by Cale Clinton
WELL I'VE GOT THAT GOING FOR ME, WHICH IS NICE
"We lost, but I've got a beautiful wife I get to go home to, boy. I'm going to try to make some babies, man."
THE EVER-HUMBLE FULLBACK
"Fullbacks, even when experiencing success, recognize the importance of staying grounded!"
I MEAN IT'S LITERALLY THEIR JOB
"Absolutely. That's every coach in this league every week."
-- Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph takes a literal approach when asked during a press conference if he was "coaching for his job" this week. (Kyle Fredrickson, Denver Post via Twitter)
THERE ARE TOO MANY SPORTS ON RIGHT NOW
"…as the undefeated Rams take on the Denver Nuggets!"
-- Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Dick Stockton flubs the home team's name during introduction to the game and calls the Denver Broncos by their NBA counterpart's name, the Denver Nuggets. (Abdul Memon via Twitter)
"Especially in New England. We're in New England. Tom's going to get the call."
-- Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Breeland Speaks notes that with the new rules protecting quarterbacks, he felt as though he would have been penalized for sacking New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Instead, Speaks let up and Brady scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown. (Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star via Twitter)
BUT IF YOU WERE, COULD ANYBODY TELL?
"I'll say this, we aren't tanking anything. I hear the hatred out there, some of the rumors that we are tanking it to get a first-round pick or a higher pick. We are not getting up at 4 o'clock in the morning to tank it. Ain't nobody tanking it. I don't know who wrote that or who said that or who thinks that, but that isn't the case here. We are going to continue to work hard, continue to build our team and that was part of the message."
-- Despite his team's 1-5 start, Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden refuses to let anyone believe that his team is tanking. (NFL.com)
NOT ALL BAD BLOOD
"Anytime I do something good on the field, I always come back to the locker room [to] a text from him saying 'good game' or 'nice move right there.'"
WHAT ARE YOU, A WICKED WITCH?
"I really don't like water. I'm trying. I really just don't like it. You know when you get that stomach feeling and it's all slushy? I'm trying to stay hydrated. Sometimes, I just got to get an IV. It's just necessary."
-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham explaining that he doesn't like water. Beckham has had to leave the game before halftime to get an IV twice in the last three games. (Ryan Dunleavy, NJ.com)
LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST
"I would say all of our jobs are in jeopardy, including mine, if we don't win."
-- Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks early in the week saying heads could roll if his team lost to the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football. (Nick Shook, NFL.com)
"You guys are going to ask me about changes, that's premature, to talk about any changes right now. Everybody's going to be evaluated across the board, and as I said before, we got to find ways to move this in the right direction. … I didn't say Mike McCoy at all. When we talk about changes, I'm talking about changes that could be personnel, it could be players, it could be whatever it may be, it could be scheme. So when I say it's premature, it's premature to talk about it at this particular time without going through the evaluation."
-- Wilks after the Cardinals' 45-10 loss to Denver, which he called "embarrassing." (Kevin Patra, NFL.com)
"Cardinals Let Mike McCoy Go, Promote Byron Leftwich to Offensive Coordinator"
-- Headline on the Cardinals' official website less than 12 hours later, announcing that offensive coordinator Mike McCoy had been fired. Coincidentally, McCoy was fired by the Broncos in the middle of last year. (Darren Urban, AZCardinals.com)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
REVEAL YOUR SOURCES, GRONK
Gronk's Instagram Story today pic.twitter.com/UsucboHGcE
— Simms & Lefkoe (@SimmsAndLefkoe) October 16, 2018
AVERT YOUR EYES
There was a game tonight.
Instead of a final score graphic, here's a GIF of puppies to cheer you up. pic.twitter.com/i0IXegS8iI
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 19, 2018
-- The Arizona Cardinals' Twitter account is a little ashamed to post their 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, so they posted puppies instead
-- The official NFL Instagram has made my job a little easier by posting a compilation of the best podium performances of the weekend
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They said bring it back so i guess we wiLL! S/o my family @houseofhighlights Cowboys WR Cole Beasley can rap. (via @k104fm) @bease11 #bars4baybay #DontMakeMeDoit #HowBoutDemCowboys
-- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley reveals he can do more than catch passes as he freestyles on Dallas' K104 FM.