Brash & Outspoken Defensive End Lyle Alzado Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Lyle Alzado: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, November 21 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“Take all the things of Lyle Alzado and throw them out the window because here is the one thing that he always was and it was the most consistent thing in his life: Lyle had a good heart.” – Matt Millen

After a 15-year NFL career and a Super Bowl championship, defensive end Lyle Alzado is still remembered for his incredible talent on the field and larger than life persona off it.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, November 21 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Alzado – nicknamed Darth Raider – a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end with the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders, who played with an intimidating style and relentless drive to get after the opposing quarterback. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on Alzado’s professional football career, but also gives insight to his personal life, commitment to philanthropy and transition into acting. Additionally, the show highlights Alzado’s fight with heavyweight champion boxer, Muhammad Ali. Lyle Alzado: A Football Life also addresses Alzado’s use of steroids and human growth hormone, and how he believed it is what caused him to develop an inoperable brain tumor.

Following the premiere of Lyle Alzado: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit for more information.

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Among the topics discussed in Lyle Alzado: A Football Life are:

  • How his upbringing and relationship with his father affected who he was as a person
  • The impact he made on the Denver Broncos organization and how he felt the team let him down during their Super Bowl appearance
  • Being traded to the Cleveland Browns
  • Alzado’s love of giving back, specifically to children in need
  • Alzado’s fight with heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali
  • His trade to the Los Angeles Raiders and Super Bowl XVIII victory
  • His transition into acting
  • His attempted comeback and excessive use of steroids in the process, which he initially denied
  • His diagnosis with an inoperable brain tumor and how he spoke out about the danger of steroids

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Lyle Alzado: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Peter Alzado – Lyle’s brother

Janice Alzado-Lotz – Lyle’s sister

Sharon Sarvak – Lyle’s first wife

Mark Lyons – Lyle’s childhood friend

Ira Gordon – Lyle’s childhood friend

Howie Long – Raiders teammate

Tom Jackson – Broncos teammate

Billy Thompson – Broncos teammate

Matt Millen – Raiders teammate

Terry Frei Denver Post

Craig Morton – Broncos teammate & cornerman for Ali fight

Claudie Minor – Broncos teammate

Bill Pickel – Raiders teammate

Greg Townsend – Raiders teammate

Joe Theismann – Former Redskins quarterback

Kathy Alzado-Murray – Lyle’s fourth wife

Provided below are some select quotes from Lyle Alzado: A Football Life:

“People can portray me anyway they want because I don’t give a damn… But don’t you analyze me and don’t you tell me what I am until you get close enough to understand what I am. Then you can make an analysis of me. But don’t you dare do it until then.” Lyle Alzado in an interview in 1983

“Lyle was physically fearless, but I think emotionally he wasn’t.” – Peter Alzado

“Lyle wanted my father to love him. That is what he wanted more than anything.” Janice Alzado-Lotz

“He was relentless. He was all out on every play. He never quit, he was always after the quarterback. It was almost like it was a survival thing for him.” Billy Thompson on Lyle’s success on the field

“Take all the things of Lyle Alzado and throw them out the window because here is the one thing that he always was and it was the most consistent thing in his life: Lyle had a good heart.” Matt Millen

“The cameras were on and the lights were bright. He looked for an opportunity to pop Ali. He was going to knock him out.” – Claudie Minor on Lyle’s fight with Muhammad Ali

“Lyle was born to be a Raider.” – Howie Long

“It was a very rare form of brain cancer. I think he felt that was retribution. He had a lot of guilt attached to doing the steroids and lying about it.” – Peter Alzado

“He made a deal with the Devil. He got fame and fortune. And it was time for the Devil to collect.” – Mark Lyons

“How much of Lyle was Lyle? And how much of Lyle was steroids?” – Tom Jackson

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for upcoming episodes of A Football Life:

  • December 5 – Roger Staubach (9:00 PM ET); Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers (10:00 PM ET)
  • December 19 – Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith
  • January 2 – The 2006 Rose Bowl


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FNIA-nfl-nbcI’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.” – Rodney Harrison on Robert Griffin III

“He’s the best all-around running back in the game.” — Hines Ward on Jamaal Charles

I really think it’s time the NFL starts to think about shrinking the goal posts a bit. There’s no drama to it. It’s just too easy.” – Cris Collinsworth on field goals

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 16, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on, and NFL Insider Peter King. Carolyn Manno reported from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on the Eagles-Packers game.

In addition, Harrison spoke with New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and received an on-field demonstration at Gillette Stadium on how Gronkowski derails defenders’ attempts to cover him. Elliott interviewed Indianapolis Colts WRs T. Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Collinsworth: “Be careful about the Kansas City Chiefs right now, too. They can play defense and run the ball — pretty good formula come a little cold weather.”

Ward on Jamaal Charles: “Right now, he’s the best all-around running back in the game. What was so impressive about that game: Kansas City has no wide receivers, so Seattle played eight guys in the box and they still couldn’t stop him.”

Dungy: “Kansas City is playing the best ball in that division (AFC West), and Denver still has to go to Kansas City.”


Dungy on loss to Chiefs: “They weren’t able to run the ball effectively when they needed to.”

Patrick on Earl Thomas: “You brought up the great point that with Earl Thomas, it’s feast or famine. He’s either going to force a fumble or, if he (the opposing player) gets behind you, it’s going to be a touchdown.”

Harrison on Thomas: “He’s the free safety for a reason. He’s the last line of defense. He has to make the sure tackle.”


Collinsworth: “It’s not a fluke. It’s time we all start paying attention to this football team.”

Dungy on Cardinals defense: “It is great.”


Dungy: “They do not have good pass protection. They do not have good coverage. They’re just struggling in all areas.”

Harrison: “They’ve surrounded him (Robert Griffin III) with great weapons. I just think it comes down to RGIII. I don’t think he can read coverages. The offensive line is really bad. Defensively they gave up a lot of plays. They have a lot of issues on this team.”

Harrison on RGIII: “He’s been in the league three years. If you need six more games to determine if he’s going to be your future quarterback, you need a new coach and a new scouting department. I’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.”


Dungy on Aldon Smith’s return: “He’s the one guy who can create his own rush on the 49ers…and this comes at just the right time. You talk about teams that need to get on a roll. San Francisco does, and Smith just might be the sparkplug for that.”

