Cian Fahey explains how Arizona's rookie pass rusher has overcome so-so athleticism with elite technique.
05 Dec 2008
Compiled by Mark Zajack
"I felt we were really into the game on both sides of the ball. And so (I was) looking for a lift."
-Raiders head coach Tom Cable, on why he called the fake field goal in which holder Shane Lechler flipped it backward between his legs in the direction of kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
"It's something we've worked on for two years. They were lined up exactly as we wanted."
"I don't think it was a big deal. Obviously the touchdown was a big deal, but the team continued to play."
"I think you have to have creativity. It certainly gives the players a chance to go out and execute something that's creative and have fun doing it."
"We do that in practice all the time, but I never knew it was a real thing that we were going to attempt."
-Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. (Contra Costa Times)
"[Jackson] was gassed, and his leg started to bother him."
-Rams head coach Jim Haslett, explaining why running back Steven Jackson's final carry came with over 14 minutes left in the game.
"No, I wasn't gassed. I had 21 carries and felt great. So, it wasn't me and my conditioning. I wish (Haslett) would stop saying that."
-Jackson. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"I'm hurting. It's not as much pain, but it's a significant amount of swelling. I compare it to a pregnant woman's foot."
-Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, on why he was back in a boot to protect his injured left foot a day after he recorded a team-high 11 tackles in the Redskins' 23-7 loss to the Giants. (Washington Post)
"He's probably the worst slider in the league."
-Redskins offensive lineman Randy Thomas, describing quarterback Jason Campbell's slide, debuted last week in Seattle.
"An implosion, almost."
-Redskins offensive lineman Pete Kendall.
"Oh, so embarrassed. Did you see it? Ok, enough said. That was SO bad. But anyway, we'll work on that. I'm gonna have renewed energy. I'm gonna put some new feeling into the way I coach him sliding."
-Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, on the failed results of his fabled slide teaching methods.
"He needs to work on it. Probably at home, on carpet, with some socks."
-Thomas. (Washington Post)
"I thought that was a good statement. No one down here is happy with what has happened and we all want to correct it badly. That was an indication he plans on correcting it."
-Bengals president Mike Brown, on head coach Marvin Lewis' post-game statement that fans won't be subject to a season this bad next year.
"He has them out there trying to the best of their abilities. At least in my eye. And on this point my eye counts."
-Brown, who did not specify which eye he had open.
"The answer to the general manager problem is the same answer that we have to have for all these criticisms. We have to win. When we manage to do that, we won't hear so much about that kind of talk."
-Brown, on his "logic" for not hiring a general manager.
"I've heard about the billboards. I don't rush out to pillory myself and look at them."
-Brown, on the WhoDeyRevolution billboards, which call for a general manager to be hired. (Bengals.com)
"It is a foul to hit with your helmet against a defenseless receiver. It is a foul to throw a forearm into the neck or head area of your opponent. I don't think either of those things happened. I'm not a fan of those high hits, but if you do it with your shoulder you're OK. ... You might have to factor in that it was deflected early and does that make it become late. But the actual hit itself is probably OK."
-NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira, on whether Steelers safety Ryan Clark's big hit on Patriots receiver Wes Welker was illegal.
"Did it look like I saw Clark coming?"
-Welker, when asked if he saw Clark coming. (ESPN.com)
"I don't got nothing to run from. Obviously, it was a tragic and very accidental situation that happened the other night."
-Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, on the Plaxico Burress saga. (New York Post)
"Take me to the hospital."
-Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, what a witness heard him say immediately after he shot himself. (New York Times)
"I am having the time of my life."
-49ers head coach Mike Singletary, on his coaching duties. We didn't have him pegged as a Jets to Brazil fan, either.
"This is what I was born to do."
"When you're playing, you had the bumps and bruises. Of course, when you're playing, you could go out there and do something about it. As a coach, you stand on the sideline and hopefully your work is done ... and hopefully they go out there and get it done the right way. They both have their pros and cons, and great sides to both, but I really love coaching."
-Singletary, comparing playing to coaching. (Mercury News)
"[Frerotte] was on his way back to the huddle. It was two, three, four steps after he released the ball."
-Vikings head coach Brad Childress, on the seemingly late hit on quarterback Gus Frerotte by Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.
"He doesn't have a lot of flop in him,. Being a Thespian isn't in him."
-Childress, on Frerotte.
"Damn how rough the seas; did you bring the ship in?"
-Childress, the poet, on getting the win. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"I had a vodka as big as your head last night."
-Vikings head coach Brad Childress, on how he celebrated his team being in first place. (Star Tribune)
"You look at the sack total for yourself and you wish you had some."
-Jets rookie linebacker Vernon Gholston, on his current sack total, which upon last check was zero. (Star Ledger)
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