Riley, Kelly Say Goodbye to their Teams
THIS WEEK IN COLLEGE COACHING CAROUSELS
NFL Week 13 - "I'm not gonna be the next coach at LSU. Next question."
—Former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley made an attempt to dispel any rumors that he would be filling the head coaching vacancy at LSU. 18 hours later, news broke that Riley had accepted the job at the University of Southern California. Chess, not checkers. (John Hoover, Sports Illustrated Via Twitter)
"Men … Let me first apologize for the late night text and, more importantly, for not being able to share the news with you in person that I will be leaving Notre Dame. I am flying back to South Bend tonight to be able to meet with you in the morning but the news broke late today and I am sorry you found out through social media or news reports. I will have more to share when we meet tomorrow at 7 a.m. but for now, just know that my love for you is limitless and I am so proud of all that you have accomplished. Our program is elite because of your hard work and commitment and I know that will continue. I will share more in the morning when we meet. Again, my sincere apologies for not being able to be the one to share the news directly with you."
—Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly sent this text out to his team (still currently vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff) after news had broke that he would be leaving Notre Dame to coach at LSU. The 7 a.m. meeting Kelly requested his team attend lasted just under five minutes. (Pete Sampson, The Athletic via Twitter)
"I'm not a candidate. Obviously I spent six years of my life there, so great respect for Notre Dame, and as I do USC, UCLA, like we talked about. But I'm committed to the Jaguars and doing the best we can to turn this thing around."
—Just for fun, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer decides to insert himself into the carousel conversation by refuting the notion that he was a candidate for the Notre Dame job. Meyer was a wide receivers coach at Notre Dame from 1996 to 2000. (Greg Beacham, Associated Press via Twitter)
WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME
"We just didn't get lined up properly and the play clock was winding down. I was just moving, trying to get everybody settled up and just got under the wrong guy."
—Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' explanation after lining up under his right guard instead of his center during the Vikings' loss to the San Francisco 49ers. (ProFootballTalk)
THE FUTURE IS NOW, OLD MAN
"Beating these guys for me twice and some of these other guys three times, it's a big changing of the guard in our opinion. It gives us a lot of confidence and guys are excited to see how the season plays out."
—Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton views the team's two wins over division rival and longtime contender Pittsburgh Steelers as a sign that times are changing. (Bengals.com)
"Bad passes, inaccurate, underthrown passes. That's all I seen. Bad reads. I looked like a rookie.
"Ain't no excuses. I'm supposed to play Lamar ball and I didn't. … That was just a bad performance. Four interceptions. Hope that never, ever happens again. Not ever."
—Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson called out his own poor play following the Ravens' 16-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. This was Jackson's first four-interception game of his career, having thrown three interceptions only once prior. (BaltimoreRavens.com)
IN WITH A BOOM, OUT WITH A WHIMPER
"It's challenging right now, but, at the same time, I know what we're capable of. What we're capable of has to show up. We have to make that happen. I don't know any other way. I'm not one of those guys to be down and out and not believe and give up; give up and give in. I'm gonna keep working my butt off every day. This team is, too. That's what we're gonna make sure of."
—Ever-optimistic Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson attempts to keep his head high after falling to the Washington Football Team on Monday night.
"Well, the results aren't showing that. The results and the way we're playing, it isn't showing up. He's got to do better, we all got to do better."
"Film doesn't lie. We're missing some stuff. I don't see indications of that in practice. I don't know what to make of it other than the fact that we gotta keep battling, keep trying to figure it out. I thought we had some guys open tonight, with some chances, and unfortunately we didn't hook it up."
—Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll provides a more critical take on both Seattle's play and Wilson's game in particular. The Seahawks have lost three straight and six of their last seven games. (NFL.com)
IT'S FOOTBALL, NOT A DISNEY MOVIE
"Just because Cam Newton's on your roster doesn't mean you're just gonna win. Just because it's a feel-good story doesn't mean you're gonna win."
—Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn't just want to rest on the happy ending of reuniting with his old team. After a blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins, Cam Newton wants to get back to actually winning games. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
DANCE WITH THE GIRL THAT BROUGHT YOU
"No. Let me ask you a question, Why would we do that? We're not doing that."
—Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski refuses to entertain the idea of benching quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns have scored a combined 30 points in their last three games, with an injured Mayfield throwing as many interceptions as touchdowns during that stretch. (NFL.com)
ALL IS NOT FORGIVEN
"He said he need a jersey after the game. I told him 'Go get Cooper Kupp's jersey,' since that's … who he wanna be with."
—Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams wouldn't swap jerseys with Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after their game because Beckham chose the Rams over Packers in free agency. (Bleacher Report via Instagram)
"Claypool plays wideout and I'll let him do that. I'll formulate the practice approach and I think that division of labor is appropriate."
—Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin proposed a fair trade after wide receiver Chase Claypool suggested the team play music during practice and make practice more fun overall. (Brooke Pryor, ESPN via Twitter)
IN THE EYE OF THE BE-HOLDER
"I think we misaligned on that one. The other ones were ... these guys hold all the time, so they're grabbing us around the waist, grabbing our backs. The officials, they don't want to call it every play, but until they start calling every play, they're not going to stop doing it."
—Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer seemed frustrated with the amount of times San Francisco 49ers players held during Sunday's game. (NFL.com)
"I think if you're running your feet and your hands inside just because a guy spins and flails his arms, it's not holding. He's just flopping. You can watch plenty of pass plays. I felt I got a holding call out there on a pass route. I got hugged and tackled. I think there were like three of those out there that don't get called. It's football, you know? Refs throw flags, refs don't throw flags. It's just the game."
"If you're going to sit on the sideline and complain about holding the whole time, I'd tell your guys to make better plays."
—San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle didn't see it as his teammates holding, instead believing the Vikings defenders acted a little extra in order to draw holding calls. (Tracy Sandler, Fan Girl Sports via Twitter)
CLASH OF THE TIGHT-ANS
"Let me tell you, I'm trying to break that record. I mean, why wouldn't I try to break that record? I'm coming for it. Tony, I'm coming for it. Basically, you got every record so I'm coming for this one and it's a pretty cool one, too, for sure. It just shows that I guess you're a baller and Tony's a baller."
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski currently sits one game shy of tying Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez's record for most 100-yard games by a tight end. (NFL.com)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) December 2, 2021
—New York Giants senior offensive assistant Freddie Kitchens hosts a quick spelling bee for the media during his weekly press conference.