The Week in Quotes
Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week in Quotes: October 12, 2018

The Week in Quotes: October 12, 2018
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

by Cale Clinton


"Dean Spanos -- The Mark Davis Haircut of NFL Owners"

-- Los Angeles Chargers controlling owner Dean Spanos gets roasted hard by a banner flown over the Chargers game on Sunday. We should note that this was flown before Spanos' father Alex passed away on Tuesday. (SD Sign Guy via Twitter)


"That's never happened to me. It doesn't happen. So I'm going to evaluate it but I'm going to [chalk] it up to something that is an anomaly in life that I've never even been a part of."

-- Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby blamed his dismal 1-for-5 performance in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Detroit Lions on one of life's many anomalies you just can't explain. (ESPN)


"I just like football. I like hitting people."

-- Michigan fullback Ben Mason maintains his gritty, hard-hat-and-lunchpail persona with this quote aired during Michigan's romp over Maryland 42-21 (Barstool Sports via Twitter)


"Base defense, huh? Virg[il Green], run a seam."

-- Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers shows the Oakland Raiders defense zero respect. This is a call Rivers made while mic'd up at the line of scrimmage during the Chargers' 26-10 victory, where Rivers threw for 339 yards and two scores. (Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network via Twitter)


"Since the start of Super Bowl XLIX, teams have now thrown four times -- FOUR TIMES! -- at the 1-yard line with Marshawn Lynch on the field. Following Derek Carr's interception, those passers are 0-4 with 2 Int on those passes, per ESPN Stats & Information."

-- ESPN NFL reporter Paul Gutierrez tweeted out this somewhat absurd statistic during the Chargers-Raiders game, where Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw an interception on the1e-yard line instead of punching it in with running back Marshawn Lynch.

"That's cute. That's cute."

-- Marshawn Lynch's reaction to the above statistic when Gutierrez asked him about it after the game. (Paul Gutierrez, ESPN via Twitter)


"My wife gave me crap the one day, told me I need to look more interested out there. But I'm just trying to stay out of it. I'm not comfortable out there. I don't need to get too creative."

-- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn't look too cheery as he split out wide while rookie Lamar Jackson was under center, and clearly his wife noticed. Jackson played five snaps and Flacco barely moved an inch during his reps at wide "receiver." (ESPN)


"First of all, a true No. 1, you saw one the other night [DeAndre Hopkins]. You see Julio Jones, you see players like that. In my mind, every team doesn't have a true No. 1 receiver. When you put it in that class, those guys that just absolutely can change the ball game with where they are. And that hasn't been our case for several years here that we've had a true No. 1, not a true No. 1."

-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has noticed his team struggling in the passing game this year, with the Cowboys ranking 21st in passing yards this season. With the departures of veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant and former tight end Jason Witten, you'd think these are new issues. According to Jones, this team hasn't had a true No. 1 in years. (103.5 the Fan)


"I could be beneficial to them right now … They've been watching and I guess saying, 'I was wrong,' with the way they viewed me."

-- Does Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson see a chance for reunion in Minneapolis? Peterson has experienced a second wind in his career this season, rushing for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 56 carries. The Vikings, however, are currently tied for 29th through five games at 3.4 rushing yards per carry. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)


"It's a tough question. Obviously, I love seeing the sunshine all the time. I love, you know, I love being in L.A. I just like that atmosphere, but this is where I'm at. I remember before games, I used to get that. I used to get butterflies, like good butterflies. I was anxious. And now when I step on the field, it's something completely different. It's not butterflies."

-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. turned heads during an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson. This was his response to a question asking Odell whether or not he was happy in New York. Beckham signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the Giants on August 27.

"I don't know. Like I said, I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket. He's not -- we know Eli's not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it's been pretty safe and it's been, you know ... cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house. But I'm, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody."

-- This was Beckham's response to a question asked about New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and whether the team needs a change at quarterback. (Bleacher Report)

"I don't watch Lil Wayne much, so I missed a lot of them."

-- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning brushes off Odell's quotes in a locker room interview after practice. His jab at rapper Lil Wayne is in reference to the fact that the artist was (for some reason) sitting at the table with Odell and Josina Anderson during the interview. (SNY TV via Twitter)

"Eli, man, every time I'm doing an interview about you, it doesn't have to be an interview, even in the crib amongst the homies, every time somebody badmouths you … I'm the first one to back you up, and be like, 'He got two rings before his brother.' Here you are talking about how you don't watch Lil Wayne much. That's fine. I'm cool with you … You probably need to bang some 'Carter V' before a game. Just a consideration."

-- Rapper Lil Wayne's official statement directed at Eli Manning, closing with a plug of his new album. (Lil Wayne via Instagram)


"Lee has requested six Buffalo Bills players as pallbearers so they can let him down one last time,"

-- Lee Merkel, lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and season ticket holder, passed away on Sunday in his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is an excerpt from his obituary. (Fox News)



-- Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman hoped to participate in a post-game jersey swap, but greatly struggled with actually getting the jersey off of him.


-- The Chargers-to-L.A. experiment has failed miserably thus far. Yes, this is the crowd for a Chargers HOME game.


-- With New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaking Peyton Manning's all-time regular season passing yards record and encroaching on his all-time touchdowns record, The Sheriff takes a break from retirement to congratulate Brees.


6 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2018, 12:49pm

2 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 12, 2018

Looks to me like the "Find the Chargers fan" photo is not at all a real photo. The blur and focus is weird and some of those people are super tiny, while others have enormous heads. Lots of pasted in Raiders fans.

6 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 12, 2018

It was a rough night for Josh Norman all the way around. What happened to him in that video is a pretty apt metaphor for what the Saints did to the 'Skins during the game.