The Week in Quotes

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

The Month In Quotes: February 2019

by Cale Clinton


"I see I'm going to have to step my game up!"

-- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to up the ante on his insane throws next year after seeing San Diego Fleet quarterback Phillip Nelson complete a no-look pass behind his head to a covered receiver. (Patrick Mahomes via Twitter)


"When the Raiders use our pick, we'll be watching Amari [Cooper] highlight tapes."

-- Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones doesn't seem very concerned about lacking a first-round draft pick this year. The pick was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for wide receiver Amari Cooper. (Sportscenter via Twitter)


"This is it. Every tool I need to saturate this event in inappropriate jokes."

-- Former Washington Huskies offensive lineman Kaleb McGary understands how much power he wields when he's up at the podium. (Benjamin Solak, Draft Network via Twitter)


"The first time as a coach, the opening game, I've been fortunate. My sixth team to win the first one. Even won with the Redskins and that's not easy to do."

-- Orlando Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier is now 6-0 in season openers with new teams. Spurrier understands how difficult that can be, especially considering he was the coach of the Washington Redskins. (Mike Uva, WACH FOX via Twitter )

"It was just as loud as Rocky Top, to tell you the truth."

-- Spurrier continued his trolling the following week, claiming that the crowd for an AAF game was louder than a Tennessee Volunteers football game (Jack McGuire, Barstool Sports via Twitter)


"I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out."

-- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson opens his Players' Tribune piece shining light on the domestic violence issue within NFL culture with a story about how he was a bully as a child. (The Players' Tribune)


"I didn't run, I didn't play one snap of … one snap of outfield."

-- New York Mets minor league prospect Tim Tebow hasn't fully grasped baseball terminology yet. (Steve Gelbs, SNY via Twitter)


"Should #Broncos approach Emmanuel Sanders about contract restructure?"

-- Local Colorado radio station 104.3 The FAN posted an article regarding the potential restructuring of Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' contract.

"It ain't happening…no way Jose…"

-- Sanders quote-tweeted the article with this. (Emmanuel Sanders via Twitter)


"Maybe I'm not as smart as other people, I stay in the moment. I really do. I know that people are talking about the guys next year. It's the Oregon kid and the kid from Alabama, I guess. It's like, 'Really?' You don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. If someone drops a bomb on this table right now, we're all dead."

-- New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman isn't counting on the quarterback class of 2020 -- whose big names include Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon's Justin Herbert, Georgia's Jake Fromm, and Washington's Jacob Eason -- to turn his franchise around. (Dave Duggan, The Athletic via Twitter)

"I think Eli can help us win games. And he proved when we started -- the players around him started playing better -- that he can play at a high level and help us win games. At this point, I want Eli back. He's back and ready to go."

-- New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur insists that he would like to have 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning back at the helm nest season. According to Football Outsiders, Manning ranked 27th in QBR and 20th in DVOA last season. (


"I was kind of told 'We don't know where to put you.' And I'm like, 'Why did you draft me?' I had my own coach telling me 'I don't know where to put you.'"

-- New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy gives some insight into his short tenure with the Detroit Lions, who allegedly drafted Van Noy without a plan of how to implement him into their defense. (Pardon My Take)



-- Free agent running back Le'Veon Bell leans into the drama of his season-long holdout by turning it into a Valentine's Day card.


-- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has his iconic beard shaved off by Ellen DeGeneres to raise $10,000 for Boston's Boys & Girls Club.


4 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2019, 1:01pm

1 Re: The Month In Quotes: February, 2019

by Sixknots // Mar 01, 2019 - 11:25pm

Yup! Edelman is much a more tough guy/intimidating receiver with the beard. The beard should be in his contract.

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2 Re: The Month In Quotes: February, 2019

by barf // Mar 04, 2019 - 1:24pm

Mahomes needs to forget he ever saw that other guy throw it blindly over his head. Terrible decision that turned out okay, but not a good play at all.

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3 Re: The Month In Quotes: February, 2019

by jtr // Mar 07, 2019 - 11:00am

Assuming the usual meaning of "restructure" for NFL contracts, Sanders would be a fool to reject it out of hand. An NFL contract restructure converts annual salary into guaranteed bonus, thus spreading out this year's cap hit into the future. This is a pure win for the player; he gets non-guaranteed money turned into guaranteed money, cash now that he would have had to wait for, and it boosts his "dead money" for the rest of the contract, making it harder to cut him or force him into a pay cut. That's why it always bugs me when the local media tries to make a player out to be an unselfish hero for accepting the restructure; he's actually acing in purely self-interest.

If they're actually talking about a pay cut, Sanders is of course correct to reject it. But that's not what restructuring means in the NFL.

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4 Re: The Month In Quotes: February, 2019

by Noah Arkadia // Mar 07, 2019 - 1:01pm

That throw was hilarious. What the hell was he thinking? Maybe he had a Tebow moment and he thought he was playing basketball.

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