Joe Flacco talks trash, Jerry Jones talks Romo, and Tom Brady talks about going home. All that and more as we recap some of the best quotes from Sunday's Week 11 action.
Getty ImagesJoe Robbins
Jerry Jones reveals his expectations for Romo
He said:“I want him to go in a nanosecond when they call for him. And that’s what he’s prepared to do. And my experience in football with that top position in quarterback is that ultimately you need him.”
We say: Jones simply wants Romo to be ready in the unlikely event he's needed. What's more likely, however, is that Dak Prescott leads the Cowboys on a deep run through the postseason, and Romo is traded in 2017.
USA TODAY SportsMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Terrelle Pryor is tired of seeing his QBs get hurt
He said:"This is bullcrap. We can't keep doing this. We can't keep letting our guys get hit. It's as simple as that. … We can’t keep getting these guys hit. I’m tired of our guys getting hit.
“I’m nobody to complain because I don’t run [the pass protection], but it’s personal to me because I care for those guys and I don’t like seeing them get hit like that.”
We say: The Browns have had a slew of quarterbacks get injured this year, and Pryor's comments came after Cody Kessler left Sunday's loss to the Steelers with his second head injury of the season.
Diamond Images/Getty ImagesDiamond Images
Jameis Winston has inspired the Bucs
He said:“The message was, think about when we played football for fun. Not as a professional. … Football got us here. We didn’t come here as professionals. We came here as football players. We were blessed by the man above, and we just overcame a lot. So we’ve gotta keep fighting and we’ve gotta get better every single day.”
We say: The Buccaneers are buying what Winston is selling. Tampa Bay is 4-2 after a 1-3 start, and recorded its most impressive win of the season in Kansas City on Sunday.
Getty ImagesGetty Images
A Cowboys rookie CB didn't like playing against Steve Smith
He said:"I had respect for him before the game, but after the game I have no respect for him anymore," Anthony Brown said. "He's a real character, and I actually saw it for myself [Sunday]. I don't got nothing to say about Steve Smith."
"Coming into the game they already told me what kind of player he was," Brown said. "But until you see it for yourself, then you're just, 'calm down,' but it's hard because he keeps yapping after every play. It's kind of hard."
We say: Smith finished with eight catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, which probably only added to Brown's disdain.
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsTommy Gilligan
Jeff Fisher sees the light
He said:“I’m disappointed in the outcome of the game. But you can see the light. The light is there for him.”
We say: Jared Goff completed 17 of his 31 attempts for just 134 yards in Sunday's 14-10 loss to the Dolphins, but Fisher saw some positives in his rookie's performance nonetheless.
Russell Wilson, wide receiver
He said:"I think we've been trying to call that the past four or five years."
"They doubted my arm ability, they doubted I could make the throw, so I'm glad I got to prove them wrong," Baldwin said with a grin, via The Associated Press.
Getty ImagesGetty Images
Tom Brady goes home
He said:"It was very cool. It doesn't get any better than that. To have the first chance to ever do that was very special. I felt it in pregame warmup and it carried right to the last play of the game. It was pretty great.
"They have a great organization, they always have. They inspired a lot kids here in the Bay Area in my time growing up, and I was one of them."
We say: Brady grew up just 40 minutes from San Francisco, but this was the first time he's gotten the chance to play against his hometown team -- and not surprisingly, he turned in a masterful performance.
Elsa/Getty Images Sport
Larry Fitzgerald states the obvious
He said:"We have some situations where we made it a lot tougher on ourselves. The mindset is not going to change. We're still in the thick of it."
We say: The Cardinals gave up a 100-yard pick-six and a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the same game -- one that Arizona lost by just six points.
Jay Cutler took his most recent loss to heart
He said: "This one is going to be a hard one to swallow. These games that you lose when you definitely have a chance at the end to win, those are the ones that kind of keep you up at night."
We say: The Bears played the Giants closer than many expected, and Cutler finished 17 of 30 for 252 yards and a touchdown. But he was also sacked four times and threw a somewhat ridiculous interception on Chicago's final possession.
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY SportsRob Grabowski
Joe Flacco thinks the Ravens should have won
He said:"We should beat this team. We should beat this team. I’m not kidding. I felt very confident coming into this game, and I really feel like we should beat this team.”
We say: The Ravens hung around and kept it close in Dallas, but the Cowboys proved to be too much. Still, Flacco -- quarterback of a 5-5 Ravens team -- feels like he and his guys can compete with anyone at this point in the season.