Posted: Monday January 2, 2012 9:14AM ; Updated: Monday January 2, 2012 10:02AM
Peter King

MMQB (cont.)

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Quote of the Week I

Credit Dalton for the Bengals' turnaround
Source: SI's Andrew Perloff explains how the Cincinnati Bengals were able to fly under the radar all season long and earn a playoff spot behind a rookie QB.

"Hey, about an hour ago, their D coordinator told us, told [offensive line coach Chris] Foerster, that if the Giants would have lost last week, they were in the playoffs. He didn't mention that they still had to beat us today. F--- him, f--- these guys, In 2012 the Redskins are gonna be the NFC East champions, and that starts right f------ today."

-- Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan captured before the team's loss in the season finale at Philadelphia by Comcast SportsNet Washington.

Quote of the Week II

"I'll tell you what. It's tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner."

-- Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, on Santonio Holmes, after Holmes got into a shouting match with a player or players in the huddle late in the Jets' loss to Miami, then, according to those on the sidelines, took himself out of the game with the New York season on the line. Holmes is a team captain.

Quote of the Week III

"Who knows? Maybe I'll come back for another special season."

-- Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, after Baylor's Alamo Bowl victory over Washington Thursday.

Now, Griffin is almost certainly leaning toward coming out, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday he would enter the draft; he has until Jan. 15 to do so. All he was saying Thursday is this: "I want Baylor Nation to enjoy this," Griffin said. "It's not about me. I have a decision to make. But I want us to enjoy these next few days, and when it's time to make that decision, I will."

Quote of the Week IV

"Sam is an extremely talented player. Nothing that's happened this year has changed Sam Bradford's future or his outlook going forward. I think, in some ways, going through seasons of adversity can really be a positive for a young player or a coach or anybody for that manner. Nothing comes easy. Sometimes it's good to learn those lessons young so that it makes you really understand and you really cherish the opportunity.''

-- St. Louis offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, on Sam Bradford's sophomore-jinx of a second season in the NFL.

Stat of the Week

The Jacksonville Jaguars have done something I am quite sure has to be an NFL record this season. They have placed 31 players on injured reserve and/or waived players with injury settlements. The Elias Sports Bureau, which has the Jags for 26 players on IR (the difference being several players who were waived with injury settlements, which I count as players lost for the year with injuries), said Jacksonville has the most players on IR of any team in football in the last 10 years, at least.

The amazing thing is the defensive backfield. Twelve corners and safeties lost due to injury. That's almost worth an exclamation point. I've never heard of any position group getting ravaged like that before. Check out the list of the 31 lost Jaguars:

OL: Eben Britton, Kevin Haslam, Bradley Vierling;

RB: Rashad Jennings, Richard Murphy;

WR: Mike Sims-Walker, Brian Robiskie;

TE: Zach Miller, Martin Rucker;

DL: Aaron Kampman, Austen Lane, Matt Roth, John Chick, Aaron Morgan, D'Anthony Morgan, Steve Wesley, Mark Schiechl;

LB: Clint Session, Kyle Bosworth;

DB: Rashean Mathis, Ashton Youboty, Darcel McBath, Rod Isaac, Derek Cox, Courtney Greene, T.J. Heath, Chris Prosinski, William Middleton, Terrell Whitehead, David Jones, Scotty McGee.

Factoids of the Week That May Interest Only Me

Parity in the regular season (this is the 16th straight season at least five new playoff teams have qualified) and parity in the postseason:

In the last four seasons, home teams are 21-19 in playoff games.

In the last six seasons, the Super Bowl has been won by sixth, first, second, fifth, third and sixth seeds.

Tweet of the Week I

"Coach Jackson on 2012 role: 'I'm going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization. ... everything that goes on here.' ''

-- @CorkOnTheNFL, Raider beat man Steve Corkran, quoting coach Hue Jackson after the disappointing end to the Raider season.

Uh, has anyone told Mark Davis and Amy Trask?

Tweet of the Week II

"Nice knowing you Raheem Morris.''

-- @qbpick, after the Falcons took a 21-0 lead on the defensive horrendous Bucs 12 minutes into the Tampa Bay-Atlanta game.
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