Harrison on Aldon Smith: “He had Eli (Manning) confused and worried about that rush all day.”


Harrison on Odell Beckham, Jr.: “He is going to be special.”


Harrison: “The one thing we know about the Rams – they can rush the passer. They played Peyton (Manning) exactly how you have to play him: you have to pressure him and you have to beat up the receivers, and they were very aggressive and physical.”


Dungy: “It’s not just another game.”

Harrison: “What it comes down to is home-field advantage, and that’s what Bill Belichick and the Patriots are thinking.”

Harrison on Rob Gronkowski: “He’s a silly guy. He likes to have fun. But the maturity level, early in his career, he had a lot of off-the-field issues. You don’t see those issues. I’ve gone through a lot of different injuries, and injuries have a way of giving you perspective and making you humble.”


Dungy: Usually you say, ‘One of these teams is going to get hot and get on a streak.’ I don’t see that happening. I think seven wins wins this division. First team to seven wins.”

Harrison on Falcons: “I don’t trust this team moving forward.”


King: “Adrian Peterson’s punishment under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy will come as soon as tomorrow. I believe the NFL could come down hard. Two reasons: The NFL has no information or proof that similar corporal punishment will not happen again. Number two: The NFL does not believe that the nine games Peterson has missed constitute time served because he’s been paid.”

Florio: “There’s a separate track here because on Monday an arbitrator will hold a hearing on the question of whether Peterson should remain on the Commissioner Exempt list where he’s essentially suspended with pay. Now a ruling will be required by Saturday, which means Peterson could be eligible to play by next Sunday when the Vikings host the Packers. So if the league is going to suspend him under the Personal Conduct Policy, they need to move quickly. It needs to be resolved or Peterson could be back by next week.”


Collinsworth on field goals: “I really think it’s time the NFL starts to think about shrinking the goal posts a bit. There’s no drama to it. It’s just too easy. At least for the top guys it is. There is a point in time where you have to say, ‘We’ve got to change a little bit.’”

Below are excerpts from Harrison’s interview with New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and Elliott’s interview with Indianapolis Colts WRs T. Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.


Harrison, a former New England Patriots safety, joined Gronkowski on the field at Gillette Stadium to discuss how he shakes off defenders who try to cover him. The two went through several scenarios, including when Gronkowski faced Broncos LB Von Miller during New England’s 43-21 victory over Denver in Week 9.

On his one-handed catch during the Broncos-Patriots game, which Patriots QB Tom Brady said was “the best” catch he has ever seen: “[Tom Brady] told me he was just throwing the ball to get rid of it so he didn’t get sacked. So, he just threw it up in the air and I was running that way. It was just a natural reaction. I wasn’t thinking ‘I’m going to one-hand that.’ I was just running and saw the ball and stuck my hand in the air and caught it.”


Wayne on having a teammate take his job for the greater good of the team: “That’s the way it goes. That’s part of the process. It’s my business to make it a hard decision. When guys come in, I don’t mind giving them my two cents. I don’t mind sharing the wealth. In my mind, I’m giving it everything. I’m practicing as hard as I possibly can, and if he [Hilton] is trying to top that, we’re going to be awesome.”

Hilton on how hard it was to see Wayne hurt last season: “It was very hard. Coach always said, ‘Prepare like you’re a starter.’ When he went down, all of that went out the window. I thought, ‘Oh, no. Oh, no. 87 is down!’ I saw him go into the locker room, and that’s when I grew up quick. I thought, ‘you’re prepared, you’re ready.’ But at the same time, that really hurt, to see your big brother go down. But, I had to step up and become a man.”

Wayne on watching Hilton start: “I enjoyed watching him progress. He made it exciting for me. That’s also one of the main reasons why I wanted to make sure I was on the sidelines for every game. I wanted T. Y. to see that, ‘I’m still here with you.’ If he needed to come to the sideline and ask a question, nothing changed. I’m still there.”

Hilton on Wayne: “I’m blessed to have him. A big brother like this, what more can I ask for? I’m not going to let him leave [laughs]… Whatever it takes, I need him with me.”


ESPN NFL Content Week 11

Sunday NFL Countdown logoSunday NFL Countdown: Eddie Lacy’s New Home; Beast Mode; Believing in Drew Stanton; Tom BradySoundtracks; and More
Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis will preview the weekend’s NFL games on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Anchor/host Wendi Nix will handle select segments, while NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.

Reporters at game sites:

  • Seahawks at Chiefs (Lindsay Czarniak and Ron Jaworski)
  • Texans at Browns (Bob Holtzman)
  • 49ers at Giants (Josina Anderson)
  • Eagles at Packers (Sal Paolantonio)
  • Lions at Cardinals (Ed Werder)


  • Eddie Lacy’s New Home: Eddie Lacy Jr.’s family – Wanda, Eddie Lacy Sr. and their four children – was displaced during Hurricane Katrina nine years ago. During the offseason, the Packers second-year running back bought a house for his mom and dad, moving them from the trailer they had called home for the past eight years. Last Monday,Countdown reporter Michelle Beisner joined the 2013 NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year on his first trip back to the new home
  • Beast Mode: In their own words, Marshawn Lynch and his Seahawks teammates discuss what happens when the running back goes into “beast mode.”
  • Believing in Drew Stanton: After losing quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending ACL tear, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arias proclaimed, “We can win the Super Bowl with (backup quarterback) Drew Stanton.” Reporter Jim Trotter sits with the journeyman quarterback to discuss the opportunities and challenges of leading the Cardinals.
  • Soundtracks – Tom Brady: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, wired for in-game sound during the team’s week 9 home win over rival Peyton Manning and the Broncos, will be featured in Sunday’s Soundtracks. 

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers Face the Titans in Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Music City on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on November 17 at 8:15 p.m. The MNF team of announcer Mike Tirico, analyst Jon Gruden and sideline reporterLisa Salters will call the game from LP Field in Nashville.

In addition to the ESPN telecast, MNF will be available on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers.

Leading into the matchup is Monday Night Countdown at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Suzy Kolber hosts the show from LP Field with NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young, while Chris Berman hosts from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., with NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Monday Night Countdown features:

  • Soundtracks – Best of Ben Roethlisberger: Eleven years into his career, Ben Roethlisberger is having one of his finest seasons statistically, and has Pittsburgh back in playoff contention.  Soundtracks features some of the best in-game audio in the career of the two-time Super Bowl winning Steelers quarterback.
  • Rick Reilly’s Feature – Antonio Brown: Countdown’s Rick Reilly explores the relationship between Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown and his father Eddie, who is one of the greatest players in Arena Football League history.
  • Gruden’s Grill Session with Kenny Chesney: With Monday Night Football in Music City (Nashville, Tenn.), Jon Gruden visits with country music star and football fan Kenny Chesney.

