Auburn is the most unlikely contender ever to reach the BCS title game, but the Tigers are also hitting top speed at the right time to defend the SEC banner in Pasadena. Plus a new top 25, the Lowsman Trophy watch and the rest from the final regular-season weekend on campus.
29 Dec 2009
compiled by Rory Hickey
"The perfect season was never an issue with us. We've said it time and time again. It is somebody else's issue, not ours."
-- Colts president Bill Polian, after Colts' coach Jim Caldwell removed many of the starters, including Peyton Manning, with a 15-10 lead over the Jets. On Monday, Polian had to cut his radio show short because of the numerous angry calls from Colts fans and his dismissive attitude towards them. (Monday Morning QB)
"I was excited to get the opportunity, but unfortunately it didn't go our way. Obviously, the outcome wasn't what we wanted. But it was good for me to get out there and get a little experience, I guess."
-- Colts quarterback Curtis Painter after he and his band of backups single-handedly destroyed the Colts' chances of a perfect season. (The Huddle)
"Who wouldn't [want to pursue perfection]? I mean ... who wouldn't? Doesn't everybody want to be a part of history? Not a season goes by that you don't hear about the '72 Dolphins."
-- Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, after the Colts gave up their chance at a perfect season. (Indianapolis Star)
"Maybe he's part of the media. I don't think they have a code of honor."
"I don't know, man. What did I play, five snaps today? I don't know, I don't know what happened. I thought I was the problem. It's an unbelievable situation, man. Last game at Giants Stadium, probably as a Giant, just the way everything has unfolded has been unbelievable. I never would have dreamt this in a million years, but it is what it is, we live and we learn."
-- Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora displaying his frustration after the Giants' playoff chances evaporated with a 41-9 loss to the Panthers. (Newark Star-Ledger)
"I'm pretty sure if I was getting popped, fired or whatever you want to call it, my owners would come tell me like men because that's who they are and that's what they want to be. I'm sure Bill Cowher [wants this job]. Everybody wants this job -- it's the best in football. I want it, too."
-- Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris on reports that the Buccaneers contacted Bill Cowher for their head coaching position. (Pewter Report)
"Everybody in Minnesota knows that Brett Favre is running that organization. When the head coach leaves and goes and picks him up in his SUV, and brings him to the facility. Everyone knows who's running the Minnesota Vikings."
-- Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler on the Brett Favre-Brad Childress saga. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"Brett Favre is infected, he's infected with a disease, and a lot of superstars get this disease. They have so many accolades and are idolized, they start to think they are bigger than the team, are more important than any one individual, including the head coach."
-- FOX analyst Jimmie Johnson on the Brett Favre-Brad Childress saga. (The Huddle)
"Brett, come on just hug it out. Hug it out, guys."
-- Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, during a team meeting, trying to resolve the Favre-Childress dispute. (Eye On Sports Media)
"Fred's always been a great interview. He really has. I saw that and thought that was really, really great. He pointed out that the leadership there shows the way. I think he's referring to veteran players. So that's what we're looking to instill in our veteran players. Evidently, he wasn't that veteran leader here having our guys watch the tape. So we're gonna work on getting the veteran leaders that are now here to have our guys watching more tape. He provided the blueprint."
-- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio on Patriots running back Fred Taylor after Taylor said he watches more film in New England than he ever did in Jacksonville. (Florida Times-Union)
"If they keep this system the way it is, then they would label Albert Haynesworth a bust who didn't live up to the contract. Everybody would say he just took the money and ran off. And I'm still playing as hard as I possibly can. But you can only do so much within the system that's put around you."
-- Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth on the state of the Washington Redskins' defensive scheme. (ESPN)
"Regardless of stats, regardless of everything, getting the hat and T-shirt is what we're out here for."
-- Patriots running back Sammy Morris on clinching the division title after the team's 35-7 win over the Jaguars. (Patriots.com)
"I kind of rushed myself a little bit and kind of hit just not a good ball in general. It was all me. The snap and the hold were great. I rushed myself, kind of picked my head up, and that was the result."
-- Saints kicker Garrett Hartley on how he missed a 37-yard field goal attempt as time expired Sunday. Hartley's kick would have given the Saints home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. (The Advocate)
"There was no chance I'd drop it. I'd die before I'd drop that ball. Then I fell into the end zone, and when I got up, I knew it was broken.''
-- Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith when asked how he held on to a third quarter touchdown in which a defender's hit caused his arm to break. (Monday Morning QB)
"It's more of a minor nuisance."
-- Smith, when asked after the game if he was in pain.
"We're going to start with the injury report, obviously, Manning, Clark, Addai, Reggie Wayne, Freeney, Mathis, Brackett -- all those guys will not play ... Oh, hold up, that was my wish list for Santa Claus."
-- Jets coach Rex Ryan "accidently" reading what he wanted from Santa Claus during a press conference. Clearly, he was on the nice list. (IndySportsNation.com)
"Sometimes I've seen quarterbacks throw a lot of picks, yet they play really well elsewhere and overcome it. And I didn't do that. I didn't play well enough to overcome it."
-- Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on his terrible outing against the Packers. (The News Tribune)
"We did buy him a motorcycle as a retirement gift, so I don't know if we could get him to sell that and give us our money back or what."
-- Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on former coach Mike Holmgren returning to the NFL as a member of the Browns' front office. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"The referee was behind him and didn't see what happened. The film will show it all. He's human and mistakes happen. I think everyone just jumped in. A little spark started the whole thing. It seemed that everything was directed toward us. That's the Raider mystique."
-- Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour on the referees being predisposed to believing that the Raiders were playing dirty. (Cleveland.com)
"You don't want to see men struggle the way they've struggled."
-- 49ers cornerback Dre' Bly on the Lions' struggles as a team after they lost their twentieth straight road game 20-6 against the 49ers. (Detroit News)
"In college, the balls would be where you could make plays on them, but being a cornerback in this league you have to have the mentality of a sniper. It's just one shot."
-- Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis on the differences between playing cornerback in college and the pros. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"Why [trash-talk]? He would eat me."
-- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew on why he would not trade barbs with Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork prior to their game on Sunday. Wilfork ended up not playing. (Jacksonville.com)
"He's going to have a bright career I'm sure, if he was part of that."
-- Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner when told that Rams quarterback Keith Null used to bag groceries, as Warner did before his NFL days. (USA Today)
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