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?
17 Dec 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"According to Rex we played [bleepy]. He said we weren't good enough. I guess we needed a shutout. I guess that's what he was talking about."
-- Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis expressing his frustration with head coach Rex Ryan's evaluation of the defense's play. The Jets defense allowed just 131 total yards and forced three turnovers in a 10-6 loss to the Dolphins (NY Post)
"They're cheaters. They do what they do. They cheat. They talk junk. But we beat the hell out of them today. I wish they'd tripped me. I'd have broken that old man's leg. I didn't see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character."
-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder reacting to Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi sticking his knee out and tripping Nolan Carroll during a play. Alosi has been suspended indefinitely (ESPN New York)
"We might as well make a stop in Indianapolis on the way home. And what other Midwest cities do we have? We've got St. Louis, Chicago ... Chicago's beautiful this time of year."
-- Giants defensive end Justin Tuck joking about the multiple changes to the team's itinerary leading up to Monday night's victory over the Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit following the team spending Saturday night in Kansas city during a layover (NJ.com)
"I don't feel that I'm playing to my level of capability that I expect from myself. I thought that was the right thing to do."
-- Panther quarterback Jimmy Clausen on apologizing to a teammate, linebacker Jon Beason, for his poor play on Sunday
"I'm the last guy to tell anybody to be apologizing. But if you're going to apologize, you should apologize to people that's in the huddle with you. But he has a lot to learn. He ain't at Notre Dame anymore, that's for sure."
-- Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith after hearing about Clausen's apology to Beason (Charlotte Observer)
"This hurts. I honestly don't know what we have to do. I thought we were really good on defense. I really did. It's one of those things where it didn't go our way. Again."
-- Texans safety Bernard Pollard after the Texans 34-28 loss in overtime to the Ravens (Houston Chronicle)
"I think there's underachieving from the top down. You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week. Of course, we have to go out there and play the game. But in order for us to do what we're allowed to do at the best of our abilities, the coaches have to put the players in the best position."
-- Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens when asked on The T.Ocho Show why he thought the Bengals were 2-11 (ESPN)
"Well, in my eyes [Brees] is better. Maybe it could be my personal vendetta against the other guys, but he's definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in this league, and he's got the numbers to prove it. And not only that, he's got the hardware to prove it."
-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs when asked if this Sunday's adversary, Saints quarterback Drew Brees presents the same challenges as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning (National Football Post
"I'm going to set the bar high. I'm going to set it high for you, and I'm going to set it high for everybody else as well."
"[The Eagles] have to do something— the way I'm puttin' it in, something gotta happen baby."
-- Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, on The T.Ocho Show, promising journalistic icon Terrell Owens that he is going to set the bar very high for free-agent receivers once he receives a new deal from the Eagles (Philadelphia Daily News)
"First and foremost, [Bradford] didn't walk me down because he didn't touch me. I ran out of bounds. Hey, I was trying to be respectful and not run up the score, so I ran out of bounds. [But] he didn't catch me. I've never been caught by a quarterback before in my life. Never. Never."
"I just needed to get the hell out of bounds and go to the sidelines. Did you see me? Oh my God, I had never got oxygen before in my life. That was the first time I had to go and do that. I was so tired. I don't think I've ever been that tired in my life. "
"I froze up again. I'm going to get dance lessons from Shady [teammate running back LeSean McCoy]."
"Don't tell my mom. She's going to want more Christmas presents."
-- Panthers cornerback R.J. Sanford, after being promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Thursday (Rock Hill Herald)
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