Aaron Rodgers on getting booed at home, Andy Reid on his call to get a 346-pound defensive player a TD, and Jerry Jones facing a difficult Dak decision. All that and more as we recap some of the best quotes from Sunday's Week 6 action.
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Colin Kaepernick responds to U-S-A chants of Bills fans
He said: "I don’t understand what’s un-American about fighting for justice and liberty for everybody."
We say: Kaepernick got his first start of the season in Buffalo, but the fans there were less than kind and the attention was once again on his pregame protests.
Rob Gronkowski on getting chippy with the Bengals
He said: "They do that every game. You watch film, they’re always baiting everyone to do that.
“They’re a very tough, physical team and they’re physical football players who are big, and they hit hard. I feel like that’s the style that they play. So, I kind of gave into it when I got my penalty. You’ve got to watch out for that. But after that, I just had to stay away.”
We say: Gronkowski received a taunting penalty in the fourth quarter, and the Bengals kept after him to try to get him tossed. The Patriots made sure none of that mattered, though, by cruising to a 35-17 win thanks in part to Gronk's career-high 162 receiving yards.
Aaron Rodgers on being booed at home
He said: "Look, we're upset, they're upset, it's part of it. It's not the first time. Probably won't be the last time."
We say: It definitely won't be the last time if Rodgers continues his underwhelming play. The Packers suffered an ugly 30-16 home loss at the hands of the Cowboys.
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Drew Brees feels good after taking down the Panthers
He said: "These are defining wins. These are wins you can draw from as the season goes along and really get a lot of strength from. It gives you great confidence and poise when situations arise in the future."
We say: Brees was magnificent against a banged-up Panthers secondary and finished with 465 passing yards and four TDs in the 41-38 win.
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Tom Brady, master of the obvious
He said: "Well, I can do some things better out there, and I think offensively, we can, too, but it’s good to be 5-1. I think we’re at a decent place, so we’ve just got to keep stringing these games together. There’s a ton of football left."
We say: Brady may be attempting to remain humble off the field, but on it he's been unstoppable. In his second game back following that pesky four-game suspension, Brady once again had it rolling in a comfortable home win over the Bengals.
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Jeff Fisher defends his decision once again
He said:"I'd do it again. We're inside the 1. Shoot, you've got to bang that in."
We say: With the score tied at 14 at the end of the first half, Fisher and the Rams went for it on fourth down from the Detroit 1-yard line. Todd Gurley was stopped for a loss, and the Rams ultimately lost by three points.
Ben Roethlisberger awaits MRI results
He said: "It happened before I threw the ball. I felt something funny in my knee. We'll pray it's nothing too serious."
We say: The Steelers QB finished the 30-15 loss to the Dolphins, but he wasn't himself after suffering a knee injury in the first half and finished just 19-of-34 for 189 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
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Jerry Jones is starting to struggle with his Dak Prescott decision
He said:“There’s nothing I’d rather do than go into [the] last half of the season with a ready-to-go Tony Romo and a winning Dak Prescott. I dream of being able to make that decision. We are not there yet by the way. We are not there.”
We say: The Cowboys are now 5-1 after a big win in Green Bay, and Jones is realizing that if Dallas keeps winning, and even if Tony Romo is ready to return, it'll be almost impossible for him to make a quarterback switch -- something he seemed ready to do earlier.
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Josh Norman still doesn't understand the league's stance on celebrations
He said: "It’s ridiculous. If they’re going to say I’m outspoken about it, so be it. Because this is what we do, man, this is what we’re having fun at. Gladiators in the sport back in the day, they celebrated, they had their time. So why can’t we have ours?”
Chip Kelly wont say whether Kaepernick will remain the starter
He said: "We'll see."
We say: Colin Kaepernick completed just 13 of 29 pass attempts for 187 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco's 45-16 loss to the Bills, which isn't exactly a performance that would inspire confidence in a head coach. Would Kelly really return to Blaine Gabbert, who wasn't playing any better?
Martellus Bennett isn't bothered by Vontaze Burfict
He said: "He apologized. He said he didn’t try to do it. But it’s part of the game. Stuff happens."
We say: Burfict sure appeared to intentionally (and needlessly) go low on Bennett during the Patriots' win over the Bengals, but the New England star chose to take the high road and accept the apology.
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Andy Reid sticks up for larger guys everywhere
He said: "I'm taking credit for that one for all the chubby guys out there. He's got phenomenal hands. ... It's just a matter of looking it in, be patient and then cut the beast loose."
We say: Reid was discussing the goal-line play call he made for 346-pound defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who caught a screen pass and barreled into the end zone to score his second career touchdown.