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?
29 Oct 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Coaching. From the time we walk in the door, [Belichick] talks about eliminating bad football. That's stuff Foxborough High School can complete -- wide open throws, snap count violations or dropping the ball when you haven't been touched. The day we started training camp we run laps around the field for stupid plays like that."
-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady when asked what contributed to his team's lack of mental mistakes after New England defeated the Chargers 23-20 in which the Chargers committed numerous mental errors (San Diego Union-Tribune)
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"I've played against [Hall] before -- there's no reason to shy away from him. That's hard to say after throwing four picks at a guy, but if we had to play him tomorrow, I'd go at him every time."
-- Bears quarterback Jay Cutler at the postgame press conference after the Bears 17-14 loss to the Redskins in which he threw four interceptions, all to Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall
"You know what, when I first heard it, man, I was a little bit kinda, just ... I was shocked a little bit. You know, Jay's a guy, obviously he has a lot of confidence, lotta swagger. But like I told you before, I played against this kid once before, you know, when I was in Oakland for that first Monday night game. He completed a couple of passes on my side and, you know, I guess he was still riding high from that, man. I have no idea what's wrong with this kid, but, you know, I think he learned his lesson. But after those comments, that makes me think that he still hasn't learned his lesson. So, you know, if I had to play Jay Cutler every single week, man, I'd be in the Hall of Fame."
-- Hall's response when he heard Cutler's comments (Redskins Blog)
"Stats are for losers, so you keep looking at stats and we'll keep looking at wins. I mean, you are what your record says you are in this league, and right now we're tied for the fewest losses [in the NFC], so that makes us the best team."
-- Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris defending his claim that Tampa Bay is the best team in the NFC despite a reporter pointing out to him that the Buccaneers rank 23rd in the league in total offense and 22nd in the league in total defense (Tampa Bay Online)
"It's never a fluke with us. We have the talent. We're probably the most talented team in the National Football League."
-- Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson proclaiming the 3-4 Oakland Raiders to be the most talented team in the league after the team's surprising 59-14 win over the Broncos (The Oakland Tribune)
"I like the comment, 'diva receivers.' That means you're very successful. I look at all the divas, whether it's Beyonce or Mariah Carey, those women are very successful. So, someone calls me a 'diva,' that means I'm successful. So, I'll take that and run with it."
-- Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall's thoughts on being labeled a diva in anticipation of the Dolphins matchup with the Bengals and their two divas at wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens (Miami Herald)
"That has to be a first for me, that the officials are now evaluating the players and their performance. That's great. I can't tell you how much that means to me, really."
-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick derisively reacting to the NFL's praise of Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather for responding to the crackdown on hits on defenseless players (Providence Journal)
Dan Patrick: "Can you pinpoint what's wrong with the Saints?"
Tony Dungy: "No ... because I don't have enough pins."
-- An exchange between Dan Patrick and Tony Dungy on Football Night in America (Sports Media News)
"It's definitely embarrassing to be 2-4, or whatever we are."
-- Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens after the Bengals' 39-32 loss to the Falcons dropped them to, yes, 2-4 (Monday Morning QB)
"I'm not good enough to play the 3-4."
-- Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth declaring that he, the highest paid defensive player in the history of the NFL, is not good enough to be a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme (Sports Illustrated)
"It's like McDonald's. You know what the Big Mac tastes like every time. It's the same with me. You know what you're going to get from me every time."
-- Cardinals linebacker Joey Porter on why people shouldn't fret over his lack of sacks early in the season (The Arizona Republic)
"They have a good running back and a good quarterback. Other than that, they're really not that good."
-- USC defensive tackle Jurrell Casey demonstrating that he is not impressed by the University of Oregon's high-powered offense in advance of the teams' matchup on Saturday (ESPN Los Angeles)
"Right now we're like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they're coming. You have the binoculars, and its like, 'Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.' That's what they did, they were in the bunkers. It's coming, they call Rommel -- they can't find Rommel. [Pretending to speak into a radio.] 'What do we do? I'm not doing anything until I get orders.' [Pretends to look through binoculars.] 'Have you gotten Rommel yet?'
"All right, and the Americans were the exact opposite. We hit the beach, and we were on the wrong spot. 'What do we do? I don't know, but these guys are firing and we better hide over there and blow some stuff up to get up there.' They weren't looking for [help]. That's where we've got to make that transition.
"I don't want the German people to get upset at me. I'm not attacking them, but that's what happened. You had one group, they weren't worried about what the plan was and orders and all that. When the war hits, things change. You've got to go.
"You had the other group, and they go, 'Wait a minute. They told us the invasion was way further north' where we had the empty tanks and we were hiding Patton out. 'We weren't ready for this, now what do we do?' 'We better wait until Rommel tells us what to do.'
"I hope I got my names right."
-- University of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley somehow launching into a lengthy WWII analogy after being asked about the lack of experience on his team. The video is included in the link (Go Vols Xtra)
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