NFL Matchup: Seahawks Ground Game-Chiefs Defense; Disrupting Rob Gronkowski; Jordan Matthews’ Explosive Play; and More
NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge preview the weekend’s key matchups via a film-room Xs and Os analysis on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2 (re-airs on ESPN, Sunday at 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.).  Highlights:

  • Spotlight on Seahawks Ground Game vs. Chiefs Defense: After an impressive 350-yard rushing performance, the Seahawks look to keep their run-game momentum going at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs, who rank 20th against the run, will need to find ways to account for the multiple backfield weapons of the Seahawks. Jaworski and Hoge explain.
  • Between the Lines – Slot Receiver Golden Tate: Jaworski explains why the Arizona Cardinals defense will need to focus on Golden Tate, who has the second-most receiving yards this year from the slot position.
  • Jaws playbook – Jordan Matthews’ Explosive Play: Jaworski shows how the Eagles designed a play for Jordan Matthews to beat man-to-man coverage, a design they will repeat in this week’s matchup against the Packers, who played man coverage 67% of the time last year.
  • Blitz Breakdown – Eagles’ Creative Blitz Designs: Hoge illustrates the ways the blitz packages of the Eagles will confuse the interior lineman and the Packers running backs this week.
  • Let’s See it Hoge – Disrupting Rob Gronkowski: The Colts will look to steal a page from the defensive playbook of the Chiefs, who hindered Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski by disrupting him at the line of scrimmage, Hoge explains.
  • Game Within the Game – Patriots Defensive Disguises: Jaworski explains how the Patriots are so effective at confusing quarterbacks through their use of post-snap coverage adjustments, something to look for in their matchup this week against Andrew Luck.
  • Coach’s Clicker – San Francisco Offense Back to Basics: The 49ers returned to their power running game last week, and a favorable matchup against the Giants bodes well for a big performance from Frank Gore, contends Hoge.

NFL on ESPN Radio: San Francisco 49ers at the New York Giants on Sunday

The NFL on ESPN Radio continues Sunday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m., as Eli Manning and the New York Giants host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers. NFL Hot Read: Earl Thomas’ Play

In this week’s NFL Hot Read and two accompanying pieces, senior NFL columnist Jeffri Chadiha profiles Seattle Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas on the painstaking mental preparation and competitive fire that make him NFL’s top safety. Story. Accompanying Seahawks content:

  • ESPN The Magazine’s Jordan Brenner looks at how the rapid rise of safeties and do-it-all defensive backs give defensive units in the NFL a fighting chance against the emergent spread offenses. (Also in Nov. 10 issue of ESPN the Magazine.)
  • Writer Greg Garber on the curious tale of the roaming gnome and how Seahawks fans are baffled by the statue’s mysterious travels with video content by Sunday NFL Countdown.

Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray and Texans’ JJ Watt on Cover of New ESPN The Magazine State of Football Issue

Dallas Cowboys record-setting running back DeMarco Murray and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, appear on separate covers of ESPN The Magazine’s new “State of Football” Issue, on newsstands Friday, Nov. 14. Planned features.



nbc-sports-groupFlutie Moves to Broadcast Booth Alongside Dan Hicks; Mayock to Provide In-Depth Xs-And-Os Analysis From Sidelines

Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 3 p.m. ET Live on NBC with Liam McHugh, Hines Ward and Mayock

James Madison at Richmond Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 12, 2014 – NBC Sports Group college football analysts Doug Flutie and Mike Mayock will swap broadcast positions this Saturday, when the No. 18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish return to Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., to face the Northwestern Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, NBC’s Notre Dame pre-game show.

Flutie, who has served as a sideline analyst for NBC’s first five Notre Dame games this season, moves to the broadcast booth this weekend alongside NBC’s Notre Dame Football play-by-play commentator Dan Hicks. Mayock, who has manned the booth for all Fighting Irish home games since 2010, shifts to sideline analyst for Saturday’s game to provide in-depth Xs-and-Os commentary from field level. Kathryn Tappen continues as sideline reporter.

“Mike is one of the top Xs-and-Os commentators in football. The sideline analyst role will allow him to dissect the game from field level and present his findings to viewers at strategic times throughout the broadcast,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “Doug is synonymous with college football and is an experienced booth analyst. We’re excited to see how this new arrangement plays out on Saturday.”

The Fighting Irish (7-2) return to South Bend where they are a perfect 4-0 this season, and look to rebound following a 55-31 loss at No. 9 Arizona State last weekend. The Wildcats (3-6) boast wins over Big Ten foes Penn State and Wisconsin this season. This Saturday marks the 48th game between Notre Dame and Northwestern, but the first meeting since Sept. 2, 1995, when the Wildcats upset the Fighting Irish in the season opener. Notre Dame boasts a 37-8-2 advantage in the all-time series, dating back to 1889.

Liam McHugh will host Countdown To Kickoff at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be joined by Mayock and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward. McHugh, Mayock and Ward will also manage halftime coverage, as well as the post-game show, which will air on NBCSN.


NBCSN will present Colonial Athletic Association showdown this weekend, when the No. 13 Richmond Spiders host the James Madison Dukes at 12:30 p.m. ET. Both teams enter Saturday’s game with identical 7-3 records overall, and 4-2 conference records. The Dukes have won five straight games, while Richmond dropped its most recent game at Maine to snap its own five-game winning streak.

Paul Burmeister (play-by-play) and Anthony Herron (analyst) will call the action from E. Claiborne Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream this weekend’s Notre Dame-North Carolina and William & Mary-New Hampshire college football games.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”

Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.


Following this Saturday’s game against Northwestern, NBC Sports Group’s presents its final Notre Dame football broadcast of the season on Saturday, Nov. 22, when the Fighting Irish host the Louisville Cardinals.

The following is the NBC Sports Group 2014 Notre Dame Football schedule (all times ET)

Date Opponent Pre-Game Network Game Time Network
Saturday, Nov 15 Northwestern 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 22 Louisville 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC will again continue its Notre Dame Football coverage though its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.


