The Week In Quotes: November 13, 2020
THE RESILIENCE OF STEEL
"We're the Pittsburgh Steelers, everybody knows what that means. We get everybody's best punch, regardless of record. I think people respect our brand and they respect our franchise and its history. That's been my experience over 14 years here. Regardless of our record, people know when they are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and a certain responsibility that comes with our reputation. We're going to get people's best shot."
-- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is 8-0 for the first time in his career. In his eyes, the record may be more impressive considering that every team in the league rises to the occasion against his team. (Steelers.com)
"We know that everybody is coming for us. I don't want to take any shots at anybody, but if you didn't know who America's Team was then you should've seen the stands and all the Terrible Towels. Dallas might be America's Team but we are the World's Team."
-- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ready to weather the storm as well, but takes things a step further than Tomlin: the Steelers may have surpassed the designation of "America's Team" to become the World's team. (Jon Machota, The Athletic via Twitter)
SOCIALLY DISTANCE LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY
"I told our team at our walkthrough today, I said: 'I just want you to know when we win this thing, the fans are gonna storm the field, and with COVID being as it is, we gotta get off the field and get to the tunnel. … Now I beat them all to the tunnel, so that didn't go over so good, but they reminded me that I did tell them that, so my skills of prognostication were pretty good today."
-- Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was forced to game plan for a potential field storm by students in the event his team beat Clemson at home on Saturday. Following the 47-40 overtime win, students flooded the field just as Kelly had predicted. Two players tested positive for COVID in the days following, with two more identified as close contacts. (Matt Fortuna, The Athletic via Twitter)
BIRD WATCHING IN BALTIMORE
"They're calling out our plays, stuff like that. They know what we're doing. Sometimes stuff won't go our way if they're beating us to the punch. … Like, 'run' and stuff like that. 'Watch out for this, watch out for that.' Sometimes that's what's going on."
-- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and his team have taken a step back from the league-leading offensive DVOA from 2019. Why? Jackson partly blames the predictability of the Ravens offense, which has begun to be openly called out by defenses during games. (Rich Eisen Show via Twitter)
ON AMERICA'S TELEVISIONS AND IN AMERICA'S HEARTS
"It's safe to say I was starstruck. I was just telling one of our coaches today as we talked about it. It's happened a few times in my life where I've been starstruck by somebody, and I understand maybe what that feels like to a lesser degree when somebody meets me, and that's what I think gives me a good perspective with those interactions.
"I think to be starstruck, it has to be a combination of not just really having a connection to somebody deep and meaningful and nostalgic, but when you meet that person, they have the presence and the charisma that you kind of hoped they would, and he definitely did. I was so excited, trying to keep it together and act like it wasn't the huge deal that it was to me on the inside.
"But it was fun and we had some great moments after the show, just getting to have some cool side conversations. Again, that's one of those people who just has a special, and always will, a special nostalgic place in my childhood heart and as an adult as well."
-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers discusses the genuine starstruck feeling of meeting the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who passed away this past Sunday after a battle with cancer. Rodgers was an avid fan of the show from a young age, going as far as to set aside time every weeknight at 6 p.m. to watch the show and to record episodes he would miss. The quarterback had the opportunity to participate in an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! and meet Trebek in 2015. (The Athletic)
TEAM SPORTS: A NOTORIOUSLY LONELY BUSINESS
"It was definitely my call. I gave her the role a number of years ago and felt the need to make a change. Leadership is sometimes a very lonely role and from time to time you have to make a move that impacts people that you care about deeply. This was one of those unfortunate times."
-- Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes takes ownership of the surprising dismissal of longtime vice president of communications Amy Palcic. While no explanation has been offered for firing Palcic, who had led the public relations department for the team since 2013, ESPN did report that the Texans made the decision over a lack of "cultural fit." Palcic was the first and only woman in the NFL to be the head of PR and was awarded the Rozelle Award for best PR Staff in the NFL. She was showered with praise and farewell messages from colleagues as well as Houston Texans players such as J.J. Watt and Kenny Stills. (CBS Sports)
LEGION OF GLOOM
"So out of character across the board, I don't even recognize us."
-- The 2020 Seattle Seahawks defense is a far cry from the glory days of just a few years ago, and head coach Pete Carroll knows that. The 44 points allowed to Buffalo in Week 9 was the most ever allowed by a Carroll-led Seahawks team. Seattle's defense ranks 30th in points allowed per game and last in total yards allowed per game. (AJ McCord, KOIN News via Twitter)
"These guys didn't even try to run the football today. We didn't expect that to happen. We didn't think they would totally abandon the running game. We had a real nice plan for how they were gonna run it. We have to be able to adapt better."
