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?
05 Mar 2010
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"[T]hey spend three or four years with a strength coach on a college campus and as soon as the season's over they go somewhere else to some guy who doesn't know them from a hole in the wall and pay this guy a bunch of money. It doesn't make any sense at all. It used to be that they had to pay for it and now it's part of the agent deal. They've cultivated a whole industry out of it. It doesn't make sense. It's actually asinine that if I go to school in Florida, now I have to go to Arizona to train. If I go to school in Arizona, I have to go to Georgia to train. These guys have the best facilities and the best people working with them year round and now all the sudden they got to go somewhere else. You don't need to go away. A football player is a football player."
-- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on the preparation for the NFL Combine being "asinine."(Sports Radio Interviews)
"That took a lot of pressure off of us right away because Dr. Schefter cleared him medically. We feel really good about the health status of Sam Bradford with Dr. Schefter giving him a clean bill of health and guaranteeing our pick. So we're on to the second round."
-- Rams GM Billy Devaney commenting on ESPN's Adam Schefter's proclamation that the Rams were going to take Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No.1 overall pick. (Pro Football Talk)
"I know I didn't get any honors, but I feel my self-accomplishments were better than winning a medal or anything else.''
-- Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell on running a 4.78 40-yard dash, one of the fastest times for a lineman ever. (Monday Morning Quarterback)
"Ping pong. Bowling. I guess if I played tennis it would be left. Anything to do with a throwing motion is left. And then I write with my right hand, eat with my right, I golf right, I kick right footed. So I'm pretty weird.”
-- Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield on the oddity of being ambidextrous. (Globe-Democrat)
"Funny story, I spoke with Coach Weis before the season, before we played a down, before camp. He told me unless you have around 1,500 yards and around sixteen or seventeen touchdowns, I should not leave early. I had 1,500 yards and I think fifteen touchdowns, so he was right there with that fact."
-- Notre Dame WR Golden Tate on what former coach Charlie Weis told him before spring practice. At least he was right about something. (ESPN Chicago)
"When I first got to Florida I had a little dream, I was going to play quarterback, but they had somebody named Tebow there, so that kind of went out then window. Then I hanged to receiver and I was second-string behind Percy, I just couldn't get right."
-- University of Florida defensive back Joe Haden on his previous dreams of being an offensive player. (USA Today)
"My boys Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, I wish they could pick because they've got me up there. But it's not their choice."
-- Haden on his position on draft boards. (USA Today)
"I did it in high school. Why not?"
-- Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on potentially kicking field goals in the NFL. Suh played soccer before he started playing football. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"One time in little league play, I tackled three people. The quarterback, he didn't know who to give it to, so I just grabbed everybody. It was right then that I was like, 'I might [be able] to play this.' Everybody just looked at me like, 'Did he just grab three people?' That right there should let you know how big a kid I was."
-- Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on when he realized he might be good at the whole football thing. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"As far as my cohorts at Oxford, my classmates, my friends who were Rhodes Scholars they really didn't understand why I woke up at six every morning to train. I tried to explain to them the importance of it and why I had to go through these particular events and it still didn't make too much sense to them. So I tried to change the topic to the United Nations topic or world hunger or something like that."
-- Former Florida State defensive back and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle on the peculiarity to Rhodes Scholars of his training regimen. (Jacksonville.com)
"The Atlanta Falcons special teams coach and the Pittsburgh special teams coaches, there was one other one I can't remember, they sat me down and said, 'Tell us a joke.' I was like, 'Uhhh, I wasn't prepared for this.' I told this joke that was so bad and they were like, 'OK, let's just get your cell phone number and stuff for draft day.' I stopped them and said, 'I have to apologize for that bad joke.' They were just looking at each other like, 'OK, let's move on.'”
-- Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko on the toughest question he got on draft day. (Akron Beacon Journal)
"You being a Native American, would you have reservations about playing for the Redskins?”
-- An unknown reporter asking a question to Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who had been trying to shout out the question for at least five minutes. (Sports Illustrated)
"Hey, I am working on those abs a little bit I think. I thought I had the fighting strap attached to the t-shirt. Apparently I didn't. Big mistake But I appreciate everybody having such a special interest in that.”
-- Jets coach Rex Ryan in his combine opening statement, on what he has been doing during the offseason. He was alluding to an incident at a Hurricanes hockey game in which he took his shirt off.
"I can promise you one thing, we are coming after each and every one of [the teams we play next year] with guns a-blazing. So get ready and strap it up tight, because here we come."
-- Ryan, displaying some of his familiar swagger. (New York Post)
"The story is crazy. I don't even own a pair of alligator shoes."
-- Redskins owner Dan Snyder on a false report that said he paid $600,000 for two alligator leather desks with matching alligator-skin chairs. (Pro Football Talk)
"I've basically told them that I overreacted."
-- Oregon running back LeGarette Blount on the infamous incident where he punched a Boise State player in the face after a loss. (Comcast Sportsnet)
"You know what, we need more players like Steven Jackson. We can't be poop-canning him out of the building. You know what I mean?”
-- Rams GM Billy Devaney on speculation that the team might possibly get rid of running back Stephen Jackson. (The Huddle)
"She's a cut woman. She started with a few amateur fights, and then has always been very close to Antonio Tarver. I don't know exactly how it worked out, but all of a sudden she's working his corner. She's worked Roy Jones and other fights. It's very exciting. I see her and she's smiling, having a good time. I love it. She lives to brag about me. I brag about her."
-- South Florida wide receiver Carlton Mitchell talking about his mother Angela, who works as a cut woman for some notable boxers including Antonio Tarver. (Sports Illustrated)
"A couple people have said I invented the Wildcat. I think I did some pretty good things in high school with the Wildcat.”
-- Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews on the perception that he invented the Wildcat.
But I really can't pass that good, so it wasn't really my forte."
-- Matthews on the only the only thing holding him back from being top Wildcat (Patriots.com)
"I can do 23 if I have to. I only did fourteen that day because that's all I needed to do to beat [challenger and teammate] Kion Wilson. If Kion had somehow done fifteen, I would have done 23. I can do 23 no matter what -- without stopping.''
-- USF defensive end Jean-Pierre Paul on how many back flips he could potentially do. (Tampa Bay Online)
"Someone asked me if I wore a g-string or a jock strap when I played."
-- Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (Pro Football Talk)
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