Quotes of the Week
“It’s historically as hard as it gets. They’ve broken every major record. Peyton’s been extraordinary. We’re up against it. It’s an extraordinary challenge. But they have to play us too.”
—Seattle coach Pete Carroll Sunday night, on how tough a task the Seahawks face in the Super Bowl, playing the highest-scoring team in NFL history.
“In talking to Ray Lewis and in talking to John Elway, they couldn’t play anymore. That was all they had to give. They truly left it all out there. I truly have been kind of a one-year-at-a-time basis. So I really have no plans beyond this game, had no plans coming into this season beyond this year. I think that’s the healthy way to approach kind of your career at this stage. I still enjoy playing football. I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point coming off that surgery. I still enjoy the preparation part of it, the work part of it. Everybody enjoys the games, everybody’s going to be excited to play in a Super Bowl, but I think when you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you probably still ought to be doing that. I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can’t produce, if I can’t help the team, that’s when I’ll stop playing. If that’s next year, maybe it is. But I certainly want to continue to keep playing.”
—Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, upon arrival in New Jersey Sunday evening.
For a few minutes, that should put to rest the Peyton-might-retire-after-this-game stuff.
“I’m just glad I ordered the pot roast, not the shrimp alfredo.”
—Denver defensive tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton, who told me on The MMQB Podcast With Peter King this week that his nickname came from former Jacksonville teammate Clint Ingram’s deriding him for his meal selection on a plane trip his rookie year—Knighton chose the pot roast over the shrimp alfredo—and, as Knighton said, “It just stuck. There was a time there I met a lady and she didn’t even know my name. She just knew ‘Pot Roast.’ But that’s cool.”
“A lot of the writers think I’m boring. So I’m going to go all Richard Sherman on you.”
—Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.
Stat of the Week
AFC North Coach Stability Update:
The Browns named the eighth coach in the 15 years since they were reborn on Thursday. And good luck to Mike Pettine. He’s a very good defensive coach who cut his teeth professionally under Rex Ryan, and he’ll be the kind of leader the Browns wanted in a head coach. But there’s been great hope before in Cleveland. Seven times.
Here’s how, since 1999, the AFC North teams have fared with coaches, and winning:
|Coaches since ’99||Wins since ’99||Avg. games per coach||Playoff appearances|
* Mike Pettine is the eighth coach of the Browns.
Factoids of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Last 10 meetings between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning:
|Wins||Points scored by team|
Senior Bowl South quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is from Eastern Illinois, 1,191 miles north of Miami, where North quarterback Stephen Morris played, and 572 miles north of Clemson, S.C., where North quarterback Tajh Boyd played.
Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week
I have never covered a Super Bowl in the town where I lived, so even though I think it’s a bad idea to have the Super Bowl in an outdoor freezer, I am pleased to be home this week. To get my credential for the week’s media responsibilities, I left my apartment on the east side of Manhattan Sunday about 2:30 p.m., and walked nine blocks to the Sheraton Times Square, which is the media hotel for the Super Bowl. I picked up my press credential, then boarded a bus at 3:30 for the Broncos’ team hotel in Jersey City, across the Hudson River. After those interviews, we got back on the bus and rode five minutes to the Seahawks’ hotel, also in Jersey City.
What will be odd about this Super Bowl: The media events with the teams, and the team hotels, and the practice sites, and the Super Bowl, will be in New Jersey. Everything else—the parties, the major-domo press conferences, the media center—will be in Manhattan. Ever travel through the Jersey state capital, Trenton? There’s a big bridge there, with the words TRENTON MAKES, THE WORLD TAKES. It’s a jab, I’ve always thought, at the big wide world that looks at New Jersey as a flyover state, or a drive-by state. I lived in New Jersey with my family for 24 years. I love the state. Not every inch of it, but I loved living there, and I’m grateful to have had wonderful homes and neighbors and lives in Montclair (mostly) and Bloomfield. So I’m a little sensitive about the New York-ification of everything major league that goes on in New Jersey. Like this Super Bowl. The teams are in Jersey. The practices are in Jersey. The players and coaches meet the press in Jersey. The game’s in Jersey.
But it’s the New York Super Bowl.
I’ll be drinking in Hoboken Tuesday night, thank you.
Tweets of the Week
“Richard Sherman seems to be on his best behavior during his first Super Bowl media exposure. Unfortunately.”
—@MichaelJLev, of the Orange County Register, tweeting from the Richard Sherman news conference Sunday night.
“FYI: Three alums of the 0-16 Lions will play in the Super Bowl 5 years later — DEN G Manny Ramirez, LB Paris Lenon and SEA DE Cliff Avril.”
—@RobertKlemko, of The MMQB.
“Mount Washington State Forest, Massachusetts.”
—@Earth_Pictures, on Friday.
Click on that. Wow.
“Reminder to new Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey: ‘unknown’ Pete Rozelle was named Commish on 23rd ballot in 1960…that worked out pretty well.”
—@NFLonTheHill, longtime NFL PR man and senior advisor to the commissioner Joe Browne, after two (at least) executives turned down the Dolphins’ GM job, which went to Bucs director of player personnel Dennis Hickey.