Short-yardage passing had a good year, except at the end of the Super Bowl. We look at the return of quarterback runs, the rise in pass-happy strategy, and 2014 success rates for offense and defense.
03 Nov 2009
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Yeah, it's worth it. Now people can see why I came back, and why I came back to this team. But I will say I'm relieved it's over."
-- Vikings quarterback Brett Favre on whether the team's win against the Green Bay Packers made up for getting booed by Packers fans. Did he used to play for them or something? (Monday Morning QB)
"I hope that everyone in the stadium watching tonight said, 'You know, I sure hate that that joker's on the other side, but he does play the way he's always played, with his excitement and passion for the game."
-- Favre on how he hopes Packer fans feel. What about the football watching public, Brett? What about us?? (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
"It's like going into church on Sunday and the priest says, 'Everybody go home, Jesus has now sided with the devil.'"
-- Packers fan Mark Fields on Brett Favre returning to Lambeau Field. If the Vikings are the devil, does that make the Bears the Super Devil? (Fanhouse)
"Welcome back, Ryan Longwell."
-- Sign at Lambeau Field during the Vikings-Packers game (Sports Illustrated)
"I want to hit him and get him out of there. That's for anybody who touches the football, period. It's that type of game. Write it down however you want to write it down. You don't have to do something dirty to get somebody out of there."
-- Jets linebacker Bart Scott on Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne (National Football Post)
"Now they're starting to see he's just a rookie. He's been humbled. Now we got some humble pie to serve him. I'm not worried about him eating hot dogs on the sideline. I'm worried about how I can get him on sideline, with an ice pack."
-- Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (NY Daily News)
"They're a great team. They'll probably contend for the Super Bowl. They have a tremendous offense, great running backs, a great quarterback, a great tight end. They are stacked across the board. I'm serious. They are great. Like I said, they have a great team. They have a tremendous offense and they showed it today. They are Super Bowl contenders and they will probably take it all the way."
"My mother used to say, 'When you win, say very little. When you lose, say less.' Bart Scott said too much today. When a team beats you twice, give them credit and go home."
-- NBC analyst Tony Dungy on Jets linebacker Bart Scott's comments (The Huddle)
"It's like a mouse trapped in the corner. You ever wonder how the mouse got out of the corner? It got creative. I got creative."
-- Dolphins wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. on his second kick return touchdown in the third quarter against the Jets (Sun-Sentinel)
"He's an embarrassment and a coward. He's got alligator arms. It's sad. I don't even know that he has the ability. I haven't seen it.''
-- Former Dolphins great Bob Kuechenberg on Dolphins wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. before Ginn's two kick return touchdowns against the Jets (Miami Herald)
"He is heavy. I didn't think he had the jets, but he proved me wrong."
-- Eagles running back LeSean McCoy on fullback Leonard Weaver's 41-yard touchdown during the Eagles' demolition of the Giants (The Huddle)
"That's what I came up here for, to get that big tall guy named Vince Young to show what he can do."
-- Titans owner Bud Adams on the Titans first victory of the season, against the Jaguars (NFL Nation Blog)
"To say that the team he's on now, after seven games, is better than the '96 team -- that's just preposterous."
"I bleed green and gold so much. I don't want somebody to beat my team. This is my team. I played 181 games, I was there before Brett, before Reggie White and Ron Wolf and everybody. This team means a lot to me, so when somebody calls up on the radio show: 'Brett Favre is the one that turned everything around' -- it's almost a disrespectful slap in the face."
-- Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler on Brett Favre's comment that the 2009 Vikings were the best team he has ever played for, and his love for the Packers (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"I honestly know they are garbage and I haven't looked at them since I started playing."
-- Browns quarterback Derek Anderson on his statistics (Cleveland.com)
"Can we go undefeated? Yes. I do think we have the players, the chemistry, we have the heart and dedication, the coaching staff, we have the players."
-- Saints running back Reggie Bush on whether the Saints can go undefeated this season (Pro Football Talk)
"You can say but so much. You've got to actually want to. Once we get to that point where we want to do something, then we'll be something. If we keep going our separate ways, we just keep getting slaughtered like we have."
-- Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth on his lack of words for why the Redskins suck so much (The Huddle)
"Oh man, that was the nastiest-looking pass ever. You know what it, it worked, and that's all that matters."
-- Rams kicker Josh Brown on his 36-yard touchdown pass against the Lions, leading the Rams to their first win of the season. (BND.com)
"I don't want to say it's a wasted rep during practice, but it seemed like [the halfback option was] something we did just for fun. I thought if we're ever going to run it, it's going to be at the end of a blowout. But here we were, the game's on the line, and they're calling my number."
-- Colts running back Joseph Addai on the call to run a halfback pass against the 49ers, which he threw for a touchdown (Indianapolis Star-Telegram)
"I don't know if I'm frustrated or just mind-boggled."
-- Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce on the team's struggles (New York Times)
"First down and ten. Johnson ... gets his shoulders square! Watch out! He's got gettin' away from the cops speed! Touchdown!"
-- CBS announcer Gus Johnson using a regrettable choice of words to describe a Chris Johnson touchdown run (Awful Announcing)
"I have been looking at my stats compared to Roy Williams' stats over there with the Cowboys and my goal is to have better stats than him by the end of the season. I am looking forward to it. I can feel the momentum on this team."
-- Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens on his goal to have better numbers than his Cowboys' replacement Roy Williams (The Huddle)
"I know I'm 35 and everyone thinks I kicked the bucket already. But I know I can still play."
-- Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor on playing at the age of 35 (Palm Beach Post)
"I'm one of them."
-- UFL Florida Tuskers running back Tatum Bell upon hearing teammate Michael Pittman say that there were some guys on the Tuskers that would say that they could beat the Buccaneers (TampaBay.com)
"Wait a minute. I flunked art but I didn't flunk vision."
-- ABC analyst Matt Millen while attempting to use a telestrator (Awful Announcing)
"We failed to make our coaching points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends. Now their fat little girlfriends have some obvious advantages. For one thing, their fat little girlfriends are telling them what they want to hear, like how great you are and how easy it's going to be."
-- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach on the reason for the Red Raiders' recent struggles (ReporterNews.com)
"I'm going to be Chad Johnson for Halloween."
-- Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco on his Halloween costume (Bengals.com)
"You gotta laugh about it. You go, 'Man, this is weird'."
-- Redskins defensive end Renaldo Wynn on being released, re-signed, released again and again re-signed all within 11 days last month (Washington Times)
"He's my friend, and I like to hang with him, but when he dresses like that, well, I don't know him."
-- Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson on fullback Vonta Leach coming to practice in a red skin-tight outfit and crawling around like Spiderman (Houston Chronicle)
"I haven't had a history of concussions but I have had them."
-- 49ers tackle Adam Snyder's thoughts on the widening concern of concussions in the NFL (San Francisco Chronicle)
I got it if you need it,
Think I better give you a reminder,
I got it if you need it,
Cuz I can give you a friendly reminder,
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