Coachspeak: The 8 best things NFL head coaches are saying
As is becoming tradition around these parts, it’s time to take a look at some of the best quotes from head coaches around the NFL following Week 3. Whether they’re discussing their team’s performance over the weekend or looking ahead to Week 4, here are some highlights from Sunday and Monday coach pressers across the league.
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY SportsKevin Hoffman
Bills coach Rex Ryan, on who will start at QB for the Patriots
"I can sit back and say I don't care who plays quarterback, because [Tom] Brady ain't ... I don't care who plays quarterback. Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If [Bill] Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him, I promise you that."
Depending on how much juice Belichick has left in that arm, the Patriots may have the four best quarterbacks in the AFC East this year.
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsWinslow Townson
Dolphins coach Adam Gase, on his team’s performance
"We just want guys to do it right. Whoever wants to do it right, those are the guys that we're going to put out there. Talent's irrelevant at this point."
Nice try, Adam. Everybody knows that ‘Talent is irrelevant’ is the Browns’ motto.
Getty ImagesDon Juan Moore
Jets coach Todd Bowles, on his team's 24-3 loss to the Chiefs
"We took an ass kicking. ... [Expletive] game plan. [Expletive] execution. [Expletive] all around."
Good news, though: the Jets are in midseason form.
Getty ImagesPeter Aiken
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, on Steve Smith trash-talking Jalen Ramsey
"It was kind of fun, it was fun. I thought Steve Smith had a heck of a game. If that’s how he responds to whatever challenge put before him out there, I’m for it. I’m for that happening every week. I thought he responded quite well.”
Any coach who publicly praises his players' smack-talk is just fine by me.
Logan Bowles-USA TODAY SportsLogan Bowles
Browns coach Hue Jackson, on whether the team is tanking
"I do want everyone to know we're not tanking the season," he told reporters. "I'm not after the first pick."
Once again, the Browns don’t intentionally stink. It just comes natural to them.
Diamond Images/Getty ImagesDiamond Images
Giants coach Ben McAdoo, on Odell Beckham
“Emotionally on the sideline in between the series, he needs to do a better job. That's all of our responsibilities, mine included. But he needs to control his emotions better and be less of a distraction to himself and his teammates. It's our job to help him with that process."
And by "help him," McAdoo means that Beckham needs backup so he doesn't get his ass whupped by a kicker's net.
Getty ImagesAl Bello
Eagles coach Doug Pederson, on Carson Wentz’s game prep
“It’s Peyton Manning-ish,”
Bold move to take HGH as a rookie.
Getty ImagesRich Schultz
Bears coach John Fox, on Jay Cutler’s job security as starter
“I don’t think there are any givens.”
Oh really? Well, the Bears sure seem to be "given" out a lot of wins. I'll log off.
TNS via Getty ImagesChicago Tribune
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, on struggles of long snapper Kameron Canaday
"Grow the hell up. ... It has nothing to do with anything but what's between his ears."
Judging by the way he's throwing the football in that picture above, it has a lot more to do with just what's between his ears.