Five different teams from last year's DVOA top eight rank in the bottom half of the league through four weeks of 2014. What can we learn from other teams with similar starts in the past?
28 Sep 2012
compiled by Rivers McCown
"Rankings are about as useless as the piece of trash on the side of the street. Actually, the piece of trash is probably a little more useful because you can recycle it, depending on its content." -- Texans running back Arian Foster, on Houston's high rankings from media outlets (HoustonTexans.com)
"Ricky, never bet against the Catholics." -- ESPN personality Lee Corso, explaining his Notre Dame win prediction (Awful Announcing)
"We got the first pickle out of the jar. Now we’ll see if we can get another one." -- Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, on his team's first win of the season (Pro Football Talk)
"I am the one who is putting the banana pudding together. If we get the right ingredients, I think it will taste good. But we have to keep working on it and right now we’re not there." -- Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, on the struggles of his unit (The Tennesseean)
"I believe that covers it all. I don't need to take questions." -- South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, cutting past any questions about the health of his players (Associated Press)
"They’re the ones interested in injuries, because they can’t write interesting stories. I don’t like the notion of reading all these sobby stories, that this team isn’t doing good because such-and-such a star is injured." -- Washington State head coach Mike Leach, on a proposed Pac-12 injury report (The Register-Guard)
"If I could have babies I would want Jay Cutler to be my baby father." -- Bears defensive back D.J. Moore, after initially making comments that he didn't agree with Cutler shoving J'Marcus Webb (Twitter)
"Did you come away with any more clarity on the receiving corps?"
"Okay. Next question."
"Coach does your offense need to be more effective against Ohio State next week?"
"Yes. Next question."
"I'm just loving all these questions cause they're great ones." -- Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, blowing up his press conference (SB Nation)
"The officials did a great job today." -- Packers wideout Greg Jennings, on Monday night's Green Bay - Seattle game (Shutdown Corner)
"F**k it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs." -- Packers guard T.J. Lang, on being robbed of a win (Twitter)
"Well, I think I am. ...Large, husky, whatever. Chris Farley. Any of those things are fine." -- Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, on hearing that Brian Kelly had called him "husky." (Sports Radio Interviews)
"It was the correct call. I didn't do anything wrong." -- Replacement official Lance Easley, on calling the Seattle-Green Bay Hail Mary a touchdown (TMZ)
"That is the beauty of sports and the beauty of officiating, that there are controversial calls and people see them differently. I understand that. That is the beauty of sports." -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on Golden Tate's Hail Mary "catch" (Shutdown Corner)
"Steve Spurrier will go for the Juggler here." -- CBS announcer Gary Danielson, on a South Carolina drive (Awful Announcing)
"I'll smack the sh*t out of you." -- Jets linebacker Bart Scott, to Jets writer Dan Leberfield (Deadspin)
"It still looks like he's skipping rocks out there to me. But that's not my concern. That’s probably more a concern of the defensive backs. My concern is hitting him. I don't care what he throws like. I'm not trying to let him throw at all. He still can't throw. I'm just going to say it. He still can't throw. He's not going to beat us with his arm." -- Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert, on Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez (ESPN Big 10 Blog)
"That's you guys, how much you love [him]. Everybody loves him, but the same people go with the Kardashians. I don't know what they did, either." -- Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline, on Tim Tebow (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"Do you want to be a show dog or a hunting dog? [The Heisman] has nothing to do with our season. If he would win it, that would be wonderful. That’s all great. But that’s not for him to decide. For him to decide is what kind of teammate he’s going to be. What kind of leader he’s going to be and how he’s going to go each week. If you want to parade him around and do all that, [fine]. I’d rather have a hunting dog." -- Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, on sudden Heisman buzz for quarterback E.J. Manuel (Orlando Sentinel)
"I’ll say I’ve got the longest hair. I think Peko’s got the best hair. He gets it all fluffed out and stuff. They think he’s the Lion King." -- Bengals safety Reggie Nelson, on teammate Domata Peko (Cincinnati Enquirer)
"It was just squirting. All you could see was the meat underneath my fingernail and blood covering it up." -- Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, on a finger injury suffered last week (College Football Talk)
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