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.
05 Sep 2013
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I'm not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don't know facts. But you're a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. [Laughs] No way.”
"Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn't sitting there and when they say, 'The Ravens [are] about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’... That's a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game." -- Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, on the half-hour power outage during Super Bowl XLVII, per NFL Films’ America’s Game series (USA Today)
"That damn game cost me a week of recruiting." -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, after his golf buddy congratulated him on winning the 2012 national championship. This was just a few days after the Crimson Tide defeated LSU (GQ)
"You guys can write whatever you want to say about me. You can say I’m a bad football coach. You can say I’m a bad dad, I’m a bad husband, I’m a bad person. You really can say anything you want to say. That’s your opinion. You can talk about our offense, our defense, our special teams. You can talk about our coaching staff; you can talk about our administration. That’s your opinion. And you’re entitled to that, and that’s fair.”
“But when you take a shot at a kid and it’s inaccurate, and it’s written inaccurately, I got a problem. So I can be accused of a lot of things of being overprotective of our players for accurate information. I am really pissed off, and it’s wrong… I can tell you our trust is done. I can assure you that." -- Florida head coach Will Muschamp, upset at "irresponsible journalism" by three local outlets, the Gainesville Sun, Palm Beach Post and GatorCountry.com, who had reported, via sources, that freshman defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick had been suspended for the game because of a violation of team rules (Dr. Saturday)
"Being hated is not a bad thing ... I don’t know if I’ll be too popular after saying this: I didn’t know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel. But I feel like now that everybody hates him, he’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football." -- Batimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, showing his support for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (Houston Chronicle)
"You can’t arrest me; I’m a Colts player.“ -- Former Indianapolis Colts rookie safety John Boyett, who was arrested early Monday on preliminary charges of disorderly public intoxication and resisting law enforcement after an altercation with police (Indianapolis Star)
"I really haven't seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries. I've seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played."
"For me, I've been in Michigan a long time; I've always felt the Notre Dame-Michigan game was a big regional game. But in the Notre Dame history books, this game has [been] played, but obviously there have been some years where it hasn't been played for a number of years." -- Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, downplaying the significance of the rivalry between Notre Dame and Michigan. Kelly backed off of his comments a couple days later (Chicago Tribune)
"In that locker room, there’s a bunch of jerks in there. There’s a lot of people that go about business the wrong way. I didn’t want to deal with that, and I thought, let’s not deal with them. You can’t not deal with them and talk to other media because they’ll put up a complaint against you. So the best thing was just to go against everybody, and the good kind of get bottled in with the bad." -- Former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott, in an interview on WFAN’s "Boomer & Carton", discussing the reporters who cover the New York Jets. Scott will hopefully not be a jerk on CBS Sports Network’s "That Other Pregame Show" this season (CBS New York)
“I really appreciate someone asking me what’s my favorite food because I’m big, I gotta eat. There’s so many topics about food you could be asking about.”
"I’m definitely not a fish person, I don’t like eating fish just for the fact, like, I used to catch fish and they probably eat disgusting things in the water. I would eat a shark, though, because a shark kills a lot of people. So, I mean, if I eat a shark, I feel like I’m avenging a lot of people’s deaths or whatever. Sharks are so mean." -- University of Minnesota defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman, when asked what his favorite food was (Dr. Saturday)
"You're hearing a lot of tough talk right now, you're hearing some intimidating type of talk, the same thing we were hearing a couple years ago. It sounds a lot like targeting a specific player. You definitely start to wonder. A man will usually tell you his bad intentions if you just listen. You know what's being said publicly, not what's being said privately. You hope that their intent isn't going to be anything that's not within the rules." -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, wanting to ensure that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not targeted by the Green Bay Packers, has gone to the NFL for clarity about when Kaepernick is supposed to be safe before he's declared a runner (San Francisco Examiner)
"It's just one of those things, when a player comes from another team, [offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan] is asking a couple of questions about [the Jets'] defense and what are the base calls, I spill them. I'll spill the beans and let him know what we used to run and let him know what things Coach [Rex] Ryan might do. It's almost like stealing a little bit. That's what you've got to do. You take the information and pass it to the offensive coordinator."
"I don't understand why he didn't study me because I will be on the opposite side But I don't know what their game plan is or what their preparation is and personally, I don't know what Geno's preparation is. But I would hope that if you're playing against another opponent, you should study everybody on the opposing team. If that's the case, that's the case. I'm studying him. Just to let him know, I'm studying him. I guess we'll just leave it at that." -- New Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, saying that he has been sharing secrets of his old team the New York Jets with the Buccaneers and finding it humorous when informed that New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has not studied any film of him (ESPN)
"Whatever u do is not work you disrespectful little peasant" -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, replying to someone on Twitter who in response to White’s Labor Day tweet said, Getting paid to play a kids game is not work. White later apologized (Kissing Suzy Kolber)
"I said I was going to shoot for 50. I'll shoot for as many as I can get. I'm going out there and give 100 percent as I always do. Hopefully, I can squeeze out 110." -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, on his preseason prediction that he would collect 50 sacks, which would more than double the current NFL record (NFL Nation Blog)
"They ran the ball real, real, real well. If they could find a quarterback, they’d be a top-five team in the nation. They just don’t have a guy who can throw it. That running game was something very, very impressive." -- Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, on Auburn’s offense after the Cougars fell to Auburn, 31-24 on Saturday night. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is somewhere saying, “Scoreboard!” (The Spokesman-Review)
"You know what they gave me? Take a wild guess. How about a carrot cake with candles? That was embarrassing. The linemen, they were all standing around and were like, 'A cake? A cake? Man, there's no keys in that cake?' I'm like, 'Man, I'm allergic to nuts. I can't eat this cake.' We just kind of walked off. I couldn't even eat it. I was like, 'Wow.'" -- Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, on what his sponsor Adidas gave him for breaking the all-time NFL rushing record (Los Angeles Times)
"The prior offensive coordinator [Chudzinski] really was positioning himself to just apply for that head coaching job. I think our offense suffered a little bit because of that." -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, offering his thoughts on last year’s Panthers’ offense and more specifically former Panthers offensive coordinator and current Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski (ESPN)
"Remember that Buffalo game, the 200-yard game? Smoked the night before. Talk to Ricky. He was doing it, that’s what he did. Ricky has social anxiety and he smoked weed. Ricky’s marijuana didn’t affect the team until he got caught smoking. Him smoking weed, sitting at his house smoking weed, didn’t affect anybody but Ricky. He got high and then he sobered up and then he went to practice the next day." -- Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, talking about former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams’ smoking habits on WQAM radio (Pro Football Talk)
"We had a guy who was the designated dive guy."
“It wasn’t coached. but it was part of our game plan.” -- Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, during a conversation on "Fox Football Daily" about teams faking injuries to slow high-tempo attacks (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Stop driving players to drink! A safer choice is now legal (here)." -- A 48-foot wide billboard not far from Sports Authority Field at Mile High purchased by the Marijuana Policy Project (Shutdown Corner)
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