The Week in Quotes
Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week In Quotes: September 4, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs HC Andy Reid
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FREE BURGERS IN KANSAS CITY FOR LIFE

"You wear it for special occasions, or if you want a free cheeseburger, you just point right there and show 'em that ring and you might get one."

-- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is already imagining how he's going to be using the newfound power of a Super Bowl ring. Let's be real, though: who's not going to recognize Andy freakin' Reid in Kansas City? (Andy Teicher, NFL Nation via Twitter)

LEADERSHIP STARTS AT THE TOP

"I really want to say how our hearts as an organization, individuals in the organization, how our hearts go out to the individuals and the family members who have been affected by these times, these disheartening times that we've all seen on television. And I want our team to be a part of change. The dramatic change isn't going to happen overnight, but I want our organization and our players to play a part in the movement of making this a better place in this country. I feel confident that our players have a can-do and what-can-I-do participation in it. I want what the Cowboys to help make this a better place."

-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones came out and committed himself and the Cowboys organization to inciting positive change. Jones was not present at the Cowboys' open forum discussion during their Thursday meeting, but head coach Mike McCarthy said Jones would be "involved in the near future." Jones received criticism from ex-Cowboys and players around the league for remaining silent after activism movements following the death of George Floyd. (NFL.com)

"Racially motivated events over the last couple months have had an impact on our entire organization, particularly the horrific shooting of Jacob Blake. ... We feel this is an issue that obviously impacts the Black community but it's not up to just the Black community to solve this issue. It's on all of us. I often hear from fans that we should just stick to sports. I have to respectfully disagree. Sports has a long history of speaking out for positive change.

"How could we celebrate the achievements of our Black players without acknowledging, supporting, and advocating their basic rights as American citizens? ... The issues we're facing, they're not political issues, they're societal issues. They're issues affecting basic human rights."

-- Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy delivered this powerful statement regarding the current moment. Murphy challenged NFL owners to use their powerful positions to make a difference. (Packers.com)

COUSINS' COVID COMMENTS

"I want to respect what other people's concerns are. For me personally, if you're just talking no one else can get the virus, what is your concern if you could get it, I would say I'm going to go about my daily life. If I get it, I'm going to ride it out. I'm going to let nature do its course. Survival-of-the-fittest kind of approach. And just say, if it knocks me out, it knocks me out. I'm going to be O.K. You know, even if I die. If I die, I die. I kind of have peace about that."

-- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins caught heat this week after an appearance on "10 Questions with Kyle Brandt" led to an unveiling of the above quote. Cousins also mentioned that he does wear a mask and abide by the social distancing guidelines set in place by the Vikings and the NFL, but does it as "[respect] to other people."

"I went on that Kyle Brandt podcast about a month ago, maybe a month and a half ago in July, and what I was trying to say back then, admittedly, I probably wasn't as clear as I would have liked to have been. But what I wanted to say then, what I would echo again now is that while the virus does not give me a great amount of personal fear, there's still great reason for me to engage in wearing a mask and social distancing and washing my hands as frequently as I can and following protocols that have been set in place obviously to be respectful and considerate of other people, which is very important, but then also to be available for all 16 games this fall because as the protocol is set up, if a player were to test positive, they would be potentially out of a game or games. And so there's plenty of reasons to wear a mask, social distance and be very vigilant to help stop the spread of the virus."

-- Believing that his point did not come across the right way, Cousins released this statement. (NFL.com)

MOVE OVER, SEAHAWKS. TAKE A SEAT, CHIEFS. IT'S THE FALCONS' TIME TO SHINE!

"NFL Films sound engineers have developed club specific audio pallets (crowd noise) for each NFL club. A trained audio engineer hired by the League office will work collaboratively with network personnel to incorporate the audio into the in-game broadcast feed.

"In addition to music and established club audio prompts, the League office will provide your club with an audio file that contains a loop of pre-recorded crowd noise ('curated audio') that is specific to your stadium."

-- In an official memo sent out to the league, the NFL has announced that there will be pumped-in crowd noise both over the broadcast and into stadiums amidst attendance restrictions due to COVID-19. So long to the decibel-pushing, stadium-shaking home field advantages of CenturyLink Field and Arrowhead Stadium. (Tom Pelissero, NFL Network via Twitter)

WE'RE ON TO ITALIAN B.M.T.'S

"When Subway reached out, shared the Footlong Season campaign objectives and the ideas for the commercial, I decided the timing was right to have some fun and enjoy some sandwiches."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick surprised TV-watchers across the nation by taking center stage in an ad for sandwich chain Subway. When prompted by the media, he dropped this gem of a quote. (CBS Boston)

NO FLUB, ALL CHUBB

"We're pushing each other as much as we can because we know that we need each other more than anything if we're going to make this thing work. It's going to start with us two up front, just like it was with [Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware] on that line. If we stick together and understand that we're playing for each other and not just out there playing, we can be even better than 2018 and hopefully do things that haven't been done before."

-- Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb has been battling back from a season-ending torn ACL and won't be 100% for the start of the season, but he is confident the Broncos defense will bounce back better than ever. (The Athletic)

DR. JONES & MR. JERRY

"Well, old Dr. Jones with my rubber glove is gonna make sure every one of you is safe."

-- Jerry Jones is hoping to still host his yearly dinner where he invites media members to a bar/restaurant in California. Due to COVID-19, expect a sick visit from Dr. Jones. (Jon Machota, The Athletic via Twitter)

GIVING 'RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE' A NEW MEANING

"It's [Ronald Jones'] job. Nothing has changed for him."

