Five different teams from last year's DVOA top eight rank in the bottom half of the league through four weeks of 2014. What can we learn from other teams with similar starts in the past?
01 Oct 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I guess in this world we don't have a lot of people with, like, backbones. Just because somebody pay you money don't mean they'll make you do whatever they want or whatever. I mean, does that mean everything is for sale? I mean, I'm not for sale. Yeah, I signed the contract and got paid a lot of money, but ... that don't mean I'm for sale or a slave or whatever."
-- Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth on the intricacies of the signee/signer relationship (Huffington Post)
"Those guys are players, former players, they never coached. They need to continue to do what they do best, and stop worrying about other things they don't know anything about."
-- Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall addressing criticism he received about his effort at the end of Sunday's game against the Jets from NFL Network analysts Mike Mayock and Sterling Sharpe (ESPN)
"We are what we are and that is what I'm trying to change so we're not that."
-- Panthers coach John Fox on the team's 0-3 start (Panthers.com)
"It's OK with me if I'm invited. I wasn't invited."
-- Cowboys coach Wade Phillips when asked whether he was OK with rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant being stuck with a $54,896 bill when he took the entire Cowboys team out to dinner on Monday night (Dallas Cowboys Blog)
"I can't do anything about that. I'm just going to run my routes. They tell me to run a dig and I'm going to run a bad mamma-jamma dig. That's what I'm going to do."
-- Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith when asked about the team not having an established No. 2 wide receiver (Carolina Growl)
"Never heard of him before in my life. I know who he is now."
-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on Browns running back Peyton Hillis' anonymity to him prior to Hillis rushing for 144 yards against Baltimore on Sunday (Dan Patrick Show)
"And, of course, the late great Magic Johnson"
-- Big Ten Network commentator Mushin Muhammad discussing the former Laker great as though he were not still alive (Awful Announcing)
"You throw the tape on and you kind of start to look for the cape and the 'S' on his chest."
-- Indiana University defensive ends coach George Ricumstrict on Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (Indianapolis Star)
"He is in a crisis because of the perception that he is losing his team ... And when you are fighting against something that is not necessarily real, you make it real. That is why he is in a crisis."
-- Former Giant Tiki Barber addressing concerns that Tom Coughlin is losing the trust of his players (Fifth Down Blog)
"He tried to feel me. That's weird, right?"
-- 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis, accusing Chiefs defensive end Shaun Smith of grabbing Davis' genitals during Sunday's game. This is the second time in two weeks that Smith has been accused of below the belt tomfoolery (CSN Bay Area)
"Why this is taking place with Hakeem? You got to catch that ball. You would expect a guy at this level, if he gets his hands on the ball he'd better catch the ball. Period."
-- Giants coach Tom Coughlin gutting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (NY Post)
"There are certain things you don't have to say, like, 'Water is good for you.' There are certain known truths in life, and that's one of them."
-- Newly signed Jets defensive end Trevor Pryce explaining why he wanted to play for Jets coach and Price's former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan (ESPN New York)
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