DIET STARTS TOMORROW
“Need to get on a diet so I can fit into my clothes.”
— Kansas City head coach Andy Reid is going to need a quick crash diet before his Super Bowl trip to Miami… (B/R Gridiron via Twitter)
“I had a cheeseburger and went to bed.”
… but it didn’t start the night after winning the AFC Championship Game, that’s for sure. (Kansas City Chiefs via Twitter)
SHERMAN COLONIZES REVIS ISLAND
“Fear of getting beat in man-to-man coverage. Every snap every play. The fact that he doesn’t travel as a cornerback is lame. [Accept] the challenge as the best and shut [Davante] Adams down the entire game. Do it for the game of football. Stop hiding a Cover-3 zone.”
— Retired All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis posted his reaction to the NFC Champsionship Game, where he keyed in on the matchup between Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. Revis criticized Sherman for not locking down Adams all game while following him around the field à la the play of “Revis Island” back in his prime.
“I would go in on this has-been but I have a Super Bowl to prepare for. Enjoy the view from the couch. Your ninth year looked a lot different than this.”
— Sherman was quick to hop on Twitter after the game and take Revis to task, comparing his career resurgence to Revis’ ninth season. While Revis’ ninth season saw the beginning of the end for the once-dominant cornerback, he did beat Sherman and the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX the year prior. (ESPN via Twitter)
NO SLEEP ‘TIL MIAMI
“I’ll tell you what, it’s been seven years coming baby. I’ve learned one thing since I’ve been here: ‘You’ve gotta fight! For your right! To PAAAAAARTY!'”
— Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has earned his right to party after posting 164 yards and three touchdowns so far this playoffs. (ESPN via Instagram)
FRANK THE TANK
“(The Titans) come in here, they say they’re gonna run the ball. I know exactly what they were gonna do, you watching that film, you know what they’re going to do. The last two games, (Henry) had 200 yards each game, I knew damn well we weren’t gonna win the game if we let that happen. They come in here, call him the best rusher in the league. We sending his ass home early.”
— Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark called his shot earlier in the week when he claimed Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry wasn’t hard to hit. Now that he’s an AFC champion, Clark doubles down on his game plan.
“They must not know who I am yet. They’re gonna find out sooner or later when I got that ring on my f*cking finger. At the end of the day, we’re f*cking champions. AFC! That trophy that got my only last name on it? That sh*t say KC! That sh*t KC! Ain’t no fall-off. Last year, jump offsides, all that, I told them when I got here, this sh*t was gonna change. Look at this sh*t. We the best motherf*ckers in the world.”
— After being asked about those online who claimed Frank Clark was “writing checks he couldn’t cash,” Clark responds by writing a few more. (James Palmer, NFL Network via Twitter)
IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST
“My coach from last year would call it the Wrist Flick from Hell.”
— 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner gave his best breakdown of what Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ throwing motion is really like. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
FIRST MIAMI, NEXT STOP TOKYO 2020
“It almost looks like they got their roster from the Olympic relay team and threw them all on the football field.”
— 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh praises the Chiefs’ high-flying dynamic offense, comparing their speed to that of a track team. (Adam Schefter, ESPN via Twitter)
ROOM TO GROW
“He’s 23 years old. He’s younger than Joe Burrow, OK? So he’s got a pretty good head start right now.”
— Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh wants everyone to calm down about quarterback Lamar Jackson’s 0-2 playoff record after falling to the Titans in the AFC divisional round. (Bleacher Report via Instagram)
FROM ONE GOAT TO ANOTHER
“Congratulations on your retirement, and a great career Eli! Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn’t won any Super Bowls.”
— New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gives his best wishes to Eli Manning after the announcement of his retirement. Eli famously won both of his Super Bowl Rings against the Patriots, one of which prematurely ended a perfect season for New England. (Tom Brady via Twitter)
STILL WISH YOU WERE IN THE NFL?
“Nothing new. My fingernails continue to get ripped off.”
— Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce reveals what it’s like to play every snap of a 17-game NFL season. Hint: it’s painful. (Bo Wulf, The Athletic via Twitter)
“Whoever wants to pay me money to play the game of football, I’ll play for em. It doesn’t matter to me.”
— LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is content with whichever NFL team decides to take him No. 1 overall in this year’s draft. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
THE ULTIMATE TEAMMATE
“It’s the start of something great, brother. I’m so excited for you. Hey, you’re gonna be playing in a lot of these.”
— Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota gives Ryan Tannehill words of encouragement on the sideline during the AFC Championship Game. Mariota had been benched in the third quarter of Week 6’s game against the Denver Broncos. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
SEARCH AND RESCUE
— New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took to Instagram to find Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson at the Pro Bowl for his son, Baylen.
— It didn’t take Lamar long to link up with Baylen Brees and throw some passes around in the lobby.
ISN’T THIS THING ALREADY THREE DAYS LONG?
The stage for the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas will be on the water at the Fountains of Bellagio. The players will be transported to the stage by boat. pic.twitter.com/8sVl8p2ZBx)
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 21, 2020
— The NFL Draft is being hosted in Las Vegas, so of course it has to be as massive and excessive of a spectacle as possible.