The Week In Quotes: October 2, 2020

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

TURNING THE MVP INTO CLARK KENT

Reporter: "Lamar, how do you get over -- as a team -- the hurdle of the Chiefs, where it seems like they're the one team-- "

Lamar Jackson: "Our kryptonite."

-- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson acknowledges after a Monday Night Football loss to Kansas City that the Chiefs might just have the Ravens' number. Jackson is 22-1 all-time during the regular season against all other opponents, but 0-3 against the Chiefs. (Baltimore Ravens via YouTube)

'THE REPLACEMENTS' STARRING KEANU REEVES AS NICK MULLENS

"Our team kind of expected this. And you've still got to go out and do it and stuff, but we had a lot of confidence coming into this game and, hopefully, that can lead us to next week having some, too."

-- San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had confidence in his backups going against the New York Giants this weekend, taking home a 36-9 win despite having six starters on the injury report and losing two more for the season the previous week. (The Athletic)

"That scenario does not exist. This is Jimmy's team. When he's healthy, he's playing."

-- Despite the success, Shanahan refuted any idea that this win would change the structure of the 49ers roster and ensured this was still Jimmy Garoppolo's team. (NFL.com)

RECLAIMING HIS NAME

"It's cool to go back home. The only thing I hate seeing when I go home is old plantations with the Hopkins name on it or something. Cause it's like your history right in front of you. So hopefully, one day I can buy all those plantations."

-- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is looking to one day buy back the plantations in his home state that bear his last name. There are at least three plantations in the state of South Carolina that have the Hopkins name on them. (Carolina Blitz via Twitter)

SCORING A TOUCHDOWN IS NOT AS FUN AS YOU WOULD THINK

"My life just flashed before my eyes. Dude, I blacked out. Totally blacked out. Jesus took the wheel on that one."

-- Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher had an out-of-body experience while getting his shot at a touchdown. (The Checkdown via Instagram)

PROTECT THIS MAN AT ALL COSTS

"You don't want your quarterback to get hit as much as he has. Some of those are on protection, just pure pass protection. Some of those are on him and the style of his play. The play is never over for him. He does everything he can to keep it alive."

-- Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan hasn't been able to offer rookie quarterback Joe Burrow adequate protection. Football Outsiders has the Bengals offensive line ranked 29th in the NFL in adjusted sack rate (9.5%) while also allowing a league-high 14 sacks. (ESPN)

THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN

"We played LSU because New England, Green Bay, and the Chiefs already had somebody scheduled, so we played these guys."

-- Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach set the mark high after his debut with his new team. Quarterback K.J. Costello set an SEC single-game record throwing for 623 yards in a 44-34 victory over LSU. (Emmanuel Acho via Twitter)

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

"You've just got to keep it fun. I just appreciate the guys for just rolling with it, man. One thing I did, kind of from walking in Day 1 -- there's an aura that you get when you play as a member of the New England Patriots, and that aura can sometimes be like 'grrr,' you know what I'm saying? The Patriot Way, to a degree, from the outside looking in. But from the inside looking out, these guys really enjoy the process, as well as myself. And me being a member, I'm just lucky to be here. Any time I can lighten the mood in some way, shape, or form, I hesitate not."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has brought a new, light atmosphere to a locker room stereotypically considered devoid of fun. One way he's tried to do that: give everyone a nickname. (NESN)

"Highway 11"
"Doughboy"
"Dirty Dave"
"Smokin' Joe"
"Winnie the Pooh"
"Free Mason"
"Buzzo"
"Burky"
"Twin No. 1"
"Twin No. 2"
"Bo Diddly"
"Crazy Legs"
"Bent Dog"
"Stiddy"
"The Hoyster"

-- Newton rattled off several of the nicknames during the press conference. When asked if head coach Bill Belichick had a nickname, Newton revealed that the coach is "Dolla Dolla Bill." (Zack Cox, NESN)

SOCK IT TO ME

"I practiced all summer without [socks]. It's a little like baseball. When you're in a slump you want to try something else and you get on a roll. I think my experience playing multiple sports kind of helps deal with a little bit of a bind. In a sport like baseball, you strike out or get embarrassed, you turn the page. ... We're only three games in and I've got a long way to go and I've a lot of work to do, but I'm excited to help the Titans be 3-0."

-- Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski made one simple change that has completely turned his season around. After missing three field goals and an extra point in thew Titans season opener, Gostkowski removed his sock to make the game-winning field goal. Gostkowski is 9-for-9 on field goals and 4-for-5 on extra points without a sock on his kicking foot. (Titans Insider)

THEY'RE PAYING A BLOCKING TIGHT END HOW MUCH?

"I'm a blocking tight end. I came here to block, baby. Four targets is four more than I thought I was going to get."

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski doesn't seem too worried about his new role in the team's offense. Gronkowski has just eight receptions for 59 yards through three games. (James Palmer, NFL Network via Twitter)

INSIDE THE AVERAGE LOOSE BALL PILE

"They are gross. Guys smell bro. Them dirty linemen, dirty O-line and D-line that don't put deodorant on and they don't brush their teeth."

-- Miami Dolphins linebacker Kyle Van Noy gives fans the inside scoop into what it's like to go for a fumble in the NFL. Hint: it's gross. (Pat McAfee via Twitter)


 

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

PARENTAL ADVISORY WARNING

-- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers was mic'd up for Sunday's game. He knows that there are children watching, right?

Comments

7 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2020, 1:54pm

6 Rivers trash talk

You missed the best quote from that Rivers mic’d up game. 
 

“Aggravates the strew out of me!”