Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Jan 2018

The Week In Quotes: January 5, 2018

by Cale Clinton

THIS WEEK IN THE (VERY AWESOME) BUFFALO BILLS

"Dear Cincinnati Bengals,

After we handled business in Miami, we needed you, and you came through big time. On behalf of this team, the people of the City of Buffalo, and Bills fans around the world, thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!

Wings on us. (No really, we're sending wings.)

With love,

The Buffalo Bills"

-- The Buffalo Bills Twitter account posted this open letter to the Bengals after Cincinnati helped Buffalo clinch their first playoff appearance in more than 17 years. The Bills were the last team in the four major sporting leagues (football, basketball, baseball, hockey) to make the playoffs in the 21st century. The Bills also snapped the longest playoff drought across the four major sporting leagues. (Buffalo Bills, Twitter)

     

"Our friends at Duff's are hitting the road to Cincinnati tonight with:

1440 wings

90 lbs of celery

30 lbs of carrots

6 gallons of blue cheese

9 gallons of Duff's wing sauce

And a TON of thank you's from Buffalo! #GoBills

See you soon, @Bengals!"

-- A message from the Bills' official Twitter account, letting the Bengals know that the wings have shuffled off from Buffalo. (Buffalo Bills, Twitter)

"So here's the update for today. We are now over 10,000 donors, we are just shy of $250,000. We cannot thank everybody enough. This has been just so amazing to see just how supportive people are, just how much people are blessing us with these donations and the impact that it's going to make is going to be huge. So thank you, let's keep it up, and I'll keep updating as time goes on. Thanks."

-- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton thanks the more than 10,000 Buffalo Bills fans who donated to the Andy Dalton Foundation following a Bengals win getting the Bills into the playoffs.
(Andy Dalton, Twitter)

BRUCE ARIANS PLANTING HIS FLAG AT MIDFIELD

"Thank you for coming to my house. I hope you get home safe."

-- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians led off his Sunday press conference after a victory at the Seahawks' CenturyLink Field with this gem. Arians retires with a 4-1 record at CenturyLink. (ESPN)

AH YES, THE NORMAL TIME IN BETWEEN GAMES IS TOO LITTLE TIME TO PREPARE

"It's very difficult to come from a bowl game with seven days to prepare. ... This is, I think some kind of way someone has to think about (what's good for) the players, and not what's convenient for the media or TV or whatever."

-- Alabama head coach Nick Saban complains about the short turnaround time between the College Football Playoff semifinals and finals. (Alex Byington, Twitter)

     

IF YOU AIN'T GOT NO SAUCE, THEN YOU LOST

"Some people are born with sauce and some people get lost in the sauce and some people just ain't got no sauce at all."

-- Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith speaks about the Jaguars defense in one of the more confusing sauce-related metaphors I've had the pleasure of reading. (Bleacher Report)

YOU'RE RIGHT HUE -- MOST PEOPLE COULD'VE PICKED UP AT LEAST TWO WINS

"I don't think anyone else could've done this job for the past two years."

-- Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, confirmed to return to Cleveland next season, claims that no one else could've handled the job of leading the Browns to a combined record of 1-31. (Mary Kay Cabot, Twitter)

NO MORE FUN AND GAMES -- LITERALLY

"Coach just wanted a different level of focus. All attention on what we've got ahead of us. The playoffs is a heightened sense of urgency for everybody. Just trying to lock in."

-- New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead seemed to understand the decision to remove the team's ping pong table and Nintendo 64 from the locker room in preparation for the playoffs. (NOLA.com)

I WONDER WHAT HIS HANDICAP IS

"I don't have any timetable. I'm going to play golf tomorrow. On Tuesday, I'll play golf again. Wednesday, I'll play golf. Thursday, I'll play more golf and we'll figure it out as we go."

-- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won't announce his timetable for retirement any time soon. For now, he'll be hitting the links. (Kent Somers, Twitter)

A MAN WITH HIS PRIORITIES IN ORDER

"I got my signing bonus and I put that sh*t in the bank and I went and got some motherf*cking wings."

-- New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara didn't want to buy much after he signed his rookie contract, but he was craving some wings. (TheMMQB.com)


THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

CHRISSIE HYNDE SUPERFAN BAKER MAYFIELD

-- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield carried this sign with him prior to his team's Rose Bowl game against Georgia. This sign is in reference to a quote by college football analyst Lee Corso, who referred to the very hyped Oklahoma Sooners as "pretenders."

