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?
10 Sep 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"It was like a boyfriend and girlfriend but the parents won't let you get together. That was kind of how I felt. He wanted to play, I wanted him to play, but for some reason it wasn't happening."
-- Jets coach Rex Ryan on the contract negotiations between the Jets and Darrelle Revis (The Star-Ledger)
"Revis puts his pants on one leg at a time. He's not a machine. He's a simple man, and he has to deal with everything we're willing to bring to the table as well. Hopefully, he's ready to play. Hopefully, his 35-day layoff didn't hurt him. But we don't need no hope. Y'all can keep your hope because we've got enough hope over here. We're packing our bags, and we're not packing our bags to come play water polo. We're packing our bags to come play football."
-- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on the aura of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis
"The game ain't played through tongues. The game is played when you buckle up your chin strap. So, all this pressure [Ryan] wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he writes."
-- Lewis on Jets coach Rex Ryan's boisterousness
"The only Terminator I know is Arnold Schwarzenegger."
-- Lewis on Jets' fullback John Conner being nicknamed "The Terminator" (ESPN New York)
"The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina."
-- Former Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton on Pro Football Weekly (via Pro Football Talk)
"We've had a few staph infections, so we did a clinic yesterday on proper shower technique and soap and using a rag. We put some new rags in -- y'all think I'm kidding, but I'm serious."
"We had, I told them, the worst shower discipline of any team I've ever been around. So we talked a little bit about application of soap to the rag and making sure you hit all your body. You know, you can neglect it trying to cut corners, and it shows in how you practice and elsewhere. I'm hoping we show some improvement in that."
-- University of Tennessee coach Derrick Dooley on what his reaction was to the team's shower techniques (Go Vols Xtra)
"I'm so used to having so much space and I came out and felt a little bump on my butt, and I looked around and there are kids all over the ground. I felt bad."
-- Lions safety Louis Delmas (Michigan Live)
"I am the best back in the league. He is not. I don't think it is close. I feel like I am above all the other running backs in the league. I feel like I am above him."
-- Titans running back Chris Johnson on whether or not he compares himself to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (Titans Insider)
"I won't take Dallas until Dallas has whatever it needs to stop playing 10 vs. 11. And with Roy Williams on the field, they're playing 10 vs. 11. Now, if they put the young boy Dez Bryant in? You better believe I'll take Dallas."
-- Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin (Dallas Morning News)
"I actually called down to Miami and talked to D-Wade and LeBron to see if they needed any help down there."
-- Jets fullback Tony Richardson on what he did after learning he was cut by the Jets. Richardson was back with the team 48 hours later. (The Star-Ledger)
"This is my opinion: me not being there, I can promise you, had nothing to do with football. Not in my opinion. Nobody on that team beat me out. [If] they're honest with themselves, they know that. If you watch practice, it's obvious, but whatever reason, they did what they did. I'm not going to comment on it and get to throwing rocks because I just don't want to."
-- Ravens receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on his release from the Seahawks. Houshmanzadeh led the team with 79 catches and 911 yards last year. (Baltimore Sun)
"No, I don't do Twitter or MyFace or any of that stuff."
-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick when asked if he follows Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco on Twitter (Bengals.com)
"You need a sense of urgency here, but take your time."
-- Announcer Chris Spielman during a two-minute drill that took place in the Miami (Ohio)-Florida game (Awful Announcing)
"I think the environment that we're going to play in Cedar Falls is going to be much more of a hostile environment than Memorial Stadium in Kansas. That was pretty docile. And the type of team that we're going to be playing is going to be a much more physical, aggressive football team than KU. And quite frankly I think we're going to be playing a better opponent. I know one school is in the Big 12 and the other one is in the Missouri Valley. I think that gives an indication on how we see Missouri Valley play and the respect we give Northern Iowa."
-- South Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl on the disparity between Kansas and Northern Iowa after South Dakota St. defeated Kansas 6-3 (The Sports Network)
"Potential is always part of the consideration with players. I drive down the Southfield (Freeway), and I see that the Powerball is $20 million and the Mega Millions is $40 million. If I'm putting a dollar down, I'm going for the Mega Millions. You're going for the higher payoff."
-- Lions coach Jim Schwartz on the role that potential plays in player evaluation (Detroit Free-Press)
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