HOT START TO 2020
"First off, happy Thanksgiving everybody."
-- Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder opened his January 2 press conference wishing the media a happy Thanksgiving. (SportsCenter via Twitter)
ONE LAST TRICK UP HIS SLEEVE
"That's Fitzmagic. … I love watching him play."
-- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had nothing but praise for Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a.k.a. "Fitzmagic," who threw a wrench into playoff seeding by taking down the New England Patriots and stealing a bye weekend from them. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
SIGN O' THE TIMES
"Comparing guys in leather helmets who very few saw play to guys that play under almost totally different rules and circumstances just seems odd. … It's almost [an] entirely different game."
-- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman didn't think too highly of the NFL's Top 100 list, a list that some say skews in favor of focusing on history over talent. (B/R Gridiron via Twitter)
I BET IT'S ALREADY BROKEN
"Probably to try to eat less -- and it won't happen"
-- LSU head coach Ed Orgeron made a New Year's Resolution that he has no intention of keeping. (Bleacher Report via Twitter)
WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE?
"Dumbest thing they ever did. … There aren't a lot of Cam Newtons walking around. In fact there are no Cam Newtons walking around."
-- Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy wants nothing to do with rumors of the Panthers letting quarterback Cam Newton go, saying it would be the "dumbest thing they ever did." (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
'WAIT, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARD?'
"In my fourth year in college we played in the Citrus Bowl; we came back and we threw a touchdown pass to win the game. My fifth year we played Alabama in the Orange Bowl and we won in overtime. So I actually felt like 'Oh, here's another bowl game that I get a chance to play in.' I'm glad I didn't have the perspective of how hard it actually was to win the Super Bowl. … I really realized how hard it was in 2010,  after we hadn't won in a lot of years, and I was like 'God, I never realized how hard it is to win the Super Bowl.'"
-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined NFL Network as one of the quarterbacks on the NFL 100 list. When Cris Collinsworth asks Brady about the pressure he overcame in his first Super Bowl, Brady reveals he didn't know winning the Super Bowl was hard until 2011. (Warren Sharp, Sharp Football via Twitter)
DR. JAMEIS & MR. WINSTON
"There's so much good and so much outright terrible."
"With another quarterback? Oh yeah. If we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one, too."
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians had a mixed final assessment of quarterback Jameis Winston, who finished the season with 5,000 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 30 interceptions. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram and Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times via Twitter)
A SIXTH-ROUND QB OVERACHIEVES, YOU SAY
"Obviously I think the biggest thing for me is helping my team win, and I did that better than any other rookie quarterback so that gets me fired up a little bit. You kinda can't help but compare yourself to those guys, especially when they get taken before you."
-- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew may have been drafted in the sixth round, but he wants you to know he played better than the first-round starters drafted ahead of him. (Sports Illustrated via Twitter)
"Tre Boston has remained unsigned until the eve of training camp each of the past two offseasons. This year for the Panthers, he started every game, played every single defensive snap and was tied for the team-lead with 3 INT. A guy who should see a payday this offseason."
-- ESPN's Field Yates sent some high praise for Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston, a staple of the Panthers defense seemingly treated like a late fringe signing over the years.
"Where we going @TreBos10 ???"
-- Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron quote-tweeted Yates' original tweet, reaching out to Boston directly to see what his plans were.
"Idk Carolina could be the move! I'll add you to the Group Chat of FAs! We bout to create the MonStars somewhere"
-- Boston threw out a possible return to Carolina before taking the discussion offline. I wonder who else is in this groupchat? (Tre Boston via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
"All 11 of ya'll" 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/C7vVUc1dXT)
— Jamal Anderson (@jamthedirtybird) December 30, 2019
-- Legendary Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson -- the man who invented the Dirty Bird in the Georgia Dome and carried the team to the Super Bowl in 1998 -- is not impressed with the crowds at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year.
COACH-PLAYER DISCOURSE IN 2020
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) December 30, 2019
-- New York Jets head coach Adam Gase dismissively addressed questions about running back Le'Veon Bell and his future with the team going forward. Bell signed a 4-year, $52.5 million contract with New York last offseason. Bell's "official statement" was straight and to the point.
PUTTING ON FOR DENVER
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 30, 2019
-- Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock got caught on camera enthusiastically rapping to Young Jeezy & Kanye West's "Put On" during Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. Here is the video with the song spliced in in the background.
-- Lock apparently blacked out in the moment, because he had no idea what song he was singing when shown the video afterwards.