compiled by Cale Clinton
"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."
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."
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)
"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)
"Random fashion question … Are fanny packs back in style now?"
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
Rams HC Sean McVay literally remembers every play of his coaching career pic.twitter.com/r9gC2mcajM
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 13, 2018
-- 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
Man how come this is actually what Sam look like! That boy can spin the hell out the football but we got a lot of work to do on his swag, his look, and everything! You in NEW YORK! #Jets pic.twitter.com/AoM3Q5vyEb
SHAVE UP OR SHIP OUT
If he rushes for a hundo and two TDs I'll be rocking this on Monday https://t.co/utECIgFoys
— Nick Maraldo (@nickmaraldo) September 9, 2018
-- 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
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) September 13, 2018
-- Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick may have hosted this tailgate, but this lady brought the party.
YOU MUST RESPECT THE RULES AND REGULATIONS
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 14, 2018
-- 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.