From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, NFL players and coaches cannot escape the microphone.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton did his best 'Captain Obvious' impression when asked about Tom Brady's huge bounce-back game on Sunday. Brady also lauded one of his running backs as one of the best team-mates he has ever had.
New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins had no issue with Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch dancing on the sideline, but said his team-mates should be bothered by Sunday's embarrassing loss; the Seattle Seahawks had an "ugly" win over the San Francisco 49ers; the Green Bay Packers are upset with officiating; the Los Angeles Chargers are sticking with rookie kicker Younghoe Koo, who is just one for four after missing two in Sunday's "brutal" loss to the Miami Dolphins; the Cincinnati Bengals are still behind struggling quarterback Andy Dalton; Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer gives a confusing update on Sam Bradford's knee; and the NFL still thinks Los Angeles will embrace the Rams and the Chargers despite Sunday's poor attendance.
Here is the latest edition of "He Said What?!"
— Payton on Brady's 447 passing yards against the Saints: "Obviously, there were some guys open."
— Brady on Patriots running back James White: "I've played with a lot of great team-mates, and James is right up there with the best."
— Jenkins on Lynch's sideline dance during Oakland's 45-20 win over the Jets: "That irks my ever-living nerves. I was on kick-off return and I saw it happen and it's infuriating and I wanted them to kick the ball short so we could get more contact. That pissed me off. I'm an old-school guy, and I don't like [it] when things like that happen... It was embarrassing losing like that. Having Marshawn dancing like that, good player, seeing that happen, that should infuriate the whole team."
— Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin on Sunday's 12-9 win over the 49ers: "It was ugly. Ugly as hell."
— Packers receiver Davante Adams on the controversial pass interference calls that went against his team in the 34-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons: "Nobody gets called on that like we do. But it is what it is. The rule is just — it's a judgment call for the refs. We didn't violate anything, so that should have been four more points on the scoreboard. At the end of the day, it's up to them and they'll come and talk to us in the offseason about how they messed up on certain calls and things. That's part of the game. We can't be the ref. If we could, then it would have been called a little bit better on that."
— Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn on Koo: "We're still riding with him. And we're hoping that he'll bounce back."
— Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron on Dalton: "Do you think he wants to have tipped balls that turn into interceptions? Has he worked his whole life for that, has he worked all week for that? No... Listen, I think I'm a great quarterback and I think he's an unbelievable quarterback, I love him to death, but he's our quarterback, stop making it into something else."
— NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart on the LA market: "We remain confident that the city of Los Angeles can support in a very strong way two franchises, and we're committed to making that happen as we work toward the opening of the new stadium."
— Zimmer on Bradford: "Sam is OK. He might play one game from now, he might play six weeks from now. Either way, he's fine."
— Giants head coach Ben McAdoo on Eli Manning's delay of game penalty in the third quarter of Monday's 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions: "Sloppy quarterback play. The quarterback and centre need be on the same page there. We've got to get the ball snapped. We have a veteran quarterback who's played a lot of football. I expect us to get the ball snapped."
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