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?
25 Oct 2013
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I think Chris is obviously trying to do the right thing by stepping up and taking responsibility but that’s not his responsibility, it’s ours. We just have to do a better job of coaching that. It’s not his fault, that’s on me [and] the coaching staff; we just have to do a better job there." -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, taking the blame for defensive lineman Chris Jones’ personal foul for trying to push a teammate through the Jets’ line on a missed field goal in overtime (Boston Globe)
"They had forwarded the ball. I thought it was a forward lateral, but the officials told me that didn’t matter on a blocked kick so I decided not to challenge it. They said that there’s no such thing as a forward fumble on a blocked kick. That’s what I was told." -- Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, saying he was told by officials he couldn’t challenge a play that he was actually allowed to challenge (Detroit Free-Press)
"Yeah, we made that play up [laughs]. I went the wrong way. I was moving around and all the formations were moving all day, and I just forgot which way to go."
"My mind went blank, and I’m just glad that Alex was able to execute the play and score." -- Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, on the touchdown the Chiefs scored on which quarterback Alex Smith faked the ball to no one and still got in for a touchdown (Kansas City Star)
"Schiano sent his guy over to run me out of practice one day. This guy said, ‘Who are you? What are you doing here? You can’t be here.’ I said, ‘go get the Glazers if you want me to leave.’ He [Schiano] tried to run me out." -- Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson, on what head coach Greg Schiano did when he saw Jackson at practice one day (Deadspin)
"I’m very concerned. It’s been very rare with this franchise that we’ve been under .500. It’s happened at a perfect time for us to address everything. We have a tremendous amount of work to do." -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, on the bye week for the Baltimore Ravens
"That’s definitely something in-house. I’m not going to give something out for my opponents to say, ‘Let’s see if they correct it.’ We know what we gotta fix -– special teams, offense, defense. We’re at a state of emergency now." -- Suggs, when asked what needed to be adjusted (CSN Baltimore)
"Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football. I respect the league trying to better our game and guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely. I understand. I get it. I was one of those guys. I played defense growing up. I was a headhunter. Even sometimes on the offensive side, I played that way. But with rules in place, you’ve gotta respect it." -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, saying Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather should perhaps be taken out of the game completely. Meriweather was suspended for one game by the NFL (Chicago Tribune)
"Truth be told, I don't compare myself to nobody. I think Calvin's the best at what he [does]. I think I'm the best at what I do."
"I believe I can do whatever he can do. I think it's just a pride thing. When it comes to football, just being on the field, it's a mindset and having a mentality. I honestly believe when I'm there, I'll be feeling like there's nothing I can't do. Whatever the coaches ask me to do, I'm going to do it. I always feel like there's more. I think that's just a mindset you're supposed to have." -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, comparing himself to one of his opponents this Sunday, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ESPN Dallas)
"This one is more special. He is the best receiver in the league. For my coaches to have confidence to allow me to go out there and challenge him for 60 minutes, it gives me confidence. Now, it’s time to go play and time to have fun." -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, on preparing to face Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"Listen, I like Dez. I think he's one of the best receivers in the game right now. Very talented. Fast, big, strong. He possesses all the tools to possibly be as good as Calvin. But he's not Calvin Johnson. No way, no how. Sorry, Dez. Keep it real." -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, responding to Dez Bryant’s comments above (MLive.com)
"Guys... Make one random tackle... And end up on a "Random" steroid test.. Must be my bod #UpperBodyOfAnAdolescent" -- Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, the day after he laid out Broncos returner Trindon Holliday (Kissing Suzy Kolber)
"That’s total [B.S.] that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did. And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think it’s low class and it’s [B.S.] to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team." -- Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, criticizing Washington State head coach Mike Leach for playing his starters the entire game, and continuing to throw the ball down to the final seconds. Oregon won the game 62-38 (The Oregonian)
"I’m tired of it. I honestly wish if it was going to happen, I wish it would happen already instead of dragging on. If a trade offer came in and that’s what the Browns want to do, so be it. If not, then let it be known this is where I’m going to be. Honestly, it’s part of the game. I’m dealing with it." -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, admitting that he is tired all of the trade talk surrounding him (Akron Beacon-Journal)
"Beautiful as always. I was looking at him and I was like, 'goodness, gracious that dude is huge.' I mean he's a pretty sucker to look at." -- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, when asked how Todd Gurley looked in practice (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"I talk mess and I love talking mess and that's part of the game. But I would never walk up to a guy -- first of all I don't really know outside of watching him on video -- and Google his wife's name and her birthday and call her outside of her name and call that in the jest of sportsmanship or gamesmanship."
"That's not my deal. I take that as clear disrespect I feel like when you don't respect somebody well there's nothing much left. So if I don't respect you and you don't respect me there aren't any rules, there aren't any guidelines. I didn't like that. Second of all, I'm 34 years old. You're a couple of years older than my youngest son. We're not on the same level."
"It sounds like he needs to wear some condoms. That's what it sounds like he needs to wear." -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, expressing his displeasure with the trash talk of St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (Eye on Football)
"I've talked about players playing for 60 minutes in the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game. And, in some kind of way, everybody that chooses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game."
"Maybe if you're not interested in doing that, you should let someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go." -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, expressing his displeasure with fans who leave home games early (AL.com)
"I care nothing about that. I care nothing about people that dislike me. I care nothing about people who still have ill feelings about me. What matters most to me is the people I do know care about me. That’s something you can never take away from me." -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, on a new Forbes.com poll declared him the “most disliked” active player in the NFL (NFL Nation Blog)
"I don’t like to go over and just be split out wide and take a chance that a [defensive back] is going to come up. I don’t think we’ll see a lot of it." -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, offering his thoughts on the team running Wildcat offense (NFL Nation Blog)
"It seems like the movie 'The Natural. Where he's out of the game for 10 years, he comes back and he starts doing well for the team. It just feels like that." -- New York Giants running back Peyton Hillis, on his season debut with the Giants on Monday Night Football (NFL Nation Blog)
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