Our offseason Four Downs series continues with a division-by-division look at each team's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. Does anyone in the NFC South have any pass rushers? Well, the Bucs might, but they still need more players to catch the ball.
07 Sep 2006
compiled by Alex Carnevale
"You know the hypeï¿½s going to be on the Manning brothers. For us, we want our Manning to be much better."
-- Giants S Will Demps (The New York Times)
"The hype hasn't come from he and I. We've tried to fulfill interview requests, and they've certainly been multiple. But we haven't promoted it or tried to promote it ourselves. Everybody else has talked about it."
-- Eli Manning, on the confrontation that will make Bob Costas a man again.
"I don't care. That's Eli's brother, not my brother. I'm going to take him out."
-- Giants DE Michael Strahan (New York Daily News)
"I like Peyton. He's a good friend of mine, too. It's football. If I get a chance to really hit him, I'm going to really hit him. Eli understands that, because they are really going to try to hit Eli, too. So, nobody is going to take it easy on anybody. As long as it's not cheap or illegal, we're going to have some fun."
"Not at all. If his mom was in a uniform and she was out there playing, I'd hit her and I wouldn't feel anything about doing that."
-- Giants LB Lavar Arrington
"I won't feel guilty. It might even make me happy. It's the nature of the business. If I could hit Eli, I'd hit him, too. It really doesn't matter. Getting a sack, getting to hit a quarterback, it's a wonderful thing. That's what we all live for as defensive linemen, it doesn't matter who it is."
-- Giants lineman Osi Umenyiora
"I actually talked to him last night for about 20 minutes or so. The game doesn't come up. We don't talk about practice or what's happening really at all."
-- Eli Manning
"Since the storm, sports and football, it doesn't stack up when you're talking about people who lost their lives, lost family, lost their homes. But so much of this now, a year later, is emotional. And football is an emotional outlet for a lot of people in New Orleans. High school teams are fighting like crazy; some don't have uniforms, some don't have fields to play on. The emotions play a big part in our recovery right now. It doesn't fit, but football does fit. As much as anything, that makes Sunday something spiritual for Archie Manning. It isn't just his kids playing in the Meadowlands, it's their kids too."
-- Archie Manning (NorthJersey.com)
"He doesnï¿½t know that Iï¿½m watching him, but Iï¿½m watching."
-- Jets RB Kevan Barlow, on Curtis Martin (The New York Times)
"Theyï¿½re not going to throw a guy out there who doesnï¿½t know the offense and can get the quarterback hurt."
-- Barlow, on his fight for playing time.
"Heï¿½s really working to get the playbook down. The positive thing about game-planning is the playbook goes from ï¿½War and Peaceï¿½ to something a lot more manageable, because itï¿½s so opponent-specific. Thatï¿½s actually what gives you a little bit of an edge when you bring in new players and transition them into your system."
-- Jets coach Eric Mangini
"I hope Iï¿½m ready. I think Iï¿½m ready to play, to contribute to a win."
"There's responsibility; tremendous responsibility goes when you're a season captain. Ups and downs -- still got to be a captain, if you're injured -- still got to be a captain -- nobody's in the tank. The men they've chosen, I was tickled to death with."
-- new Lions coach Rod Marinelli (San Jose Mercury News)
"No, no. These men represent our team. This is the Detroit Lions right here, for me I don't like to shift the mandates -- bam, that's who we are. They're going take the sword, and here we go."
-- Marinelli, on whether or not the captains will shift game by game.
"It's coming down to one bone and three dogs."
-- Marinelli, on the battle for wide receiver.
"Are you dying to be a great player? Do you claw the wall every day? Do you understand what that means? Every day you claw the wall. 'I want to be the best player in America.' I want to get 53 men like that -- that live and die for football."
-- Marinelli, on cutting WR Charles Rogers.
"You get what you deserve. I'll leave it at that."
"Hey, you know Coach always talks about pounding the rock. I was the rock that got pounded."
"You can just see things are changing now. I don't know if it's because of the new boss in town or what."
-- Titans DT Albert Haynesworth, on new COO Steve Underwood (The Tennessean)
"Maybe it will put a little pep in people's step. No one is guaranteed anything."
