by Cale Clinton
IS SOMEONE GONNA TELL HIM?
"It's hard to find a great [pass-rusher]. It's hard to find a good one. It's hard to find one; you just said it."
-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden keeps insisting on answering every single question the media asks about pass-rushers. Gruden infamously traded linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears, and Mack has since statistically outperformed the entire Oakland Raiders defense (on his own). (NBC Sports Bay Area)
"Did you see the game?"
-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said what everyone was thinking when media asked him about why he cut kicker Daniel Carlson. Carlson went 0-for-3 on field goals, including a potential game-winner, in a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers.
"Yeah, it was pretty easy."
-- Zimmer on if it was an easy decision to cut Carlson. (Chad Graff, The Athletic Minnesota via Twitter)
PITTSBURGH PRESSURE COOKER
"[Antonio Brown] needs to thank his lucky stars, because he was drafted by a team that had [Ben Roethlisberger]. And Ben got AB paid. You know darn well he wouldn't put up those numbers for other teams."
-- Ryan Scarpino, former Pittsburgh Steelers public relations employee, tweeted about how important quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been to wide receiver Antonio Brown's career. (Ryan Scarpino via Twitter)
"Trade me let's find out."
"We're losing the game. We haven't won a game yet. For me, as a Steeler, that's unacceptable. I'm not on the sideline begging for the ball or making statements. I'm pissed off; we're losing. We suck."
-- This quote that Brown gave to reporters after the fact may explain some of the frustration Brown is facing. (NFL.com)
BUFFALO BOREDOM BRINGS BABIES
"There wasn't anything to do there but each other."
DOES THIS CELEBRATION QUALIFY HIM AS A SCATBACK?
"I didn't think about the touchdown celebration before the game. It was just the spur of the moment, but I need to control myself. I don't think it had to do with the stadium I was at, I just feel like it was spur of the moment. It was just passion and it wasn't a message towards anybody. You have to play the game with passion and that is the way I play. I did it so I have to accept whatever punishment comes with the celebration."
KNOW WHEN TO HOLD 'EM, KNOW WHEN TO FOLD 'EM
"I meant no disrespect to my teammates and coaches. But I hold myself to a standard. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level. But physically, I know today that isn't possible, and I had an honest moment with myself. While I was on the field, I just didn't feel right, and I told the coaches, 'I'm not feeling like myself.'"
-- Former Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis released an official statement after the events that transpired on Sunday. After going down big to the Los Angeles Chargers at half, Davis got dressed into his street clothes, announced his retirement, and walked out of the stadium. (NFL via Twitter)
"Never have seen it ever. Pop Warner, high school, college, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. And it's just completely disrespectful to his teammates. ... He didn't say nothing to nobody. ... I found out going into the second half of the game. They said he's not coming out, he retired. That's it."
"The Road To Success Is Hard That's Why Alot Of ppl Quit On That Road. Don't U Be 1 Of Them, Keep Going!"
-- This is a tweet Davis posted back in August of 2011 that resurfaced after his hasty retirement. Oh the irony… (Vontae Davis via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
-- Denver Broncos punter Marquette King posted a video featuring a very rich Chuckie doll shortly after this week's game victory over the Oakland Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden. The Raiders released King in April, reportedly due to personal conflicts he had with Gruden.
BORTLES PURCHASES PRIME REAL ESTATE INSIDE THE PATRIOTS' BRAIN
Facts only. pic.twitter.com/4gqEPHGJTT
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 14, 2018
-- The New England Patriots team Twitter account tried to poke fun at the parody fact account called Bortles Facts, dedicated to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. It looked like an L for New England both on the field and on the Twitter timeline.
"You may want to fire your social media management."
"When you've won 5 Super Bowls but get triggered by @BortlesFacts"
"Here we observe a company taking someones joke, and smashing it into the ground in a unfunny way."
"This is sad."
-- Some of the gems left in response to this tweet, curated by Bortles Facts. (Bortles Facts)
THIS WEEK IN CLEVELAND
OPEN THAT FRIDGE AND TASTE VICTORY CLEVELAND pic.twitter.com/XbqM4KxkLy
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 21, 2018
— Alex Busch (@alexbusch93) September 21, 2018
-- Unlock the Bud Light fridges! Party in the streets! Cleveland, this is for you!