Saturday one-liners


If Miami gets an MLS franchise, the Dolphins could fall even farther in the esteem of the local citizenry.

Patriots OL Logan Mankins is the apple that didn’t fall far from the toughness tree; “I learned that kind of stuff from my dad and the kind of guys that he worked with,” Mankins said. “They’re all tough guys and they always took pride in never missing days of work and always being there, no matter what the circumstances were.”

The Jets lost the fewest starters to injury in 2013.

Newly re-signed Bills P Brian Moorman is confident that the team is ready to get back to the playoffs;
“I think things are moving in the right direction, and this year will be the year,” Moorman said.

Former Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery has no hard feelings about being fired.

Former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will remember fondly his time with the team; “We did not have a quarterback, totally blew up the wide receiver room and had to start from scratch.  To win 30 games in three years is something to be proud of.”

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has hinted that he’d be interested in an NFL job, but the Browns continue to show no signs of interest in him.

Steve “Dirt” DiNardo, the groundskeeper at the Steelers’ former home of Three Rivers Stadium, has died at the age of 82.

Colts K Adam Vinatieri makes his fifth trip back to New England in eight years since leaving.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien spent most of Friday interviewing former Titans coach Mike Munchak for the offensive line position; the two men previously hadn’t met.

The final grades are in the for the Jaguars’ 2013 season.

Titans V.P. of player personnel Lake Dawson is taking a break from head-coaching interviews to interview for the Bucs and Dolphins G.M. jobs.

Denver businesses will earn a “substantial amount of revenue” if the Broncos can win in the postseason.  (And if they lose, the pot stores likely will see a spike in activity.)

Neither QB Alex Smith nor his agent, Tom Condon, have heard from the Chiefs about a new contract.

Six or seven” Raiders assistant coaches have accepted one-year deals to return in 2014.

Chargers LB Jarret Johnson thinks it’s not a coincidence that the team is 5-0 since LB Melvin Ingram returned from an offseason torn ACL.

It’s not known whether Eagles LT Jason Peters is missing the Pro Bowl because he’s injured or because he just doesn’t want to go.

The manslaughter trial of former Cowboys DT Josh Brent begins Monday; he’s charged with killing former teammate Jerry Brown while driving drunk.

The Giants lost the most starters to injury in 2013.

Redskins tight ends coach Sean McVay has plenty of folks who think he’d be a great offensive coordinator.

Evaluations of the Bears coaching staff are ongoing, and all that that implies.

Actor David Arquette has wagered $500 that the Lions will win Super Bowl XLIX.  (And we’ll wager $1,000 that David Arquette won’t make another $500 as an actor.)

Based on his performance in 2013, the Packers could have a harder time squeezing K Mason Crosby into taking less money in 2014.

Here are the pros and cons of the Vikings playing two seasons outdoors.  (Con:  Periodic need for a third sock.)

Falcons S William Moore has won the annual “Good Guy Award” from the local chapter of the PFWA.

The Panthers piped in crowd noise to help prepare their defensive players for the sound to which the 49ers will be subjected when on offense.

Saints CB Corey White plans to remind S Roman Harper that White is undefeated in the postseason and Harper isn’t.  (White likely won’t be able to say that for much longer.)

Former Buccaneers assistant Bryan Cox will stay in the division as the defensive line coach in Atlanta.

Here’s a look at the Cardinals running backs.

The Rams are preparing to scour the college all-star games for more talent.

49ers S Eric Reid learned to start hitting lower after giving himself a concussion against Carolina in the regular season.

The extreme noise at CenturyLink Field resulted from a challenge by owner Paul Allen to the stadium designers.