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?
27 Sep 2013
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I think aside from the Xs and Os, I think the most disturbing aspect of it is, in all my years being around this team -- and they’ve had some bad losses, they’ve had some highs and lows and some good teams and bad teams -- but I don’t think I've ever seen a team just not show emotion, as they were just getting pummeled. I don’t advocate fighting, but show some emotion -- show that you care that your quarterback was sacked six times in the first quarter. Show me -- push a guy, tackle a guy, do something other than just take it."
"Well, they don’t like themselves, that’s what it really comes down to. They don’t like each other, they’re not willing to fight for each other. When you have a premier quarterback in this league, and you don’t have enough self-respect -- not for him, but for yourself -- to protect him and do your job, I think it speaks volumes. And I think these guys really do need to all stand in [front of] the mirror, and it’s gut-check time.” -- Former New York Giants linebacker Carl Banks, reacting to the Giants 38-0 defeat to the Panthers (NFL Nation Blog)
"What the hell you got Boomer Esiason on something that — a piece you do of me? We can’t stand each other, he don’t know a f–k about me. What the hell’s he doing on it?”
“First of all, Boomer’s a dickhead. Hey, listen. I remember when he was there running the streets, screwing all kind of hoes. Don’t give me that holier than thou sh-t. I don’t wanna hear that sh-t…. He gets off on it. He’s still talking about me. I ain’t talking about him." -- Former NFL great Lawrence Taylor, expressing displeasure that former teammate Boomer Esiason was featured in a documentary about Taylor’s life (Pro Football Talk)
"It’s part of the game. You’ve got to control what you can control. I can’t throw it to myself." -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, after the Giants 38-0 defeat to the Carolina Panthers (The Star-Ledger )
"I struggled with it. Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I'd say 'OK, fire me, or I'm going to quit. Or we're going to both go into the owner and talk about this and then we'll see who's still standing.' " -- Former Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren, the man who traded up to draft Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson, reacting to the trade that sent Richardson to the Colts for a 2014 first-round pick (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"First of all, Andrew is the smartest person I have ever met. He’s a rocket scientist. This man has about four or five audibles in one play. He is the man. First pick of the draft and the third pick, it’s a blessing." -- New Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson, on his new quarterback Andrew Luck (NFL Nation Blog)
"I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation -- my senior year, I was getting money on the side. I really didn't have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, 'Man, be careful.' But there's nothing wrong with it. And you're not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it."
…"Then I walk back, and reality sets in. I go to my dorm room, open my fridge, and there's nothing in my fridge. Hold up, man. What just happened? Why don't I have anything to show for what I just did? There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, 'Coach, we don't have no food. We don't have no money. We're hungry. Either you give us some food, or I'm gonna go do something stupid.' He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. [laughs] But then, the next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful." -- Houston Texans running backArian Foster, admitting he accepted money his senior year at the University of Tennessee in an upcoming EPIX documentary "Schooled: The Price of College Sports" (Sports Illustrated)
"If you’re going to make a coaching change for the future, it’s time to make it now. Robert Griffin III has been a Redskin now for one and a half years. If you’re gonna change his coach and you want a coach to grow with him like the Bradys and Belichicks and all the great pairs of quarterbacks and coaches, you have to do it now. And right now, I think the Red Lobster’s working his way outta here. I think Shanahan is working his way out of here.”" -- Former Washington Redskin Fred Smoot, calling for a coaching change in Washington after the Redskins’ 0-3 start (DC Sports Bog)
"You look at my Wikipedia page, it’s there. It’s a stamp. Might as well put it on my freakin’ forehead. It is there for the rest of my life and it bothers me every day." -- Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, on being undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft (NFL Nation Blog)
"my man !!!! Nice moves !" -- Former ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone, tweeting to Fauria after he broke out part of the dance from the 2000 ‘N Sync hit, “Bye, Bye, Bye.” during his touchdown celebration on Sunday (NFL Nation Blog)
"Every year it's something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns. The year before that it was somebody else, the NFL. Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We really love the University of Alabama. We really feel like a part of the community here and we have a lot of good friends here."
"And, quite frankly. I'm just too damn old to start over somewhere else." -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, vehemently denying reports that he is leaving Alabama to go to Texas or anywhere else (AL.com)
"You see what he can do. I don’t even know too many people who can do that in Madden. It’s pretty cool to have a quarterback like that." -- Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman, on quarterback Peyton Manning’s effort on Monday Night Football (CBS Denver)
"To lose part of a finger, that's something you can't really just put back on. It's something I have to adjust to. But at the end of the day, I've got nine more." -- Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson, after losing the tip of his left middle finger during Sunday's game in New Orleans (ArizonaCardinals.com)
"Today, he could play today, I saw him the other day. He's in the best shape I've ever seen him in, physically.
"His arms look like a blacksmith's arms. He rides a bike probably 30-50 miles a day. He runs four or five miles a day. He's coaching at the high school and they're undefeated. He loves it. His body fat is 7.5 percent and he weighs 225 pounds. He could play today, better than a lot of them out there today.' " -- Brett Favre’s agent Bus Cook, on Favre, who is not attempting a comeback at the moment (AL.com)
"We’re coming off of a short week -- it’s nice of the NFL to give Philly 12 days and give us six. So we’ve got to handle that. We’ve still got some guys injured. So we’ve got to get some new guys playing. We’re trying to kind of weather that storm with our injuries. We’ve got to get ready for an unfamiliar opponent who has got a really good team at home next Sunday." -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, bemoaning the scheduling of Sunday’s Broncos-Eagles game (CSN Philly)
"So my daughter is laying here under me and just out the blue she says... I can't believe you lost to the Browns Daddy! Smh" -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, after Peterson’s Vikings dropped to 0-3 against the Browns (For The Win)
"I told him I was disappointed in him, not that he believes in the cause and not that he was taking a role in that but ... what we try to do collectively is team focused.”
“I told him, ‘I don't think you were trying to draw attention to yourself. I don't think you were trying to step out of bounds of the team, but if you're going to do things like that in the future it needs to be done and vetted through the systems we have in place.' It was a teachable and coachable moment." -- Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, expressing disappointment in quarterback Kain Colter for participating in the All Players United (APU) movement without his knowledge (CBS Sports)
"That’s a true story, it actually happened to me. I was reaching for pizza and I actually hit a telephone pole a few years back. So, of course we wish Nate the best in his recovery, but also the organization the best as well, in terms of filling the void." -- Former Detroit Lion Ron Rice, relaying his sympathies to current Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson who broke his arm in two places after reaching down to pick up pizza in his car and hitting the median wall (CBS Detroit)
"We have great leadership, so to say because of one incident, that it’s a leadership issue, to me, is a joke because everyone is not going to always be around and incidents happen. Stuff happens in the locker room, stuff happens in the spur of the moment. Now, if it happens every week, all the time, then that’s a problem. For one incident to happen and say it’s a leadership issue when most of the team wasn’t there, it’s an overreaction."
“It’s only bad because someone went and ran to TMZ. If no one knew, it wouldn’t be an issue. We would resolve it in the locker room. It’s resolved anyways. We just have to deal with the questions from the media. I think it’s funny that we’re doing this, building a home, one day after everybody found out about the other thing. We all know it comes with the territory. Everybody is doing a great job." -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, dismissing former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’s criticism that the Ravens lack leadership after a report surfaced about wide receiver Jacoby Jones getting hit over the head by a stripper wielding a champagne bottle (Baltimore Sun)
"I think Mike Glennon is Mike Glennon. I think he’s going to help us win a lot of games." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, offering his thoughts on new starting quarterback Mike Glennon (Pro Football Talk)
"My players just showed me the new Miley video...RIP Hannah Montana." -- Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, reacting to seeing the new Miley Cyrus video (Dr. Saturday)
“I can't tell you the NBA and NFL are going to start minor leagues. I think they should. I think it takes more pressure off us. It lets us be who we are … Why is it our job to be minor leagues for professional sports?”
"Maybe in football and basketball, it would work better if more kids had a chance to go directly into the professional ranks. If they're not comfortable and want to monetize, let the minor leagues flourish. Train at IMG, get agents to invest in your body, get agents to invest in your likeness and establish it on your own. But don't come here and say, 'We want to be paid $25,000 or $50,000.' Go to the D-League and get it, go to the NBA and get it, go to the NFL and get it. Don't ask us what we've been doing." -- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, saying that Division I football and basketball might be better served starting minor leagues (ESPN)
"The Washington State game." -- Film director Steven Spielberg, when asked what his favorite disaster movie was when he was at USC (Twitter)
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