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

The Week In Quotes: February 1, 2019

by Cale Clinton

WALKING IT BACK

"Yes. Yes. Age has definitely taken a toll. For him to still be doing it, that's a great compliment for him. But I think that he's definitely not the same quarterback he was. Movement. Speed. Velocity. Arm strength. He still can sling it, but he's not slinging it as much. Whatever he was doing -- because of his age and all that -- he's not doing as much of that anymore."

-- Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman believes that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 41, has allowed age to catch up to him. (Pro Football Talk)

"They knew what was going on. They knew that words were twisted. They knew that I didn't really mean -- well, it ain't that I didn't really mean [it], but they knew the words that I said didn't really predicate with what was really the main point of the interview. The whole interview was about a 'past to now' type of question, but I wasn't exploiting Tom Brady's age at all."

-- Robey-Coleman walks back his comments on Brady, saying that the original source twisted his words to create a new narrative. (NBCSports Patriots via Twitter)

WADE THE WIZRD

"Well, I've been poppin' since my demo, baby."

-- Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips quotes rapper Future while being asked about his long resume as a defensive expert. (Los Angeles Rams via Twitter)

ONLY ONE OF THESE PLAYERS IS 41 YEARS OLD

"You take hits to the thigh. You take hits to the head. Abusing your body isn't what your brain wants. …They don't understand what players are going through with their bodies or their minds."

-- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, 29, talks about the wear and tear the 2018 season has put on his body. (Bleacher Report)

"I don't know for sure, man. But I do look at it -- if we can win this game, winning with my brother [Jason], I don't know what else I could do that could top that. So I'm just trying to make sure I enjoy this season and enjoy these last couple days with these guys."

-- Patriots safety Devin McCourty, 31, on the possibility of retirement after Super Bowl LIII. With a win on Sunday, McCourty would have three rings from five Super Bowls while also sharing this championship with his twin brother, Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty. (Sports Illustrated)

"Zero. There's zero."

-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 41, when asked if there was any chance Super Bowl LIII would be his last game. (ESPN via YouTube)

RB U

"I remember when he first came in, he couldn't run and catch. I had to teach him how to do all that stuff. … Hopefully everything I taught him, he doesn't do it and he just plays like he used to play before I taught him everything."

-- Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley will be facing off this Sunday against his protégé at the University of Georgia, New England Patriots running back Sony Michel. (TRIB Live)

FREE AGENT RECRUITMENT IS WELL UNDERWAY

"Worst case scenario, if anything, I would kind of like to end up in L.A. Shoutout McVay, we made some connections while I was in [D.C]."

-- Current free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson has done more than tell us who he's rooting for this Sunday -- he's admitted he'd hopefully like to play for the Rams next season. (Simms and Lefkoe, Bleacher Report via Twitter)

ROUNDBALL ROCK

"What happened when Golden State brought in all those people?"

-- Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, when asked about the team's offseason splurge for star power, immediately made comparisons to the NBA's juggernaut, the Golden State Warriors. Golden State famously grew a crop of young stars through the draft, went 73-9 in the regular season, lost in the Finals, then signed the second-best player in the NBA.

"All right, cool. So what's the difference between them bringing in guys and us bringing in guys?"

-- Peters' response when somebody explained the Warriors' success to him. (Pro Football Talk)

RUSTED STEEL

"You know what, man? It is embarrassing, to be honest with you. That's just not the culture. Look at Malcolm Butler, being late for a meeting and missing the Super Bowl. That's the culture, that's the Patriot Way. There's no one guy bigger than the team. You do what Coach Belichick says and everyone else is held accountable. The culture in Pittsburgh has changed a little bit. It's more about production on the field; [it] outweighs what the overall team aspect is. When you start to get a bunch of individuals worrying about how many catches they get, who's making this type of money, it just sets up disaster for a team."

-- Retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward provides his input on the current state of his former franchise, citing the "Patriot Way" as a model for how a team should be run. (Barstool Sports via Twitter)

BARKING IN THE DAWG POUND

"If you're not with us in Cleveland, you're against us. We have division rivals, and that's how I feel about it. If you don't like that then you probably don't realize what type of game football is, so that's OK."

-- Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield doubles down on his disdain for former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson. (Undisputed, FS1 via Twitter)

YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO SURE

"We have a code at the front gate, and that’s the first thing that goes when you get cut or fired, so each morning I show up kind of like, hmm, maybe today is the day? And it keeps working. So I’m like 'f--- they’re keeping me around.'"

-- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles acknowledges the tenuous nature of his job security. (Pardon My Take, as transcribed by Andrew Gibson of 1010 AM radio in Jacksonville)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

HE JUST WON'T QUIT

-- Former St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk has believed for 18 years that the Patriots filmed his team's walkthrough prior to Super Bowl XXXVI, and he hasn't let anyone forget it.

BRADY'S KRYPTONITE GIVES BACK

-- Former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez thought it was only right to lend his road playoff expertise to Tom Brady prior to his victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

-- Internet personality and Pardon My Take host PFTCommenter snuck into Super Bowl Media Day and asked some … unique questions to NFL stars.

-- PFTCommenter asks Rams running back Todd Gurley if he has adopted any cats like he said he wanted to.

-- Rob Gronkowski was given some math questions from "a first grade class," and Gronk gives them one right back [hint: the answer is 69].

-- Rams head coach Sean McVay, known for his near-photographic memory of specific NFL plays, doesn't seem to remember offering PFTCommenter Super Bowl suite tickets.

… but THIS is a clip from a Pardon My Take interview with Sean McVay back in August.

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