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“It’s a photo finish at the line! Blaney and Newman were side-by-side at the line! Blaney by just a foot is going to get the win over Newman!” – Rick Allen
“Seven one-thousandths of a second that may have saved Ryan Blaney’s season.” – Marty Snider
“It was just wild; two-, three-wide action all day long. You couldn’t ask for more action.” – Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“It’s Talladega. You never know what to expect.” – Jeff Burton
“They put in $50 million rebuilding this place. I should have thrown in $50 to move the start-finish line.” – Newman on losing by .007 seconds.
TALLADEGA, Ala. – October 14, 2019 – NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track lived up to its name on Monday afternoon on NBCSN, as Ryan Blaney defeated Ryan Newman by just seven one-thousandths of a second – the sixth closest finish in NASCAR history – to win the wreck-filled NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, and advance to the Round of 8 in the Playoffs. The race began on Sunday, but was postponed after Stage 1 due to rain.
NBC Sports’ Rick Allen called the action alongside racing legend and two-time Daytona 500-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21-time Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton and Daytona 500 winning crew chief Steve Letarte. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, and Dave Burns reported from pit road and the grandstands.
Krista Voda hosted Sunday’s pre-race and rain delay coverage alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Pre-race coverage on Sunday on NBC included a feature on the Earnhardt legacy at Talladega voiced by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The following are highlights from this afternoon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race coverage on NBCSN:
Snider: “Seven one-thousandths of a second that may have saved Ryan Blaney’s season.”
Blaney: “There was no blocking the No. 6 and the No. 11…he kind of pushed me below the yellow line…this was a huge, huge race for us.”
Newman to Stavast on losing by .007 seconds: “They put in $50 million rebuilding this place. I should have thrown in $50 to move the start-finish line.”
Burton: “It’s Talladega. You never know what to expect.”
Earnhardt Jr.: “I’m just really impressed with how active and how hard the drivers raced today. Typically, when there’s so much on the line, they don’t quite race that intensely throughout the entire event. From Stage 1, 2, 3, it was just wild; two-, three-wide action all day long. You couldn’t ask for more action.”
Letarte on Blaney on the final lap: “I really like that call by NASCAR. Two left-side tires barely below (the yellow line), saving his race car, no intent to go down there. That’s what racing at Talladega is all about.”
Letarte on talk of manufacturers’ alliances: “There was all this conversation coming in about manufacturers and alliances. In the end, I saw a bunch of selfish race car drivers doing what they do best, which is score points for themselves, try to score the win for themselves, which is what makes racing great.”
Allen on Blaney winning by a foot: “Here they come! They make contact! It’s a photo finish at the line! Blaney and Newman were side-by-side at the line! Blaney by just a foot is going to get the win over Newman!”
Letarte: “How many times has that start-finish line come into play, later, out past the tri-oval? In the tri-oval, it was definitely the No. 6 leading, but the No. 12 still had time and made that move.”
Earnhardt Jr: “I just don’t know that I’ve seen guys race this hard, this much, through each stage – we rarely, if ever, have seen the teams race two-, three-wide the entire day.”
Earnhardt Jr. on wreck with 7 laps to go: “I think the air is so compressed coming off of the noses of these cars that getting next to the No. 18 car shoved it to the right, upsetting that car just enough. Or maybe the No. 18 saw the No. 17 coming and turned the steering wheel ever so slightly, and you can’t turn the car while you’re being pushed.”
Burton on wreck with 7 laps to go: “You cannot discount the shape of that Chevrolet nose to have an effect – with that air pushing on the side of the car, being pushed off of a pointed nose, the combination of those two things, you just can’t separate them. I think they’re connected.”
Letarte on wreck involving Brendan Gaughan’s flipped car: “It looks like a toy car. It doesn’t look real.”
Burton on racing at Talladega: “That is why drivers’ heart rates are through the roof on these late race restarts.”
Earnhardt Jr. on the new packages: “Something about this new rule package has these spoilers, allows that inside line to remain competitive and battle back. And keep this field two or three wide all race.”
