The Week In Quotes: October 8, 2021
WHAT HAPPENS IN DUBLIN, OHIO, DOES NOT STAY IN DUBLIN, OHIO
"He has zero credibility in the stadium. He had very little to begin with."
"He even canceled [Monday's] team meeting. He was too scared."
"We looked at him like, WTF? Right when he left everyone started dying laughing. And he knew it."
"It's bad. I don't know how he's gonna function."
—Anonymous Jacksonville Jaguars react to videos of head coach Urban Meyer taken during his return to Ohio State over the weekend. Meyer did not take the return flight home with the team following their Thursday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals and canceled team meetings on Monday in order to deal with the fallout from said videos. (Mike Silver, Sports Illustrated, via Twitter)
"I have addressed the matter with Urban. Specifics of our conversation will be held in confidence. What I will say is his conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban's remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents, or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver."
—A statement released by Jaguars owner Shad Khan. (Tom Pelissero, NFL Network via Twitter)
"I believe we have a very strong culture, I know we have incredible leaders, but this one's on me to go out and coach my very best give them everything possible that I can do to help them have success."
"So we've earned their trust in that respect I know that for a fact. Now, the fact that I became a distraction, I've got to earn their trust back from that."
—Meyer in his first press conference since the story came out, discussing the culture he has built in Jacksonville and earning the trust of his players back.
"I don't believe that's in my court. We're gonna do the best but ... the leaders on your team are going to make that decision. And it depends how much trust you have built up with them, how we structure everything this week and focus on winning that game.
"So, I'm going to be extremely clear as I can, our staff is working our tails off, but you [Jeff Lageman] know as well as I do that the ownership of this team is with the players."
—Meyer on preparing the team this week for their game against the Tennessee Titans. (Big Cat Country)
WHAT THE FLOCK, GUYS?
"Yeah I thought it was kind of bullshit, but I expected it from them. You know, I've [got] 37 years in pro ball and I've never seen anything like that. But it was to be expected, and we expected it [...] 'Cause I know how they operate. That's just their mode of operation. Player safety is secondary."
—Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on the Baltimore Ravens' decision to run instead of kneel on the final play of their 23-7 victory over the Broncos. The Ravens tied history on the run, becoming the second team in NFL history to have 43 straight games with 100-plus rushing yards. They join the 1974-1977 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only teams to do so. (Field Yates, ESPN via Twitter)
"I thought we were on good terms. We had a nice chat before the game. But I promise you, I'm not going to give that insult one second of thought. What's meaningful to us is not necessarily meaningful to them."
—Baltimore Ravens head coach Jon Harbaugh on Fangio's comments. (Jeff Zrebiec, The Athletic via Twitter)
CAROLINA'S CORNER COLLECTION
"I think anytime you can get a [former] All-Pro player for a future sixth, we're going to do it, right?"
"This was just one of those things where it was too good to pass up. He's too good of a player and he's from here. Football character-wise, he just adds to the core of what we are."
—Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule on the team's acquisition of former New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore is the second cornerback Carolina has acquired in as many weeks, joining former Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson. (ESPN)
A PODIUM PERFORMANCE FOR THE AGES
"The refs are blind. I'm sorry, but you're blind. Like, open your eyes and do your job. It's so bad. It's unbelievable. I mean, look at the play. Sack, game over, 15 yards, it's a big deal. Obviously, that's on me. I should never lose my control like that. But these guys have got to do a better job, because it has been years of terrible, terrible missed calls left and right. It's really pathetic, honestly. But pathetic on me, too, for doing what I did."
—Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa on the officiating during his team's game against the Raiders on Monday Night Football. (Ari Meirov via Twitter)
"We knew once we hit [Derek Carr] a few times, he really gets shook. And you saw on [Christian Covington's] sack, he was pretty much curling into a ball before we even got back there. Great dude, great player ... but we know once you get pressure on him, he kind of shuts down."
—Bosa on Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who was pressured seven times and sacked four times in the Chargers' 28-14 victory on Monday night.
"I just thought it was unfortunate that he'd even think to say it. Maybe he was just trying to get under my skin. Which, he did piss me off. So, good job for that. But that's not a bad thing, either."
"The game that I watched, we came out and fought a little bit after they got after us a little bit up front. Fine. The opinions I care about are what [head coach Jon Gruden] and [offensive coordinator Greg Olson] told me when I came in the building yesterday and today, and it will always be that way. Especially with my teammates. But we'll see them again. He's entitled to say that. Great player, great dude. I just don't think he watched the game in the same order I did."
