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?
14 Sep 2006
compiled by Alex Carnevale
"Drew keeps his cool. He was trying to bounce back, to get us going."
-- Cowboys TE Jason Witten, on quarterback Drew Bledsoe (Fort-Worth Star Telegram)
"He tells us, 'my fault, guys.' He's being positive. The way I look at it is that guys like me have to help him out at that point. But we had the good start, then hit a lull almost for the rest of the game. We don't run the ball 'cause we don't block 'em. Offensively, we just stopped. That can't happen."
"No, no, no, no."
-- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, on whether Bledsoe's job is in jeopardy.
"I can see where Drew will be criticized for this game. I just don't think it's something our fans should be thinking about after a game like this. He's still our best chance, with his experience, for us to have success this season."
"Maybe right after an interception, and seeing the pressure around him, I'm thinking about a change. But the next time we get the ball, I'm thinking Drew is the guy who can bring us back."
â€œI looked out and they were both smoking. I kept watching and watching and watching and then one fell, and the other fell. It was unbelievable."
-- Giants WR Amani Toomer, on seeing the two towers of the World Trade Center collapse.
"It was a sad day, but at the same time it was a day that brought this whole nation together. Sometimes it takes disasters for that to happen. I was upset, but at the same time, I felt, 'We're America and there will be some type of something that will make this right.'"
-- Giants LB LaVar Arrington
No one was asking them how they felt and when Greg did, some of them broke down and started crying."
-- Giants RB Tiki Barber, on FB Greg Comella talking to rescue workers.
"He made the choice that most Americans made. Of a fictionalized drama version of Sept. 11 or the Manning brothers playing football against one another, he chose the latter."
-- Jay Carson, Bill Clinton's spokesman (MSNBC)
"I don't know anybody more competitive than [Terrell Owens] and Boldin, and Boldin happens to be a much more respectable person as far as the team goes."
-- 49ers head coach Mike Nolan (Arizona Republic)
"He's always fighting with guys, so maybe they don't vote for him. I don't know. But he's a hell of a player."
"It's not the first time they've done it. It's the nature of the business, part of the game, I guess. There's not a whole lot you can say about it. It's just what they wanted to do."
-- Bills receiver Lee Evans, on the Pats acquisition of WR Jonathan Smith (Boston Herald)
"I heard he got cut. My first reaction was, they just brought him in to get info. They were dealing him kind of dirty."
-- Bills CB Terence McGee
"No doubt. He's been with the organization for the last few years. He's been through three training camps. He knew what we were doing over here. I'm not saying he gave up everything, but I'm sure they tried to get some questions answered out of him. That's just the way the game goes."
"We know the game. It's a chess game. Everyone does it. Whether they get information or not, that's just part of the game."
-- Bills DB Troy Vincent. Vincent is now out for the season with a hamstring injury.
"If that was the case, I feel bad for him because he was a reluctant cut on our part. But by and large, I really don't think you get much from it. The player can't offer much because he doesn't know the game plan. He may tell you a little about the system, but it's so much broader than that."
-- Bills GM Marv Levy
"Reggie is the matrix. Reggie is a beast. He has a lot to prove to everybody in this league. He wants to be the best."
-- Saints wideout Joe Horn (The New York Times)
"I think I welcomed him to Reggie Bush."
-- Reggie Bush, on being hit by safety Omar Stoutmire in a scrimmage.
"I have no weaknesses."
"He's smart and he's mature beyond his years."
-- Deuce McAllister, Saints RB
"I went to a doctor's appointment with my wife and I put my family first. Everybody knew about it. Everybody knew I was going and I missed it."
-- Plaxico Burress, Giants WR, on getting fined for missing a meeting (The Star-Ledger)
"The coaching staff knew about it and I still got fined. I'm just going to keep on going."
"Maybe it was a miscommunication with the whole deal."
-- Burress. After his fine, Burress went for 80 yards against the Colts on Sunday.
"Whether it's one hand or two, I treat them all the same."
-- Burress, on his catches in that game.
"I'll be honest with you. When I took this job, a lot of people asked why. Because I think the reputation of a sideline reporter has, you know, really morphed into a number of different things over the years."
-- ESPN reporter Andrea Kremer (San Jose Mercury News)
"You're preparing as if it's a blowout. You're preparing as if it's a close game. You're preparing if this guy plays well, if that guy plays well. Mike Patrick used to say that he probably used 10 percent of the stuff he prepared. I would say I'm probably in the 30 to 40 percent range."
-- ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber
"They aren't there because they won a beauty contest or they're built a certain way."
"It just so happens a lot of knowledgeable reporters are women."
-- ESPN's Michele Tafoya
"It was a good night. We had some apple pie and ice cream. With a two-year-old and seven-month-old, there is not a lot of champagne popping."
-- Jets head coach Eric Mangini, after the win over the Titans (New York Post)
"Jake was fired up. He still can't quite figure out where Tennessee is, or
why I don't talk back to him when we're on TV. He's really improved his J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. So that's progress. We got a real chance there."
"Bill and I both went to Wesleyan. There is not very good football there."
-- Mangini, on whether or not he'll suit up.
"Time to kiss the babies."
-- Chiefs coach Herman Edwards, before speaking to the media (Kansas City Star)
"The officials have to look at it on tape. We've been advised that we don't comment on officials' calls. I'm not going to get into it. Obviously, it will get looked at by the guys up in New York. I'll leave it at that."
-- Herman Edwards
"I didn't think it was. I know I didn't hit him head-to-head. I think it was my shoulder pad that hit him in his chest."
-- Bengals DE Robert Geathers, on whether the hit was dirty.
"It's tough in this kind of small fraternity of quarterbacks in this league, when you see a quarterback go down like that. You just start praying for him and that's all you can do and hope for the best."
-- QB Carson Palmer
"Willie is going to do his thing, I guess. Anytime an offensive lineman talks to the media, it's out of character. And for Willie, that's very out of character."
-- Chiefs GM Carl Peterson (Kansas City Star)
"Any time you go helmet-to-helmet in the NFL that costs you big [fine] money. Any time you go helmet-to-helmet in the NCAA, it's not a violation."
-- Arizona head coach Mike Stoops (ESPN.com)
"He's probably the best player in football. Everybody has so much respect for him. When he came back, the Detroit defensive players were all concerned about him. It was, 'Hey Walt, are you going to be all right?' "
-- Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
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