The Week In Quotes: November 27, 2020
DETERMINATION MADE OF STEEL AND A LOMBARDI MADE OF SILVER
"It wasn't perfect, but nothing is perfect about us except our record."
-- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin knows that there were mistakes made in Sunday's 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he seems to be pretty proud of his team's performance through 10 weeks. This is the first time in franchise history that the Steelers have opened a season with 10 straight wins, marking just the 18th time this has occurred in the Super Bowl era. Of those teams, 10 clubs made the Super Bowl, with six winning it all. (Brooke Pryor, ESPN via Twitter)
"We're not chasing perfection in terms of a perfect 16-0. We're chasing Lombardis. That's the most important thing for us."
-- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't worried about maintaining his team's perfect record. His focus remains solely on earning what would be a league-leading seventh Super Bowl for the Steelers franchise. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
KANSAS CITY'S NOT-SO-SECRET WEAPON
"I've got Pat Mahomes, you give me a minute and a half, and I'm pretty good right there. There's a time and a place for. (allowing an opponent to score). That wasn't the situation. I hoped we had plenty of time. If we didn't have enough time, I'd be sitting here telling you something different. But we had enough time to get rolling."
-- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid gave all credit to his quarterback Patrick Mahomes after leading a game-sealing 75-yard touchdown drive to beat the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football. (NFL.com via Team Transcript)
AVOIDING A CAREER CRASH LANDING
"You don't want to go 0-16. This could be my last year. I can't go out like that."
-- New York Jets running back Frank Gore understands that he's approaching the end of his time in the NFL, so he's trying his hardest to prevent the Jets from ending his career on such a sour note. The team's most recent chance at avoiding a winless season fell short as the Jets lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 34-28. (San Diego Union Tribune)
"My thoughts were whatever was going to be best for the team. When I was in, we couldn't really get things going and Coach felt like it was the best decision to put Fitz in to give us a spark. When I heard that -- it's really what's best for the team. If we were to win with Fitz in there, the locker room would be a lot different and everyone would be a lot happier. It just sucks to lose."
-- Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa seemed to be very understanding of his benching during Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Head coach Brian Flores pulled the fifth overall pick in the middle of the game, with Ryan Fitzpatrick failing to extend the team's five-game win streak. (ProFootballTalk)
"He's a talented player. He's a young player. He's a developing player. We have a lot of confidence in him. That's why he's the starter. ... He's got my full support. He's got the support of the coaching staff and the locker room."
-- Flores acknowledged the decision and provided some context for his call. Tagovailoa will resume his starting quarterback duties for this week's game against the New York Jets. (Cameron Wolfe, ESPN via Twitter)
BREES' BEATEN BODY
"My body completely locked up on me. I couldn't rotate, I couldn't throw. ... It was so upsetting, so depressing, I wanted to be there for my team. I also knew this was my body telling me I needed to heal."
-- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees details the impact of his injury suffered during Week 10. Brees broke multiple ribs and has been placed on injured reserve with no timetable for return.
"The kids can't jump on me like they usually do. ... But I can still play Barbies and paint fingernails with my daughter."
-- On a somewhat lighter note, Brees discusses how the injuries affected play time with his children. (Cox Sports Television via YouTube)
A LOOK BEHIND THE REC SPECS
"I've been wearing glasses since like seventh, eighth grade and started wearing specs to play basketball in high school and carried them over into soccer and football ever since then. …They've just become part of me and part of my identity. I think it just speaks to anybody that looks up to me or can take after me in being comfortable in their own skin. It's just something that I've always liked, and I've always thought it's made me unique."
-- Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was known as "the kicker with the goggles" well before he entered the NFL. Former Colts punter Pat McAfee took it upon himself to learn the story behind the Blankenship sports goggles and how kids have begun to look up to the cool, goggles-sporting kicker. (Pat McAfee Show via Twitter)
UNFAZED FOCUS, OR BAD AWARENESS?
"If Sam and I were in a movie theater watching a movie and it was on fire, we'd probably watch 10 or 15 more minutes of the movie before one of us said, 'You know what, we might want to get up and leave.' That's kind of our approach to it. It's chill and it's casual and it's poised."
-- North Carolina Tar Heels offensive coordinator Phil Longo has formed a tight bond with quarterback Sam Howell this season. The above quote is supposed to exemplify the calm, poised nature with which these two approach football. While that may be a comforting trait to have while scoring 28 fourth-quarter points to beat Wake Forest, I would be rather alarmed if my quarterback took 10 minutes to react to a theater burning down. (The Athletic)
THIS WEEK IN TURKEY TALK
"I was never really much of a turkey guy on Thanksgiving."
-- Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young is still a rookie, but he isn't afraid to stir the pot and get some hot takes off about Thanksgiving's main attraction: the turkey. (Nicki Jhabvala, Washington Post via Twitter)
"Yeah, dude, I mean come on. You got to put ketchup on [turkey]!"
-- Patrick Mahomes: the MVP quarterback with Pop Warner taste buds. When asked if he was joking, Mahomes doubled down, saying, "You know me better than that!". (KCSP 610 Sports Radio)
BOLTING BACK TO THE FIELD
"I was trying to make this thing hurt. I'm like 'Let's see how much this thing's healed, because it's healed a bunch.' I was out there, literally saying 'Let's see if my hamstring can handle this.' I was doing full sprints, I was running as fast as I can, cutting, and it didn't have any pain, so I'm like alright. Let's play baby. Let's get these boys and girls some fantasy points."
-- Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler announced his return from injury in the coming weeks during a stream on his Twitch channel. (Twitch via Twitter)
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?
"There are so many things I think we take for granted in our life … we should [be thankful] more often than one day a year and … realize how lucky we are for so many things."
-- Two years removed from his injury and finally back on the field, Washington quarterback Alex Smith has spent this Thanksgiving season with a new appreciation for the opportunities we are blessed with every day. (B/R Gridiron via Twitter)
"I'm thankful for the [Arizona Cardinals] believing in me enough to trade me for a second-rounder."
-- On a very different note, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins felt extremely thankful for the team that traded for him this past offseason. (NFL.com)
GOOD THING WE CREDIT OUR SOURCES
"Social media gives cowards the right to say whatever they want with no consequences."
-- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling reacts to the onslaught of anonymous hate slung at him following an overtime fumble against the Indianapolis Colts, costing the Packers the game. (Matt Schneidman, The Athletic via Twitter)
"There's some really bad plays and then there's some really good plays. It's all about minimizing the really bad plays. … It's funny, half the time, right as the ball leaves my hand, I'm like 'Oh God. That's not going to be a good one.' It's one of those gut things, right as you let it go it's like 'Oh no.' And every quarterback has those moments. It's about limiting those moments."
-- Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock has learned to deal with some of the bad plays he makes. Even as he tries to improve his game as a young quarterback, this candid, blunt honesty can still come off as pretty funny. (Zac Stevens, DNVR Sports via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
DENZEL PERRYMAN IS FOR THE CHILDREN
— Los Angeles Chargers. (@Chargers) November 23, 2020
-- Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman held up his end of the bargain, waving to his children after a third-down sack.
SHAKING THE RUST OFF
My Return To The NFL. pic.twitter.com/eY4fdVaihS
— Justin Forsett. (@JForsett) November 24, 2020
-- Retired Pro Bowl running back Justin Forsett saw his opportunity to return to the league amidst a string of running back injuries, put on his cleats for the first time in a while, and promptly headed right back inside after failing to hurdle a Little Tikes truck