There have been a lot of coaches with good ball clubs who know the fundamentals and have plenty of discipline but still don't win the game. Then you come to the third ingredient: If you're going to play together as a team, you've got to care for one another. You've got to love each other. Each player has to be thinking about the next guy and saying to himself: If I don't block that man, Paul is going to get his legs broken. I have to do my job well in order that he can do his. The difference between mediocrity and greatness is the feeling these guys have for each other. Most people call it team spirit. When the players are imbued with that special feeling, you know you've got yourself a winning team.
VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Iacocca (Iacocca/Novak, 1984)
The preseason is a cracked and murky crystal ball from which everybody is trying to divine some meaning.
ONE COOL CUSTOMER, "Dallas Cowboys Have The No. 1 Defense In The NFL", SB Nation, August 24, 2015
The game has changed. You can't go into a ballgame saying, hey, we have a great defense and we'll win 17-10. Those days, I think, are generally over, except if the Ravens play the Jets.
STEVE YOUNG, "49ers Hot Read", Mercury News, Jan. 18, 2012