compiled by Rory Hickey
I FOCUS ON THE PAIN, THE ONLY THING THAT'S REAL
"You don't want to injure people. I don't want to injure anybody. But I'm not opposed to hurting anybody."
-- Steelers linebacker James Harrison after Sunday's victory over Cleveland in which he sidelined Browns wide receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi with bruising hits in quick succession during the second quarter (ESPN)
UNBEKNOWNST TO CROWDER, ALL DEFENSIVE JERSEYS SOLD ARE ACTUALLY PINK
"If they're going to keep making us go more and more and more like a feminine sport, we're going to wear pink every game, not just on the breast cancer months."
-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder's thoughts on the NFL's crackdown on helmet to helmet hits (Palm Beach Post)
"They want to save the receivers and quarterbacks because they sell all the jerseys. They don't give a damn at all about defensive players because we don't sell as many jerseys as them."
-- Crowder (Sports Illustrated)
THERE'LL BE PLENTY OF FLAGS ALRIGHT
"It's freaking football. There are going to be big hits. I don't understand how they can do this after one weekend of hitting. And I can't understand how they can suspend us for it. I think it's a bunch of bull---t. You know what we should do? We should just put flags on everybody. Let's make it the NFFL -- the National Flag Football League. It's unbelievable.''
-- Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (Chicago Tribune)
SOUNDS LIKE THE FORMULA FOR DVOA
"You're not going in and saying, 'When I take this 20-yard drop, the receiver runs this 15-yard dig, I've got to calculate my steps so I don't hit them in the head, so three by the square root of 25 and OK, this hit is going to hit him in the stomach. No, you can't do that. You have to try and be careful, and that's tough."
-- Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes commenting on the difficulty for defenders of avoiding helmet-to-helmet hits (ArizonaCardinals.com)
WHAT COULD GO WRONG WITH AN 18-GAME SEASON?
"This is the game of football. This is a game of speed. This is a game of power. This is a game of physical guys going to battle. Once you start saying to guys 'You'll get suspended for a game,' that's when you're going to get a very, very tentative football game."
"And you know, it's fine for the offensive players but I'm on the defensive side of the ball. So are you telling me that now I have to slow down? I think we're already being cautious of what we're doing and how we're attacking the ball or how we're trying to make a tackle. I think that's absolutely ridiculous because under any circumstances you can't just absolutely have control over your body when you're pursuing a tackle."
-- Giants safety Antrel Rolle's thoughts on the NFL's constraint on dangerous helmet-to-helmet hits (NY Daily News)
NEXT THING YOU KNOW JUSTIN BEIBER WILL BE SPORTING A Terrell Suggs JERSEY
"He was trying to tell me how to bag a Hollywood actress. He said, 'If you want to get a Hollywood actress, take my seminar on Saturday.' He was going over the Dow and the economy and politics. He doesn't really talk football that much."
"You know, we've played guys a lot, and they've beat us one time in all the times that I've played them. They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years."
-- Brady on the trash talk from the Baltimore Ravens even after the Patriots 23-20 overtime win (Boston Herald)
"For a guy that whines a lot ... at least I didn't have any rules put in for me. I don't care. I'm over it."
-- Suggs fanning the flames by bringing up the "Brady Rule," which prohibits a defender on the ground from lunging or diving at a quarterback's legs, which was enacted in large part because of Brady was injured under such circumstances (Baltimore Sun)
IT'S LIKE CHOOSING BETWEEN PAT'S AND GENO'S
"This is a beautiful thing. When you're sitting here as a chubby head coach in the National Football League, and you have two good quarterbacks, you're a happy guy. That's a positive thing."
-- Eagles coach Andy Reid on whether the play of quarterback Kevin Kolb will make it difficult to go back to Michael Vick as the starter
"You take Michael Kolb and we go play baby."
-- Reid responding to a question about how he will make the call of who should start at quarterback (Falcons.com)
ZIMMER LEFT PETRINO IN WORSE SHAPE THAN PETRINO LEFT THE FALCONS
"I was never even [in Atlanta] as far as I am concerned. I never even was there. When a coach quits in the middle of the year and ruins a bunch of people's families and doesn't have enough guts to at least finish out the year. I am not a part of that. He came in and said he resigned, said he would talk to us all at a later date, walked out of the office and no one has ever talked to him since. Not that anybody wanted to. He's a gutless b--tard. Quote that. I don't give a s--t."
"He is a coward. Put that in quotes. He ruined a bunch of people's lives, a bunch of people's families, kids, because he didn't have enough nuts to stay there and finish the job. That's the truth. Most people in football have enough courage about them and enough fight to stick through something and not quit halfway through the year. It is cowardly."
-- Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer when asked about his first return to Atlanta, for the Bengals-Falcons game, since 2007 when Zimmer served as the Falcons defensive coordinator under head coach Bobby Petrino. Petrino resigned with three games left to take the job at the University of Arkansas (Cincinnati Enquirer)
REALITY IS MERELY AN ILLUSION, ALBEIT A VERY PERSISTENT ONE
"I guess we think we're a better 1-4 team than some teams that are 1-4. I mean mentally. They don't think they might not win the next game. Gosh, we might not win this next one. This team thinks ... I still think they think they're going to win this next game."
-- Cowboys coach Wade Phillips advocating that the Cowboys are better than your average 1-4 team
"A lot of people say the old saying, 'You are what you are,' when you look at 1-4, We are not that."
-- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
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