The Week in Quotes

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

The Week in Quotes: October 19, 2018

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."

-- Oakland Raiders defensive end Bruce Irvin realizes after the Raiders' 27-3 loss to the Seahawks that there's more to life than football. (Paul Gutierrez, ESPN via Twitter)

THE EVER-HUMBLE FULLBACK

"Fullbacks, even when experiencing success, recognize the importance of staying grounded!"

-- New Orleans Saints fullback John Kuhn reminds everyone to stay grounded after Kuhn's Lambeau Leap attempt goes about 3 inches off the ground. (John Kuhn via Twitter)

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)

LOSE-LOSE SITUATION

"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.'"

-- Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner gives a peek into his relationship with teammate and current holdout Le'Veon Bell. (PIttburgh Post-Gazette)

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

-- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski posted this "alleged" quote from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after Sunday's 43-40 win over the Kansas City Chiefs

AVERT YOUR EYES

-- The Arizona Cardinals' Twitter account is a little ashamed to post their 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, so they posted puppies instead

PODIUM PERFORMANCES



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Comments

5 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2018, 9:47am

1 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 19, 2018

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Oct 19, 2018 - 6:03pm

I honestly assumed John Kuhn retired like six years ago…

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5 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 19, 2018

by jtr // Oct 20, 2018 - 9:47am

That footage was from 2015 at the latest, that was the last time he was on the Packers. He played a few snaps for New Orleans last year before tearing a bicep. He's currently unsigned, and I suspect he's going to end up involuntarily retiring this year.

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2 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 19, 2018

by Jose21crisis // Oct 19, 2018 - 7:02pm

I'm still trying to understand the fact that OBJ doesn't like water. Like ... it is something that I'm pretty sure 99.9% of the rest of the athletes (And people in general) surely likes and appreciates.

In others, the Steve Wilks suspiciously specific denial that Mike McCoy was NOT going to be fired was suspiciously specific. It could solve their offensive woes (There is no way to make them worse, there is no way to reach the Bills in that department). But what about the defense. Aren't them running like 100% Nickel right now? I'm pretty sure that Arizona became "World of 5 DBs"

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3 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 19, 2018

by ClavisRa // Oct 19, 2018 - 8:19pm

"Especially in New England. We're in New England. Tom's going to get the call."

Speaks needs to stop reading the comment section on profootballtalk. What a ridiculous attitude for a football player. Teammates better talk some sense into the rook.

You get your hands on the QB with possession, you take him down. I haven't seen a single late hit call this season where the player had his hands on the QB before the pass. Ridiculous.

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4 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 19, 2018

by RobotBoy // Oct 20, 2018 - 4:18am

He also said that he thought the ball was out and that was why he let up. Perhaps. Watching the video, it's clear that Brady shuffled forward slightly while being hit. Momentum sends him spinning around Brady at good pace and he crashes to the ground. It sure looks an awful lot like Speaks had his guy lined up and Brady did just enough to escape. I agree that the rules protecting QB have become preposterous and every player probably pulls back so as not to deliver a crushing hit and get penalized but there was no reason for Speaks not to wrap Brady.
It's hell of a lot easier though to blame the refs than have your teammates roast you for whiffing on Grandpa Tom.

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