by Cale Clinton
TWO SIDES TO EVERY ARGUMENT
"Just getting off the phone with the league office. They blew the call. I don't know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference call."
-- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton gave his immediate reaction to the no-call that cost the Saints a ticket to the Super Bowl. Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman rocked Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis on third-and-10 without ever making an attempt to look at the ball. The no-call would force fourth down and eventually lead to overtime, which the Rams won 26-23. (NFL.com)
"The one thing I respect about the refs today is they let the guys play.
-- Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay obviously had a more favorable reaction to the game's physicality. (Dan Wolken, USA Today via Twitter)
"I don't even like gumbo. I was just bulls***ing y'all."
-- Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters retracts his affinity for gumbo after the Rams' victory in New Orleans. This is in reference to comments Peters made after the Rams' Week 9 matchup, where after the game Peters wanted to have a "nice little bowl of gumbo" with Saints head coach Sean Payton (Dan Wolken, USA Today via Twitter)
ALRIGHT, TOM, WE GET IT
"I'm too old, you're too slow, we've got no skill players, we've got no defense, we've got nothing.
-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with wide receiver Chris Hogan by listing all the criticisms attributed to their team after their overtime victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. (New England Patriots via Twitter)
I GUESS THEY REALLY ARE TWINS
"Yo, I'm going to the Super Bowl. And I'm not a guest of Dev, I got my own ticket!"
-- New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty finally reached his first Super Bowl. His twin brother, Patriots safety Devin McCourty, will attend his fifth Super Bowl. (New England Patriots via Twitter)
A LEAK AT THE LINC
"Carson Wentz's biggest enemy is Carson Wentz. He's had his ass kissed his whole life, and sometimes acts like he's won 10 Super Bowls, when he hasn't played in, let alone won, a playoff game yet. Everyone around him wants good things for him. He did more thinking on the field than he did playing (in 2018). You don't have to be a brain surgeon or a football expert to see how differently this team plays and reacts with one guy as opposed to the other."
-- An unnamed Philadelphia Eagles player was quoted calling Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz entitled. In a report by Joseph Santoliquito, other players described Wentz as "egotistical," "uncompromising," and one who plays "favorites." (PhillyVoice.com)
"Reading through this Carson Wentz thing and as a leader on this team none of that is true Carson is a great teammate and great player we are all behind him 100% he's our guy and will come back and prove the world wrong. If you got a problem feel free to @ me I'll respond"
"Don't believe everything you read!!! Carson has been nothing but a GREAT person, GREAT teammate and GREAT leader since Day 1. Our locker room stands behind him all the way."
-- Eagles tight end Zach Ertz also chimed in to refute the Wentz stories. It should be noted that Ertz saw the most targets (106) of any Eagles receiver during Wentz' 11 games. (Zach Ertz via Twitter)
WORST. BIRTHDAY. EVER
"Pro Bowl is on my birthday .. And Ima alternate. & none of the safeties dropped out .. that's messed up lol bad friends."
-- Baltimore Ravens safety Tony Jefferson was so close to celebrating his birthday on the field in Orlando, but unfortunately none of the safeties that were elected to the Pro Bowl dropped out. (Tony Jefferson via Twitter)
MEET ME IN THE OCTAGON
"@ufc @danawhite hey how do I challenge a couple of these clowns on tv to a fight? I think we should start a business together. Where pro athletes can challenge some of these people to an octagon fight until they give us an answer.... You don't know me... stop lying."
-- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr reaches out to the UFC to arrange a fight after ESPN First Take hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman suggest that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden trades Carr away and drafts Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman winner Kyler Murray. (Derek Carr via Twitter)
"Raiders' QB @derekcarrqb has asked for a UFC fight with @stephenasmith. Bovada released odds on a potential Stephen A. Smith vs. Derek Carr fight.
Stephen A. Smith -130
Derek Carr -110
So there's that....."
THIS WEEK IN WIDE RECEIVER CONTROVERSY
"Utilization is more important than money."
-- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley expresses his frustration with how he is being used in the Cowboys organization. Beasley is expected to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. (Cole Beasley, Twitter)
"Honestly, the front office pushes who they want to get the ball to. I haven't been a huge priority in that regard. Maybe that will change but I'm not sure. More balls come my way in 2 minute drill where nothing is planned."
-- Beasley goes into more detail about how he is underutilized, and insinuates that the Cowboys front office prioritizes certain players over others. (Cole Beasley via Twitter)
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
"Your legs are an underrated part of your game."
-- An unnamed reporter interviewing Missouri quarterback Drew Lock during Senior Bowl week.
[Eye contact, finger gun, wink]
-- Lock's non-verbal response (The Draft Network via Twitter)
YOU THOUGHT THE NFL WAS ALL GLITZ AND GLAMOR?
"We're all standing back there, half naked, like ... what are we doing. man?"
-- Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew didn't seem to love the Senior Bowl weigh-in process. (John Oehser, Jaguars.com via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
'HOLD ME BACK, BRO!'
— ESPN (@espn) January 21, 2019
-- Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay walks onto the field so frequently that he has his own "Get Back" Coach to keep him from interfering.
NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES
This one is for every Patriots hater out there! I got y'all! pic.twitter.com/q0WAbDfrpL
-- New York Jets safety Jamal Adams annihilates New England's mascot Pat Patriot at the Pro Bowl. Contrary to reports, the man inside the costume was not hospitalized for the hit.