SWIMMING IN SEAHAWKS GREEN
“Sh*t, I’m great.”
—Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams was in a chipper mood after ending a contract stalemate by signing a four-year extension with worth $70 million. (John Boyle, Seattle Seahawks via Twitter)
“She said my full name, and when my mother says my full name, I think I need to pay attention. She gave me a nice little paragraph and basically just told me that you don’t have to prove anything else to anybody. You did enough. We’re happy. As long as my family’s happy and I’m happy, I can come and do what I love to do, that’s all that matters to me.”
—Adams on how his mother, Michelle Adams, was the one to finally end the stalemate. (ESPN)
WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?
“I don’t spend an hour looking in the mirror before games like Matt LaFleur does.”
—Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith took some time out of his typical media address to send some shots at Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. Smith worked under LaFleur as a member of the Tennessee Titans, taking over the offensive coordinator job in 2018 upon LaFleur’s departure for Green Bay.
“Well, I’m honored he’d think of me, first of all. Arthur and I did share a locker room together in Tennessee. Yeah, I might have been looking in the mirror, getting my clothes right, while he was trying to get his hair right with that Just for Men. (Removes cap to show a full head of brown hair.) You guys know he’s younger than me, right?”
—LaFleur jabbed back when asked about Smith’s comments at a press conference. Smith didn’t seem to mind the playful retort, however, explaining that he’s “been going gray since 20.” (ESPN)
IT COULD BE WORSE
“I told them it was a very poor performance. We’re going to scrimmage next week with this same bunch because we didn’t tackle well. We made the wrong checks on defense with the safeties. We threw an interception for a touchdown. We go three-and-out the first two series. Terrible punts. Other than that, it’s been great.”
—Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer really knows how to look on the bright side of a 33-6 preseason loss to the Denver Broncos. (Field Yates, ESPN via Twitter)
CORNERING THE MARKET
“This is not why we [drafted a cornerback]—but quarterbacks are available more than franchise corners every year, at least the last couple of years.”
—Denver Broncos general manager George Paton explains his rationale behind selecting cornerback Patrick Surtain II in the 2021 NFL draft with quarterbacks Justin Fields and Mac Jones still on the board. Surtain joins Kyle Fuller, Ronald Darby, and Bryce Callahan in the cornerbacks room. (ProFootballTalk)
STARTING YOUR DAY ON A GOOD NOTE
“You can’t wake up to killin’ people all the time.”
—Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers has established a rule for himself when it comes to music: no rap before 8 a.m. (Gregg Bell, Tacoma News-Tribune via Twitter)
TRAINING IN DAGOBAH-LTIMORE
“He’s Yoda, man. He’s like Yoda. He just knows everything. I always try to ask him questions about different sets, how to approach that, how to attack that. He’ll have the answer right away. I appreciate that, because I’m new to the game. I’m trying to pick up something different every single time. I try to work with him after practice, just learning and picking up every little thing.”
—Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Odafe Oweh has spent most of training camp as a padawan learning from Justin Houston. (Baltimore Ravens via Twitter)
CAN’T HIDE BEHIND ZOOM ANYMORE
Reporter: “It’s good to see you in person.”
Cam Newton: “And it feels so good, right? Y’all uglier in person! Just messin’ with you.”
—New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton saw the media for the first time in person since joining the team last year, and he came with jokes. (Rosie Langello, WPRI via Twitter)
CARDIAC ARREST IN A CUP
“Normally what I do is I get two venti of the [Pike Place] with two shots in them, so a black eye in both. That’s what I come in with. That’s how I start the day.”
—Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell discusses his morning coffee order, filled with enough caffeine to kill an actual lion. (Woodward Sports Network via Twitter)
SPENDING FUNNY MONEY IN JERRYWORLD
“Well, I’ve got rocks in my pocket or I’d float off, because I don’t have no more money! Dak—and I mean this—it’s not about the money [for him]. All he wants is to be the best, and he’d like to be acknowledged as the best. That’s the competitor in him.”
—Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves his money, but he didn’t seem to mind forking over a four-year, $160-million contract to quarterback Dak Prescott this past offseason. (NFL via Instagram)
JUST TO BE SAFE
“I just need to make sure he’s really done. Can’t risk this guy coming back…”
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady flew out to Canton, Ohio, to sit in Peyton Manning’s personal section for his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brady and Manning faced off 17 times over the course of their careers, with Brady edging out Manning by a margin of 11-6. (Tom Brady via Twitter)
“Special. The fact that he’s flying commercial up here and connecting through Charlotte and Cleveland … really shocking. But it means a lot.”
—Manning was thankful for all the “sacrifices” Brady made in getting from Tampa Bay to Ohio. (The Checkdown via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THE TRAVIS KELCE BEARD SAGA
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) August 2, 2021
—The Internet has lamented the loss of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s beard. This slow death began when members of the offense collectively decided to rock mustaches for training camp.
Travis Kelce shaved his beard and lost all of his rhythm and soul pic.twitter.com/l5ZVG7eQ7O
— Josh Sánchez (@joshnsanchez) August 16, 2021
—The mustaches came and went, and Kelce eventually went clean-shaven.
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) August 17, 2021
—Kelce then gave a poor attempt at giving himself a new beard, but you can’t put this toothpaste back in the tube. What’s done is done.
CAMEO IS A WEIRD AND FASCINATING PLACE
—The Arizona Cardinals quarterback room chipped in on a birthday present for Kyler Murray: a video birthday wish straight from the Cameo page of Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy.
13 COMBINED RINGS IN THIS PHOTOGRAPH
—While the focus may have been on Peyton Manning and his special guest Tom Brady, former Patriots and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri managed to sneak into one shot and steal some of the spotlight.