The Week In Quotes: October 9, 2020

Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox
Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox
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"Yeah, you're up against the clock. I knew we had to gain a chunk so I should have been thinking more first down instead of chunk."

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took blame for his approach on the Bucs' last play from scrimmage during the attempted comeback against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. After a fourth-down shot downfield to Cameron Brate missed, Brady threw up four fingers, apparently believing he had one more down left to play.

"Yeah, he knew, he knew."

-- Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians bluntly disregarded the narrative that Brady had forgotten the down, saying he knew what down it was. (


"I know we've got a lot of work to do. When I came to Detroit, there was a lot of work to do. That's what we're trying to do."

-- Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia believes there is still work to be done. Previous head coach Jim Caldwell had a record of 36-28 over four seasons, making the playoffs twice before being replaced by Patricia. After Sunday, Patricia's head coaching record with Detroit is 10-25-1. (Brad Galli, WXYZ Detriot via Twitter)


"It speaks to the value and the need of proper medical for our country. Going through the things I'm going through and seeing what these things cost, you just hope everybody is protected and covered. You really do."

-- Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera opened up about his cancer treatment, highlighting that the cost opened his eyes to the need for proper health care in America. (Sal Palantonio, ESPN via Instagram)


"I see plenty guys getting tackled while chucking up the deuces, that's a no bueno"

-- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill gave some much-needed advice after not one, but TWO college players were caught from behind on sure touchdowns after throwing up peace signs on their way to the end zone. (Tyreek Hill via Twitter)


"Every year is different, every team is different, circumstances in any year which allow you to have more success or make it more difficult for success just kind of depends on the situation. It does help being in the second year for sure, I feel a lot more comfortable, but, y'know, I sometimes laugh when people talk about down years for me, because a lot of times down years for me are career years for most quarterbacks."

-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers laughs off claims that he was "washed up" last year, believing most NFL teams would love to have a Rodgers "down year" out of their quarterback. (The Pat McAfee Show via YouTube)



-- This was the mantra former VCU Rams basketball head coach Shaka Smart made Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox shout at the top of his lungs in the mirror of his dorm room every night, all to build a motor within himself. Smart claimed Alie-Cox had a "sluggish vibe" coming into college, but that "a blind man could've seen the potential" in the future football player. (The Athletic)


"Jimmy looks very handsome on the field, still has a rocket arm, and he still throws me the ball."

-- San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle nailed everything the people needed to know about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's return from injury. (Jennifer Lee Chan, NBCSports Bay Area via Twitter)


"One of the things I'm excited about right now is hopefully getting on the same page with our fanbase again. I feel like that's something, there's certainly been a bit of a tension there in the last months and years, and I can't wait to have us all pulling in the same direction again. I feel like there's been a bit of a disconnect there, and it's not fun as a player to be a part of that when you feel like your fans can't fully back you the way that they want to."

-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted this statement, accompanied by a photo of the sun rising over NRG Stadium, after the firing of head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien. Reports following the firing suggested that a heated exchange between Watt and O'Brien during practice the week of their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers acted as the catalyst for O'Brien's firing. (Nick Shook,


"If we're being honest, to make it a rivalry, we have to win some games."

-- Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr didn't want to hear about a division rivalry between the Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. Carr is 0-4 against the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs. (Adam Hill, Las Vegas Review Journal via Twitter)


"That's the benefit of being in Green Bay, that there's really nothing else to do other than be with your teammates."

-- Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan thinks his team's chemistry is so strong because of the fact they are in Green Bay with nothing to do but play football. (Matt Schneidman, The Athletic via Twitter)

"Yeah it sucks. It totally sucks."

-- COVID restrictions mean that Aaron Rodgers can't travel outside of Green Bay for the bye week, and he's not a fan of that. (Matt Schneidman via Twitter)


"All the PAC-10 schools was f***in' with me. They all wanted me to go, and I was going to go. Pete Carroll came up to me before we played the Seattle Seahawks in 2013. He was like, 'Arian Foster, how the f**k did we miss you in San Diego, man?' I was like 'I don't know, dawg. I have no idea.' He was like 'Maaan, we f***ed that one up, man. I apologize.' He's just so super dope."

-- Retired NFL running back Arian Foster recalls the time Pete Carroll told him in-person that they missed out on recruiting him at USC. (Bobby Feeno Live via Twitter)

"Fourth-and-3, Seattle! Big Balls Pete! Big Balls Pete! They used to chant that at USC."

