The league's northern divisions pose a number of meaty questions, such as: "Is the Bears' offense due for a repeat performance?" "Why do the Lions have such pronounced splits?" and "Has Johnny Manziel made the Cleveland brass even crazier?"
07 Feb 2014
compiled by Rory Hickey
"We put in a lot of hard work and effort. The word ‘embarrassing,’ I think, is an insulting word." -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, when asked if he felt that the Broncos put on an embarrassing performance in Super Bowl XLVIII (Pro Football Talk)
"Peyton Manning, whether this is his last game or he plays two or three more years, he’s going down as a top five quarterback. I don’t think this means one thing to how he’s remembered and the impact he’s made on this league." -- FOX analyst Troy Aikman, during Super Bowl XLVIII while the Broncos were down 35 points (CBS Boston)
"That's the way the start of any Super Bowl is: It's going to be loud. The fans are going to be yelling. They don't really know why they're yelling -- it's just the start of the Super Bowl. We didn't prepare very well for that, and it showed." -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker on the impact of crowd noise at the start of the Super Bowl. The Broncos conceded a safety with their first play. (The MMQB)
"All we did was play situational football. We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half."
"Me, Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor]... we're not just three All-Pro players. We're three All-Pro minds. Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could've been exposed." -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, on knowing some of the Broncos’ hand signals during Super Bowl XLVIII (The MMQB)
"OK, y'all listen to me loud and clear. Y'all listening? Y'all hear me? For all y'all who called us, the receiving corps, average, pedestrian, appetizers—I'm not going to say any names, but he knows who he is—I respect what you did on the field, but stick to playing football, because your analytical skills ain't up to par yet. You need to slow down and go back and not do it half-assed and put some effort into it, because you're saying some stuff that didn't really make sense."
"That dude who said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him, and I did Google him, but I didn't see any Super Bowl appearances, and I also saw two losses in conference championships. I have a Super Bowl ring, and I would gladly show that to him. And if he doesn't have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it." -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, having some choice words directed at ESPN analyst Cris Carter (HeraldNet)
"Next to being born. Dream come true." -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, on whether winning the Super Bowl was the best day of his life (Eye on Football)
"Matt's an excellent quarterback, but he's not elite. He's this close. He'll get there, but he has some learning to do." -- Tight end Tony Gonzalez, on his former quarterback Matt Ryan (Eye on Football)
"Yes sir, I should." -- NFL draft prospect Jadeveon Clowney, on whether or not he should be the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on the Dan Patrick Show (YouTube)
"When I did the [exit] interview with the [team owner] McNairs, I told them they ought to take Johnny Football. Those kinds of guys who can make first downs when you're not supposed to, I think they give you something. I just think he makes plays that nobody else can make." -- Former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, on what he said in his exit interview, in a radio interview (CBS Houston)
"We're just going to do it anyway. They just need to let it go. They need to go ahead and say, 'Y'all go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.'" -- New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, on the NFL’s ban on marijuana (ESPN New York)
"I love them. I absolutely love them. I was listening to some of your other ones [like] The Abominable Throwman. All of these, I love them. I was given them in college and there were websites dedicated to these things." -- Northern Kentucky River Monsters quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who weighs 320 pounds, on all of the nicknames he has been given throughout the years (Eye on Football)
"I probably shouldn't even say this right now but I'm going to say it anyway just because I love Seattle. Honestly, I would rather take a little less to be happy and win ball games than to take way more and go to a crappy city where the fans don't give a crap about the team. You win a game once a month or something like that. I would much rather stay in the situation that I have now for a little less than to go and try to break the bank somewhere else." -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, on being willing to take a hometown discount to stay in Seattle (Pro Football Talk)
"Probably leadership. When I walked into Dallas I walked into a very good situation. At that time Dallas was considered to have one of the best organizations not only in football but in all of sports. We had a lot of great leaders not only vocal but leading by example. Guys like Staubach and Calvin Hill guys who were the first players on the field, last players to leave. That was a good example for a lot of the young players. Without leadership, I don’t care what you’re doing, whether it’s business or sports, you’re not going anywhere without good leadership. I think Dallas is still searching for it." -- Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones, on the difference between the locker room now and when he played (Dallas Morning News)
When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony's shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.
We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.
So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.
We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar.
For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.
I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.
We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.
Flea" -- A statement by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers about the band not actually playing their instruments during the halftime show of the Super Bowl (Eye in Football)
"I don't smoke marijuana. I won't smoke marijuana. The NFL shouldn't push marijuana but I'd be a fool to say that people don't use it." -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark, on marijuana usage in the NFL (NFL Nation)
"He’s a world champion. How about that one? They can say a lot of stuff, but one thing they’ve got to say now is he’s a world champion." -- Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith, on quarterback Russell Wilson (The Seattle Times)
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