Bill Belichick praises his running back, Ryan Fitzpatrick rips everyone, and Jeff Fisher is sticking with Case Keenum. All that and more as we recap some of the best quotes from Sunday's Week 7 action.
Mike Zimmer rips his offensive line
He said: “It was embarrassing in at least two of the phases,” Zimmer said, via the Star-Tribune, “and I’m very disappointed in the performance that we gave today. We turned the ball over offensively, we didn’t block people, we dropped balls, we got the quarterback hit, we [need] two inches and we can’t convert on third down or fourth down, we got three shots in the red zone in the first half, we throw an interception, we gave up a 98-yard kickoff return, we fumbled a punt. If you’re going to do those things, you have no chance to win.”
“We didn’t block anybody,” he said. “We were soft. We got overpowered.”
We say: The Vikings suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Eagles on Sunday, and Mike Zimmer was none too pleased. He had words for his entire team, but seemed to blame his offensive line more than anyone else.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick rips everyone
He said: "When the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself."
We say: No one is crying for Ryan Fitzpatrick. He came in and performed just fine after Geno Smith left with an injury, but New York had lost four straight with Fitzpatrick as the starter, and he had thrown 11 interceptions in his previous six games.
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Jeff Fisher is sticking with Case Keenum
He said: "The windows are tight and the throws have to be more precise. I'll make changes at receiver before I make a change at quarterback."
We say: Keenum ranks near the bottom of the league in most of the important statistical categories, and threw four interceptions in L.A.'s 17-10 loss to the Giants. Everyone but Fisher seems to know that it's time to give Jared Goff a chance.
Falcons coach explains going for it on fourth down
He said: "Just a gut feeling I had," Dan Quinn said of the fourth-down decision. "Go be aggressive and get that half-yard that we needed and when we didn't get it that was (the loss)."
We say: Atlanta went for it on fourth-and-1 from its own 45 in overtime, but Devonta Freeman was stuffed for a one-yard loss. San Diego won the game six plays later.
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Paul Posluszny isn't happy with the Jaguars
He said: "As a professional in the NFL, that's not what it's supposed to look like by any means.
"So that's what makes you mad. We're in the NFL. We need to have high standards for how we conduct ourselves at all times. I've never seen anything like that before. And that's unacceptable on a lot of different levels.
"Fans don't want to see that, you guys don't want to see that and we don't want to be a part of it."
We say: Jacksonville finished with 13 penalties for 122 yards and had two players ejected in the loss to the Raiders, which is indeed an embarrassing and self-inflicted way to lose.
Jay Ajayi makes history
He said: "It's surreal to me. The backs I'm in company with -- that's huge. Those are Hall of Fame guys, guys I look up to."
We say: Ajayi tied the record for consecutive 200-yard games held by O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams with his 214-yard performance in Sunday's 28-25 win over the Bills.
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Matthew Stafford on his game-winning pass
He said: "I cut it loose and I kind thought to myself, `We're going either win the game or lose the game on this one. It was a tight window."
We say: It's refreshing to hear that type of honesty, and in this case, Stafford delivered with the game in the balance. His pass to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left gave the Lions a huge 20-17 home win.
Brandon LaFell on the Bengals' big win
He said: "We needed it in a big way."
We say: Even though the victory came against the winless Browns, Cincinnati needed a win in any way possible. The division is still in play now that Ben Roethisberger is going to miss time for the Steelers, so yes, beating the hapless Browns was indeed a big deal for the Bengals.
Jacquizz Rodgers on his big day against the Niners
He said: "I've been waiting on this moment. My job is to take full advantage of it."
We say: Rodgers rushed for a career-best 154 yards in Tampa Bay's win over San Francisco, so it's fair to say that he did in fact take full advantage of his opportunity this week.
Belichick praises his running back after a win in Pittsburgh
He said: "His runs were able to settle us down."
We say: LeGarrette Blount spent part of the 2014 season with the Steelers, but he wreaked havoc on his former team in a Patriots win on Sunday. Blount finished with 127 yards rushing and two touchdowns in New England's 27-16 road victory.