by Cale Clinton
SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A BREAK FROM FAMILY
"I was with my family all year. They're good."
-- Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson, who hadn't been on an NFL roster prior to Washington's since May of this year, thinks he has spent enough time with his family to warrant a visit to Redskins facilities on Christmas Day. Johnson spent his holiday watching film. (Les Carpenter, Washington Post via Twitter)
'CONGRATS ON A GREAT GAME, NOW PEE IN THIS CUP'
"Everyone was right, I did get called in for a drug test today."
-- Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher leveled a Carolina Panthers returner on Sunday, leading to a random drug test by the NFL.
"The NFL Random Drug test is basically considered a compliment these last few years. You ball out. You piss in a cup. It's as easy as that."
EVERYBODY'S BEEN THERE
Dear @Seahawks Defense
I know you cut me twice , and yes I am still bitter about it.
However all can be forgiven if you shut down Tyreke Hill tonight for my Fantasy Football team.
The wrongfully released and Bitter
CLEVELAND'S CULTURE CHANGER
"I do not get why people have a problem with football being a competitive sport. You are supposed to play with passion. Quite honestly, if you do not like it, whatever. Football is not meant to be a soft game. Couldn't care less."
THIS WEEK IN GARDNER MINSHEW
"You know, maybe I'd trade it for like three wishes from a Genie or something. I don't know, executive power of the United States of America, something like that. But to put a dollar figure on it is just absurd."
-- Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew's mustache isn't being shaved off any time soon, unless we get some magic lamps involved. (247 Sports)
"We may have lost two games this year, but we've never lost a party."
-- Minshew gets the Wazzu crowd fired up at a Washington State school event. (Brenna Greene, KREM 2 via Twitter )
IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY…
"I have thoughts, but it's not really my place to share it."
THE STRIPES ARE AT IT AGAIN
"The game is over-officiated, and here's the issue to me: I study a lot of plays, and I ask myself, 'Would I have downgraded that?' The officiating is getting way too technical, and it's affecting the game and how the game looks."
-- Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira believes that this year, the NFL referees have been getting too involved with games. (Bleacher Report)
GUESS NOT, GRUDEN
"I felt like we should have been more aggressive. I feel like on the third down-and-6, third down-and-7, we're playing a backup quarterback, why would you put us in man-to-man? We are our best on defense when we look at the quarterback. When you go one-high on a backup quarterback, that's easy, man. It'll go backside every time."
-- Washington Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger came down on defensive coordinator Greg Manusky after Saturday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. The tirade would cost Swearinger his job, as Washington cut him just two days later. (NFL.com)
"Thought we squashed it. I guess not."
-- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden had previously spoken to Swearinger earlier in the season about making critical remarks to the media. (Washington Post)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
A GREAT USE OF SLO-MO
-- Fox Sports captured every frame of Pam Oliver's reaction to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald slipping some smelling salts under her nose.
WHERE'S THE ALL-22 FOR THE COLLINSWORTH SLIDE?
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 24, 2018
-- NFL Network breaks down the real reason America watches Sunday Night Football: the Cris Collinsworth Slide-In.
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST ZIPPO
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) December 26, 2018
-- Is Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch lighting a blunt with the Al Davis Memorial Torch?
THE ENEMY OF THE ENEMY IS MY FRIEND
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 23, 2018
-- The New England Patriots Twitter account sends a thank-you to Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles for taking down the Houston Texans on Sunday, tentatively giving New England the No. 2 Seed in the AFC Playoffs.