The Week In Quotes: September 10, 2020
THEY DON'T CALL OVERTIME 'DO OR DIE' FOR NOTHING
"I'm in favor of execution. Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight."
—Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly took many by surprise after dropping this gem in the postgame interview that followed his team's 41-38 overtime win against the Florida State Seminoles. (Tony X via Twitter)
"I was kidding. It was tongue in cheek. It wasn't funny? It's an old John McKay quote that he used after the game, so I was talking and making a joke about it. Why? It was taken serious? Are you people crazy?"
—Kelly was forced to clarify his reference to Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach John McKay during his postgame press conference, insisting he did not actually want to execute his entire football team. (Matt Fortuna, The Athletic via Twitter)
"I couldn't get the smile off my face. To see him run on the field, it gave me chills. He's a great dude, I'm so happy to see him on the field performing, and I'm blessed to have him on my team."
—Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis on watching teammate McKenzie Milton take the field late in their game against Notre Dame after Travis' helmet came off and he was forced to go to the sideline. This was Milton's first game since November 23, 2018, where he severely injured his leg and knee while playing for UCF. (David Hale, ESPN via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN NUMBERS
"The number rule is crazy. Literally, guys changed their numbers today. I'm playing two guys who had different numbers in the preseason. So, yeah you've got to watch film and know who you're studying but so do running backs. They've got to know who to block. So does the offensive line. So do the receivers who are adjusting their routes based on blitzes.
"So one guy has got a 6, one guy has 11, one guy has got a 9. And they change every play when you break your routes and get to your spot. It's going to be a very challenging thing. It's a good advantage for the defense, which that's what it is."
"It would be like saying, 'What if I let the offensive linemen wear 82 and No. 9?' They wouldn't know who was eligible. Well that's not fair. You'll get your tail kicked. At least identify who the D-line, the linebackers, and the safeties are. You're going to have a lot of matchups where guys are blocking the wrong guys. I don't know why that should be."
"It's a stupid rule."
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady went into detail about his concern regarding NFL's rule change for jersey numbers. While Brady makes good points, college players with much less experience have no trouble scouting players with non-traditional jersey numbers. (NFL.com)
CLEVELAND, THIS ONE'S FOR YOU
"I've got my Kyrie [Irving] and my [Kevin] Love? Well, hell, I have to prove that I'm LeBron first before anything. I have to prove that I'm the playmaker at all levels. Hell, he's top three in any debate that you have."
—Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has set out this season with a mission to prove he is the football equivalent to former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. Garrett likened the Browns' offseason acquisitions of Jadeveon Clowney and Malik Jackson to the stars that helped LeBron bring an NBA championship to Cleveland. (Akron Beacon Journal)
"No one told me I made the team. No one told me I didn't make the team. So, I'm just kinda still here, and I'm going to be here until they ask me to leave."
—New England Patriots kicker Quinn Nordin never received any call letting him know whether he made the roster on cut day. Nordin, who had spent the night talking with college teammates and playing online Monopoly, showed up to practice at Gillette Stadium the next day still unsure whether he was on the team. (Boston Herald)
"I don't really feel pressure. (Owner) Mark Davis is going to let me know if it's good enough or not. And I know what's good and what isn't. I'm 58 years old now, and I'm not working any less than I did when I was 38. So I'm doing the best I can. I'm proud of the results we have gotten, but also realistic. I know what's at stake. But I'm not going to worry about it."
—Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is not yet worried about his job status headed into his fourth year with the Raiders. Gruden is 19-29 since accepting the head coaching job in 2018. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
BREAK OUT THE HYDRATION CHART
"Every time they pee, you want it to look clear."
—Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is emphasizing hydration as their team heads to Jacksonville in a neutral-site game with the New Orleans Saints. Jacksonville is set to have a high of 87 degrees on Sunday, and LaFleur wants to ensure that no players are headed to Area 51. (Ryan Wood, Green Bay Press-Gazette)
BALL DON'T LIE
"The ball is different because it is bigger. It doesn't have the white stripes on the side so you can't see the ball coming from the tip point so you actually have to look for the strings on the ball at the top, which is hard to see because whole ball is brown and you have the six strings that are white. But for the most part, just have to get used to it and find out what I am comfortable with catching."
—Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, who has dropped each of his last four targets, details the differences between the NFL game ball and the ball used by the NCAA. Chase also noted his lack of concentration and inability to achieve in-game rhythm for some of his issues. (Bengals.com)
TOM BRADY 1, FATHER TIME 0
—Tom Brady's post celebrating his 22nd season before last night's game.
"I just turned 21 a few days ago…"
—Cleveland Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz revealed he has never lived in a world where Tom Brady wasn't playing professional football. (The Checkdown via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THIS WEEK IN LOSING BETS ON YOUR ALMA MATER
UCLA beat LSU this weekend, so Eric Kendricks handed out hats to Justin Jefferson, Danielle Hunter, and Patrick Peterson in the #Vikings locker room today 😂
🎥 erickendricks54/IG pic.twitter.com/HjEmizw5MV
— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) September 6, 2021
—Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks forced all his Vikings teammates who attended LSU to wear some UCLA gear after UCLA beat LSU 38-27
—Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence was forced into a full Georgia sweatsuit after Clemson fell to Georgia 10-3.
PADS AND DUMMIES JUST DON'T FEEL THE SAME
Derrick Henry's stiff arm practice looks a little different 😂 @KingHenry_2
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 7, 2021
—Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry no longer uses rubber helmets on sticks or body pads to practice his stiff arms. He has evolved beyond the need for those simple toys.