The Week in Quotes
Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018

The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

by Cale Clinton


"It's hard to find a great [pass-rusher]. It's hard to find a good one. It's hard to find one; you just said it."

-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden keeps insisting on answering every single question the media asks about pass-rushers. Gruden infamously traded linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears, and Mack has since statistically outperformed the entire Oakland Raiders defense (on his own). (NBC Sports Bay Area)


"Did you see the game?"

-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said what everyone was thinking when media asked him about why he cut kicker Daniel Carlson. Carlson went 0-for-3 on field goals, including a potential game-winner, in a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers.

"Yeah, it was pretty easy."

-- Zimmer on if it was an easy decision to cut Carlson. (Chad Graff, The Athletic Minnesota via Twitter)


"[Antonio Brown] needs to thank his lucky stars, because he was drafted by a team that had [Ben Roethlisberger]. And Ben got AB paid. You know darn well he wouldn't put up those numbers for other teams."

-- Ryan Scarpino, former Pittsburgh Steelers public relations employee, tweeted about how important quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been to wide receiver Antonio Brown's career. (Ryan Scarpino via Twitter)

"Trade me let's find out."

-- Brown's response to Scarpino's tweet. It was later stated by both Brown and his agent that, no, Antonio Brown does not want to be traded. (Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers via Twitter)

"We're losing the game. We haven't won a game yet. For me, as a Steeler, that's unacceptable. I'm not on the sideline begging for the ball or making statements. I'm pissed off; we're losing. We suck."

-- This quote that Brown gave to reporters after the fact may explain some of the frustration Brown is facing. (


"There wasn't anything to do there but each other."

-- Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews announced that his short stint as a Buffalo Bill led to him becoming a father. (Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News via Twitter)


"I didn't think about the touchdown celebration before the game. It was just the spur of the moment, but I need to control myself. I don't think it had to do with the stadium I was at, I just feel like it was spur of the moment. It was just passion and it wasn't a message towards anybody. You have to play the game with passion and that is the way I play. I did it so I have to accept whatever punishment comes with the celebration."

-- New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell apologizes for his touchdown celebration on Thursday Night Football, where he took the football and used it to wipe his butt. (Pro Football Talk)


"I meant no disrespect to my teammates and coaches. But I hold myself to a standard. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level. But physically, I know today that isn't possible, and I had an honest moment with myself. While I was on the field, I just didn't feel right, and I told the coaches, 'I'm not feeling like myself.'"

-- Former Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis released an official statement after the events that transpired on Sunday. After going down big to the Los Angeles Chargers at half, Davis got dressed into his street clothes, announced his retirement, and walked out of the stadium. (NFL via Twitter)

"Never have seen it ever. Pop Warner, high school, college, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. And it's just completely disrespectful to his teammates. ... He didn't say nothing to nobody. ... I found out going into the second half of the game. They said he's not coming out, he retired. That's it."

-- Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander provides his take on his teammate's abrupt departure. (ESPN)

"The Road To Success Is Hard That's Why Alot Of ppl Quit On That Road. Don't U Be 1 Of Them, Keep Going!"

-- This is a tweet Davis posted back in August of 2011 that resurfaced after his hasty retirement. Oh the irony… (Vontae Davis via Twitter)



-- Denver Broncos punter Marquette King posted a video featuring a very rich Chuckie doll shortly after this week's game victory over the Oakland Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden. The Raiders released King in April, reportedly due to personal conflicts he had with Gruden.


-- The New England Patriots team Twitter account tried to poke fun at the parody fact account called Bortles Facts, dedicated to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. It looked like an L for New England both on the field and on the Twitter timeline.

"You may want to fire your social media management."

"When you've won 5 Super Bowls but get triggered by @BortlesFacts"

"Here we observe a company taking someones joke, and smashing it into the ground in a unfunny way."

"This is sad."

-- Some of the gems left in response to this tweet, curated by Bortles Facts. (Bortles Facts)


-- Unlock the Bud Light fridges! Party in the streets! Cleveland, this is for you!


17 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2018, 1:56pm

1 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018

I'll be honest, when Marquette King was on the Raiders, I hated his taunting. Now that he's on the Broncos, I find it hilarious.


So, in the spirit of not being a jerk: sorry that our punter likes to taunt people Raiders fans.

2 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018

I wonder what would happen if Duff Lite just stopped advertising for a year. Kept all that money instead. Would they be more or less profitable afterwards?

15 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018

Of course. Kids living on daddy's money drink it because they can't afford three pitchers of real beer.
And their sorority girlfriends drink it because it doesn't taste like anything and they think it won't make them fat.

When I was a grad student at U Texas, I was always amazed at seeing frat boys come into a pub, look over a board listing dozens of great beers, and then say "Gimme a pitcher of Bud..."

17 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018

I'm not from the US, I've been offered Bud Light at an awesome Jaguars tailgateparty, thank you everyone. But when the guy asked how the beer was, I honestly wondered if he asked if I liked water. That is my honest opinion. It tastes like water.
It isn't tasteful, , it isn't good, it isn't bad. It's water.
That's it
Stop drinking light, it's bad for all of us.


3 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018

I figured this would be the kind of problem we'd see with Gruden returning to coaching. When he coached the Bucs, things went steadily downhill due to all the personal conflicts he had with various players. Once a player gets on his bad side, for whatever reason, there's no mending fences. It's completely unprofessional and it's why Gruden would be more effective as a coordinator, not a head coach.

5 Walk Off

Hard to blame Vontae Davis for walking out. The Bills' coaches and GM quit on the team long before he did.
It can't be easy getting pushing yourself all week when you know you're going to get embarrassed come Sunday, not to mention having to play twice as many snaps because your offense is a three-and-out catastrophe. Davis and most of the other players on this incarnation of the Bills are cannon fodder, there to put some football-like substance on the field while management does...whatever it is that management is trying to do. I'm glad that Davis decided that he wasn't going to burn another brain cell for those jackasses. It's a shame that the rest of team didn't join him.

12 Re: Walk Off

In reply to by RobotBoy

I agree - I seem to be in a minority, but I am perfectly fine with Davis retiring. Every player will retire at some point, and if that blinding moment of clarity comes in the middle of a game, then that's when you go. It's hard to continue after the decision has been made, and everyone agrees that football is not a game to play half heartedly

6 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018

I think Zimmer’s comments were fairly cruel. Wasn’t like the player cut was a jerk or had made some boasts and failed to back things up. The kicker is a young guy trying to carve out a pro career and had a terrible day. I know Zimmer gets praised for his “straight talk” but in this particular scenario he comes across as an a44hole

10 Re: The Week In Quotes: September 21, 2018

All he had to say was "We appreciate everything xxxxxx has done for this organization, effort, practice time, etc... However at the NFL is a results oriented business, and we had to do what was in the best interest of the team.". It's not a matter of honesty, it's a matter of not publicly shaming a man for something that really isn't shameful (trying and failing to make it at the NFL level), and it would have taken less than 20 additional words.

All that said this isn't really a big deal - I've heard much worse said in my workplace in semi-public about an employee - but you have to figure guys will want to play for you a bit more if you don't beat up on a kicker at the very bottom rung of the NFL hierarchy. It's probably not the most important leadership idea, but it's not nothing.