by Cale Clinton
RULE No. 1: GET THE MONEY FIRST. RULE No. 2: DON'T FORGET TO GET THE MONEY
"Hell yeah it's personal. That's what happens when you go cheap. You get your ass kicked."
-- Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis made it apparent that last week's game against his former team, the New England Patriots, was, in fact, personal. Lewis was squeezed off the roster due to New England's depth at running back and track record of not spending big on free agents. (Michael Giardi, NFL Network)
"I didn't have to prove anything. I know I can play. I just had to let our team know that these guys are beatable. ... I know those guys. I know that you be physical with them and let 'em have it and they'll fold."
-- Lewis later expanded on his comments, saying he didn't have anything to prove during this game and wanted to show his team that the Patriots are in fact beatable. (Michael Giardi, NFL Network)
CANNON FOR AN ARM, BUT TRASH TASTE BUDS
"I don't think it's that weird, but I put [ketchup on my macaroni and cheese."
-- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes lost all the national support he had gathered in the last ten weeks, all because of one quote. This quote came in reference to ketchup company Heinz 57 offering Mahomes a lifetime supply of ketchup if he throws 57 touchdowns this season. Mahomes currently sits at 31 touchdowns through 10 weeks. Peyton Manning holds the single-season record with 55 in 2013. (NFL on ESPN via Twitter)
NEVER SAY NEVER
"Come on, what am I supposed to say? Of course there's hope. Of course we believe in each other."
-- Things are looking grim in Wisconsin, but Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is staying calm amidst his team's recent struggles. Green Bay is 0-5 on the road this season. (NFL on ESPN via Twitter)
IS THE SKY REALLY FALLING?
"We play the Kansas City Chiefs and as a defense, we suck and we give up a lot of points and Tom just keeps answering. He has the last drive to go down and put us up and the game's over and it's just, 'There's Tom Brady being Tom Brady.' Then as soon as there's a bad game, it's like, 'Well, I guess Tom's on a downward spiral… ' -- wait, two weeks ago, he was still the greatest?"
-- New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty isn't buying the headlines from this week surrounding his quarterback. Despite a poor performance in a loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday, McCourty hasn't lost faith in Tom Brady. (Quick Slants, NBCSports Boston)
HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INTEL
"We talk through all that stuff in-house here. That's sort of Detroit Lions information."
-- Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter won't tell media members how quarterback Matthew Stafford has played this season because it's classified team information. (Kyle Meinke, MLive Media via Twitter)
CANARY IN THE COAL MINE
"I gotta get the f*ck outta here."
-- An anonymous Oakland Raiders player could be heard plotting his escape plan as he left the locker room following a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders are currently 1-8. (Matt Schneidman, Mercury News via Twitter )
COMING TO A CHEAPLY PRINTED T-SHIRT NEAR YOU
"When I woke up this morning I was feeling pretty dangerous."
PRESENTED WITHOUT COMMENT
"At one point Milli Vanilli was on top of the world, and then it all crashed and burned."
-- UCLA head coach Chip Kelly dropped this gem during his media availability on Tuesday. Don't know what it means? I'm not sure anyone does. Just smile and nod politely. (Joe Reedy, Associated Press via Twitter)
TO PUNT OR NOT TO PUNT?
"We have the injuries to Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels, so yeah, it was definitely a consideration there. But with the one timeout and the ability to stop the clock at the two-minute [warning], we played the numbers."
-- Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, explaining why he chose to punt on fourth-and-2 with his team trailing 27-24 with 4:11 remaining against the Seahawks on Thursday night. The Seahawks went on to pick up a pair of first downs to run out the clock and end the game. (John Breech, CBS Sports)
"I was a little relieved. I really did like that they punted the ball to us right there, because we knew we had a shot to kill the game if we could, and kill the clock, and we did it. The thing about that that’s important is our belief in the running game, and we get the ball in that situation. It was like, oh here we go, this is our time. It’s four-minute time. Thrilled to see that happen."
-- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on his reaction to McCarthy's decision. (Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk)
"I want to go for it. I want to play to win. We've got Aaron Rodgers. We (should) play to win -- period. We don't want to put it in anybody else's hands. We've got the best quarterback in the league. We've got to put it in his hands and let him do what he does."
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THIS WEEK IN MIKE LEACH
Mike Leach has once again produced possibly the greatest college football interview of all time pic.twitter.com/8Djm3VJ8RI
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 11, 2018
I know we've all wondered it, but if there was an all out brawl among the Pac-12 football head coaches, who would be the last coach standing? Here's Mike Leach's take: pic.twitter.com/CBguAAbn8r
— Femi Abebefe (@SWXFemi) November 13, 2018
-- Washington State head coach Mike Leach is a national treasure and should be protected at all cost.
THE STARS THAT BURN TWICE AS BRIGHT LAST HALF AS LONG
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 14, 2018
-- After Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman was cut this past week, the Internet was heartbroken. Here's Seinfeld's J. Peterman giving Nathan the farewell he truly deserved.
CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 14, 2018
-- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell failed to show up to Steelers facilities this week, making him ineligible for the 2018 season. Steelers players celebrated by divvying up Bell's stuff amongst themselves