-- The Buffalo Bills capitalized on Seattle's weak secondary, barely running the ball and electing to pass 38 times instead. The Seahawks defense ranks 29th in passing DVOA but ninth in rushing DVOA. (Joe Fann, NBC Sports Northwest via Twitter)
LOW BAR FOR THESE BIRDS TO FLY OVER
"The Dirty Birds are back!"
-- Atlanta Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris was extremely excited to pick up his team's first home victory of the season after surviving a late surge from the Denver Broncos, walking away with a 34-27 win. (Jason Butt, AJC Sports via Twitter)
WHAT'S SCARIER: HARRY POTTER OR AN UNBLOCKED T.J. WATT?
"[I was] a little scared of everything growing up. I still don't like scary movies, I don't like haunted houses or anything like that. I couldn't watch Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, House. I was strictly a SpongeBob, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon kinda guy."
-- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, in a moment of vulnerability and openness during a press conference, revealed he was a complete scaredy-cat growing up. (Ben Baby, ESPN via Twitter)
THE NAPKIN THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING
"Well, not only one of the most defining, but you know, one of the great moments of my career. That combined with Robert [Kraft] giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn't have asked for anything more. That wasn't a good situation for me and I didn't want to be part of it, so I wasn't. The other half of that was Robert giving me the opportunity to come here and trading, he gave up quite a bit to get me to come here, and that was a big trade. I am very thankful that it worked out. I appreciate all the support from Robert, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization and all the New England fans and I'll keep trying to do my best for this team and this organization -- give them the very best that can and I very thankful for the opportunity to come here. I just wasn't going to stay there in that situation."
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reflected on his decision in 1999 to resign as head coach of the New York Jets less than 24 hours after taking the position. Belichick famously wrote his letter of resignation on a napkin. Considering the fact that Belichick has as many Super Bowl rings as the Jets have had head coaches since his departure (if you count interim head coach Al Groh in 2000), I'd say he made the right decision. (Dov Kleiman via Twitter)
IMAGINE HOW MUCH HE SPENDS ON GUAC
"You probably won't believe it, but most people who know me know that it's legit. I actually eat Chipotle about four or five times a day … same thing every time … I get chicken and then I get the side of rice and then a side of beans."
-- Atlanta Falcons fullback Keith Smith reveals his baffling diet of Chipotle four to five times per day, all the same order. (CBS Sports via Instagram)
ALL-22, BUT FOR MEMES
"My favorite one, on the weekends, after a football game, after a W, I might sip on a glass of tequila. So there was one that said 'I'm not gonna get drunk tonight,' which was me, and then 'tequila' was DK Metcalf. So that was pretty funny."
-- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Budda Baker instantly became a viral meme template as he was chased down on an interception by Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf on Sunday Night Football. Baker has seen the memes and chose to share some of his favorites with the media. (Katherine Fitzgerald, AZ Central via Twitter)
SURVEY SAYS … *DING*
"They rich as hell."
-- Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley was asked about similarities between his former quarterback, Jared Goff of the L.A. Rams, and current quarterback Matt Ryan. He definitely found one. (ProFootballTalk via Twitter)
ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP PLAN
Reporter #1: "Teddy why are you wearing that?"
Teddy Bridgewater, wearing referee stripes: "I'm here to throw a flag on any question I don't want to answer. Nah, I'm just playing. I just came from work, my other job. Foot Locker."
Reporter #2: "Is there a reason that you are working at Foot Locker?"
TB: "Well, when you've got a punter who's 100% on the season completing passes, man, he makes it tough on you. So I'm trying to find another way to generate some income."
-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is looking over his shoulder after the display that punter Joseph Charlton put on this past Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Charlton completed a fourth-and-7 pass good for a 28-yard pickup. (Carolina Panthers via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
MY NAME IS JOSH, AND I LIKE TO PARTY
-- Buffalo Bills players Josh Allen and Dawson Knox broke out the secret handshake from Hot Rod as a touchdown celebration.
THIS WEEK IN KIRK COUSINS
-- Earmuffs! Mic'd up Kirk Cousins is not frickin' safe for work.
— 10,000 Takes (@10ktakesMN) November 11, 2020
-- Some benevolent soul blessed us this week by digging up footage of Kirk Cousins singing and performing in high school.