They Said It: week of Oct. 9

Posted Oct. 14, 2011 @ 5:06 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall on his plans for Monday night's contest against the Jets, quoted on "I'm best when I play with passion. You guys are going to see that on Monday Night Football. I don't know if it's throwing a football 15 yards in the bleachers, or getting a 15-yarder [penalty], or punting the ball and getting thrown out of the game. But something is going to happen. I'll probably get kicked out after the second quarter. I'm not joking. I'm serious."

Jets head coach Rex Ryan on ways the team can get QB Mark Sanchez going earlier in games, from his Friday press conference: "You try to find what it is. Last year, was it warming up more, come out to throw 100 balls? I don't know. We're still looking for it. Last year, when he really got hot at the end of the year, he actually went to the stadium late and never warmed up, so we're looking for anything. It's just one of those things, because he's been absolutely terrific as the game goes on. We just have to find that groove."

Eagles C Jason Kelce on the mounting criticism of the team and especially head coach Andy Reid, on "But to all the people and the naysayers, and the critics and everybody, and the media that are bashing us, I don't really got a lot of respect for them, but right now, we are out there just trying to get it corrected, and trying to be loyal to the head coach, right now."

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora on the criticism of Justin Tuck by former teammates Antonio Pierce and Michael Strahan, quoted on"Every time I see one of these people who've made these statements, I have to let them know that's just ridiculous. All these guys who are saying these things, they went through the same things we went through. It's just crazy. They know better. You have to take care of your health. You can't question a guy's toughness. You don't know what he's going through on the football field."

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

Bucs WR Mike Williams on how he has played so far this season, quoted in "From my aspect, I'm playing terrible. I should be doing a lot more to help my team win. I should be getting into the endzone. That's something I did last year. I was getting into the end zone and putting up points for this team. That's what I should be doing and I'm not doing it right now so I need to get it together. I need to step up."

Former Jets and new Texans WR Derrick Mason reaction to being traded, on Twitter: "A setback is a set up for something great!! I'm Hungrier than ever...."

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz on the impact the fans had in Detroit's 24-13 Monday-night home win over the Bears, quoted on "I'm all for intimidating. They, obviously, did have an impact. It's not just a notion, it's not just an idea. Proof is in the pudding. It's one thing to be loud, it's another thing to affect the game, and I think that was obvious to anybody that was in that stadium. I don't know about people that watched it on TV, but if you were there, you felt it, and we need a lot more days like that."

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Bears MLB Brian Urlacher describing what happened on Jahvid Best's 88-yard touchdown run in the Lions 24-13 win over Chicago, quoted on "The quarterback took the snap and he handed it off to the guy and he ran 88 yards without getting touched. That's what I saw. Did you see the same thing?"

Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall on preparing for the desperate 1-4 Eagles in their first matchup since last season's 59-28 loss to Philly, quoted in "A team that has their backs against the wall, it's going to make for a hell of a game. They're going to pull out all of the tricks that they might've been saving for the playoffs and they're going to try to come in here and win the game. Last time they came in here and embarrassed us. We definitely know the weapons they have, the playmakers they have and the team speed they bring to the table. We're definitely going to have to bring our 'A' game."

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on whether the team looked at Cowboys WR Dez Bryant when he was entering the draft in 2010 and his talents, from his weekly press conference: "We definitely did our work on Bryant. I think the things that we see: he's a big receiver, a strong guy, hard to match up on outside, hard guy to tackle after the catch. He's got, like a lot of these receivers, it seems like we see one every week that have outstanding size or they're very strong, they have great reach and even if you have them covered, you really don't have them covered because of their length and their ability to either body-up the defender or just out-jump them or out-reach them for the ball. He's definitely in that category and a hard guy to tackle when he gets the ball in his hands."

Monday, Oct. 10, 2011

Former Dolphins QB Dan Marino on a potential "Suck for Luck" campaign by his former team, quoted on "You got to win games. That's what your job is — that's the franchise. You don't go out there trying to lose games. That's just ridiculous."

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, quoted in, on if he thought the Eagles would jump offside on the critical 4th-and-inches play in the final moments of the Bills' 31-24 victory over the Eagles: "Oh yeah. I think it's a play we work on all the time. When you're going through it in practice it's kind of like, 'why are we doing this again?' But it just goes to show you there's some good situation stuff that happened today, with that obviously being the big one that put the game away there with the penalty. But we were happy they jumped offsides."

Former Giants LB Antonio Pierce on the need for Giants stars Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs to play despite their injuries that kept them out of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, quoted in "To me, if you don't have an injury that needs surgery, or that's severe, you need to be out there. I don't want to question guys but if you are one of the leaders on the team, which Brandon Jacobs and Justin Tuck are, and you say you know what, the Seattle Seahawks, maybe we don't need to play this game and you miss out, that is going to come back to bite you in the tail. You got to play every one, every one is important."

Browns RB Peyton Hillis on whether he's worried that he won't be back in Cleveland after this season ends, from "Whenever something's not set in stone, then I guess anything is possible, which means your career's not here. So, yeah, that definitely worries me."

Sunday Oct. 9, 2011

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy trying to explain the offense's struggles with turnovers, as quoted on “Same stuff, every week. Can’t find something new to tell you. We beat ourselves. Can’t make excuses. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. We’ve never been a big turnover team. I don’t know what it is. Not used to having this type of season. Losing ain’t the Philadelphia Eagles, that’s not what we do. But obviously right now that’s what’s happening.”

Giants WR Victor Cruz, speaking on, about how his mother views his play after the Giants' 36-25 loss to the Seahawks. "My mother told me, ‘Nothing can ever be just simple with you.' You always want to win the game, but whenever you do something to negate that, it always wipes away the good and you see the bad.”

Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt on the disappointment surrounding the team after their 34-10 loss to the Vikings, quoted from "We don't catch the first play of the game, and that's the story of our team, not only (Sunday), but this season. Opportunities are there for plays and we don't make them. We got a wide-open touchdown at the end of the first half; we can't connect on it. We can't make tackles on defense. You can sit here and say all day, 'There's things that are open and opportunities to make plays,' but at some point you're not getting it done. And that's very frustrating."

Jets WR Plaxico Burress on the play of QB Mark Sanchez in New York's 30-21 loss to the Patriots, quoted in "He's good, working hard to get better. We're trying to put him in situations to have some success, to go out and play well. He did that. We just all have to come together and work hard to help him get better. Because as he goes, we go."