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.
14 Jan 2011
compiled by Rory Hickey
"That's the kind of guy he is. We really don't give a damn, to tell you the truth."
-- Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie telling us what he really thinks about Tom Brady.
-- Cromartie, after being asked what kind of guy Brady is.
-- Cromartie (NY Daily News)
"I've been called worse. There's a long list of people that feel that way."
-- Brady's answer to Cromartie's comments.
"Belichick has called me that. My [offensive coordinator] has called me that. I know they like me, so maybe he really likes me."
-- Brady (Twitter)
"What are you talking about? What are you doing? Shut up, play football. What are you talking about Bill Belichick and these people for? Spend your time looking at film; spend your time knocking down a pass. What are you doing? You're not affecting Brady; you're wasting time."
-- Former Yankees great Reggie Jackson's reaction to Antonio Cromartie's comments on The Michael Kay Show (ESPN New York)
"He's got the tuck rule incident and you got the videotaping of other teams' practices. It's like, oh OK, what's going on here? But hey, it is what it is. They won the games no matter how you did it. But, um, it's whatever."
-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs questioning the validity of Tom Brady's record on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio.
"I guess it all brews from when I nicked his knee a little bit. I was like, 'Wow you almost hit a guy and get flagged?' I never knew one man could have so much power. I guess I stand corrected."
-- Suggs, describing the origin of the contention between him and Brady (Boston Herald)
"This is World War III to us. This is definitely Armageddon."
-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on the intensity of the third matchup between the Ravens and Steelers this year (ESPN)
"Well, I might have a little quickness on him. He's probably got a little more strength and power on me. So, I don't think you'll see either one of us out there making any blocks or tackles or runs or throws or catches. At least you won't see me doing it. It's probably a good thing for our team."
-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick giving the tale of the tape on his "matchup" with Jets coach Rex Ryan in advance of their clash on Sunday (ESPN Boston)
"I shouldn't have even suited up. I should have watched the game like everybody else. I was irrelevant."
-- Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne expressing his frustration with his stay on Revis Island. He had one catch for one yard and was targeted just that one time (Indianapolis Star)
"They're probably four or five games away from being a 9-7 or a 10-6 team easily."
-- Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman's bright diagnosis of the 4-12 Buffalo Bills (Sports Radio Interviews)
"Can I get that for you? Somebody's phone is ringing here. Let's check this out. Ignore ring tone. Hello? No, not right now. This is a press conference. OK, I'll get back to you. Old friend from high school."
"You think the guy'll call back?"
-- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll answering a reporter's cell phone that went off during his press conference (NFL.com)
"It's funny I'm so calm about this. You'd all think that I'd be all pumped up and jacked up, but there is just a calm about it."
-- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (NBC Sports)
"[We're] really moving forward and we're going out there being good little foot soldiers. We are making sure we are going out there doing everything coach [Belichick] asks us to do: making plays and doing everything necessary to get ready for the game."
-- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker answering a question about the higher intensity of playoff practices. This was one of eleven different times Welker referred to feet during the press conference in light of Jets coach Rex Ryan's recent foot follies (Deadspin)
"I'm grown-man strong. He's weight strong."
-- Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton on the difference between him and defensive end Ziggy Hood (Pittsburgh Live)
"... But you still have Gronkowski and Hernandez to deal with at the tight end position. And don't forget Danny Woodcock coming out of the backfield."
-- NFL Network analyst Joe Theismann mistakenly referring to Patriots running back Danny Woodhead as Danny Woodcock. This caused the entire panel of No Huddle to laugh for almost a minute (YouTube)
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