Steve Letarte on non-playoff drivers: “They don’t want to hear about points or Playoffs, they could care less. They’re trying to win a race.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the new package: “I don’t know what it is about the new rule package. It’s something about it that is allowing that inside line not to be dominated by the top. I love it!”
Alex Bowman on wreck on lap 108: “He (Logano) had a bigger run than I realized. I should have let him go instead of blocked it. I apologize that got torn up, that’s on me. Talladega happens.”
Burton on wreck on lap 108 involving Alex Bowman and Joey Logano: “Blocking is one of the things you have to do. You also have to know when you can’t do it. But if you don’t block, you’re not going to win this race…I’m not going to fault Alex Bowman. I’ve been in that situation…it’s not an easy decision to make.”
Letarte on wreck on lap 108: “Huge playoff implications. We knew it was going to happen at Talladega. We knew it was going to stir up the Playoffs. We didn’t know when, we didn’t know how, but we were sure there was going to be a moment.”
Multiple Ranked Matchups, Top Teams throughout the Day, Signature Conference Showdowns and Unrivaled Atmospheres: ESPN’s Week 8 College Football Schedule Showcases the Best of the Sport
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For the fourth straight season, SEC Network will have a full set on site at SEC Basketball Media Days. SEC Now and The Paul Finebaum Show are live both days – October 16 and 17 – with a total of 16 hours of SEC Network coverage for the men’s and women’s basketball preview event. The two-day media showcase tips off more than 175 collegiate basketball games scheduled for SEC Network this year.
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“The San Francisco defense, at least in the NFC, is as good as it gets…a hammering front with a team of physical cover players mindful of the Legion of Boom” – King on the 49ers
“I really don’t care if I’m running or passing. Just win games.” – Lamar Jackson to Peter King
“Now…you can start asking the question about whether the Panthers should automatically go back to Cam Newton when he’s healthy.” – King on Panthers QB Kyle Allen
“If they get embarrassed on Sunday night…that’s going to give Jerry Jones a little wobble and it’s going to make him think about what he wants to do.” – Mike Florio on Jason Garrett’s Status with the Cowboys on The Mike Tirico Podcast
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 14, 2019 – Peter King examines the “changing of the guard at quarterback,” including a discussion with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson after the Ravens’ Week 6 win over Cincinnati in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also talks to Pittsburgh rookie quarterback Devlin Hodges, who won his first career start yesterday, and shares his thoughts on the rest of the NFL weekend.
Additionally, across NBC Sports, on The Mike Tirico Podcast, Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio recap Week 6, while Florio and Chris Simms break down all of the action across the NFL on PFT Live and Chris Simms Unbuttoned.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
King: “When I went to Ravens camp this summer, the vibe was that Jackson’s penchant for running…wouldn’t be duplicated in 2019. He’s gone back to his old ways the last couple of weeks.”
King: “Jackson’s apace to carry it 184 times, and we’ll see if the Ravens want him to be exposed that much. From the pocket or using his mobility, Jackson’s a fascinating watch, and he plenty’s accurate (.651) in case he decides eventually to pass first and second, and maybe third.”
Jackson on his style of play: “We’re just going to do what the defense gives us. The game’s so fast. I’ve got a sharp mind. I really don’t care if I’m running or passing. Just win games.”
Jackson on his rushes vs. the Browns yesterday: “Ninety percent were designed. Ten percent I took off on my own.”
DEVLIN HODGES & THE STEELERS
King: “When Chris Simms and I visited Steelers camp in August, we heard about this quarterback I’d never come across before: Devlin Hodges of Samford, in Alabama. Word was the rookie was afraid of nothing, came in and out of huddles like he’d been there.”
Hodges on what yesterday’s game meant to him: “Well, I won an NFL game, and they can never take that away from me.”
Hodges: “My goal was to make the final 53, and if not, then the practice squad…The game’s the same, but the players are faster.”
King: “With the Steelers on their bye this week, Mason Rudolph will have a week to come out of the concussion protocol. Whatever, the Steelers know they’ve got a good insurance policy in Hodges now.”
