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?
12 Oct 2006
compiled by Alex Carnevale
"I do have a problem when I don't feel like I'm involved enough. I know I can make a difference. That's not me being arrogant. I just know what I bring to the table. Otherwise, I wouldn't be here... I want to win. I came here to help this team win."
-- Cowboys decoy Terrell Owens (ESPN.com)
"Dude, I am playmaker. These guys know that. It's simple... Get the ball in the playmaker's hands."
"I think we all need to play better. That was one of the things he came up to me and said. Even after the game, he sent me a text that said, 'Stay with me,' he'll play better for me. You can only respect that. He's trying his best to get the ball to me in certain situations. It's hard when he has a lot of pressure on him."
-- Owens, on Bledsoe
"I've never had a receiver, at least not one who is worth anything, that was happy with the number of times they touch the ball. I told him when he got here, 'Listen, I don't expect you to be happy all the time. If you don't get to touch the ball enough, I don't expect you to like that. At the same time, you have to keep playing hard for me and give me good information when you come back.' And he's been very good about that."
-- Cowboys QB Drew Bledsoe, on Owens
"I don't go nowhere. I don't do nothing. It's frustrating. It's frustrating just to go what I have been going through since training camp. I've had the hamstring. Then I break my hand. Then I go to the hospital. Then personal stuff."
-- Terrell Owens
"The guys in the booth are saying, 'There he goes again, he's up to his old stuff again. It's very unfair... It makes me hesitant to try to do what I need to do."
"I wouldn't say I'm unhappy. I'm not happy about the losing. I just feel like there's really an opportunity for something really special to happen here in Dallas with the team that we have. Once we get the nucleus of guys in the right positions to play and play as a unit, then we're going to be OK."
-- Terrell Owens
"It becomes a little bothersome because they try to make more than what's there and we're not trying to hide anything. He gets something sometimes like tennis elbow, so he's trying to loosen it up like a kicker is loosening up his leg. He's fine. Sometimes there's so much sensationalism that takes place with this that it gets annoying at times."
-- Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, on Michelle Tafoya's reporting that Roethlisberger told her had a temperature of 104 (Pittsburgh Tribune)
"Before the game he was fine. It's another one of the sensationalized stories that sometimes these sideline reporters want to create."
"We'll look at that as a possibility. I was encouraged. I think he's gotten more comfortable in this offense. I think he can also give you some things in the kicking game... So he does give you some versatility. He's got excellent hands, so he could potentially be a third-down guy."
-- Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, on RB Najeh Davenport
"That was unplanned. I decided to do it as we were driving to the airport. I didn't like how I felt. I knew that was probably how they felt. And I didn't want to sit here and talk about this game any more on Wednesday."
-- Cowher, on bringing his players in on Monday to watch game film (Associated Press)
"They came in, we talked to them. We watched the game and put it behind us. I think it was important that we experience that, talk about it, so that come Wednesday our minds are clear. We applied the old 24-hour rule and we come in here and now our focus is on Kansas City."
"It's an engineering issue, and it's normal in structures like that. I want to be sensitive to anyone that was afraid, but I also want everyone to know that it's safe. When a large number of pedestrians exit, it causes a little bit of sway."
-- Eagles team spokeswoman Bonnie Grant, on the swaying of a exit ramp after the Eagles' Sunday win over the Cowboys (The Sporting News)
"The simplest explanation is that lateral vibration can result when certain exceptional conditions are in place, including a driving force of pedestrian traffic. This is not uncommon in large structures that accommodate large numbers of people and is always a matter of concern in the engineering and design from the conception."
-- Eagles statement
"If my wife and I are arguing at home and when we sit down at the dinner table and we put our hands together to say grace, the argument is over and we have to join hands and go on whether we agree or disagree. That is how things have to be here in this family and that's the way they're going to be."
-- Dolphins head coach Nick Saban, on his team's quarterback situation (NFL.com
"The separation between success and failure on those plays could be as little as six inches."
-- Jets head coach Eric Mangini
"I'm not going to say any more about it, but somebody's got to make those decisions. The decisions that have been made have been respected and that's all there is to it. I don't care what your sources say or what you hear or what you believe. I'm telling you. That's it. I'm telling you what the plan is for the future."
