COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU
"I learned a ton from Alex Smith. I attribute a lot of my success, especially so early in my career, to him."
-- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has quickly become one of the biggest young names in the NFL; he attributes his quick success to the year he spent sitting behind Alex Smith. (The Athletic)
CLASSIC 1-SEED UNDERDOG
"Yeah, it's crazy to think about -- you went through the year 13-3 and you made it to the Super Bowl, No. 1 seed, and you're an underdog. I mean, you constantly have to prove yourself in this league, and obviously we haven't been able to prove ourselves yet."
-- San Francisco 49ers tackle Joe Staley is no stranger to being an underdog after the 49ers dubbed themselves "The Pretenders" within the locker room this season, but it still doesn't seem right to label such a great team as 'dogs. (The Athletic)
KEEP THAT SHOULDER WARM
"It's funny that you say that, because someone said that we hadn't thrown a pass for 96 minutes in the championship game of real-time. I do know that when Kyle [Shanahan] called the pass, I could hear him tell Jimmy [Garoppolo] the play. I did think, 'Man, we haven't passed that in a long time.' But it turned out fine. But it was funny, I always get nervous."
-- 49ers offensive line coach John Benton sounds prepared for the big game, but did admit he got a little nervous when his team had to pass for the first time in over 90 minutes during the NFC Championship Game. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed only eight times during against Green Bay, completing six for 77 yards. (The Athletic)
THE THINGS WE DO FOR FASHION
Frank Clark: "New Louis Vuitton season, so I had to bring 'em out."
Cooper Manning: "They prescription?"
FC: "No, not at all. Actually I can't see anything."
-- Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark broke out some new Louis Vuitton glasses to add a little flair to his look, but at what cost? (FOX Sports NFL)
BACK TO WORK
"My wife called to me today and said, 'Look at the bedroom closet because all the clothes in the rack have fallen down.' I can't think of a better man to do the job than me."
-- New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia announced his retirement this week. His first order of business? A couple of projects around the house. (Ian Rapaport, NFL Network via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN ANDY REID
"They keep you young. And at the same time they make you feel old. It's kind of like sweet and sour pork."
-- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has nine grandkids that he loves, but he could use some work on the analogies he uses to describe them. (Ian Rapaport, NFL Network via Twitter)
"I like dress codes, as long as it's Tommy Bahama. ... No speedos!"
-- Reid later broke down his fashion choice for Media Day, donned in a red Hawaiian shirt emblazoned with a Chiefs logo. (FOX Sports NFL)
STILL LOOKING FOR THE ONE
"It's like being broken up with your girlfriend. With the first girlfriend you had, you're devastated. The second girlfriend you had, you're hurt. After the third one, you're just like 'That's not the right one.' That's sorta what these last three years really feels like. That first one, I was so hurt I didn't think about looking at football. … The second year, we were like 'How do you lose the way that we did? How does this happen?' And you start looking around, but it's like 'Yo, we have the formula to bounce back.' We didn't do enough to come away with the win this past postseason."
-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan rationalizes the last three years' worth of playoff losses by the Saints. (First Things First via Twitter)
WHATEVER HIS CUT IS, BUMP IT UP A BIT
"You want to make sure that your client ends up with a good organization. … I'm hoping Cincy falls in love with Joe Burrow"
-- Leigh Steinberg, agent for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, is as big a fan of the "Bungle for Burrow" movement as the rest of Cincinnati, hoping the Bengals take the LSU quarterback so he and his client don't have to deal with Mike Brown and company. (97.3 ESPN FM via Twitter)
MUDDY THE WATERS
"You know, I've been throwing up storms here. I think on one radio show I said he's retiring. Another one I told 'em I think he's going to Las Vegas, another one he's moving out of the country. I've been throwing up storms. He's gonna have a hell of a time answering all my questions."
-- Nobody knows where New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is going to end up this offseason, not even teammate and linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Van Noy has been a specific wrench in Brady's plans, admitting that he has been spewing different Brady predictions to different media sources. Van Noy went on to predict Brady would "stay home," then flipped and linked Brady to the Dolphins. (Pat McAfee Show via YouTube)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN AN NFL PRO BOWLER?
We let Dylan miss school for the Pro Bowl ...
So she asked some of the players for help with her homework. 📝🍎pic.twitter.com/J2b3ZyBwi2)
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 26, 2020
-- Adam Schefter's daughter is already one of the best sideline reporters of any sport.
THE BEST HIGHLIGHT OF THE PRO BOWL
Jarvis Landry is a dodgeball LEGEND pic.twitter.com/IsTY0WlhQx)
— Surf & Turf Podcast (@surfandturfpod) January 24, 2020
-- At this point, just cancel the game and make the skills portion the high-stakes main event.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN???
AND THE WINNER IS?: Fiona the hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo vomited while making her Super Bowl prediction on Thursday. Who do you think she's picking? pic.twitter.com/xwFx1yk2f7)
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2020
-- Does that mean the Chiefs are going to choke? Is she choosing his team with the vomit? Someone please explain this to me, I have to place my bet accordingly.