Top 285 Defensive Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Defensive Quotes from famous people such as Hale Irwin, Brittney Griner, Evel Knievel, Derek Jarman, Steve Nash, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

The positions I played in football, being a quarterback

The positions I played in football, being a quarterback and a defensive back, you had to kind of have a little independent thinking.
Hale Irwin
Defensive player of the year is MVP in my book.
Brittney Griner
Riding a motorcycle on today’s highways, you have to ride in a very defensive manner. You have to be a good rider and you have to have both hands and both feet on the controls at all times.
Evel Knievel
All men are homosexual, some turn straight. It must be very odd to be a straight man because your sexuality is hopelessly defensive. It’s like an ideal of racial purity.
Derek Jarman
It’s important for us, if we’re going to be a good team, to be a good defensive team in the fourth quarter.
Steve Nash
I was lucky enough at Stanford to have Vic Fangio as the defensive coordinator for a year, and then Jason Tarver.
Andrew Luck
When Jose Mourinho went to Real Madrid many moons ago, he no question was the man, but he turned them into a defensive side. He went to Chelsea, won the league and all of a sudden he’s on the up again. The following year, complete and utter dismay and then he turned Manchester United into a side that finished sixth.
Steve Nicol
We don’t got to talk to each other off the court. As long as we talk on the court, on the defensive end, that’s all that matters to me.
Tristan Thompson
People believe what they believe when they are shown something that may be new and different to what they know. It’s instinctive to be defensive.
Laurel Hubbard
Before I signed for Liverpool, I was playing for Newcastle as a No. 10 – basically, I was always attacking. I didn’t have to do much defensive work; I didn’t play as the No. 6 or the No. 8.
Georginio Wijnaldum
I’m really trying to work on my defensive positioning.
DeAndre Yedlin
Just try to make an impact on the game somehow whether it is on the defensive or offensive end. I think that has always been something that I have hung my hat on especially offensively. If it is not the night, then go make a play defensively and get after, dive for loose balls, create a charge, make an impact that way.
Patty Mills
I’ve definitely gotten better, to where everyone can see that I’m not a defensive liability.
Jimmer Fredette
Our dad is recognized as being one of the great defensive coaches, probably arguably the best, in the history of the game. You can’t say he’s not in the top five, certainly.
Rex Ryan
I don’t think I was awake for much of my childhood. I did a lot of napping. This might have been a defensive measure against encroaching depression. Until about the age of eleven or twelve, I had zero interests other than trying to steal gumballs from supermarket gumball machines.
Michael Ian Black
When you write something, at first you might feel very defensive and protective of every single thing, but after a while, you just see what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes you do test screenings, and an audience tells you that, or sometimes you eventually just go, ‘Let’s cut the joke out.’
Edgar Wright
One thing I’ve always been taught at the defensive end is you hit first. In life, you throw the first punch; you don’t get punched first. It’s the same on defense: You’ve got to hit first. Do your work early. That’s what I was always taught. If you don’t do your work early, you’re done.
Draymond Green
During an economic slowdown, one needs to be cautious, but I think it’s equally important to not get sucked into the vortex of defensive thinking.
Pankaj Patel
No matter how much striking power you have got, you need to have a sense of defensive compactness from everyone.
Per Mertesacker
I don’t wanna be labeled as just a defensive player or a rim protector or someone who can dunk. I feel like I can do everything.
Willie Cauley-Stein
I pride myself on the defensive end. That’s where I earn my keep.
Marcus Smart
Incentives are not strategy, they are tactics. Defensive measures.
Carlos Ghosn
Osama bin Laden characterized his terrorist activities as ‘defensive jihad,’ provoked by ‘debauched infidels’ bent on enslaving the Muslim world. The lead industry blamed ‘ignorant parents’ for applying lead paint to juvenile furniture.
Albert Bandura
With fandom, people are sensitive, and sometimes defensive, about their experiences.
Rainbow Rowell
My seventh-grade year, I played football. I was, like, 15 pounds overweight, so I had to lose a ton of weight. They put me at left tackle; they put me on the defensive line. I absolutely hated football. I didn’t want to play again. Eighth grade year, I didn’t play.
Zach Ertz
My defensive side was something I wanted to work on, especially coming into the Premier League.
DeAndre Yedlin
Every year they are making the game harder and harder for a defensive player to play.
Bobby Wagner
The U.K. and the U.S. could not have been built today without Africa’s aid. It is all the resources that were taken from Africa, including human, that built these countries today! So when they try to give back, we shouldn’t be on the defensive.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Any good defensive team has a strong anchor, because he cleans up mistakes.
J. B. Bickerstaff
Coach Wilks really embraces that growth mindset and trying to learn and grow every day so he’s a good fundamental teacher. He understands the passing game which is important when you coach as a defensive coordinator and also as a secondary coach like he has, so he’s one of the top-notch coaches in our business.
Sean McDermott
By fighting a limited, defensive war, America permitted the enemy to endlessly re-supply their field armies.
Nguyen Cao Ky
If we are going to ask questions of the defensive guys,