A UNIQUE, NOT SAFE FOR WORK CAREER CHANGE FOR DWAYNE BOWE

-- Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has given us a bit of insight as to what he's been doing since he retired from the league: he's dipping his toe into the rap game!

I DO NOT LIKE GREEN BUDWEISER. I DO NO NOT LIKE THEM, SHAHID, SIR.

-- The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a page out of Dr. Seuss' book for the playoffs by selling teal-colored Mr. Softee, teal burgers, and teal beers.

I KNOW BELICHICK SAYS 'NO DAYS OFF' BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS

-- The New England Patriots take a leisurely walk to practice in the middle of Thursday's "bomb cyclone."

ENDING THE SEASON IN AN AWESOME WAY

-- Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. treated the front desk secretary of the Redskins facility.

Posted by: Cale Clinton on 05 Jan 2018

19 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2018, 12:16am by ChrisS

Comments

1
by jtr :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:56am

Hue Jackson's entire final press conference was just bizarre. Hue spent half the time talking about how important his leadership is to the team, and the other half deflecting all responsibility for the team's performance. And he just generally tried to present 1-31 as some terrible ordeal that he went through rather than something he was at all responsible for. If I were a Browns player, I would never want to follow that guy after that.

6
by Guido Merkens :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:22pm

I would agree, but it seems to have worked, insofar as he still has his job.

2
by barf :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:07pm

Not a 'Bama fan in the least, but I can somewhat see Saban's point - it's a different scenario from the regular season because they're playing at a neutral site, and there's logistics of getting everything turned around quickly. Play on a Monday, play again the next Monday. Seems like they could have scheduled it on Thursday of the following week without any problems. I could be wrong though.

3
by young curmudgeon :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:15pm

It's also "a different scenario from the regular season" because they aren't playing Fresno State, Vanderbilt, or Mercer. Come on, Saban, you didn't even win your conference championship, you were awarded a seat at the table based at least partially on reputation, and now you've found something to complain about? Grow up!

9
by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:41pm

I don't hear James Madison or North Dakota State complaining.

Now, Mercer didn't play either of those teams, but Mercer did lose to Wofford, who lost to NDSU 42-10.

Now, Alabama's probably better than NDSU, but NDSU is more likely to feature an NFL-caliber QB.

11
by Travis :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:57pm

FCS has an opposite schedule from FBS- James Madison and North Dakota State will have had three weeks to prepare for the championship game, but each only had a week to prepare for both their quarterfinal and semifinal opponents.

4
by young curmudgeon :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:18pm

A list of bands it would be even cooler to see on Mayfield's sign:

Violent Femmes
Anti-Nowhere League
Husker Du
Camper Van Beethoven

5
by justanothersteve :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:20pm

I realize practice is important. But requiring players to come to practice when you're not playing for another week during this week's storm was beyond stupid. It's downright dangerous. What happens if one of the players gets injured, or possibly killed, while driving through that mess? It's not a cute story anymore.

7
by Guido Merkens :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:24pm

Belichick might have wanted to free up a roster spot.

10
by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:42pm

Can't they find a guy to put on IR for a week?

13
by Hoodie_Sleeves :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:37pm

Did you miss the part where he told the players to stay at the hotel in the same complex rather than drive?

8
by Guest789 :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:34pm

Bruce Arians is my hero.

16
by serutan :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:35pm

Bruce will be missed for many reasons, largely because he gave no feces, and was a really good coach.
______
Was wr

12
by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:31pm

I was excited to see what Miss BJ - the receptionist in Washington might look like.

With that kind of name my mind was imagining all sorts of things ...

... until she peered out from behind the flowers :D

14
by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 7:01pm

Wait . . . the Saints had a Nintendo 64?

A Nintendo 64?

Was their Colecovision broken?

15
by jtr :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 8:56pm

Smash 64 is still fun as hell. And I'm sure they play their share of Blitz 64. I remember hearing a few years ago that the New York Yankees play RBI Baseball in the clubhouse, and that dates back to the old NES in the 80s.

17
by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Sat, 01/06/2018 - 7:29pm

I think my folks might have an Intellivision rattling around somewhere.

18
by PatsFan :: Sun, 01/07/2018 - 9:43pm

Still have my Mattel Electronic Football (original version).

19
by ChrisS :: Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:16am

Those games were awful, I loved them. I had football, baseball, and basketball.