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?
20 Oct 2009
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"I think a lot of people made the comment, '[Zorn's] not out there playing in the games.' That's the truth of the matter. If you want to blame someone, look at the film. Look at the guys who are out there trying to play. We haven't been doing a great job, bottom line; we haven't been doing a great job. I think the blame lies with us. I think the blame lies with us. I think we're the ones out there playing every day, practicing, trying to do the right thing, but I don't know if we've got the right personnel here to do it."
-- Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall on the Redskins' possible lack of personnel. Clearly he isn't part of who he's talking about (Washington Post)
"This offense is better than six points, 100 percent."
-- Redskins coach Jim Zorn on his anemic offense (WTOP.com)
"All my life I've been criticized for telling the truth, and now I'm lying?"
-- NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders on his involvement in the Dez Bryant controversy (USA Today)
"There is nothing really special about him ... I think he found out I'm an OK player. Guy makes like $100 million. I think I did all right."
-- Ravens rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher's thoughts on Vikings defense end Jared Allen
"Well, that's just some idiot trying to talk himself up. I beat that dude like a red-headed step child, let's be honest. If he was so good why did they have to chip me all day? Ask him that. That guy will watch film today and realize. Everybody else in the world saw me abuse him."
-- Allen's response to Oher's comments (FOX Sports)
"The running game is like chess. The running game is your pawns. They don't really mean that much in the beginning, but at the end, they surround the king and its check mate. That's what the running game is."
-- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew after loss in Seattle, on why an offense shouldn't abandon the running game. Or maybe on why they shouldn't rely entirely on the running game. Is Jack Del Rio or David Garrard the queen? (National Post)
"I can't respect that stuff, all that Wildcat. We're in the NFL. Don't come here with that nonsense."
-- Jets linebacker Calvin Pace's thoughts on the Dolphins' Wildcat offense (Fifth Down)
"[Wildcat] non-sensed their asses all the way up and down the field. If that's nonsense, I love nonsense. They want to say gimmick this, gimmick that. We've won games with the Wildcat. I'll win a game with a gimmick...Hell, they ran two fake punts. If you want to say gimmick, those are really a gimmick. The Wildcat is an offensive formation we've been running for two years. They've got thousands of plays on film about it. Go stop it and shut up about all that junk talking. ... They ain't gonna give us no credit. We'll see them in three weeks. We have to play them again, so the hell with them."
-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, responding to Pace's comment about the Wildcat. I don't really think he's too fond of the Jets.
"We're all afraid of what we don't understand."
-- Dolphins running back/Wildcat triggerman Ronnie Brown reacting to Pace's comments (Sun-Sentinel)
"It's bittersweet. We get the win, but I have a limited role. So, obviously, I see this game as showing I'm no longer an asset to this team. That's all I got. My name's Steve Smith and I stand by that."
-- Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith after the Panthers' win over the Buccaneers (The Herald Online)
"It felt like they were trying to raise their ranking in the BCS, but it is not their fault we weren't matching up today."
-- Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck on the thrashing delivered by the Patriots (The Tennessean)
"I don't think anybody in this league is 59 points better than us."
-- Titans tight end Bo Scaife after the Titans lost by exactly 59 points to the Patriots (Providence Journal)
"You'll have a hard time finding the silver lining in this one."
-- Lions coach Jim Schwartz after the team's 26-0 loss to the Packers (Yahoo!)
"I came over to him and was like, 'Man, that's the best two blocks I've ever seen from a wide receiver.' I have to buy him something now."
-- Raiders tight end Zach Miller on a series of blocks by wide receiver Louis Murphy (BakersfieldNow.com)
"I loved it. On the fumble recovery, I just threw my big coconut butt on the ball."
-- Recently un-retired Patriots linebacker Junior Seau on his return to the field during Sunday's game (CBS Sports)
"We're not trying to lose every time we go out here."
-- Browns quarterback Derek Anderson on the Browns' approach to games, week in and week out (USA Today)
"It's kind of like having a girl on the side, you know? When you need her, she's there. You know she's always going to be there no matter what you put her through. That's what Tashard Choice is like."
-- Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett using an interesting analogy to describe teammate Tashard Choice (DallasCowboys.com)
"I do not like knocking teams, but right now, they're struggling. We're playing that game the other day and, honestly, it felt like a scrimmage, like a practice. It felt like we were going against our offense [in a controlled setting] as far as the tempo."
-- Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce on the Giants' destruction of the Oakland Raiders in Week 5 (NESN)
"The mood we're going to be in or should be in, right now we're kind of the laughingstock of the NFL."
-- Raiders defensive end Greg Ellis on the perception of the Oakland Raiders (FanNation)
"I just got to get these coaches to realize, throw me the ball. Maybe I've said it too much."
-- Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzedah on if he gets the ball enough. Shockingly, he doesn't think so (The Seattle Times)
"We canned the music today. We've got to get back into it. We can't use music to motivate us. We can't go out and stretch and need music to help us. What's going to motivate you? How are you going to be motivated? We motivated ourselves today by reliving that sick feeling from Sunday that we've been having."
-- Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris on no longer allowing his team to listen to music during practice (Tampa Bay Online)
"Michigan played just like they played on the DVDs. I was not shocked, but I was surprised at how much the domination was."
-- Delaware State coach Al Lavin after his team got destroyed by the Michigan Wolverines, 63-6 (Sports Illustrated)
"I don't approve of how he's treated. He is Florida State University."
-- Deion Sanders on the treatment of Bobby Bowden (FanNation)
"Anybody who says there's no fight in the Fighting Irish is missing the boat. Down three scores to these guys ... there's a lot of hurtin' puppies in that locker room right now. But there's plenty of fight in this team, I guarantee you that."
-- Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis on the team's effort during its 34-27 loss to USC (Chicago Tribune)
"I saw an article that said Lloyd Carr was at the game in Iowa. Number one, whose ticket did he go on? Whose private box was he sitting in, and whose university staff was in the box with him? As far as I'm concerned, as a former player that loves this program, I love our head coach, I love what they're trying to do -- our ex-coach flipped a huge middle finger right in our current coach's face."
-- Former Michigan quarterback Rick Leach on ex-coach Lloyd Carr attending a recent Wolverines game (Detroit Free-Press)
"It's a Wildcat, with a 250-pound cat."
-- CBS analyst Gary Danielson on Florida's offense with Tim Tebow (Awful Announcing)
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