WATSON'S CHARGED UP
"I said, 'Let's be great today.' So somebody had to be great. Why not me?"
-- Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson dropped a quality one-liner after leading a game-winning overtime drive to complete the comeback and take down the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round. (SportsCenter via Twitter)
THE BEST TROPHY IS THE NEXT TROPHY
"I don't even know. I don't even have a place for the Heisman. I still just have that in the box."
-- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has some hardware headed his way after this season. However, when asked about where he plans to place his awards, Jackson revealed he hasn't even found a place for his Heisman Trophy yet. (Bobby Trosset, WBAL via Twitter)
WE MISSED YOU, MARSHAWN
"That he a big ass dude who can move like that."
-- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has only been out of retirement for a few weeks, but he has wasted no time getting his quote game into midseason form. This is what he had to say about rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf. (Joe Fann, NBCSports Northwest via Twitter)
"It's too much age between us. You gotta sit and break up the age. He gotta get some of this game. … Ain't that better? I felt like we was in the senior citizen home, and you our little youngster comin' through the old folks home."
-- Lynch had this exchange on the bench, asking 21-year-old running back Travis Homer to sit between Lynch (33 years old) and running back Robert Turbin (30 years old). (B/R Gridiron via Twitter)
'SO I'VE GOT THAT GOING FOR ME, WHICH IS NICE'
"That was the loudest game I've ever played in."
-- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins gave New Orleans Saints fans their props after upsetting the Saints in the Superdome. (Paul Pabst, Dan Patrick Show via Twitter)
COLLECTING ON RECEIPTS
"We're feeling more confident of being able to contain him -- not shut him down -- but slow him down and contain him. We had film on him. We felt better. Then, we do a very good job of slowing him down running, and he starts using the arm. He beats us in the air. I'm saying, 'I can't believe this.' I started to question, 'What are we doing as coaches?' I looked in the mirror. 'Is there something I am not doing to put my kids in position to be successful?'
"Fast-forward two years later and I'm watching Florida State and Louisville. I can't believe what he's doing against one of the top teams in college football. I feel a lot better. Fast-forward another two years, he's in the NFL, and no one can tackle him, and I said, 'I can't believe this.' Fast-forward to this year, and I feel like, 'Hey, maybe I should go coach in the NFL.' I did just as good of a job stopping him."
-- Village Academy head coach Don Hanna coached against Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in high school and was sent into a spiral after Jackson decimated his team. Hanna slowly gained his coaching confidence back as Lamar continued to dominate at every level. (The Ringer)
Larry David: "I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson. I have a witness."
Michael Kay: "Really? And what did he say to you when you said that?"
LD: "He kinda gave me the most condescending answer."
MK: "Wow, so you actually told him that?"
LD: "Yeah, I told him that. He laughed at me, but who can blame him? Nobody thought Jackson was going to be this good."
-- Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David sat down at the Michael Kay Show to talk New York sports, only to reveal how he could have potentially shifted the landscape of the NFL single-handedly with one tip. Unfortunately, then-New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan laughed David off the phone. (YES Network via Twitter)
A SPOIL OF RICHES
"We appreciate our fans. I wouldn't say it's been all that 'thin' around here, personally. Maybe you feel differently."
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked if he had any message for Patriots fans that stuck with this team "through thick and thin." Belichick has appeared in nine Super Bowls and won six during his tenure with the Patriots. (John Feitelberg, Barstool Sports via Twitter)
DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT OF JERRYWORLD
"I don't have no sympathy for coach Garrett losing his job. The cowboys just became real contenders"
-- NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant, a longtime outspoken critic of former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, took to Twitter to celebrate the Cowboys' return to relevance. (Dez Bryant via Twitter)
WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?
"At the end of the day, we're in a blessed situation. We're in the playoffs. We're one of 12 teams in the playoffs. We have a chance to go on a revenge tour. What better way to start off than with Tennessee, who we lost to last year. Got big motivation."
-- New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy dropped this quote early in the leadup to the Patriots' wild-card matchup against the Titans, claiming that losing the bye and having media members doubt the team allowed the Patriots to enact their revenge tour. (WEEI Radio)
"That organization has so much class. So like, my guy Kyle Van Noy calling it a revenge tour. … Just play ball, Kyle. Like, you know, I'm sure you're gonna see this. But he's one of the hyenas. He's on a revenge tour. 'Why not start with the Titans?' Honestly, he's gonna ride the wave of the Patriots, but Tom Brady doesn't do that. Julian Edelman doesn't do that. Devin McCourty, Gilly Lock [Stephon Gilmore] don't do that. And Kyle Van Noy's running his mouth, giving us bulletin board material about his revenge tour. His revenge tour ended early."
-- Tennessee Titans cornerback and former New England Patriot Logan Ryan responded to Kyle Van Noy's "revenge tour" comments after ending said tour with a win in Foxborough. Ryan also referenced "the hyenas," which came from a hype video Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted to social media earlier that day. (CBS Boston)
"They want hyenas? They got the f*cking hyenas!"
-- Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, another ex-Patriots player, piles onto the Brady hype video, embracing the hyena identity. (Sports Illustrated)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
MINSHEW MANIA SWEEPS THE NATION
-- How is Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew spending his rookie summer? By hitting the road in an RV and driving across America.
JUST SAYING 'THANK YOU'
-- Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs spent some of his rookie contract purchasing his father a house.
WHAT IS NEVER GOING TO BE FORGOTTEN IN PHILLY?
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-- Jeopardy! super-contestant Brad Rutter dropped this shoutout to the Philadelphia Eagles during the show's Greatest of All Time series, wagering $4,133 along with his answer.