Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?
16 Nov 2006
compiled by Alex Carnevale
"Maybe because I'm unhappy and I'm not too much excited about what's going on... So, my concentration and focus level tend to go down sometimes when I'm in a bad mood."
-- Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss (SFGate.com)
"All I can say is if you put me in a good situation and make me happy, man, you get good results."
"The one thing I do still have is the love for the game. I still want to be the best no matter what it is."
"That's what he said? Well, then that's a problem he has. I don't have that problem. That's a problem that he has to deal with."
-- Raiders head coach Art Shell, on Moss' comments.
"You hate to see that. You hate to hear that."
"I just think that my game has been below the radar. When I came to the Oakland Raiders, there was a big emphasis put on bringing back the deep ball... And, that's one thing that has bothered me, knowing that we have weapons to go out there and stretch the field, such as myself, but we're not getting it done. I don't know if you put that on the players' shoulders, if you put that on the offensive coordinator's shoulders, but we're 2-7."
"I don't want to start a contest with a young man, but for him to come out and say those things ... totally off-base. To start making statements about what's in and what's not in, then you need to take a hard look at what's there."
-- Shell, on the comments of QB Andrew Walter, who stated that the Raiders playbook lacked "depth."
"To throw things out there like that, that's not taking accountability for what you're doing. When you speak out, you need to know what you're talking about."
"Look, words don't sway me as far as that goes. It's what you do on the field and how we feel the team is going to respond to you as a player."
"Some of the things he does will eventually jump up and bite you."
-- Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, on QB Tony Romo's fake-spike near-interception play against Arizona.
"Dumb players do dumb things."
-- Parcells (Scout.com)
"There were some really warm comments from the fans as I walked by. My favorite was, 'Mix in a salad.'"
-- Jets coach Eric Mangini, on his return to Gillette Stadium (Boston Herald)
"I don't fight coaches. I fight the opposing offensive line. I don't always agree with every decision that is made, but I respect it."
--Patriots DE Richard Seymour, who has just three sacks this season. (Patriots.com)
"They outplayed us and they outcoached us."
"He wouldn't want me saying this, but, yeah, we wanted it a little extra for Coach. The guys were saying Belichick referred to him as 'the other guy' or something like that. Anytime somebody disrespects our coach, of course guys want to step up and play harder for him."
-- Laveranues Coles, on Belichick's behavior towards Mangini.
"He's definitely been dissing Coach. We showed how we felt about that on the field."
-- Jets running back Kevan Barlow, on Bill Belichick (New York Daily News)
"We played this game Wednesday in practice."
-- Barlow, of Mangini having the Jets practice in a rainstorm.
"Woo! Unbelievable! You don't want to overstate the 'woo!' or over-emphasize the 'woo!' because we have a lot of season left, but it's a pretty emphatic 'woo!'"
-- Jets LB Matt Chatham, a former Patriot.
"It doesn't mean anything because it's not the number I want. It's the number I'm stuck with because the NFL is the 'No Fun League' and wants everybody to be in certain numbers. Who cares?"
-- Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister
"I thought about [buying the number from Larry Webster], but it wasn't that sentimental to me because I was coming to the NFL and thought I needed to make a new start. He actually offered to sell it to me because he got suspended during my rookie year. But I said, 'No, Web. That's your number. Go ahead and take it.... You've been in the league longer than me.' It was a respect thing."
-- Ravens G Jonathan Ogden, on how DT Larry Webster offered him his number 79. (Baltimore Sun)
"Last year, when I first got here and they would announce '21,' I'd look. It took me a while to realize that it wasn't my number.... It is part of a player's identity. Sometimes change is good, but you identify players by their numbers."
-- DB Samari Rolle
"What are these refs looking at? Do they know the rules? I mean, if they don't know the rules, then why are you out there [refereeing] the game? But I'm not going to blame it on them."
-- Vikings WR Travis Taylor, on an offensive pass interference call and an illegal blocking call that the league apologized to him for. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
"I've been getting some bad calls this year. I don't know what the deal is. I don't know if they got it out for me."