WEEK 6 THOUGHTS
King on QB play: “Exactly half of the league’s 32 teams are starting passers in their third year of starting experience or less…Jimmy Garoppolo, Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Allen and Devlin Hodges are 14-0. Brady’s still winning and Brees will be back, but the signs are there for the new.”
King on the 49ers: “The San Francisco defense, at least in the NFC, is as good as it gets…The Niners have held two offenses with good weapons, the Browns and Rams, to 10 points in the last eight quarters. They’re 5-0, and it’s the defense that’s the key right now – a hammering front with a team of physical cover players mindful of the Legion of Boom.”
49ers DB Jimmie Ward on playing meaningful games: “This is my first year playing in games like that. We’ve got 11 guys swarming to the ball. Not about one guy. It’s about all 11 getting to the ball.”
King on the Chiefs: “Yes, I do think the Chiefs face some trouble…Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo needs to tighten up that front, or it’ll be yet another year that the Chiefs Kingdom spends a bitter February wondering what might have been.”
King on the Cowboys: “The problem with Dallas is they feasted on three down teams early (Giants, Washington, Miami) and now don’t have many breathers the rest of the way – maybe against the Giants and Washington.”
King on Teddy Bridgewater: “(Drew) Brees should take the job back when he’s healthy, of course. But if (Teddy) Bridgewater does nothing else this season, his calm demeanor, competent play and strong presence, as well as his hold-the-fort 4-0 record, has been more than anyone expected in New Orleans.”
KING’S CURRENT PICKS FOR MVP
- Russell Wilson, Seattle
- Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City
- Deshaun Watson, Houston
- Tom Brady, New England
- Christian McCaffrey, Carolina
KING’S WEEK 6 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: Sam Darnold, New York Jets, Stefon Diggs, Minnesota, & Kyle Allen, Carolina.
King on Diggs: “Diggs, of course, has been a mystery man this fall, going AWOL two weeks ago for a day and spurring a heavy fine by the club. All was forgiven Sunday in Minnesota.”
King on Allen: “Now, after a two-touchdown, zero-turnover game for Allen, you can start asking the question about whether the Panthers should automatically go back to Cam Newton when he’s healthy. Not saying Ron Rivera should stick with Allen; just saying it’s a question now.”
Defensive Players of the Week: Jimmie Ward, San Francisco, Kyle Van Noy, New England, & Vernon Butler, Carolina.
King on Van Noy: “I suppose acquiring Randy Moss for a fourth-round pick…in 2007 would have to qualify as the best trade Bill Belichick has ever made. The 2016 for Van Noy might be number two.”
Coach of the Week: Bill O’Brien, Houston.
King on O’Brien: “I thought he coached a brilliant game in the 31-24 victory at Kansas City…Great game for a coach who’s now won four of five.”
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of The Mike Tirico Podcast:
Tony Dungy on the 49ers: “The 49ers defense was the most impressive unit I saw all day…I have not seen a dominant performance like that in a long time.”
Rodney Harrison on Todd Gurley: “I talked to a few players that played against Todd Gurley and they’re just simply saying that he’s no longer that threat. He’s just an average back.”
Mike Florio on Jason Garrett’s status: “Jerry Jones has always been a guy who completely and totally and unconditionally supports you until the moment he no longer does and you never know when that moment is going to come…If they get embarrassed on Sunday night…that’s going to give Jerry Jones a little wobble and it’s going to make him think about what he wants to do.”
The following are clips from last night’s edition of Football Night in America:
- Thanks Mom: The Watt Brothers: Los Angeles Chargers’ fullback Derek Watt and Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker T.J. Watt take time to give a special thanks to their mom, Connie.
- LaDainian Tomlinson on Rodney Harrison: Chargers all-time great and Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson talks about his former teammate and FNIA analyst Rodney Harrison.
- Sunday Night 7 Picks with Liam McHugh and LaDainian Tomlinson: McHugh and Tomlinson make their Sunday Night 7 picks.
The following are additional highlights of NBC Sports’ NFL coverage heading into Week 6:
- Mike Florio and Chris Simms, with guest Peter King, discuss all things NFL on PFT Live, including handing out their Week 6 superlatives, sharing updated power rankings, and making their Week 7 game picks.