For the second-straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power’s popular Notre Dame Central section (  Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.

SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS –Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of this Saturday’s Notre Dame home game against North Carolina. Additional replays include Northwestern (Nov. 15) and Louisville (Nov. 22). (NOTE: Replay airings to regularly take place on these Saturdays at 11 p.m.; fans are urged to consult for exact air times).

HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’s WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend’s game, along with detailing his game plan against the team’s upcoming opponent.  Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m.

“INSIDE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL” w/BRIAN KELLY – Once again, Comcast SportsNet will be the local TV home for “Inside Notre Dame Football” with Head Coach Brian Kelly this season.  The weekly, half-hour show will feature key highlights, along with detailed discussion & analysis regarding the team’s previous game and an X’s and O’s preview of their upcoming opponent. Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s @CSNIrish Twitter handle for the very latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7.

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“One of the most demoralizing games I’ve been in” – Brandon Marshall on INSIDE THE NFL

inside-the-nfl-showtime“One of the most demoralizing games I’ve been in” – Brandon Marshall 

Click On The Link Below To Watch Marshall Talking Bears

Inside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME® 

NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel is joined by CBS analysts Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss an action-packed NFL Week 10.

The 11th episode of INSIDE THE NFL is highlighted by the Chicago Bears situation, the new wide receiver era in the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles’ Mark Sanchez and whether you can win it all with a backup quarterback.

Plus, take a behind scenes peek at Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett, who was wired for sound during last Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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On The Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers …

Brandon Marshall – “[I came out of that game] a little banged up. Ankle sprain. But I’ll be alright. I’ll be out thereon Sunday, ready to roll. And it was tough. [Did] you see those highlights? Man, that was probably one of the most demoralizing games I’ve been in. I mean, I’m at a loss for words. I think everyone is at this point… When adversity hits, what type of person are you going to be? Are you going to give up or are you going to fight? And that’s where we are at right now.… Life is tough right now. You know, walking outside, going to the grocery stores, looking at the fans in the eyes. This is bad all around.

“Confidence is everything. It doesn’t matter if you are in professional sports, or if you are the CEO, or if you are a teacher, or if you are starting a new company. Confidence is everything.  And when you lose your confidence, it’s over. You don’t have a chance.  And right now, that’s where we are at.

“It all starts with confidence.  When you are looking at 3-6, there’s not much hope. There’s not much confidence. That’s just the reality of this. It has nothing to do with the Chicago Bears. It’s just the reality of life.”

Boomer Esiason – “Lambeau Field to the Bears is what the Houston Astrodome used to be to us and the Cincinnati Bengals and it was called “The House of Pain” back in the day. Nobody inflicted more pain on us than the Houston Oilers under Jerry Glanville, Warren Moon and all those great teams they had down there. And there’s nothing more demoralizing. You are right. You can’t go out. You can’t go to your local supermarket. You can’t go to the movies theater without somebody saying something to you. It’s a hard reality.  And it’s harsh that you have to sit here every Tuesday, your day off. You chose to come here and speak to us about football. People don’t realize. Tuesday is your day off. You can run away.  You haven’t run away. You showed up and I give you credit for that.”

Phil Simms – “The game is about adversity, right? If it can go wrong, it will go wrong in the NFL for teams and players. So, you know you have to deal with that.  And how do you deal with that? … To me there’s only one way to do it. To be really quiet and just work and try to remedy the situation and win football games … What do you do about situations like that? You don’t go out. People are going to say things.  And if you are not prepared for it, you are going to react badly. So, there’s only one thing, you go in that building, put your head down, work hard and try to fix what’s wrong with your football team … My dad told me this once, ‘If you are going to go down, go down your way.’ … Go down trying.”

On Pittsburgh’s Mike Mitchell Victory Formation Jump Last Sunday Against N.Y Jets …

Boomer Esiason – “That’s a cheap shot. The way that the officials protected Ben Roethlisberger in the game and did not protect Mike Vick, I can totally understand why Rex Ryan and all the N.Y. Jets were upset at the end of that game.”

On Mark Sanchez and the Philadelphia Eagles …

Boomer Esiason – “I saw Mark Sanchez up close and personal last night and I have never seen him look that comfortable as he did when he was a Jets quarterback. And there’s a reason for that.  Because there’s an expectation in Philadelphia. If you are going to play quarterback, you are going to throw the ball. It’s going to be spread out and there’s not going to be a lot of thinking. It’s going to be hurry-up offense, something very near and dear to my heart, and I love that. He seems to excel in that situation.”

Phil Simms – “It’s a whole different scenario for Mark Sanchez. Look, it was a defensive coach in New York, now he’s playing for an offensive coach. They teach the quarterback differently.”

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NFL Network’s ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ & ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Total Access Kickoff aired from outside Sun Life Stadium tonight at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, with host Rich Eisenand analysts Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk providing pregame analysis leading up to Bills-Dolphins on Thursday Night Football.

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher hosted NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin and Faulk appeared on the show.

NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer with Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly

NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer sat down with Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, his wife Jill and daughter Erin for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Kickoff to discuss his health and recovery:

On what he learned about himself through all of this:

Jim Kelly: “I’m not as tough as I thought I was [laughing]. People don’t understand when they talk about Kelly Tough, yeah the physical toughness I was brought up [with], I was born with that. But for me, the mental toughness was one that I needed.”

On what the darkest moment was:

Jill Kelly: “It was in New York City. It was definitely in New York City when he was ready. He was like, ‘I can’t do this and I think this is it but you’re strong Jill.’ And he just kept talking. I remember my hands coming up and being like, ‘No, you don’t know that, this cannot happen.’ This man who has always fought, who has always said never give up – he cannot give up. We can do this at home. We have to come home. I think that was the turning point. Absolutely. There is no doubt in my mind that coming back to Buffalo was the turning point for Jim…We went literally from one hospital to a hospital over here; one hospital in New York to a hospital in Buffalo. He came to life.”

On the people of Buffalo:

Jim: “At times, there were people here that needed my support but I needed their support too. There is not a family around here any bigger than the Buffalo Bill family. Everywhere I turn, there are people praying for me, there are people that give me well wishes and to be honest with you, I don’t know if I would have been able to make it anywhere else.”

