by Cale Clinton
"If the key works on Monday, I'll keep working."
-- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, off to an 0-5 start this season, said he was ready to work as long as his key to the facility still let him in. Gruden was asked to come in at 5 a.m. on Monday morning, only to be fired shortly thereafter. (Ian Rapaport, NFL Network via Twitter)
"My dad's been fired, I've been fired. Jay's been fired and … welcome to the club, bro."
-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden sends support for his younger brother after Jay's firing. Unceremonious oustings seem to run in the family. (ESPN)
"They showed a lot of exotic stuff on film. But against us, they didn't really. You know? It was like, 'hey, we'll sit back here and see what you guys do, allow you guys to mess up.'"
-- Redskins running back Adrian Peterson gives us insight into just how far the team has fallen. In Peterson's eyes, the New England Patriots defense didn't even need to really try and force mistakes; the Redskins would make them on their own. (Adam Kilgore, Washington Post via Twitter)
Bruce Allen: "You know the culture is actually damn good."
JP Finlay, NBCSports: "So how does that culture translate to winning football?"
BA: "Through winning football games. We have to win. We didn't win any of these football games."
-- Washington president Bruce Allen, in opposition to just about everyone else's opinion, believes the Redskins culture is strong. (Mark Bullock, The Athletic via Twitter)
"I'd like to get our run game going. I think that's important because everything else is complementary off it -- the run action, passes and protections off of it complement your running game. If we can play two-down football and go from second down to first down, that would be huge."
-- Interim head coach Bill Callahan announced that his first major change with the Redskins will be to run more often. Through five games this season, the Redskins had rushed the fourth-most on first down while having the third-worst yards per carry on those attempts. (Redskins.com)
"He's furry. He's cute. He's elusive. He's feisty. And most importantly, whenever he gets a chance, he gets that nut."
-- Newest Fox Sports personality Rob Gronkowski made his debut on Thursday Night Football and compared Julian Edelman to a squirrel, proving to America that Gronk will still be Gronk no matter what. (PFTCommenter, Barstool Sports via Twitter)
JUST LET HIM RUN WILDCAT QUARTERBACK AT THIS POINT
"I just sat out a whole year. It's like I kind of reset. All of the touches I didn't get last year, you can double it up this year. It's fine."
-- New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell wants the ball as often as he can get it. Any previous concerns about Bell being overused in the Pittsburgh Steelers system should just be cast aside at this point. (Pick 6 via Instagram)
SECOND FIDDLE NO MORE
"I'm definitely motivated. No one cared that Melvin Gordon was out. It was all about Zeke. And it ain't no hate [toward Zeke]."
-- Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon's holdout took a backseat after Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott began his. Now, with Gordon fully returned, he's ready to prove why he deserves the money he held out for in the first place. (Pick 6 via Instagram)
LET 'EM TALK
"You want idiots to sound like idiots, but you want them to hold their position all year. Don't flip-flop with me. Like if you said we weren't gonna make it, you said we were some way early on, just stick with that position. Own it. Don't try and give us credit now."
-- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman knows that not everyone had the 49ers starting off 4-0 this year. Sherman just wishes you'd be honest and stick with that take. (Taylor Wirth, SFBay.CA via Twitter)
DISS IS THE KIND OF TWITTER CONTENT I'M LOOKING FOR
"If you think about it... unicorns make way more sense than giraffes. A horse with a horn vs a long necked horse with cheetah spots tf?"
-- Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly is my new favorite Twitter follow. Also: he's got a point, right? (Will Dissly via Twitter)
THE LONG JOURNEY(MAN)
"The way that I'm sort of approaching this year is I feel like I'm really just trying out for the team … I'm excited to hopefully prove over these next 12 more weeks that I'm their guy moving forward."
-- Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen has heard the fans' cries of "Tank for Tua," but the second-year quarterback who was already replaced by No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray in Arizona hopes to prove he won't need to be usurped again. (ProFootballTalk)
LAMAR JACKSON: GOOD QUARTERBACK, BETTER PERSON
"Because they're human beings too. I know we're moving fast, you know, get physical out there on the field. We're coming full speed and she's sitting down, taking pictures. I know that kinda hurt, so I had to make sure she was alright. … I just rubbed her head because it looked like I hit her head [laughs]. "
-- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson recalls attending to photographer Shelley Lipton after running into her during last week's game against Pittsburgh. Lipton managed to take a brilliant shot of Jackson's stiff-arm before promptly being knocked over by the quarterback. (Baltimore Ravens via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
TURNOVER CHAIN EAT YOUR HEART OUT
They eat ACTUAL PANCAKES on the sidelines after big plays.
— Gordon Voit (@GordonVoit) October 9, 2019
-- Considering all the sideline props teams have used to motivate players, this one might take the 'cake.
YOUR WEEKLY DESHAUN DEFENSE BREAKDOWN
— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) October 6, 2019
-- Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has continued his new trend of breaking down defenses during his postgame press conferences.
THE BEST BALL HE'S SEEN ALL YEAR
OJ Howard out here barehanding foul balls at the Rays-Astros game 🖐
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 9, 2019
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard barehands a foul ball during a Tampa Bay Rays ALDS game