"It doesn't do me any good now. It's very frustrating, knowing that those plays could have kept a drive going or put points on the board. We win 10-9 in San Francisco, and in Buffalo, it was a third-and-4. So we didn't get a first down, and we had to settle for a field goal."
"That was a bad call by the umpire and that's what bothers me. We all saw it. Everybody saw it.... I hope they hear me in New York because that was field position and we lost by a point.''
-- Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who was fined for this one.
"The [NFL's 30 other] teams can't afford this. Some are operating in the red now."
-- an unnamed owner, on the new Giants/Jets stadium
"I am concerned about the cost and I am concerned about how the cost is increasing."
-- Gene Upshaw, the NFL Players Association executive director. (Business First)
"It gives you a little bit of confidence, but nothing gives you confidence like winning. We're playing to win. We're not playing to have 400 or 500 yards of total offense. We're playing for a win, and we didn't do that today."
-- Bengals QB Carson Palmer on the sheer volume of offense in his team's loss to the Chargers Sunday (Bengals.com)
"When I say AFL to you, does that make a point? This was a shootout. It was interesting because, even at the half, our players knew we weren't playing the way we are capable of playing. We felt confident that we could move the ball. We made some changes at the half that we felt would work. Some did, some didn't. It was the kind of game that makes the National Football League the most popular sport in the world. If you couldn't enjoy this one, other than Marvin Lewis and his crowd, I don't know how you could enjoy anything."
-- Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer
"We're going to keep moving it down the field. We're not going to sit on this one at all. This is no team to sit on. It was fun. It was identical to the game at home last year with Indianapolis. No holds-barred, you're playing with the lead, but you have the lead playing like you're playing from behind. It's fun."
-- Palmer, on what he thought after his team took a commanding lead in the first half.
"I wasn't enjoying that it was happening, but it was fun to watch Carson. He was on fire. I know, as a quarterback, that when you get into that kind of rhythm, it's tough to stop you."
-- Philip Rivers, Chargers quarterback
"But when you (are down by that much) you can sit there and continue to have the crap beat out of you or step up and make plays. At times like that, you are not doing it for yourself. You're doing it for your teammates. Your family. People at the game. And once you start playing unselfish and everyone gets on the same page, great things happen."
-- Mike Goff, Chargers right guard
"The guy who hit me is in L.A. a lot, so me and my home boys will have something to say to him."
-- Bengals WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh, on the hit from Marlon McCree that knocked him unconscious. He did not know who hit him when he said this. (Bengals.com)
"I hope he's OK. I didn't intentionally try to hurt him. On the first series of the game I went for the interception and I missed it on the tight end. That play and this play [were similar]. He was coming across and I was coming out of the middle and I saw the ball but I lost the ball. As opposed to trying to go for the interception and have them complete it, I went for the hit. I was early and I feel badly for it. This game is dangerous enough as it is. You don't need dirty shots and I'm not a dirty player. I'm going to be praying for him and I'm going to call him and make sure he's OK. I didn't try to take him out of the game. It was a bad hit. I shouldn't have done it."
-- Marlon McCree
"I'm good, I could have gone back in. I'm kind of shocked. I thought I had a concrete head. I'm usually able to get hit and it never really hurts me."
"I don't call the game on Sunday because I need to be in other areas at some point. So I can't be there making adjustments on defense and be conscious of what's going on with the offense. I don't choose that to be my role. And I think the person that does that needs to be hands-on in that fashion. He has to be a part of that in that way."
-- Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis
"Coaches get too much credit and too much blame. They can put you in good situations by putting you in this type of coverage against that type of team and disguise blitzes. Anybody can call a defense, it's getting the right calls at the right time. I think Chuck's a good defensive coordinator. I think we have to look at ourselves first instead of looking at the coaches."
"At some point players have to take responsibility to get their jobs done. A lot of the things that errors were made on were not the first time through. It was through the week on particular plays, particular formations, particular defensive snaps in practice, and it was done correctly (in practice). It was done correctly earlier in the football game at certain points. It comes down to the player being consistent with it. What happens is that when you start pressing, then you try and alter what you do a little bit, because the last time, the other guy wasn't where he was supposed to be in the fit."
