The Week in Quotes

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

The Week in Quotes: October 26, 2018

by Cale Clinton

HIPAA VIOLATIONS

"ESPN said I had surgery? Interesting, I didn't know I had surgery. You're going to have to talk to ESPN about that"

-- Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake claims he's healthy enough to play against Denver this weekend, refuting ESPN reports saying Wake underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee. (Miami Sun Sentinel)

FEVER PITCH

Q: How about the Red Sox?

Bill Belichick: How about them?

Q: Any words of encouragement for them?

BB: I don't think they need any. Whatever they need to do, they can do. Hit, pitch, run, play defense, take pitches. They're good.

Q: Any message for Alex Cora? It was his birthday yesterday.

BB: Yeah, happy birthday.

Q: He turned 43 years old.

BB: He's doing pretty good.

-- This was the exchange this week between New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and a reporter following the Boston Red Sox' advance to the World Series. (Courtney Cox, NESN via Twitter)

IT WAS FOUR YEARS AGO, MAN

"Crazy how people still don't know what a catch is. I caught it BTW"

-- Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant may not be catching passes for a team right now, but he refuses to let his old "catches" die. (Dez Bryant via Twitter)

A LITTLE ONE SIDED, ISN'T IT?

"7-2"

-- Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins shouted the Texans' record versus the Jacksonville Jaguars as he walked out of his postgame press conference. Hopkins was asked about his rivalry with cornerback Jalen Ramsey, to which he questioned the possibility of there even being a rivalry due to the Texans' dominance over Jacksonville. Aaron Reiss of The Athletic later noted that, while the record between the two teams is accurate, the Texans are only 3-2 with Ramsey on the Jaguars. (Aaron Reiss,)

PRESENTED WITHOUT COMMENT

"I can turn on the tape this week of our opponent and see that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job."

-- Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was speaking about the NFL Players Coalition and noted his support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, when he decided to throw this stray shot at the Jacksonville Jaguars and their quarterback, Blake Bortles. (Mike Garofolo, NFL Network via Twitter)

IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT

"Like any other back, just hit him.''

-- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner has a pretty unique method of stopping Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson. (Bob Condotta, Seattle Times via Twitter)

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

"I tried to win it so we could get Le'Veon back. It didn't work."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster bought over 100 Mega Millions tickets this week after the jackpot skyrocketed to $1.6 billion. His dreams aren't of riches, however. He just wants to end running back Le'Veon Bell's holdout. (Jeremy Fowler, ESPN via Twitter)

GRUDEN GRINDING

Gruden: "I lost my virginity to the Notre Dame fight song."

Playboy: "There was a band?"

Gruden: "No, not even music. But it was in my mind."

-- This exchange between current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and Playboy magazine from 2003 resurfaced this week. If this doesn't tell you Gruden loves football I'm not sure what will. (The RInger)

I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT SEES IT, RIGHT?

"You see the record. You see the record."

-- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson requested a trade this past week, and when questioned why, this was his response. Peterson would retract that trade request a few days later, claiming he was just frustrated with the team's current performance. (Bob McManaman, Arizona Republic via Twitter)

THE JOKER AND THE THIEF

"I'd say so. I mean, no. There's other quarterbacks that are stealing almost as much."

-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan made this joking comment when asked if Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is the best businessman in the NFL (Josh Katzenstein, The Times-Picayune via Twitter)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

CHRIS LONG IS ALL OF US

-- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long went incognito in order to buy his share of Mega Millions tickets this week.

TA-DA!

-- Looks of shock and awe from Baltimore Ravens players as Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, misses his first PAT to fall to the New Orleans Saints 19-20.

LEFT HANGING

-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt gets no feedback from coaches as to which way the team should defend on kickoff.

AN ALL-TIME SPEECH

-- Oakland Raiders tight end Lee Smith delivered an impassioned speech in defense of quarterback Derek Carr to the media, and it was too good to cut a single part of it.

Comments

5 comments, Last at 29 Oct 2018, 11:12am

1 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 26, 2018

by Jose21crisis // Oct 26, 2018 - 4:35pm

Does Bill Belichick in an interview always looks and hears like the comically serious, to hilarious levels?

Also, Dez is still playing Twitter analyst and ... doesn't do a bad job. And he knows what a catch is.

JuJu being JuJu is still funny, and it was a nice cause trying to bring Bell back, even if it failed. At this point does anyone know when he might comeback anyway? (Probably after the Trade Deadline, so he can't be traded. Or after the season)

And finally that faces of shock of the Ravens.To me the funniest is still "Shocked" Justin Tucker. Followed by "Yep, that just happened" Justin Tucker.

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2 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 26, 2018

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Oct 26, 2018 - 4:57pm

Is anyone else creeped the f out about the idea of thinking about football during sex? Why even bother having sex then? Just go watch football instead and stop wasting the poor woman's time!

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5 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 26, 2018

by nottom // Oct 29, 2018 - 11:12am

Maybe it helps him last longer.

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3 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 26, 2018

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Oct 26, 2018 - 4:58pm

[Double post]

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4 Re: The Week in Quotes: October 26, 2018

by andrew // Oct 26, 2018 - 5:43pm

not sure which Miami coach it was, I think it was a defensive backs coach, during a timeout when they had just been burned by the Texans on TNF:

"If it is moving, hit it."

During the next series when Miami was defense, Miami was called for the coverage trifecta, getting called for Illegal Contact, a defensive hold and pass interference (the latter of which was accepted setting up first and goal).

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