The Month in Quotes: March 2021
SAN FRAN'S SEISMIC SHAKE-UP
"Well, yeah, one, we have people at all the spots. A lot of people we trust and will be able to meet with here over the next month. I normally don't like to go to them a bunch unless I have to for some reason, but I also have been kind of grown up in the idea that you don't like to go everywhere and show people things. When you're sitting at 12 and stuff, I don't want to go to a bunch of quarterback pro days and things like that. Now that you move up to three, you don't have to hide as much. It's not as big of a deal to me as it might've been when we were sitting at 12."
—San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan attended Alabama's pro day just days after his team traded up with the Miami Dolphins to secure the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, leading some to suspect the 49ers would be selecting Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones. This was Shanahan's response to questions asking why he attended Alabama's pro day instead of Ohio State's, which took place the same day. It should be noted that Shanahan also stated he will have another opportunity to see quarterback Justin Fields throw. (49ers Web Zone)
"I'm sure Jimmy was a little pissed off from it, just like I'd be too. But me knowing Jimmy, he'll be fired up and come in and work his butt off. The more mad Jimmy gets, usually the better he gets. So if he gets madder and stays healthy, this is going to be a good thing for Jimmy, too, which could be a great problem for the 49ers. I hope Jimmy's alright with it and I expect him to be."
—Shanahan plans to keep quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, even after potentially drafting a quarterback, utilizing the Green Bay Packers' method of motivation. (Mercury News)
THIS WEEK IN 17-GAME SEASONS
"Sh*t dumb … as hell…"
--New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara voiced his displeasure over the approval of a 17-game schedule by the NFL and its owners. (Alvin Kamara via Twitter)
Adrian Amos: We really let this happen…
Darius Slay: That's [what] I'm saying
—Green Bay Packers defensive back Adrian Amos and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay commiserated together on Twitter, each following their quotes up with facepalm emojis. (Adrian Amos via Twitter)
"Honestly, I think [a deep running back room] will be great. I think it will be great for us because it will help us all stay healthy and play in this long season, now hearing that they're going to add another game to the season. I think it will be great for us, like you said, having veteran guys. That way we can all play together and it won't be a lot of learning to be a professional athlete. Guys are really respected in the league, guys are responsible, real good pros in the league. I think it will help out a lot with this team, with the team morale and getting everyone going, especially with this run game."
—Houston Texans running back David Johnson believes his team is uniquely equipped to take advantage of the extended season after signing Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay this past offseason. (Pro Football Talk)
THE HEIST AT JERRYWORLD
"If there's a human breathing I've ever met that took advantage of me financially, I'm proud it's [Dak]."
—Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones congratulates quarterback Dak Prescott on his six-year, $240 million deal as only Jerry could. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
BUFFALO GETTING BUFFED
"[Emmanuel Sanders is] a guy we've tracked for a couple of years. He's been in winning locker rooms. He's had some big-time impressive numbers. Listen, you never want to lose your fastball."
—Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has been a fan of newly signed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for a number of years. When Sanders became a casualty of the New Orleans Saints' cap crunch, the Bills pounced.
"I used to sit on my off days on a Tuesday, I'd grab my iPad, and I would watch the Buffalo Bills, the coach's film, and just the routes they were running. You're seeing Josh [Allen] run around and rip the ball 60 yards down the field, it was just exciting to watch. It's a reason why everybody is starting to talk about the Bills because they're gaining traction."
—Sanders has also had his eye on Buffalo for some time, particularly impressed by what he has seen on film. (Pro Football Talk)
"That's kind of the pitch I have to free agents; yeah, it's going to snow, but this isn't the old Buffalo, this is the new Buffalo, this is the Josh Allen Buffalo. We're winning ballgames, scoring points, and playing well on defense. I'm excited to see what [Brandon] Beane and Sean [McDermott] are able to do with some free agents."
—Bills safety Micah Hyde revealed his Buffalo pitch he gave to free agents. (Sirius XM NFL Radio via Twitter)
SCOOPED ON YOUR OWN SIGNING
"We for sure thought we was gonna break the news, but that damn Adam Schefter fast as hell, ain't he?"
—New England Patriots defensive end Matthew Judon hoped he would have the chance to break the news of his own signing, but ESPN's Adam Schefter beat him to it (NFL on ESPN via Twitter)
JABOO IN THE BAYOU
"It's a tremendous amount of responsibility following behind a guy like Drew Brees, but I embrace that. ... I would love to carry that torch."
