What they are saying in Indy – Volume 3

New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

It was Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday in Indianapolis, a one-day orgy of football and the media horde meeting head-to-head in a battle of banalties and ridiculous questions. There was plenty to say and here are some of the better comments.

Giants co-owner John Mara – “I look at the other successful franchises in this league – the Patriots, the Steelers, Green Bay, Baltimore – that’s what they have, they have stability. They don’t make big changes every year. You try to get the right people in place and you try to let them do their jobs and then you try to have some sense of stability. There’s enough turnover in this league as it is and if you can keep your key people in place and have some confidence to let them do their jobs and ride out the ups and downs, then I think you have a chance to be successful. If you start making impulsive changes, I think that’s recipe for disaster. We’ve tried to avoid that.”

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“There’s enough turnover in this league as it is and if you can keep your key people in place and have some confidence to let them do their jobs and ride out the ups and downs, then I think you have a chance to be successful. If you start making impulsive changes, I think that’s recipe for disaster.” Giants co-owner John Mara

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft on what the Super Bowl run has meant to him: “(The team) saved me. I never understood what the word heartbroken meant. It’s hard for anyone to relate to it. My wife was 19 and I was 20 when she proposed to me. We had five kids right away. Then they left and we became best pals for 25 years. She was 98 pounds, read four books a week and was healthy. I thought she would outlive me for 30 years. This horrible cancer came and it’s wrecked my life. Having this team has been a savior for me.”

Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes on head coach Tom Coughlin – “The guy is a winner. He is hard. He is black and white. He is pass/fail, but you have to buy into what he is teaching because for some guys it rubs them the wrong way, for some guys it doesn’t. He wins and he gets the most out of his players and he got us to this point again, here we are. So I respect the heck out of him.”

Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia on what he wants in an offensive lineman – “I value these traits: they have to be smart, tough and athletic enough. They don’t have to be the greatest athletes in the world but they have to be athletic enough to play the position. Smart, toughness, if you don’t have those two things I think you have a hard time playing, especially in our system … guys that can be where they’re supposed to be and go where they’re supposed to go in the manner we want it done.”

Giants punter Steve Weatherford – “Because my brain is working at such a higher rate, I don’t really think I really realize how important some of the stuff I do really is. Holding that field goal last game, people say, ‘Man, you must have been so nervous.’ I was like, ‘Man, I was so jacked up, I was so excited, I don’t remember half of it because all the adrenaline was pumping through my body.’ But I think it’s a good relationship with (kicker) Lawrence (Tynes) because Lawrence is so calm, he has such a collected demeanor. I might seem like I’m on drugs half the time because I’m bouncing off the walls so much. It’s a good relationship because I relax him with my energy and he relaxes me with how relaxed he is.”

Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco on his 2011 season with the Patriots – “I took this as a challenge, as a lesson. I think it was a test from you-know-who upstairs, God. Will he be able to handle himself in different circumstances when he’s not that guy, if he’s not that main focal point? Will he be able to handle it? And I think I did extremely well. I’ve already put up all the numbers. I’ve already done that. One of the things I that I was really happy about was that this is one of the few times, or really the only time, that I won’t be home at the Martin Luther King parade because I’m always home the first week of January. It’s so much bigger than what everybody else is thinking about. They’re thinking about the individuals. If I would have been thinking like that, I would have got cut Week 3, complaining about the ball. It’s been a joy.”

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