If we are going to ask questions of the defensive guys, then we are going to ask questions of the guys at the top end as well.
Mark Hughes
I’m going to continue to be the defensive player that my team needs me to be and the real basketball people will get that.
DeAndre Jordan
I think it comes from far away inside me, to be strong to survive everything that comes my way. I think, going back to the beginning, feeling like an alien in an English school when I was eight, that set up my pride very early on. I think I’m very defensive, but I’m trying not to be like that anymore.
Maggie Cheung
There’s obviously a push to protect the quarterback, but you have to give the defensive players a chance. All of the quarterback has to do is pull the ball, and he’s a runner. How’s the defender going to know if the ball is pulled or not?
Jeff Fisher
When I took ownership on the defensive end, I made a commitment to myself to basically cancel out what was happening on the offensive end.
Ben Wallace
Murder is an offensive act. The term cannot be applied legitimately to any defensive act.
Benjamin Tucker
I can play at full back on either side, but I prefer the central defensive position.
Jerome Boateng
I led the state in defensive interceptions my senior year, with seven in nine games. Then I went to Montana to play basketball and found out quickly that my college career wasn’t going to work out how I’d envisioned it.
Jeff Ament
I feel like I know what defensive backs are going to do before they do it.
Amari Cooper
The manager might like it sometimes when I play up front because I can cause trouble for the defenders, but for me, my best position is defensive midfield, stopping the opposition, and then looking to impose myself on a game.
Marouane Fellaini
Depending on what I’m training for, I might do more defensive moves, more counters, more attacks.
Liz Carmouche
I try to take on the challenge and lead the second unit. If we’re up five, trying to push that lead to 10 or push it to 15, make our mark on the defensive end.
Caris LeVert
It starts on the defensive end, but it’s also just the ball movement and holding everyone accountable.
Matt Barnes
Especially going from an attacking player to a defensive player, your whole mindset has to change. You have to work on one-v-one defending versus one-v-one attacking.
Crystal Dunn
I’m a true believer in story. I think when you just tell people to think, people tend to get resistant and defensive and feel like you’re accusing them of not thinking.
Jordan Peele
I find the whole feminist thing very boring. They are so much on the defensive that they dare not love a man because they feel assaulted by being dependent.
Diana Rigg
We knew that if we had to win the World Cup, the defensive side of the game had to be better, which means bowlers will have to bowl tight and we will have to field better.
Ricky Ponting
Me, I walk along and feel quietly defensive, a recluse in the Land of We. That’s quite the loaded word, ‘we.’
Caroline Knapp
When I arrived at Benfica I’d been playing like a No. 10 in the team, but the first thing the coach did was tell me: ‘You are going to be a defensive midfielder here.’
Nemanja Matic
I am the finest defensive player in the game.
Bobby Riggs
People talk about offensive chemistry all the time, but defensive chemistry is something you have to build, too, and there’s a lot of that work to be done with just communications and the feel of who certain guys play.
Nick Nurse
I wasn’t sure of the exact mindset you should have when you go into a Test match. So I probably became too defensive when I played my first Test match. Short balls in one-day cricket, I have never thought of just defending.
Virat Kohli
I never thought black people would say I wasn’t black enough. It didn’t turn me into a bully – it just put me on the defensive. I had to watch my back. It made me stronger because I learned how to deal with ignorance.
Tionne Watkins
You’re put into a box where you’re either an offensive, defensive coach or a player development guy. Fair or unfair. You have to be whatever your team needs you to be.
Tom Thibodeau
Every year, I strive to be the best defensive player in the league.
Draymond Green
You’ve got to make the winning plays at winning time, whether it’s a shot in the clutch or getting a big defensive rebound. Those are the intangibles I try to bring.
Pat Connaughton