Best of Championship Wednesday’s podium talk

Here’s a quick look at the best of the best from the podiums in Chicago, Green Bay, New Jersey and Pittsburgh on Championship Wednesday:

  • Bears LB Lance Briggs had perhaps the line of the day when asked if there’s a sense of urgency due to the age of the Bears defense: “No, no, I’m 30. I’m not dead. I don’t see it that way.”
  • Not that he needs any help any extra promotion, but Jets coach Rex Ryan summoned his inner Don King when he called the matchup against the Steelers “a triple chinstrap game.” On the possibility of beating the Colts, Patriots and Steelers on the road in three consecutive weeks to reach the Super Bowl, Ryan said “Clearly, we have a ton of work to do to pull this off. But we think we’re the men for the job. We’re going to find out Sunday.”
  • Jay Cutler isn’t afraid of going after red-hot Packers CB Tramon Williams: “We’re not staying away from him. He’s a good player, really good player. He’s had a lot of one-on-one matchups that he’s won. Teams are kind of shying away from Charles (Woodson) and those other guys and attack him. He’s responded.”
  • Ben Roethlisberger said the reputation of Jets CB Darrelle Revis “absolutely” keeps quarterbacks from throwing to his side of the field, even when receivers might be open. When told by one reporter Jets CB Antonio Cromartie said that he loved him, Roethlisberger said this: “I love him too. I have a lot of respect for those guys. Every single one of them on defense because they’re so good. They really are. I could sit here and talk good about them all day. All I have to do is say they went to Indy and to New England and beat the two best quarterbacks in the game. Enough said in my opinion.”
  • A jovial Mike Tomlin got philosophical about his latest Super Bowl journey: “I don’t think this journey has been different than any of the other ones. Some of the specifics are different, but every year you’re presented with adversity. … We all fall short of perfect. But I always enjoy the journey, particularly with this group of men. It’s been a fun one. Adversity is as much a part of the game as blocking and tackling.”
  • Facing his former team isn’t personal for Santonio Holmes right now: “I don’t care about the Steelers right now. … If we win the Super Bowl, then everything is personal. That’s a slap back in those guys’ face for trading me. But, right now, it’s not even a focus of mine, and it shouldn’t be the focus of any of my teammates or anyone in this organization.”
  • Mark Sanchez got very specific about his game day routine on the road: “It sounds so cheesy like it’s the first day of school and you just lay out your stuff, but that’s really the way it is.”
  • Aaron Rodgers had this to say about the Packers’ rivalry with the Bears: “Jay and I are buddies, but we’re not going to text this week. Charles (Tillman) and I are probably not going to talk this week. … It’s about getting to the Super Bowl this week. There’s not going to be a whole lot of friendship out there until after the game.”

Check out all of Wednesday’s news conferences here.

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