Wednesday morning one-liners


New Bills President Russ Brandon said of his conversation with owner Ralph Wilson, “He told me he was passing the torch to run this franchise in totality. He has granted me full authority to run this franchise with zero restrictions and zero limitations. Obviously, I’m honored and humbled in his confidence in me to lead this organization into a new era and provide a clear direction and winning pathway into the future.”

Said Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill of his rookie season ending, “It has been a whirlwind the last 17-plus weeks of getting ready for a game and not really having a day off besides the bye week. But I’ll find some time just to relax and maybe watch a little TV and catch up on some TV shows that I haven’t had any time to watch.”

This year’s Patriots set an NFL record for first downs (444) while scoring the third-most points (557) and gaining the fifth-most yards (6,846) in a season in NFL history.

Rex Ryan is still the Jets’ head coach because Woody Johnson still believes in him.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton remembers Texans DE J.J. Watt intercepting in last year’s playoff meeting: “He made a really good play. He got his hands up. He got his hands on the ball. He intercepted it. When you see him making plays like that, your offensive linemen try to get his hands down as much as they can. I have to find ways to get the ball over him and different things like that.”

Said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, “I feel great about where we are at. I’m very excited about our team right now. I like us a lot. I’ve liked us all year. I’ve liked us when you guys haven’t liked us. I like the fact that we’ve overcome a lot of adversity — both personal and as a team. I like the fact our guys stuck together through a lot of that. I think that’s what makes a team what it is. I’m looking forward to seeing who we are for the next one game through however many games we are able to play.”

Oregon coach Chip Kelly has been described in some reports as the Browns’ first choice.

The Steelers know changes are coming after a disappointing season.

Texans playoff tickets are going on sale.

The Colts have 28 players with no playoff experience.

Shortly after firing their general manager, the Jaguars picked up a running back for their offseason roster.

Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray could be out of work soon.

Broncos return man Trindon Holliday went undefeated during the 2012 season.

Chiefs veteran offensive lineman Ryan Lilja has announced his retirement.

Said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen of firing most of his offensive coaching staff, “I think what happened is you realize that it wasn’t working. We weren’t getting the production that we needed to, and I felt like we needed to make a change.”

Here’s a look back at the Norv Turner years in San Diego.

Some in Dallas are asking if Jason Garrett should become the eighth NFL head coach to lose his job.

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora thinks it is “probably time to move on.”

Former Eagles coach Andy Reid can blame his firing on a series of bad decisions.

The Redskins’ NFC East-clinching win on Sunday night scored an 18.3 household rating, the best overnight TV rating for a regular-season prime-time game on any network in 15 years.

Former Bears coach Lovie Smith would have kept his job for another week, and maybe another season, if the Packers had beaten the Vikings.

Although Lions first-round rookie OT Riley Reiff wasn’t a starter, coach Jim Schwartz says Reiff contributed a little more than the team expected when he was drafted.

The Packers will need better play from their linebackers in their playoff rematch against the Vikings.

Beating the Packers on Sunday may have given the Vikings a psychological advantage heading into the rematch.

Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is seen as a man on the rise in the NFL coaching ranks.

The Falcons won’t be taking it easy at practice during the bye week.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is happy with the way his team ended the season.

Here are some questions the Saints need to address this offseason.

The injuries to the Cardinals’ offensive line this season were described by one lineman as similar to a hand grenade explosion.

Rams K Greg Zuerlein admits his confidence was shaken by a string of misses over the second half of the season.

The 49ers say rookie WR A.J. Jenkins needs to grow up in a hurry.

Seahawks rookie CB Jeremy Lane is showing he belongs.