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

The Week In Quotes: October 25, 2019

Sam Darnold
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

by Cale Clinton

JUST IN TIME FOR SPOOKY SEASON

"I'm seeing ghosts."

-- New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold got caught on mic admitting to feeling pressured by the New England Patriots defense during a 33-0 loss on Monday Night Football. Darnold coughed up four interceptions and a fumble during that stretch. (Dan Roche, WBZ via Twitter)

"Ooh. He did? Ooh man. That's the Boogeymen. It's real."

-- New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy seems excited that the Boogeymen have done their job. The Boogeymen is the name Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower gave New England's defense, and it has already seemed to strike fear in quarterbacks. (Raul Martinez, NBC Boston via Twitter)

'I'LL TELL YA WHAT, MAN'

"If you don't like Deshaun Watson you don't like anybody. If you don't like Deshaun Watson you're a miserable human being. The room lights up when he walks in. He's charismatic, never lost his family and where he comes from. Superstar quarterback."

-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has high praise for upcoming opponent Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. (James Palmer, NFL Network via Twitter)

FASHION SPEAKS VOLUMES

"Getting here and just seeing how he is. … Just a very laid back, funny guy, light on his toes. I noticed in the team meeting, I was like 'I can't wait to get home and tell my wife that the head coach is wearing Yeezys, man.'"

-- Newest San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is already seemingly impressed by head coach Kyle Shanahan, or more specifically, Kyle Shanahan's shoe game. (B/R Gridiron via Twitter)

I THINK HE WANTS TO GO FOR IT

"Hell yeah coach! Let's go for it! [To another player] Do you wanna go for it? Let's go!"

-- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson seemed pretty amped to go for it on fourth-and-2 last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Jackson would go on to score an 8-yard touchdown on the play en route to a 30-16 victory over Seattle. (Baltimore Ravens via Twitter)

NOT TECHNICALLY INDESTRUCTABLE, BUT CLOSE ENOUGH

Reporter: "Not a lot of people have come back from broken necks."

Jason Pierre-Paul: "Not a lot of people have come back from blowing off their hand, too."

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is no stranger to devastating injuries. When a reporter informed Pierre-Paul, who is out with a cervical fracture in his neck, that players don't often return from broken necks, JPP had to remind her who they were dealing with. (Surf And Turf Pod via Twitter)

GRAMMAR IS IMPORTANT

"Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry clarified his comments about 'we're going to win.' He just said he meant 'we're going (there) to win.'"

-- Cleveland.com beat writer Mary Kay Cabot provided clarification on a quote from Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, whose spirited non-answer about this week's game in New England became bulletin board material by omitting a single word. (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com via Twitter)

DON'T PISS OFF THE LIONS WHEN YOU'RE IN THEIR CAGE

"WTF"

"This some bullsh*t here"

-- Detriot Lions cornerback Darius Slay didn't seem excited to find out his team was going to be a seller at the trade deadline despite a competitive record in a wide-open NFC North. Slay's reactions specifically came at news of safety Quandre Diggs being traded to the Seattle Seahawks. (Darius Slay via Twitter)

A STEP UP FROM LIVING IN THE BASEMENT

"It's good. Maybe he won't have to charge us for Ubers anymore."

-- New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is happy for his son Kyle, a Kansas City Chiefs quarterback recently promoted off the practice squad. Papa Pat's especially happy his son can maybe be a little more financially independent. (Ralph Vacchiano, SNY via Twitter)

FOOL ME ONCE…

"I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot."

-- Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy doesn't have to state the obvious for us to know he's right. The Bears have dropped from the sixth-most frequent rushing team in 2018 to the sixth-least frequent rushing team this year. (Kevin FIshbain, The Athletic via Twitter)

IT'S NOT ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA

"That locker room is different. I'd tell guys when I came there that I felt like they were still living off that Super Bowl high. It's over. They're living in the past."

-- Currently unemployed cornerback Orlando Scandrick on the locker room of the Philadelphia Eagles in an interview with FS1 Friday morning. After nine years with Dallas and one with Kansas City, Scandrick signed with Philadelphia this offseason. He was cut before the start of the season and brought back prior to Week 5, then cut again after three games.

"I don't believe anything Howie says. Howie is one of the people that if you told me it was raining outside, I'd probably get some shorts just in case."

-- Scandrick on his relationship with Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.

"I think when you wear a 'C' on your jersey, it's your job to bring guys along. … You look at everything that happened. You hold out for a contract. You come in. You're not really making any plays, like splash plays. Then you go down to Minnesota and you're supposed to be in the half of the field and you end up playing a crosser? That's not a rookie we're talking about. It's a two-time Super Bowl champ."

-- Scandrick taking a not-too-subtle shot at longtime Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Following the Eagles loss to the Vikings, Jenkins admitted he had blown some coverage assignments, allowing big plays to Stefon Diggs and the Minnesota receivers.

"I could give two sh*ts about people who aren't here. For us to move on as a team, we can't have mother*ckers like that in the room."

-- Jenkins to reporters when asked about Scandrick's comments. (FS1 via 94 WIP radio)

 

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

AUTOMATIC

 

 

-- The Russell Wilson-to-Tyler Lockett connection has been so consistent for the Seattle Seahawks this season, that this elevator door feels like a pretty accurate comparison.

THERE ISN'T A FLAG IN THE RULEBOOK THAT COULD MAKE UP FOR THIS TAUNTING

 

 

-- New Orleans Saints defenders went after vertically challenged Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen in what could be one of the more disrespectful on-field interactions I've seen this side of Michael Crabtree's snatched chain.

HONESTLY, THIS ONE'S JUST A LOT TO TAKE IN

Washington State head coach Mike Leach has long been considered by many to be the king of the college football podium. This three-part monologue is no exception.

ONE, TWO, VAN NOY'S COMING FOR YOU…

The Patriots are really taking this Boogeymen thing to heart this Halloween season.

Comments

5 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2019, 12:13pm

5 Regarding Leach

The best part is that a lot of social media (or the media itself) thought he was being serious and went off on him for being an idiot.

People can't recognize humor. It's sad.