Wednesday morning one-liners

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Said former Bills coach Marv Levy of the death of Kent Hull, “Of all 47 years of my coaching career, this was one of the most memorable guys I ever had the honor to coach. I’m so sad to hear it. He was a great leader, certainly. He was as likable a guy as you could meet, family-oriented, a great citizen. I’m stunned.”

Dolphins LB Jason Taylor was at a loss for words when asked about the team’s struggles.

Patriots RB Kevin Faulk is able to practice for the first time since tearing his ACL more than a year ago, but he’s not getting too excited about it.

Jets coach Rex Ryan was surprised to learn that his team is the underdog against the Chargers.

Bernard Pollard says he’s the best dancer on the Ravens.

Engineering the Carson Palmer trade is being described as Mike Brown’s finest hour.

Despite talk that RB Peyton Hillis could be traded, the Browns say they wouldn’t trade him and got no calls about it.

Said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, “I think it’s very obvious that we’ve performed to a winning level at home. We haven’t done so on the road. We understand that if we want to be a contender, be a winning team, a January-type team, we have to perform better on the road than we have.”

Texans DE Tim Jamison had his best game on Sunday, but he says he’s not satisfied.

Colts S Antoine Bethea reflects on the season without Peyton Manning: “It’s not all peaches and cream. It’s football, man. We’ve been blessed here to have some good years, but this is the other side of it. We’ve got to fight our way through it, keep our heads high. Eventually it’ll turn around.”

The Jaguars have some concerns on the offensive line.

Titans DT Shaun Smith is talking up the team’s chances to win the division.

The Broncos’ offense won’t have any easy job replacing WR Brandon Lloyd.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley found some things out about his team when they won two straight games after starting the season 0-3.

The Raiders are talking championship after acquiring QB Carson Palmer.

As the Chargers prepare to play the Jets, RB LaDainian Tomlinson is a big part of the scouting report.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo doesn’t appear to have complete trust in WR Dez Bryant.

Giants G Chris Snee has passed his concussion test.

The Eagles are crediting some changes to the defensive game plan for their win over the Redskins.

Said Redskins WR Terrence Austin of getting his first catch, “It felt real good. I’m always trying to make a play, trying to help out the team the best way I can, and I just want to show I’m able to do that. Whenever the guys need a breather, I want to show that I’m able to do that and help the team.”

Bears coach Lovie Smith is accentuating the positive: “I am pretty happy where we are, it’s not an ideal position starting the season, but where we are right now with a big win, things look like they are headed in the right direction. I like the direction we are going.”

Lions RB Jahvid Best has a concussion, but he hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is looking like the MVP frontrunner.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has indicated that once the decision was made to go to QB Christian Ponder, the Vikings won’t go back and forth between Ponder and Donovan McNabb.

For the Falcons’ offense, keeping QB Matt Ryan upright is the top priority.

Panthers QB Cam Newton already has nearly 300 more passing yards than Jimmy Clausen had all of last season.

Saints coach Sean Payton has been studying the Colts from his hospital bed.

Buccaneers RB Earnest Graham may be the most underrated player in franchise history.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald could use a wingman.

Rams WR Mark Clayton could make his 2011 debut on Sunday.

Although 49ers WR Michael Crabtree has been limited in practice with a foot injury, he says it doesn’t affect him in games: “To tell you the truth, I’ll be so into the game, I don’t even feel my foot. It’s kind of like the adrenaline rushing in and the pain is just in the back of your mind.”

We can officially forget about a Carson Palmer-Pete Carroll reunion in Seattle.

10 responses to “Wednesday morning one-liners

  1. The Eagles should be credited with playing against Rex Grossman for their “improving” defense.

    I hate to admit it. But I agree with Rex about being surprised that the Jets are home underdogs. The Jets are 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the road. This is a home game for them. San Diego is 1-1 on the road and that win was a close one against a pretty bad Denver team. All of their wins have been against pretty bad teams (Minnesota, KC, Miami, and Denver).

  2. Said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, “I think it’s very obvious that we’ve performed to a winning level at home.
    That theory will go right out the window when you get the Patriots and Ravens in back to back home games.

  3. “Chiefs coach Todd Haley found some things out about his team when they won two straight games after starting the season 0-3.”

    Ya, that they can beat hapless teams if they try really hard.

  4. “Panthers QB Cam Newton already has nearly 300 more passing yards than Jimmy Clausen had all of last season.”

    Thats insane to think about, especially since this doesn’t factor in his rushing yards. What a talent Newton is.

    Despite their losing record in Carolina, there’s a big difference in losing with hope, than there is without hope (like in Miami).

  5. Mike Brown’s Finest Hour? Well, it might be — but let’s not confuse skill with luck.

    Did Mike Brown know the Raiders’ secularly revered patriarch would die a week and a half before the trading deadline?

    Did Mike Brown know the Raiders – in their “AD shield” jerseys would go on an inspirational mini-winning streak following Al’s passing?

    Did Mike Brown know that Jason Campbell would break his collarbone hours before the trading deadline?

    Did Mike Brown know this would all happen and be coached by the guy handed the keys in the quasi-power vacuum in Oakland?

    No to all questions.

    Mike Brown was going to do what Detroit did with Barry Sanders. He wanted to set an example and make a point — and Detroit did the same thing when they could have secured incredible value for Sanders. It set Detroit back 10 years, and would have set Cincy back too.

    Mike Brown — make no mistake — became the unwitting and fortuitous face of an uncanny string of circumstances that now make him look like some kind of genius mastermind. He wasn’t. Mike Brown was an embittered spiteful fool who stumbled into some undeserved acclaim.

    barry sanders

  6. Rex Grossman lead his team to a 3-1 record before facing the Eagles. Philly had a great game plan by tightening their wide nine on obvious running downs , and in such a mediocore division they can still win the East.

  7. If the colts continue to lose every game this season it seems pretty obvious that Peyton Meaning should be this seasons MVP without having played a game.

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