The Week In Quotes: November 6, 2020

Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines
Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines
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A PEEK BEHIND THE HOODIE

"Look, we paid Cam Newton $1 million. It's obvious we didn't have any money. It's nobody's fault. That's what we did the last five years. We sold out and won three Super Bowls, played in a fourth, and played in an AFC Championship Game. This year we had less to work with. It's not an excuse. It's just a fact."

-- The often tight-lipped New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick answered questions of his team's struggles with a glimmer of insight into New England's roster management over the last five years. (Ryan Hannable, WEEI via Twitter)

SLICES FROM THE STEELERS

"We're looking out for the people who are looking out for us … they've got crazy hours. Gratitude, there's not too many people who are looking out for them. We wanted to make sure they're looked after and taken care of."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick spoke on the team's decision to deliver food to Allegheny County ballot counters working late into the night on Election Day. The orders consisted of pizza pies along with trays of chicken, pasta, vegetables, and rolls. (Brooke Pryor, ESPN via Twitter)

OH DANNY BOY, THE SACKS ARE COMIN'

"Eli's not there no more, so I won't have to pick him up and say 'Eli, man, you good?' I'm coming for their necks, man. They know that. ... I'm going to Monday Night Football and going to destroy the Giants. That's what I want to do as an individual."

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul was licking his chops leading up to Monday Night Football. Pierre-Paul was a former member of the New York Giants. (Greg Auman, The Athletic via Twitter)

THINGS ARE GETTING NUTTY IN HOUSTON

"I'm not trading for peanuts. If they make a substantial offer, then we will consider it."

-- Houston Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel announced prior to Tuesday's trade deadline that the team could potentially explore change but would not be selling off players for nothing.

"Nobody really came through with a Deluxe Nut Package. If there had been some Deluxe Nuts laid out on the table, it could have been a different deal."

-- Reporting back after the deadline, Crennel revisited his previous analogy to contextualize Houston's lack of deadline moves.

"Most of them come in a mixed variety, you know, they're mixed in a can, so I like them all."

-- Crennel's response when asked for his "Deluxe Nut of choice." (Beaumont Enterprise)

LEAKING INFO 101: EVERYTHING HAS A REASON

"Rumors are created by somebody. Somebody is setting these rumors up. To me, if it's out there, somebody wants it out there."

-- Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera brushed off rumors swirling around the potential trades of players such as quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the deadline. (NBCSports Washington)

REALITY BITES

"This NFL thing, it's hard."

-- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Ben DiNucci got his first NFL start this past Sunday, and he didn't have a good time. Dinucci went 21-for-40 for 180 yards and was sacked four times in a 23-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. (Jori Epstein, USA Today via Twitter)

THIS WEEK IN TRYING TO GET TRADED

"It's not a secret that I have requested a trade. Trade me if this how y'all feel. I'm healthy and eager to play. I know I can be productive. It's hard to love something when your not actually participating in it. Believe me, its not football that i don't like."

-- Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross publicly expressed his desire to be moved in a since-deleted Tweet prior to the deadline. Ross had been healthy-scratched multiple times this season and kept out of games for illness three times after that. (MSN.com)

"These [Atlanta Falcons] turned down a 2nd round draft pick when I requested to get traded last year.

"The same [Atlanta Falcons] turned down a 5th and 6th round draft pick from multiple teams when I requested to get traded this year. I only have 17.5 career sacks.

"[several clown emojis]"

-- Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley has wanted a trade out of Atlanta for so long that he even feels comfortable cracking jokes about the matter. (Takkarist McKinley via Twitter)

MISS YOU TOO, CHUCKIE

"The way he practices. I wish you guys could see him practice. I do miss seeing you guys, by the way..."

-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden took a quick tangent away from praising running back Josh Jacobs to let the reporters he was Zooming with know that he missed seeing them at practices. (Vic Tafur, The Athletic via Twitter)

PROFESSOR ZIMMER'S CRASH COURSE ON COVRAGE

"Right now we're still in kindergarten but we're trying to get to a master's program here quick."

-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer offers some compliments to his young secondary, but provides an eloquent analogy to say they still have a ways to go. (Minnesota Vikings via Twitter)

MOTHERS SET THE HIGHEST BARS

"She said that I'm not leading the league in sacks."

-- Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young has received some pretty poor reviews this season … from his mom. She gave him a C+ through his first six NFL games (Nicki Jhabvala, Washington Post via Twitter)


THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

10S FROM THE JUDGES

-- Indianapolis Colts running back Nyhiem Hines earned some respect from U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles after breaking out a full handspring flip as a touchdown celebration.

THIS WEEK IN HALLOWEEN

-- Some mystery Bills player took time out of their pregame routine to inflate a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man costume around himself.

-- It wouldn't be Halloween without a Joker costume, so here's Mone Harris keeping the tradition alive.

-- Javon Wims had to pop these cleats off a little early after being ejected on Sunday, but they sure looked good.

-- You could barely tell reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson was hiding underneath that jumpsuit and mask.

-- Mack Hollins sees your tunnel costumes and raises you an entire themed pregame entrance.

-- The Seattle Seahawks celebrated all things tricks and treats by running back their favorite trick plays.

-- This Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense will give your favorite quarterback nightmares.

-- For good measure, here's a little boy dressed up as Ezekiel Elliott. Let's hope the stomach tattoo isn't permanent.

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