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?
07 Jan 2011
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I hate [taking on blitzers]. Serious. It's like life. You do stuff you don't like to do 'cause you have to do it. If you're, 'Yeah, I want to block a linebacker,' something has to be slightly wrong with you. You have to have that 'want' in order to do it well.
"But if that was a test question -- 'Joe, would you want to do it, yes or no?' -- I'm going to pick 'no' every time. But it's a 'want to' when you get out there because you know you have to."
-- Colts running back Joseph Addai explaining that he doesn't enjoy picking up blitzers after he was asked about the Jets' affinity for blitzing (Indianapolis Star)
"I hate rookie quarterbacks, and I wanted to hit [Sam Bradford] as much as possible. I'm not going to let a rookie quarterback take me out of the playoffs."
-- Seahawks defensive lineman Raheem Brock explaining where he found his motivation to have a big night. Brock recorded 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in Sunday night's division-clinching victory over the Rams (The News Tribune)
"Well, when we left here last night we were 14-2, and I think this morning, we're 0-0."
"We don't know who the next game is, but we know that whoever it is will be a team that wins this coming weekend."
-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick on entering the playoffs with a clean slate and how the team will approach its bye week (ESPN Boston)
"It's my job to bring energy and enthusiasm, whether it's Wednesday practice or whether it's offseason conditioning program run [or] if it's dominoes in [the locker room] playing those fat offensive linemen. I want to beat those guys. ... Don't tell them I said they were fat."
"Don't tell them I said they were fat."
-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following the Patriots' 38-7 win over Miami in a game which they seemingly had nothing to play for (Pro Football Weekly)
"You guys need to find a better hobby."
-- Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, as he encountered a cluster of media staking out the Dolphins' team facility on Thursday. They asked him about team owner Stephen Ross flying to San Francisco to meet with Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh about replacing Sparano as the team's head coach (FOX Sports Florida)
"I hope John does better than I did, because I stunk at it."
-- Football analyst Matt Millen wishing Broncos legend John Elway luck at his new job of Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Broncos (Denver Post)
"From the bottom of my heart and everybody's, we have a 10-6 season, a 10-win season in the NFL, OK? [The critics] can kiss my ass, OK? They can line up and kiss my ass. It's not an easy thing to do."
-- Giants coach Tom Coughlin during his postgame speech to his team following a win in Washington, which gave the Giants 10 for the season(The Star-Ledger)
"You're all getting pictures of Brandon Jacobs leaving, wondering if he'll ever return. That'll be your caption. [Expletive] you all."
-- Giants running back Brandon Jacobs to photographers trying to take Jacobs' picture in the locker room on Monday as he was cleaning out his locker (NY Daily News)
"I can't go through another head coach."
"I just want to know what the hell's going on. I just want to know ... How do you justify firing somebody when you just went 6-0 in the division and 8-8 in the season after we put in so much as a group, as a unit, as a team with our leader being Tom Cable, how do you just go ahead and whack this guy with, I mean, no reason?"
-- Raiders punter Shane Lechler criticizing the Raiders for firing head coach Tom Cable after he led the team to its first non-losing season since 2002. The new coach will be Lechler's seventh head coach since he was drafted by the Raiders in 2000 (CSN California)
"I'm a big 'Call of Duty' player ... it consumes my life in the offseason. So earlier this year when I was in Southern California, the people at Activision saw how big I was into the game, so they surprised me with a 'Call of Duty' party. It really turned out fun."
"I even got a motorcycle helmet that looks like one of the helmets the guys wear in the game, and I wore that around all night. We had some fake guns, we had little bullets everywhere, and a 'Call of Duty' mural in the background. I don't think any of my teammates were expecting anything like that and they all enjoyed it. It was a really good time."
-- Saints cornerback Roman Harper revealing how deep his obsession for Call of Duty goes (ESPN)
"I just try to play the game. I just think if Michael Jordan is hot you keep feeding him the ball."
-- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams when asked to explain the disparity in his stats during the first part of the season and the latter part (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)
Gruden: "My God, these are the longest games ever."
Jaworski: "Holy cow."
Tirico: "Wait 'til Monday."
-- A seemingly off-air exchange between ESPN announcers Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Mike Tirico bemoaning the length of the Orange Bowl. Tirico alluded to the National Championship game on Monday that the trio is also announcing (Slate)
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