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?
23 Jun 2009
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Well, I think you'd have to say [the Favre speculation] was overstated when I'm making a trip to Hattiesburg, and I'm reading the crawl across ESPN from my office at Winter Park. I would think that might be a slight stretch of the truth. And then everyone to be camped out, down there, outside of his complex, and I'm getting filmed going in at 7 o'clock in the morning, with a cup of coffee in my hand, back into Winter Park."
-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress (Pioneer Press)
"I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings."
-- New Jets head coach Rex Ryan
"I'm not an under-sell guy. Under-sell and over-produce? That's fine and dandy if we over-produce by winning the Super Bowl. But if we under-sell just to be average, I'm not here for the security of it."
"I want to be special. I want a group of guys that does something that makes history. ... Look at these buildings. This facility that Woody (Johnson) put together wasn't to go .500. It's to win championships, multiple championships."
-- Ryan, not setting the bar too high. (NY Daily News)
"Oh he's going crazy. He's going absolutely nuts. I know it's his first chance to be a head coach, and I know he's excited about life. But I've never played a football game in June in my life. So congratulations to him. He's the OTA Super Bowl winner."
-- Dolphins LB Channing Crowder on Rex Ryan (Fanhouse)
"I don't know this Channing Crowder. All I know is that he's all tatted up, so I guess I ought to be nervous about him.
-- Rex Ryan
"If I was younger, I’d probably handle him myself."
-- Ryan, really not helping his cause (Sun-Sentinel)
''He says he'd take care of me if he was younger? I'd have beat the hell out of that big old joker. Or if he really wants to get retro, my daddy or my uncle could have handled him."
-- Crowder (Miami Herald)
"I told him, ‘Everyone thinks you are a (expletive), and you should want to do everything you can do to be a killer.’"
-- FOX Sports' Jay Glazer
"I really had no idea what I was getting myself into, but in a good way."
"He was hurting, I tried to get him to puke. I tried to get him to quit. But he is not the guy I thought he was. He is a tough dude."
-- Glazer (ArizonaCardinals.com)
"We’re like Brokeback Mountain. I’m going to be with Carson so much in July that I’m going to be the nanny [for his kids]."
-- Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco on his "relationship" with QB Carson Palmer. (Pro Football Talk)
"We won the championship. We were AFC East champions. I just don't think it's supposed to happen like that. You've got to beat somebody to be the champs. We had to beat somebody to be the champs."
-- Dolphins LB Joey Porter on being disrespected by prognosticators.
"I don't understand how you can put somebody in front of us."
-- Porter, who probably thinks the Patriots got banished from the league for Spygate. (USA Today)
"The name ESPN speaks for itself. Its reputation stands alone."
-- Former NFL Network analyst Adam Schefter on joining ESPN
"I watched ESPN growing up, so to be a part of the programming that every football fan watches, and really has always watched, and to be a part of such a talented group of people, it’s surreal to me."
-- Schefter, likely not referring to Chris Berman. (PFW)
"The entire twitt world and media outlets got punked, that was my twitt joke from yesterday, they follow I'll have fun with it. My grandma would kill me if I had damn facial tatts!!! Fun while it lasted, back to normal, I felt different to."
-- Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco on pictures that had surfaced showing him with three facial tattoos. He got us.(Twitter)
"Just saw The Hangover - all time classic! One of the funniest movies ever - a must see!"
-- Super agent Drew Rosenhaus, I wonder which actor he represents. (Twitter)
"here's TO's take on OT!!! Mama, here comes that man!!!
-- Bills WR Terrell Owens on Game 2 of the NBA Finals; "that man" was probably not Adam Morrison. (Twitter)
"I really hope we take the league by storm. I feel that way every year. Every year, I think it's going to be a big year and then it's a 2-14 season or a 4-12 season."
-- Raiders DB Nnamdi Asomugha, whose storm will likely be more of a light breeze. (NFL Nation Blog)
"I can run the ball between the tackles. Anybody can run the ball between the tackles. I don't feel like that is going to make me or break me. I don't feel like running the ball between the tackles is going to win us the Super Bowl or help me win the MVP. It's being versatile, being able to run the ball between the tackles, outside the tackles, returning punts, catching the ball out of the backfield and catching the ball down the field. That's what I do. That's who I am.''
-- Saints RB Reggie Bush, channeling his inner Jessica Andrews.
"(The coaches) know I can run the ball between the tackles. That's not a question."
-- Bush, whose statement did not include the word "effectively". (NFL Nation Blog)
"He promised me if I went to Wake Forest, that I could play offense and defense. So I always give him a hard time. Obviously I went to Syracuse, I didn't go to Wake Forest. Since he's been here, as quarterback coach and what have you and now he's the head coach, now he has a little bit more say so, I'm trying to get a least one offensive play."
-- Colts DE Dwight Freeney on new coach Jim Caldwell and him playing offense
"I told him and I'm going to have to talk to Peyton [Manning], one red zone play, that's all I need. Just one. One fade route. Something."
"Nah, nah, nah. I want to catch the ball. The fullbacks here, we don't get a lot of receptions."
-- Freeney, on a suggestion he could play fullback. (NFL Nation Blog)
"I think it’s despicable. What he put the Packers through last year was not good. Here’s an organization that was loyal to him for 17, 18 years, provided stability of organization, provided players. It just wasn’t about Brett Favre. In this day and time, we have glorified the Brett Favre’s of the world so much, they think it’s about them. He goes to New York and bombs. He’s 39 years old."..."I kind of hope it happens, so he can fail."
-- Former Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton on Brett Favre potentially playing in Minnesota.
"We were talking candidly about Brett Favre and him going to Minnesota. And I had an opinion. Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t this America? Can’t we have opinions? And my opinion was that Brett Favre is wrong."
-- Tarkenton, on the adverse reaction to his original comments.
"I run businesses, I employ people, I pay taxes, I ADD to the economy in a downtime, and some guy is calling me a grumpy old man. I’m not down at The Villages in Orlando playing croquet. I’m not out on the golf courses all day long playing golf. I am here in my office working everyday or working from wherever I am. I’m a grumpy old man? Is it bad to be 69? I like being 69, and I’m not a grumpy 69. I’m a happy, positive 69, but guess what? I have a brain and I have an opinion, and this is America. God bless America that they give me the freedom to have an opinion."
-- Tarkenton on his perceived grumpiness (Shutdown Corner), (Fran Tarkenton’s Blog)
"This is football in the National Football League. I hit a guy with my forearm in his throat or his chest area, and they're trying to fine me. It's football! It's not my fault if the guy curls up like a little girl because he doesn't want to get hit. Are you kidding me?"
-- Recently retired S Rodney Harrison on his reputation as a dirty player.
"Football now is turning into a soft, pansy sport. This is not volleyball! This is not tennis!"
-- Harrison (MMQB)
"Matt came in and ... it's totally different than our past first-round quarterback that we've drafted, y'know, in the past."
-- Lions C Dominic Raiola on #1 overall pick Matthew Stafford. (MLive.com)
"Listen, Favre’s 100 years old; stop this already."
-- Former Cowboys WR Michael Irvin on a possible Brett Favre comeback. (LA Times)
"I did not think he was disruptive to the team. As a matter of fact, you have a huge percentage of our team -- coaches and teammates -- that thought his personality was a positive thing."
-- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ honest, straightforward opinion on Terrell Owens. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"I have a bone to pick with the media. How come everyone let Scott Pioli off the hook? Tyson Jackson is a Toyota. [The Chiefs] spent 60K on a Toyota. It’s OK if you spend it on a Mercedes. I don’t care if it’s an Avalon."
-- An anonymous NFL personnel member (Pro Football Weekly)
"I keep notes on all receivers over the years. These guys are too good not to know them."
-- Patriots CB Shawn Springs on the notebook he keeps of all the receivers he’s faced.
"[It says], ‘Joey Galloway, he’s fast,’ ‘Randy Moss. Don’t turn your back on him. He’ll dunk on you.’ There’s different notes, you know?"
-- Springs, discussing the intricacies of his note keeping. (NBC Sports)
"When we were looking at taking Mark, I studied all the great generals."
-- Jets owner Woody Johnson on the drafting of Mark Sanchez. (The Official Blog of Chris Cooley)
"I took Hunter Smith with my first pick -- I figured any punter must be a good bowler."
-- Redskins TE Chris Cooley on his selection in the Redskins’ team bowling draft.
"I just aimed at the middle arrow."
-- Redskins QB Todd Collins on how he did so well at bowling (he bowled a 205). (The Official Blog of Chris Cooley)
"He had to be rescued. The launch guy went out and got him and got him back in the kayak. He’s been bragging about it ever since. He’s telling everyone he rescued Tom Brady."
-- An unidentified spectator, on a man rescuing Tom Brady after Brady flipped his kayak.
"It was more embarrassment than real danger."
-- Spectator. (NBC Sports)
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