Wednesday morning one-liners


The Bills’ secondary hadn’t forced a fumble all season until forcing three against the Jaguars.

Joe Philbin doesn’t know what swagger means, but the Dolphins apparently have it.

The Patriots are trying to qualify for their 15th playoff berth in the 20 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, after just six total playoff berths in the first 34 years of franchise history.

Rugby player Hayden Smith says he had an “amazing experience” trying to catch on in the NFL with the Jets.

Said Ravens RB Ray Rice of gaining two yards before Justin Tucker’s 61-yard field goal, “I ain’t going to take no credit for the kick, but my two yards probably helped out a little bit. I think it was a good call, a safe call. We were at least able to get Tucker a chance.”

New Bengals P Shawn Powell looks like a good fit for the directional punting approach that Cincinnati favors on special teams.

The Browns are still a last-place team, but there are signs of progress.

Steelers DE Brett Keisel has played just seven snaps in the past five games because of plantar fasciitis in his foot, but Pittsburgh expects him to be ready to go on Sunday.

Colts rookie OLB Bjoern Werner appears to be settling in as an NFL pass rusher.

Texans defensive backs coach Vance Joseph drew good reviews for his first game as the team’s defensive play caller.

The Jaguars gave away 1,200 meals to needy people in the Jacksonville area.

Titans coach Mike Munchak has two weeks to prove he deserves to keep his job for another year.

Broncos K Matt Prater will donate the shoes he wore when kicking a record 64-yard field goal to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Looking at where the Chiefs are now, it’s hard to believe they had the worst record in the NFL last season.

Asked about Tyler Wilson, the fourth-round draft pick of the Raiders who didn’t make the team and is now in Tennessee, Oakland coach Dennis Allen said, “Hey, listen, sometimes things don’t work out. Sometimes mistakes are made. But I don’t think that’s, listen, I’m confident in Reggie McKenzie and the personnel staff in being able to evaluate football players, quarterbacks, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, I’m very confident in his ability to do that, I’m very confident in our ability as a coaching staff to be able to do that.”

Chargers rookie WR Keenan Allen says the Vikings told his agent they would draft him in the first round.

Longtime Dallas columnist Rick Gosselin says Cowboys WR Dez Bryant walking off the field early on Sunday was classless and immature.

Corey Webster is done for the season and probably done for good with the Giants after he was placed on injured reserve.

The Eagles are helping families who are dealing with cancer.

Does Dallas owner and G.M. Jerry Jones wish he had drafted Washington QB Kirk Cousins?

The Bears’ passing game should be able to exploit some of the same holes in the Eagles’ secondary that the Vikings exploited on Sunday.

When reporters asked Lions coach Jim Schwartz about his job status, he answered, “I understand you guys have job to do, and this is stuff you guys want to talk about and stuff like that. That’s fine. But I don’t think it does any good for me or our team to let that be the focus to continue to comment on that.”

John Brockington, who set the Packers’ rookie rushing record in 1971, is a big fan of Eddie Lacy.

Fran Tarkenton wants the Vikings to keep QB Matt Cassel, and draft a young quarterback to back him up.

The Falcons’ 2013 season has been an epic failure.

The Panthers’ offense needs to avoid third-and-long against the Saints.

The Saints’ punter and long snapper were sorry to see K Garrett Hartley go.

Said Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano of QB Mike Glennon in the hurry-up offense, “The only way we moved the ball [against San Francisco] was when we went to the two-minute and no-huddle offense and Mike controlled the whole operation. We didn’t perform in some areas but Mike gave us a spark.”

The Cardinals have finished .500 or better five times since moving into University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006. They were .500 or better only twice in 18 years before that.

Rams TE Cory Harkey said of his touchdown celebration on Sunday, “It was definitely a tribute to my Pop. I told him I would do that next time I scored. He was really pumped about it too. He was watching on TV. I talked to him after the game.”

San Francisco K Phil Dawson, S Donte Whitner and WR Anquan Boldin will all be free agents after the season.

Alaska Airlines is letting passengers in Seattle board early if they’re wearing Russell Wilson jerseys.