—New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston hopes to be the successor at quarterback to the now-retired Drew Brees. Head coach Sean Payton plans to hold a position battle at camp between Winston and Taysom Hill. (Jeff Nowak, NOLA News via Twitter)
"I think me coming to this team kind of humbled me a lot, being around so much talent, and you're so used to being that guy on the team. I think it just helped develop me as a better man, too. I could've went somewhere and got more money, but I think this is just the place right now. I just tried to make a joke out of it. I told [Antonio Brown] 'this sh*t feel like Last Chance U.' We can't mess up. We're on our second go-around, things like that, and he used to be like, 'you know what, you've got to look at it like that. God doesn't give too many chances, we have to take the best chance out of this' and he was like, 'you're right, Leonard.' I think those conversations carried me a long way throughout the season."
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year deal worth up to $4 million. Upon signing, he reflected on the opportunity afforded to him in Tampa Bay after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. (NFL.com)
@arob0337_archie: "As a Minnesota Vikings fan I cannot express how happy I am to get you the **** out of this division"
Marvin Jones Jr.: "Underrated tweet right here. I will miss y'all, hopefully we'll see each other again one day but it's time to be someone else's nightmare."
—A Vikings fan on Twitter got his chance to say farewell to former Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. (The Checkdown via Twitter)
REVENGE OF THE JOURNEYMAN
"Every week is a 'revenge game' for me, because I've played on every dang team in the NFL."
—Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has officially signed with his ninth team, was asked if he has any 'I'll show you' left in the tank at age 38. (David Aldridge, The Athletic via Twitter)
MJOLNIR IN MOTOWN
"I'd say this about [Michael] Brockers, he's probably one of the few in this league that can wield the hammer of Thor. We're real excited about that."
—Lions head coach Dan Campbell set the bar exponentially high for newly acquired defensive tackle Michael Brockers by comparing him to a Norse god. (Field Yates, ESPN via Twittter)
NEVER FULLY TIP YOUR HAND
"Any real mystery you're picking Trevor Lawrence?"
Urban Meyer: "That's certainly the direction we're headed."
—Even when in possession of the No. 1 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer plays his cards close to his chest. (Peter King, NBC Sports via Twitter)
EVEN JESUS HAD HATERS
"As far as your second question, there's really nothing you can do about (criticism), to be honest with you. Everyone is always going to have something to say, positive or negative. One thing that always sticks out to me is, even going to the cross, Jesus had people talking bad about him. So if they were talking about him, then they're going to consistently talk bad about me, that's for sure. Like I said, there's nothing you can do but continue to work, put my head down and do what I'm supposed to do and do whatever I can to make my team better."
—Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix on criticism. (Justin Ferguson, Auburn Observer via Twitter)
"You gotta transfer that [4.29s 40 time] to the field. … You see a lot of guys who can run with no equipment on but when it get to the fields, like 'Dang bro where that 4.2 at?'"
—Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor isn't impressed with the sheer volume of low 40-yard-dash times that have come out of various college pro days. (Pat McAfee Show via Twitter)
A PUNTER'S PERSPECTIVE
"During the bye when you're sitting at home, how do you watch football? Because we oscillate between watching games in which we like the punters or watching RedZone. But RedZone doesn't have enough special teams plays, so how do you watch football on Sundays?"
Jake Bailey: "It's so funny how you guys got like this because I'm cursed watching a football game: I watch for fourth downs. So, I don't really pay attention first through second and then, when I see third down, especially third-and-long I start like watching a little bit, and then I see an incomplete pass, I'm like 'Alright, we're watching now.'"
— New England Patriots punter Jake Bailey explaining how kicking specialists watch an NFL game. (Puntalytics via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
AN EXTREMELY ATHLETIC PHOTOBOMB
Landon Dickerson tore his ACL in the SEC Championship Game.
Today, he's doing cartwheels in the middle of Mac Jones' interview 😂 pic.twitter.com/PU6u9F5f8O
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) March 30, 2021
—Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Landon Dickerson becomes the star of a Mac Jones interview.
THE LEGEND OF THE LAMBEAU MOON
— Tommy Kramer (@Kramer9Tommy) March 21, 2021
—Gather 'round the fire and listen to Randy Moss recant the tale of his infamous moon at Lambeau Field as only he could.