"I'm involved with both sides of the football. I'm not the defensive coordinator, nor am I the offensive coordinator. But I make suggestions all the time. I make suggestions on the game plan, I sit in the meetings on Tuesday with both sides of the football, and ultimately everything has to go through me and I approve what we do."
"I thought he acted extremely selfishly from being out that late in the first place on a Friday night to putting himself and other people in our community at risk by the reckless driving. And on top of that he had the DUI citation."
-- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, of OT Khalif Barnes' arrest this week.
"The score was 24-20 when it was my decision to go with the field goal, and from that point on we were behind the eight-ball. It's very difficult to cover field goals because the people are not the kind of people who do coverage for you. That's one of the risks you take, if the field goal is short, again, that's my call and no one else's."
-- Giants coach Tom Coughlin on the play in which the Bears' special teams unit ran the FG back for a touchdown (New York Post)
"You've got to give your team a chance to win. Was it the smartest thing? I don't know, but where we are headed with our football team we got to send a message to our football team about the way we are going to play and what we are going to be about."
-- Texans coach Gary Kubiak, on gambling on a fourth-and-1 late in his team's victory over the Jaguars. Samkon Gado picked up the first.
"There's a lot of teams that have won two or three games in this league that won big football games yesterday. There is a fine line in this league amongst teams, it's pretty dang close and it's hard to win in this league. You can do everything right and it's hard to win. You look at yesterday, we get four turnovers, we don't turn the ball over and we've got to make a play at the end of the game to get out of there alive with the win."
"To win this game here is huge. It's bigger than a monkey off our back. No, it's a cow. It's a longhorn."
-- Texans guard Chester Pitts
''He can come see me. This goes way beyond football."
-- Falcons DB DeAngelo Hall, on Dominic Raiola's antagonistic comments towards him.
"I don't know who he thinks he's talking to, but that's my address, that's my phone number. Make sure he gets it, and tell him to come see me."
"I ain't said two words to this chump. If he wants to see me, he can come see me and tell him to bring his homeboys with him.''
-- Hall (Miami Herald)
"If you start asking about that you know what might happen. It's like I tell my kids, 'Do it one more time, I'm taking your car keys.'"
-- Dolphins coach Nick Saban, after his team's second straight victory on Sunday.
"A lot of guys can kick a 45-yard field goal, but not a lot of guys can do it under the pressure of a game-winning situation. Pressure to me is coming home and answering to my wife why I missed that kick."
-- Giants kicker Jay Feely
"The way I look at a kicker is that we are the sniper. We are the guy that sits out there in the brush for three, four days waiting for his opportunity -- to kick the field goal or take out the general or whatever it takes."
-- Ravens kicker Matt Stover
"He may have five seconds to pull that trigger. That's exactly the way I look at my job."
-- Stover (ESPN.com)
"I'm just so mad at myself. Two turnovers that lead to 14 points, you can't have that. That's my fault. That's a good football team, but we didn't make the plays when we needed to, and a lot of that falls on me. I'm real disappointed in the way I'm playing right now."
-- Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart after his team's loss to the Cowboys.
"They were supposed to be the best in the NFC, according to a lot of people. I think we are now."
-- Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher on his team's Sunday Night Football win over the Giants (New York Post)
"We played a lot of zone, thinking that Favre was going to throw the interceptions that he usually does. But we didn't come up with them."
-- Antoine Winfield, Vikings cornerback.
"I'm not a sugar-coater. I'm going to take the film and put it right in their faces. I'm not going to put it all on them -- we didn't teach them well enough -- but I'm going to tell them the truth."
-- Lions head coach Rod Marinelli (ESPN.com)
"In no way does Topps condone this type of behavior to be photographed for its trading cards and is deeply embarrassed that this photograph was not deleted in the early stages of the editing process."
-- Topps statement on running back Leon Washington's Topps rookie card (Deadspin.com)
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