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Quotes from NFL Total Access Kickoff

“Let’s make no mistake: they are where they are right now – talking about [in] playoff position – because of their defense.” – Bill Cowher on the Miami Dolphins defense 

“He’s an incredible coach and he’s done an incredible job. To stir that team to some wins after all they went through last year, and then to have that team right here…[at] 5-4 with everything still in front of them, it’s nothing but an incredible job.” – Michael Irvin on Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin

“Tonight [Sammy Watkins] must play this game shoulders up going against [Brent] Grimes. [Grimes] understands how to play coverage. Sammy Watkins, you have to understand the little things in your routes to make sure you don’t give this guy anything to jump and get interceptions.” – Michael Irvin on Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins facing Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes 

“He’s giving them leadership, he’s giving them accuracy, putting the ball in the hands of playmakers on the outside…He gives them someone in the huddle that gives them a sense of calm and sense of leadership.” – Bill Cowher on Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton 

“I love Andrew Luck. I believe he’s the future at quarterback. But whenever he plays against the Patriots another guy factors in: that’s Bill Belichick and what he’s able to do to a young guy.” – Marshall Faulk on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck facing the New England Patriots 


Quotes from NFL Thursday Night Kickoff

“There is talk about these two head coaches maybe losing their jobs if they don’t make the playoffs. These two teams are trending upward. They’re better than they were at the beginning of the season, they’re better than they were a year ago and I think it would be a disservice to the players if you make a change at the head coaching position.” – Bill Cowher on Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone and Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin

“He’s intelligent, he’s precise. He gives you a better opportunity to win than EJ Manuel.” – Deion Sanders on Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton 

“Honestly, I feel like we could be a top five offense if we’re clicking on all cylinders but that’s a big if. One week we are, one week we’re not. We have to get that down but it’s a new system. We’re halfway through the season now so no more excuses.” – Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace on Miami’s offense

 - “He’s like a seesaw…He’s either up or down. There is no in-between. He’s either going to really bless you with his play or he’s going to destroy you with his play.” – Deion Sanders on Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill 

“I love what I see with the Miami Dolphins and I love what I see in coach [Joe] Philbin and how he works this offense…He has a young group of guys that I think is starting to really play well.” – Michael Irvin on the Miami Dolphins 

“If I’m the coordinator, I’m going to travel him with Sammy Watkins because that’s the only thing offensively for Buffalo that can hurt you.” – Deion Sanders on Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes 


On the following video clips from NFL Total Access Kickoff & NFL Thursday Night Kickoff is available for viewing: 

- Miami Dolphins: One Team, One Fight – NFL Media’s Steve Cyphers examines the leadership and culture of the Miami Dolphins’ locker room:

- The Progression of Ryan Tannehill NFL Total Access Kickoff details the progression of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill:

- How is the Bills Offense Different Under Kyle Orton? Bill Cowher and Deion Sanders analyze how the Buffalo Bills’ offense has changed with Kyle Orton at quarterback:

- Breaking Down the Buffalo Bills’ Defense NFL Total Access Kickoff takes to the field to break down the defense for the Buffalo Bills:

- Deion Sanders Breaks Down Dolphins Cornerback Brent Grimes – Prior to Buffalo Bills-Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, Deion Sanders breaks down the play of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes:

- Dolphins Wide Receiver Mike Wallace: “We Can be a Top 5 Offense” – Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace believes his offense can be a top five unit in the league:

- Harder Offense to Defend: Eagles or Packers? Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk debate which offense is harder to defend against: the Philadelphia Eagles or Green Bay Packers:

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FNIA-nfl-nbcCoverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Patriots-Colts

“He’s treating this like it’s a playoff game.” – Rodney Harrison on Bill Belichick;  Transcript Available to Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison Patriots-Colts Conference Call

NFL Turning Point Airs Thursday at 1 a.m. ET on NBCSN

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NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage SundayNights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – Nov. 12, 2014 – Two of the NFL’s top quarterbacks and offenses take center stage this Sunday night on NBC when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (7-2) visit Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (6-3) on SundayNight Football. Sunday night’s coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.

The Patriots and Colts enter their Sunday Night Football showdown as division leaders in the AFC East and AFC South, respectively, led by two of the NFL’s most efficient quarterbacks. Luck currently leads the NFL in passing yards (3,085) with an offense that leads the league in scoring (32.2 points per game), ranks second in the NFL with 26 touchdown passes (Peyton Manning; 29), and has eclipsed 300 passing yards in seven straight games. Brady has dominated opposing defenses during the Patriots’ current five-game winning streak, boasting an 18-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, as New England has averaged 40.2 points per game. The Patriots and Colts have each earned playoff berths in five of the last six seasons.

Calling Patriots-Colts is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Carolyn Manno will report from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., on the Eagles-Packers game.


Football Night In America analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison previewed this week’s Patriots-Colts Sunday Night Football matchup on a media conference call on Tuesday. Dungy spent seven seasons as the Colts’ head coach, leading Indianapolis to an 85-27 regular-season record during his tenure, and a Super Bowl XLI victory over Chicago in 2007. Harrison played six seasons with New England, and won back-to-back Super Bowls in 2004 and 2005 as a member of the Patriots.

Following are excerpts from Tuesday’s conference call:

Dungy on defenses creating turnovers: “It’s going to come down to pass rush.  I don’t think the secondary is going to create turnovers.  These quarterbacks are too accurate.  They’re too smart.  They’re not going to throw into covered guys.”

Harrison on Patriots’ and Bill Belichick’s approach to Sunday’s game: “He’s treating this like it’s a playoff game because it’s a very difficult place.  They play with a different speed when they’re on that turf, and it’s just something about the fans and just how excited they get when they’re playing against Belichick and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I wanted to have a conversation with Bill, and he declined to have a conversation with me. I know how important this game is because he’s really focused on this game.  So I think he approaches it like it’s a playoff game.”

Dungy on playoff implications of Patriots-Colts: “If (the Colts) win this game, both teams will have three losses.  The Colts will have the head‑to‑head tie breaker.  So the Patriots have to be feeling, ‘Hey, if we win this game, we’re not going to go to Indy again this year.’  That’s the way you’re looking at it.”

Click here for the full transcript of the call:


For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.


NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content & digital content from NBCSports.comSNF All, and, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.


NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at


For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

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This week’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of some of Week 10’s most compelling matchups, including Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers overtime victory on the road against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Airing Thursday morning at 1 a.m. ET / Wednesday night at 10 p.m. PT, the episode will also review the key moments that defined the Titans-Ravens, Dolphins-Lions and Cowboys–Jaguars contests. In addition, the show will feature in-game audio from select matchups, including wired-for-sound segments from Ravens QB Joe Flacco and head coach John Harbaugh, Lions WR Calvin Johnson, and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

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Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays),Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.


Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, combining the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site,

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.


NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

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NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

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NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11  New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 9


“There is nothing like this the entire year. So exciting.” – Cris Collinsworth on Ravens-Steelers rivalry

“There was a genuine dislike for the Ravens in the Steelers organization.” – Hines Ward

 “He didn’t care about everyone else’s feelings about Mark Sanchez.” – Tony Dungy on Chip Kelly

“This defense is playing fabulous.” – Rodney Harrison on the Dolphins

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 2, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside the Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on, and NFL Insider Peter King. Kathryn Tappen reported from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on the Broncos-Patriots game.

In addition, Costas interviewed Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, while Ward spoke with his former rival, Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Patrick on Patriots finish: “Extreme gamesmanship there towards the end. It looked like (Bill) Belichick wanted 50 points.”

Dungy: “He’s trying to put up points, John Fox is calling time outs, they’re throwing the ball at the end of the game. I’m not sure what all that was about.”

Harrison: “He preaches they play 60 minutes.”

Harrison: “This is a big win for the Patriots, not just to build confidence but…this is a win for home-field advantage. You don’t want to have to go to Denver in January.”

Click here for Tappen’s interview with Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski:


Harrison: “Seattle’s special teams have been really bad this year.”


Harrison: “Frank Gore had 14 rushes today. It’s not enough.”

Dungy: “The San Francisco 49ers are in trouble. I don’t know what’s wrong with them. They fall to 4-4, they’re three games behind Arizona, and they’re not playing good football.”


Dungy on Mark Sanchez: “I have to credit Chip Kelly. Chip played against Mark Sanchez in the Pac 12. He knew what he could do, and he didn’t care about everyone else’s feelings about Mark Sanchez. He did some things that Mark could do, and Sanchez played well today.”

Harrison on the Eagles being his winner of the day: “Winning on the road, winning with a backup quarterback. They’re now in first place.”


Dungy: “They used the formula they were using last year: solid offense and special teams to get the lead, then they’re turning some great pass rushers loose.”


Harrison: “This defense is playing fabulous.”


Patrick on RGIII not running for a potential first down: “Do you think we’ll ever get back to that RGIII or is that guy gone that would have run for the first down?”

Dungy: “Two knee surgeries, he may be gone.”


Dungy on Teddy Bridgewater: “Have to give him credit. We all focused on RGIII, but Bridgewater brought them back time after time. He really showed a lot of poise, and I think the Vikings have a keeper.”


Costas: “Every team in the division is over .500. The loser tonight will still be over .500, but will be in the basement in the division.”

Collinsworth: “It would not surprise me to see any of these teams win the division.”


Collinsworth on rivalry and cold weather: “There is nothing like this the entire year. So exciting, and we got a little hitting weather out here tonight.”

Ward: “This was one of those games you circled. No one in the building was allowed to wear purple. James Harrison, he pulled Mike Wallace’s (Air) Jordans off because they had purple and threw them in the cold tub…There was a genuine dislike for the Ravens in the Steelers organization.”

Ward on where the intensity of the rivalry started: “I really think it starts back with Tony Siragusa. When he said, ‘When you see a Steeler fan in the stands, beat the crap out of him,’ that just resonated with all the players and that began the rivalry.”

Dungy on Steelers retiring Joe Greene’s number: “I played with him. We had nine guys, Hall of Famers, on that team. He was unquestionably the leader; the best leader I’ve ever been around…He was Chuck Noll’s first draft choice and he changed the whole tenor of the organization.”


Florio: “Adrian Peterson can’t play until his pending felony child abuse charges are resolved, and they could be resolved fairly soon. There is a hearing on Tuesday, and I’m told that the lawyers are working on a potential plea bargain that would reduce the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor…And the question would be what punishment, if any, would the NFL impose on Adrian Peterson over and above the time he has already missed?”


Tafoya: “The investigation by former FBI Chief Robert Mueller into the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice case is ongoing. I spoke with Steelers’ President Art Rooney II, who along with Giants’ owner John Mara is overseeing the investigation, and he told me those three men are meeting several times a month, either via conference call or face-to-face. While there is still no timeline for completion of the investigation, he hopes it will be finished by year’s end.

“Meanwhile, Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension will begin Wednesday in New York where his legal team is expected to argue that he was punished twice for the same incident. They will also seek immediate reinstatement, as well as back pay for the games that they believe Rice could have played.  Testifying at that hearing will be Ray and Janay Rice, Roger Goodell, Ravens’ President Dick Cass and GM Ozzie Newsome, along with four other people who were present for Rice’s disciplinary hearing before the Commissioner back in June.”

Following are Costas’ interview with Roethlisberger, and Ward’s interview with Suggs.


Note: NBC Sports commentator Hines Ward had a spirited on-field relationship with Ravens LB Terrell Suggs when Ward was a WR with Pittsburgh (1998-2011).

Ward: “Let’s get right to it…do you still hate me?”

Suggs: “Get back to me tomorrow after the game. I can’t answer that right now.”

Ward: “Even without the jersey on?”

Suggs: “Even without the jersey on. No matter what Peyton Manning is doing right now with Denver, he will always be a Colt. Tom Brady will always be a Patriot. You will always be a Steeler. I don’t know what it is, I can’t like you. You know what I mean? You seem like a real cool dude right now, but I just can’t.”

Ward: “Do you even know my name?”

Suggs: “Oh, I know your name. [Laughs] I have more than one for you, but I know it.”

Ward: “Is there someone on the team now that you hate just as much as you hated me when I was playing?”

Suggs: “Oh, there will never be another 86…because you didn’t just do it with your mouth, you did it with your pads and with your playing. You always did something to affect the emotion of the game, and a lot of times, it won the game for you. As your opponent, I had to hate you because it’s a rivalry, but I do respect it…you would have made one hell of a Raven.”

Ward: “How do Steelers fans treat 55?”

Suggs: “They do a good job of welcoming me in Heinz Field. It’s very vivid on not only what they would like to do to my team, but to myself. There’s no bigger stadium to me than Heinz Field. I love it every time I come here, and I love the opportunity that I have in front of me.”