"It's his job, he's got it, he's got to screw it up to lose it and I don't see that happening."

"RoJo's our guy. Shady [McCoy]'s ready for his role."

-- Despite the signing of running back Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is set on the current depth chart of his backfield. The addition of Fournette adds to a running back list that already boasts Ronald Jones, LeSean McCoy, third-round pick Ke'Shawn Vaughn, and seventh-round pick Raymond Calais. (NFL.com)


THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

YOU GET A RING! YOU GET A RING! YOU ALL GET RINGS!

-- Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the rest of his teammates finally received their long-awaited championship rings from Super Bowl LIV.

-- Mahomes wasn't the only one in his household to get a ring. On top of the ring presentation, Mahomes gave longtime girlfriend Brittany Matthews a ring of her own (arguably the same size as his).

BALL SECURITY IS JOB SECURITY

-- We mentioned New York Giants head coach Joe Judge's unorthodox coaching methods during training camps. If his players are behind him the way they were during this muddy fumble drill, however, Judge should be just fine.

HAMILFIN: A MIAMI MUSICAL

-- Miami Dolphins defensive end Christian Wilkins isn't throwing away his shot to talk 'Hamilton' with teammates at camp.

FRIENDSHIP ENDED WITH GARDNER NOW TOM IS MY BEST FRIEND

-- Leonard Fournette is happy to be playing in Tampa Bay.

Comments

7 comments, Last at 06 Sep 2020, 12:11pm

1 LOL

Andy Reid always has a plan...

2 Now that Reid appreciates…

Now that Reid appreciates that rings = free food, how many of the next consecutive Super Bowls should we mark him down for?

3 Bless you, Kirk. It's…

Bless you, Kirk. It's refreshing to see an athlete go against the COVID grain for once. The fact that he caught heat for that statement, which reflects many people's sentiments, is sad, yet predictable.

As for Andy Reid, I hope he eats 54 free onion rings a night in KC!

4 This is rather baffling to…

This is rather baffling to me. It's not like anyone is actually enjoying having to wear a mask and socially distance from other people. Of course we all want to go about our daily lives. I wouldn't even say fear of catching the virus and dying is the main driver in wearing masks. The tone-deaf part of Cousins' statement was that even though he's okay with this virus killing him, the person next to him in the grocery store might not be. And even though he said he still follows mask protocols out of respect for others, he also used his public platform to perpetuate socially Darwinian ideas. This isn't even getting into the fact that Cousins is likely only willing to make comments such as these because he is part of the most ultra-privileged class in this country that is, by a wide margin, the least likely to contract or die from COVID-19. So the possibility of that actually coming to pass is so distant that it's essentially an abstraction.

So yeah, very brave of him. Bravo.

5 "The tone-deaf part of…

"The tone-deaf part of Cousins' statement was that even though he's okay with this virus killing him, the person next to him in the grocery store might not be."

This exactly. 

Unrelated, but kinda related, I get a tiny bit annoyed at people who are totally nihilistic about their own health (eat terribly, don't manage their blood sugar, make no effort to quit smoking, etc), because I often see the end result.  They think it only affects them, but If they're on medicare or uninsured, a lot of taxpayer money ends up getting spent  providing them emergency medical care, to say nothing of the already scarce medical staff and resources that are utilized.  Obviously this doesn't apply at all to professional athletes, but something about the sentiment "if I die, I die" rankles me.  No, you're not gonna die right away, if at all....a lot of people will put in blood, sweat, and tears trying to keep you alive.  I actually have a lot of respect for the few nihilists who think ahead and make themselves DNR/DNI. 

To be fair, however, Cousins made it clear that he is wearing masks and following protocols out of respect for everyone else, so I personally think the blowback he received for the comment was a bit of overkill (but that's the 21st century for you). 

Anyway, things are getting better (there are far fewer COVID patients in my area getting hospitalized, and those that are hospitalized are generally doing much better than those in March-May), but there's nothing wrong with taking reasonable precautions.  There's a wide gulf between "OMFG, we're all gonna die, shut everything down!!" and "This is nothing, we can keep doing everything like we did before, and the people who died were old and sick anyways".  I think what the NFL is doing is a reasonable middle ground.  TBH, I think those players who opted out were going a little too far.  As far as league protocols, with all the money and livelihoods at stake, it makes sense from their perspective to be slightly overcautious in order to avoid having to shut down in the middle of the season.

6 I have a little more…

I have a little more sympathy for the players who opted out, given the NFL's history of cavalier/footdragging attitude toward player health. I have little doubt that some teams still  think of their players as (well-paid) slabs of meat. A lot of things can happen with so many people involved. There will be the stupid kid who goes to a big party, and there will be the one who refuses to mask up (outside the team's scrutiny, of course) because "it's a violation of his constituonal rights".  Both kinds will be a risk to everyone else, for an industry that is the epitome of "non-essential".

7 Yeah, things are going…

Yeah, things are going surprisingly well so far, but they haven't started playing games yet, with all the traveling and contact risks involved. Hindsight is 20-20, so eventually either the opters-out or the opters-in will look silly, but opting out seems very reasonable to me, even now.

As for Cousins, I think the most controversial thing he said was that on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 was "people who wear masks are morons" he stood at 0.0001 (or something along those lines). Like Piano said above, just because you're not at 10 doesn't mean you have to go down to 0 out of contrarianness. Then again, it seems that 0.0001 is truly a misrepresentation of what he believes in, since he actually does wear a mask.