by Cale Clinton
SORRY IN ADVANCE FOR THE PROFANITY
"…that's stinkin' awesome."
-- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck reacts in Andrew Luck fashion to making the playoffs following a 33-17 win against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday Night Football. (NFL on ESPN via Twitter)
THE NFL'S ANSWER TO BENJAMIN BUTTON
"He came in here at 35 and I don't know how they messed up his birth certificate. He came in here with his shirt tucked in and you thought he was somebody's dad, at least I did. He's come in and been a consummate professional. He's probably one of the better rookies that I've seen. He doesn't talk a lot; he comes in here, he takes care of his body, he says the right things, he does the right things, you're like, 'Who coached him up?' He looks like he's 42."
GOODBYE MY FRIEND, WILL I EVER LOVE AGAIN?
"Todd Bowles is my favorite coach since I've played this game. I hate to see him go down like that. It's probably happening. You live&learn. This world is crazy. I know TBowles is going to do phenomenal wherever he ends up. I believe in Karma"
-- Despite the 24-40 record during Todd Bowles' tenure with the New York Jets, cornerback Jamal Adams gave high praise to his former coach. Bowles was one of six head coaches fired following the end of the NFL regular season. (Manish Mehta, New York Daily News via Twitter)
THAT TOOK A TURN
"Charles is always out there trying to help us with our craft and fundamentals. Just to have his Hall of Fame qualities around you and his crazy mindset. Yeah it's funny -- but then again it's real. You have to be crazy to play this game. I don't show it all the time, but deep down inside, I'll slap the s**t out of all y'all -- like for real. That's just me as a person, but I know how to control it."
-- Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence began this quote by talking about the effect Hall of Famer Charles Haley had on the Cowboys when he visited facilities this week, but the conversation took a slight detour at the end. (David Helman, DallasCowboys.com via Twitter)
FAILING TO PREPARE IS PREPARING TO FAIL
"I've done zero. I have not returned one phone call. I have not done one piece of work for it. I refuse to. And that's it."
-- Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has two head coaching interviews set for Monday, but his workload in preparation for those interviews would lead you to believe otherwise. (Chicago Sun-Times)
FAMILY MATTERS, EXCEPT DURING THE PLAYOFFS
They tell us to tune out the outside, you know, media, stuff like that, but you can't tune out your family. Unfortunately, I'm playing against my family this week. You've got to look at it as just another dude out there. He kind of looks like me, possibly, but on Sunday, we're not related, so I've got to focus on my job."
-- Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long faces off against his brother, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, this Sunday. But for three hours, the Long brothers will just be two players trying to win a playoff game. (NFL Network)
"Julian Edelman has been fined over 63k dollars for 3 separate unnecessary roughness penalties against Buffalo last Sunday. I've said on numerous occasions for yrs. He's a dirty player. Being small and white gets you labeled gritty, hard nosed, tough. No he's dirty."
-- Former Denver Broncos tight end and current TV personality Shannon Sharpe took to Twitter to rip New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman for his aggressive play in Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills.
"He catches passes, but also enjoys the physical part of the game...seeks contact. You caught a ton of balls, but shied away from contact. You wouldn't understand. That you'd resort to weak, terrible analysis...very understandable."
-- Former New England special-teamer Matt Chatham gives his own two cents on the matter, throwing a side shot at Sharpe in the process.
"Sit this one out JAG."
-- Sharpe seemingly brushes off Chatham's comments, referring to him as "Just A Guy."
"I am a 'JAG.' Just a special teams LB that you wanted no part of on the field. You don't need to remember, I do. Ya screamed to the ref for help throughout the drive, your voice going up octaves I've rarely heard another man's voice go. He laughed at u. I laughed at u. Take care"
-- Chatham's got a seemingly great memory, so he reminded Sharpe of what happened during their playing days. (Matt Chatham via Twitter)
THE START OF SOMETHING SPECIAL
"It's going to be me versus him for a while in this division, and I am looking forward to it."
-- Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield gives high praise to fellow rookie Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. The next few years in the AFC North are going to be awesome. (NFL via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THIS WAS FATE
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 30, 2018
-- Pat McAfee, founder of the "For the Brand" movement amongst kickers and punters and advocate for all things special teams, got the chance to call his first NFL game this Sunday. Of course Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater had to run a trick play for McAfee to celebrate in the booth.
I'M NOT SURE IF HE … NEVERMIND
— Jake Olson (@JakeOlson61) January 3, 2019
-- USC long snapper Jake Olsen, who is blind, participates in the Bird Box Challenge by snapping the ball with a blindfold on. The challenge is in reference to the Netflix movie by the same name, where characters must wear blindfolds to protect themselves from seeing the monsters that have wiped out humanity.
THIS MEDIOCRE SHOW COULDN'T HAVE BEEN TIMED MORE PERFECTLY
— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) January 3, 2019
-- The Masked Singer, the show behind the advertisements with which FOX broadcasts have inundated football audiences all season, finally premiered this week. Given all the drama surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Antonio Brown, this was the only thing that could have added to the absurdity.
OK, NOW YOU'RE JUST TRYING TO STIR THE POT
Sudfeld had himself a day. pic.twitter.com/eJNZb81lKx
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 31, 2018
-- NBCSports Philadelphia tries to further stoke the flames of a Philadelphia quarterback controversy by posting this one-pass stat graphic for backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld.