A look back at New England's worst games this year shows which matchups will be critical in Super Bowl XLIX.
01 May 2009
compiled by Mark Zajack
"Plaxico's contribution to our championship season in 2007 can never be underestimated or undervalued."
-- Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, underestimating Plaxico in his farewell to the troubled wide receiver. (Big Blue Interactive)
"I really don't get what's the hard decision up there. My choice would be Brady Quinn. I don't know if he is the better quarterback, I am just saying I think he is the guy for the future. That is all I am saying. Derek Anderson is a great quarterback. Don't get me wrong. He's a Pro Bowler. I just think the quarterback of the future is Brady Quinn."
-- Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow, prior to the draft, solving the quarterback controversy in Cleveland. (Hamilton Journal-News)
"You take all the offensive linemen and put them in a burlap bag, and then you take a baseball bat and beat on the bag. You're sacking them, you're bagging them. And that's what you're doing with a quarterback."
-- Former Rams defensive lineman Deacon Jones, explaining how he coined the term, "sack."
"The headslap was not my invention, but Rembrandt, of course, did not invent painting."
-- Jones, on his signature move to get to the quarterback.
"The quickness of my hands and the length of my arms, it was perfect for me. It was the greatest thing I ever did, and when I left the game, they outlawed it. I couldn't be more proud."
-- Jones, on the headslap.
"There has never been a better football player than Deacon Jones."
-- Former teammate Merlin Olsen.
-- Jones, on the fact that the Rams have not retired his No. 75 jersey. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"I was thinking about it sometimes. If you get beat on a play and you think about your contract ... It doesn't affect me that much. I thought about it some early in the year, but later on in the year it wasn't a big deal."
-- Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters, on whether his contract situation with the Bills affected his play last year.
"That's the first time I've heard that stat. I don't recall giving up that many. If they charged me with that many, so what? I'm an Eagle now. If I give up 11 and a half sacks, I'm only human."
-- Peters, reacting to the unofficial sacks allowed figure floating around the press room. (ESPN.com)
"There's a potential downside to anything. It's like too many Cheerios. Eat too many Cheerios, it's going to be bad for you. For me, we're in a relationship business. Who we kidding? I don't think I can go wrong having relationships with people."
-- Bucs head coach Raheem Morris, on whether his close relationship with players can go too far. (SI.com)
"The biggest thing I learned my first year was that at halftime, you have to be a little more careful with the things you do, that you're not always by yourself."
-- 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, on the trou-dropping incident of 2008. (SI.com)
"I don't get into salaries. I don't know what Elton John makes or Bono makes. I'm sure they make pretty good numbers too."
-- Panthers head coach John Fox, refusing to bite on a question about Julius Peppers' $16.6 million franchise-tender cap number for this season. (SI.com)
"First off, this is a pretty lame question. I did everything that the Eagles asked of me and after all, I can't throw the ball to myself. ... lol ... The NFL doesn't just rely on speed, but I can still put down a 4.4. Mile."
-- Former NFL wide receiver Freddie Mitchell, answering a question on his blog (yup) about the realism of his comeback given the NFL's emphasis on speed. (Freddie Mitchell's Blog)
"I've been trying to figure out how to get back in, and it just amazes me that I'm not on somebody's roster. I've been throwing two or three times a week, and every time I go out there to throw, I can't believe I'm not a backup somewhere. I know it's a young man's game, but you can't tell me I'm not better than some of the quarterbacks that are out there."
-- Former NFL quarterback Jeff George is ready for his tryout.
"If I was in Minnesota, I guarantee I'd be wearing a ring right now. I just can't get over why somebody like [coach] Brad Childress wouldn't take a look at me and have me as the third guy on their roster. Put me in and I'll pick up right where I left off in '99, but this time with Adrian Peterson, so I wouldn't have to throw it nearly as much."
-- George, beginning to talk me into it. Chilly are you listening?
"I can honestly say that if it doesn't work out for me, I have exhausted every avenue. Guys like [ex-Broncos coach] Mike Shanahan, I used to wear him out. I'd bug him just about every week, and he was the nicest guy -- he always returned my calls. But I wore him out."
"I can probably chuck it 78 yards, compared to when I was coming out [of college] and could throw it 85."
-- George. (Yahoo.com)
"I've actually been able to exchange text messages with Mr. Mayhew himself, just discussing the whole situation. He gave me some birthday wishes on my birthday and we talked about just how things would be if me, (and Lions linebackers) Ernie Sims and Julian Peterson were together in one room, just to be able to go out there and wreak havoc."
-- NFL draft prospect Aaron Curry, on his willingness to accept a deal from the Lions for less than the $30 million received by last year's top pick, Jake Long. (USA Today)
"If the Lions win one game this year, I'm a hero."
-- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, reading the Top Ten List on The Late Show with David Letterman. (CBS.com)
"Consistent with our normal approach of performing our due diligence, we contacted Drew Rosenhaus several days ago, prior to the draft, to inquire about Plaxico's pending legal situation."
-- Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, on covering all the bases. (USA Today)
-- A Cleveland Browns team source, describing Michael Crabtree on his visit to the club facility. His "diva attitude" did not impress the delicate constitution of head coach Eric Mangini. (Tony Grossi's Blog, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"I'm happy for Stephen McGee. The Dallas Cowboys like him more than his coaches at A&M did."
-- Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, sharing his thoughts on the NFL draft. Texas A&M tight end Stephen McGee, selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round, was benched for much of his senior season.
"The truth of the matter is that the NFL drafts quarterbacks notoriously bad. That's indisputable."
-- Leach, on his quarterback, Graham Harrell, not being drafted at all.
"Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy as a coach at this point. Part of the reason is [Crabtree's] too shy to be like that."
-- Leach, on reports that Browns head coach Eric Mangini didn't like wide receiver Michael Crabtree's "diva" attitude when he visited the team prior to the draft.
"My definition of a diva is someone who's loud and self-absorbed. Michael Crabtree is the furthest thing from loud that I've seen ... Let's see how all those non-divas do up in Cleveland this year."
-- Leach, doing nothing to alleviate my man-crush on him. (ESPN.com)
"We do things here in a certain way. I think there's a lot of fact to that. Whether you want to call it the Al Davis way, the Oakland Raider way, it's our way."
-- Raiders head coach Tom Cable, stating the obvious.
"When you look at the draft, the characteristics of the player -- size, speed, all that -- certainly those are Raider numbers, Al Davis numbers."
-- Cable, making sure we don't underestimate the myopia that is the "Raider Way." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"I still feel like I'm the top receiver. I don't really pay attention to what everybody else does. He's a good receiver, the person who went ahead of me. I choose not to worry about that."
-- 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, referring to the Raiders drafting Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey at No. 7 overall.
"It's their loss."
-- Michael Crabtree, Sr.,, father of the receiver, on the Raiders passing on his son.
"It was the same way with Adrian Peterson. He proved them wrong. It's Michael's time to prove them wrong."
-- Crabtree, Sr., comparing the situation to the Vikings running back who fell to No. 7 in the 2007 draft.
"The speed is obviously a question for a lot of different people. Obviously, not for us."
-- 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, on Crabtree.
"I don't know how fast he is. I just know when he catches the ball, there's separation there. I know he's a physical guy. He does the things that he has to do. If it's a block, he can do that."
"We had no idea he would be there at 10. It was one of the last scenarios we thought we'd end up with."
"Like I said, I feel I'm in a situation where someone wants me and needs me. And I can't wait to put this red, black and gold on."
-- Crabtree, the diva. (USA Today)
"Unless you are a janitor you should not have 50 keys on your keychain. Try to limit the amount of keys you put on your keychain. That way if you want to get in a door you don't have to fumble threw a ton of keys while the killer is closing in on you."
-- Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett, on his new blog, on how to avoid a "Scary Movie" type incident.
"Pace yourself! I've never seen a killer run after anyone they only power walk which is what my grandma does so they should never catch you."
-- Marty B, with more of the same.
"Witten and I are working on becoming the best TE tandem possible and that is going well. Be on the look out for Beans and Rice. (lmao.) I'm beans and he's rice. Has nothing to do with us personally but it does sound good."
-- Marty B, with a tandem nickname far less inappropriate than the Chris Cooley & Visanthe Shiancoe inspired "Franks and Beans" combo.
"I guess women have to let go at times too but it just doesn't seem right, but if they do then it shouldn't smell or make a sound. I mean come on if you were on a date with Angelina Jolie a lunch date eating spaghetti and pancakes or whatever it is people eat in Hollywood and as she's feeding you she farts. Do you let her slide because of her beauty or call her out?"
-- Marty B, with a question that will be pondered by philosophers for decades. (Cowboys Insider Blog, Dallas Morning News)
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