by Cale Clinton
SOMETHING CAUGHT IN HIS THROAT
Q: "Patrick Mahomes said you do the best voice imitation of him, can you demonstrate?"
REID: "No, I am good. Maybe it will come out someday at the end of the year."
Q: "Is that something you do to keep it light?"
REID: "Well, he has a unique voice."
Q: "How would you describe it?"
-- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is blessed to be coaching the quarterback tearing up the NFL this season, Patrick Mahomes. However, Mahomes isn't perfect. Many have noted that Mahomes' voice resembles the sound of gargling gravel. (Adam Schefter, ESPN via Twitter)
HOW DARE YOU DISRESPECT THE 1869 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
"That's the Rutgers factor."
-- West Virginia University head coach Dana Holgorsen took a side shot at Rutgers football during questions pertaining to the Mountaineers' upcoming matchup against Kansas. Holgorsen was asked how he plans to attack a Kansas defense that has eight different players with at least one interception. Three of those interceptions came against Rutgers in a 55-14 romp by Kansas. (Chris Anderson, EerSports via Twitter)
I MEAN, I GUESS HE'S RIGHT
"I just work here."
-- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles sounded less like a starting quarterback and more like an Office Space character when asked about head coach Doug Marrone's decision-making during Jacksonville's 31-12 romp over the New York Jets. (@IrishJaguar via Twitter)
"We should fire everybody that was on that field today, starting with me. That was horrific."
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter was ready to clean house after his team was blown out by the Chicago Bears 48-10. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for 354 yards and six touchdowns against the Tampa Bay defense. (Bleacher Report)
GREEN BAY GRIPES
"We need to find ways to get our playmakers in position to get more opportunities. I mean, a game like today -- [receiver Davante Adams] is a tough cover for anybody. He should have had 20 targets today. They really couldn't stop him. [Adams had eight catches on 14 targets for 81 yards.] And then, they dared to play one-high [single-high safety] a few times … we have to find ways to get him involved, and [tight end Jimmy Graham] as well."
SEEMS LIKE WE NEED TO ROUGH THE PASSER MORE OFTEN
"Offense rules: So far there have been 12 [quarterbacks] who have thrown for at least 400 yards in a game this season, the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season. The five individual 400-yard passing performances this week are the most in a single week in league history"
-- ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted this piece of trivia out on September 30, highlighting just how dominant quarterback play has been under the new version of the "roughing the passer" rule.
"Smh. [shaking my head.]"
-- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman needed just three letters to express his frustration with how often defenses have been hindered and penalized this year during games. (Richard Sherman, 49ers via Twitter)
'I DON'T MISS HIM, I SWEAR'
"Damn -- Khalil Mack had another strip sack? Are you … kidding me?"
-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has been reminded of the Khalil Mack-to-Chicago trade every week this season. This week may have stung a little extra, as Mack won NFC Defensive Player of the Month. (NFL.com)
MORE NITPICKING THAN TRASH-TALKING
"I don't like how whoever has made it a matchup me against Tyreek. He's good for what he does for their team. He made All-Pro as a return specialist -- let's get that right, as a return specialist -- his rookie year. He went to two Pro Bowls as a return specialist -- return specialist -- two years. I made All-Pro in my position as a corner. Went to the Pro Bowl as a corner. So it's not a wide receiver versus corner matchup, so we can get that out of the way off the bat."
SAY GOODNIGHT TO THE BAD GUY
"If he doesn't come, then he's not a team player. If he does come and gets hurt, then it's 'he shouldn't have came.' If I was him, I'd be pissed off."
-- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was sympathetic of teammate Earl Thomas, who was captured flipping off his own team as he was carted off the field due to injury. Thomas had held out and was hoping to secure a new large contract prior to his season-ending injury.
"smh exactly…get right bro bro @[Earl Thomas]! I'll continue to be the 'bad guy' for ALL of us."
-- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell gave his two cents on the Thomas situation in the comment section of ESPN's Instagram page (ESPN had posted Wagner's quote accompanied by Thomas's infamous middle finger). (Sportscenter via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
I MEAN, HE DOESN'T PUT HIS BODY WEIGHT ON THE QUARTERBACK
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 4, 2018
-- Los Angeles Rams defensive end Ndamukong Suh hulks out on a tackling doll in an effort to avoid these new roughing the passer calls.
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
-- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown's son Autonomy is finally old enough to play flag football. You guessed it: he's got his dad's on-field skills AND end zone moves.