- On Chris Simms Unbuttoned, Simms deep dives into film of two games from Week 6 decided by the fans.
A new “Football Morning in America” posts every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com through the NFL season. It was announced in May that King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com; making regular appearances on NBCSN’s and NBC Sports Radio’s PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.
Longhorn Network, the 24-hour network devoted to the University of Texas, will televise the No. 15 Longhorns’ Big 12 matchup against Kansas at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ET. Fans not on the Forty Acres or surrounding areas can tune in on several providers.
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Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. ET, Followed by Philadelphia Flyers vs. Edmonton Oilers at 9:30 p.m. ET
Top Two 2019 Draft Picks Clash on NBCSN – Jack Hughes and N.J. Devils Host Kaapo Kakko and N.Y. Rangers Thursday at 7 p.m. ET
Steven Stamkos and Tampa Bay Lightning Face Off Against Carey Price and Montreal Canadiens Tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 14, 2019 – The NHL’s current and rising stars will be showcased this week on NBCSN, highlighted by a Wednesday Night Hockey clash between Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.
Avs-Pens kicks off a doubleheader on Wednesday that shifts north of the border at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers.
One of the top NHL rivalries enters a new era Thursday on NBCSN with a clash between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks of the 2019 NHL Draft, when Jack Hughes and the New Jersey Devils host Kaapo Kakko and the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. ET.
This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET, when Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Montreal to play Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.
Paul Burmeister will host Tuesday’s coverage on NHL Live alongside analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter. Kathryn Tappen will host NHL Live on Wednesday with analysts Patrick Sharp, Roenick and NHL insider Bob McKenzie. Tappen will host on Thursday with Sharp and Keith Jones.
Following is this week’s NHL schedule on NBCSN:
|Tues., October 15||NHL Live||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|Tampa Bay at Montreal||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime||NBCSN||9:45 p.m.*|
|Wed., October 16||NHL Live||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday Night Hockey – Colorado at Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Philadelphia at Edmonton^||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime||NBCSN||12 a.m.*|
|Thur., October 17||NHL Live||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|N.Y. Rangers at N.J. Devils||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime||NBCSN||9:45 p.m.*|
*Immediately following game coverage
^subject to local blackout
WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY – AVALANCHE-PENGUINS AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Avalanche enter the week with a perfect 4-0-0 record to open the 2019-20 season. Mikko Rantanen (3g/3a) and Nathan MacKinnon (1g/5a) pace the club with six points apiece, followed by rookie defenseman Cale Makar’s five assists. Colorado faces Washington tonight.
The Penguins (4-2-0) have won three straight games heading into Wednesday night’s matchup vs. Colorado, including back-to-back seven-goal outbursts on Saturday and Sunday. Pittsburgh beat Minnesota, 7-4, on Saturday, followed by a 7-2 win in Winnipeg on Sunday, as Crosby registered two points apiece in the wins.
Seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who is in his 15th season as NBC Sports’ lead NHL play-by-play commentator, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Brian Boucher will call Avs-Pens from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.
FLYERS-OILERS – WEDNESDAY AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Oilers have opened the season with a perfect 5-0-0 record for the first time since 1985-86, following their 4-1 win against the Rangers on Saturday. Connor McDavid leads the NHL with 12 points (4g/8a) and had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win, while teammate James Neal leads the league with seven goals.
Philadelphia has registered points in all three of its games (2-0-1) this season, including a 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver on Saturday. The Flyers beat the Devils, 4-0, last week on Wednesday Night Hockey on NBCSN, as goalie Carter Hart made 25 saves for his first NHL shutout.
Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and Ray Ferraro (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call of Flyers-Oilers from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
RANGERS-DEVILS – THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Rangers-Devils rivalry enters a new era on Thursday night on NBCSN when top overall picks Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko square off for the first time. Kakko scored his first NHL goal in the Rangers’ (2-1-0) 4-1 loss to the Oilers on Saturday. Hughes has yet to register his first NHL point for the Devils (0-3-2), who will look for their first win tonight against Florida.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Mike Milbury (analyst) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
LIGHTNING-CANADIENS – TOMORROW AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Tampa Bay (2-2-1) enters the week following a 4-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday. The Lightning are led by Steven Stamkos and reigning NHL MVP Nikita Kucherov, who each have three goals and three assists.” Montreal (2-1-2) is coming off a 6-3 win against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blues, as Brendan Gallagher registered three points in the win.
