From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, NFL players and coaches can't escape the microphone.
Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton called out his team's offensive line following Sunday's 27-0 loss to the Jaguars. Hilton said the linemen had to "take some pride" and block for quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who was sacked 10 times. Hilton recanted those comments on Monday, issuing an apology to his teammates.
Hilton wasn't the only one apologizing. Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin expressed regret for pushing assistant head coach Tom Cable on the sideline during Seattle's 24-7 win over the Giants. Brett Hundley did not apologize for his lackluster performance against the Saints, but the Packers quarterback said the team can still make the playoffs without Aaron Rodgers. Browns tackle Joe Thomas questioned his future; there will not be a quarterback change in Denver; Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger poked fun at safety Robert Golden for his throwing form on a successful fake punt; and Saints running back Mark Ingram said coach Sean Payton has to come through on his offer of a salon day.
Here's the latest edition of "He Said What?!"
— Hilton's apology to the Colts offensive linemen: "I have their back. I love them to death and I was wrong. I'm always against that and I go out and do it, so 100 percent I messed up. It's on me. I'm sorry for that and I'm leader and those guys look up to me and I stabbed them in the back, so for me I'm sorry about that. I'll approach them individually one on one and just let them know I was a 100 percent dead-ass wrong."
— Baldwin on the altercation with Cable: "I lost my cool. It's 100 percent my fault. At that moment, I was really frustrated with the offense as a whole. Not the coaching staff — the players.. Y'all know I love Cable to death. Me and Cable have one of the best relationships from coach to player. That was 100 percent my fault. I already apologized to him."
— Hundley's outlook on the rest of the season: "As a backup learning here for three years, all I can say is don’t write us off. That’s the biggest thing. We have to get better, and we will get better, but we’re not out."
— Thomas on his season-ending triceps injury and his NFL future: "Am I done playing? I don’t know… It’s too early to make any decisions."
— Broncos coach Vance Joseph on the struggling Trevor Siemian: "Trevor is our guy... We all have to do more to help the offense get better."
— Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Sunday's shutout loss: "We’re professionals. We’ll show up and go back to work. That’s what you do. When you get your ass knocked down, you get up off the mat and you fight. Period. You don’t tuck your tail like a coward. You fight."
— Roethlisberger on Golden's throwing motion: "Horrible form… It looked like he was casting, like, a deep-sea fishing. But it might have been the best pass of the night."
— Cowboys safety Jeff Heath on filling in for injured kicker Dan Bailey: "That was fun, the most fun I've had playing football in a really long time... The kickoffs, I didn't really know where the ball was going to go... I think we'd all like it if Dan could do that job from here on out."
— Ingram on Payton's salon offer: "We will be taking him up on that offer Monday. I don't know about everybody else. But I'm gonna holler at him for my pedicure."
— Saints receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on getting pedicures: "Oh, I'm a pedicure guy — it's part of my swag. I need to put my feet up in that hot water with all this running (Payton) got me doing."
— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on protests during the national anthem affecting the NFL brand: "There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests... I care about a lot of things. But our ability to be substantive is based on having a strong NFL, a league that people are really interested in and want to watch games. At all times, if I am anything, I am first and foremost a proponent of making the NFL strong. Making us have as many people watching the game as we can and watching in light of what we are doing and that's playing football. If all this makes you stronger to represent messages, let’s don't do it in a way that tears down the strength of the NFL."
— Eagles coach Doug Pederson on having the NFL's best record at 6-1: "The bull's-eye on our back becomes bigger."
Just 2.0% of all active NFL players played every snap in 2016. Joe Thomas played every Cleveland offensive snap for 10 years and 6 games.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) October 23, 2017