Ward: “Is the Ravens-Steelers still the best rivalry in the NFL?”

Suggs: “Yeah, it still is. That’s why when the scheduling came out, they gave this the Sunday Night game. Ravens-Steelers, this one is going to stick to you not just the rest of the year, but I bet you can remember every time you beat us and every time you lost to us, too…how you felt walking off of the field. These games are kind of personal. Everything that goes on around you, your whole atmosphere, it’s like, don’t talk to me until after the game…it’s the biggest thing in the world.”


On his failed pooch punt against the Colts last week: “You know what, the crowd was getting extra loud because it was fourth down, and [Maurkice] Pouncey couldn’t hear me give him the snap count. We were a little late with the delay. I told [Kelvin] Beachum I was mad at him because he’s ruining my pooch punt average…he brought it way down…it’s killing me.”

On turning the season around after losses to Tampa Bay and Cleveland: “We don’t listen to ‘elevator music’ as Coach Mike Tomlin would call it. Those outside people talking, we have a lot of people comment and doubt. We just go out and give it everything we have every week and try and get wins.”

On whether he feels overlooked compared to QB match-ups such as Drew Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady: “Nah, it’s alright. I know what I mean to this team and the franchise and the organization. Joe Flacco and I will have our game this week.”

On what makes the Ravens-Steelers rivalry so special: “It probably started even before I got here, but I really felt like [it was guys like] Joey Porter, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs…I’ve really tried to help carry that on and I think guys are understanding that this rivalry is something special. Two like-minded cities that are tough…it’s a fun rivalry.”


Long Says Cowboys Were Shortsighted To Put Romo Back in Monday Night Game

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Long Says Cowboys Were Shortsighted To Put Romo Back in

Monday Night Game

Bradshaw:  “I would absolutely not play RGIII today.”

Glazer Delivers Update on Tony Romo’s Back Injury

Wannstedt: Baltimore is the Most Complete Team in the AFC North


Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt believes the Baltimore Ravens will come out of the AFC North:  “Cincinnati is going to break our hearts as they always do down the stretch.  Cleveland right now is running on adrenaline.  Ben Roethlisberger is having a Pro Bowl year but the Steelers defense is one of the oldest in the league and as the season wears on the defense will too.  Baltimore is the most complete team in that division and will end up on top.”

FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Wannstedt had two takeaways from quarterback Brandon Weeden’s performance a couple years ago when Wannstedt’s Buffalo Bills defense faced Weeden when the quarterback played for the Cleveland Browns.  Weeden starts at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys today in place of an injured Tony Romo. “This guy has a lot better arm than what he gets credit for.  Secondly, he was not as mobile in the pocket than what we had thought.”

FOX Sports 1 reporter Colleen Dominguez sat down with Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson.  Dominguez asked Wilson what he inferred following a rumor that some members of the team didn’t feel Wilson is ‘black enough.’  “I don’t really know what that means.  For me, I’m an educated young individual that tries to lead his football team to victory every Sunday and that’s all I try to do.  I’m not perfect by any means but I try to do things the right way. I try to help others and I try to make a difference in our community and also in our football team.”

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush joined FOX NFL KICKOFF live in-studio.  Bush on how this year’s team is different from last year’s team:  “Our level of discipline is different.  Last year we beat ourselves in a lot of games.  We’re not making a lot of the same mistakes that we had made in the past and that’s a testament to our head coach Jim Caldwell.”



FOX NFL Sunday analyst Howie Long on the Cowboys putting Tony Romo back in last Monday night’s game against the Redskins:  “Nobody is going to question Tony Romo’s toughness.  I just think it was shortsighted given the surgery in the off-season, the protection issues they were having in the game, giving Romo off on Wednesdays to manage that back and [Brandon] Weeden was performing well.  Plus, they got away from the run.  Demarco Murray only touched the ball two times in the last 17 plays of the game and overtime.  The bottom line is it was shortsighted for the Cowboys to put him back in the game and inject him.”

Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson on whether RGIII should have started today:  “Jay Gruden should put RGIII back in the lineup.  He has to find out if he can play in this offense and if he can he count on him.  That said, his style of play and his aggressiveness will lead to another injury.  You can count on it.  And I wonder if this is Jay Gruden’s decision or was he told to put RGIII back in the lineup today.”

Added Terry Bradshaw:  “I would absolutely not play him.  There is no way he is 100% and now you are going to take a franchise quarterback and stick him out there just to see if he can run this offense.  No way.  Colt McCoy won the last two games and they should keep resting RGIII until after their bye week.”

Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan backs up Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.  “One of the hardest things is to repeat [Super Bowl wins] because everyone feels they are the reason that they won.  So the hardest thing is to keep everybody focused and feeling that they get enough credit.  In this case, quarterbacks get most of the blame and most of the credit.  It’s always been that way.  From what I hear with the few guys that were saying that [Wilson isn’t ‘black enough’] it makes no sense. If the team is winning, you all win. Anybody in this league understands that if you’ve got a quarterback like Russell Wilson, you are appreciative.”

Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long explains what the missing piece is for the San Francisco 49ers this season:  “To me, the missing piece for this football team is Aldon Smith.  Aldon Smith has a ripple effect on that entire football team.  Aldon Smith versus Denver or Aldon Smith next week versus New Orleans changes the landscape for the San Francisco 49ers.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer delivers an update on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s injury:  “It’s called a transverse process fracture. It’s basically a break of these two little bones that stick out the sides of the spinal column. It has nothing to do with his previous disc injury. However, because all the muscles are attached to it, it’s not a pain thing, but he’s not able to torque and turn on his throws and move around a lot. Romo said it has completely changed his day-to-day life. He has to think now to get out of bed differently, to walk differently, to stand up differently. Actually, this offseason he did a ton of research on stem cell regeneration not for his playing days, but just to live a normal life after he’s done with his career.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer on Wes Welker addressing the Denver Broncos about New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s motivational tactics and what Welker thinks Belichick is saying to his team:  “One of the guys in the middle of this rivalry here is Wes Welker, the Broncos receiver who used to obviously play with Tom Brady. Last night he got up in the Broncos team meeting and said that he’s been in Belichick’s night-before meetings for the last six years and this is what he [Belichick] is saying about our team tonight:  The Denver Broncos are frontrunners. The Denver Broncos can’t finish anybody. The Denver Broncos only beat us last year in the NFC Championship game because of injuries. He has no respect for anybody inside our locker room. Also, another note here, the Denver Broncos moved their team hotel this year because last year their fire alarm mysteriously went off at 2 o’clock in the morning. No incidents last night.”

