After three NFL seasons of kicking off from the 35-yard line, what has been the impact on touchbacks, returns, field position, scoring and injuries? Also, is this rule responsible for a record number of big comebacks?
07 Apr 2011
compiled by Rory Hickey
"He needs to stop crying about blood tests and HGH. He needs to try to get a deal done, that's what he needs to do. He's been on this crusade about HGH, but he needs to be on a crusade about getting these owners together and trying to work out a deal. To me, he's a joke, because every time I look, he's talking about performance enhancements instead of talking about trying to figure out a way to make sure football is played in August."
-- Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason telling us how he really feels about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (The Huddle)
"You never know what you're gonna get. Is it gonna be a pretty girl, an ugly girl or whatever it's gonna be. I don't card them. I don't ask for a birth certificate."
-- Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor on why the 'world of prostitution' was at fault for him picking up a 16-year old prostitute (ESPN New York)
"They always say in basketball free throws win games. Well, you know what? In football special teams win games. It doesn't matter how good your offense or defense is, if they give up one kickoff return, one fumble on punt return, that changes the whole game drastically. You win and lose games on special teams and that's what me and Devin Hester have been able to do for our teams. So if you take that out of it, I mean, you lose the excitement [of] all these 100-yard returns."
-- Browns return man Josh Cribbs chirping about the NFL moving kickoffs from the 30 to the 35. This move will increase the amount of touchbacks on kickoffs, thus limiting returners' impact on the game (Pro Football Talk)
"They talk about walk softly and carry a big stick. I love that. I agree with that 100 percent. But I guess I feel more like Babe Ruth. I'm going to walk softly, I'm going to carry that big stick, and then I'm going to point, and then I'm going to hit it over the fence."
-- Jets coach Rex Ryan regurgitating his insistence that the Jets will win the Super Bowl (NY Daily News)
Price: We're not supposed to talk, are we?
Thompson: "Well, you can talk, but I have to turn around and walk away.
-- What ensued when agent Chuck Price bumped into Ted Thompson, general manager of the Green Bay Packers, at UCLA's pro day on Tuesday. As part of the lockout, team employees were told not to talk with agents about current NFL players (Los Angeles Times)
"It's modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money ... the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it's how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, 'Hey -- without us, there's no football.'"
-- Vikings running back Adrian Peterson making the obvious comparison between the NFL labor situation and slavery (FO's Doug Farrar reporting for Yahoo! Sports)
"Well first of all, I wish I had the athletic ability of AP's like little finger. All right. But he's an idiot, and what he said was moronic at best."
-- Saints fullback Heath Evans, responding to Peterson's comments (YardBarker)
"He's a great student of the game, he wants the ball. He wants to be that type of hero. The guy works so hard. We don't have many sacks, he's a big part of that. He doesn't let it happen, but sometimes in doing that you put the ball in a precarious circumstance. Sometimes take the ball and go down. And I think that's something we've got to do a better job of coaching and understanding that."
-- Giants coach Tom Coughlin blaming quarterback Eli Manning's problems with turnovers (The Times-Picayune)
Very disingenuous -- has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law -- does not command respect from teammates and always will struggle to win a locker room. Only a one-year producer. Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness -- is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.
-- Part of a scouting report on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton written by Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly. There were positives in there, too (Pro Football Weekly)
"A lot of the criticism he's receiving is unfortunate and racially based. I thought we were all past this. I don't see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony. He's being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were past all this stuff about African-American quarterbacks, but I guess we're not."
"Of course there is racism in every walk of society. We've made a lot of progress in this country. But racism is still there. I just thought in the sports arena we were beyond it. I think the way Cam is being treated shows we're not ..."
"The thing that makes me laugh is the question of can [Newton] come out of the spread offense? Can he run a pro offense? Colt McCoy came out of the spread offense and very few people raised that issue about him. So did Sam Bradford. Same thing. Very few questions asking if Bradford could run a pro offense. Some of these questions about Cam are more about his intellect. It's blatant racism, some of it."
-- Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon expressing his anger over what he perceives as racially biased treatment of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton by fans and media members (CBS Sports)
"I got a high pain tolerance, my pain tolerance is outrageous."
-- Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones' secret to running a 4.39 40-yard dash despite a stress fracture in his foot at the Combine (Pro Football Talk)
"The Vikings, they had been winning division championships. I think they've had the best 40-man roster probably in football the last 3-5 years. They were winning a division title with Gus Frerotte who is about 80 years old!"
-- Vikings legend Fran Tarkenton voicing his displeasure quarterback
Brett Favre for the umpteenth time (Pro Football Talk)
"My addiction is with the hardest of hard drugs -- heroin, cocaine and alcohol. During my days of using, I was a really bad drug addict. I would've made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy."
-- Jets quarterback Erik Ainge revealing he's been a drug addict since before high school and is speaking out now in an effort to bring awareness to mental health and addiction (ESPN New York)
"Yeah I watch it and all. Mel Kiper and all, he messed me over, he lied to me said I was Top 20, had me go out and spend X amount of dollars and then owe the bank stuff. So I don't know the guys; they're guessing just like we guess; I can guess who the Dolphins are going to take too. But I look at it a little bit and hear the experts -- I guess they call them to hear what they got to say."
-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder when asked whether he pays close attention to all the hype and lead up to the NFL Draft each year (Sports Radio Interviews)
"I'm trying to pull a lebron *hint*"
-- Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker responding to a Twitter question asking where he wants to take his talents next year (Twitter)
"Superb day on the pitch, I'm gonna be in phenomenal shape once football rolls back around,my feet were awesome b4 they gone b like WTF now!!!"
"The only thing I'm probably good at is being fast as hell."
-- Sporting Kansas City reserve team member Chad Ochocinco evaluating his performance during his tryout with the Major League Soccer team (Twitter)
"One thing they can do is feed us. Do I look under nourished?"
-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick when asked about skipping breakfast with the media on Tuesday (Boston Herald)
"They're probably unbeatable. Probably go undefeated for three, four straight years.''
-- Bills coach Chan Gailey on the New England Patriots having six of the NFL Draft's first 92 picks (Pats' Pulpit)
"@AnthonyDavis76 man go workout or something u fuckimg scrub if I did something wrong I would have gotten fine[d] man so watch your mouth boi"
-- Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith responding to 49ers tackle Anthony Davis' tweet referring to a 2010 incident in which Smith allegedly grabbed Davis' genitals (Twitter)
"People may say it's underwear, but everyone wears underwear -- it's not like I'm doing something risqué. I wouldn't do anything that goes against what I stand for. The whole campaign is very classy."
-- Broncos quarterback Tebow on his new Jockey ad campaign (ESPN)
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