The Week in Quotes: October 22, 2021
GREEN BAY ISN'T THE ONLY TEAM WITH SHAREHOLDERS
"I own you, all my f*cking life, I still own you, I still own you."
—Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was picked up on television mics screaming this at a crowd of booing Chicago Bears fans after he ran in for a touchdown. (Yahoo Sports)
"Sometimes you black out on the field, in a good way. I looked up in the stands in the front row and all I saw was a woman giving me the double bird. I'm not sure exactly what came out of my mouth next."
—Rodgers reflecting on the moment during his postgame press conference. (Packers Wire, USA Today)
BAD, BUT NOT GOFF-UL
"I don't feel like we can actually judge him, one way or another, I don't feel that way yet. Now, I will say this. (10-second pause) I feel like he needs to step up more than he has. I think he needs to help us just like everybody else. I think he's gonna need to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders. It's time to step up, make some throws, and do some things."
—Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell on his current evaluation of quarterback Jared Goff through six games. Goff finished Week 6's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals 28-for-42 for 202 yards and an interception. (NFL.com)
"He's a pure passer, man. He can throw the football. If you give him a minute and give him a little protection and let him see it, I think he can make some pinpoint throws. I've seen it from him. I've seen enough of him. I've said this over the last four years to know that he can just slice you up if he gets in a rhythm, because he did it to us every year (against the Saints) and we had a damn good defense."
"If we can stay in the normal flow of a game and we can function like we need to right now offensively, with what we are, I think we can win with him. I just do."
—Despite Sunday's comments, Campbell believes he can still win with Goff at the helm. (Sports Illustrated)
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
"I think [discipline]'s one of those things that you have to take on individually to be honest with you. can't make anyone disciplined, you've got to want to be disciplined. You have to practice that way. Not just practice that way, you have to be in the meeting rooms that way, take care of your body."
"Success is not a given. Discipline is not a given. It's about everyday life choices. It's about deep down inside individually, do you want to be there or not? It's as simple as that. We can't make our teammates, we can't make anyone else do that. You have to do that by yourself."
—Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks provides an evaluation of the team's performance and demeanor through this portion of the season. (Texans Wire, USA Today)
"There's obviously something more to it. I don't think that it's what people may think it is because, I mean, you look at the roster and you look at the guys that are there, I mean it's been so massively turned over that there's only a handful of guys that are even there from last year that I played with.
"So, it's not like, I'm like, 'Oh, I want to go and beat my old team' or 'Oh, I can't wait to face this guy,' because it's not the same team. It's not the same organization that I remember and that I was a part of. There's so many guys I don't know."
"That's why it hurts me to see where it is now, because I believe those fans deserve to be living those high times and to be experiencing those great moments and it hurts to know that they're not, and to know that they're struggling. So, I hope that they get back there at some point and I hope that they get to do that because I know firsthand it's an unbelievable place to play when you're rolling."
—Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt is facing off against the Texans this week, but according to him, the franchise looks nearly unrecognizable since he left. (ESPN)
THINK THEY'LL TAKE THE BAIT?
"I'm the head coach. It's my responsibility. Point-blank. Every player on this field, every position group, the execution, it all comes down to me. The fish stinks from the head down. I've been taught that by great guys I've worked for and played for. There's no excuses."
—New York Giants head coach Joe Judge takes full responsibility for the team's 1-5 start to this season. Judge is currently 7-15 lifetime as head coach. (Art Stapleton, The Record Sports via Twitter)
JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN!
"If you're looking for your headline here, I think the people who make those statements are kind of whistling in the graveyard just a little bit. It doesn't have any meaning. Anybody who knows X's and O's are rolling their eyes when they hear something like that."
"I don't think once somebody does something—some X-and-O idea—all of a sudden that's the answer. We've kind of been saying that for three years now. There is no answer. You've got to play well. You've got to execute. Whoever executes better and makes plays, really, in the end is going to win. It's less about figuring somebody out."
—Baltimore Ravens head coach Jon Harbaugh brushes off any preseason remarks claiming that this would be the season teams "figure out" quarterback Lamar Jackson. (ESPN)
BUFFA-LOWS AND HIGHS
"A lot of shoulda, coulda, woulda, but at the end of the day, 4-2 going into the bye week. Going back to last year, taking a loss the way we did against Arizona … this is a resilient team, and I got no doubt that we're gonna use this to fuel us and be ready to go in two weeks."
—Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen on bouncing back from a Monday Night Football loss to the Tennessee Titans. (ESPN)
"At the end of the day, I trust him and I'll trust him again if we're in that situation again. I'll take Josh Allen … 10 times out of 10. Give them credit they made the play they had to make when the game was on the line."
—Bills head coach Sean McDermott does not regret his decision to run a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-inches late in the fourth quarter when a field goal would have tied the game. Allen lost footing while attempting to run the ball, leaving him short of the first-down marker. (NFL.com)
Cole Cubelic: "You came out to a lot of boos, what gives you comfort and calm when you come out to that kind of reception?"
Lane Kiffin: "Matt Corral."
—Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin had Matt Corral to provide a sense of security during his return to Knoxville, Tennessee. Kiffin may have been struck with bottles and a golf ball or two, but Ole Miss walked away with a 31-26 win over the Volunteers. (No Context CFB via Twitter)
PHILADELPHIA SPORTS: THEY'RE JUST DIFFERENT
"There's a lot of people that say it's a hard place to play. I think it's pretty f*cking easy, to be honest with you. You just go out there and play hard. You want to be loved in this city as a baseball player? Run to first base. They're going to f*cking love you. That's what it comes down to. If you come up here and make a bunch of excuses, you come up here and try to lie to them and act like they don't know what they're talking about—which sometimes they don't—when you act that way or you aren't accountable, you're making mistakes or you're not getting better, they're going to crush you.
"Everybody's going to get crushed (by fans and media) at some point. Everybody's going to go through a downturn or be struggling, right? At all times, this city is going to keep you accountable to do your job and performing. If you stick to it, if you fight through it and get better, they'll respect the hell out of you.
"Especially if you fight, even if you're struggling. If you're fighting and really trying, they're still going to respect you. That's what I think most guys miss. I really don't think this is a hard place to play at all, to be honest with you. I think a hard place to play is … I think it would be miserable to play in a place like Jacksonville where nobody cares."
"What's going on with—I don't want to crush any other player—what's going on with the 76ers and Ben Simmons and stuff like that, all that is because of a lack of accountability, a lack of owning up to mistakes, and a lack of correcting things. If all that got corrected, you're fixing free throws, if you're getting better as a player, none of this is happening.
"Everybody can bitch and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better, man. This city will love you."
—Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce on what it's like to play in Philadelphia, relating it back to the difficulties the Philadelphia 76ers are having with point guard Ben Simmons. (CBS Sports)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THE 'BELIEVE IN YOURSELF' GETS ME EVERY TIME
—Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs needs to credit at least one of his interceptions to his son's sideline cheers.
A WALKING BILLBOARD
—While the Titans have taken up a noble cause, this should be all the proof Derrick Henry needs to start taking deals as a human advertisement.