And just like that, Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is in the books. Before we turn our attention to the Week 2 matchups -- and dismiss Week 1 losses as entirely inconsequential (until they come back to haunt teams grappling to sneak into the postseason) -- let us revisit what was said.
Jameis explains the Saints' huge Week 1 win
Lewan holds himself accountable
"Got my a-- kicked today, no way around that. I let the team and the fans down. Thank you Chandler Jones for exposing me. It will only force me to get better."
J.J. Watt wants his brother to pay up after 4-year, $112 million extension
.@_TJWatt should I send those outstanding IOU's to your accountant or do you want to just Venmo me?— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 9, 2021
Gruden lives multiple lives in Raiders' OT walk-off win
"I felt like I died and woke up and died again and I was like a cat, I had multiple lives tonight. I don't like playing like that. It was tough, but again we did a lot of good things to win that game tonight."
Jones is a student of The Patriot Way
Mac Jones on why he didn't accept the ball after throwing his first career TD pass: "It doesn't really matter. It's just one touchdown. We have to score more. It's not like the game was over right there. We gotta do better in the red zone and get more touchdowns. And we will." https://t.co/7jnkLNnSBD— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 13, 2021
Ramsey keeps it real on Rams D
"We don't have no turnover chain or nothing. I mean we get paid to do this, you know what I mean? We get checks!"
Vikings to the line
Zimmer on how he can emphasize cleaning up penalties in practice: "I can run 'em. If they jump offsides, I can run 'em. So I've done that before. It wouldn't surprise me to do it again, because if they start doing 'em, then I'm going to get mad."— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 15, 2021
Dream come true for Heinicke
"It's something I've been dreaming about my whole life, being a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Saints or AFC Richmond?
Saints coach Sean Payton said the positive COVID tests are mostly offensive coaches. So he and OC Pete Carmichael Jr., QB coach Ronald Curry and o-line coach Zach Strief feel like "Ted Lasso" with just the 3 or 4 of them. ... Others have done what they can from hotel rooms.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) September 15, 2021
Vrabel sounds off on Julio's unnecessary roughness penalty
"Critical mistake. That's absolutely nothing that we coach or teach. That would fall under the category of doing dumb s--- that hurts the team. Right there in bold letters."