The Week in Quotes

Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week in Quotes: December 8, 2018

by Cale Clinton

EXTRA STINKY CHEESE

"I've never been in this spot. I'm not going to act like I know what the hell I'm going to do tomorrow when they get in here. We're going to do what we always do, we're going to represent the Packers the right way."

-- This was former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy's last message to the media prior to be fired. (Josh Tolentino, The Athletic via Twitter)

"[When] you'd be in the huddle, and Mike McCarthy would make the play call, you could see Aaron's frustration. Whether it be the eye roll..."

-- Former Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday tries to illustrate Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' frustration with McCarthy. (Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report via Twitter)

"I don't know. They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical. The magic hasn't been so magical lately. But other than that, I don't know.''

-- Cleveland Browns free safety Damarious Randall, formerly a member of the Packers, seemed unsure when asked if the game has passed McCarthy by. (Cleveland.com)

FUTURE HEADLINE: MILENNIELS ARE KILLING THE PUNT PLAY

"This is a play we think is ready and ripe to be modernized."

-- Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay stated that the NFL Competition Committee is looking to make some changes to the punt play this offseason. (Washington Post)

GOING DOWN SWINGING

"At this point, we can only focus on Washington. There is no 'what if.' We're going out there to win. If our season is over, I'm making sure somebody else is coming home with us. That is the goal. The goal is to win all these games and see what happens, but if not, you have a tough game to play against us for the last four games."

-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is looking to play spoiler in the last month of the season for a hopeful playoff team (but not this week). (Washington Post)

DIDN'T EARN THEIR STRIPES

"YOU tried to ruin it. YOU tried to ruin it. YOU tried to ruin it…"

-- Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan found every ref and made sure they knew they couldn't stop the Titans from overcoming a 22-13 deficit going into the fourth quarter versus the New York Jets. (Laces Out Show via Instagram)

NOT THE KIND OF 'SUPER BOWL' MARTY WANTS TO TAKE PART IN

"Great win #Patriots you guys are really f***ing awesome."

-- Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett congratulates his former teammates on a quality win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Can we talk you out of retirement for the stretch run Marty?!

-- A hopeful Patriots fan responds to Bennett's Patriots tweet.

"Currently holding a blunt. If you can talk me into not lighting it right now you can do anything."

-- Bennett's response. (Martellus Bennett)

CAN JASON GARRETT PERFORM THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER?

"Look at Dallas' history. They always choke. So we'll go down there and make them choke."

-- Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill on the team's upcoming matchup with the divisional rival Dallas Cowboys. (John Clark, NBCSports via Twitter)

WARM WEATHER AND FUN CITIES: THE PATRIOTS' KRYPTONITE

Question: "What has been the issue for the team playing in Miami in December?"

Devin McCourty: "We've just sucked."

-- New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty keeps it blunt when discussing the Patriots' history of struggling against the Miami Dolphins on the road. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a 7-9 record in Miami, one of his worst records in any city. (Mike Reiss, ESPN via Twitter)

THE SANCHIZE'S COMEBACK TOUR

"Like I said, what are you gonna do? It was a crappy play in a game where we were getting our butts kicked. You know, some low-hanging fruit so that was an easy reach for you.

-- Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez had some fun during his press conference when a reporter brought up the infamous butt fumble. (SNY via Twitter)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

HIS LEGS STILL WORK AT THAT AGE?

-- It took him 18 seasons and well over 200 games, but 41-year-old quarterback Tom Brady finally achieved 1,000 career rushing yards. NFL Network's A Football Life already has the documentary ready.

I DON'T NEED A SCOUTING REPORT, I AM THE SCOUTING REPORT

-- Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay delivered a full scouting report on all 11 defensive starters for the Chicago Bears in under a minute.

TAKE CARE, SPIKE YOUR HAIR

McVay again, this time confirming that there's enough product in the city of Los Angeles for both himself and new USC Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

Comments

4 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2018, 11:57am

1 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 8, 2018

by Michael.Edits // Dec 08, 2018 - 10:09pm

TB12 runs like I do and I'm 55 years old.

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2 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 8, 2018

by Noah Arkadia // Dec 09, 2018 - 11:38am

I believe it, but you haven't been hit like a punching bag for 15 years.

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3 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 8, 2018

by jinman // Dec 09, 2018 - 11:45am

Re: McVay's scouting report, he definitely didn't mention all 11 starters. He only mentioned 1 guy on the DL (Hicks) even though Bullard and Nichols (who have switched off starting at the other DE) have been having pretty solid years too. He also didn't mention Goldman. Plus, I mean, since when is just calling guys talented considered a scouting report?

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4 Re: The Week in Quotes: December 8, 2018

by jtr // Dec 09, 2018 - 11:57am

The average fan on this website can probably do just as much as McVay here off the top of their head. This guy has been studying film on them, it's not exactly impressive that he knows the names of their defensive starters and can point out which of them are especially good. The offensive play memory stuff that came out a few months ago is truly special; this is the bare minimum that an NFL head coach should be able to do when preparing for a game.

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