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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.”

Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett credited “a bunch of good blocks” for his 34-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Hall of Famer Jackie Slater is happy to see his son Matthew Slater on the field with the Patriots.

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.

Browns QB Colt McCoy is running out of time to prove he deserves to be the franchise quarterback.

Steelers G Ramon Foster practiced Tuesday and expects to play Thursday against the Browns despite spraining his ankle Sunday against the Bengals.

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.

Asked what it would mean to him to win the NFL rushing title, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew said, “nothing,” because he doesn’t play for individual accolades.

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.

Eagles RB Ronnie Brown thinks his current team could learn something from the mentality of his old team.

Giants OT Stacy Andrews will miss the rest of the season with blood clots in his lungs, but he says he’s thankful it’s not worse.

The Cowboys’ offensive struggles won’t lead head coach Jason Garrett to give up play calling.

Redskins DE Ryan Kerrigan says he’s disappointed at the lack of a pass rush against the Jets on Sunday.

Said Bears coach Lovie Smith of the struggles on offense since Caleb Hanie became the starting quarterback, “Give us a little bit of time. Hopefully, we’ll see some improvements this week.”

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.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley creates plenty of matchup headaches for opposing defenses.

The Vikings need QB Christian Ponder to learn from his mistakes.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan had his lowest passer rating in 35 games on Sunday against the Texans.

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.”

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh thinks the 49ers should build a statue to honor RB Frank Gore.

The Seahawks are turning to Pat McQuistan at left tackle.

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10 Responses to “Wednesday morning one-liners”
  1. jacksonjames4 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:09 AM

    Bills Chan Gaily says where the rookie needs to get better is understanding.. from what i know its your job as a coach to make him understand. you all said the same thing about aaron maybin before cutting him. now hes blowing it up with the jets. nice going

  2. EJ says: Dec 7, 2011 9:15 AM

    Aaron Maybin is not blowing it up with the Jets, he is the king of coverage sacks. The Jets are throwing Maybin in on obvious blitzing downs, so 1 he is rested up when he comes in, 2 he gets thrown around as much as he gets near the QB.
    Buffalo paid Maybin millions to be an every down contributor, not a part time sprinter. He doesn’t have it in him to do any more than 1/16th of the game. The biggest thing helping Maybin is that he is actually trying, mainly because his job and future is on the line. Ryan did nothing more than give him one last shot. Maybin lit his own fire under his a-s.

  3. robolundgren says: Dec 7, 2011 9:46 AM

    Jason Garrett’s playcalling got stale well before he became the HC. I know Jerry is meddling but I just don’t see him taking the OC duties away from him, regardless that it would be the right thing to do. Garrett knows he has an ivy league education, therefore he’s right.

  4. pigskinswag says: Dec 7, 2011 10:30 AM

    “The Chargers think they’re still in the playoff hunt.”

    That’s great because I still think I’m gonna marry Beyonce.

  5. pigskinswag says: Dec 7, 2011 10:31 AM

    “The Cowboys’ offensive struggles won’t lead head coach Jason Garrett to give up play calling.”

    He’s right it shouldn’t lead him to give up play calling. It should lead him to give up COACHING.

  6. moufpuncha says: Dec 7, 2011 10:32 AM

    Yeah right, Mojo! If I repeatedly made it known that I wear #32 because all 32 teams passed on me, the NFL rushing title would definitely mean something to me. Do it for your grandfather Mojo! Do it for the most over looked fullback in the league. Do it for Duval County, even though we constantly crap on the team by not buying tickets!

  7. jacksonjames4 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:15 AM

    Ej.. i agree with what youre saying for the most part. but in his time with the Bills i think he got 1 sack in 2 years. he has 6 already this year. hes not a every down guy , but what shows bad for the bills is they didnt recognize that. and if they did see that in him, maybe the bills would have somewhat of a threat on D as opposed to the horrible pass rush they have now

  8. gmen1987 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:18 AM

    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.
    ———————————————–
    Finally a sportwriter who has an understanding of the real world of the NFL.

  9. timmeratx says: Dec 7, 2011 11:57 AM

    Nice to see that Colt McCoy is getting all the blame for that horrible offense in Cleveland. It couldn’t be that the Browns have bad play calling, no running game, third string wide receivers and an offensive line that plays like a group of matadors. Just let him leave and succeed somewhere else, then take Barkley in the draft and say the same about him in two years after two different coaches and two different systems.

  10. qtownchawk says: Dec 7, 2011 3:32 PM

    paul mcquistan is filling in for okung, not pat. pat plays for the saints, and paul plays for the seahawks.

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