The Week In Quotes: October 1, 2021
THIS WEEK IN BRADY VS. BELICHICK
"All those things are super personal. We had a great relationship. I think it was handled the right way. We handled everything as gracefully as we could. It was an amazing time and it was handled perfectly. I think everyone understood where we were at, with the people involved in the situation. Things worked out for the best for all of us, and we're all trying to do the best we can do now. That's what happens in life. You go through these experiences, you don't know where life's going to lead.
"I'm just excited to go up there and try to beat a really great football team, that's ultimately what this week's about. It's not about the quarterback, it's not about the fans or the home crowd or relationships of 20 years. It's about two good football teams going at it and we got to do a great job, it's going to be a huge test. Last week was a huge test, we didn't quite meet it. This is another huge test. We got to go meet the challenge."
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady on his return to Gillette Stadium for his Week 4 Sunday Night Football matchup against his former team, the New England Patriots. (NFL.com)
"I think we have been through all the dynamics of [Brady's decision to leave]. There were a lot of things there. He looked at his options and made his decision. We weren't as good an option as Tampa. You'd have to ask him about that, but it wasn't a question about not wanting him, that's for sure."
"Tom and I had I feel like a good relationship and a lot of production, obviously while we were together. I enjoyed coaching Tom. He was a great player for us. Sunday night we line up across from Tampa and not just him, but the entire team. They are obviously a very good team, so that's all about our team competing against Tampa's team."
—New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick discussing Brady's decision to leave following the 2019 season and New England's failed attempt to keep him in Foxborough. (WEEI)
"Well, I have 20 years of being there and, you know, obviously he's a great mentor for me. And, yes, there's definitely great lessons I have learned from him. And, you know, he's a great football coach and he does a great job for his team. Any player I think they would just hope that their coaches give them everything they have got and I'm sure every great coach wants every player to give them everything they have got. And I think that's what makes a great relationship."
—Brady on Belichick. (NFL.com)
"Damn right. Belichick wanted him out the door, and last year he threw  touchdowns. I think that's a pretty good year."
—Brady's father, Thomas Brady Sr., on whether he felt vindicated on behalf of his son after Brady won a Super Bowl his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (ProFootballTalk)
"Comments made by Thomas Edward Brady, a 77-year-old insurance company CEO who should know better at this point in his life, doesn't necessarily reflect the views or positions held by his son, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. So furthermore, should Tom Sr. continue to speak out on behalf of his son without the express written consent, Tom Jr. reserves the right to eventually put him in a home against his will. That's all I have to say."
—Brady Jr.'s "official statement" regarding his father's comments. (Tom Brady via Twitter)
"It's like going to a family barbecue and you're like the kid with divorced parents, and they're both there and you don't know if they're going to fight."
—Former New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman on the reunion between Brady and Belichick in New England. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
WHEN YOUR ENEMY'S MAKING MISTAKES, DON'T INTERRUPT HIM
"How can you not be romantic about football, man?"
—Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in his postgame interview following the team's walk-off field goal victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium. Rodgers' quote is an interpolation of one made by Brad Pitt's character Billy Beane in the film Moneyball, which revolves around the Oakland Athletics, who also call the Bay Area home. (AP News)
WE'RE ALL TRYING TO FIND THE GUY WHO DID THIS
"You almost can't make it up. It was that bad."
—Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy describing the Bears' offensive ineptitude in Sunday's 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Nagy's offense gained 47 yards on 42 total plays, while rookie Justin Fields threw for 68 yards and took 67 yards' worth of sacks. (Patrick Finley, Chicago Sun-Times via Twitter)
LIKE A PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES
"I'm glad we fought through adversity today. I'm frustrated, but as a team, I have been here, two, three years now and the last two years, we would have lost that game for sure."
"To see us fight through that and come on the road, obviously, any given Sunday, not looking at anybody's record, you can be beat on any given Sunday by anybody. So, it's good to get a win any way you can. That's what we came out here and did, and that was the goal coming on the road, getting a win and that's what we're leaving with."
—Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray on his team's 31-19 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars took a 13-7 lead at halftime after Jamal Agnew returned a 68-yard missed field goal attempt for a touchdown, then later took a 19-10 lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter. (ESPN.com)
TRUST TEDDY TWO-GLOVES
"Quit doubting Teddy, man. I love Teddy dearly. Let me tell y'all something. I was in Minnesota and we went to dinner when we went out there, and I saw how his mind is and I got to talk to him. And how he went through his reads, you know, he's a dog, man. The man can come in here and win the team over and continue to do the things that he's going to do. I love protecting his blind side. You know, being with him, and watching him do his thing. The dude is composed back there. He knows exactly where to throw the ball. I'm telling you right now man, he's a dangerous threat. If we do whatever we can to keep his jersey fresh, we're hard to beat."
—Denver Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles delivering an impassioned defense of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has led the Broncos to a 3-0 start. Bridgewater currently ranks fourth in QBR and fifth in DVOA among quarterbacks. (NFL.com)
"Whether it was in L.A. at that soccer stadium or in San Diego, it was another home game. You always looked at it as another home game and that was no disrespect, it's just a fact. The way you practice, the way you meet, it felt like a home game. I fully expect Raider Nation to take over a majority of the stadium again. They usually do in my time. Before I was here, that's what everyone would talk about. 'Hey, when we go down there, it's another home game.' I fully expect that this time. Hopefully they're not out there not letting Raiders fans in. If they let 'em in, I'm sure it'll be another home game feel for us."
—Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on the homefield advantage his team has when going on the road to play the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders played in Los Angeles for 12 years from 1982 to 1994, and their former home of Oakland is a six-hour drive from L.A. (Ari Meirov, PFF via Twitter)
THE AGE-OLD QUESTION: COULD URBAN MEYER BEAT AN NFL TEAM?
"This is the NFL. I don't know Urban Meyer at all, really, I met him the other day, shook his hand before the game and after the game. And his comment to me was, 'Every week is like playing Alabama in the NFL.' That's it. Everybody's capable of beating everybody in this league."
—Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on his postgame conversation with Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer. (Roll Tide Wire)
FLUSH AND FORGET
"When you take a deuce. You don't look at it. You flush it."
—Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Hurts discussing what I could only assume to be hist team's 41-21 Week 3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. (John Clark, NBCSports Philadelphia via Twitter)
JUST ACCEPT THE COMPLIMENT AND DON'T ASK QUESTIONS
"He's as pure as mother's milk. He just basically steps out there and gives you anything he's got. Nature gave him skills and boy, does he know to use them."
—Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones describing rookie linebacker Micah Parsons.
"I never heard that one before."
—Parson's response, preceded by several crying laughing emojis. (Adam Schefter, ESPN via Instagram)
IF I WANTED TO USE EXCEL, I'D WORK A DESK JOB
"Analytics is just a tool. ... You can look at a stat sheet all you want. I promise you if Excel was gonna win football games, Bill Gates would be killing it right now. But you have got to take those numbers as a tool and go ahead and factor in how your team's playing at the time and how the opponent is as well ... and also the flow of the game."
—New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on how he and his team incorporate analytics into their decision-making. (Pat Leonard, New York Daily News via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THIS WEEK IN THE MANNING CAST
—Check out the highlights from this week's edition from the Manning Cast, ESPN's side-broadcast of Monday Night Football hosted by Eli and Peyton Manning
AT WHAT POINT DOES THIS BECOME A BAD IDEA?
My man is getting a leg tattoo for every Ravens win this season 👀👀 @Ravens
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 27, 2021
—Getting tattoos for a historic field goal and an exciting upset win are one thing, but how would you memorialize a random Week 8 win against the Vikings?