WHAT THE PLAYERS ARE SAYING ABOUT WEEK 5 GAMES
The 49ers made some history during Week 5, the Giants didn't panic when they stumbled early and the Bears defense was as opportunistic as ever.
Here's a roundup of the best things being said in the NFL locker rooms:
San Francisco TE Vernon Davis, on the 49ers' franchise-record 621 yards of total offense, and becoming the first team in NFL history to have more than 300 yards or rushing and passing in the same game: “It means a lot just being part of this. We’re talking about legends who played here. Legends. Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice. To be able to perform on this level and do it better than what they did? That’s a huge honor.”
Chicago CB Charles Tillman, on scoring the eighth defensive TD of his career, to set a team record: "Once the ball is in the air it's free, right? . . . I'm greedy. Greed is good in all professions, so I just try to go get it. Our defense did a great job blocking, all 10 guys getting me in the end zone. The star of our defense is our defense. They got me in the end zone."
Giants QB Eli Manning, on staying calm despite trailing Cleveland by 14-0 early: "We’ve been down 14-0 with five or six minutes left to go in a game and we’ve been able to rally back, so we knew that with 55 minutes left we had plenty of time. It’s obviously not the way you want to start, but we never get down or frustrated or start to panic. We were able to put some good drives together offensively. We didn’t force things and took what the defense had given us. The defense got us some turnovers and special teams got us a turnover. We were able to take advantage of that and get touchdowns, and guys made some big plays for us.
Atlanta coach Mike Smith on seeing Tony Gonzalez snag 13 catches: “Phenomenal! I looked up there at one time and he had 10 catches. He ended up with 13. The guy just amazes me every time that he goes out there on the field. There were times when they tried to take him away and even when they tried to take him away, we were able to complete the ball to him. He’s just unbelievable. In my mind, he’s the greatest to have every played. I know I don’t put myself out there, but Tony Gonzalez is the greatest tight end to have ever played the game.”
Denver LB Joe Mays, on the Broncos not being able to handle New England's quick tempo: “It caught us off guard, we knew they were fast and that they were going to get to the line of scrimmage and snap the ball, but it’s different seeing them on film and playing against them . . . Everything that happened out there we had seen on film, it was just the speed of the game. We weren’t ready for that. We prepared for it but when we came out on the field it surprised us a little bit."
Buffalo DE Mario Williams, on Bills coach Chan Gailey saying that Sunday's blowout loss was his fault: “No. You don’t get beat like that from your head coach. I don’t care what you say. He is not out there going to get sacks, he is not out there covering receivers, he is not out there getting turnovers. This is like I said from the No.1 to No. 11 guy on defense. This is all on us. We have to get turnovers. I think we lost the turnover battle again this week and that hasn’t been good for us since day one. It is all on us. We have to focus on football.”
Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck, on Reggie Wayne's 13-catch game against Green Bay: “He’s the best football player I’ve ever played with. His leadership at halftime, on the field before the last drive, I learn a lot from him watching him operate. I’m very fortunate and blessed to be on the same team with him.”
Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew, on the frustrating loss to Chicago: "It is tough because it has been going on for five years. I'm just tired of losing. I'm tired of not being able to sleep at night and not being able to play with your kids after losses. It is the same routine over and over again . . . It is embarrassing to lose like this."
Tennesse QB Matt Hasselbeck, on having to regroup from the one-sided defeat at Minnesota, and get ready to play Pittsburgh on Thursday: "One thing that I can say is we can fix it, we can turn it around. We have a chance to four days from now. It’s going to be hard because we are not playing good football right now, and we need to try and figure out a way to fix it. We are not happy with the product we are putting out there. We had a really good practice this week, at times it was sloppy. I think the penalties showed up. I think it was in the double digits. Whether we like it or not, we have a game Thursday and we have to be ready to go."
Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson, on watching teammate Percy Harvin dominate the Titans: "He can do anything. He is determined and strong willed. He is taking on challenges that our offense is throwing to him. He is taking advantage of his opportunities. He has always been a hard worker. He works just like me during practice. It’s not such a surprise to us when he comes out and does these things." -- Compiled by Tom Weir/SOTL.com