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Wednesday morning one-liners

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was closely monitoring the Lions’ kicking competition throughout the preseason, and they quickly snapped up Dave Rayner when Rayner lost the Lions job to Jason Hanson.

Said Cowboys QB Tony Romo of the youth movement on the offensive line, “We need these young guys to step up and play. . . . Obviously when you have new people there are going to be mistakes here and there.”

Dolphins RB Larry Johnson said, “I’m not really comfortable. And I never can be comfortable. Because like I said – you never know. I didn’t know I was going to get released in week two of last season.”

Said Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco, “I think it’s my third week. Let’s be realistic. It’s the highest levels of football. It’s not easy.”

Everyone else may be worried about the way Giants QB Eli Manning has played this preseason, but Manning says everyone should relax: “No one ever remembers what your preseason numbers are.”

Now that Eagles QB Michael Vick has his new contract, when does WR DeSean Jackson get his?

Eagles G Evan Mathis has rarely been a starter in his NFL career, but he always figured he’d start in Philadelphia.

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron wants everyone to have patience with WR Torrey Smith.

Asked if his defense is preparing to face the Colts with Peyton Manning in Week 1, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said, “We expect the Colts to be at their best, so you bet.”

Saints coach Sean Payton said Will Smith was excused from practice Tuesday because of a death in the family.

Asked about his offense struggling during the preseason, Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “We don’t prepare for preseason games. We’re not game-planning anyway.”

Those last three one-liners came from the transcripts of coaches’ press conferences distributed by the teams’ PR staffs.

After DE Alex Brown was cut by the Saints, he might be a good fit to return to the Bears.

The Browns have some tough decisions to make on their offensive line with G Eric Steinbach out for the season.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said RB Jahvid Best will play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Buffalo.

It has taken Steelers G Doug Legursky a few years to overcome questions about whether he was too short to be an NFL offensive lineman.

New Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is happy with the results so far in the preseason.

Said Packers coach Mike McCarthy of the close of training camp, “As far as our last two weeks, I thought that was the way practice was supposed to look like. You couldn’t say that the first couple of weeks. I feel good about that.”

Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez realizes that if you can’t stay healthy, you can’t play in the NFL.

The Vikings like what they see in rookie LB Larry Dean.

When asked about struggling in pass coverage, Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny said, “You’re obviously referring to one play. . . . I got beat by Fred Jackson . . . there’s not too many linebackers that are going to win every time. I’m going to get beat again in coverage at some point in the year.”

Broncos LB Joe Mays serves as a reminder that not every decision Josh McDaniels made as the coach in Denver was a bad one.

The Chiefs are down to three experienced offensive tackles after Ryan O’Callaghan went on injured reserve.

Some folks in the Bay Area are wondering: Should the NFL consider alcohol-free stadiums?

Chargers LT Marcus McNeill returned to practice three weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Rams WR Mike Sims-Walker says he and QB Sam Bradford have a lot of work to do: “It’s critical right now, man. We’re a little bit over a week away from the real deal. We’ve got to buckle down. . . . I don’t think me and Sam are where we want to be, especially with the timing thing. We’ve still got some work to do.”

Coach Jim Harbaugh says the 49ers have seven players who can start on the offensive line.

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17 Responses to “Wednesday morning one-liners”
  1. cleverbob says: Aug 31, 2011 7:41 AM

    The real games may not have started, but Tony Romo is in mid-season form with his excuse making. So it’s going to be another one of those years in Dallas. At least this year he can blame everything on his young O-line instead of Jerry’s overpaid and/or aging veterans.

  2. richm2256 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:47 AM

    Said Cowboys QB Tony Romo of the youth movement on the offensive line, “We need these young guys to step up and play. . . . Obviously when you have new people there are going to be mistakes here and there.”

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    Tony Romo, telling OTHER people they need to “step up”????

    Yeah, right.

