They Said It: week of Nov. 6

Posted Nov. 11, 2011 @ 5:50 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

Jets head coach Rex Ryan on what he bought QB Mark Sanchez for his birthday, quoted from his weekly press conference: "I think my wife got him a scarf, you know that scarf look.  I don't know.  I never thought it was good, but she thought it was cute."

New Bucs DT Albert Haynesworth on joining the team after considering signing with Tampa Bay during the 2009 offseason, before he ended up going to the Redskins, quoted on "This is where I should have been like three years ago, but all good things come to somebody that waits."

Chiefs head coach Todd Haley on why he didn't shave his beard after the Chiefs lost 31-3 to the Dolphins, quoted on "My grooming habits have nothing to do with the performance of our team. That's my own obsession, compulsive disorder, whatever they call it."

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora on the potential for the team to suffer another second-half collapse after starting 6-2 but facing a daunting second-half schedule, quoted on "Not this time, man. We've been through that too many times. There's going to be no collapses."

Bengals DT Domata Peko, after finding out that the Bengals are currently tied for the top record in the AFC, quoted on "That's crazy. I just found that out right now. I remember at the beginning of the season, we weren't supposed to win any games, were we? So, surprise!"

Lions OG Rob Sims, looking ahead to the second-half schedule after finishing the first half with a 6-2 mark, quoted on "Looking at the schedule, every single game is going to be a big test for us. There is nobody on that schedule you can look past, or be like, 'This is a team we should get.' We got our work cut out for us. We know that. The first half of the season is just the first half of the season. It's real now."

Eagles QB Michael Vick, commenting on what happens to the offense when things start to go wrong, quoted on "When certain things happen in a game, we kind of go into a panic. You can't do that; you've got to keep pushing forward, stay confident, and keep a (winning) attitude. When we do that, we're one of the best teams in this league, I think. When we don't, you see what happens, we don't win football games."

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

Bears head coach Lovie Smith on a lack of respect he felt his team was receiving before defeating the Eagles 30-24 on Monday night, quoted on "The Chicago Bears should not be 8-point underdogs in a game like this on the road. And our guys played like they felt that way. We feel like we have a pretty good team that is not getting a lot of respect."

Giants DE Justin Tuck on why the Eagles have struggled so far this season with a 3-5 record, despite signing a bevy of high-profile free agents, quoted on "You can have all the talent in the world, if you're not out there playing as one, if you're just 11 individuals, you're not gonna beat anybody in this league.  And I think right now that's some of the issues that they're having.  Nobody can question how talented they are, nobody can question how good of a coach Andy Reid is.  Everybody knows that.  You need more than talent in this league, because every team has talent."

Legendary 49ers QB Joe Montana on the strong play of current 49ers QB Alex Smith in leading the team to a surprising 7-1 record, quoted on "When I watched film before on the team and Alex, when he hits that back foot and he's able to take a hitch or two and get rid of the ball on time he's such a better quarterback. Here, with this offense, once you understand I can throw the ball, I have some great receivers and tight ends that I can get the ball to and can make plays for me, eventually they're going to make a guy miss, I don't have to force things. And on top of that you throw the running game in there, then it makes the job a lot easier on the quarterback."

Monday, Nov. 7, 2011

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, responding to perceptions that the Lions are a dirty team, quoted on "It's better than the alternative — meekest, least aggressive, softest team in the NFL. People are entitled to their opinion. If you try to fight that, you're gonna be miserable in this business. Whatever the perception is, whatever people think of us, that doesn't mean anything to us."

Broncos executive VP of football operations John Elway on the performance of QB Tim Tebow in the team's 38-24 win over the Raiders, quoted on "I think (Tebow's completion percentage) has to get higher. I don't think you can win consistently throwing 50 percent. (But) Tim made some really good throws yesterday. Bottom line is, when guys are open, you've got to be consistent, and you've got to hit them. I think Tim's throwing the ball better."

Packers CB Tramon Williams, following the Packers' 45-38 win over the Chargers despite a shaky defensive effort, quoted on "We're getting wins, but there's going to be a lot of guys walking around like we got a loss."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the use of WR Dez Bryant on punt returns during the 23-13 win over the Seahawks, despite the potential for Bryant to suffer more injuries: "I'm still concerned when we had him back there about his injury, especially now that Miles (Austin) may be, or may not be, out a couple of games. I don't know."

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011

Colts vice chairman Bill Polian, responding to a column in the Indianapolis Star blaming his son and GM Chris Polian for the team's struggles this season, quoted on "Some people are just rats who lie about people."

Chargers QB Philip Rivers, answering questions about his subpar play this season, including throwing three interceptions in Sunday's 45-38 loss to the Packers, quoted on "Other than statistically, there's nothing different. I'm a year older, and that's about it. I've got one more child but there are no injuries. I appreciate everyone trying to come up with a theory and a reason that I'm hurt. I'm not hurt. I've thrown a handful of picks that I normally don't throw and I'll probably throw some more throughout my career. There won't always be a reason why."

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on who will be his starting quarterback going forward after losing 19-11 to the 49ers, quoted on "We're going to stick with John (Beck). I thought he did some good things. I think he had some opportunities he'd like to have over, just like most quarterbacks. It's a learning experience for him. He's going to get better as time goes on."

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, after the team suffered a disappointing 27-11 loss to the division-rival Jets, quoted on "We were really excited about this game and really to show our division we're here and we're a better team than we've been in the past. Unfortunately, we didn't show that.''

Former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan on the current Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, quoted on the Twitter page of's Reuben Frank: "The ownership I had was tough to coach under. The one that you have there now, Lurie, I think he's done a super job. If we had had the owner they have there know, we would have probably won five or six Super Bowls."