Short-yardage passing had a good year, except at the end of the Super Bowl. We look at the return of quarterback runs, the rise in pass-happy strategy, and 2014 success rates for offense and defense.
19 Jan 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I thought it was classless. I thought it was B.S. Granted, we get paid to stop them, but we had zero timeouts left. I didn't think there was any call for that."
-- Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking on Vikings throwing the ball late in the game with the outcome already decided, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Visanthe Shiancoe on fourth-and-3 with 1:55 remaining in the game. (ESPN)
"We don't care what Keith Brooking says. He was about to get his ass whupped on our sideline over there. It don't matter. Nobody said anything when they blew out the Eagles [the past two weeks]. It's the playoffs. It ain't no regular-season game. If you lose, you go home. We take no pity on them. Do they expect us to? I don't care about no Brooking. He can say whatever he wants to say."
-- Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams responding to Brooking's comments.
"That wasn't rubbing it in. It's just taking care of business."
-- Vikings coach Brad Childress, whom Brooking immediately approached on the sideline after the late touchdown.
"OK, we apologize. I'm sorry. Better?"
-- Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe sarcastically apologizing to Brooking and the Cowboys.
"Hello. Dad, this one's for you."
-- Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer calling his dad Marty Schottenheimer, who was fired after he went 14-2 and lost in the playoffs as Chargers coach in 2006, after the Jets defeated the Chargers. (Monday Morning QB)
"I didn't kick them between the uprights."
-- Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding on what happened on his three missed field goals. (Monday Morning QB)
"I'm in shock. It's surreal to think the season is over."
-- Chargers long snapper David Binn after the Chargers 17-14 loss to the Jets.
"How in the hell did this happen?"
-- Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman reacting to the loss. (NFL Nation)
"It's like an elevator falling all the way from the top; it's tough when it's over."
-- Cowboys coach Wade Phillips on the team's blowout loss to the Vikings. (NFL Nation)
"I TOLD PERCY I'D DO THIS ... PANTS ON THE GROUND! PANTS ON THE GROUND! PANTS ON THE GROUND! HAT TO THE SIDE! PANTS ON THE GROUND!"
-- Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the Vikings' locker room, after the team's 34-3 win over the Cowboys, referencing Larry Platt's audition on American Idol.
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"I don't want to admit it, but yeah he did give me a kiss."
-- Saints running back Reggie Bush on coach Sean Payton kissing him after the Saints 45-14 win over the Cardinals (The Huddle)
"They overlooked us and that's fine. Basically, that's how they ride down there. I don't blame them, I guess. They're young. They can be cocky. They've got a cocky owner, so that's how they ride. But they came into this dome, and it was hostile for them."
-- Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams on the Cowboys' attitude prior to their meeting in the playoffs. (NFC North Blog)
"I think it's pretty simple, man. I think he really just needs a football guy in there to help him out."
-- Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown on what Raiders' owner Al Davis should do to turn around the team. (The Huddle)
"I will be a head coach in this league, and I will be damn successful, too. There are a lot of good coaches out there, but there are only so many Ryans."
-- Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, son of Buddy and brother of Rex, discussing his future as a coach in the NFL. (The Oakland Tribune)
"You got to start by finding some leaders. The defense has no leaders. There's nobody that can lead this football team."
-- Former Patriot wide receiver Troy Brown on how the Patriots can be better after their playoff loss to the Ravens. (CSN New England)
"I didn't even get one vote for the MVP out of 50 people, so why would they vote for me for offensive player of the year? And all five guys that got votes for MVP were offensive players."
-- Titans running back Chris Johnson's thoughts and confusion over winning NFL Offensive Player of the Year without receiving a single vote for Most Valuable Player. (The Tennessean)
"We respect what USC has done the last few years. But there's change now. Until the new regime proves itself, we believe we have every right to claim this city."
-- UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel on being the new sheriff in town after USC brought in Lane Kiffin to replace the departed Pete Carroll. (Los Angeles Daily News)
"I didn't get a ball today, and I didn't get a look at today. It just happens. It's frustrating. It pisses me off, especially when we lose and especially when I feel like I have a mismatch."
-- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams on not having any catches in the Cowboys' loss to the Vikings. (ESPN Dallas)
"Pete Carroll has agreed to take the coaching job for the Seattle Seahawks. I think he'll do a good job up there, but he'll have to adapt to the NFL again after all those years at SC. For example, this week, Pete found out that NFL players pay for their own cars!"
"In his first season as the Colts' head coach, Jim Caldwell led his team to the best record in football and the number-one seed. People are saying at NBC that it's about time for Tony Dungy to show up and take the job back!"
-- Jokes in NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci's monologue, in which he sported an impression of Jay Leno. (Shutdown Corner)
"I don't want to say anybody is coming after me, but it seems like down the stretch here, I've had a lot of guys kind of go for my head -- or hit me in the head. Whether or not they're going for it, I don't want to put that on anybody."
-- Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner on defenders aiming for his head in light of Warner's numerous concussions throughout his career. (Sports Radio Interviews)
"Am I worried about him getting a reputation for dropping the football? No. Because let's be honest -- he's earned it."
-- Stan Edwards, father of Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards on Edwards' penchant for dropping easy catches, including a sure touchdown in the wild-card victory over Cincinnati. (Monday Morning QB)
"Another issue, Tom Cable said I don't know if we can win with JaMarcus Russell. Immediately, people said one has to go ... not necessarily. They both could stay, they both could go or one or the other could stay or go."
-- CBS analyst Charlie Casserly on the delicate dynamic in Oakland between coach Tom Cable and quarterback JaMarcus Russell. (Davenetics)
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