The Week in Quotes

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

The Week In Quotes: September 14, 2018

compiled by Cale Clinton

GRANDMA'S BOY

"I feel like to respect the game you have to play it fierce. I don't believe in having friends on the field. I mean if my brother, my dad, my mom, my grandmother was out there it's on. After the game we can be cool, it doesn't matter. That's how I feel you have to respect the game of football. Football is not a game meant to be played being nice to each other and all that, like kumbaya."

-- Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey never ceases churning out A+ content for TWIQ. This week, not even grandma's safe from his line of fire. (Mark Long, AP via Twitter)

LOOSE LIPS SINK … LIONS?

"We were calling out their plays as [Matthew Stafford] was getting up to the line. … We knew his signals. We knew everything. That's just preparation as a defense."

-- New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee and his defense dominated the Detroit Lions, intercepting quarterback Matthew Stafford five times during the 48-17 rout. According to Lee, there was a pretty obvious reason why the Jets were seemingly in Stafford's head. (Rich Cimini via ESPN)

THIS SOUNDS LIKE A BAD HIGH SCHOOL BREAKUP

"Obviously, Khalil Mack didn't want to play here. That's what's being missed here. He was under contract, Lisa. He was under contract. He never showed up for an OTA. He never showed up for training camp. And obviously wasn't going to show up for the season. Don't forget that. We have to get ready to play. I want players that want to be here, that want to help us put this thing back in high gear."

-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden pours his heart into his diary in the aftermath of the trade that sent linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears (CBS Sports)

GO ON, HIT ME!

"We needed to get slapped in our face one good time to see that we're not on the level we think we're on."

-- New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore thinks his team needed a wake-up call after falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-40. The Saints secondary looked particularly lost after Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns. (Josh Katzenstein, New Orleans Times-Picayune via Twitter)

CORD CUTTER

"I don't have a TV, so I didn't watch it."

-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer gives us a peek into his tech-free life during a question about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' miraculous performance on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. (KFAN 100.3 via Twitter)

MINNESOTA FASHIONOVA

"Random fashion question … Are fanny packs back in style now?"

-- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins reached out to Twitter to see if he's still up to date on all the hottest trends. (Kirk Cousins via Twitter)

CHIVALRY IS DEAD

"When we had to pick up the phone and we wanted to ask that girl to go out with us and dad answered the phone, then you had to deal with talking to the father … You didn't have to just text, 'Hey honey, how are you, can I go out with you?' or maybe FaceTime with them. [Today's college kids] never had to face adversity."

-- UConn Huskies head coach Randy Edsall is fed up with today's youths who have been turned soft by the conveniences of today's technology. (Hartford Courant)


THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS

-- Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay may be a young buck among NFL head coaches, but he's got a memory like an elephant.

'90S KIDS TAKE OVER

-- New York Jets safety Jamal Adams and quarterback Sam Darnold get back to their childhood roots in this spinoff of '90s cartoon classic Hey Arnold.

SHAVE UP OR SHIP OUT

-- Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner unveiled his interesting rookie haircut before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, which inspired Steelers fan Nick Maraldo to strike up a (self-imposed) bet. After Connor rang up 135 yards and two touchdowns in the 21-21 tie, Maraldo was forced to get a quick post-game trim.

SENIORS AND SNOOP, THE PERFECT COMBO

-- Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick may have hosted this tailgate, but this lady brought the party.

YOU MUST RESPECT THE RULES AND REGULATIONS

-- When NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin said that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had not had a great receiver since Anquan Boldin in 2012, he offended colleague Steve Smith, who had a thousand-yard season with Baltimore in 2014. Smith wasn't happy to hear that, and things escalated from there.

Comments

5 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2018, 3:26pm

1 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 14, 2018

by ChrisS // Sep 14, 2018 - 4:52pm

I gotta agree with Steve Smith that he was (much) better than Anquan Boldin.

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2 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 14, 2018

by IAmJoe // Sep 14, 2018 - 8:32pm

I love that line from Steve Smith.

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3 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 14, 2018

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Sep 14, 2018 - 8:56pm

I want whatever pills granny is on

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4 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 14, 2018

by Jerry // Sep 15, 2018 - 1:47am

"Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner unveiled his interesting rookie haircut"

It's especially interesting because this is his second year.

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5 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 14, 2018

by Theo // Sep 15, 2018 - 3:26pm

Backup RB seasons dont count in Pittsburgh; you never get the ball until playoff time.
My Buddha Tomlin is an idiot.

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