by Cale Clinton
FIRE UP THE STOVE
"Tell Sean Payton keep talking that sh*t, we gon' see him soon. You feel me? Yeah, 'cause I liked what he was saying on the sidelines, too. So tell him keep talking that sh*t, and I hope he see me soon. You feel me? And then we gon' have a good, little, nice little bowl of gumbo together."
-- Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters had some choice words for the media to relay to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after their meeting in Week 9. More than two months later, the two are back playing in the NFC Championship. (Lindsey Thiry, ESPN via Twitter)
THE GOAT'S A 'DOG?
"I know, y'know, everyone thinks we suck and can't win any games. So we'll see, it'll be fun."
-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may be attempting to embrace the underdog role this week going the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs (Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports via Twitter)
INTERESTING USE OF PAST TENSE
"I can't say enough good things about Nick. To do the things he's done the last two years, like I said I can't thank him enough. He's a pro's pro. He's a great human being. He'll always be remembered in Philadelphia for bringing a Super Bowl."
-- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson's particular phrasing seems to indicate that Super Bowl LII MVP and miracle-working backup quarterback Nick Foles has played his last game as an Eagle. (SportsRadio 84WIP via Twitter)
HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED
"I want to be the Brady. I want to be the Brady of Baltimore if I could."
-- In a conversation for Showtime's Inside the NFLwith Baltimore Ravens legend and known Patriots-hater Ray Lewis, rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson tells him to his face that he wants to be the Tom Brady of Baltimore.
"Or you can be me. I brought multiple, too."
-- Stonefaced and unmoving, Ray Lewis gives Lamar an out.
"You too! But you know he played quarterback, so that's why I'm saying Tom Brady."
-- The rookie doubles down on his Brady comparison.
CUP O' NOODLES MADE BY A MICHELIN CHEF
"I'm top 2 all time in Ramen Noodle making…don't @ me"
-- Green Bay Packers quarterback DeShone Kizer takes to Twitter to brag about his instant noodle game.
"Stop asking about what to put into it.. that's the last thing to worry about. We are talking water to noodle to bowl ratio, noodle density, timing of seasoning.. there's levels to this #IfYouKnowYouKnow"
-- After some input from the masses, Kizer follows up his comments to teach us that ramen is a borderline form of art. (DeShone Kizer via Twitter)
UNTIL THE SPARK FIZZLES OUT
"I can tell you he's not going anywhere, so he's going to be here. We'll talk at the right point, as far as the moves we need to make in the offseason, the resources we have and how it all fits in. But yeah, he's not going anywhere."
"Wes is a young offensive coach who knows Sean McVay, if anyone is looking for a head coach."
-- Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is pitching his nephew hard for a future head coaching job, given his "connection" to Rams head coach Sean McVay. Wes Phillips is currently a tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins. (Rich Hammond, Orange County Register via Twitter)
"Kingsbury is friends with Rams coach Sean McVay -- the 32-year-old offensive genius who has become the blueprint of many of the new coaching hires around the NFL -- and McVay reached out to Kingsbury after Texas Tech let him go to see if Kingsbury wanted to join the Rams' staff for the stretch run and postseason as an offensive consultant. Kingsbury considered it but ultimately joined USC."
NEW COOK IN THE KITCHENS
"Hey Dawg Pound, you remember when I said I've never been offered a head coaching job? That's changed!
-- Cleveland Browns new head coach Freddie Kitchens posts a video on Browns social media to announce his promotion. Kitchens, then the interim offensive coordinator of the Browns, joked during the season that he was never offered a head coaching job after then-head coach Gregg Williams said he had been offered hour head coaching jobs without even interviewing since he left Buffalo in 2003. (Cleveland Browns via Twitter)
COMING TO YOU ON A DUSTY ROAD/GOOD LOVING, I GOT A TRUCKLOAD
"He's a quarterback. I don't like quarterbacks. My impression is the same. I go into every week wanting to take the quarterback's soul. When you get to look in a man's eye and see fear in his heart, that's when you know you've got him. That's how I play the game, and that's how we're going to dictate the game."
"Thought somebody f*ckin' take somebody soul? He ain't takin' no f*ckin' soul out here!"
-- Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib interrupted quarterback Jared Goff's postgame on-field interview with some colorful language almost certainly directed at Lawrence. Lawrence was held to three tackles and zero sacks on the game. (Dan "Big Cat" Katz, Barstool Sports via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
*NSFW LANGUAGE* THIS WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS
The Saints are partying to Dreams and Nightmares. THE DISRESPECT. pic.twitter.com/8KAnS32AAy
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 14, 2019
-- The New Orleans Saints' playoff run seems to be fueled by partying. Here's the scene after their 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, where the Saints celebrate to Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill, the song re-popularized by the Eagles' Super Bowl run last year).
Drew Brees had a lot of fun at his 40th birthday party
( via survivinamerica, realchoppastyle / IG) pic.twitter.com/Xr67CCDG81
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) January 16, 2019
-- And here's the scene from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' 40th birthday party that took place after the divisional round game. Note the second use of Dreams and Nightmares by New Orleans.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 14, 2019
-- New Orleans Saints running backs Mark Ingram (red ghost) and Alvin Kamara (blue ghost) donned ski masks after the win against Philly, citing that the Eagles wore them after their last head-to-head matchup.
Alvin Kamara working as a Trash Man today in New Orleans. Each Tuesday of the season, Alvin works a blue-collar trade job.
Credit: @larry_murrow pic.twitter.com/Q9wdEUXAsC
— L_George (@dynasty_idp) January 17, 2019
-- Alvin Kamara puts in work even on his days off.
I'D LISTEN TO MIKE LEACH TALK FOR HOURS
"Here is a draft overview of Insurgent Warfare & Football class we may teach in Mar-Apr. Unconfirmed right now. If we do teach we are interested in two class assistants - ideally a WSU student veteran and/or potentially interested in a coaching career." pic.twitter.com/5S2LfnD48Y
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) January 14, 2019
-- Washington State head coach Mike Leach released the unofficial syllabus for his upcoming course at Washington State, titled "Insurgent Warfare & Football."
FOOTBALL HELMETS, SO HOT RIGHT NOW
-- Football helmets have made their way to Paris Fashion Week. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.