The Week In Quotes: September 17, 2021
PASSING THE TORCH
"I guess, apparently, this is what the Saints have been missing."
—NBC analyst and former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees offered the highest possible praise to Jameis Winston following Winston's first start with the New Orleans Saints, defeating the Green Bay Packers 38-3. Winston had five total touchdowns, including a 55-yard strike to Deonte Harris. (NOLA.com)
BLACK HOLE HAVOC
"Felt like I died and woke up. And died again. I was like a cat. I had multiple lives."
—Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden on the Raiders' chaotic Monday Night Football overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
"Beautiful thing about that [last play] is there was an audible that coach told me during the week 'Hey, if we ever get this look, get ready for this play,' and Zay Jones was it. Zay Jones, since he got to our team, every time I ask someone to throw, he's there at 6 a.m. Every time. He never missed one. So to see him come up with the game winner like that … I hope everyone in the world roots for Zay Jones because he works harder than anybody on our team."
—Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on wide receiver Zay Jones' game-winning catch in overtime. (Hurdles via Instagram)
LIFE IMITATING ART
Reporter: "I don't know if you've seen the meme going around, but it's basically like, 'F*ck it, Tyreek is down there somewhere.' Did that come to fruition today, or…?"
Patrick Mahomes: "It's funny you say that, I literally just saw that. I literally just saw that, and 'Sometimes it be like that' is what I have to say. Sometimes you just got to throw it up. He's a little dude but he goes and catches it and he's pretty fast, so usually good things happen."
—Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes breaks down memes following his 75-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill in a 33-29 comeback win over the Cleveland Browns. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
"I think I play best when I don't go in thinking about the deal … I'm just playing football, honestly. I'm letting my agent take care of all of that. It is the last year of my contract and I let that take care of itself."
—Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones, coming off the heels of a five-sack, two-forced fumble performance against the Tennessee Titans, says that his looming contract extension is not on his mind. It should be noted that Jones "made it rain" to celebrate his fifth sack of the afternoon. (AZCardinals.com)
"He's a real unorthodox guy. He takes his shirt off and doesn't look too good."
—Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray took Jones down a peg during his presser before going on to praise Jones' ability as a pass-rusher.
"Somebody tell baby yoda the truth about his new hairdo"
—Jones' retort via Twitter (Chandler Jones via Twitter)
T.E.A.M.: TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE
"I think we were just all on the same page, everybody's saying this, saying that. We don't care what nobody say. We know that we got good players on this team, we know that we got good players in this locker room, we know we have guys who've played ball over several years in the league and many different places and who have played it at the highest level. And we knew that if we just prepared and went out there and just do what we need to do, hold each other accountable, compete with each other and be the best version of ourselves, that would be fine.
"We don't care what nobody say. It's all about what we believe in this locker room, it's all about what we believe in this building, and we believe we have a team that can be great, win games and be a championship-type team. That's what we have all aspirations for. If you're not playing this game to be a champion, if you're not playing this game to be the best, if you're not playing this game to win, then you're in the wrong business. And that's what we all believe and that what we're all pushing for, that's what we're working for."
—Houston Texans running back Mark Ingram articulates the current mindset for the entire Texans roster. Houston is the only team in the AFC South who won their first game, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-21. (NFL.com)
FATHER TIME'S UNDEFEATED STREAK IN JEOPARDY
Wow, seems to be a really hot question lately. Can Tom Brady play 'til 50? Like, 50 years old? Fifty. I don't find it so difficult. Plus, in Florida, it's kind of a retiree state, so I feel like I can play and then just glide into retirement. I think I can. I think it's a yes."
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, currently 44 years old, on the prospect of playing until he's 50. (Tampa Bay Buccaneers via YouTube)
GETCHA POPCORN READY
"I like to tell them, 'Enjoy the show.' That's all I can tell them. A lot of news coming. I've been hearing this since I was young, you know what I'm saying? But I'm not worried about it. This is my job right here, and my job is to catch the football and make plays. So I'ma let them sit back and enjoy the show."
—Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase responds to critics who doubted his potential during preseason after his impressive debut against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. After closing preseason by dropping his last four passes, Chase finished Week 1 with five catches, 101 yards, and a touchdown on seven targets. (NFL.com)
AHHHH I DON'T KNOW, JIM
"I'll give CBS credit, [chairman] Sean [McManus] and [president] David [Berson] got together and they came up with a plan. Jim Nantz and [director] Jim Rickoff came down and we did all these practice games, and I sounded like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the teacher. 'Bueller, Bueller.' I watched myself. It was so boring. You would've been like, 'This guy needs to stop doing this right now.' That was the start of me listening to myself.
"It was just trial and error and gaining an understanding of what I would want to hear. When I listened to it, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I am the worst announcer ever. I am so boring.' I cringe already listening to myself, but that, I was like, ugh, disgusting.
"I tried being Jon Gruden, John Madden, Phil Simms, Troy Aikman, Cris Collinsworth … and what I found was one day, 50 times in doing games, it clicked for me, and not to say that everyone loves it, but I found my voice and the sound and the way I was saying it, I actually was like, 'Oh, that was OK,' and that's a big deal for me to say that."
—CBS commentator Tony Romo describes the training process he went through to find his identity and voice as a broadcaster. (Awful Announcing)
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
"Part of my motivation for getting up in the morning is I love to have a cup of coffee and two Debbie cakes. Every day. And when I don't have 'em I'm cranky."
—Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is fueled on a morning diet of coffee and two oatmeal creme pies. (ESPN via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
DREAMS INTO REALITY
— Clifford Taylor IV (@clifftayloriv) September 16, 2021
—A member of the Los Angeles Rams social media & design team had one of his mock-ups for a potential red zone design approved and used by the team during their Sunday Night Football home opener against the Chicago Bears.
MAN OF HIS WORD
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 16, 2021
—Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce goes blonde after losing a bet regarding whether tight end Zach Ertz would be traded.