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?
12 Jan 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Let me tell you something, that dude is scary. We have a great defense, and we were up on him and ready to pounce, and he found ways to tear us apart. I don't ever want to face him again in my life. I am dead serious. I'll face Drew Brees any day of the week before I face him again."
-- Cardinals defensive back Antrel Rolle on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' sublime performance against the Cardinals defense, in a losing effort. (Yahoo!)
"I'd have been booing us, too, the way we played. Playing the way we played today, we weren't going to beat anybody."
-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after the Patriots' terrible performance in a 33-14 home loss to the Ravens. Patriots fans booed their team. (ESPN)
"Had to give them that humbling ass-whippin'."
-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on Baltimore's performance in their wild card round game against the Patriots. (Yahoo!)
"They whooped our ass!"
-- Patriots defensive back Shawn Springs on the Ravens' performance against the Patriots. (Yahoo!)
"Mike Jenkins ain't never shut me down, so y'all chill out over there. Them boys are scared of me. I'm a dual threat on that field. They be having like four people on your boy out there, but it's all good. I probably get man coverage like ten percent every game. But I like those odds. I'll take that."
-- Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson discussing Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins and the Cowboys defensive philosophy during a video appearance on UStream. (ESPN Dallas)
"It's just talk. I find it quite funny, I guess. He doesn't do as much talking on the field. I mean -- computer, field? It's not physical. I think it's kind of funny. We don't really have nothing to talk about. It's been two games. Look at the stats. We let our stats talk. We let our game play talk. It's been a lot of talk, too, about double-covering or triple-covering this guy. I haven't seen it yet. We single it up. We call [man] every play. There's one man on him and we're just sitting in it."
-- Jenkins' response to Jackson's comments.
"That's just to give you something to talk about. He's a good player and certain players can actually back that up. He might be one of those guys. Of course, we'll have our stingers out, too, waiting for him."
-- Cowboys linebacker Bradie James reacting to Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson's comments saying that the Eagles were going to "sting [the Cowboys'] ass" in their third meeting. (ESPN Dallas)
"To me, we should be favorites. ... I mean in the whole tournament. You know the way that I feel. I think we have the best defense, I know we do. I know we have the best rushing attack. Those are two huge factors in our favor. With a couple of exceptions on our staff, myself probably, I think we have a great coaching staff."
-- Jets coach Rex Ryan declaring that the Jets, a 9-7 team who made the playoffs largely because the Colts and Bengals were not playing at full strength, should be the Vegas favorite to win the Super Bowl. (ESPN)
"I'd never punted in the NFL. I had one punt in college. I punted one game in high school when our guy was sick. I was not very comfortable out there. I'm bad enough that I'm a good pooch punter. I tried to hit it as good as I could, and that's where it's going to end up."
-- Jets kicker Jay Feely, on filling in for punter Steve Weatherford after Weatherford had an irregular heartbeat prior to Saturday's game against the Bengals and was scratched. (National Football Post)
"I did something yesterday that I can't believe even I did. I picked up the phone and I reached out to Al Davis. So I called Mr. Davis, I have not spoken with him yet, but I'm happy to help out in any way I can. I'd love to help JaMarcus Russell if he wants help. I'd love to help Tom Cable and that organization. It's important. Listen, seven straight seasons where they've lost 11 or more games? Something's not right."
-- Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon discussing how he contacted Raiders owner Al Davis in hopes of helping him out. (USA Today)
"Maybe it's Rich that needs the help."
-- Raiders senior executive John Herrera's response to Gannon wanting to possibly help the franchise. Obviously.
"I know you're from Middle America, and sometimes you feel like you're representing more than just a school or a conference, maybe an entire group of American citizens out there."
"Of course. I mean, there's nothing better than being American. So, I mean, this is the greatest feeling. If you don't love it, leave it! USA, number one!"
-- Exchange after Iowa's victory in the Orange Bowl in which FOX's Chris Myers asks Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi "a question." (The Sporting Blog)
"This season, the Eagles owned the Giants, the Giants owned the Cowboys, and the Cowboys owned the Eagles ... Everyone owned the Redskins."
-- NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels before Saturday's Eagles-Cowboys game. (Big Blue Interactive)
"Do any body got payton address I got to go get my award"
-- Titans running back Chris Johnson disagreeing with Associated Press' choice of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning for NFL MVP. (Twitter)
"Speaking of Coach Carroll, I just want everyone to know, I completely disagree with his decision to go to the NFL. Statistics show that it's not a good choice."
-- Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez playfully addressing new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's decision to leave USC and go to the NFL. He was referencing Carroll saying that Sanchez going to the NFL was a bad decision after Sanchez declared for the NFL Draft as a junior. (Los Angeles Times)
"#Whatsfunnierthan [sic] people buying all these weight loss pills and then not working out. People the weight isnt going to loss its self"
-- Ravens defensive back Fabian Washington giving his thoughts on one method losing weight to fulfill New Year's resolutions. (Twitter)
"I had sex yesterday. With some of the moves I did -- I should be fine."
-- Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco on the health of his left knee prior to Saturday's playoff game. (New York Post)
"I'll be back bigger and badder with a wide range of sh*t-talking."
-- Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco on what his future would be like after Cincinnati's opening-round loss to the Jets. (Yahoo!)
"Good Snap, Good Hold, Bad Kick."
-- NBC color commentator Joe Theismann on Bengals kicker Shayne Graham's missed field goal in the fourth quarter of the Bengals' loss. (Twitter)
"If you don't have a kicker who can't make clutch kicks it's deflating."
-- Theismann, giving away one of the secrets of kicking. (Twitter)
"Real classy ... Now I know I was 100% wrong about you and I paid for it dearly."
-- Former Seahawks president Tim Ruskell's text message sent to former coach Jim Mora after Ruskell learned that Mora was campaigning for Mike Holmgren to return to the Seahawks as the team's president. (The Seattle Times)
"I know we've got to hurry this up because Dick [Ebersol]'s got to get to Saturday Night Live. Charles [Barkley] is going to be on. He probably won't be very funny, but I'll probably check it out too."
-- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, talking about his postgame interview after the Cowboy's victory over the Eagles, which ended at 11:28 p.m. (The Huddle)
"[I feel] like I've been betrayed and stabbed in the back. I'm not just insulted by the number, but by the fact they consider me just a kick returner. I'm so much more than that."
-- Browns kick returner/wide receiver/Wildcat triggerman/wunderkind Josh Cribbs on the latest contract offer he received from the Browns. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)
"I don't think Martz would work well with Jay Cutler at all. He's a terrible ... coach and he would ruin that kid like he ruined Kurt Warner and drove him out of St. Louis. He's the worst thing that could happen to any young quarterback."
-- Former Rams executive Charlie Armey giving his thoughts on Mike Martz potentially becoming the Bears' offensive coordinator. (ESPN Chicago)
"I think Jason has enough trouble in getting the plays in and worrying about this, compared to controlling the huddle and making sure, 'Oh, we do this and we do that.'"
-- Redskins running back Clinton Portis on quarterback Jason Campbell being overmatched as a team captain. (The Huddle)
"Obviously, he doesn't have the respect of the locker room to be a captain. For someone to try to take a shot at me at the end of the season, after they haven't even been around, only speaks about their character anyways."
-- Campbell, responding to Portis' comments.
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