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Monday morning one-liners

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shouts instructions to his players during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle, Washington Reuters

We may be nearing the end of an era in Buffalo, as both coach Chan Gailey and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could be gone this offseason.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has gone four games without an interception.

Said Patriots S Patrick Chung of the Jaguars’ offense picking apart New England’s secondary early in the game, “They just started faster than us. We just had to get our composure back and just play ball.”

Said Jets coach Rex Ryan of the Chargers sacking QB Greg McElroy 11 times, “It was great on their part, but ridiculous on our part.”

Ravens RBs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined to rush for 230 yards against the Giants.

Said Bengals LB Rey Maualuga of beating the Steelers, “It was definitely what we needed. This game just boosted our confidence level up. We know that we can hang with the best.”

Browns WR Josh Cribbs wasn’t happy with some of the things fans were saying on Twitter after Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.

When asked about his final interception, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said, “There is nothing to talk about. You saw it, I threw it to them.”

The Texans need to do something on Sunday that they’ve never done in franchise history: Beat the Colts in Indianapolis.

Colts coach Bruce Arians’ comment about clinching a playoff berth was short and to the point: “Mission accomplished. That’s all I can say.”

Said Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey of falling short against the Patriots, “I am very disappointed for our team. I am very, very, very, very, very proud of this football team.”

Multiple players on the Titans used the word “embarrassing” to describe their 55-7 loss to the Packers.

Said Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas of a 22-yard touchdown catch from Peyton Manning, “Peyton put the ball right on the spot. He always does.”

One writer whose family has had Chiefs season tickets for 45 years says the franchise has never been lower than this.

After the Panthers knocked Raiders QB Carson Palmer out of the game, Raiders DE Tommy Kelly wanted to go after Panthers QB Cam Newton: “You take our guy out, we’re going to go and try to take your guy out.”

The Chargers’ defensive linemen were telling each other, “Meet me at the ball” as they prepared to pressure Jets QB Greg McElroy.

The Cowboys missed injured LBs Sean Lee and Bruce Carter in the loss to the Saints.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t have an answer for why his team played so badly in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy continues to strongly support coach Andy Reid, who likely coached his last home game in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Redskins K Kai Forbath is now the NFL record holder for most consecutive field goals made to start a career.

The Bears will benefit from the Packers beating the Vikings on Sunday, which led Bears coach Lovie Smith to joke, “I’ve always been a big Packers fan.”

Said Lions coach Jim Schwartz, “I’ve been an NFL fan my whole life, dating back to watching Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry as a kid, and I’ve coached in this league for 19 years. I’ve seen a lot of Hall of Famers, but I’ve never seen a better player than Calvin Johnson. He just broke a record set by Jerry Rice, who is arguably the best player in this history of this league.”

The Packers will have to wait and see about the status of WR Randall Cobb’s ankle injury.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson didn’t do much against the Texans’ defense, but Minnesota beat Houston anyway.

The Falcons say they’ll play to win in Week 17, even though they’ve already clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Said Panthers QB Cam Newton of beating the Raiders, “We understand what kind of game it was. It wasn’t pretty. There are going to be games like this. Obviously, we want to have high-scoring, high-powered games to give the fans. But a win is a win in this book and I’ll take it anyway I can get it.”

Said Saints TE Jimmy Graham of beating the Cowboys, “This is a special team. To go out here and have nothing on the line and to play for each other, that’s what we talked about — being a New Orleans Saint and playing for each other like a brotherhood. We’ve taken that to heart this whole season. We put everything we had out there for each other.”

Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has a growing legion of detractors in Tampa.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had his first 100-yard game since Week Three on Sunday.

Rams TE Lance Kendricks is getting some credit for a big season.

Jim Harbaugh suffered his worst loss as coach of the 49ers on his 49th birthday.

Said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll of beating the 49ers, “We didn’t play any different than we’ve been playing. That’s absolutely what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to play the same week after week after week.”

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10 Responses to “Monday morning one-liners”
  1. kkautsky says: Dec 24, 2012 8:25 AM

    “dating back to watching Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry as a kid” Raymond Berry really Jim? I grew up in Baltimore and am two years older than you and don’t have memories of watching Berry. That’s because I was only three his final season, but you were just one year old.

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:49 AM

    Maybe they could expand the playoffs so the Steelers can get in.

  3. washstnative says: Dec 24, 2012 8:51 AM

    “GO HAWKS”

  4. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 24, 2012 9:20 AM

    Tommy Kelly is a clown.A penalty machine as well.The Raiders a housecleaning to get these knuckleheads out and get some actual football players in.

  5. dprouse says: Dec 24, 2012 10:01 AM

    The guy I am happiest for today is Bruce Arians. He got a seriously raw deal in Pittsburgh, and it is nice to see him having so much success in Indy, helping out his buddy Chuck Pagano in the process. The Steelers got everything they deserved when they forced Mike Tomlin to hire that goof Todd Haley…

  6. polegojim says: Dec 24, 2012 11:05 AM

    @myteams… the Raiders require a perennial housecleaning… maybe they should switch to an organizational enema. When will it end? Something embedded in that org that just brings on the bad.

    Congrats to Calvin Johnson – well done and well deserved.

  7. jprcox says: Dec 24, 2012 11:26 AM

    you have to love all the 49er talk about their team not being like the Bill and/or Cards – but that score was as much a blow-out as anything.

    where are all the 49er fans to talk now about how Seattle couldnt do that to a “real” team.

  8. bluebongzilla says: Dec 24, 2012 11:30 AM

    “Maybe they could expand the playoffs so the Steelers can get in.”

    Now that the giants and elite eli manning look to be eliminated, I’m sure john mara will get right on that.
    Actually it’s nice to see that defense fail that unremarkable jabronie.

  9. hushbrother says: Dec 24, 2012 11:42 AM

    Yesterday’s game was the best evidence yet that Peterson is not the MVP. The Vikings won handily on the road against a good team with him hardly doing anything.

  10. axespray says: Dec 24, 2012 1:18 PM

    Rodgers and Brady with the 32nd & 31st ranked defenses both clinched no.1 seeds in their respective conferences …

    Big Ben with the no.1 ranked defense can’t even clinch a playoff spot….

    Why is he considered elite again?

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