Thursday, July 15, 2010
Titans RB Chris Johnson, quoted on ESPN.com explaining that he would be OK with a short-term contract solution: "I want a long-term deal. But if I don't get a long-term deal then a short-term deal just to get me to camp — I have no problem with that. I'm going to let my agent [Joel Segal] and the team handle that."
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers works out with Saints QB Drew Brees, and uses Brees' success as motivation for himself, as quoted on USATODAY.com: "It makes me real hungry, knowing Drew as a guy who has shown me what it takes — the hard work, the offseason time he puts in, how much he cares about football. Drew's been a great resource for me to use and learn from in the short time we've spent together. I'm looking forward to working with him again." Added Rodgers: "It was exciting, being a buddy of Drew's, to be able to watch him have that kind of success. It was a very special moment for him and his family to win that Super Bowl trophy and play at such a high level. I couldn't be happier for a guy who does it the right way — a team-first, standup guy."
Vikings QB Brett Favre is not worried about putting his body through the wear and tear of one more NFL season, as quoted on ESPN.com: "Playing another year probably isn't going to make a difference. The damage has already been done." Favre went on to discuss his outstanding first season in Minnesota (33-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio): "I've had games when I almost threw seven picks. It was unreal. Before last year, I'd reached a point where I was sitting in meetings with guys 15 years younger than me thinking, 'What the hell am I doing here?' Football became work. But last year it went back to being a game." When asked if he had made his decision yet, Favre responded: "You'd think I'd know better by now. I've learned a lot through the years. What I haven't learned is what I'll do and when I'll do it."
Jaguars GM Gene Smith thinks the 2010 team might be the most competitive roster he has seen in Jacksonville since the team's inception in 1993, as quoted on jaguars.com: "The number one thing I see developing is mental will. I'm a firm believer that mental will wins more often than physical skill. Through the effort and commitment the players have made, we probably have the most competitive roster we've had since I've been here." Added Smith: "I think the team profile is different. You have players here who are playing for the passion, for their profession. There are a lot of players here who understand it's a privilege to perform in the NFL, and a lot of players with the mindset that you can't take what's great for granted."
Free-agent WR Terrell Owens, quoted on Staradvertiser.com wondering why he remains unsigned as training camps approach: "It's not like I can't play. There is some type of influence that they're making in the minds of teams and owners and GMs. Some of the golden boys that they kind of highlight throughout the course of the season, those are the guys that are getting in trouble. Somehow I get lumped into those topics, which blows my mind. I've never been in any trouble. I know right from wrong. I try to make the right choices and judgments when I'm out in the public."
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Giants new S Antrel Rolle, quoted in The Sporting News when asked if there is added pressure after signing a huge contract: "Absolutely not. I'm still playing ball. I've been playing ball all this time without the big money. I love this game. I love playing in front of the bright lights. Nothing has changed." Phillips continued, discussing the confidence his new "D" has after struggling last season: "The swagger is still there. We can't let last year impact this year. It's a brand-new season, brand-new team, brand-new attitude. That's what we're bringing into the 2010 season."
Falcons RB Michael Turner, discussing how being patient has paid off in his career — Turner spent his first five seasons backing up LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego — as quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times: ''I've always been patient. I didn't even start at Northern [Illinois University] for a while. It's the story of my life. I've always had to wait my turn.'' Turner is looking for a big 2010 season after missing five games in '09: ''I'm very motivated. I want to prove I'm not a one-year wonder. If I want to be remembered in this league, you got to put back-to-back seasons together.''
Lions OLB Julian Peterson, quoted in the Detroit News on the Lions' young linebacker corps: "Those guys are going to be fine. I think this is going to be a unit that can really run, and we are going to be able to play like kids with our eyes wide open and just have fun." Peterson added that he is happy about the upgrades to the defensive line: "The game is always won on the line whether it's the defensive line or offensive line. That's just going to help all us linebackers, including myself, and the corners and safeties. We are going to be able to make plays."
Free-agent CB Deshea Townsend was surprised he was not retained by the Steelers this offseason, as quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "I did kind of expect to be back, just to add some depth at the position. They know there's a player out there they don't really have to teach the system, that can come in and play." Added Townsend: "Pittsburgh is home. You always want to be where you started. If something happens in training camp … maybe. My agent said just stay in shape. I had some conversations (with teams). There's always going to be a need for a corner somewhere."
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, quoted in the Seattle Times on how difficult it has been to watch his former team, USC, deal with NCAA sanctions stemming from Carroll's time at the university: "It's been most difficult to watch everybody have to deal with it, whether it's the players or the coaches or the fans who support the university. I do feel responsible being connected with it. I've also felt a responsibility, with the way it's come down, to work to try to get the message out there and defend somewhat." Added Carroll: "There's nothing I can do about that now. The games were won. The challenges and accomplishments are all in the books. We stand behind all those efforts."
Monday, July 12, 2010
Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco, explaining an altercation he had with a bouncer in New York Sunday night on his Twitter account, as quoted on NYDailyNews.com: "Damn I just got in a fight with the bouncer, them damn boxing sessions got me on point, at least the police let me keep tweetin n the car? Aww man NYPD is so awesome. We are all headed to Starbucks after we drop the bouncer off at the police station for assault on me." Added Ochocinco, referring to commissioner Goodell as 'Dad:' "Dad everything is ok here in NY, I have the situation under control. I turned the other cheek but he kept provoking me, thanks."
Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sees a little bit of himself in teammate and second-year CB Greg Toler, as quoted in Sporting News: "I've got 100 percent confidence in Greg. He reminds me of myself, coming from a small school and having to fight a lot of the talk that small-school guys can't compete. But Greg does compete. I love his speed and ability to break on the ball. He loves to hit, too. He has all the potential."
Former Saints QB Archie Manning, who still makes his home in New Orleans, explaining what it was like to have his former team defeat his son, Peyton Manning, in the Super Bowl, as quoted by The Associated Press: "It's just been a little awkward. I could never say that I got dealt any bad cards or anything like that. We've been blessed a million times. I'm really proud of the Saints and everything. I guess now I kind of almost wish the Colts hadn't gotten to the Super Bowl. "Olivia and I kind of got cheated out of the madness. It's been months of madness here and we're really not part of that."
Cowboys QB Tony Romo, quoted in the Dallas Morning News on the importance of winning versus compiling great stats: "At the end of the day, winning is what counts at my position. As I get older, it doesn't matter to me if I throw for 100 yards a game or 400 if we win. You're a far better quarterback when you throw for 150 yards and win than when you throw for 320 and lose. Stats are just stats." Added Romo on his heroes growing up: "Two of my favorites were Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. They were selfless with the way they played. They could have easily averaged another five to 10 points per game if they had wanted to, but I don't know that they would have achieved their team goals. For my perspective, (statistics) are something that kind of just happen in the process of winning or in an effort to be the best you can be."
Panthers QB Hunter Cantwell, who is currently No. 2 on Carolina's depth chart, quoted in The (Rock Hill, SC) Herald on his focus to win the starting job: "Outside of this facility and this stadium, I probably am a dark horse, and people don't know me. You see these heralded, talented young guys. But I try to concentrate on what's happening inside this program. I feel like I've established myself with them, and they know what I'm capable of, how to push me in certain areas and how to make me better."