I don’t know if you guys have ever been to the hotels in Buffalo – they’re not the nicest places in the world – but he would still travel to those. It was just great to grow up in a house like that and feel so supported by your Mom and Dad. I’ve always had that great support at home. I certainly wouldn’t be standing here if I didn’t have the love and support of my parents and my sisters and my family.”

Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes on his first experience with football – “My very first experience was when I was in P.E. class my 11th grade year of high school. My P.E. teacher was our defensive coordinator. They needed a kicker, and he said, ‘Lawrence, can you come out here and kick?’ I said, ‘Certainly.’ He knew I was a good soccer player, so I went out to the baseball field, he throws his keys down in front of where I was going to kick, and he said, ‘Kick the ball and pick my keys up.’ Just to keep my head down. Ironically enough, I went to spring football going into my senior year. I went to spring training, and I haven’t stopped since. It’s pretty weird how it worked out.”

Patriots safety Patrick Chung – “Everybody has a dream. They want to have that game-changing play that makes a difference. I play the game in my head a thousand times … on the plane and here at media day. I play the game in my head because you have to visualize what you do. Usually I’m back-peddling, reading the quarterback and then I intercept (the pass). Usually I think about the calls and the formations they’ll be in. You make your calls and see how the play (results). You sit down in a pitch black room with no TV and play the game in your head.”

Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka on pressuring and rattling QB Tom Brady – “The fact of the matter is if you get to the quarterback enough, if you hit him hard enough it’s going to make him less effective. That is our job up front and that’s what we have to do… Really (pressure) effects every phase of the game because now you’ve got receivers that might not be sure about their routes because they are not sure if the ball is going to have to come out quicker, and it just throws the whole timing off.”

4 Responses to “What they are saying in Indy – Volume 4”

  • February 1, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Are you serious? All the depressing front office/GM talk and now we are talking Lawrence Tynes. He was terrible as a Chief. He’s since won one superbowl and might another. That wasn’t an earthquake you felt; that was Lamar turning over. Again.

  • February 2, 2012  - txchief says:

    …but Lawrence doesn’t hold a candle to Lin Elliott in the suckitude department.

  • February 2, 2012  - el cid says:

    Lin Elliott aside, some guys do not fit. The style of the HC or coordinator, heck, the guys who around a player effect his preformance. Tynes did not blend in and moved on.

    I never could figure out the Chiefs fasination with Elliott. There are kickers sitting at home, over age and fat who would have been better but they road it out with Lin. Sort of matches the Gannon fiasco, not answers.

  • February 2, 2012  - txchief says:

    Lin was a great kicker at Texas Tech, and was good with the Cowboys. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, he developed a problem between the ear holes in KC. Trying to kick barefooted in the snow didn’t help.

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