Tom Brady speaks on his return, Josh Norman contemplates his own mortality, and a Patriots tight end channels a superhero. All that and more as we recap some of the best quotes from Sunday's Week 5 action.
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Dolphins head coach says Tannehill's job is safe
He said: "[Ryan Tannehill] will be in there for the rest of the season."
We say: Tannehill hasn't been good through the first five weeks of the season, so it was a bit of a surprise to hear Dolphins head coach Adam Gase essentially say that he won't make a quarterback change at any point this season, no matter how bad things get.
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Martellus Bennett channels a superhero
He said: "They asked me if I needed a cart and I'm just like, '(Expletive), I'm going to look so weak.' And I've been watching 'Luke Cage' -- you know, he's a bulletproof brother from Marvel. And I'm like, what would Luke Cage do right now?
"He'd get up and keep bouncing around. I was like, I got to get off and just run off the field and come back into the game. I don't know, it was just in the moment, one of those things."
We say: Bennett went down with an ankle injury, but managed to play through it to finish with three touchdown catches in New England's big win over the Browns.
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Josh Norman contemplates his own mortality
He said: "You're not going to die ...You can use one hand and be the one-hand bandit and do your job."
We say: Norman left Sunday's game with a right wrist injury, but since it wasn't life-threatening, he was able to convince himself that it was OK to return.
Joe Flacco is embarrassed
He said: “It’s embarrassing to run off the field in front of your home fans, in front of your teammates. Our defense is putting up awesome fights every week, and we’re just running off the field, basically. So, it doesn’t feel good as the quarterback, as the leader of the offense, to continue to do that. I’m going to stand tall. I’m going to take it. It definitely is not fun.”
We say: Baltimore managed just 10 points at home in a loss to the Redskins, their second straight after a promising 3-0 start.
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Jeff Fisher defends his fake punt call
He said: “I wouldn’t have called it if I didn’t think it would work. That’s how those things are. We practiced it all week, we had the look and it didn’t work. I’ll take that. They executed it in practice, they didn’t execute it there. If that thing works, it’s good stuff. It’s really good stuff. It didn’t and they don’t always work. That type of approach in special teams has taken us a long way.”
We say: Trying a fake punt on 4th and 5 from your own 23 doesn't seem like the wisest of choices, even when trailing by four points with under four minutes remaining. But Fisher (apparently) had his reasons.
Philip Rivers can't believe the ways the Chargers find to lose
He said: "You can't make this stuff up. You think, `Is there any other way we can find a way to do this?'"
We say: The Chargers have been laughably bad this season in end-of-game situations. Against the Raiders, San Diego couldn't even execute well enough to give their kicker a chance to tie the game, as a botched snap sealed the 34-31 defeat with two minutes left.
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Rex Ryan reinvents history
He said: "They have this Donald kid, who I've said from Day One is the best tackle in football."
We say: Ryan famously criticized Aaron Donald's Pro Bowl selection in 2014, so after getting a win over the Rams on Sunday, he had no trouble walking back those remarks.
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Rob Gronkowski colorfully sums up Tom Brady's presence
He said: "Tom always brings the ampness to the table."
We say: He does indeed. The mere presence of Tom Brady elevates his teammates to a whole other level, which was evident Sunday in New England's 33-13 win over the Browns.
Jason Garrett credits Dak for Zeke's success
He said: "Zeke ran really, really well, but a big part of this game was the efficiency of our passing game. Dak read things out well, threw it to the right guy, and was accurate. ... He's grown with the experience he gets. He's goes about it the right way. We're lucky to have him."
We say: It must be nice to have two rookies playing at such a high level that you don't know which one to praise.
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Doug Pederson defends his QB's first interception
He said: "It's not necessarily designed for that, but the opportunity was there."
We say: Carson Wentz was trying to make something happen late against the Lions, and ended up throwing a deep ball that was picked off. It was Wentz's first career interception, and despite the way the game ended, his head coach attempted to have his back.
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Julio Jones explains Denver's game plan
He said: "Today, they came out and doubled me. They took me away and they were like, `All right, you're not going to beat us today.'"
We say: After torching the Panthers for 300 yards receiving a week ago, Denver's defense limited Jones to just two catches for 29 yards. But Atlanta still came away with the win.
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Tom Brady says he was rusty
He said: “I think there was plenty of rust out there. I can do better in a lot of areas."
We say: Big, if true. Brady finished with 406 yards passing, three touchdowns and no interceptions in his first game back following a four-game suspension.