    I’d suggest he look in the mirror, but he’d just admire himself more.

  3. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 31, 2011 8:24 AM

    “Some folks in the Bay Area are wondering: Should the NFL consider alcohol-free stadiums?”

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    I am sure Bud Light (“official” beer of the NFL) would be thrilled about that. Not to mention all the beer folks that heavily advertise on NFL games.

  4. ead1 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:34 AM

    “Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron wants everyone to have patience with WR Torrey Smith.”

    Same crap he used to say about Ted Ginn…

  5. collegeref says: Aug 31, 2011 8:50 AM

    this should be a called Wednesday morning paragraphs

  6. spungy says: Aug 31, 2011 9:30 AM

    The 3% swill they serve at stadiums doesn’t even qualify as beer anyway.

  7. nebster21 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:34 AM

    Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “We don’t prepare for preseason games. We’re not game-planning anyway.”

    HAHA

    Yet he said we play every game even preseason games to win.

    I bet Rex is getting on his team big time.

  8. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 10:04 AM

    The thing is, the Cowboys young guys ARE stepping up and playing. Three rookie offensive linemen started against the Vikes in the “dress rehearsal” third preseason game and they played well. There will be mistakes made as their usually is with young players but so far so good.

    On the other hand…

    Eagles young guys… not playing so well. They’ve got Vick running for his life, making bad throw after bad throw. His frustration is obvious, and his frustration will just make it worse when the bullets start flying for real. They should have poached some more offensive linemen.

  9. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 10:09 AM

    The rest of the story:

    What are the quarterback’s thoughts on this youth movement and what it means for him?

    “That’s just bound to happen,” Romo said. “We need these young guys to step up and play. They’ve been working hard.

    “It’s happened before. At one point Miles Austin , we needed him to step in and play good. We needed Doug Free to step in. It’s time for some of those guys to step up and play or the guys [front office] wouldn’t have done that if they didn’t feel confident.”

    Eagles fans would understand this in context if they could have the confidence in their young guys to step in and play well. But you don’t, and for good reason. Andy can’t draft and Andy can’t develop.

  10. wutliss07 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:28 AM

    All this really told me is that Eli continues to prove that he is a punk hiding behind his name, Jahvid Best is ALREADY going the way of Brian Westbrook, and the Bills have fallen off the map so much they don’t even make the one-liners any more…

  11. cleverbob says: Aug 31, 2011 11:24 AM

    I consider confidence from the Cowboys’ front office to be the mark of death. Nepotism at its worst.

  12. pigskinswag says: Aug 31, 2011 12:00 PM

    Anthony Gonzalez also has come to the realization that water is wet.

  13. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 12:06 PM

    I consider confidence from the Cowboys’ front office to be the mark of death.

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    All F/O’s offices show a front of confidence, no matter how they really feel about a given situation. This is true of front offices that have won multiple Super Bowls as well as those who have won zero Super Bowls. And when I say “those who have won zero Super Bowls”, I’m mainly talking about the “gold standard” Eagles front office.

  14. trollhammer20 says: Aug 31, 2011 12:20 PM

    An alcohol-free stadium in the Bay Area? Most would probably rather enjoy a toke, anyway.

    Also, I guess there was nothing newsworthy to report from Seattle and Arizona, since those teams were both left out of the article.

  15. cleverbob says: Aug 31, 2011 12:44 PM

    Well now you’re taking confidence in young players out of context to mean overall confidence, but that’s fine. I believe the current Dallas front office has the same number of titles to their credit as the current Philadelphia front office…

  16. granadafan says: Aug 31, 2011 12:58 PM

    The Iggles had to redo Vick’s extension before they could give DeSean a proper new contract. He’ll get his. If not, Vick will have one less top receiver to throw to next year.

  17. steviemo says: Aug 31, 2011 12:59 PM

    Hey, Harbaugh, I can start on the offensive line, too, but that doesn’t mean I won’t suck….

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