by Cale Clinton
THIS WEEK IN TRADE DEADLINES
"Never spent any time in Maryland before … we are in Maryland, right? This whole part of the country kind of throws me for a loop. I don't know if I'm in Virginia or what."
-- Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery is going to have to become accustomed to East Coast geography. Montgomery was born and raised in Texas, attended Stanford University, and last played in Green Bay. (Yahoo Sports)
"I was surprised about that. That was the main guy on third downs. He was great yards after catch, one of the best ... And it was pretty surprising. I was pretty surprised by that. It was one those situations where like, let me check my phone."
-- Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes has one less threat to worry about as Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate was traded out of the NFC North to Philadelphia (Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press via Twitter)
"My brother, welcome to the squad is there any snacks I can have waiting for you tomorrow?"
THE KNIFE IN A GUN FIGHT
"I mean, what the f--- are you doing? We've got Aaron Rodgers, the best I've ever seen, and you're gonna take that risk? I mean, it's '12!' All you gotta do is give him the ball, and you know what's gonna happen."
-- An unnamed Green Bay Packers player had a few things to say about running back/return man Ty Montgomery's return and fumble last week down two to the Los Angeles Rams. Montgomery was traded on Tuesday to the Baltimore Ravens (Jeremy Bregman, Around the NFL via Twitter)
TALK THAT TALK!
"Not interested in me? I'm not quick enough? Don't have enough stars next to my name to be worth your time? Well here … enjoy this three-star stiff-arm to your damn chest."
-- In an excerpt from his Players' Tribune piece, Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. describes his current state of mind after being slighted throughout his recruiting process. (Players' Tribune)
PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING
"Ah, well, you know. Do me a favor, just kinda sit up, just like, have a little respect for the process. Every day you come and ask me questions and you're just kinda like you know, 'gimme this.'"
-- Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia takes his presentation seriously; that was on display when Patricia grilled a reporter's poor posture before answering his question. (Detroit Free Press)
BUFFALO STANDARDS FOR QUARTERBACK PLAY ARE GETTING EMBARRASSINGLY LOW
"You guys know, if you watch my film, I can throw some plays. But with this wind, I won't make it. You guys would cut my throws off. Run me out of Buffalo."
-- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrelle Pryor doesn't want to transition positions and have his name associated with quarterbacks Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman, and Derek Anderson. (Mike Rodak, ESPN via Twitter)
YOU WOULDN'T KNOW THEM, THEY GO TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL
"Since I left Buffalo, I had 11 letters to interview for head coach jobs, four of them didn't even have to interview, just show up and sign the contract."
-- The decision to promote him may have looked questionable, but Cleveland Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams ensures the media that he has been highly sought after by several NFL teams. (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com via Twitter)
"One other thing, I thought this thing was going to come up and I want to address it. I have not been offered any head coaching jobs''
-- Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens pokes fun at Williams' comment during his introductory press conference with the team. (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com via Twitter)
KEEPING IT CLASSY ON HIS WAY OUT OF TOWN
"I was never able to actually run my offense the first two years because we didn't have the players. What everybody saw the first two years was not a Hue Jackson offense."
"Our numbers this year were the same or worse than our numbers last year with better players on offense. So it was already tough for me to give up play calling when I knew more talent was on the way with John Dorsey on board."
-- Former Browns head coach Hue Jackson throwing his old general manager Sashi Brown deep under the bus, saying the Browns went 1-31 in his first two seasons because Brown couldn't get him good players, and that Cleveland would have won more games this year if he had not been forced to give up play-calling duties. (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com)
WE USED TO BE SO GOOD TOGETHER
"I think it misses me."
ENJOY THE JET SKI, LEV
"There are a lot of stats [since 2015] that the Steelers are actually better without him. That might be why he's riding a Jet Ski down in Miami right now."
-- Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale notes that despite Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's holdout, the Steelers may actually be better without him. The Steelers have relatively the same win percentage while averaging five more points and 44 more yards per game when Bell isn't on the field. (Jamison Hensley, ESPN via Twitter)
AT LEAST HE'S THE G.O.A.T. OF SOMETHING
"I totally understand that I'm like the scapegoat for this team. When we play good, 'The defense played well, the running back did good, the receivers made great plays.' And when we play bad, 'Blake Bortles is the worst quarterback on the face of the planet.'"
GET A ROOM, YOU TWO
"He'd throw for 7,000 yards every year. He's so much more talented than me."
"I let you guys worry about those types of conversations. I think that's end-of-career conversations. ... I'm just worried about winning right now. He's got five championships, so that ends most discussions, I think."
THE ONLY CERTAIN TRUTH IN THIS STATEMENT IS THAT JON GRUDEN OWNS A CELL PHONE
"I got a cellphone just like you and everybody else. I get a lot of phone calls from people that are dying to come play here. I'm just telling you. They're dying to play for the Raiders. And to have salary-cap space and to have a chance to talk to the people that you really want to wear the Silver and Black, the guys you really want to wear the Silver and Black and represent this team, that's exciting."
-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, despite the lack of fire sale at the trade deadline, likes the idea of Oakland having a lot of cap space. They'll need it, because apparently everyone is blowing up Gruden's phone to play in Silver and Black. (Fox Sports)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THIS IS THE COACH OF A TOP TEN COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM
***MIKE LEACH HALLOWEEN THOUGHTS SUPER CUT***
(And yes, the stripper costume quote is on here) pic.twitter.com/fLnx5KoCPB
— Brenna Greene (@BrennaGreene_) October 29, 2018
-- Washington State head coach Mike Leach gives his unfiltered thoughts on the state of Halloween, stripper costumes and all.
THE RARE PODIUM RASPBERRY
-- Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy replaces the proverbial mic drop with a good, quality raspberry.
THE PERKS OF BEING A STARTER
-- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens tore the Raiders apart in a 34-3 romp on Thursday night. He played so well that it earned him a verified Twitter check mark.
THIS WEEK IN HALLOWEEN
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 31, 2018
-- Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins goes all out for his Halloween costume, dressing like an Avatar. Remember Avatar? That came out in 2009. And they're making FOUR MORE. Sorry, off-topic.
Happy Halloween everybody!! pic.twitter.com/bYTiTTGbo0
-- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes found the perfect costume when you consider the fact his normal speaking voice is already pretty close to resembling a T-rex roar.
-- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen may have emerged as one of the league's best wide receivers, but there's no escaping couples costumes. This year, he was the spaghetti to his pregnant wife's Prego sauce.
-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., always the fashion icon, dressed head-to-toe in Fendi and called it a day.
Brandon Marshall, Emmanuel Sanders wear controversial costumes at Broncos Halloween party https://t.co/btThBBg3wu
An earlier tweet on this story was deleted due to an update to the headline. pic.twitter.com/fx97aSRYAP
— 9NEWS Denver (@9NEWS) October 24, 2018
-- Never great when you have to cite a news website for a Halloween costume. Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall dressed up as musical artist Bobby Brown, complete with a bag of flour for ... well …
For clarity, trick or treating went down in Louisville tonight bc of weather coming. I'll do about anything for this girl... pic.twitter.com/x5a2k5b756
-- Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood takes the wholesome route this Halloween, dressing as the Beast to accompany his daughter's Belle costume.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 1, 2018
-- The Cleveland Browns need all the blessings they can get, so wide receiver Jarvis Landry dressed as the pope
-- Could a trade to Philly be the real "Golden Ticket?" Golden Tate dresses up as Willy Wonka.
-- Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan suits up as Frozone from The Incredibles.
-- Of course New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has to ruin the fun, reminding everyone to eat more vegetables on the holiday solely dedicated to candy.