Poyer & Hyde vs. The Media
NFL Week 14 -
MESS WITH THE BILL, GET THE HORNS
JERRY SULLIVAN: "40 years since a team has won a game running the ball that many times and passing that few times. Is that embarrassing?"
MICAH HYDE: "What are we doing, bro?"
JORDAN POYER: "I mean what kind of question is that?"
JS: "It's a question. The nation's going to be criticizing you, calling you soft, is it embarrassing?"
JP: "I think we allowed seven points? 14 points?"
MH: "14-10? Was that the final score?"
JP: "We made stops when we had to. They had one big run. They've got good backs. They kept coming back to a couple runs. I don't know how you want us to answer that question."
MH: "That's funny. We'll remember that. I'll remember that."
—An exchange between reporter Jerry Sullivan of The Niagara Gazette and Buffalo Bills safeties Jordan Poyer and MIcah Hyde following Buffalo's 14-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.
"This is respect. It's all about respect. I come here every single week and answer your questions truthfully, honestly. I appreciate you guys. Don't do that. Don't do that."
—As Poyer and Hyde leave the press conference, Hyde had some choice words for Sullivan.
"In my day, players answered that kind of question."
—Sullivan's response. (Thad Brown, RochesterFirst.com via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
"Yeah, it was actually crazy. I think he was like 3 or 4 yards deep into the end zone. And shoot, I only needed to get a yard or a centimeter in to score. So, to see him so far off? I knew it was gonna be a good play. I just didn't know what was inside of me."
—Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown on the Minnesota Vikings secondary giving him such a large cushion on the final play of the game. St. Brown would eventually catch the game-winning touchdown to give Detroit their first win of the season. (Benjamin Raven, MLive via Twitter)
REPORTER: "Chase, why celebrate the first down there late? Obviously cost your team a few seconds."
CHASE CLAYPOOL: "Definitely got to be better. I got tackled near the hash, did my little first down point, and went to hand the ball to the ref. He had just got there, so even if I got right up and looked for him, he wasn't there. So he ran down the field to come get the ball. Ball got knocked out of my hands. That's what cost us time. But I definitely have to be better. I knew the situation. I know I'm near the hash, I know the ball's placed on the hash. I need to be better and the ball shouldn't get knocked out of my hands."
—Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool answers question about his ill-timed celebration after completing a fourth-and-1 catch on the final drive of the Thursday Night Football game. While down eight, Claypool caught a pass on Minnesota's 35-yard line to keep the drive alive. Claypool celebrated the first down, then has the ball knocked out of his hand by Trai Turner in an effort to set the play up faster. Chase was downed with 37 seconds on the clock, and the ball was spiked for the next play with 24 seconds remaining. The Steelers would go on to lose 36-28; the last play of the game was an incomplete pass on first down at the Vikings' 12-yard line. (Dejan Kavacevic, DKPittsburghSports.com)
AND I HELPED!
"Just hats off to the offense, really. Everyone, probably besides Mac. He really didn't do nothing besides hand the ball off."
—New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon congratulates everyone but quarterback Mac Jones on a job well done following the team's win in Buffalo. New England ran the ball 46 times while throwing just three passes. (NBCSports Boston Patriots Coverage via Twitter)
NICK SABAN: NOTORIOUSLY UNDERRATED
"I don't think he gets enough appreciation for how consistent his teams have performed."
—Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart praises Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban for maintaining a dominant program year-in and year-out just before Alabama handed Georgia its first loss of the 2021 season. (Bryan Curtis, The Ringer via Twitter)
HANDLE WITH CARE
"I mean it just happens, it's part of football. Luckily enough, our defense is playing good enough that whenever they happen, they're able to get stops and get turnovers or whatever it is and not let it impact the team. But you understand that turnovers are a huge part of this game. Our defense is getting a lot of turnovers and winning that turnover battle."
" I'll try to limit them as much as possible, but at the same time I have to be me and continue to throw the football and give guys chances to make plays."
—Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes ownership over the number of turnovers the Chiefs offense has generated this year. Kansas City is currently second in the league with 23 giveaways, and Mahomes has already tied his career-high for interceptions with 12. (ProFootballTalk)
PLAYER COMPS AREN'T JUST FOR PRE-DRAFT
"I'm a lot like Tua, I can throw 2-yard passes to the left."
—New York Giants safety Logan Ryan said he's available as an emergency quarterback if the Giants were to need one in the future, comparing himself to Miami Dolphins starter Tua Tagovailoa. Ryan played quarterback in high school. (Zack Rosenblatt, NJ Advance Media via Twitter)
WE'RE NOT SO DIFFERENT, YOU AND I
"Nobody wants that label. I'm sure none of them want to say, 'Oh yeah, I'm an option guy.' It's sexier to say, 'I'm an RPO guy.' But I don't know that, really, we're a whole lot different."
—Army Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken says that he sees a lot of core offensive principles he implements as a coach in many modern college football offenses. However, because Army's offense is labeled "triple-option" and not "RPO," they don't get the same level of credit. (The Athletic)
RUSS OR BUST
"That's my hope. My hope's not to just fulfill it. Hopefully I get to play here for 20 years in my career. Will that happen? I don't know, but that's my prayer, that's my hope."
—Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson refutes any claims that he's looking to waive his no-trade clause this offseason, doubling down by saying he wants to play in Seattle for 20 years. (Gregg Bell, Seattle Times)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THIS WEEK IN ELI MANNING COMPETING WITH SUPERIOR OPPONENTS
Eli almost beats KD in Pop-A-Shot 🏀🤣
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 9, 2021
—Not much in the social department this week, so here's Eli Manning almost beating Kevin Durant in Pop-A-Shot.