Wednesday morning one-liners

Signing OL Jamon Meredith indicates that the Bills won’t immediately pursue a veteran replacement for T Brad Butler.

Ethan Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel writes that the honeymoon is over for Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.

Patriots CB Terrence Wheatley’s inactivity is a result of the numbers game, according to coach Bill Belichick.

Jets CB Donald Strickland has made an impact in each of his first two games with the team.

Said Ravens RB Willis McGahee, “You know, last year was difficult.  I think
I was losing hair last year worrying about what was going on.  Right
now, no worries.  It’s all about having fun and staying healthy, and
that’s what we’re doing right now.”

The Bengals were watched by an average of 51 percent of the local TV homes during their win against the Packers.

The reasons for the Browns’ bad start go well beyond QB Brady Quinn.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that S Tyrone Carter’s thigh bruise should allow him to play this week.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle writes that the Texans need to avoid a letdown game against the Jaguars.

New defensive coordinator Larry Coyer hasn’t made the Colts any tougher against the run yet.

The Jaguars re-signed WR Nate Hughes to their practice squad.

The Titans haven’t decided on a punter to replace Craig Hentrich because they want to figure out if Hentrich needs to go on injured reserve.

Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said changing the culture in Denver started with changing the players.

Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star thinks Chiefs coach Todd Haley showed courage by saying he was open to starting a quarterback other than Matt Cassel.

Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell has led touchdown drives that put the trailing Raiders ahead with less than three minutes to play in each of the first two games, something that only happened once for the team between 2001 and 2008. 

The Chargers released DL Andre Coleman to make room for DL Alfonso Boone.

The Cowboys have been thwarted in their attempts to generate a pass rush.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post thinks the Giants will benefit from a weak schedule.

Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin is eager to get more snaps with the offense.

Redskins DT Cornelius Griffin has benefited from Albert Haynesworth’s arrival.

The Bears offense hasn’t struck a balance between running and passing yet.

Either Jordon Dizon or DeAndre Levy would start for the Lions if LB Ernie Sims can’t go because of injury

The Packers worked out three defensive backs Tuesday, including former Colts S Matt Giordano.

Said Vikings LB Ben Leber, “We’ve proven that in the last few weeks we can be a little leaky in the run game and we’re going to shore that up this week.”

Randy Johnson, the first quarterback in Falcons history, died at the age of 65.  

Said Panthers LB Jon Beason of who to blame for the 0-2 start, “You tell ’em if they want to point the finger at somebody, they can
point the finger at me.  You tell ’em I said I am not playing as good as
I should be and I need to get better.” 

Peter Finney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune thinks the Saints are flying under the national radar.

Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams’s comeback is confounding doctors who didn’t think it would be possible.  

Cardinals DT Gabe Watson revealed his role in freeing up DE Calais Campbell for a blocked field goal against the Jaguars.

The Rams signed KR Danny Amendola off the Eagles practice squad and released WR Derek Stanley.

49ers coach Mike Singletary said he’ll rotate Adam Snyder and Tony Pashos at right tackle “until we see no need to do that.”

Seahawks LB Aaron Curry is still figuring out how to use his speed most effectively.  [Editor’s note:  May we suggest . . . by running?]