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 9

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ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis previewed today’s NFL games with insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Some comments from today’s show:
On the impact of the snowy weather in Foxborough and how Denver and New England prepare for today’s game …
Johnson: “It’s so funny, every time New England gets ready to play somebody like a Manning, it’s like dial up something. It will be a snow, rain. It’s not their fault. It just happens to work that way. … We’re forgetting that he (Peyton Manning) has been in Denver now for a couple of years. In our minds, they’re still thinking of Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, coming out of a dome, coming to Foxborough. Let’s not forget, it does rain in Denver. There is snow. There’s bad weather. He’s played in bad weather.”
Jackson: “We know that Tom Brady plays great in this weather. That’s the thing that New England will bring to the table. He has a ball that has great velocity on it, that cuts through the wind. That cuts through the snow. I’ve seen him in this and I’ve seen him play great. He is not greatly affected by this weather. … For the Broncos, I think it comes down to: how well are you going to run the ball against the New England Patriots in this kind of weather if you have to.”
Carter: “The worst thing for Peyton Manning is not a pass-rush. It is the wind. Why? Because when he throws the ball, he throws the ball with a wobble to it. He has great velocity but the wind hits the front of the ball and the back of his ball. That’s why he’s least effective in the wind. … Trust me, when Peyton Manning’s looking at the weather, he’s looking at the wind no matter where he plays and no matter when he plays.”
Ditka: “The biggest factor will be the wind, but I think it will play a really big difference in the kicking game. … Things you take for granted, the short field goals, they’re no longer taken for granted. The hold. The snap. It could be a big problem in that area.”
On how the Broncos’ improved defense could play a big role today, especially with the weather …
Lewis: “Jack Del Rio has taken this defense to a totally different level. So, if you are asking who the pressure’s on, I truly believe today the pressure will be on Tom Brady.”
On whether rivalry games like Brady vs. Manning mean more …
Lewis: “These are the games that inspire me. These are the games that drove me. These are the games that you really earn what respect is. … When you talk about the rivalry that I had with Eddie George, that was pain. So mentally, you had to get up. … I had to deal with a giant, someone who was 6-4 and so light on his feet. It was that type of battle. That was old-school football. That’s when you appreciate it. The guy was great.”
Jackson: “Rivalries are usually driven by you trying to gain some success over someone that’s better than you. In my case, it was against the Oakland Raiders. … I made up stuff up in my mind so that I would hate them when we hit the field. So it made it very easy to play football. Is there a difference between the way I played them and everybody else? Yes. … I put everything I had emotionally into that.”
Carter: “In a rivalry, it brings out the good and bad in you. You can only have a rivalry when you have respect.”
On Robert Griffin III starting for the Redskins today – and in reaction to a report that the quarterback has alienated himself from teammates …
Jackson: “If in fact they are having a problem with RGIII … you have to come out, be available, and you have to play the kind of ball that you played your rookie year when they went to the playoffs.”
Ditka: “This guy’s a good guy. He’s a good football player. All of a sudden, I don’t know why everybody’s picking on him. He’s my quarterback. If he’s healthy, he plays.”
Lewis: “I would love to see Michael Jordan without a jump shot … RGIII’s ability – his magic – was his athletic ability, extending plays, making people miss. Now, that’s what he’s thinking about. … When you go through injuries like that, and that ‘it’ factor is what makes you special, what makes you different … that hasn’t happened in the last few years. You talk about the frustration with this guy, it’s way bigger than now just bringing him back because the ‘it’ factor is definitely missing.”
Johnson: “The case of RGIII is bad luck. … If you are doing your job and the team sees that – you’re winning games and completing passes – the hate will go away. You’re going to have doubters and haters in locker rooms. There’s going to be guys that are going to be jealous of you whether you win or you lose because you are the franchise. … If he comes around and starts to do that [win games], then all the other things will slowly go away.”
Carter: “I believe there’s a lot going on there and that blatant level of disrespect I don’t believe will go away. … Anytime the players want Colt McCoy as your starter instead of RGIII, that’s a serious problem. There’s only one reason RGIII wouldn’t be out there – because guys don’t like him.”
Berman: “When they won two years ago, the turnover from two years ago … a lot of these guys have never seen that winning with him. … A third, a half, whatever the roster, it’s different.”
On Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden benefiting from playing behind Tony Romo …
Ron Jaworski (reporting from the Cardinals-Cowboys game): “Brandon Weeden is the most prepared backup quarterback in the National Football League. Weeden has benefitted from the Tony Romo offseason surgery. Brandon Weeden worked all the first-unit reps in the offseason, every Wednesday. … So he’s ready to step in and play.”
Jackson: “There’s a difference between playing on Wednesday and Thursday, when you’re wearing the red jersey, when you know you’re not going to get hit, as opposed to the pressure that comes with getting on the field on Sunday afternoon against a Todd Bowles as a defensive coordinator who blitzes more than anybody in the league.”
Ditka: “As an organization, if you have a back quarterback that you don’t think you can win with, shame on you.”
And, on the importance of Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray while Romo is out …
Lewis: “With Romo’s injury, now you get to see the real value of DeMarco Murray.”
Johnson: “They’ve got to rely on DeMarco Murray here. If they do that, they have an opportunity. If not, Brandon Weeden will be sitting back there like a duck.”
On how the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry has changed in recent years …
Lewis: “This rivalry used to be (an) old-school rivalry where it was about smash-mouth football and smash-mouth defense. Now it’s about all the fancy passing schemes and throwing a bunch of touchdowns.”
On Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown …
Ditka: “If Ben plays like he did last week – if they play offense like they did last week — they will be in the Super Bowl.”
Jackson: “If you can’t cover Brown, then you are not going to beat them. He’s almost uncoverable right now. I’d say he’s the best receiver in the National Football League.”
On the Seattle Seahawks offense and the approach they should be taking …
Jackson: “I don’t want to see Russell Wilson run for 100 yards. I want to see Marshawn Lynch run for 100 yards, which means at the end of the game, he’ll finish you off because he’s worn you down.”
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