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By PFW staff

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

Chiefs QB Tyler Palko on playing a Bill Belichick defense in his first NFL start Monday night against the Patriots, quoted on "I think I'd rather be studying algebra than facing Bill Belichick. He's a little bit tougher than algebra."

Jets head coach Rex Ryan, commenting on the widespread criticism of QB Mark Sanchez following Thursday's disappointing loss to the Broncos, quoted on ''I'm extremely confident. This is our quarterback. He's going to be our quarterback for as long as I'm here, which I hope is a long, long time."

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on the Broncos' run-heavy offense that allowed them to defeat his brother Rex and the Jets Thursday night, quoted on "I don't like it because it's college football. We're getting a lot of two tight ends blocking for empty sets. Who would have ever thought that? This is the NFL. Those teams don't win."

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Ravens RB Ray Rice on his role in the offense after he received only five carries in the team's surprising loss to the Seahawks, quoted on "I'm never going to be a guy who talks about touches, but obviously, we know going into a game that five carries is not going to cut it."

Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb on his role in the team's upset win over his former team despite being inactive for the game, quoted on "It was funny, as they were lining up for the plays, I'd go 'Hold on, they're gonna do this.' And you don't know if they changed things up or what … but the ones that I was for sure on, I was letting it ring, and I think I helped us out maybe just a little bit here and there."

Former Dolphins RB Mercury Morris on the Packers' quest for perfection and comparing them to Patriots, whose quest for perfection ended with a Super Bowl loss to the Giants, quoted on "I like [the Packers]. If they get to 10-0, which they probably will, I'm going to send Aaron Rodgers one of my CDs. I didn't like the way [the Patriots] came across [four years ago]. They thought it was just a formality [finishing 19-0] … They were too much in your face. They wanted you to bow down to them and kiss the king's ring."

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Broncos head coach John Fox on the offensive changes the team has made with Tim Tebow at QB, quoted on "If we were trying to run a regular offense, he'd be screwed. After the loss to Detroit, we decided if Tim is going to be our guy, we can't do that other crap."

Jets CB Darrelle Revis, discussing the challenges of being a cover corner facing the Broncos' Thursday, who only attempted eight passes to 55 runs in Sunday's win over the Chiefs, quoted on "It can get boring, especially if a team keeps on just running the ball, series after series, play after play." Asked about the sustainability of the Broncos' option offense, Revis said "Yeah, if you have Michael Vick and Chris Johnson at running back, (but) Not for a whole season (with Tebow)."

Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian on whether the team would draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2012 Draft and if Peyton Manning would be fine with the decision, quoted on "The bottom line is that if the right person is there, and it has to be the right person, then now is the time to make that choice. Peyton and I have spoken about that, and he's okay with that."

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson on what he told temmates Monday after being deactiviated for Sunday's loss against the Cardinals because of a missed meeting, quoted on "I just explained to them the thing that I've been going through. Me not being myself, it's been hard to come to work and be happy just because of everything that's happened. I addressed it as a professional, as a man. I know what I need to do to kind of continue to better myself and put me in the best position as possible for my career."

49ers QB Alex Smith on the approach of his coaches going into Sunday's win against the Giants and breaking the perception of Smith as a "game manager," quoted on "All week long, they talked about attacking. They hear what's being said. They know. This was a big game, and they were out to prove a point. It was like, manage this."

Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby, remarking on his place among the NFL's elite linebackers after his standout performance in Miami's 20-9 win over the Redskins, quoted on "I'm better than everybody. Everybody. Period. Point blank. I just haven't had the recognition, man. I'm more versatile than everybody. Period. Pont blank. Hands down. I can do it all."

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on the play of Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton in the Steelers' 24-17 victory, quoted on "I think that he is playing the best out of all the rookie quarterbacks. The other guys have numbers. But he makes some great throws. We were on the sideline, (backup quarterbacks) Byron (Leftwich), Charlie (Batch) and I and we were saying, 'Oh, that's a good throw.'"

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian on the state of the team after Indy lost to the Jaguars 17-3 to fall to 0-10, quoted on "You're never as bad as you look when you lose, even when you're 0-10."

Eagles QB Michael Vick, looking ahead to the remainder of the season following another blown fourth-quarter lead against the Cardinals Sunday, quoted on "We still have opportunities. Lord willing, maybe we can end up 10-6. Who knows? Nobody believes it but us."

Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs, commenting on his team's mindset after another letdown loss, 22-17 against the Seahawks, quoted on "There's the hard way and there's the easy way and there's the way we do it. It's like, 'Let's see how much we can spot them before we come back and win the game.'"

Falcons head coach Mike Smith on his decision to go for it on fourth down in his own territory in overtime, which failed and led to the Saints kicking the game-winning field goal three plays later, quoted on "It was something that I take full responsibility for. It is my decision and my decision solely. I didn't want to give the ball back to the Saints."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, after his team played the Steelers tough in a 24-17 loss, quoted on "I don't think this team has to worry about being able to play with the so-called elite in the AFC. We can and we will."

Cowboys TE Jason Witten on the play of QB Tony Romo, who completed 23-of-26 passes for 270 yards and three TDs in a 44-7 win over the Bills, quoted on "He was unbelievable. Probably the best game I've seen him play, where he's just picking them apart with the way he approaches it."

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