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22 Sep 2017

The Week In Quotes: September 22, 2017

Compiled by Cale Clinton

THEY SHOULD HAVE NEVER RETIRED THE COUCH JERSEY

"I have been in the huddle one time when a quarterback came in and I did not know who he was and I had to shake his hand and introduce myself."

-- Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas recounts a pretty awkward situation involving one of his quarterbacks. Thomas played his 10,000th consecutive snap this past weekend, a streak that dates back to his rookie year in 2007. In that same amount of time, Thomas has blocked for 20 (yes, 20) different Browns quarterbacks. (Daniel Rapaport, Sports Illustrated)

RETURN OF THE MACK TRUCK RUNNING BACK

"D-Hen, he's like an outside linebacker running the football. And we always tell him, 'Hey bro, the first time you lower that shoulder and boom somebody in a game, they're not going to want to tackle you in the fourth quarter.'"

-- Tennessee Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard talks about how his teammate, running back Derrick Henry, packs a punch with his runs. (Good Morning Football, NFL Network)

"[Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette] is definitely a back capable of getting 200 yards straight off power running plays. He is a game-wrecker, and we have to contain him."

-- Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard gives similar praise to his Week 2 opponent, Leonard Fournette. Henry and Fournette clashed heads over the weekend as the Titans won 37-16. Both backs performed well, with Henry running for 92 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and Fournette running for 40 yards and a score on 14 carries. (TitansOnline.com)

DO THESE FOOTBALL PANTS MAKE MY BUTT LOOK BIG?

"You want DL with a thick ass and big thighs. Tyquan Lewis has that bubble."

-- College football scout and Bleacher Report writer Matt Miller used some choice language to highlight the athletic build of Ohio State defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis. (Matt Miller, Twitter)

TALE AS OLD AS TIME

"No offense. I could care less about ur fantasy teams. This is my Real Life. Focusing on getting healthy and gettin better. 1 day at a time."

-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

"I really could care less about y'all fantasy teams, get outta my mentions with that shit"

-- Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount. Beckham and Blount are the first this season to contribute to the ongoing war between NFL players and their fantasy owners. Both athletes have gotten off to slow starts for their respective teams and, by default, their fantasy owners. Beckham has struggled with a high ankle sprain suffered during preseason, while Blount has yet to find his most effective role on his new team. (Odell Beckham Jr., Twitter and LeGarrette Blount, Twitter)

THEY SMELL AS BAD AS THEY PLAYED AGAINST THE CHIEFS

"Dont'a Hightower. Every time I go by, he stinks. He's putting in work. To tell you the truth, our whole team needs these pods after practice. I'm pretty sure we use them -- I'll have to ask whoever does the laundry after practice. I definitely think they need these pods after practice; our whole team is stinky after practice."

-- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski answers the question that has captivated the nation: which Patriots player smells the worst? Gronkowski is a spokesman for Tide Sport PODS, so maybe he can score some free samples for Patriots linebacker Don't'a Hightower. (Sporting News)

THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO BRING BACK THE OLD POWDER BLUE UNIFORMS

"We talked about that a little bit in our team meeting. Some people say, 'Same old Chargers.' It's not the same old Chargers. We lost a couple of close games. We have 14 games left. We'll see. We'll see at the end."

-- Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn stays positive that his team can rebound from its 0-2 start to the 2017 season. Both games were decided on final-second field goals, with a chance to tie the game Week 1 and a chance to win outright Week 2. Both kicks were missed. (Eric D. Williams, ESPN)

TROUBLE IN 'PARADISE?' (WE'RE USING A VERY LOOSE DEFINITION OF PARADISE WHEN REFERRING TO NEW YORK)

"Sloppy quarterback play. Quarterback and the center need to be on the same page there. We need to get the ball snapped. … We have a veteran quarterback who's played a lot of football and I expect us to get the ball snapped"

- New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo criticizes his quarterback Eli Manning for incurring a delay of game penalty on fourth-and-goal during their Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. The Giants went on to lose 24-10. (NFL.com)

"He knows I can take it. If you've played 14 years in New York, you've been criticized. You can take pretty much whatever they throw at you. So Coach McAdoo and I are on the same page and anything he says -- whether it's to the media, to me, to the team -- it's all for the better of the team and I'm OK with it."

-- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning's response to McAdoo's criticism. (Giants.com)


THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

--ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell gives us a breakdown of just how much further your dollar goes at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium than at most other venues.

CONNECT THE DOTS

-- Fantasy Football site Rotoworld notes that Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has been removed from the injury report. The combination of those two injuries probably wasn't a pleasurable experience for McCoy.

GUYS LIKE THIS MAKE MY JOB A LOT EASIER

-- Pearl High School (Mississippi) head coach John Perry with some great quotables following his team's win over Madison Central (Mississippi).

HOT MICS IN NYC

-- New York radio personality Mike Francesa's blood begins to boil when talking about Penn State coach John Franklin's decision to ice Georgia State's kicker while up 56-0.

--New York radio personality Don La Greca loses his mind when discussing the New York Giants' offensive line. We're guessing he's not a reader.

GOTTA CALL AN AUDIBLE

-- Pittsburgh Panthers fans had to get creative when their football team changed quarterbacks mid-game.

'PAC-12 AFTER DARK' GOT TAKEN TOO LITERALLY

-- The lights went out during the fourth quarter of the Stanford-San Diego State game in a scene reminiscent of the 49ers-Ravens Super Bowl a few years back.

Posted by: Cale Clinton on 22 Sep 2017

9 comments, Last at 24 Sep 2017, 7:48pm by The Ninjalectual

Comments

1
by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:52pm

Good on Arthur Blank for the food price thing.

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by Guido Merkens :: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:21pm

Yeah, after taking hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding for the new stadium, this gesture of goodwill that might cost him a couple hundred thousand dollars makes him a saint, right?

3
by Tim R :: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:48pm

Other nfl owners set a pretty low bar.

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by xydux :: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:04pm

Look let's just give him some props for having (comparatively) low prices on stadium food.

EDIT: Even though the state shouldn't pay for stadiums, we can still appreciate that he's not going over the top with price-gouging when it comes to food.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 09/23/2017 - 5:44am

Agreed, it's not a perfect situation but it is a starting place.

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by ChrisS :: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:26pm

Couple million(?), but yeah low bar and all that

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by ibanez_ax :: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 6:38pm

Georgia State should have gone for the touchdown.

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by drillz :: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:54pm

it appears math is not fun for don la greca

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by The Ninjalectual :: Sun, 09/24/2017 - 7:48pm

Calling him a "personality" might be overly generous.