After three NFL seasons of kicking off from the 35-yard line, what has been the impact on touchbacks, returns, field position, scoring and injuries? Also, is this rule responsible for a record number of big comebacks?
03 Dec 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
Kent Somers: "I don't mean this to be sarcastic, or pointed, but [footage of you laughing] went out on Monday night television, and a lot of fans are talking about it right now as a big problem with this team. Can you put into context what was going on at that moment, and what caused you to ..."[Gets cut off]
Derek Anderson: "What Deuce and I talk about is nobody else's business."
Somers: "But why was something funny when you're down 18 points in the fourth quarter?"
Anderson: "It wasn't funny -- I wasn't laughing about anything."
Somers: "But the cameras showed you laughing ..."[Gets cut off]
Anderson: "OK, that's fine. That's fine, that's fine, that's fine. That's fine. I'm not laughing about it. You think this is funny? I take this [bleep] serious! Real serious! I put my heart and soul into this [bleep] every single week!"
Somers: "All I'm saying is that the cameras showed you ..."[Gets cut off again]
Anderson: "I'm just telling you right now what I do every single week! Every single week! I put my freakin' heart and soul into this, I study my ass off! I don't go out there and laugh! It's not funny! Nothing's funny to me! I don't want to go out there and get embarrassed on Monday Night Football in front of everybody!"
Somers: "But that's why I'm asking you ..."
Anderson: "I'm telling you right now! We were talking! Deuce and I were talking!"
Somers: "What was the context of the ..."
Anderson: "I'm done."
-- Exchange between Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson and Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers after the Cardinals 27-6 loss to the 49ers. During the game, cameras showed Anderson briefly smiling on the sideline with teammate Deuce Lutui when the Cardinals were down by 18 points (NFL.com)
"Blame for this non-issue being an issue starts with the Monday Night Football production team. You see that you have caught the quarterback in a candid moment. Exercise some restraint here. Maybe they saw someone trip and fall. That's always funny. Even in a blowout loss. Even at a funeral. But we're talking about Jon Gruden here, and to Gruden, diabolical football robot blowhard, losing a football game is worse than someone dying. This is not hyperbole. He's the kind of football coach you don't want to play for. Sure, he knows his [bleep]. But he's also a guy who'll throw a player under the bus on national television just for not being adequately sad-faced. You saw what he did to Derek Anderson. Imagine how he treated his players behind closed doors."
-- Former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson in an article on Deadspin defending former teammate Derek Anderson's brief smile on the sidelines, in which he disparaged ESPN analyst and former NFL coach Jon Gruden's criticism of Anderson (Deadspin)
"I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO ..."
-- Bills receiver Steve Johnson questioning His Holiness on his Twitter account following Buffalo's 19-16 loss. Johnson dropped the would-be game winning touchdown pass in overtime (Twitter)
"Donna -- You made a big mistake when you did not take my advice and hire Mike Leach of Texas Tech -- look what happened to them since he left ... Hire Coach Leach and you will be #1 -- And you can now get him for the right price. Best wishes, Donald."
-- Business entrepreneur Donald Trump's letter to University of Miami President Donna Shalala this week, suggesting the Hurricanes hire former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach to replace the departed Randy Shannon (Palm Beach Post)
"Don't get frustrated."
-- Texans receiver Andre Johnson to Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan during Sunday's Texans-Titans game, just prior to Johnson getting frustrated and landing some blows on Finnegan during a skirmish which resulted in both players' ejections (NFL.com)
"It's starting to look like it's OK to cheat, it's OK to fight, but if you hit somebody too hard, we're going to fine you a whole bunch. Maybe it's because I play for the Steelers, who knows?"
-- Steelers linebacker James Harrison expressing his continuing frustration with the NFL's fining policy after the Finnegan-Johnson clash led to each being fined just $25,000. Harrison has been fined a total of $125,000 for four illegal hits this season (ESPN)
"Did I expect to run for the first down? I hadn't expected to run for a first down in quite a while. ... It was 10 yards, really? It felt like 50."
-- Vikings quarterback Brett Favre after his team's 17-13 win over the Redskins. His 10-yard scramble on third-and-8 late in the fourth quarter helped seal the victory (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
"Do I still hate them? Well, I promised Coach Belichick that I wouldn't say anything derogatory, so, I have no comment."
-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady issuing a fierce no comment when asked if he still hates the Jets, which he said before the season (The Star-Ledger)
"That's just absurd. Those guys are legends and I'm nobody. So there's really no need to talk about that anymore."
-- Browns running back Peyton Hillis when told that he's joined Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly as the only backs in team history to rush for more than 11 touchdowns in a season (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)
Talib: "You made a p------ call."
Official:"You played like a p------."
Talib: "I'll [hit] you in your [expletive] [expletive] mouth!"
-- Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib using an expletive to describe a pass-interference call, to which the unidentified member of referee Carl Cheffers' crew responded. Talib did not seem to appreciate this (Tampa Bay Online, Sporting News)
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