Quote of the Week I
"I hope at the end of the season, I really do, that I feel like I made the right decision. I hope the Jets fans and the people throughout the NFL world feel like I made the right decision. I'm not going to make any guarantees. All I can say is I'll do my best, and hopefully that's enough.''
Quote of the Week II
"I've always felt in any offense or defense throughout the NFL there's way too much volume in a playbook. Coaches have way too much free time.''
Quote of the Week III
"I don't have hard feelings. The great thing about being a fan is you can have an opinion and you can express your opinion. I'm glad we live in a country where we're allowed to express our opinion and say what we feel is on our mind. A lot of people don't have that freedom and don't have that opportunity. I don't have any regrets. I don't have hard feelings toward anyone. It's a game. Sometimes we forget that, but it's a game. It's a game a lot of us played as kids and enjoyed so much that sometimes the business side of the game ruins that. I've always tried to keep that first and foremost.''
Quote of the Week IV
"That's right. It's where receivers go to die.''
Stat of the Week
Speaking of Muhammad, he had this to say about the state of the Chicago quarterback situation: "In the time Brett Favre has started for the Packers -- what's it been, 16 years? -- I bet the Bears have had 16 different starting quarterbacks. You've got to find the right guy and stick with him.''
Sixteen is low, actually. The Bears have had an NFL-high 21 starting quarterbacks while their neighbors to the north have had one.
The Peter Tom Willis Memorial Stat of the Week, with Bears starting quarterbacks between Favre's starting debut in 1992 and his swan song in 2007, ranked by winning percentage:
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week I
Three thoughts about Florida:
1. I love the Jacksonville airport. Free wireless (who ever heard of that in a big airport?), no long lines, a pleasant lobby where flyers, before entering security, actually sit and read. Imagine that! Reading! A full-service Starbucks with polite baristas. Actually gives me hope that traveling doesn't have to be an endurance test. The one fault: Muzak. Horrible. Distracting.
2. I caught a summer cold somewhere between or in Orlando (Bucs camp) and Jacksonville. So at this time of year, obviously, it's a broiler outside. It feels wonderful to step into a building cooled to 68 or 66 or whatever, which is what the Gaylord Palms Hotel lobby just outside Disney World felt like. The halls were freezing. When I walked into the room, the thermostat was set to 68. Freezing. I must be getting old.
In Jacksonville, I walked into the team cafeteria, and that place HAD to have been 64, or less. The team meeting room, I'm guessing, was 64. And late in the afternoon last Monday, sure enough, I start blowing my nose and sneezing. I'm not an allergy guy, so I knew what it was -- 95 outside, 68 inside. In and out, in and out. You get to the point in Florida where you actually look forward to being outside.
3. Jacksonville just never became Atlanta Jr., which the NFL was sure would happen when it committed to putting a franchise here 15 years ago. Still looks like Hartford with palm trees to me. Nothing wrong with that, but business didn't grow the way the NFL thought it would.
Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week II
Thirsty. Very thirsty. Parched, in fact, on a U.S. Airways flight from Jacksonville to Charlotte last Tuesday. Flight attendant walks down the aisle with small bottles of water saying, "Water? Water? Water?''
I am the sucker, in the aisle seat at the back of coach.
"I'll take one,'' I say.
"Two dollars,'' he says.
I am stunned. I have never paid for a glass of water on an airplane. But I am parched. I pull out the $2. I pay.
Stupid sheep that I am.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Jeremy Shockey obviously has no use for his New Jersey home, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, now that he's been dealt to New Orleans. And so he has loaned it to Joba Chamberlain.