Says Bills coach Chan Gailey of rookie LB Kelvin Sheppard, “Where he has got to continue to get better at is just understanding the whole concept of [the] defense and becoming a better communicator in there. Taking more charge, which is hard for a rookie, because he doesn’t know. So I think this experience will really help him develop as a player, to become what we hoped he would be when we drafted him.”
Said Jets coach Rex Ryan, “Our first year here, we really struggled to make the playoffs, but we always believed that if we could get in there, we could do some damage. That’s what we plan on doing this year.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh thinks he put his kicker in a bad position by trying 34- and 41-yard field goals in the Cleveland wind on Sunday.
Ticket sales aren’t improving for the Bengals, even though they’re a much better team now than they were a year ago.
The Texans appear to have a winning formula even if they’re down to their third-string quarterback.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star writes that the Colts have to dump Peyton Manning and pick Andrew Luck, and anything else would set the franchise back for years.
More than 40 percent of Titans RB Chris Johnson’s yardage for the entire season has been picked up in the last two games.
The Broncos think their defense is better than the stats suggest.
If the Chiefs are going to win, they’re going to need to lean on their defense.
The Raiders are playing at the same time as the 49ers on Sunday for the first time since 2009.
The Chargers think they’re still in the playoff hunt.
The Cowboys’ offensive struggles won’t lead head coach Jason Garrett to give up play calling.
The Lions claim wearing a glove on his injured hand didn’t affect QB Matthew Stafford, but he’s been throwing the ball a lot better without gloves than with them.
Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has been mentioned as a candidate for the head-coaching job in Jacksonville, but he says he’s not thinking about that.
In New Orleans, 69 percent of people watching TV on Sunday night were watching the Saints beat the Lions.
Some folks in Tampa are questioning whether Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris has lost his team.
Says Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett, “I don’t like the 49ers. I just don’t. They hate me, I hate them, and there’s nothing I would say to them. I’ll pay them the compliment that they’re playing great football. That’s what a man would say, because I’m not a hater that way. Just because I don’t like you doesn’t mean I don’t respect what you do.”
Rams RB Jerious Norwood explains what’s gone wrong this year: “I came down with the flu. I missed a couple days of work and when I came back I was dehydrated. I guess my muscles were just exhausted, and I went out to practice and ended up straining [my hamstring], and that kind of held me down for a little while. I honestly think if I never would’ve gotten sick, then my hamstring never would’ve been an issue.”