compiled by Cale Clinton
MELTING DOWN STEEL
"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)
27/MALE LOOKING FOR ROOMMATE IN CHICAGO, IL
"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)
GRUDGES DON'T DIE IN D.C.
"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)
A PRESS CONFERENCE OF ICE AND FIRE
"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)
TUCK ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU. TUCK ME TWICE…
"[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)
OH, WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN
"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)
'GOOD LUCK, BUT ON ONE CONDITION'
"Wishing [Saquon Barkley] a great career, just not against the Lions."
FIGHTING FATHER TIME WITH FASHION
"I asked the guys if I looked any younger or faster in it and they said yes."
"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)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
GOTTA COME OUT STUNTIN'
My new cleats for this year pic.twitter.com/yo2MTxnOYL
-- Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Chris Long needs the proper footwear to match his recent championship successes.
TAKE A BOW!
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 26, 2018
-- 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.
IF FOOTBALL DOESN'T WORK OUT, LORNE MICHAELS MIGHT GIVE BAKER A CALL
John Dorsey had a special message at our Rookie Show: pic.twitter.com/HvFJBkF8kZ
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 21, 2018
-- Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield broke out a pretty solid impression of general manager John Dorsey for the team's Rookie Show.