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Saturday morning one-liners


The Dolphins have launched a new smartphone app that allows fans to upgrade their seats while at the game.

RB C.J. Spiller is among four Bills making a late push for a Pro Bowl berth.

Jets CB Antonio Cromartie has done a nice job of replacing Darrelle Revis as the guy who matches up with the other team’s best receiver.

Patriots DT Vince Wilfork says LB Jerod Mayo is “like Tom [Brady] on the other side of the ball.”

Browns K Phil Dawson’s final appearance at Cleveland Browns Stadium could be coming on Sunday.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown says his ankle is still less than 100 percent, but that like other injured players “[w]e’ll all just tape it up and go on.”

For Ravens P.R. guru Kevin Byrne, the decision to fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron conjured memories of the organization’s decision in 1993 (while in Cleveland) to cut QB Bernie Kosar.

Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wants to see QB Andy Dalton play better in the final two regular-season games; “We expect to see progress and not regression, and he kind of took a step back [Thursday] night,” Gruden said.

Titans DT Karl Klug will get more snaps on Monday night after getting two sacks in only 15 plays against the Colts.

The Texans have donated more than 225 bikes to local kids.

The Colts have thrown a league-high 21 tipped or batted balls, which isn’t a good thing considering that the Texans defense has a league-high 35 tipped or batted balls.

Rookie G Austin Pasztor is going from the Jaguars’ practice squad to the starting lineup, all in the same week.

WE Rod Streater is emerging as an unlikely star for the Raiders.

More words of wisdom from Chiefs QB Brady Quinn regarding a tragedy that feels like it happened a lot longer than two weeks ago.

This week, Chargers coach Norv Turner is avoiding contact with Carolina assistant Scott Turner, for obvious reasons.

The key to keeping Broncos QB Peyton Manning from being sacked on a regular basis could be G Chris Kuper.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan explained the penalty he received for getting into a verbal spat with Cincinnati OT Andre Smith:  “I think he was attacking the American Flag,” Ryan said.  “We’re America’s Team and he was attacking America.”

Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha is a finalist for the 2013 Bart Starr Award.

Given that Redskins QB Robert Griffin III loves superheroes, it was a no-brainer for coach Mike Shanahan to put RG3’s locker next to LB London Fletcher.

A pair of Virginia Tech rookies — RB David Wilson and CB Jayron Hosley — will play big roles for the Giants on Sunday.

Lions WR Kris Durham has learned more about playing the position from three months with the Lions and Calvin Johnson than Durham had in three prior seasons.

The future of Bears coach Lovie Smith remains shrouded in mystery.

Vikings DE Jared Allen thinks expanding the playoffs would be “stupid.”  (He arguably would disagree if the Vikings finish No. 7 in the NFC and the league offered to let his team in.)

Packers WR Greg Jennings says that he’s aware of no contract talks between his agent and the team.

Bears coach Lovie Smith insists QB Jay Cutler doesn’t have a knee “problem,” but he’s listed as having a knee injury, and multiple reports indicate it’s a mild MCL sprain.

Saints QB Drew Brees wants a different kind of explanation.

The Buccaneers have had a hard time holding leads against hurry-up offenses.

Falcons WR Julio Jones prefers to let his play do the talking.

Rookie S D.J. Campbell is quickly becoming a leader for the Panthers.

The Cardinals look to be poised to abandon their 25-year relationship with Northern Arizona University, site of their training camp.

Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin has cut a $100,000 check to West Virginia University; the money will support the construction of a new weight room.

Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day at the Rams’ home stadium, and the Rams would surely appreciate it if fans show up.  For a change.

49ers LB Aldon Smith is donating $5,099 for each regular-season sack to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco and the Peninsula; the current total of his donation is $99,430.50.

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12 Responses to “Saturday morning one-liners”
  1. pastabelly says: Dec 15, 2012 10:11 AM

    Belichick was right about Kosar and yet gets torched again by some writer 20 years later. I do hope Kosar gets his life together. It’s just sad how his life has spiraled downward.

  2. nokoolaidcowboy says: Dec 15, 2012 10:34 AM

    Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan explained the penalty he received for getting into a verbal spat with Cincinnati OT Andre Smith: “I think he was attacking the American Flag,” Ryan said. “We’re America’s Team and he was attacking America.”
    I don’t understand it. I saw the game and thought that it was because Ryan was too far onto the field during that play.

    Also, you could see a line referee talking to Garrett and Garrett looking along the line and moving people back.

  3. chattanola says: Dec 15, 2012 10:43 AM

    The Rams now have Jeff Fisher who was stifled in Nashville by the boorish owner Adams. Fisher was also saddled with a QB controversy there (Vince Young).

    His fresh start in St. Louis is already showing promise as the team is starting to gel, particularly the defense, and turn in some great performances.

    The Rams Fan Appreciation Day signals that the franchise is making every effort to cast off the image of being losers.

    This is good for football.

  4. dolphins4 says: Dec 15, 2012 10:47 AM

    Asomugha should be a finalist for the over rated under productive bum award.

  5. txxxchief says: Dec 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    Interestng how Aldon Smith’s math works. I’m not sure how you get to $99,430.50 in $5,000 increments.

  6. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Dec 15, 2012 10:55 AM

    6 rings > you

  7. EJ says: Dec 15, 2012 11:15 AM

    CJ Spiller should be voted into the Pro Bowl considering he has a 6.6 yard average running the ball this year. That is more than Chris Johnson, that’s more than Marshawn Lynch, Ray Rice, Matt Forte and even more than the League Leading rusher Adrian Peterson. Had Spiller not had to share carries with Veteran Fred Jackson, he’d probably lead the league in rushing this season. After hearing crap from us Bills fans about taking Spiller over a QB, we should all serve up an apology to G.M. Buddy Nix. Spiller ended up being a dynamic selection.

  8. wickedmadd says: Dec 15, 2012 12:24 PM

    txxxxcheif… really you dont see 5,099? Really?
    $99,430.50 divided by $5,099 = 19.5

    hope this helps.

  9. thejuddstir says: Dec 15, 2012 12:50 PM

    “Drew Brees lawsuit claims his charity was cheated”
    An expert on cheating, no doubt.

  10. txxxchief says: Dec 15, 2012 1:17 PM

    I thought is was $5K per sack. SHEESH!

  11. nicepak381 says: Dec 15, 2012 7:42 PM

    Pretty nice gesture; just don’t make anymore contributions Sunday. Alden.

  12. m0nkeebob says: Dec 15, 2012 9:58 PM

    If only the Dolphins developed an app to upgrade the team.

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