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?
29 Nov 2013
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"I don’t like that stuff. I think it makes you look like a high school offense."
"I’m not doing a single thing. I’m not getting it. I’m not blocking, I’m not doing anything.”
"I don’t care how we use it in the game — successful or not successful, after a big play, not after a big play. I don’t care where it’s used; I’m just not a huge fan of it. I’m the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. I don’t necessarily take it personally either in terms of our offense trying to get better. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team." -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, on the Ravens use of the Wildcat offense (Baltimore Sun)
"[Robert Griffin]'s obviously a man and he makes his own decisions, but I personally don’t feel he should be playing right now."
"I don’t think he should be playing. You can see it. Everybody can see it, everybody can see it." -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, saying that he doesn’t think Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin should be playing right now (CSN Washington)
"We suck. As an offense. That's pretty much it." -- Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, on the Texans’ offensive play
"I think our record shows it. Yeah, if you look at our record, yeah, we’re the worst team." – Johnson, when asked whether the Texans are the worst team in the NFL (NFL Nation Blog)
"Absolutely. I don't think there's any question about that. They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time, that's what they do, that's who they are. They're a bunch of dirtbags, or scumbags. I mean, that's how they play.”
“It starts with their frickin' coach. Starts with the head coach. Schwartz, he's a [expletive], too, I wouldn't want to play for him. ... Starts with him, their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They're all just scumbags, and so are the D-line." -- Green Bay Packers left guard Josh Sitton, calling the Lions dirtbags (Sporting News)
"The defensive coordinators in this league are too good. I think once they went and studied it … it’s still a great offense, a great college offense, when you put a great athlete back there. But when you’re facing great athletes with the the speed that’s in the NFL and they’re chasing these guys, unless you’re superhuman, you’re gonna get hurt sooner or later. Or not hurt, but beat up and bruised up. You don’t want your quarterback feeling bruised up when he’s trying to throw and be accurate." -- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, calling the read-option offense a great college offense (Philly Mag)
"The thing that I hated about the play, the whole thing, and this is what these offensive guys are doing, they’re kind of running with it. Drew Brees is throwing a fit in the post-game interview saying how he got hit in the chin and he was dazed, and all this other stuff. And it’s like, dude, the replay clearly shows he did not even touch you in the chin."
“Stop being soft, get up off the ground. You fumbled the football, that’s why the only reason you were acting like you were hurt, is so you could draw a flag." -- Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, providing his thoughts on Ahmad Brooks’ hit on division rival Drew Brees (Pro Football Talk)
"We got him paid and I don’t know what his career’s done since then." -- Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, on Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, referring to the 2011 season finale in which Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns (Twitter)
"When Bill chose the wind, I said, ‘What is he doing? Someone [in my box] said, ‘Don’t you have a phone down there?’... But I spoke with [Belichick] and chatted about it with him afterward, and once again, he was on top of things. What they figured out was, by choosing the wind, it was an incremental 20 yards that they needed to be able to kick, and sure enough, it was a very wise decision." -- New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft , on what he was thinking when head coach Bill Belichick took the wind in overtime on Sunday night (Boston Herald)
"In case you didn’t know, we have a little football game coming up this Saturday. And you know, they say the people up at that School Up North say, oh well, it’s our interstate rivalry. Well, ya know, here’s what I have to say to them: When we beat you like a drum every single year, you better start looking for a new rival. And you tell them up there what I have to say." -- Ohio governor John Kasich, offering his thoughts on the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry (Dr. Saturday)
"Due to the timing of the allegations being uncovered and the fact he is now involved in an active investigation at the time ballots are about to be distributed, I do think the damage may have already been done -- even if he is eventually exonerated" -- Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, commenting on the current state of Jameis Winston’s chances at winning the Heisman Trophy (Dr. Saturday)
"I thought we was gonna go to another overtime. I never knew." -- Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, after the Packers tied the Vikings 26-26 (Twitter)
"A time machine. So if I wanted to be in Florida, it'd be like 'boom', I'm in Florida." -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, when asked what superpower he would want (Twitter)
"We've just got to come together as a team. There's no special pill or anything to be able to take. You can't go to Walmart and buy a pill for this." -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman, on the Colts struggles in recent weeks (Indianapolis Star)
"I had a few people tweet me about it. I might be the only guy on the team that had a Jon Bon Jovi cassette tape. It’s whatever. That stuff doesn’t really affect us as players." -- Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman, on a report that Jon Bon Jovi was among the parties positioning themselves to purchase the Bills when the team comes up for sale (The Buffalo News)
"I was in the seventh grade playing for the Heskett Hornets the last time I was a guard." -- St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, on making the transition from tackle to guard (quote source)
"Will’s a heck of a football coach and a good guy. You have injuries and things that go on. You can’t judge a person on one season. Will’s a heck of a football coach. He’s a great friend, but he’s a heck of a football coach. I’ve coached with him. He does a great job at Florida. I’ll guarantee you this: They’ll be ready to play when we go down there next week. I know that." -- Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, on Florida head coach Will Muschamp (CoachingSearch.com)
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