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?
22 Nov 2013
compiled by Rory Hickey
"If we're going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying, 'At the end of the day, I didn't make a play,' regardless of if it wasn't him. And that's how I feel. Because that's what we're out there to do." -- Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss, on looking for accountability from quarterback Robert Griffin III (ESPN)
"I think it’s a flawed system. When you logically think about it, what the BCS people have done, which obviously we’re all part of it, I think it was great for a while."
"I think it took an imperfect system and did the best you can without a playoff. There’s going to be controversy in playoffs, too, now. There’s not a 64 team playoff. You’re going to have four guys. What is that fifth team going to feel like?" -- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, calling the BCS a flawed system during his weekly press conference (College Football Talk)
"Since everyone beats ISU at home, I want to be the first to congratulate @OU_CoachStoops on tying the record of 157 wins! #coachescabana" -- Former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer, congratulating current Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops on tying the record for most wins as Oklahoma head coach before OU had even beaten Iowa State (Dr. Saturday)
"I didn’t hit him with my hand or my helmet. I basically bear-hugged him. That’s just how football is played. I think this sh*t is bullsh*t. Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down. It ain’t real no more." -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, on his controversial hit that drew a personal foul against Saints quarterback Drew Brees (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Get a little messed up, sneak a girl into your room, feel on top of the world. I had some of my best games off of benders — some of my worst too. My two best seasons ever were 2005 [at Notre Dame] and 2009 [in Baltimore] when I was the most out of control drinking, so I thought, hey, maybe I should go back to that.'" -- Ex-NFLer Tom Zbikowski, saying he had some of his best games at the college and NFL level off of benders (Deadspin)
"It was a very micromanaged atmosphere. Everything was heightened. Everything was very tight. I didn't feel the relationship and the bonding between players and coaches. Maybe just the players. Or maybe just a few coaches and a few players." -- Veteran safety Will Allen, on the atmosphere of playing for the Dallas Cowboys (ESPN Dallas)
"My mom thought it was a penalty, does that count?" -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on the picked up flag at the end of Monday Night Football that ended the game (NFL Nation Blog)
"We didn't necessarily blow a coverage, just leave a guy in the middle of the field wide open." -- Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde, attempting to explain the Packers mistakes in downfield coverage (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"It's the complete opposite. It allows you to stretch the field." -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, on the difference between the Seahawks scheme and that of Seattle’s opponent and Harvin’s former team, the Vikings (NFL Nation Blog)
"I think it helped us in recruiting. It benefited our program."
"It was interesting, we had four or five players that were really good players that started calling on us and showing interest the next few weeks after the article came out. That was the only thing I could attribute it to, because we certainly weren’t playing very good. So it was just kind of interesting."
"I know people think, ‘Well, he’s lost it again.’ But the truth is, you guys, and I hear people say in marketing, any publicity is good publicity. So I thought about that and I thought, ‘I wonder if (prospects) thought, ‘Well, you know, we’ll check them out or see or whatever.’ I don’t know. It was just kind of weird. But there was interest from players that we didn’t have any interest in until that came out." -- Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, providing his theory that the negative articles written in Sports Illustrated about Oklahoma State have actually helped the program (The Tulsa World)
"You can say what you want to say and you can write whatever the hell you want to write, it’s real. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for that locker room. To hell with me — I’m worried about the kids. You know these kids have fought their butts off. There’s a lot of negativity out there and some of our fans need to get a grip. They really do. They got a bunch of kids in that locker room fighting their butt off. They can criticize me all you want. I’m great with that. They pay me enough money to deal with it. But those kids don’t. They really don’t. And they fought their butts off. And they’ve continued to fight and play hard. Nobody’s ever questioned their efforts." -- University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp, telling some UF fans that they need to ‘get a grip’ (Larry Brown Sports)
"Hey homeboy, don’t pull my dreads out, dog." -- Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, to Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin after Babin pulled out one of Ellington’s dreads while making a tackle (The Big Lead)
"That was probably the longest run of my career and it gets called back. I was trying to cut back and I felt fast there. I'm sure I'll look on film and realize I'm not fast again. If that's what we need to do, that's what we need to do." -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, lamenting the fact that he had a 17-yard run called back on a penalty (The Giants Beat)
"That is ridiculous. I don't know what comments you expect to get from me, but that is news to me and completely false. For me to bully anybody, that sounds unbelievable." -- Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, responding to accusations from former teammate Shawn Andrews that McNabb bullied Andrews (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Wade said something to me. He basically just made sure I was leaving. He was probably the guy, the reason I'm not there. But it's all good, man. I'm not worried about it." -- New York Jets safety Ed Reed, saying that former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was the reason he was released by Houston (ESPN)
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