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08 Sep 2017

The Week In Quotes: September 8, 2017

Compiled by Cale Clinton

A HARVARD DEGREE > TWO SUPER BOWL MVPS

"[Eli Manning] has a long way to go to dethrone Ryan Fitzpatrick, you know? He has a long way to go. So we'll see. We'll see."

-- New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall compares his current quarterback to his former quarterback. NFL journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick played with Brandon Marshall for two years and currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his seventh team in 12 seasons. (Giants.com)

'TANKING' AND 'BEING A BAD TEAM' ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS

"I think it's hard for any organization to prepare for seasons to come, but I think we still have so much left here in Buffalo talent-wise that a tank really isn't in our vocabulary. No one is thinking that."

-- Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood comes out strongly against the idea that the Bills are tanking the 2017-2018 season. Vegas sports books have the Bills' O/U for wins sitting at a mediocre 6. (NFL.com, Good Morning Football)

AP'S REVENGE TOUR BEGINS THIS SUNDAY

"In my mind, we're starting and ending the season in Minnesota. Of course I want to stick it to them. I want to stick it to everyone we play. But going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them."

-- New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson wants to go all out in Week 1. The Saints play his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, where Peterson spent nine seasons and rushed for more than 11,000 yards. (Mark Craig, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

NFL PLAYERS ARE PEOPLE TOO

"People think I don't love football because I don't post or talk about football on social media. Follow ESPN or Bleacher Report or the Packers for football info not me. I'm much more than an athlete. I don't see y'all posting pics at your job everyday. Lol. This is where I introduce you to me as a whole. Y'all know the football story, but y'all don't know my whole story."

-- Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett posted a series on Instagram stories explaining how he uses his social media to highlight his off-field passions and hobbies, not his football career. Off the field, Martellus Bennett is a children's author, artist, and head of the multimedia company The Imagination Agency. He has several children's books published and recently released an animated short that he himself animated.

TIME IS A FLAT CIRCLE

"It's just kind of funny how these things worked out with our situation and Brock being available -- funny how everything aligned. We know that Brock can win football games with us, he's got a lot of experience and that was one glaring hole we had at that time in my mind when [Paxton Lynch] hurt the shoulder. We're able to get it fixed."

-- Denver Broncos general manager John Elway reintroduced his former quarterback Brock Osweiler to Denver this past week. After spending the 2016 season in Houston with the Texans, Osweiler was traded to the Cleveland Browns, then cut this past week. Denver, having some issues at quarterback, brought Osweiler back to the tune of $775,000. (NFL.com)

BREAKING: NFL PLAYERS PREFER WATCHING FOOTBALL ON THEIR COUCH AS OPPOSED TO RUNNING FULL FORCE INTO OTHER HUMAN BEINGS

When August 1 hits and people come up to me and say 'Aw I bet you're super sad. Are you dying you're not going to training camp?' And I say just think about that question you just asked me. You can't be serious. Like you really can't. I'm super lucky and I'd love to play for as long as I can, but I don't know about you Pat [McAfee], I'm way more of a football fan now than I was while I was playing. Like when I was playing I'd watch who I was gonna play against or watch the game on TV when my buddies were playing, I guess, but I didn't watch a whole lot of football. Now I can't get enough, I want to watch everything."

-- Former NFL linebacker A.J. Hawk opens up on how he feels in his first offseason without the NFL, and how his love for watching football has blossomed since he has retired. Hawk retired last year after 11 seasons in the league. (Laces Out Podcast, Barstool Sports)

IS THIS THE YEAR THE CLEVELAND BROWNS FINALLY END THEIR REIGN AS THE LAUGHINGSTOCK OF THE LEAGUE?

"A year ago we were 0-4, so these guys came back with a different mentality. We understand it's just the preseason, but you've got to start someplace. They accomplished something that hadn't been done in 31 years, which is to be 4-0 and that's a credit to them.''

-- Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson notes the team's recent success in the preseason and states that this year's team has a new attitude going into the 2017-2018 season. (NFL.com)

SPEAKING OF THE CLEVELAND BROWNS…

"We had Oakland, the Cowboys and New Orleans then Miami. Those were the other ones. It just felt like a fit for me. Coach [Mike] Tomlin, ever since the pro day when he came out to Florida and was talking to us. He worked us all out, that was cool. Then every time we play against the Steelers I talk to coach Tomlin -- every time. They were super interested in me and I just felt like once I was free I wanted to have a chance to be able to play in some meaningful games. I know they don't really miss the playoffs so I'm like, I just want to be a part of something where I could play in the playoffs."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Joe Haden discusses his team selection process after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns last week. (NFL.com)

AN UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP

"We go way back to when I was little. I think he babysat me some times."

-- Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey reveals that San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan may have babysat McCaffrey at a young age. During the late 1990s, Kyle's father Mike Shanahan coached McCaffrey's dad, wideout Ed McCaffrey, on the Denver Broncos. (Cam Inman, Bay Area News Group)

"If I did [babysit him], I probably left my sister to do it very quickly and moved on. His dad was my hero growing up. I was close with Ed and his wife Lisa -- that's really why I wore 87 in college. Ed was the man. I knew all his sons, they were a lot younger when I knew them, but they've all turned out be pretty good athletes and real good people."

-- Kyle Shanahan responding to the alleged babysitting incident. (NFL.com)

GIANTS WIN BY 90

"It's the … episode when the dragons came, they saved the people, so basically we're coming to be the game-changers in this conference and we're gonna take over. That's kinda what I took from it."

-- New York Giants safety Landon Collins.

"Just the clip they showed us today was pretty cool I guess. With the dragon, that's something we want to take and be a little bit, kinda just impose our will like the dragon did. I don't want to spoil anything for any fans out there, but yeah, the dragon went crazy with the fire breathing and all that."

-- Collins' teammate Eli Apple. The two are fired up for this Sunday's game thanks to the HBO hit show "Game of Thrones." Giants head coach Ben McAdoo showed the team a clip from the show in order to fan the flames of their team's fury and get them pumped up for Sunday. (New York Post)

AND THEY WONDER WHY NFL RATINGS ARE DOWN

"Scott Tolzien vs. Jared Goff official now. Bortles vs. Savage already confirmed. And we're very close to Nathan Peterman vs. Josh McCown."

-- DraftKings analyst and Fantasy Labs writer Adam Levitan puts in plain terms just how abysmal some of the Week 1 quarterback matchups are this Sunday. (Adam Levitan)

ROOM FOR PHIL AND ALL SEVEN OF HIS KIDS IN THERE

"Philip Rivers' new ride allows him to stay home"

Headline introducing a video showing the new vehicle Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is using to commute from his home in San Diego to the team's headquarters this season. Rivers has invested in this absurd SUV dubbed the "Riversmobile." Rivers shelled out upwards of $200,000 (plus a driver's salary) for this bad boy because he refuses to move. (San Diego Union Tribune)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL

THE SEAHAWKS REVEAL A NEW ALTERNATE LOGO, AND THE INTERNET'S GOT JOKES

-- The internet had a field day with comparisons to the Seahawks' new head-on logo.

QUARTERBACK BY DAY, PLUMBER BY NIGHT

-- Los Angeles Clippers small forward Sam Dekker posts a picture of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fixing Dekker's sink.

WITH ZEKE BACK IN THE MIX WEEK 1, THE GIANTS ARE CHOMPING AT THE BIT

"All backs run the same when there's nowhere to run."

-- New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is excited for his defensive line to take on Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott this coming week. Elliott was originally suspended for the Week 1 matchup between the Giants and Cowboys, but due to the length of time it took for the appeal to take place, Elliott will be eligible for the game. (Giants Daily)

-- Shortly after it became public that Elliott would be playing in the Week 1 matchup, New York Giants defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison showed the Internet that he's licking his chops to go against the Cowboys running back on Sunday.

'HOODWINKED, BAMBOOZLED, LED ASTRAY, RUN AMOK…'

-- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and ESPN First Take host/perennial provocateur Stephen A. Smith got into a little back-and-forth on Twitter over some comments Smith made regarding Bell's contract situation. Bell held out of the entire preseason over contract disputes and only came back September 1 to sign a new $12 million deal. But "Take a look, y'all: "

-- Stephen A. Smith later apologized to Bell and told him to get his "p$p$r."

ROOKIE MISTAKES: NOT LIMITED TO JUST PLAYERS

-- San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan lets some not-so press conference-friendly words slip when addressing the fact that he hasn't named any starters officially outside of quarterback Brian Hoyer and offensive tackle Joe Staley.

KIRK DOESN'T MEAN TO BE ONE EITHER

-- Kirk Herbstreit and the guys on ESPN College Gameday can't help but laugh at the University of South Carolina, but not for anything on the field.

AT LEAST THE PREGAME WAS FUN

-- Boston-centric Barstool Sports unveiled Operation ClownFace at last night's game. Barstool founder David Portnoy and his fans handed out 70,000 towels with their iconic "Clown Nose Goodell" icon.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE U IS BACK!

-- University of Miami defensive back Malek Young debuted the Canes' new "turnover chain," which is granted to defensive players after they force a turnover.

NOT TO BE OUTDONE BY A&M'S… SCEPTER? BATON? CANE?

-- Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams took an A&M drum baton and decided to "strike up the band" and strut after he scored against UCLA last week. Happy that he got this happy, viral moment in before the second half came around and UCLA stormed back to win the game 45-44, overcoming a 31-point deficit.

HINDSIGHT IS 20/20

-- The odds for last week's matchup between UNLV and Howard. Howard was a 45-point underdog in the matchup and came out on top 43-40.

WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY, MISTER TEN-TIME PRO BOWLER?

-- Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, poking fun at NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth's mistake during the Chiefs-Patriots season opener.

Posted by: Cale Clinton on 08 Sep 2017

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