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?
13 Sep 2013
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I felt like it was slow."
"I’m not joking. We need to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn’t get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process in between plays. That’s something we need to work on." -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, on his patented high-tempo offense, which gained 21 first downs on a mere 53 plays in the first half on Monday night (Pro Football Talk)
"You know, I feel like Will Smith in Hitch right now and that one line where he's trying to tell Eva Mendes how he feels. That's how I feel what I've got inside me right now. I don't know what the words to say but I know I'm ready to play and play with my guys." -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin, describing how he felt making his return to the field on Monday Night Football after knee surgery (Shutdown Corner)
"Well, I’m going to do whatever it takes to beat these Giants. I changed the name of the stadium." -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, after his Cowboys defeated the Giants, 36-31, for the first time in five tries at what is now AT&T Stadium (NFL Nation Blog)
"I told him my sleep cycle will probably be back to normal after playing him. It’s like trying to block a fire hydrant. The guy’s like bolted to the ground." -- Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long, relaying what he told Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins after the Bears beat the Bengals (NFL Nation Blog)
"I don’t think the Jets team or the receivers are even worthy of him coming out for this game. He could've had the bad knee and covered these guys. He should sit out this game and wait to make a real splash."
"He is absolutely the best and wants to play the best, and I think you’re going to get the best out of him if he respects the other guy. But I don’t think he respects anybody on the Jets and then -- you never know -- what are they even playing for? I mean, they’re the type of team that might wanna get [him] hurt or try to take him out or something like that. So, I wouldn’t even play him because they’re not worthy." -- Former NFL great Ty Law, saying that the Jets weren’t ‘worthy’ of his friend Darrelle Revis’ comeback game (NFL Nation Blog)
"We made sure we put those Terrible Towels up their butts all day long. They waved them at the beginning of the game, but they left pretty early." -- Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, after the Titans upset the Steelers in Pittsburgh (The Tennessean)
"Will the Lions cover 4 1/2 against Minnesota tomorrow?" -- Announcer Brent Musburger, in a bizarre interview with Eminem which you need to see to believe (Awful Announcing)
"Congratulations Brock. I was truly impressed with you & your teammates. You played so very well, virtually error free & with such poise. I wish you a great year & hope you achieve all you desire. Please share my thoughts w/your teammates."
"Warm Regards, Bill Snyder." -- Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, in a hand-written note to North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen after Jensen lead the FCS-level Bison to an upset over Snyder’s Kansas State team (College Football Talk)
"I think it was dirty. I have to say this though: I understand his frustration because offensive linemen do it to defensive linemen all the time. But you just can’t retaliate like that. I’m an advocate of everybody staying away from the low blocks. I don’t understand why guys feel like they have to go low. We lift all of those weights in the offseason, we’re supposed to be the best athletes –- surely you can find a way to block a guy other than to cut block him." -- Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty, offering his opinion on Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s low hit for which he was fined $100,000 (Pro Football Talk)
"I think that young man works very hard on being a tough guy. He'll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap."
"If you're going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap." -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, taking aim at Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. Matthews threw one punch and slapped 49ers left tackle Joe Staley when they tussled after Matthews' late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick (ESPN)
"It was probably at me directly." -- Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, referring to Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks flipping the bird to the Dolphins sideline after recording a sack in the third quarter
"It’s important for all our players to act the right way on and off the field. ... I am aware of it, and it’s important that we do that." -- Philbin (NFL Nation Blog)
"We were playing the Patriots one time, and as I mentioned, Rex is a master motivator. It was going to be a big game, a heated rivalry game, and Rex got in front of us, he said, 'I'm going to set the tempo today, guys,' he said, 'I'm going to set the tempo when I meet Bill Belichick in the center of the field, I'm gonna start it off and punch him in the face. I loved it." -- NFL Network analyst and former New York Jet LaDainian Tomlinson, recalling a pep talk given by Jets coach Rex Ryan on ‘NFL Total Access’ (NFL.com)
"Ayy to fantasy participants and pissed Giants fans ur irrelevant to me!!! Nobody wants me to succeed more than ME!!! WATCH US WORK!" -- New York Giants running back David Wilson, ripping his critics in a tweet after he lost two fumbles and was benched on Sunday night (Twitter)
"Acquiring Tebow would not only be a great investment for the team, but his exciting style of play would definitely send shockwaves through the League. We’re excited for the opportunity to see him with an LA KISS uniform on, and for the LA KISS fans to be rockin’ their Tebow shirts and jerseys." -- LA KISS owner Gene Simmons, in a press release announcing the expansion Arena Football League team’s three-year offer to Tim Tebow(For The Win)
"I have never been caught from behind. A guy that comes and walks me down? I’ve never had that in my life." -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., when asked when the last time somebody caught him from behind was (Charlotte Observer)
"It’s actually on film and I don’t know if you want that. There’s a reason I don’t dance at weddings or anywhere else and that’s because of cameras and there’s a lot of cameras at NFL games. I’ll probably leave it at that." -- Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, giving his reaction to tight end Joseph Fauria’s touchdown "dance" (NFL Nation Blog)
"I’m anxious to find out. They didn’t send us over their plans, so we don’t really know." -- Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, on how he thinks teams will defend him after two touchdowns in the season opener (DenverBroncos.com)
"I didn’t think I was done because they didn’t want to release me. I was told point-blank, ‘Do I look like a fool? I release you and you’ll be with somebody else and come back and play against us? I felt good about it."
"I’m like, ‘I see, y’all are scared of me. It’s cool. I’m alright." -- New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, on what his old team, the San Francisco 49ers, told him last season (The Star Ledger)
"Raider/Colts-- we gotta protect #12 better..and that includes more than just OL...it's backs,TE's,coaches on blitz pick ups..I DEMAND better" -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, demanding that the Colts do a better job protecting franchise quarterback Andrew Luck in their game against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday (ESPN)
"Extra weight on the racks all week getting less sleep preparing for these She-Hawks I love hostile environments Imma feel right at home..." -- San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon, on his preparation for Sunday night’s game between the 49ers and the Seahawks (Shutdown Corner)
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