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

The Week in Quotes: September 7, 2018

The Week in Quotes: September 7, 2018
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compiled by Cale Clinton


"What do you do? Here's a guy who doesn't give a damn, I guess so we'll treat it as such. I just hate it came to this."

"He's making seven times what I make, twice as much as Al (Villanueva) is making, and we're the guys who do it for him."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster holds nothing back as he voices the team's frustration during questions about running back Le'Veon Bell's contract holdout. Bell has yet to sign his franchise tag in hopes to earn an extension. His camp announced he'd return at November the latest. (Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, via Twitter)

"My mom died, I went to the funeral and came to camp the next day ... Al (Villanueva) has seen people die and has come and given his all to this team."

-- In a second sourced quote, Foster goes in further at Bell, citing sacrifices other Steelers have made for the team. (Josh Rowntree, 93.7 The FAN via Twitter)

"Why play hide and seek? Why let your agent say this? Just man up and tell us what you're going to do."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey gave his two cents on the matter, saying he would prefer if Bell was just straightforward with the team. Pouncey added Bell could stay out until Week 10 as long as he gave his team something to work with. (Aditi Kinkhabwala, NFL Network via Twitter)


"I'm trying to get on the phone with my financial advisor to figure out what I can afford."

-- Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack just signed a six-year, $141 million contract extension following his trade from the Oakland Raiders. Despite being the highest paid defensive player ever with $90 million guaranteed, he's looking to save money on a new home in the Windy City. (Adam Hoge, WGN Radio via Twitter)


"I'm even more happy that [Kirk Cousins] is out of there doing it for someone else."

-- San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan does not look back on his years with the Washington Redskins fondly. After he left, he secretly rooted for Kirk Cousins to succeed, then split. (Chad Graff, The Athletic via Twitter)


"All I know is that if Michigan's play calling under Harbaugh was as creative as some of the ways Ohio State fans have told me to have sex with myself, Harbaugh would have three national titles."

-- Freelance journalist Brett McMurphy still keeps it light even in the wake of his bombshell story that led to the suspension of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. McMurphy has seen constant hate from the Buckeyes faithful since he broke this story, and the insults don't seem like they'll be stopping any time soon. (24/7 Sports)


"I go back with him to college. He was boring all the way back then. He got too much of Parcells and not enough of me."

-- Former NFL head coach Bruce Arians notes that his disciple, New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, didn't get the same level of comfort around the media as his superior. (Neil Best, Newsday via Twitter)


"[Tom Brady] ran me out of Oakland in the Tuck Game… And here I am 20 years later, and guess who's still there. That's why I'm back."

-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden doesn't forget that wintry day in 2001 when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got the best of his team off the equivalent to a technicality. Twenty years later, Brady is coming off a Super Bowl appearance and an MVP season, while Gruden just shipped a generational linebacker to Chicago. (Bleacher Report)


"Remember the Easy Button when it first came out, when you hit it it says 'That was easy.' I put an Easy Button under the north and south end zones … against the Kansas City Chiefs."

-- Former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was known for his eccentric celebrations, but few hear about the celebrations that weren't. Here's Ochocinco letting one unused celebration out from the archives. (KFC Radio via Instagram)


"World War I and World War II ... they did push-ups, jumping jacks, sit-ups ... they won two World Wars! You think they were worried when they were running across Normandy about f***ing stretching?"

-- Cleveland Browns offensive lines coach Bob Wylie took the nation by storm during his Hard Knocks debut. He makes his disdain for modern stretching well known in this quote. (Jeff D. Lowe, Barstool Sports via Twitter)


"Wishing [Saquon Barkley] a great career, just not against the Lions."

-- Former NFL running back Barry Sanders gives New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley his blessing against every NFL team but his former Detroit Lions. (The Checkdown via Instagram)


"I asked the guys if I looked any younger or faster in it and they said yes."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady enters his age-41 season with a new helmet and a new attempt to keep looking younger. (Nora Princiotti, Boston Globe via Twitter)


"This is what they write movies about. This is 'Rudy.' … How much does this city need this?"

-- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry is a new addition to the team this season, but he has made it his mission this offseason to make the Browns feel like they can be a winning franchise. (The Checkdown via Instagram)



-- Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Chris Long needs the proper footwear to match his recent championship successes.


-- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is met with cheers from the Buffalo crowd during a preseason game in Buffalo. The season prior, a win by Dalton and the Bengals helped Buffalo break their playoff drought and sneak in as a six-seed.


-- Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield broke out a pretty solid impression of general manager John Dorsey for the team's Rookie Show.


8 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2018, 6:28pm

6 Sickening

Bosses inevitably try to use the bonds of the workplace as a way of silencing protest - 'How can you let your buddies down like that? They need you and here you are, thinking about yourself.' In the NFL those links must be intensified to an extreme degree but all the more reason the for the union reps to educate their teammates. Seeing players fall all over themselves to spout the company line, well, the term 'Stockholm Syndrome' comes to mind.
Of course this is the same team that crapped on Harrison when he went to the Patriots.

8 Re: Sickening

In reply to by RobotBoy

The players are always at a disadvantage when it comes to labor negotiations, namely the owners, most of whom own a football team as an ancillary source of income, can stay solvent longer than the players can. This is especially a problem in the NFL, where the bottom of the roster players don't make a ton of guaranteed money.

I don't know why the Steelers are so publicly vocal whenever they have issues with a teammate. That said, I do think that Bell needs to moderate his expectations a bit. I mean Gurley signed for 4 years/$60MM ($45MM guaranteed). If the Steelers ever offered $40MM guaranteed over 4 years, then I think Bell is making a mistake, given that LA's owner is richer, he's trying to get buzz for the team in a new market, and wants a good team to christen a new stadium in a few years. In short the Steelers don't have to pay as much.

7 Re: The Week in Quotes: September 7, 2018

I agree that the players deserve a bigger share of the revenue, and when it comes to players vs owners I side with the players 99% of the time.

When it comes to Foster vs. Bell, though, I have to admit I feel a lot of sympathy for Foster, for several reasons. It doesn't hurt that Foster and his fellow linemen are responsible for a fair percentage of Bell's success. And the disparity between salaries is pretty outstanding. Bell is due to earn with the franchise tag this season essentially what Foster earned in his first 9 years in the league combined.

I can sympathize with Bell wanting to earn more money, but $14.5 million fully guaranteed for a year is not exactly the veteran minimum. He also turned down a long-term deal that would have guaranteed him $33M, so more than twice that amount. I don't blame him for wanting 5 years at $17M per, or whatever he reportedly asked for, but at a certain point he has to be realistic. And his pot smoking doesn't help the argument that a team should commit to him for the long term (and I don't view it as a character flaw at all, but as long as it's prohibited by the NFL it's a risk).

The fact that his teammates have not only been negative about his holdout, but so blunt about their feelings (no pun intended) makes me wonder what kind of a teammate he has been in general, and how the locker room feels about him. It seems like teammates more commonly view it as a business decision and either don't get upset by it, or if they are they keep their feelings to themselves.

3 Re: The Week in Quotes: September 7, 2018

Geez the Browns coaching staff is a joke from top to bottom. *I* could implement a better, more modern [dynamic] stretching regimen than that.

Lots of good quotes this week too, I especially liked the Shanahan and Arians ones