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

The Week In Quotes: October 19, 2019

Mike Vrabel
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

by Cale Clinton

BRIGHT LIGHTS SUIT HIM JUST FINE

"You all's gonna have to see the type of swag I bring, I guess. I think for the most part, a lot of people know who I am as a player on the field, not a lot of people know who I am off the field. But, over me being here, my career being here, you all will learn who I am more. Kind of learn my personality a little bit, see the guy I am. But yeah, I'm very confident. I love the game of football, I love to have fun."

-- Los Angeles cornerback Jalen Ramsey Is the newest addition to a star-studded Rams roster after L.A. sent three total picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars. When asked what he'll bring to his Rams debut, Ramsey said he'll bring the swag. (NFL.com)

A FANCY BEVERAGE FOR A BIG PAYDAY

Reporter: "What's the celebration or what's the first big purchase?"

Darren Waller: "Uhh … I'm not really spending away on a lot of things. I went to Walgreen's last night and bought some Perrier. That's my favorite."

-- Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller popped some bubbly (not that kind) after signing an extension with the Silver & Black through 2023. (Oakland Raiders via Twitter)

THE SEARCH FOR A NICKNAME

"I think it could be more original, personally. I feel like other guys have had it, [Charlotte Hornets point guard] Terry Rozier to name a few. I'm not necessarily going to get mad at it, but I've heard some things thrown around."

-- Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin has had a breakout rookie season, but has yet to have an original nickname thrown his way. McLaurin has been referred to early as "Scary Terry," but the name is one that has already been popularized by other athletes. (Washington Redskins via Twitter)

A HAPPY REUNION?

"When we know guys, we like playing against them. You've got relationships and it's fun to see them out there and it's fun to go against them. There's nothing we like more than beating the guys that we love."

-- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll seems to be looking forward to his upcoming Week 7 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and former safety Earl Thomas. Thomas had a memorable last interaction with the Seahawks, flipping the bird at Pete Carroll as he was carted off the field with a broken leg. (Seattle Times)

FLAMING SHIELD OR FLAMING DUMPSTER?

"I guess I'm just not a very good coach."

-- Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel's response when asked why quarterback Marcus Mariota has regressed under Vrabel's tenrue. (Justin Beasley, WSMV News 4 via Twitter)

"#Titans to decide between QBs Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill. Decision in next 24 hours"

-- The official Tennessee Titans Twitter page publicized the looming decision between Mariota and backup Ryan Tannehill, linking to an article on the team's website.

"Lmao why would you post that? And you wonder why the fan act the way they do"

-- Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker took particular issue with the Tweet, sending a direct reply to the account. (Delanie Walker via Twitter)

BUCKED BRONCOS

"To come out and play like that, it sucks. We got our ass thoroughly kicked today. We really did, and it was on every phase."

-- Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris kept it pretty blunt when describing the team's 30-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, despite an injury to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (The Athletic)

IS THERE ANYONE IN THE WORLD YOU'D WANT TO PUNCH IN THE FACE LESS?

"A 'fan' hopped out his car to take a picture with me and then punched me in my face. Hm, put your legs into it might have actually made me flinch."

-- Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett sent out this message after being sucker punched by a fan in traffic. Garrett stands at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds. (Myles Garrett via Twitter)

EXTRA JET FUEL TO THE FIRE

"It was insulting, for sure. Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone. So, it's like, 'Why did I waste my time?' Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me."

-- New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas doesn't seem to look back on his tenure with the New England Patriots too fondly, calling his second brief stint with them "a waste of time." (New York Daily News)

NO HOME SPARK FOR THE CHARGERS

"We're used to not having any fans here. It does suck, though, when they're playing their music in the fourth quarter. We're the ones at home. I don't know who's in charge of that but they probably should be fired."

-- Los Angeles Chargers guard Forrest Lamp is used to the lack of fans since their move from San Diego. However, after the Chargers own stadium played a Pittsburgh Steelers anthem late in the third quarter to a stadium of mostly Black & Yellow, things have gone too far. (CBS Sports)

THE BAD BOYS OF FOOTBALL

"We'll be on our worst behavior."

-- Tampa Bay Vipers defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville dropped this quotable after the XFL Draft took place this past weekend. Good or bad, at least we know it'll be fun. (Thomas Bassinger, Tampa Bay Times via Twitter)

AS THE 'STACHE TURNS

"Mine curls up, his [mustache] is a sad face."

-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan was asked to compare mustaches with Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew in the leadup to last week's game. (ESPN via Instagram)

 

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST

-- Freezing Cold Takes documents the rise, fall, and release of now-former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Zach Brown.

CLOUT IS THE NEW AUTOGRAPH

-- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Backham Jr. meets with a young fan on the sideline of a game, offering the fan his number and a follow on Instagram.

GRATING THEIR NERVES LIKE A FINE CHEESE

-- Someone in Detroit is still clearly bitter about the Lions' loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night.

AN ALL-TIME GIVEAWAY

-- The Jacksonville Jaguars have gone all-in on Minshew Mania, and their marketing team is crushing it.

Comments

3 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2019, 1:47pm

1 The most important comment…

The most important comment of the week wasn't included. '“I went over to the ref,” Bakhtiari said in the postgame locker room, per Packers News. “I said, ‘Hey, are we not calling hands to the face again? Because the past three plays, I’ve been staring at the sky.’ And he’s like, you know, he’s not looking at my side, but I at least made him aware.”'
Since he admitted that his griping got a ref into trouble, do you think any official is going to listen to him the rest of the year? He can forget about getting the calls now. If I were him I would have kept my mouth shut.

2 Even as a Steeler's fan, I…

Even as a Steeler's fan, I agree that playing their music in an away stadium is completely ridiculous, and shouldn't happen.

3 Ramsey

So he was clearly faking an injury to get out of Jacksonville.