Said Bills coach Chan Gailey of talking to his team after their loss to the Jets, “It hurts. It is no fun. It is awful, all of the above. We made too many mistakes to win a game like that. You can’t make mistakes and win games like that. I told them to not feel sorry for themselves and not to mope around. I am not going to tolerate that.”
PFT’s power rankings aren’t the only ones that have the Patriots at No. 1.
Said Bengals CB Nate Clements of the secondary’s play in the opener, “We got out-executed. We were prepared. We anticipated the no-huddle, but it all boils down to who can execute and be more consistent throughout. They did a better job of that than we did.”
A year later, folks in Pittsburgh are still debating whether Warren Sapp’s “old and slow” criticism is an accurate description of the Steelers’ defense.
Says Texans CB Johnathan Joseph of how he plans to play Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon, “Just try to make it as tough as possible. Show him different looks, different disguises so it takes him a little while to sort of read your coverages to figure out how he has to run his route.”
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel says fixing his defense won’t be like it would have been in the old days: “You could have contact, padded practice, for however long it took. But this is a different day and age. We have to work within the rules that are set forth. You talk to them. You show them tape.’’
The run defense was the Raiders’ strength in their loss to the Chargers.
The Eagles are warning fans that if they get kicked out of the stadium, they’ll have to take a class on proper conduct before they’re allowed back in.
Upgrading the speed of the offense has been a big deal for the Redskins.
Despite injury questions, the Bears expect to be at full strength on defense on Thursday night.
The Lions would love to avenge last year’s loss to the 49ers.
The Packers may do some shuffling in their secondary.
Fran Tarkenton thinks there’s a lot to like about this year’s Vikings.
Said Panthers LB Luke Kuechly of his first NFL game, “I was playing too fast. I wasn’t where I needed to be on a couple of plays. One person breaks down on defense, and the whole defense breaks down.”
The Saints looked like they were playing on their heels against the Redskins.
In Tampa Bay, there’s optimism that the Bucs have a trio of rookies who can change the franchise.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll hinted that he wasn’t happy with the replacement officials before adding, “But we have to do a better job. It’s totally on us, not on them.”