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?
14 Jul 2014
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I would be concerned, but I think if you sort of look at the culture and the history of the Giants, [Manziel] really doesn’t fit the profile of, historically, of New York Giants football players. We have a fantastic quarterback who I hope has another amazing season. I wish Manziel all the best." -- New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel's off-field tendencies (TMZ )
"I think my biggest issue with it is when you are drafted in the first round you are the face of the franchise. I understand he's trying to have a good time and live his life off the field, but there's a little kid watching that and now he's looking up to him as a role model. And for me personally, I have a little bit of an issue with it. I don't think that's the way you want to conduct yourself." -- Former Cleveland Browns first-round draft pick Brady Quinn, offering his thoughts on current Cleveland Browns first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel (Eye on Football )
"LeBron makes things happen pretty quickly, so we're going to have to get to it. I say it's going to be a tight fight. I know me and [Johnny] Manziel will be pushing to make that happen before. That's why LeBron is coming here, to bring a championship to the city, and I'm trying to do the same thing." -- Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, on the "race" to win a championship in Cleveland between the Browns and Cavaliers (ESPN)
"In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history. Four years later, and I'm playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I'm holding out. It's all about getting paid what you deserve. It's not that complicated. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first. Most of my teammates and many players in the NFL understand that. A few don't. Behind closed doors, they'll say they're all about the team and would run through a brick wall for the organization. But when you look closer, they're doing things to contradict themselves. I can't listen to anyone but my family and my advisors, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me." -- San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, in an essay explaining why he is holding out (MMQB)
"I’m still figuring out how he still has a job at this particular point the way we have continued to see this team just continue to crumble. You can’t fire Wade Phillips and hire Jason Garrett and Jason Garrett’s doing worse than Wade Phillips was doing. That’s just not going to get it done. What team is going to follow that?" -- Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, wondering aloud how Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is still employed (Pro Football Talk)
"I don't think anybody can explain anything that Mr. Jones is doing, so I'm not going to even attempt to try to explain it. But it is a different kind of relationship [between Jones and Garrett], and it's a relationship that I honestly believe is on a shoe string. Because success is something that the Dallas Cowboys are definitely striving for and definitely need to have this year. ... And I see that shoe string being a little baby shoe string. That means that it's on a short little leash." -- Former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith, explaining there is no explanation for what Jerry Jones is doing (Dallas Morning News)
"I don’t know. I can’t answer that question. "
-- Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, on whether or not he will be in a Houston Texans uniform by Week 1
"I just choose not to talk publicly about it. It’s in-house and that’s the way I choose to keep it. I’m not a big media guy, so I won’t — you know, I refuse to talk about it. Training camp’s a few weeks away, so we’ll see what happens." -- Johnson, whom the Texans have said will not be traded (Pro Football Talk)
"We call ourselves 'The Jackson 5.' I play the role of Michael Jackson. It's not that Coach [Pete] Carroll and John Schneider purposely did that. They put the best guys they could find on the roster to help the Seahawks win. But really, considering the history of the league and the quarterback position, how crazy is it that one team has five quarterbacks in camp, and all are African-American?" -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, on the five quarterbacks in Seahawks camp all being African-American (MMQB.com)
"I don't know how to catch. I don't know how to run the ball as a running back. I've been a quarterback my whole life." -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback pick Terrelle Pryor, on potentially switching positions (The Seattle Times)
"No one could tell me anything when I was going through it; I had to figure it out for myself. Hopefully he will get the point. Hopefully he will get the message, but most of the time it takes for people to hit rock bottom for them to start believing in their self and start seeking help. A lot of people can reach out to you but that doesn't mean you always take that help and take that advice. He just has to want it for himself." -- Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, giving troubled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon some advice (NFL Network’s Total Access )
"Of course me." -- New York Jets running back Chris Johnson, said of who would win a race between him and Jets quarterback Michael Vick
"He wouldn't say that. Nah, he wouldn't say that." -- Johnson, after being told Vick said he thought he would win (NESN)
"I feel good about our team making a Super Bowl run ... You know, why not us?" -- New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, on the Jets making a Super Bowl run this season (Twitter)
"I was leaving Chipotle with my wife. I'd just got a burrito. I got the news about 8:30 central time. It was awesome news." -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback T.J. Yates, on how he heard about the news that he had been traded from Houston to Atlanta (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"From the game plan to technique to fundamentals, they weren't in line with a defensive coordinator who knew what he was doing. He was a great defensive backs coach, but when you're in over your head, it's kind of tough ... (In Miami) coaches know to play guys to their strengths. I wish I had been here a long time ago. [Coordinator Kevin] Coyle is so good at dissecting offenses." -- Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan, on former Rams defensive coordinator Tim Walton’s defensive schemes (Miami Herald)
"If we are going to be playing on these contracts, make them contracts. Either that or everyone sign a one-year deal every year and we'll do it that way. It's not fair to be locked in somewhere and have that place say that we've decided not to honor the rest of the deal. I don't think it is a contract by definition if one side can opt out of it at any point and the other has no recourse." -- New York Giants defensive lineman Mathias Kiwanuka, on contracts in the NFL, after taking a pay cut earlier this offseason (Newark Star-Ledger)
"We would love to be in the Big 12. I would love to be a member of that conference. I think that would make a lot of sense. In fact, if that was your headline that would be great." -- BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, expressing his desire for BYU to be in the Big 12 (Austin American-Statesman)
"If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it's over. That will stop some of the things that are happening -- people just throwing out offers, some of them with really no intention of taking a kid."
"Make [the offer] mean something. People will be like, 'Whoa, I've got to take this kid now.' It will slow things down for the kids, for the institutions. There will be less mistakes. Why does there have to be one specific day? And it will get rid of some of the stuff that goes on, kids pulling the hats and so forth." -- University of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, advocating for eliminating National Signing Day™ (ESPN)
"If he worked longer hours would we be 12-1 instead of 11-2? Oh, you’re kidding. I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all. How many SECs has [Saban] won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could." -- South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, on working long hours in the coaching profession (GoGamecocks.com)
"I didn't even know it happened. So I can't comment on it."
"Is that the best thing we can talk about?" [Under his breath] "Kiss my ass." -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, on former West Virginia quarterback Pat White saying Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry obtained his most recent automobile by impermissible means (Eye on College Football )
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