Comparing the final Football Outsiders F/+ projections to the AP poll and conventional wisdom.
05 Feb 2009
compiled by Mark Zajack
"Matt Millen was president of the Lions for the worst eight-year run in the history of the NFL. Knowing his history with the team, is there a credibility issue as he now serves as an analyst for NBC Sports?"
-- Scroll at the bottom of the screen showed by WDIV, NBC's affiliate in Detroit, every time Millen was on camera Sunday during NBC's Super Bowl pregame show. (Yahoo! Sports)
"62 Scat Flasher."
-- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, recounting the name of game-winning play in which Santonio Holmes was the third read. (ESPN.com)
"I saw Santonio in the corner and as soon as I let go of it, I saw the defensive back going to get it, and I thought it was intercepted. I thought the game was over. I thought I blew it."
-- Roethlisberger, on the game-winning touchdown pass. (SI.com)
"It was like getting a chair pulled out from under you. It just hurts to be able to get so close and fall short of your ultimate goal."
-- Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, on losing a heartbreaker.
"We didn't make the plays we needed to seal the game up. I'm never going to be a sore loser. They deserved to win and made plays, and that's what it's all about."
-- Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. (Arizona Republic)
"Everybody feels a little disappointed, but the road for us to get here, man, it was tough. There isn't anybody in a million years that would think we would get here. (We'll) take some time off and get back to work. Next year, we'll make a run for it again."
-- Dockett. (Arizona Republic)
"I still love this game."
-- Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, in the postgame aftermath, when asked if he "loved or hated football right now?" (Yahoo! Sports)
"I was thinking, he was way faster than I thought."
"I felt like trash. Just like garbage."
-- Steelers linebacker James Harrison, with his thoughts after failing to run down Fitzgerald.
"He was actually supposed to be covering the running back, but he read the play."
-- Steelers safety Ryan Clark, on James Harrison's assignment on the interception and touchdown before the half.
"I was tired as a dog. I'm not going to lie, it was a quarter tank. But I ended up making it."
-- Harrison, on the end of his touchdown run. (NBCSports.com)
"Gosh, dog, it was one of those things that seemed to happen in slow motion."
"I've never been more emotionally drained in my life."
-- Harrison. (New York Times)
"Where's my chair?"
-- Harrison, arriving at his locker after the game, looking like he might collapse. (Yahoo! Sports)
"I shouldn't cuss that much. I've been listening to Too Short too much."
-- Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett, whose lyrical skills, including rhyming "Romo" with "Homo," resulted in a $22,000 fine from the Cowboys. (Dallas Morning News)
"He's just like my dad told me one time, 'If you'd quit trying to be so funny, you might get something done. Get serious with me, will ya?' My dad told me that, because I needed to quit screwing around."
-- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, on Bennett. (Star-Telegram)
"Why they hatin' on me, It was just a song, I was only rappin', I didn't do nothing wrong..."
-- Bennett (a.k.a. Marty B) with his rap response called My Apology. (Dallas Morning News)
"You just feel trapped. Ever since I came to Kansas City, they've been trying to push me out the door."
-- Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, sharing his feelings on being in Kansas City with radio station KCSP 610-AM. (United Press International)
"He's a great quarterback, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying anything to disrespect him. I think he's a hell of a player. But Jeff George was a hell of a player. There's a lot of guys who have been great players."
-- Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, on his one-time teammate and quarterback successor, Jay Cutler. (Denver Post)
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