Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.
24 Jan 2014
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Well, I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree that’s the result you’re gonna get! Don’t you ever talk about me!" -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, describing what happened on the final play of the NFC Championship game when he tipped a pass leading to an interception
"Crabtree! Don’t you open your mouth about the best! Or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick!" -- Sherman, when asked who was talking about him (Pro Football Talk)
"We're talking about football here, and a lot of people took it further than football. I was on a football field showing passion. Maybe it was misdirected and immature, but this is a football field. I wasn't committing any crimes and doing anything illegal. I was showing passion after a football game."
"They say thug, and that takes me aback. Maybe I'm talking loudly on the field and saying things I'm not supposed to, but there was a hockey game where they didn't even play hockey. They just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I thought, 'Oh man. I'm the thug? Geez." -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, on the firestorm that followed his postgame comments about Michael Crabtree (ESPN)
"I don't know [Sherman] at all. I've watched him play. He's that kind of guy so… you know… I approach the game and I have respect for my opponents. That's the way our team always plays. We win with graciousness, when we lose we could do better. Some teams don't always do that or that's not their program." -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on Richard Sherman’s post-game comments (CSN NE)
"[Sherman]'s done a great job ever since he's been in the league. He likes to have a little fun out there. I don't necessarily think there is anything wrong with that." -- Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas with an alternative take on Richard Sherman (Denver Post)
"I hadn’t thought that. But I will for you right now. No I don’t feel like that. I think my first time in New York as the head coach was kind of in the middle of the circle somewhere or maybe it wasn’t even a circle, might have been some other shape. It was kind of a hairy time." -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, on if this feels like he’s gone in a full circle in terms of starting his NFL coaching career in New York and now he’s playing in the Super Bowl in New York (The Seattle Times)
Pam Oliver: "After you’ve gone through offseason training and all of that and to come up a little short, devastating?"
Jim Harbaugh: [Laughs] "A man can be destroyed but he cannot be defeated."
Pam Oliver: "Is that a quote?" -- Part of an interview between FOX’s Pam Oliver and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, where Oliver is confused after Harbaugh quotes Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (For The Win)
"It was really uncalled for. [Welker] ran right into the guy. I don't know the extent of the injury Talib had, but I thought we were supposed to protect football players in this league now. I guess not. I guess that only goes one way." -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, on Wes Welker’s hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship game which caused Talib to miss the rest of the game
"Welker had his head down, like he was coming down the whole time. That should be a flag, and he should be getting fined. There's a whole bunch of things that should happen in that situation, but I don't run the NFL." -- Thurmond (ESPN)
"Those three points would have been good to have at the end of the game if we would have made the kick, which we would have had a good chance to. I felt like, at the time, we were down by 17 points, only had three points, and hadn't got down there very much. I don't think you're going to beat Denver kicking field goals, but ... if we would have had a field goal and then the two touchdowns we ended up getting later on, those would have been important points for us. I don't know that was the right decision. It wasn't, obviously, when we lost yardage on fourth down and gave the ball back without any points." -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, second-guessing himself for going for it on fourth-and-3 and not taking a field goal to make it 20-6 in the third quarter of the AFC Championship game (ESPN Boston)
"The extra point is almost automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play. There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six." -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on the possible elimination of the extra point (NFL.com)
"I’m determined to bring a championship to Minnesota. I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. I want to make sure that 31 other teams know that I’m here and I’m ready to coach this football team. I can’t wait to stand on the podium with Zygi and Mark and Jonathan, and we’re standing on the podium, and we look up and the confetti is falling down on top of us, and we’re all hand in hand, and Commissioner Goodell comes over and hands the Super Bowl trophy to Mr. Wilf and tells him he’s world champion. That is my goal and that is my drive." -- New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, on his determination to bring a championship to Minnesota (Pro Football Talk)
"The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense. Guys didn't like coming to work. That's one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You're going to get everything out of everybody if it's stress-free and let people be who they are. I just didn't feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he'll do things differently."
"There's a difference between being a head coach and in control of the whole team and the whole organization at the time. Everybody's got their own schemes and what they bring to the table. I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys. We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you've got to fall in line." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, on Greg Schiano’s tenure as Buccaneers head coach (Tampa Bay Times)
"Next time, you can use our convenient store locator to find the #BostonMarket near you" -- Boston Market’s tweet to Kellen Winslow Jr., after Winslow was either caught masturbating in his Cadillac or looking for directions to a Boston Market, according to a police report (NY Daily News)
"He is a bitch, and that's why he's never won anything."
"I have one regret in my career, and that's going to the 49ers when I could have stayed in New York. I just wanted to see what stuff was like with another team and it didn't work out. It is what it is. I've got two rings. Harbaugh, though, he's a bitch. So it doesn't matter." -- Retired NFL running back Brandon Jacobs, on San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, his career and then Harbaugh again (CBS New York)
"Right now, it seems like [the Browns] are a rudderless ship… I talked to some of the players right after they fired Chud and they sounded deflated, confused and frankly embarrassed by what happened. I've been out of football for a year now and I'm a fan of the Cleveland Browns. It's hard to watch what is going on there. I really feel bad for the fans and players like D'Qwell [Jackson] and Joe Thomas who have been there for so long."
"[CEO] Joe Banner does not have the best reputation with some players and coaches. It makes you wonder if there will be a trickle-down effect." -- Former Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, on the Browns firing of Rob Chudzinski and the state of the Browns organization (Cleveland.com)
"Let's just get this out of the way. If they make the correct call -- which they did at first, then they overturned it -- this [ten]-game playoff streak that Tom Brady has? It never happened. Tom Brady owes me his house. I'm the reason why he's married to who he's married to. I'm a reason for a lot of that. Everything. Because they overturned that call."
"Tom. C'mon now. 'Fess up. It was a fumble. It's still a fumble." -- Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson, on the twelve-year anniversary of the ‘Tuck Rule’ game (NFL.com)
"Tom Brady has more overthrows today than Somalia." -- ESPN writer Rick Reilly, in a tweet during the AFC Championship game (Shutdown Corner)
"If you go to the combine," I told Ryan, "but fail to show up for a meeting with Mora, that should do it. Jim is a real prideful person who has a tendency to explode. I am not recommending you do this, but if you are desperate to go to San Diego, this is the way." -- Former NFL super-agent Leigh Steinberg, in an excerpt from his new tell-all book, describing how his former client Ryan Leaf skipped out on a meeting with Jim Mora in order to avoid being taken by the Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft (For The Win)
"Right now? I’m being fat!" -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, at the Kings/Pelicans game, when asked how his offseason was going so far (For The Win)
"Throw us a 1-yard pass and watch us go 100." -- Philadelphia Eagles wide reciever DeSean Jackson, in a "confessional booth" during the "Pro Bowl Draft" (NFL Nation Blog)
"he said the interview went well and he's going back for a second! Its the Browns.. but hey, still pretty cool!" -- Megan Pettine, daughter of new Browns coach Mike Pettine, on the possibility of her dad getting a head coaching gig (Twitter)
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