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.
17 Sep 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"You put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's going to want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's [bodies]. ... I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."
-- Redskins running Clinton Portis on the Ines Sainz controversy (NFL Nation Blog)
"Well, Diet Dr Pepper, you know? I used to drink a lot of Cokes and stuff, and when I went to Diet Dr Pepper, that helps some. Obviously working out, and I actually did NutriSystem some. So a combination of things."
-- Cowboys coach Wade Phillips on how he was able to successfully shed so much weight (SB Nation)
"I'll tell you what happened, [Boss] ran the seam, and the little dirt-bag safety, wherever he was, came over."
"He's not a dirt bag. That's a dirt-bag move. Any head on head is a dirt-bag move."
-- Giants tight end Travis Beckum commenting on Panthers defensive back Sherrod Martin's hit on Giants tight end Kevin Boss that gave Boss a concussion (The Star-Ledger)
"He has a little nastiness, a little dog in him. I like that. Every time I watch him, I kind of smile. We are still competitors. We are going to go out there and compete and at the end of the game shake hands and wish each other good luck and go on about our business."
-- Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward on Titans defensive back Cortland Finnegan
"It's a compliment. That's absolutely a compliment. He was voted the league's dirtiest player, so you've got to give it up for him. For someone to say something as nice as that, I appreciate it. I'm number [six] right now, but I'm aspiring to one day hopefully be No. 1. So, I appreciate it."
-- Finnegan responding to Ward's comments (Titans Insider)
"The players are good guys. They do what they're asked to do. They play hard. They always do. They played hard the other day I had them (thinking about) too many things. Paralysis by analysis on a lot of things ... we forgot to play football. My fault ... I thought we were the '85 Bears."
-- Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer taking the blame for the team's defensive performance against the Patriots in Week 1 (Bengals.com)
"I saw Peyton Manning one time and he had a great comeback drive, but he had two 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalties. I'm thinking, 'I don't ever remember having one of those.' It's kind of a wussy game, really, in a way."
-- Cowboys legend Roger Staubach on the state of today's NFL (FanHouse)
"I just wanted to get the 2011, so I had to crash the 2010."
-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on his car crash last week (AP)
"We can't protect him all the time.''
-- Patriots guard Stephen Neal on quarterback Tom Brady's car accident last week (Monday Morning Quarterback)
"I want to very much tell Pete Carroll, 'Thank you very much for kicking our tails.' It was good medicine, and we're going to take it."
-- 49ers coach Mike Singletary after the team's 31-6 loss against the Seahawks (The News-Tribune)
"He's loving that. That gives [Wayne] more incentive to watch this year, because that's his favorite player. Shout-out to Brett too. Brett reached out, and he made sure I told Wayne that. That was the first thing [Brett] asked when he got back to camp, really. [Vikings tackle] Bryant McKinnie is one of our friends, B-Mac. [Favre] asked B-Mac, 'How you been?' B-Mac answered. And he was like, 'How's Wayne?' That was his second question to B-Mac. Those two are real good friends. He said, 'Let [Wayne] know I been praying for him and send him my love.' So I let Wayne know that. He said, 'You just brightened my spirits up for the rest of the month.' He was real excited."
-- Hip-hop artist Mack Maine on Lil' Wayne's feelings about Brett Favre's decision to return to the NFL for a 20th season (MTV)
"The timeouts, it's a little bit like money, you don't want to die with them and give them to your kids so you might as well use them if you need them."
"They've had trouble with the N.C. State d-line all day. They need to spread the set out. Once in awhile you wanna get everybody's butt together so one grenade can kill them all."
"I remember when I was a kid Fourth of July was big for me 'cause in Wyoming you could have fireworks all over the place and we'd literally have wars with our neighbors with them."
-- Several quotes from Mike Leach's debut as a TV analyst during the UCF- N.C. State game. Video here: (YouTube)
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