Gord Miller (play-by-play) and McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the action from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
OUR LINE STARTS – NBC SPORTS’ NEW WEEKLY NHL PODCAST – AVAILABLE NOW
NBC Sports’ new weekly NHL podcast – Our Line Starts – has launched and is available now on all podcast platforms. New episodes of Our Line Starts will be released each Wednesday and will highlight the top stories of each week, including behind-the-scenes content and interviews conducted by NBC Sports’ NHL commentators.
Last week’s debut episode was hosted by Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones and features Pierre McGuire’s interview with Vegas Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations George McPhee. Click here to listen to the show.
Our Line Starts joins NBC Sports’ growing roster of podcasts spanning the NFL, Premier League, NASCAR, and much more. Click here for more information.
2019-20 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN
NBC Sports is scheduled to present 109 games during the 2019-20 NHL regular season. All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere. Click here for more info.
STREAMING COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the 2019-20 NHL season via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, and Chromecast.
ESPN today announced it is expanding Hoop Streams to a season-long show. Cassidy Hubbarth will return as the host of Hoop Streams – an innovative, on-site digital pregame show – with a cast of top commentators, influencers and special guests, including featured analyst Kendrick Perkins. ESPN recently re-signed Perkins, a former NBA Champion, as an exclusive ESPN NBA analyst in a new, multiyear deal. ESPN NBA analyst and WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike, as well as multiplatform ESPN commentators Jorge Sedano and Gary Striewski will also regularly contribute to Hoop Streams.
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espnW and the U.S. Department of State will host the eighth year of the Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) from October 11 – November 19. Sixteen emerging female leaders from around the world will begin a month-long mentorship in the United States alongside top American female executives from some of the most influential organizations in sports and business. During the program, the mentors will share valuable business leadership skills and assist the emerging leaders in developing strategic action plans aimed at creating sports opportunities for underserved women and girls in their home countries.
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“They were the most impressive unit I saw all day today.” – Tony Dungy on the 49ers defense
“This is why he’s the MVP of football right now.” – Chris Simms on Russell Wilson’s performance today
“Moving forward, the Buccaneers are going to have to find a new quarterback.” – Rodney Harrison on Jameis Winston
“This was the Lamar Jackson Show today, start to finish.” – Mike Tirico on Bengals-Ravens
“Dabo Swinney said Deshaun was Michael Jordan, and he’s looked like it in the NFL.” – Dungy on Deshaun Watson
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 13, 2019 – Mike Tirico hosted the Week 6 edition of Football Night in America tonight from NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., in advance of the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers. Tirico was joined on the set by analysts Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, and Chris Simms, as well as NFL Insider Mike Florio.
Liam McHugh co-hosted Football Night in America from an outdoor set outside ROKiT Field at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. He was joined by SNF analyst Cris Collinsworth, with Al Michaels and Michele Tafoya also reporting from inside the stadium. In addition, McHugh interviewed Chargers all-time great and Pro Football Hall of Fame RB LaDainian Tomlinson.
FNIA also included highlights, analysis, and news from around the league.
Following are highlights from Football Night in America on NBC:
Collinsworth on QB Devlin Hodges: “You ever have a buddy who was just so cocky with everything he did? He reminds me of one of those guys that plays cornhole that just won 16 rounds in a row, and you can’t get him off the board, and every time he needs to throw one he just throws it right in the hole. That’s who this guy is. He’s just fun.”
Simms on Hodges: “I’m excited to see him tonight. I think they have more downfield, Big Ben-type passing inventory available with Hodges.”
Dungy on Hodges: “He was composed last week. He’ll have a good read on this Chargers defense tonight.”
Simms: “This is one of the better defensive lines in football.”
