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

The Week In Quotes: November 1, 2019

Andy Dalton
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

by Cale Clinton

HIT SOME TURBULENCE

"I woke up Monday morning and I kind of found out, through a couple of reliable people that I have a lot of trust in, that I was being shopped around. At the end of the day, I know he has a job to do, and I respect it. But I hold myself in a high regard, I've done everything they asked me to do since I've been here for the three years. I didn't take that lightly, I really didn't. … It definitely hurt me. I hold myself at a high level. You knoew the Rams don't take calls on Aaron Donald, Patriots don't take calls on Tom Brady. That's where I hold myself."

-- New York Jets safety Jamal Adams addresses the media after the close of trade deadline, expressing his disappointment in the Jets front office for shopping him around. Rumors circulated that the Jets made everybody except quarterback Sam Darnold and rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams available at the deadline, and that Adams was being looked at by the Dallas Cowboys.

"Not saying I'm the greatest ever. But you shouldn't tell a guy you are the cornerstone of the team on Friday, that you won't be moved, and then negotiate terms with other teams 3 days later. ... But look, I'm at peace with everything! It's all Luv!"

-- Adams tweeted this response after several media outlets took his "That's where I hold myself" comment as placing himself on the same level as Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (Jamal Adams via Twitter)

GET YOU A HYPE MAN LIKE GEORGE KITTLE

"I'm so happy he's on my team!"

"Sign him to a twenty year deal now!"

"BOOOOOOOOOSA!"

-- A mic'd up San Francisco tight end George Kittle is by far the world's biggest fan of 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa. Bosa has risen as the heavy favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year, potentially even emerging into the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. (San Francisco 49ers via Twitter)

TOUCHY

"It passed? You guys can stop asking me these questions. Jesus Christ."

-- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson does not want to be asked about the trade deadline anymore. (Josh Weinfuss, ESPN via Twitter)

SO IS THAT A YES OR…?

Reporter: "Can the relationship between you and Bruce Allen be repaired?"

Trent Williams: "Next question."

-- Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams ended his eight-week holdout after not being granted a trade at the deadline. While he may be in maroon and gold for the remainder of the season, it seems his tenure in D.C. has run its course. (Ben Standig, The Athletic via Twitter)

HIGH PRAISE FROM THE HOODIE

"There's not another quarterback in the league like him."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick often lauds praise on his opponents regardless of actual talent, but this quote about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson feels especially Belichickian. (B/R Gridiron via Twitter)

IT'S FOOTBALL, NOT BLOODSPORT

"The Russians were so unknowledgeable about football, they asked Mackovic how many ambulances he would need for the game. He told them Illinois always had one on hand as a precaution.

"They said, 'Well, you'll need to take away the dead.' I said, 'Well, we're not counting on anyone dying.' They thought the game was vicious like that, that we killed off players. They assured us a hospital was close by."

-- In an excerpt from the Chicago Tribune's piece on a failed college football game in Russia between Illinois and USC, former Illinois coach John Mackovic revealed that the Russians definitely overestimated how violent the game of football really was. (Chicago Tribune)

THIS IS BAD, EVEN BY BENGALS STANDARDS

"I think that's an unfortunate thing. It happened three hours before the trade deadline. If [coach Zac Taylor] was thinking about it, at least let us try to see if I could end up somewhere else or at least see if there was interest in possibly getting traded at that point. The way it was all handled, there wasn't enough time to even have that happen."

-- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton wished he had gotten benched sooner rather than later. The 9-year veteran, all with the Bengals, was unceremoniously benched on the day of the trade deadline, unable to find time for a suitable trade partner. To add insult to injury, the Bengals benched Dalton on his birthday. (CBS Sports)

"Nothing seems to be going right this season. It's not Andy's fault. There are plays he wishes he had back out there and every guy in this locker room feels the same way. The quarterback is just the most pressured position. I praise Andy for doing what he's done here. He's got great numbers. A Pro Bowler. He's a No. 1 quarterback in my eyes."

-- Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd refuses to assign any blame to Dalton for the team's 0-8 start to the season. (Bengals.com)

"I'm not into a one-year. Give me a long-term [deal] or let me go."

-- Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green seems to be the next Bengal with his foot out the door, telling the team to either stick with him for the long haul or cut him entirely. (ESPN.com)

I MEAN IT'S BAD, BUT IT'S NOT 28-3 BAD

"I think it's a fair question. Much like the coach just said, I'm extraordinarily disappointed in the season. Nobody would have anticipated 1-7 and the lack of consistency. Today was a prime example of that, down 24-0. If we could just play the second half, we would have won the game; but it doesn't work that way. We'll take the next couple of weeks during this bye period of time and evaluate where we are."

-- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank expressed his deep displeasure with how this season has gone thus far. The Falcons, who finished 15-1 and reached a Super Bowl just three years ago, sit at 1-7 with a six-game losing streak. (NFL.com)

DESHAUN WATSON: CONFIRMED GOOD AT FOOTBALL

"I had to readjust my helmet, and then this eye was actually going closed, too, so I kind of threw it blind. But I kind of assumed where he was going and kind of adjusted and let my arm guide it. And then I didn't even see the play until after the game. I just kind of just laid there and heard the crowd go crazy and knew we scored."

-- Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has put on a show this year, but he's somehow raised the bar after admitting he threw a go-ahead touchdown to tight end Darren Fells while BLIND. (NFL.com)

 

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

ONCE A BUC, ALWAYS A BUC

 

 

-- Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy could not make his son's Senior Night, so a couple of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates took his place.

THIS WEEK IN HALLOWEEN

 

 

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws jabs at former rival quarterback Peyton Manning. Even in retirement, Peyton can't escape.

 

 

-- With how athletic Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen has looked this year, I'm shocked he needed the chair for balance here.

 

 

-- Indoanapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett feels right at home with all these elementary school kids.

 

 

-- Andrew Perloff of the Dan Patrick Show recreated Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid's famous Punt, Pass and Kick appearance, size difference and all.

 

 

-- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson talks about his Harry Potter Halloween costume at the podium.

 

 

-- The Buffalo Bills brought the "living mannequin" prank to their facility this weke, scaring all who entered.

 

 

-- Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who seemingly always goes all-out for Halloween, hits a home run again as the genie from Alladin.

 

 

-- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wison and wife Ciara recreate the album cover to Beyonce and Jay-Z's 2018 album, EVERYTHING IS LOVE.

 

 

-- The Cleveland Browns all went tongues-out for Halloween, recreating the iconic band KISS.

Comments

5 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2019, 12:20pm

1 1. Someone needs to get his…

1. Someone needs to get his eyes checked. Josh Allen's hand is not actually touching that chair.

2. Belichick's comment is praise in the same sense as telling a kid "You're the only you!".

2 They Buried the Lede

The funniest thing about the Glasnost Bowl is that the Russians were just fine with dead bodies piling up on their turf. All that worried them was logistics.
Since it would have been Americans killing each other, why not?

3 Falcons

They went 11-5 in 2016, not 15-1.

4 "take"

I sighed when Adams said what he said, knowing that lots of Professional Takers (especially in New York) were going to Take him. Never mind that everyone knew (unless someone was especially stupid) that he was not saying he's as good as Brady and Donald, etc; everybody can just pretend that's what he said, and lots of the public who didn't pay attention would assume Adams actually said that. Internet pile-on commences, and the Professional Takers get their clicks & likes, which is the point. It's so predictable.