Odell Beckham Jr. got a harsh warning from the refs, Steve Smith destroyed Jalen Ramsey, and Rex Ryan had some thoughts on the Patriots. All that and more as we recap some of the best quotes from Sunday's Week 3 action.
Ryan Tannehill tells the truth
He said: "I don't think we deserved it, but we'll take it."
We say: It seemed like neither the Dolphins nor the Browns wanted to win a contest that needed overtime to be decided, as both teams made mistake after mistake in the game's most critical moments. Had the Browns made even one of the three field goals they missed, Miami would have fallen to 0-3 -- and Tannehill knows that.
Larry Fitzgerald questions the Cardinals' credentials
He said: "Every year you have to earn the right to get to the playoffs. Right now we’re not a playoff team. The record states what it is."
We say: Arizona has been the definition of inconsistent through the first three weeks of the season. A 1-2 start doesn't scream "playoffs," and this may be Fitzgerald's way of getting the attention of his teammates.
Odell Beckham was told he'd be tossed
He said: “Today, they came up before the game and said, ‘If you do anything we’re throwing you out of the game.’ That was before the game. There was no, ‘You get a warning.’ There wasn’t any of that. You’ve just got to be on your best behavior. Unfortunately, this is what we’ve come to. It’s not really football any more as much as it is all of the other things that play into it."
We say: Things were relatively quiet between Beckham and Josh Norman on Sunday, except for Norman carrying Beckham out of the end zone, and for Beckham's fight with a kicker's net. Beckham finished with 121 yards receiving, but the Redskins came away with the win.
Justin Tucker knows Joe Flacco is elite
He said: "I really had no doubt" Flacco would be able to move the Ravens within range of a game-winning field goal.
We say: Flacco had a below-average day against the Jaguars, and his eight-play, 22-yard drive to set up Tucker for a game-winning 54-yard try wasn't exactly spectacular. Tucker did the heavy lifting here, but it was nice of him to verbalize his faith in his quarterback nonetheless.
Steve Smith won't let a rookie's trash talk go unchecked
He said: "In 5 to 10 u will be retiring and they will be taking my measurements for something you will NEVER BE. #HOFer. I got cleats with stronger thread then you!!!"
We say: This was in response to Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey running his mouth in the locker room after a loss to Smith and the Ravens.
"Ya'll tell me who got in whose head," Ramsey said. "He came up to me after the game, you feel me? Y'all tell me who got in whose head. He's an old man acting like that.
"Ain't nobody worried about him. He came up to me, you know what I'm saying, on some disrespectful stuff. The game's over with. You still mad 'cause I was locking you up? All right, go sleep on that. I ain't trying to hear that after the game."
Michael Bennett weighs in on the 49ers quarterback situation
He said: "I think (Colin) Kaepernick gives them a better chance of winning but that's just my opinion."
We say: Blaine Gabbert finished with just 119 yards passing and an interception in San Francisco's 37-18 loss in Seattle, so it's possible that Bennett has a point. But he should probably be focused on his own QB, who left Sunday's game with a sprained knee injury.
Andre Johnson has thoughts on the penalty that took away his late TD
He said: "If he wouldn't have fell down, it wouldn't have been called." br> We say: Andre Johnson appeared to haul in a touchdown pass with 22 seconds left that would have put Tennessee in position to tie the Raiders at 17. But he was called for offensive pass interference, and the Titans couldn't find the end zone again before time expired.
Vikings CB talks some trash while taking down the Panthers
He said: “When the score was 10-19, I told them it was over,” Captain Munnerlyn said. “I told the sideline, ‘Coach, it’s over now.’ ”
We say: Minnesota sacked Cam Newton eight times and ended up with three interceptions en route to a 22-10 road victory, so with a defensive performance like that, Munnerlyn can say whatever he wants.
Trevor Siemian receives high praise from Emmanuel Sanders
He said: "Obviously going in, nobody really knew about him. Now everybody's starting to talk about him. He's always calm, cool and collected, even in the fourth quarter. You should have seen the way he took command in the huddle."
We say: Siemian did something Sunday not even Peyton Manning could do last season, by finishing with more than 300 yards passing and four TDs in Denver's 29-17 win over the Bengals. Sanders finished with nine catches for 117 yards and two TDs, so it's no surprise he was willing to sing his quarterback's praise.
Ryan Fitzpatrick on the 6 INTs he threw in Kansas City
He said: "I've had some bad ones, so all I can do is put it behind me and move on."<br. We say: There's not much else to say after a performance like that, so check out these six ridiculous facts about Fitzpatrick's six-interception game.
Philip Rivers believes the refs got it wrong
He said: "That's the most unfair penalty I've ever gotten. I've never gotten one like that. I've never gotten one for really doing nothing. It maybe was the cleanest thing said on that field today and he (the official) was 30 yards away. From what I hear, it looked like nothing on the TV, but I don't know."
We say: Early in the fourth, Rivers hit Travis Benjamin with a 43-yard completion that put San Diego at the Colts' 6-yard line. But he was called for a phantom unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and the drive resulted in a field goal instead of a potential touchdown. Those were the last points of the game the Chargers scored in the 26-22 loss.
Rex Ryan doesn't care who the Patriots roll out at quarterback
He said: "Look, I can sit back and say I don't care who plays quarterback because I know Brady ain't. I don't care who plays quarterback. (Former Patriots quarterback) Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him."
We say: Rex was feeling himself a little bit after getting his first win of the year in convincing fashion over a Cardinals team that was a preseason favorite to win the NFC. But poking the Patriots bear like this would appear to be not the wisest of decisions.