"We're going to work with Daunte, improve his movement, give him some reps in practice and get Joey ready to play in the game. Does that make him the starter? I guess. That makes him the starter for this week. That could change anytime in the future relative to how we come back to this. Is this going to take a week? Is this going to take two weeks? Is it going to take four weeks? I don't know. I can't answer that. I really can't."
-- Saban (NFL.com)
"Yeah, I was scared of him, man. Heck, I still am intimidated by him. I mean, that's LT, that's somebody I looked up to, never thought I'd have an opportunity to meet or play with ... definitely even to this day, I'm still like, 'That's LT!' You know?"
-- Giants DL Michael Strahan, on breaking the all-time sack record (New York Post)
"It means a lot because LT is the greatest ... not just Giant, but I think he's the greatest defensive player ever to play the game. And as far as the way he changed the game, revolutionized that position, his aggressiveness, his attitude, his demeanor, is what coaches can only hope to discover in another player."
"You always hear, even to this day, even though he hasn't played in 13 years ... what do you hear? 'The Next LT.' So to even have numbers even in his realm or to even be mentioned in that same arena is amazing."
"Our run defense, really, we're just a little bit soft right now. We had some guys yesterday, guys who were free, that either couldn't make the tackles or made the tackles for 6-yard gains instead of 2-yard gains."
-- Colts head coach Tony Dungy
"We're in position to make tackles and Travis Henry is running hard, running through some tackles. LenDale White's running through tackles ... they've got seven guys to block, we've got eight guys up there, and the eighth guy has to make the tackle."
"If you told me we had one drive to win a game and our offense had the ball against anybody, we'd take that."
-- Dungy (Indianapolis Star)
"When the new CBA came into effect, we were really worried that either revenue sharing would go by the boards or it would be done in such a half-baked way that small-market teams couldn't survive. The commissioner, in his statements yesterday and the initial readings we get, understands ... there needs to be real revenue sharing and not just crumbs.''
-- Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) (MSNBC.com)
"I'm not switching the quarterback. I don't think that's the answer right this minute... Let's try to get some of the things corrected and we'll go from there."
-- Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells
"A little film study got me that pick. Every time they put that guy in the game, they throw him a fade route."
-- Broncos CB Champ Bailey (Denver Post)
"It's not cheating if you're doing your homework."
"I'm glad they did it. I never question coaches, man. But I'm glad they did."
-- Bailey, on Ravens coach Brian Billick challenging him before the game.
"We've just got to believe in each other more. I believe we've got to have more fun. I mean, I love this game so much it's ridiculous. I love it just as I love my mom. That's how I've got to get these guys to feel, like that. I've got to let these guys know, 'Hey, man, let's go, even though we're down.' That's when our competitiveness is supposed to come out."
-- Titans quarterback Vince Young
"Among the top three or four competitors I'd ever seen in the draft. I'm glad he's not in our division. I'm glad he's not in our conference. He's very impressive."
-- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
"When you're drafted that high, by definition you're going to a team that struggled the year before. The big thing for a young quarterback when you're drafted that high is to be resilient, fight through the tough times and come out the other side. Sometimes it takes one year. Sometimes it takes three or four. But what will define him is how he bounces back."
-- Drew Bledsoe
"We felt it was time. This team is his. We are going to move forward. We expect to see improvement each and every week, not only from Vince but also from the players that are surrounding him."
"I've just got to get better each week, and try to turn this thing around... I'm pretty much the future, so if I can go out there and learn from these different situations that are going on, it will help me get better as the season goes on. Once I start clicking, everything's going to fall into place. It's going to come."
-- Vince Young
"In the meantime, I've got to lead my guys. I've got to get these guys going since I'm that guy right now. I've got to get these guys going, whatever it takes."
"Men should not risk their health by putting off going to the emergency room because they want to see the final results of a football game. It could be the last game they ever see."
-- Dr. David Jerard, associate professor of medicine (Deadspin)
"Some of those 12-yard runs could be 40-yard runs. We left some yards out there."
-- Jeff Jagodzinski, on RB Noah Herron's performance on Sunday (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"I fully expected Todd, the best punter in NFL history, statistically speaking, would be playing this week, and it doesn't look like he is, and that bothers me."
-- Todd Sauerbrun's agent David Canter (Denver Post)
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