—Carr's response to Bosa's comment. (ESPN)
GOLD RUSH THE PASSER
"I tried to throw that in there, just to see if guys would recognize it."
"You put a long list of players. And sometimes guys just, you know, read through it. So I put number 49, Sourdough Sam. You know it's a real, possible number for somebody. But, obviously, no one is wearing that (for San Francisco) right now."
"DK (Metcalf) caught it. He was like, 'Sourdough SAM?!'"
—Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson writes his own detailed scouting report for every upcoming opponent. To ensure his offense reads it, Wilson includes inaccuracies and non-sequiturs to see whether teammates catch them. In preparation for their game against the San Francisco 49ers, Wilson listed 49ers mascot Sourdough Sam as No. 49 on the roster under San Francisco's key defensive players. Wide receiver DK Metcalf was the first player to catch it. (TDN)
HE'S PRETTY GOOD, BUT HE'S NO NICK FOLES
"A quarterback can't do anything if the guys don't catch the ball. … I sure as hell can't catch anything. Everyone has seen that drop against the Eagles in the Super Bowl."
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady thanked all his receivers after breaking the NFL record for all-time passing yards, referencing just how hard it can be for someone to catch a pass. (ESPN via Instagram)
ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
"I don't even know if we're going to be on this Earth for the next 10 to 15 years."
—Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields' response when asked how he feels about being the Bears' franchise quarterback for the next 10 to 15 years. (Jeremy Layton, New York Post via Twitter)
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
"I said [I hurt] my butt cheek when I did the flip—not my back. I never said anything about my back."
—Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is still feeling the effects of his flip into the end zone during Week 2's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Jackson is making a distinct difference between hurting his butt and hurting his back. (Jamison Hensley, ESPN via Twitter)
WE'D GO WITH THE HEISMAN TROPHY-WINNER AND FIRST OVERALL DRAFT PICK
"You gonna bet on Joe Burrow or Drew Lock?"
—Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader was asked this question by his agent when deliberating which team he should sign with in free agency in 2020. (Ben Baby, ESPN via Twitter)
EMPHASIS ON 'RANDOM'
"I go sleeveless for one game and they hit me with a 'You got a random drug test in the morning.'"
—Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett showed off his arms during the Browns' Week 4 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings and ended up having to submit to a drug test the following day. (Myles Garrett via Twitter)
PLAY WITH SOME CHASTITY TODAY
"My senior year came around, I committed to Notre Dame. I committed to Notre Dame for a while. I wasn't too sure I wanted to go. I got to campus … for the kids, close your ears. I got to campus and the coach goes, 'Yeah, we have one rule.' And I didn't know if he was kidding or not. He goes, 'For you to be able to come here, there's no sexual intercourse throughout the whole school.' Oh what?"
"On Monday, I de-committed."
—Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie details the reason he eventually decommitted from Notre Dame before playing at Georgia. (Ty Dunne, Go Long TD via Twitter)
"I hate to say it, but I was not a fan of The Wire. I did not keep watching, I know that's probably gonna upset some people, but I couldn't get into it. It was two episodes [in], and I was just like 'This isn't it.' Maybe I'll revisit it. Hopefully I don't get too much heat for that, but it's the truth."
—Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey dropped a take that may get him run out of Charm City. (Baltimore Ravens via Twitter)
EVERY COIN TOSS SHOULD HAVE THIS ENERGY
"BOOM! We want that ball! F*ck 'em!"
—New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers on a hot mic after winning the overtime coin toss against the New Orleans Saints. The Giants would eventually go on to score a touchdown on that opening drive, winning their first game of 2021. (iHeart.com)
A FIITING METAPHOR, CONSIDERING IT'S GREEN BAY
"It's kind of like riding a bike. You've been around each other for so long and you understand. He understands how I move, so whenever I'm getting ready to break on my route, he knows. It's muscle memory."
—Green bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb on the connection he has with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cobb caught his first touchdown from Rodgers since Week 14 of 2018. (NFL.com)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
—At nine years old, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert was able to perfectly predict his future.
Saquon Barkley is going to be on a limited edition cover of Black Panther, out on Nov. 10. pic.twitter.com/QJsQ7mJ4Kf
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) October 5, 2021
—New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley will be featured on a limited edition cover of the Black Panther comic book.