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?
10 Dec 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"You know, it's the biggest butt whipping I've taken as a coach, in my career. But, I can promise you one thing. I'll be ready to play 'em. I'll play them right now if they'll go out and do it again."
-- Jets coach Rex Ryan in his postgame press conference following the Jets 45-3 evisceration at the hands of the Patriots (Patriots.com)
"I don't want to say they ran it up, but at the end of the day, they ran it up. If you look at what happened, yeah they ran it up."
-- Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards two days after the Jets' loss to the Patriots (Newsday)
"It hurt a lot, but that broken nose took some of the pain away."
-- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the Steelers' thrilling victory over the Ravens in which Roethlisberger wore a special cleat to protect his broken foot and was struck in the face by Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, breaking Big Ben's nose, on the Steelers' first series (CBS Sports)
"Next time, I'm just gonna pull a Forrest Gump and run clean through the stadium."
-- Seahawks returner Leon Washington, who was headed for a long punt-return touchdown and put his finger in the air at the 40, only to get tripped up just shy of the goal line by pesky Panthers punter Jason Baker (Sports Illustrated)
"If that's really at play and has an effect on who goes to what bowl, then count me in for somebody who's in favor of a playoff. Just in terms of football, it should be decided on the field."
"Now I'm picturing guys smoking cigars in back rooms, with pocket watches and gold chains, determining who the best football team is based on the almighty dollar."
-- Stanford University coach Jim Harbaugh conveying his support for a college football playoff after being told that it still matters how well your fans travel when it comes to getting invited to more lucrative bowl games (San Francisco Chronicle)
"I might get crucified for this one, but with all these people we've got on offense? We're not a good offense at times. Just call it how you see it. Call a spade a spade. If we were a good offense, we'd move the ball up and down the field. Especially with the people we have and the quarterback and the personnel we have. But we're just not a good offense at times ... We look like the Bad News Bears at times. And I'm a part of it."
-- Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason expressing his displeasure at the lack of production from the much ballyhooed Ravens offense (Baltimore Sun)
"Aye this the closest thing to Obama being elected president !!!!! Let's Gooo !!!"
-- Broncos running back Lance Ball after the announcement that running backs coach Eric Studesville was named Broncos' interim head coach (Pro Football Talk)
"The other day he had like 'Hakuna Matata' or some [expletive] from 'The Lion King' playing, which I don't think nobody wants to hear. He needs to bump some Lil Wayne on there."
-- Oregon running back and Heisman finalist LaMichael James criticizing coach Chip Kelly's musical selection during team practices (New York Times)
"Is that when it was? Good gracious. I can't really remember, but I get hit in the head a lot."
-- Colts center Jeff Saturday when told that the last time the Colts faced a must-win regular season game was in 2000. The Colts defeated the Titans to improve their record to 7-6 (Indianapolis Star)
"You work so hard to get into the end zone, it takes all 11 guys doing their job and the payoff ... you have a little bit of fun with it. It wasn't too good. I don't know if anybody else knows how to Dougie around here, but I could use a little help."
-- Lions quarterback Drew Stanton discussing his failed attempt at the "Dougie", a hip-hop dance, after scoring a touchdown against the Bears on Sunda
"We really didn't mind him doing the Dougie, he was excited. But the problem was it was a bad Dougie."
-- Bears cornerback D.J. Moore's thoughts on, and critical assessment of, Stanton's Dougie (Michigan Live)
"I always get bothered when I hear other coaches say: 'We're here 24/7. We really grind.' I mean, c'mon. We choose to do this. We sit in air-conditioned rooms. We watch film. We enjoy watching film and coming up with game plans. Someone who has to grind it out is a guy who's a laborer, or a guy in the military."
-- Oregon coach Chip Kelly on the perceived intensity of being a head coach of a football team ( New York Times )
"He wasn't happy this year with the 3-4. He wasn't happy last year with the 4-3. What else do you want to do? Want to run a 2-5?"
-- Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett showing his frustration with the actions of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth who was suspended by the team (Washington Post)
"If I was an inch taller, I coulda had that snap and we prob woulda won"
-- Titans punter Brett Kern lamenting his lack of stature after not catching a high second-quarter snap, which was eventually recovered by the Colts at the Tennessee 19-yard line. Two plays later, the Colts scored a touchdown and won the game 30-28 (Twitter)
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