-- Former USC Trojans quarterback Mark Sanchez broke out an old nickname for his former head coach while watching the Seahawks go for it on fourth-and-3 against Miami last week. (NFL Films via Twitter)


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-- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Tee Higgins have a chance to talk to talk to the last great duo to wear the tiger stripes: Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco.


-- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson cracked up at the sight of Adam Thielen breaking out Jefferson's now-signature Griddy Dance.


12 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2020, 10:22pm

#1 by TheIdealGrassLaw // Oct 09, 2020 - 8:12pm

"It speaks to the value and the need of proper medical for our country. Going through the things I'm going through and seeing what these things cost, you just hope everybody is protected and covered. You really do."

Having been through a similar situation, i have to concur.  Had good insurance, but the costs, if i didn't, were absurd.  $17000 here, $8000 there, for months.

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#2 by gomer_rs // Oct 09, 2020 - 8:27pm

a course of cancer treatment should be expected to cost $2-3 million, over 1-5 years.

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#12 by atworkforu // Oct 10, 2020 - 10:22pm

I appreciate that you are trying to convey facts, but that's some messed up phrasing.

In the messed up wildly expensive US health care system, cancer treatment frequently costs 2-3M$.

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#3 by Joe Pancake // Oct 10, 2020 - 12:52am

“Yeah, he knew, he knew.”

No, he didn’t, he didn’t.

Why lie about this?

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#4 by fyo // Oct 10, 2020 - 3:08am

Didn't Brady pretty much admit it himself? He was thinking chunk yardage, but if he'd realized it was fourth down, he would've been thinking first down.

Not much of a big deal, IMHO, but a bit funny, sure.

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#5 by Noahrk // Oct 10, 2020 - 11:59am

Absolutely, he admitted it. At first I thought he was trying to get another down for free, since he's always trying to get freebies from the refs. When I realized he was for real, it made me laugh.

I'm not sure it's not a big deal when it might have cost them the game. We can't know what would've happened, but maybe he did have the short completion and chose for the long try because of the situation.

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#8 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Oct 10, 2020 - 3:43pm

Seriously.  He totally forgot it was 4th down, it was broadcast live to the entire TV audience, Brady asking the officials 'isn't it fourth down?' after the final incompletion ended the game.

I don't get Arians lying.  I have a lot of respect for many of the things Arians does, but I hate duplicitness from anybody.

I get it, he's your QB, you're supporting your team, blah blah blah.  Support should come with limits and in my opinion, lying should be one of them.  Even if I've got your back, don't expect me to lie for you.


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#6 by mrh // Oct 10, 2020 - 2:15pm

Chiefs fans still consider it a rivalry.  Friday before the home game vs. the Raiders is Raiders Haters Day in KC.

A quick history of the rivalry:

Hank Stram, 1960-1974:  14-16-2 vs. Raiders (all records include playoff games, W-L from Chiefs' perspective).

Various, 1975-1988:  9-16.  Worst period of rivalry for KC; overall they were 86-138-1 so it was the franchise's worst era, preiod.  Meanwhile, from '65 to '86 the Raiders never had a losing season.

Marty Schottenheimer, 1989-1998: 18-3.  He really hated the Raiders and put a lot of emphasis on beating them.  Successfully.  He was 29-7 vs. them in his career (.806 W-L PCT) and 171-119-1 vs. everyone else (.589).

Various, 1999-2012: 14-14.  Even with some bad years in there, the Chiefs did ok (relatively*) vs. the Raiders.  The record was boosted by NINE straight wins, 2003-2007.  *Overall, Chiefs were 98-129 in these years.

Andy Reid, 2013-present:  12-2.  Note that Andy’s W-L PCT vs. the Raiders is identical to Marty’s.

Bottom line:  Chiefs all-time record vs. Raiders is 67-53-2.

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#7 by scraps // Oct 10, 2020 - 2:52pm

that Schottenheimer had it in for the Raiders.  That's impressive at a glance.  (Don't know how good the Raiders were when Schott ran up his career score.)

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#9 by dbostedo // Oct 10, 2020 - 4:45pm

They varied widely in perfomance over that time.... 12 wins in 1990, 4 wins in 1997.... but were usually mid-pack and had a 0.5125 win percentage overall those years. (82 wins, 78 losses).

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#11 by LionInAZ // Oct 10, 2020 - 6:51pm

Aaron Rodgers is sure having a great week. First he shows off his legendary humility, then he tells us how much he loves living in Green Bay.

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