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.
08 Nov 2013
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Yeah, I think you always have to understand that us as coaches, we take a lot of pride in our work. We spend a lot of time in the meeting rooms, in the office grinding the tape, a lot of time away from our families. And I think that when you look at this, it does kind of bring things into perspective. You’ve got to make sure you take care of yourself, but I think that’s just naturally what we as coaches do. I don’t know that that’s really going to change a whole lot." -- Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, on the work coaches put in after John Fox and Gary Kubiak had to be hospitalized this past week (NFL Nation Blog)
"I think it’s a tribute to him. I don’t know one great quarterback that hasn’t been a great game manager. So I think it’s a heck of a compliment, and he does that, he’s taken the youngest offensive line in the National Football League and helped them become better. One great thing about great quarterbacks is they make everyone around them a little better than what they are and he’s able to do that, including the head coach." -- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, on his quarterback Alex Smith being labeled a game manager (Pro Football Talk)
"naw 16 is better" -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, responding to a tweet that read ‘Wonder if 12MM per and Rex as coach has any merit vs Schaino & 16MM’ (NY Daily News)
"I would like to say there was a movie speech or something by him at halftime, but there really wasn’t. He doesn’t surprise me. That’s the complex answer that I can give. Pretty much there’s nothing he does that surprises me." -- Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener, after quarterback Andrew Luck led yet another comeback against the Houston Texans (NFL Nation Blog)
"The 70-point games are great. Being done at halftime is great, but I want to be in there. I want the ball in my hands. Again like I said I’ve been waiting for this. What I haven’t been waiting for is to be out by halftime so this will be a big game for us, but it will be one I’m definitely ready for and I’m excited to play." -- Baylor quarterbackBryce Petty, expressing his excitement to play a full game against Oklahoma last night (quote source)
"I don’t think so. I feel like, this team, we should at least put up 40." -- Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, when asked if the Ducks could be held to 14 points by Stanford again on Thursday night like they were in last year’s matchup (College Football Talk)
"I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day. Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter."
"That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground? ‘Good job; we’re out here competing. But as soon as they snap the ball, I’m going to kill you again.’"
"There’s nothing wrong with that. Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy, explaining how his coaches were upset with him for helping an opponent up during the game (Deadspin)
"Because he's Dick LeBeau. Does that answer your question?" -- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, asked why he still has faith in his long-term defensive coordinator after giving up 55 points to New England (quote source)
"[What's] going on in Miami goes on in every locker room. But it's time for us to start talking. Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what's going on off the field or what's going on in the building and not mask everything. Because the [longer] it goes untreated, the worse it gets." -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, on the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin incident (Eye on Football)
"I only spent two weeks on the Dolphins when Ireland was the GM. In that short time he won the award for worst GM in my career." -- Quarterback Sage Rosenfels, on Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland (Eye on Football)
"He did not interview. He better not have." -- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, shooting down a report that defensive coordinator Luke Fickell interviewed for the head coaching job at FAU (The Toledo Blade)
"I was going to run for it but I saw too many humans that are way more athletic than me." -- Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, explaining why he opted to punt instead of running after picking up a dropped punt ( NFL Nation Blog)
"They must be going, 'Geez, these guys are huge!'"
"They're so little." -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, talking to head coach Bill Belichick about the size of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox compared to the size of football players (Shutdown Corner)
"I squint a lot. It looks like I'm squinting now. I just do that. It's a habit. I asked them earlier today when I was in the training room, 'Pick something out. I'll let you know that I can see. Just pick anything out in the back of the room.'"
"Even y'all can do it. Pick something out in the back that y'all want me to read and I will read it for you." -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, when asked about his squinting habit (ESPN)
"You know I’m passionate about the game, about my teammates. I know every guy in this locker room was a little frustrated after the game. And I kind of let my feelings out, probably in a way I shouldn’t have. There’s a way to do things, and I probably took things a little too far. The mirror was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I kind of took it a little overboard. Emotions came out and got the best of me." -- St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes, discussing how he injured his forearm by smashing a mirror (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"I’m fat enough." -- Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, joking that he didn’t need to lobby Nate Burleson for any of his free coupons for DiGiorno pizza he received recently from the company (NFL Nation Blog)
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