“I don’t need to announce the quarterback, I don’t think I need to announce the starting punt returner, either, but I bet you guys could figure it out.”
–A week after the prior exchange with a reporter, someone tried to coax the starting quarterback out of Shanahan after asking who would be returning punts in the regular season. He still wouldn’t budge. (NFL.com)
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE
“I was cut seven or eight times, and you remember that. A kind word and appreciation for the work, that doesn’t take a lot of time.”
“The [coaches] that talk to you and the ones that didn’t, you definitely remember that. Just being there, I remember what it meant to me. Just acknowledge, ‘Hey, I appreciate it and good luck.'”
–Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury discusses how he handles roster cut downs, empathizing through his own experience as a former player. (NFL.com)
EASIER SAID THAN DONE
“Yeah, I think just make people miss and not get tackled. That’s probably the best way you can limit hits.”
“But nah, it’s part of football. I think it’s the best position on the field. The whole thing, and you’ve always got to stay physically prepared, mentally prepared, and emotionally prepared, and if you kind of check those boxes every day, and fall in love with your routine throughout the week and make it consistent, just be proactive with it.”
–Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey knows that after missing 13 games in 2020 to injuries, the best way to preserve yourself is to simply not get hit. (Panthers.com)
THAT’S COACH RIVERS TO YOU
“It’s awesome. I’ll tell you what, after playing two-hundred-and-fifty-something NFL games, fifty-something college games, those three years playing at Athens High School, being around it at Decatur High growing up, were some of my favorite memories. They really are. They’re up there in the top ten. I could sit here and think of a handful. It’s awesome. I’m trying to remind these kids of that so they embrace it, because most of these kids aren’t going to play beyond high school football. We’ve got a handful that’ll play at the next level, that want to, and I want ‘em to want to. But I also want them to appreciate experiences like this. You’re all over there with your families and classmates, and you won a football game. I told them, ‘Be excited.’ Shoot. It’s awesome. I’m enjoying the heck out of it.”
–St. Michael High School head coach Philip Rivers discusses the joy of high school football after his first-ever win as a head coach. (Ben Thomas, Alabama Media Group)
’NO KICKER LEAGUES’ ARE SLOWLY BECOMING REAL-LIFE
“I had the time of my life. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for so long. I can’t tell you how excited I was when the coaches said, ‘You’re up this game.’ And I was like, ‘Really, I get one?’ They said, ‘No, you’re up the whole game.’ So I was so excited to be out there. It was a dream come true.”
–Houston Texans safety Justin Reid was called upon to do kickoffs in an emergency situation when kicker Ka’imi Fairburn went down with an injury. Reid, a former soccer player and kicker in high school, recorded kicks of 65, 61, and 48. (NFL.com)
ACTUALLY, TOM DOES THAT PRETTY OFTEN
“[The Tampa Bay Buccaneers] basically stole our chances to go to the Super Bowl. Stole it away from us. Hate you, Tom Brady.”
“The first time we went shopping, I was like, ‘Eh, I’ll leave it right here.’ And he said: ‘No. Take it all the way back.'”
–Los Angeles Chargers fullback claims that the only time he has seen Justin Herbert’s temper flare up was when Nabers almost failed to return a shopping cart. (ESPN)
PRESSURE? THAT’S A DOUBLE ENTENDRE
“There’s definitely pressure. I put pressure on myself. I know I’ve been given this role. And I worked hard to be here. So I have to step up and do what I have to do.”
–New York Giants tackle Andrew Thomas allowed 1.5 sacks, several QB hits, and was called for holding in his first preseason snaps against the New England Patriots. Thomas evaluates the situation surrounding the protection of quarterback Daniel Jones. (NJ.com)
POETRY IN MOTION
“[Route running]’s not a science. It’s an art. It’s art. It’s drawing. It’s lines. It’s separation, angles and stuff. That’s really what it is.”
–Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley on the art of route-running. Ridley also noted he studies Jerry Rice in an effort to improve his footwork. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
–Members of the IMG Academy football team took to TikTok following the news surrounding their past opponent, Bishop Sycamore. If you have somehow not heard about this story, I implore you to look it up because I cannot do it justice in this caption.
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