-- Titans WR Drew Bennett
"I'm so confused now. I played tight end all my life and then played tight end here after having played fullback with Tampa, then went back to fullback for two years in Carolina. Now I'm back to tight end. I feel like I'm more of an H-back."
-- Titans TE Casey Cramer
"I offered him 10 grand at first. Then it was $20,000."
-- Titans WR David Givens, on how much he offered Tyrone Calico for his No. 87 in March
"Unfortunately Ty got cut. He is my buddy and I would like to see him here. But things work out in weird ways and I am happy I got my number back."
"It's the story of my career, being patient and letting things work out. It is kind of who I am. Since I have been in the NFL, 87 has been my number."
"The officer fired two rounds at the vehicle. The male then came at the officer and put his right hand by his waistband and the officer fired at him."
-- Coronado sheriff's lietenuant Dennis Brugos, on Chargers LB Steve Foley, out for the season as a result of his bullet wounds (LA Times)
"My understanding is he was shot three times in front of his house by an off-duty officer and that heï¿½s in surgery."
-- Foley's agent David Levine
"You could not have dreamed up a better night. We came together that night. Everyone had fun. Then I get a call at 6 in the morning saying my guy is shot. Are you kidding me?ï¿½
-- Chargers S Marlon McCree
"I'm just happy he's all right. He's a great person. I love Steve Foley. I'm not worried about football. I'm just thanking God the man is all right. The whole team could be taking a day off of practice and going to his funeral."
-- Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal
"We're working together on a number of initiatives and the NFL may be one."
-- chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Larry Tanenbaum (Canada.com)
"The interest over an NFL team is between Larry and Ted. It doesn't involve MLSE."
-- MLSE president Richard Peddie
"If you understand NFL rules, the way we're configured, legally, we cannot own an NFL team. It sure would work in this market and maybe they'll pull it off but it's not an initiative of MLSE at this time."
"We're trying to pay down our debt and increase dividends a little bit and strengthen our base. We don't want to do any harem-scarem thing."
"That's a harem-scarem thing."
"Steve Smith not here. Panthers doomed."
-- Panthers WR Keyshawn Johnson, writing the headline in the next day's paper after Steve Smith sprained his hamstring (ESPN.com)
"Today is not Sunday. I didn't get my Ph.D., so I don't know. I've had worse days, so I'm just going to plug away."
-- Steve Smith
"I expect to see him playing. I don't know anything different, other than he looks fine to me. But I'm not a doctor. I think when it happens it will be fun. Hopefully he's playing possum."
"When you look around you catch yourself when you are about to curse. You say shoot and not the other word. But you respect him in many ways -- not just on the field but off the field."
-- Lions WR Roy Williams, on pious Lions QB Jon Kitna (Detroit News)
"I don't think that guy is soft at all. There are definitely a lot of men of faith who are labeled as soft, but that is not the case because they are playing for something other than themselves."
-- FB Cory Schlesinger
"I obviously showed them some things in terms of what I can do athletically. I still have a long way to go in terms of learning and picking things up. But my job right now is to help them get better as a member of the practice squad. I'm just glad for the opportunity."
-- Bills practice squad TE C.J. Leak. Leak was working as an administrative assistant to Florida coach Urban Meyer when he got the call from the Bills (Buffalo News)
"We decided that he was worth the risk because we liked him as an athlete in the workout. [Offensive coordinator] Steve [Fairchild] agreed, [tight ends coach] Charlie [Coiner] liked him and [pro personnel director] John Guy liked him. We've got a practice squad for a reason. We'll take an athlete and see how he works the next week or so and go from there."
-- Bills coach Dick Jauron. Leak's younger brother Chris is Florida's starting QB.
"Don't get me wrong. I love the 12th man. But keeping the game moving without so many penalties is also very important."
-- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on crowd noise (Houston Chronicle)
"He's the best rookie endorser ever, No. 1 in history. From an off-the-field standpoint, it's been pretty incredible. And I think it's going to get even better."
-- Scott Becher, president of Sports and Sponsorships, on Saints RB Reggie Bush (Bloomberg.com)
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