Donald Welcomes Miller and Beckham to L.A.
NFL Week 11 –
“Look, it’s L.A., a hot team, good coaches. Who wouldn’t want to be here? That’s how it works. If somebody else wants to come, they can come. We’re trying to make something happen.”
—Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald on the big names added to the Rams roster in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and linebacker Von Miller. (Associated Press)
SO … IS ANYONE ELSE WONDERING WHEN HE SLEPT?
“We probably spent 19 or 20 hours a day working on this hand, trying to break records with this thing. It was a pretty severe injury in the sense of how many things happened. I think for me, my whole mindset was to cut the time in half, and that has been my mindset since the moment that it happened.”
—Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on the rehabilitation routine he underwent to heal the finger he had surgery on. (Seattle Times)
IS ANYBODY EVEN GOOD ANYMORE?
“In this league, you’re just as good as your next game. We’re seeing this every Sunday, on Thursdays and Monday nights. The parity in this league is ridiculous, so you have to stay on your game and you have to continue to work to get better.”
—Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the Chiefs’ victory over the Las Vegas Raiders to ascend to the top of the AFC West, briefly mentioning the losses other top teams in the NFL have faced in recent weeks. (Sports Illustrated)
SOLUTION: DON’T BE STUPID, STUPID
“It’s very disappointing. It’s very alarming to watch the energy at every practice and show up with a lack of execution and energy that it takes to win on Sunday. We’ve got a lot of soul-searching to do.”
“It has nothing to do with ability. It’s about execution and being a smart football team. We’re a very dumb football team. And that’s a reflection on the coaches.”
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians chides his team for the mistakes made during their 29-19 loss to the Washington Football Team. (ESPN)
NOBODY KNOWS HOW OVERTIME WORKS
“I didn’t even know you could tie in the NFL. In my mind, I was sitting on the bench saying, ‘I’ve got another quarter to go.’ But someone came to me and said, ‘That’s it.’ I’ve never had a tie in my life before.”
—Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris had no idea the NFL’s overtime period could end in a tie. He learned firsthand as the Steelers tied the Detroit Lions 16-16.
“It’s nuts. I’m back there like, ‘Yo, how many overtimes can we do?’ And they’re like, ‘Three’ … I hear, ‘Two, one,’ and we were like, ‘Yo, whatever’s going on, we’re about to just put our all into it.'”
—Detroit Lions running back Godwin Igwebuike was in a similar camp to Harris, assuming there would be multiple overtime periods. (ESPN)
HE LOOKS NOTHING LIKE HIS GRAPHIC ON FOX
Reporter: “So you are lifting weights?”
Justin Herbert: “Correct.”
JH: “Does … does it not look like it?”
—Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert gets asked the age-old question: “Do you even lift, bro?” (Los Angeles Chargers via YouTube)
A MIND PROTECTED TIGHTER THAN FORT KNOX
“I don’t disclose my plans to other people I don’t know, so I’m just going to enjoy my time off and get ready for the rest of the season.”
—New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney refused to share insight into his bye-week plans.
“I mean we won, so I don’t know what to tell you. If we come out victorious with one target, I mean, OK, hurrah. What y’all wanna do? We won.”
—Toney on the Giants’ victory over the Las Vegas Raiders despite only having one target during the game. (B/R Gridiron)
THEY KEYWORD HERE IS ‘TRY’
“Believe it or not, we try to play well all the time.”
—New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the Patriots’ trend of playing their best football late in the year. (Alex Barth, Boston Sports Hub via Twitter)
CHRISTMAS GIFTS BEFORE THANKSGIVING?
“I didn’t see [Jamal Adams] do [the belt celebration], but there hasn’t been a lot of positive things that have come from guys doing it over the years. … That was a gift, I told him later in the game. An absolute early Christmas present on that one. A bad decision. I obviously didn’t throw it anywhere near where I wanted to throw it. … I respect Jamal but that wasn’t necessarily the most difficult one. I kinda threw that one right to him”
—Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams picking off Rodgers and using his signature belt celebration during Green Bay’s 17-0 victory over Seattle. (Pat McAfee via Twitter)
DON’T LOOK A GIFT COACH IN THE MOUTH
“Did you like (the score) the year before I got here?”
—Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops’ response when his 34-17 margin of victory over Vanderbilt was called into question. Stoops was hired in 2013; the year prior, Kentucky lost to Vanderbilt 40-0 (Jeff Drummond, Cats Illustrated via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
MORE LINEMEN SHOULD BE MIC’D UP
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) November 16, 2021
—It’s hard to transcribe grunts and screams, so here’s the video footage from Patriots center David Andrew’s Mic’d Up segment.
MEETING YOUR HEROES
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) November 18, 2021
—Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines had a chance to meet Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tavon Austin, whom Hines claims he wanted to model his game after.