DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'
"We just believe in each other. We knew we were gonna get in the end zone eventually, started out a little ugly in the first half, but we just kept believing. We looked to the guy next to us and we knew all we had to do was execute our plays, just believe in it, and go out there and do it. I thought O-line played a great game, we were running the ball real well, then we had some plays open up in the second half to get in the end zone. But it's definitely that belief, that belief in one another and the beief that we're never out of the fight."
-- Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky rode the belief in his teammates to mount a 17-point second half comeback against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. (FOX Sports NFL via Twitter)
"It felt like we were at a Tampa Bay game."
-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan isn't used to having fan-free games yet, likening the experience to a typical Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. (Katherine Terrell, The Athletic NOLA via Twitter)
'WE TALKIN' BOUT PRACTICE??'
Question: "What was the atmosphere like in the stadium without fans there? Can you compare it to anything else that you've experienced in your football life?"
Bill Belichick: "Practice."
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn't used to empty stadiums, either. (Whistle Sports via Twitter)
"I just kind of know. It's like it's been red 10 times on roulette so I'm going to bet black this time. Doesn't work that way."
-- Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel wasn't afraid to put kicker Stephen Gostkowski in a position to win after the kicker had missed three field goals and an extra point on Monday Night Football. After one of Gostkowski's misses, Vrabel went to the kicker and told him he would have a chance to win the game at the end. (Kyle Tucker, The Athletic via Twitter)
"I would have taken my pants off to make that last kick."
-- Before kicking the game-winner, broadcast cameras caught Gostkowski on the sideline with the sock and shoe removed from his kicking foot. When asked, Gostkowski said he was willing to disrobe further if needed. (Jim Wyatt, Titans Online via Twitter)
WEEZY F. BABY, AND THE 'F' IS FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY
"Real Gs move in silence like lasagna."
-- New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis signed a three-year, $27-million contract this past week to the surprise of many considering the lack of reporting leading up to the deal. When asked about how his contract got done so quietly, Davis channeled his inner Lil Wayne. (Nick Underhill, NOdotFootball via Twitter)
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Robby Anderson: "What's that bear doing?"
DJ Moore: "The bear?"
DJM: "That's Sir Purr, bro."
DJM: "Sir Purr."
RA: "How you say that?"
Curtis Samuel: "Sir Purr."
RA: "Sir Purr. Oh, Sir Purr? Wow. You call him that?"
CS: "Yeah, that's his name."
RA: "So you be like, 'What's up Sir Purr?'" (looks away, shakes head)
-- This exchange on the Carolina Panthers sideline is a Week 1 candidate for Quote of the Year. For some context, wide receiver Robby Anderson has spent his entire NFL career up to this point on the New York Jets, one of only four teams in the NFL without a mascot. (Carolina Blitz via Twitter )
LIFE AS AN NFL DJ WITHOUT FANS
"Usually I would try at key points to get the crowd involved, but now I'm literally playing music directly to the players and specifically for them. Even without fans, I still have to be that 12th man and be that extra person to give them an advantage."
-- Los Angeles Rams in-house DJ Jamal McCoy, otherwise known as DJ Mal-Ski, gives us a bit of insight into how he does his job without fans. McCoy now takes personal requests from players, playing "Surf" by Young Thug for linebacker Leonard Floyd and any Gucci Mane songs for tight end Tyler Higbee. (Los Angeles Times)
CUE THE IMPERIAL MARCH
"I think it's a cool name for our stadium. I don't give a damn about Star Wars. That's what we're calling our stadium and I don't care what anybody else thinks. It's a cool stadium, it's a great name, and we just have to play good when we're in there."
-- Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden isn't exactly a self-described Star Wars fan, but he loves the nickname the Raiders' home stadium has been given: the Death Star. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
ADVICE FOR ALL THE KIDS AT HOME
"Punch it in the face. Punch it straight in the mouth."
-- San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw deals with adversity about as head-on as one could possibly deal with it. (Chris Biderman, The Sacramento Bee via Twitter)
HAD TO REMIND HIMSELF
""Still f***ing got it!"
-- Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was caught on a hot mic after drilling his first field goal of the season. (Barstool Banks, Barstool Sports via Twitter)
BALLIN' SINCE A BABY
Question: "At what point in your football career did you decide no one can guard you?"
DK Metcalf: "When my mom had me."
-- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf was un-guardable out of the womb. (KJR reporter Curtis Crabtree via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
BIG ENOUGH SCREEN FOR YOU?
-- The Los Angeles Chargers take advantage of the 120-yard long 4K HDR video system in SoFi Stadium by playing some Fall Guys on the screens overlooking the field.