He Said What?! The Best NFL quotes of week 12
The backup quarterback is often the most popular player for NFL fans and supporters of the San Francisco 49ers are clamouring for Jimmy Garoppolo, while some in Kansas City want to see rookie Patrick Mahomes get a crack as the Chiefs' offense continues to wane.
That will not be the case as Chiefs coach Andy Reid is not making a quarterback change any time soon. The Arizona Cardinals would actually be fine if Blaine Gabbert, who is filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, was next season's opening day starter.
The New England Patriots have no issues at quarterback with Hall of Famer Tom Brady, who tossed four touchdowns in a win over the Dolphins. Two of those touchdowns went to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had an interesting "race horse" celebration with Brandin Cooks after the latter scored in the fourth quarter of the 35-17 win. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin knows the Patriots are the team to beat in the AFC.
Despite losing five of their last six games, Green Bay Packers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said the team have to "keep winning" to make the play-offs. Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor relishes the underdog role and Aqib Talib discussed his fight with Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree.
Here's the latest edition of "He Said What?!"
- Reid on sticking with Alex Smith as the Chiefs quarterback: "Alex is my guy."
- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on Gabbert as next year's starter if Palmer retires: "The way he's playing right now, I'd be very, very comfortable. I think it's a possibility."
- Gronkowski on his touchdown celebration with Cooks: "That was not planned or anything. We got yelled at. We're not allowed to talk about celebrations. That's what we got told. But, I kind of want to talk about it, but I kind of don't because I'll get in trouble, so I don't know what to do. So, it just happened on the spot. It wasn't planned. We'll just keep it there."
- Taylor on beating the Chiefs in Kansas City: "Not that this matters, but 17 out of 19 people didn't pick us to win this one. We like those underdog feelings."
- Tomlin on facing the Patriots on December 17: "I'm going to embrace the elephant in the room. Going to be fireworks. And it's probably going to be part one. That's going to be a big game. But probably, if we're both doing what we're supposed to, the second one is really going to be a big game. Then what happens in the first is going to set up the second one, which is going to determine the location of the second one."
- Talib on Crabtree: "I came out there to play football on Sunday. I don't really know what he came out there to do. I just came out there to play football. He came out here on this extra stuff, so one thing led to another, man. It's unfortunate. I wish it didn't happen, but it happened."
- Brooks on Green Bay's play-off chances: "Any given Sunday, anything can happen. We just don't control our destiny. We're not in the driver's seat. As long as we keep winning, hopefully we can squeeze into the play-offs. We just have to keep this thing rolling."
- Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on throwing instead of running the ball late in the loss to the Cardinals: "I have to do a better job. We ran the ball on first down and we got greedy. I should have run the ball, run the clock out and gone to overtime. That's my fault."
- Falcons receiver Julio Jones on his 12-catch, 253-yard performance against the Buccaneers: "I'm not a selfish guy, I'm not a stats guy."
- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on the Baltimore defense carrying the team: "This is Baltimore. This is the organisation Ray Lewis built. We're not going to forget about Ed Reed. This team was built on defense."