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By PFW staff

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

Viking DE Jared Allen on how the team will cover Lions WR Calvin Johnson in Sunday's game, quoted on detnews.com: "Unless you have Optimus Prime on your team, you should double him."

Bucs DT Brian Price on being sent home during last Sunday's game by head coach Raheem Morris, quoted on tampabay.com: "It's kind of like getting a whuppin' by your dad. You can't really take it too personal. You know when you mess up and you're like, 'Man, I wonder what kind of whuppin' I'm going to get or what kind of punishment.' It's all love. He's my coach and I love him to death and I love playing for him."

Eagles DE Trent Cole on his hip toss of Seahawks OT Russell Okung after a play late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game, which led Okung suffering a torn pectoral muscle and missing the rest of the season, quoted on philly.com: "I'm not a dirty player. At the time, all the stuff that led up to that, there was a lot of stuff that happened in that game. ... They try to compare me to Suh up there. You can't compare me to that. I was in a situation."

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

Giants S Antrel Rolle on whether he thinks the 6-6 team will make the playoffs this season, quoted on nydailynews.com: "You ask will we make the playoffs? Without a doubt. We will be in that postseason."

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on not letting Browns WR-KR Josh Cribbs beat them when the two teams face off Thursday night in Pittsburgh, quoted on post-gazette.com: "We cannot let Josh Cribbs do what he's done to us time and time again in the past. We've been dead Indians in his cowboy movie enough."

Broncos executive VP John Elway on the future of the team with Tim Tebow at the helm, quoted on washingtonpost.com: "When you look at where we are, the future is the Chicago Bears. The future is now, and I think the key thing is for us to continue to keep focused on each game coming up and try to win this division and get in the playoffs and see what happens."

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

Bears head coach Lovie Smith on the team's QB situation following a disppointing performance from Caleb Hanie in a 10-3 loss to the Chiefs Sunday, quoted on suntimes.com: "Caleb's our quarterback. We're not looking on the outside. We're not having a quarterback tryout or anything like that. These are our guys and they're all going to get better."

Dolphins OLB Cameron Wake on the mood inside the Dolphins' locker now that they have improved their record to 4-8 after an 0-7 start, quoted on palmbeachpost.com: "On the fun meter, I think we're at the top of the league. Swag meter, too."

Eagles QB Michael Vick on his and the team's disappointing season that has fallen well short of expectations at 4-8, quoted on csnphilly.com: "I wish I could have done more this year, like I did last year. But that's just not the case." Vick also added his support for embattled head coach Andy Reid: "Honestly, I just don't think Coach Reid had anything to do with that. We all watched the games. We all saw it. We were all a part of it, and we know the reasons why we didn't pull them out, and it wasn't the coach's fault."

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011

Bucs head coach Raheem Morris on what he said to DT Brian Price following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Price in Tampa Bay's 38-19 loss to the Panthers Sunday, quoted on tampabay.com: "I told him go home. (Expletive). Yeah. Because it's foolish, it's selfish to your teammates, to everybody in your organization, to your fans. That's terrible. That's just selfish behavior to get a 15-yard penalty, in that situation, when that's all we talk about, when that's all we discuss. You just can't do that to your team."

Vikings DE Jared Allen on Broncos' QB Tim Tebow, who shredded the Vikings' defense for 202 yards passing and two touchdowns in a 35-32 win, quoted on denverpost.com: "I would have bet my paycheck he would not have beat us passing the ball. Hats off to him. Kudos, I guess. The dude lit us up. I guess we didn't let him run, so that's a plus."

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the decision to not call a timeout to run more plays before attempting the game-winning field goal, which was missed, at the end of the fourth quarter, in the Cowboys' 19-13 overtime loss to the Cardinals, quoted on espn.com: "We felt like we were in field-goal range. We have yard lines that we use as guidelines before the game. We felt like we were in range at that point. … You see so many situations where you have negative plays in those situations. We felt like we were in his range to give him a chance to kick the game-winner."

Bills LB Nick Barnett on the team losing five in a row after a 23-17 loss to the Titans, quoted on washingtonpost.com: "I've never lost five in a row, ever. Pop Warner, baseball, all that stuff, so this is new territory for me and I'm sure for a lot of guys. It doesn't feel good, and I'm sure they don't like it and I don't like it."

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