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03 Nov 2017

The Week In Quotes: November 3, 2018

by Cale Clinton

SEATTLE FANS SHOULD BE THANKFUL

"We are NOT trading Jimmy Graham. That's total bulls*it"

-- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had this to say with the trade deadline looming and Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham seemingly underperforming this season. That same day, Graham went on to have four catches for 39 yards and two touchdowns, one of which wound up being the game-winning score. (Mike Silver, Twitter)

"For some reason no one was guarding me, which was awesome."

-- Graham when recalling the game-winning touchdown. (John Boyle, Twitter)

SPEAKING OF TRADES … THE BROWNS ARE BAD AT THEM

"Got several emails last night that coaching staff for #Browns HIGHLY upset at front office. Coaches in building working, FO went home at 5 while coaches continued to work the night before the trade deadline. Sasha Brown was unaware of the Jimmy G trade and was actually informed of it by an irate coaching staff who had lobbied to acquire him, over an hour after it happened. the front office is undercutting them by not acquiring the talent they need to win, and not putting in matching effort to do so."

-- Denver beat writer Benjamin Allbright reports the series of events that led to the Cleveland Browns missing out on Patriots' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. (Benjamin Allbright, Twitter)

…I AWARD YOU NO POINTS AND MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL

"The score was in the teens for most of the game. Is that a style of play your team is comfortable playing?"

-- A question asked of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick at the press conference following a win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

"What are you talking about?"

-- Belichick, in response.

"Do you prefer the low-scoring, grind-it-out type of games?"

The reporter, trying to clarify.

"We prefer to win."

-- Belichick, stating the obvious. (Doug Kyed, Twitter)

NOTHIN' LIKE A NEW YORK SLICE

"Pizza Hut & Dominos better anyways"

-- New York Giants nose tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison had this to say following the news from Papa John's that earnings are down due to NFL protests. Also, sidebar: Snacks, you live in New York, arguably the Mecca of American pizza. Why are you even eating Pizza Hut and Dominos? C'mon man! (Damon Harrison, Twitter)

'MIKE ZIMMER THE SCIENCE GUY' DOESN'T FLOW AS WELL

"We're going to try something a little bit different than most of the other teams, and I'll either look smart or I'll look dumb … morning practice on Wednesday, and then we'll leave that night and then get there Thursday and have a Thursday practice when we get [to London]. We've had sleep people come talk to us; you know, we're getting the whole gamut. I was looking into all the scientific things for this."

-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer pulled out all the stops for his team's trip to London to face off against the Cleveland Browns. It seemed to work, as the Vikings won 33-16. (Vikings.com)

JON GRUDEN JINXING PLAYERS IN REAL TIME FROM THE BOOTH

"Wouldn't it be something if Jamaal Charles went off in Kansas City tonight?"

-- Monday Night Football color commentator Jon Gruden posed this question early on in Denver Broncos running Jamaal Charles's homecoming game at Kansas City. The following play, Charles fumbled the ball and the Chiefs returned the fumble for a touchdown. (Eric Hubbs, Twitter)

GET YOUR RATING UP HOWEVER YOU CAN

"To be honest the reason I keep looking back is because my speed on Madden is 82-83, so I think they are going to catch me."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster addresses why he looks behind him as he runs in the open field. (Jeff Hathhorn, Twitter)

CALLING OUT SORE LOSERS

"You just lost the game. We're taking a knee. What are you trying to prove right now? If anybody's playing [dirty], that's dirty sh*t right there."

-- Pittsburgh offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey goes off over the Detroit Lions' defensive line firing off on the Steelers' kneel-down play. (NFL on ESPN)

WELL, HE'S GOT A POINT

"They suck. They throw a wrench in our schedule. It's absolutely ridiculous that we have to do this. As physical as this game is, as much work and preparation that goes into this, to force us to play games on four-day weeks, it's completely unfair and bulls---. The league makes money off it, and that's all they care about anyway."

-- Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito after his team lost to the New York Jets 34-21 on Thursday Night Football. (ESPN.com)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

WE FEEL YOUR PAIN

-- Cleveland TV personality Bruce Drennan finds out live that the Browns failed to trade for a second quarterback. The Bengals and Browns agreed to terms on quarterback A.J. McCarron, but failed to submit the deal to the NFL before the 4 p.m. deadline.

IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL GETS INTENSE

-- Dartmouth assistant coach Dion King reportedly punched a hole in the booth window after a Harvard fumble recovery on a punt play. The coach was removed by security.

GOTTA GET THE REPS IN HOWEVER YOU CAN

-- Another week, another A-plus Steelers group celebration.

WHO'S THE RAIDERS EQUIVALENT TO MINI-ME IN THIS SCENARIO?

-- Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito channels his inner Fat Bastard following a Bills victory over the Oakland Raiders.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL MEETS REST-OF-THE-WORLD FOOTBALL

-- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen mimics a great socce-- *ahem* football celebration during the London game.

GUESS HE GOT HELD BACK A FEW YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL

-- Either ESPN used the wrong graphic for Georgia Tech freshman T.D. Roof, or Roof's hair went grey really, really prematurely.

TURN THE INJURIES OFF IN MADDEN WHEN USING THIS TEAM

-- Fantasy guru Matthew Berry points out the sheer talent level of all the injuries across the NFL this year.

THIS WEEK IN HALLOWEEN

GOLDEN TATE, MOVER OF CHAINS

-- Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate and his wife embraced their Game of Thrones fandom and conquered Halloween as Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo.

GENO ATKINS ARGUABLY HAS MORE LEGITIMATE SUPER POWERS THAN BATMAN DOES

-- Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins got decked out in "Batman vs. Superman"-era Batman gear.

McCAFFREY IS SHIELDING MOTON FOR ONCE

-- Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey and offensive lineman Taylor Moton visited a local children's hospital as Captain America and Batman, respectively.

MIGHTY MORPHIN' Travis Kelce!

-- Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce donned his green Power Ranger costume a night early following an out-of-this-world game on Monday Night Football.

I'D MAKE A 'MILENNIALS' JOKE BUT BRADY IS TECHNICALLY TOO OLD TO BE ONE

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen dress up as possibly the most Tom Brady costume you could think of: avocado toast.

EVERYONE'S FAVORITE GUM-CHEWING HEAD COACH

-- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson kept his costume nice and easy by dressing up as coach Pete Carroll.

SWITCHING SIDES OF THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE

-- NFL legends Randy Moss and Charles Woodson go as … each other for Halloween.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST … BABIES DRESSED AS NFL COACHES

-- Babies dressed as grown adults will never not be funny.

Posted by: Cale Clinton on 03 Nov 2017

6 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2017, 10:49pm by Bucs_Rule

Comments

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by Theo :: Fri, 11/03/2017 - 7:36pm

On the Browns goof:
"Denver beat writer Benjamin Allbright reports"
Sure, that's no proof. There were also other reports floating around. The thing that worries though is that the coaching staff perhaps leaks emails about the FO. If they were truly on the same page - they wouldn't be leaking emails.

Also, if Hue Jackson wanted McCarron, then how will he 'give trust' to Kizer. I think the ship has sailed on Kessler. Hogan was pretty bad in his start. So I think we can add another 3 names to the famous Browns QB Jersey in 2018.

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by Theo :: Fri, 11/03/2017 - 7:40pm

Moss and Woodson dressing up as each other is hilarious.

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by nat :: Fri, 11/03/2017 - 8:26pm

Brady's toast.

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by PatsFan :: Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:28pm
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by big10freak :: Sat, 11/04/2017 - 7:46am

Great stuff this week. Thanks

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by Bucs_Rule :: Sat, 11/04/2017 - 10:49pm

Sashi Brown likely knew this was a terrible trade but let Hue Jackson's begging cause him to do it. Sashi's subconscious knowing better could have caused him to screw this up. Browns are much better off, what a terrible trade.