WEDNESDAY — It’s been a busy week for the NFL.
Here’s a look at the most memorable quotes from the week’s action.1.
“I feel like we’re going to make the playoffs, I’m just going to be happy if we don’t lose.”
— Jets coach Todd BowlesDuring a press conference after the loss to the Giants, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said the team’s focus was on the playoffs.
He said the goal is to win as many games as possible in the regular season.
Ryan also said he had a feeling the Jets would win in New Orleans this season.
The Dolphins were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season.2.
“We know we have to go to the playoffs in order to win.”
— Panthers coach Ron RiveraOn the day of the loss in Philadelphia, Carolina coach Ron “The Hammer” Rivera said the Panthers were going to win in the divisional round.
Rivera said that he felt the team was still in good shape heading into the season.3.
“If we don, we don.
— Bears coach Marc TrestmanOn Sunday, Bears coach Mark D’Antoni said the Bears were in a good place heading into next season, but he had some doubts about his team’s ability to make a deep playoff run.4.
“It’s not just me.”
— Dolphins coach Joe PhilbinOn Sunday’s game, Philbin told reporters, “We’re not in a position to do anything, but I think the way we’re playing, we’re a pretty good team.”5.
“The only thing that keeps us from winning is if we go out and lose.”
– Bears coach Joe “The Bear” PhilbinDuring his postgame press conference, Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase said the main reason the Bears are winning so much is because of their defense.
Philbin added that he believes the Bears have the most talented group of players in the NFL, but the defense has to do a better job of closing out games.6.
“Just give us credit.
We’ve got to keep going.”
— Patriots coach Bill BelichickDuring his pregame presser, Belichick said that the Patriots’ defensive line has been “doing some good things” in the locker room, but added that the team will be able to do more.
“You can tell they’re getting better and better and the more we do, the better we’ll be.”7.
“This is a tough time for all of us, for the football team, for everyone.”
— Ravens coach John HarbaughOn Sunday against the Packers, Ravens coach and defensive coordinator John Harbaugh said that losing to the Packers was not an easy time.
Harbaugh said the defense was able to contain Aaron Rodgers, but also said that there were some struggles on offense that were “not good enough.”8.
“There’s no question that we’re getting stronger every day.”
— Cardinals coach Bruce AriansDuring his presser after Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh, Arians said the Cardinals were not worried about their chances against the Bengals, but were more concerned about their chance against the Seahawks.
“They’re a tough team, we just got to make sure we keep doing what we’re doing,” Arians added.9.
“He’s an awesome coach.
I mean, he’s a great coach.”
— Colts coach Chuck PaganoOn Sunday afternoon, Pagano said the Colts’ offense had “great strides” in training camp.
Pagano also said there was “no question” that quarterback Andrew Luck would be ready for the start of the season, which is a relief to the Colts, who have been waiting for Luck to return.10.
“Our team is getting better every day.
I think we have the best group of guys in the league right now.”
— Eagles coach Chip KellyOn Sunday in Indianapolis, Kelly said the Eagles were in “great shape” heading into their preseason schedule.
The team also had a solid performance against the Saints on Sunday.11.
“Not sure if we’ve got the legs yet, but we’re working on it.”
— Falcons coach Dan QuinnDuring his news conference on Sunday, Quinn said the Falcons have the ability to win “this week and every week.”
He said he believes “the guys that we have that are in this locker room are going to help us win games.”12.
“That’s the best thing about this league.
Every game is important.
We all want to play every game.
Every week is a great game.”
— Browns coach Hue JacksonDuring his conference call on Sunday afternoon with reporters, Jackson said he was confident in his team heading into its second preseason game.
He also said the Browns have the “best chance” of making the playoffs and “not making the playoff” if they play well.13.
“When you win in a game, that’s the most important thing.”
— Bengals coach Marvin LewisOn Sunday at Pittsburgh