Dungy on playing for the Steelers: “Just a special, special opportunity. I got there as a young rookie player. Art Rooney Sr…talked to us. He didn’t talk about Super Bowls. Once we made the team he said, ‘You represent the city. You represent the organization. Do it well. Move here. Make Pittsburgh a better place to live.’ Two years later, I get traded. I’m just a backup player, a special teams guy, and he writes a handwritten note, Mr. Rooney did, to my parents, ‘It was great to get to know you. Anytime you want to come to a game, just call me. You’re always welcome.’ That’s why you love being a Steeler.”
Dungy on RB Melvin Gordon: “They’ve got to get him going. He was such a big part of that run last year. When they’re running the football, that helps Philip Rivers, it helps the defense. They’ve got to get Melvin going. I expect to see him a lot.”
LaDainian Tomlinson on if former Chargers S Rodney Harrison should be in the Hall of Fame: “Absolutely. Without question, one of the best safeties ever in the National Football League. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.”
Harrison on Tomlinson: “I couldn’t ask for a better teammate.”
Dungy: “Their defense is overwhelming the Rams. I thought the Rams would handle this game, but they had no shot.”
Simms: “It’s (Kyle) Shanahan and (Jimmy) Garoppolo, that’s all we hear about. But I think it’s Robert Saleh’s defense that is one of the more impressive units in all of football.”
Dungy on the 49ers defense: “They were the most impressive unit I saw all day today.”
Dungy: “We talk about what you have to do when you have a backup quarterback. The Saints are giving us a blueprint because it’s not just been one guy, it has been the entire unit.”
Harrison on QB Kirk Cousins: “Is Cousins all fixed?”
Simms: “I think he is.”
Harrison: “Me too.”
Dungy: “…If he could play Philadelphia every week.”
Simms on QB Russell Wilson’s performance against the Browns: “This is why he’s the MVP of football right now. He can find time, make throws, beat you with his legs. He’s pretty awesome.”
Harrison: “Chris Carson runs harder than any running back in this league.”
Harrison to Dungy: “I was really impressed with Deshaun Watson outplaying your MVP, Patrick Mahomes.”
Simms: “He can beat you in the pocket, on the move, his ability to improvise is as good as anybody in the game.”
Dungy: “His college coach (Clemson head coach) Dabo Swinney said Deshaun was Michael Jordan, and he’s looked like it in the NFL.”
Tirico on the Ravens victory today: “This was the Lamar Jackson Show today, start to finish.”
Simms on QB Lamar Jackson: “We talk about his running, but his throwing has been very efficient, too.”
Dungy on if Jackson can go injury-free: “He can’t like we’re seeing now. You’re a 195-pound guy, you’re not a 220-pound running back. He can’t take all those hits. Do what you’re doing, but slide, get out of bounds, learn to go down and not take those hits.”
Simms: “I’m with you. I don’t know how he’s doing it up to this point.”
Tirico on QB Sam Darnold: “What a difference a quarterback makes.”
Simms: “When you have a franchise-type quarterback, it gives the whole organization confidence. You could see today, the whole field was open in the passing game.”
Dungy: “Even the defense played with more energy.”
Harrison: “They’ve got to get back to playing with energy and emotion.”
Dungy: “That’s what concerned me.”
Simms: “Vic Fangio is one of the best defensive minds in the sport. I don’t care who’s at quarterback right now, the Denver Broncos are going to make it tough on you.”
Harrison on QB Jameis Winston: “Jameis is absolutely too careless with the football. Everything has to be a big play or touchdown. Moving forward, the Buccaneers are going to have to find a new quarterback.”
Dungy on Adrian Peterson: “Opening game of the year, Peterson was inactive. (Interim head coach) Bill Callahan made a decision, he was going to run the ball today with Adrian, and it paid off.”
Harrison on WR Terry McLaurin: “He’s an impressive rookie. He’s been their best player. You can build your offense around this young man.”
Harrison on Redskins and Dolphins: “I played on a 1-15 team. It’s frustrating coming to work every day, and a lot of players quit. I look at these two teams and nobody is quitting yet.”
–FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA–