Quotes From Week 4 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

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Quotes From NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final

“If [DeMarco Murray] can stay healthy this season he will lead the league in rushing.” – Marshall Faulk on Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray

“As long this game plan for the Cowboys goes through that offensive line and the running game, you better believe the Dallas Cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC East right now.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys after a 38-17 win over the New Orleans Saints

“You have no idea what Orlando Scandrick meant to that defense. He is huge when it comes to the defense…This guy should start because he plays hard, he knows what he’s doing and he doesn’t make mistakes.” – Deion Sanders on Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick

“The most impressive thing for the Dallas Cowboys is the offensive line and the way they’ve been handling every defensive line that comes up on the schedule.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys

“I talk with this young kid often and he wants to be great. He works hard. I love the way he showed up today.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams who had six receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns

“I’ve never seen a back lead the league in rushing and then go in a game and average 1.7 yards per carry. I’ve never seen that.” – Marshall Faulk on Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy who rushed ten times for 17 yards

“This was the 49ers being who they are…They physically dominated the game.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the San Francisco 49ers after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 26-21

“[Colin Kaepernick] doesn’t look like the Kaep that we know and love. The reason he was rewarded this huge contract is because his mobility, [and] what he presented us outside the pocket. It seems like now they’re trying to prove that he’s a pocket passer. He is not that. Get this guy out of the pocket, let him move around the field and do what he’s gifted to do.” – Deion Sanders on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who was 17/30 for 218 yards two touchdowns, one interception and added 58 yards rushing

“I really want to know if they’re really playing for their head coach. I’ve got a question with that. Are you really down with your head coach San Francisco 49ers? I’m not hard to find. Because the way it looks to me, and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down with your head coach and that’s a problem.” – Deion Sanders on the San Francisco 49ers feelings with head coach Jim Harbaugh

“We don’t talk about [Malcolm] Jenkins a lot, but he’s one of the best safeties in the game.” – Deion Sanders on Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins who had seven tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown

“I know Geno [Smith] has made his mistakes, but the defense is not playing the way they’re supposed to and definitely the running game is not where it should be right now.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith who was 17/33 for 209 yards one touchdown, one interception and a fumble lost

“They need to go see their GM for putting these receivers around them because [Geno Smith] had better talent in college than he has at receiver right now.” – Marshall Faulk on New York Jets fans booing Geno Smith

“This is the best defensive player in the game – and it’s not arguable.” – Deion Sanders on Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt who had five tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown in a 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills

“This should be in the dictionary for playing big. When they say play big, watch Steve Smith.” – Marshall Faulk on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith’s 139 yard two touchdown game against the Carolina Panthers

“Eric Weddle can play this game…He’s a Pro Bowler, but he should be mentioned amongst the best safeties in the game.” – Deion Sanders on San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle

On NFL.com the following video clip from NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:

- Week 4: Let’s Go Primetime Deion Sanders provides his top 10 performances of Week 4:

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- Week 4 GameDay Express – Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap an exciting Week 4 thus far:

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- Deion Sanders: 49ers Players Want Harbaugh OutDeion Sanders questions the player coach relationship in San Francisco

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- Michael Irvin: The Cowboys Are UnstoppableMichael Irvin explains the formula that makes the Dallas Cowboys unstoppable

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- Are The Packers The Team To Beat In The NFC North? – Host Chris Rose and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci discuss who they think is the team to beat in the NFC North

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About  NFL GameDay Highlights

Every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network recaps the afternoon action with NFL GameDay Highlights. Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci and LaDainian Tomlinson provide highlights, analysis and set the stage for Sunday Night Football.

About  NFL GameDay Final

Every Sunday night at 11:30 PM ET, recap the complete day in the NFL with NFL GameDay Final. Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin put the definitive exclamation point on Sundays providing unlimited highlights of all the games, plus post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room, audio captured throughout the day and expert analysis.

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Notes & Quotes From Football Night In America – Week 4

FNIA-nfl-nbc“The rest of the NFC North needs to worry because that Packers offense is back.” – Dungy

“The celebrations, the pushing, the shoving — this is just silly.” – Harrison on Steelers penalties

“There is no momentum right now for Roger Goodell’s job to be in jeopardy.” – King, on conversations with eight owners/senior team officials

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 28, 2014 – Following are highlights from Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and 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 NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Alex Flanagan reported from Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on the Eagles-49ers game.

Elliott interviewed Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten. Patrick reported on some of the NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Month efforts.

ON LEAGUE ISSUES

King: “The last few days, I’ve talked to eight owners or prominent club officials in the NFL about the future of Commissioner Roger Goodell…there is no momentum right now for Roger Goodell’s job to be in jeopardy, but I say that with an asterisk. The owners want to see what is in the Robert Mueller report. The former FBI director is compiling a report, doing some interviews right now. No sign of when that’s going to be done. But the last thing I would say is that these owners are very concerned with the long-term image damage to the game.”

Florio on Ray Rice: “It’s not just the Mueller investigation, but Ray Rice still has an appeal pending of his indefinite suspension. A week ago, it would appear that Commissioner Roger Goodell was poised to name a hearing officer to handle that appeal, that hasn’t happened. I’m told that the NFL and the NFL Players Association are working together. There’s a chance that this process of the Ray Rice appeal could be nudged back until after the Muller investigation concludes.”

King on NFL games in London: “The game in London today was the first of three games and the NFL, in 2015, will be doing an instant replay. Also, three games in 2015 at Wembley Stadium.”

Florio on London games: “The talk continues of eventually moving a franchise to London, but there are plenty of logistical hurdles and obstacles to actually putting a team there on a full-time basis. It continues to be a very real possibility that instead of moving a team, the NFL would simply play eight regular-season games there a year, involving different teams.”

ON EAGLES AND 49ERS

Dungy on Eagles offense failing to score TD at end of game: “LeSean McCoy is a great back. Give him a chance from the one-and-a-half yard line.”

Patrick: “But give credit to the 49ers defense…They didn’t allow them to run the ball or pass the ball.”

Dungy: “I don’t think Philly had confidence running at that point because they had gotten stuffed all game.”

Dungy on 49ers: “I love what the San Francisco 49ers did. They needed a win. They went back to their formula, played great defense and ran Frank Gore. This was a big win for them.”

ON PACKERS

Dungy: “The rest of the NFC North needs to worry because that Packers offense is back.”

Harrison on Aaron Rodgers: “He proved today why he is the best quarterback in the league.”

ON LIONS

Collinsworth on emergence of Golden Tate: “Now you have someone opposite Calvin Johnson…Now (defenses) have to start balancing that out a little bit? You’ve got issues when you play the Detroit Lions.”

ON JETS

Harrison: “You have to consider giving Michael Vick an opportunity.”

Dungy on switching to Michael Vick: “I would make the switch if I were trying to win this year. If I’m trying to see if Geno Smith is my quarterback of the future, I’d stick with him.”

Dungy reacting to Rex Ryan press conference during which he said about the team’s problems ‘I don’t believe it rests on one man’: “Rex was right. This was more than just Geno Smith ups and downs.”

Harrison on Michael Vick: “If I’m a player in that locker room, I don’t want to listen to a coach telling me, ‘Hey, this is future stuff.’ Whatever…I have a proven veteran quarterback on the bench. I want to win right now. My career is not guaranteed…”

Dungy: “Are you changing quarterbacks now?”

Harrison: “I have to give Michael Vick an opportunity. You’re 1-3, you still have to play the Patriots twice, and Geno, he doesn’t have any confidence.”

ON STEELERS

Dungy on Steelers penalties: “Just the way (Mike) Tomlin explained it, undisciplined, six 15-yard penalties. You’re trying to run the clock out and you get penalties there, silly.”

Harrison: “This is very frustrating because this is a penalty that you can avoid. The celebrations, the pushing, the shoving — this is just silly.”

Patrick: “But you have this players coach. It seems like it’s coming back to haunt Mike Tomlin.”

ON BUCCANEERS

Harrison: “You have to give Coach Lovie Smith some credit. After that debacle in Atlanta, they could have easily had the mindset of, ‘Oh, here we go again.’ But they hung in there and won a game.”

ON VIKINGS

Dungy on Teddy Bridgewater: “It is amazing when you get good quarterback play. It makes the whole team play better, and Teddy Bridgewater was poised. He was accurate. He was special today in his first start.”

Harrison: “The athleticism is obvious, but the thing I liked about him was his body language. He was relaxed. He was poised. And even in tense situations, he was cool. He kind of reminded me of Russell Wilson.”

ON PANTHERS

Harrison: “I’m really concerned about that team because you look at the injuries on both offense and defense. That defense seems to have regressed a little bit. They don’t have any great playmakers in the secondary. They’re getting physically dominated at the line of scrimmage. They’re missing tackles. This team is in trouble and they have to play the Chicago Bears coming up.”

ON TEXANS

Harrison on J.J. Watt: “You tell me one guy that plays harder or with more passion and heart than J.J. Watt.”

Dungy: “And that is a coach’s dream – when your best player is your hardest worker and sets the tempo.”

Patrick to Harrison: “Didn’t you say Houston was garbage last week?”

Harrison (laughing): “I’m still not a believer. I love J.J. Watt, you’re one of my favorites, but I’m still not a believer.”

ON SAINTS

Dungy on team’s road struggles: “I think it’s the pass protection. I think they have problems dealing with the noise on the road.”

ON COWBOYS

Harrison on importance of Cowboys rushing game: “The more you take it out of Tony Romo’s hands, the less opportunity he has to turn the ball over.”

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

JASON WITTEN WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

Note: A core element of Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation is the prevention of domestic violence. In 2012, Witten was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, which is granted to the player who demonstrates outstanding contributions to society off-the-field while handling himself in an exemplary fashion in uniform. For more information on Witten’s foundation, click here http://www.jasonwitten82.com/ssp/foundation

Elliott: What’s it been like to see the issue thrust to the forefront?

Witten: “It’s disappointing in general to see what has taken place in the NFL. Having said that, I think people are now becoming aware that this is something that has been going on for a long time, not just in the NFL, but on a bigger scale in our country. There are so many guys in the NFL that are doing so many good things. I’ve been fortunate to understand my story, and my path to where I am today, and realize you have a platform and opportunities and that you’re role models. That’s something you need to demand of yourself and demand of others to be on the outreach, and let people know that we can put a stop to this.”

Elliott: What more can we do?

Witten: “As athletes, in general, you’re big and you’re strong and have the opportunity to stop it. I look at my own life and my example. Now, I’m a father of three and I’ve put a stop to that, not being afraid to step out. We all make mistakes, I understand that, but there is a standard which we have to create and demand from each other that we can’t accept domestic violence in our country.”

Elliott: What do you think of the way the league has handled it, weathered it and looked ahead?

Witten: “They were all disappointed in the way it all went down in the last couple weeks. I thought Commissioner Goodell did a good job of standing up and owning it and saying ‘we made a mistake.’ I think as players, obviously mistakes were made. But, at the same time, you’re in the spotlight and you have an obligation and responsibility as athletes. These have been dark days for the NFL, but (it’s) a game we love and I think there’s a lot of integrity inside the NFL. Not only in the league office, but players and coaches across this country that understand and respect the opportunity that they have. This league will be fine because falling back on the shoulders of the integrity of the men that make this game what it is.”

On the success of his career: “I could’ve never dreamed that it would turn into this. I always had high expectations for myself that maybe I could be a good player; maybe, possibly a great player. But I was just so focused on working hard and getting better and just trying to be an asset to a team and early on, getting drafted into this franchise, and trying to put one foot in front of the other and become a better football player.”

On nearing 10,000 yards and becoming third TE ever to hit that mark: “I’m humbled just to hear that. You think of Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez, they’re two of the greatest ever to play the game. It’s a humbling experience to think when you come into the league that maybe one day you’d have a chance to join that group.”

On how important a Super Bowl is to him: “It’s everything. It’s what motivates me every day. You look back and say the last three years playing in Week 17 for the division and coming up short each year to a different divisional opponent – it’s tough…When you play for this franchise, they’re out to get you and they want to beat you. You have to be your best when your best is needed and that’s what we’re trying to create right now.”

On the motivation that comes from criticism: “I don’t think that people think we’re a very good football team. For us, after the last three years coming up short, there’s been a mindset of we haven’t played good enough at key times to win and compete.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

FOX NFL Kickoff & FOX NFL Sunday Notes – 9/28/14

Fox-NFL-2014Terry Bradshaw on NFL Overtime Rule: It Should Absolutely Be Changed

Howie Long: Playing Defensive Back In This League Is Impossible To Do

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Dave Wannstedt: I’d Have Michael Vick Ready To Go If Geno Smith

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Arizona Cardinals Cornerback Antonio Cromartie Joins FOX NFL KICKOFF

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From FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch joined FOX NFL KICKOFF from Soldier Field where he’s calling today’s Packers at Bears game. Lynch offered analysis regarding the Packers slow start on offense this season: “There are issues in Green Bay but it’ll work itself out.  With Aaron Rodgers, it’s trust issues.  He’s got wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, who is having an off year, thus far and he doesn’t trust any of his other receivers.”   

FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst and seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss feels the Chicago Bears need to win today to show other NFC North teams that they are here to take the division:  “Over the last few years, late in the season was when they would determine who the winner of the NFC North division would be. Right now, today, the Chicago Bears need to set the tone, set the tempo and let the NFC North know they’re coming for the division and they need to do it in Week 4.”

Former NFL head coach, defensive coordinator and FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst Dave Wannstedt would have New York Jets backup QB Michael Vick ready to take over for Geno Smith if Smith turns the ball over:  “There’s an expression among coaches: ‘Good coaches lose games but they never lose the team’ and head coach Rex Ryan has lived that the last couple of years. His players play for him. If I were Rex Ryan right now in the back of my mind I’d have Michael Vick ready to go.  If Geno goes in there and turns the ball over, he’s coming out. You can’t win by turning the football over.”

With his team on a bye, three-time NFL pro bowler and Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie joined FOX NFL KICKOFF live in-studio today. Earlier this season, the Cardinals defense had to make adjustments due to key injuries to their linebackers.  Given those adjustments, Wannstedt asked Cromartie how the safeties defended the run: “Those safeties came in and tried to do a tremendous job.  It’s not a point of trying to replace guys, it’s just the safeties trying to play at a high level.  Safety Deon Bucannon Tony Jefferson and Rashad Johnson – those guys like playing in the box and they were able to make plays.”   

Wannstedt on how he’d advise San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to defend against Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s fast offense:  “The key to defending this isn’t necessarily the defensive calls they make. It’s getting your guys lined up and having everyone on the same page, making the call and not having mental mistakes where they give up on cheap plays.”

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FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Howie Long on what stands out to him most after the first three weeks of this NFL season: “You better get there with pressure from your front four. With the emphasis on old rules in terms of coverage, it’s impossible to cover these big wide receivers in the league particularly in the red zone.  Playing defensive back in this league is impossible to do in today’s game.”    

On the heels of Denver’s 26-20 overtime loss to Seattle, co-host, NFL Hall of Famer and FOX NFL SUNDAY studio analyst Terry Bradshaw disagrees with the NFL’s overtime rule, which allows the team that wins the coin toss to win the game if they score a touchdown on their first drive:  “I absolutely disagree with the rule – score a touchdown after the coin toss in overtime and then the game is over, without the other team’s offense getting an opportunity.”

Added Long, who agreed that the rule needs to be changed:  “There’s not a football fan in America outside of those in Seattle that didn’t want to see Peyton Manning get an opportunity to answer Russell Wilson particularly after he drove the team 80 yards on six plays in 41 seconds to send the game to overtime.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst and recent NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan disagrees with Bradshaw on the topic of overtime:  “If it’s not Peyton Manning, or Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees, we’re not having this conversation.  There’s more than one player on that field there is more than a quarterback. It’s a team game. You need the other people on your team to step up and stop somebody.  They [Denver Broncos] didn’t do it.  You lost the game and you go home.”

Bradshaw tries to determine the problem with the San Francisco 49ers might be:  “Something is definitely wrong.  You look at a football team that is built to win right now.  Are they not listening to head coach Jim Harbaugh?  Or are they not making the proper adjustments in the second half?  I think they answer it this week.  If not, I can see Harbaugh coaching in Michigan next year.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Jimmy Johnson believes the Atlanta Falcons are back mostly due to the stellar performance this season from WR Julio Jones:  “I am amazed how one player who is not a quarterback can make such a difference on a football team.  Julio Jones is back out there, averaging 16 yards a catch with three touchdowns plus an improved offensive line.  The Atlanta Falcons are back.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported that Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen lost a considerable amount of weight just this week due to pneumonia.  Allen has been deactivated today and his streak of playing in 113 straight games will come to an end:  “He went from 255 pounds down to 237 pounds just in this week.  He said, ‘I’ve played through a torn labrum, torn hip, torn shoulder, a torn everything and my streak ends because of pneumonia?’  He’s very frustrated today but feeling just horrible.”

Barring several bad performances, Glazer reports that the New York Jets will stick with QB Geno Smith:  “The Jets are sticking with Geno Smith. The plan is to stick with him long term unless he puts together several horrible games where he just digresses. This week, they did extra work with him in the red zone, something that he struggled with Monday night against the Bears.”

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 4

Sunday NFL Countdown logoESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed today’s NFL games with insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Some excerpts from today’s show:

 

On quarterback Cam Newton vs. the Ravens defense …

Carter: “He (Cam Newton) started training camp a little nicked up. When you get nicked up again, then the hurting is for real. So, every week, you are battling just to stay healthy. That’s what it is all about being a pro. That’s what we always talk about – ‘there’s a talent to being available.’ Right now, Cam is just going through a season where he’s going to be nicked-up an awful lot … I like his style. He’s really developed as a pocket passer. It is only going to get better.”

Jackson: “We very seldom play at a 100 percent in the National Football League once the season starts. That’s almost every player in the National Football League. I would like our viewers to be able to meet Cam Newton – 6 feet, 6 inches, 265 pounds. When you see him, you understand the freakish nature of his ability. He is not RG III … His style is an asset to the Carolina Panthers. It is always going to be there. He can lead the team in rushing, if he wanted to. But he is always going to have that in his back pocket.”

Johnson: “Because of his size and the way that he’s built, he’s not like the rest of the quarterbacks and he’s developing as a pocket passer, you can’t take his instincts away from him. When things break down, he’s allowed to run. You can do that, while other guys have to sit back there and become statues.”

Carter: “Cam Newton is Ben Roethlisberger, but a great athletic.”

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. vs. the Panthers – Keyshawn Johnson reflects on his experiences playing against his old teams:

“The New York Jets to Tampa move – it was all good. I understood Bill Parcells (then Jets GM) and what they wanted to do … But the Carolina back to Tampa, that was a different story. I wanted to punish them … I made sure their sideline knew, that every chance that I got the football, they were going to be gutted. The animosity I had for that coaching staff and some of those players on that team, it just was totally different.”

On Baltimore Raven Steve Smith Sr. playing against his old team the Carolina Panthers …

Carter: “It is a big plot to this game. Not only because he is returning against a team that let him go and anytime you  have that situation, you are going to have a lot of energy. But, they don’t have a whole bunch of weapons. (WR) Tory Smith is not playing well … The Ravens need Steve Smith Sr. to play a good game.”

Johnson: “The interesting thing about this situation with Steve Smith is he does know that secondary. He does know this defense and he does know their tendencies. He can give information to the offensive staff and allow them to put him in great situations to take advantage of that.”

Ditka: “Just one piece of advice for Steve Smith. The only constant in life is change. Embrace it. Don’t get mad at it. Don’t get mad at the team that let you go.”

On the Eagles offense vs. the 49ers defense …

Jackson: “49ers, defensive dependent. That’s been the story of that team along with an outstanding running game. (RB) Frank Gore, basically forgotten getting with 11 carries a game. I’d say it again, (LB) Aldon Smith, at the time that he left, was as good a pass rusher as we had in the National Football League. (DL) Glenn Dorsey, nose tackle, the heart and soul of any 3-4 defense, out. NaVorro Bowman out, the best inside linebacker in football … They are not the same football team on the defensive side of the ball.”

Carter: “This is the style of football team that Chip Kelly (Eagles head coach) has had problems with, even in his short tenure with Philadelphia. Teams that can get quick penetration and make them run sideline to sidelines. The overall physicality of the interior seven of San Francisco is going to play a key role. It was always one of the keys in stopping the Oregon Ducks (under Kelly).”

While appearing on a Wisconsin radio station during the week, quarterback Aaron Rodgers urged Packers fans worried about the team’s 1-2 start to “R.E.L.A.X.” The Countdown panel shared their thoughts on Rodger’s radio comment:

Johnson: “When you start off at 1-2 and you are the Green Bay Packers, there is panic. The Chicago Bears are not going away. When you look at the injuries that they’ve had on this football team, plus the way that the offense has been playing, in particular, the wide receivers trying to adjust to this new style of passing game, there is panic. Aaron Rodgers has to get realistic here and understand you have to start winning football games.”

Jackson: “My concern is that he (Rodgers) is throwing every ball under duress. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the National football League. In fact, (Hall of Fame QB and ESPN analyst) Steve Young said the other day that ‘it is kind of a football crime that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are having difficulty doing their jobs because they are not protected.’”

Ditka: “Without Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay is an average football team. He is a class act, a credit to the National Football League.”

Carter: “This is no excuse for them, but injuries have killed them the last two years. They’ve had over 200 collective games missed by their starters. That would affect Aaron Rodgers. But his receiving corps, which was all home grown – Donald Driver, drafted and developed; Jermichael Finley, hurt; Greg Jennings, didn’t sign him and let him go to Minnesota; James Jones, let him go to Oakland, after he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2012. All that productivity can’t be replaced. Right now, they don’t have the players. This is not nearly the football team that we were seeing several years ago.”

On how much pressure is head coach Jim Harbaugh under with the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers?

Jackson: “I think some of the actions of his players are wearing thin on him.  Do they want him out, or does he, in the end, maybe want out on his own?”

Johnson: “He’s not the type of coach that likes to sit around. He’s like my old boss, Bill Parcells. A guy who likes to move around – you look at UC San Diego, he left there. He went to Stanford. He jumped to the job with the San Francisco 49ers. He has flirted around with some other teams. You just don’t know what his mindset is.”

Carter: “He is a very good coach. One thing is you typically see a reflection of the coach on the football team. You are not seeing that with the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh was a very disciplined player. Right now, they are not a disciplined team. I do believe Harbaugh has figured this out, a lot like (University of Alabama head coach) Nick Saban, who realized jumping back and forth to college to pro wasn’t his strong suit, and settled on college where he’s a dominant coach. I believe that Harbaugh realizes he is a pro coach and is going to stay in pro football. He’s going to try to work it out with the 49ers.”

On the quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s first NFL start with the Vikings …

Jackson:  “I watched his entire career at U of L (University of Louisville), he was the most pro-ready quarterback, I believe, coming out of college. Minnesota is getting a great guy to lead their organization – not only in character and his ability to stay poised on the field, but great, great leadership …”

Carter: “Not only his physical toughness, but his mental toughness as well. People forget, at one point, he was projected to be the first pick in the Draft. How he tumbled in the draft. Mentally, he handled that. Within the Vikings organization, not only the ownership, but the general manager Rick Spielman, they feel very comfortable in the draft pick. That’s why they got him (Bridgewater). Just need to get some help around him. Don’t know what (RB) Adrian Peterson’s future is going to be. But if they put a running game, (WRs) Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, they can do some great things. I expect big things from the Vikings organization and Teddy Bridgewater.”

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Quotes From Week 4 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-GameDayMorning Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“We’re going to be talking soon about him being the best quarterback in the league.” – Steve Mariucci on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew

“They’re in trouble and it all starts up front: the offensive line…If you watch Aaron Rodgers, he’s just not trusting the guys up front.” – Marshall Faulk on the Green Bay Packers

“We keep thinking that Aaron Rodgers can just lift this thing up and he cannot. He needs better talent around him.” – Michael Irvin on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“I’m told the NFL is on the verge of having personal foul penalties reviewable for the first time ever.” – Ian Rapoport

“If you’re basing that judgment off of winning, how he plays in big games and clutch moments and coming through, I think you have to put him in that discussion.” – Richard Sherman on if Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should be in the ‘best quarterback in the league’ conversation

“I don’t know about ‘closing gaps’ and all that…We should have been able to make the plays to put the game away. It shouldn’t have been that close.” – Richard Sherman on if the Denver Broncos closed the gap with the Seattle Seahawks after last week’s 26-20 overtime win

“He’s gone out the first three weeks and he’s played even more angry than he normally plays. That attitude has been infectious with that offense.” – Sterling Sharpe on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith

“Getting the tight end involved helps Eli [Manning] and helps this entire offense. They are a force in the NFC East.” – Shaun O’Hara on if the New York Giants can contend in the NFC East

“Geno [Smith] is perfect for this offensive system…He has to be more careful with the ball in the red zone, but this team is about five or six plays away from being undefeated.” – Michael Robinson on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater with NFL Network’s Melissa Stark

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater sat down with NFL Network’s Melissa Stark for an interview on NFL GameDay First.

On starting his first career NFL game:

“It’s a dream come true for me to able to get my first start on this level. The time has presented itself, and I don’t want to just start this one game. This is a deal that I want to be in for a long time.”

On being the starting quarterback:

“We just have to focus on getting the ball out of my hands, and allowing my playmakers on the outside and the guys in the back field to make plays. Just taking what the defense gives us.”

To view the entire interview with Bridgewater, visit:

http://on.nfl.com/ZiQDjb

 

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM ET, NFL Network is first on the field with NFL GameDay First. Host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis of the day’s games, while NFL Network reporters stationed across the league report from stadiums with the first on-location reports of the day.

“We’re going to be talking soon about him being the best quarterback in the league. The sky is the limit for the Colts because the guy under center, Andrew Luck, is as good as it gets.” – Steve Mariucci on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“I will relax when I start to see this team looking like they said they were going to look coming out of training camp. That is Eddie Lacy running for a 115, 120 [yards], averaging about four-and-a-half yards a carry. I want to see some balance between the offensive line blocking and Eddie Lacy with some gash runs. I haven’t seen that so far this year.” – Sterling Sharpe on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers telling Packers fans to relax

“It’s going to be a physical affair. Steve Smith is still upset that his 13-year career in Carolina came to an end and it didn’t end the way he wanted. So what has he done? He’s gone out the first three weeks and he’s played even more angry than he normally plays. That attitude has been infectious with that offense.” – Sterling Sharpe on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith playing his former team, the Carolina Panthers

- “Getting the tight end involved helps Eli [Manning] and helps this entire offense. They are a force in the NFC East.” – Shaun O’Hara on if the New York Giants can contend in the NFC East

“Geno [Smith] is perfect for this offensive system…He has to be a lot more careful with the ball in the red zone, but this team is about five or six plays away from being undefeated.” – Michael Robinson on why Geno Smith should remain the New York Jets quarterback

“Marty Mornhinweg needs to rely on the Jimmy’s and Joe’s, not the X’s and O’s. He can’t always try to scheme everybody and try to get into the perfect play call. He has to kind of just trust Geno.” – Michael Robinson on what New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg needs to change

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning, airing at 9:00 AM ET for four hours on NFL Network and taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joins analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews. Additionally, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest inside information from around the league.

“They’re in trouble and it all starts up front: the offensive line. That’s where it starts. If you watch Aaron Rodgers, he’s just not trusting the guys up front. The ball when it comes out, it doesn’t look like his eyes are downfield. I’m worried about this team because where on defense they used to have problems and offensively they used to mask it, right now they’re struggling on offense.” – Marshall Faulk on the 1-2 Green Bay Packers

“They don’t have the talent around Aaron Rodgers. We keep thinking that Aaron Rodgers can just lift this thing up and he cannot. He needs better talent around him.” – Michael Irvin on the Green Bay Packers

“If they’re going to relax, they have to change what they’re doing. They have to change their approach offensively…Five letters if you don’t adjust: P-A-N-I-C.” – Kurt Warner on the Green Bay Packers

“This is not single’s tennis – Aaron [Rodgers] can’t do it by himself.” – Steve Mariucci on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“There are three things that are a must that you have to trust as a runner: you have to trust your talent, you have to trust your eyes and you must trust your offensive line. Right now, he’s not trusting his offensive line, so therefore his eyes are lying to him and he doesn’t believe he has the talent to get where he needs to go.” – Marshall Faulk on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy

“It’s that time of the season when you really have to forge your identity. I say the San Francisco 49ers defensive front will look like their old selves and get after Nick Foles today, and try to be the reason why they win the game, not lose the game.” – Marshall Faulk on the San Francisco 49ers defense

“There are issues going on on the football field, there are issues going on in the front office and it is all finding itself to the field.” – Michael Irvin on the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers

“This is a guy who plays with emotion so you want to force-feed him in a game like this. Get him the ball and let him do what he does to intimidate the other team.” – Kurt Warner on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith facing his former team, the Carolina Panthers

“He and Andrew Luck are those up-and-coming quarterbacks that once Peyton [Manning], [Tom] Brady, [Drew] Brees and [Aaron] Rodgers have moved on or they’ve gotten older, we’re going to be sitting here comparing other quarterbacks to the two of them.” – Marshall Faulk on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“You have to put him in there…If you’re basing that judgment off of winning, how he plays in big games and clutch moments and coming through, I think you have put him in that discussion.” – Richard Sherman on if Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should be in the ‘best quarterback in the league’ conversation

“I hope we see them again. I wouldn’t mind that. I don’t know about ‘closing gaps’ and all that. They played a good ballgame – we should have been able to pull away. We should have been able to make the plays to put the game away. It shouldn’t have been that close.” – Richard Sherman on if the Denver Broncos closed the gap with the Seattle Seahawks after a 26-20 overtime victory

“We do things differently. We have a close-knit group. In the NFL, it’s such a business they say you can’t have a family-like atmosphere in the locker room – we try to have that. We really care about our teammates.” – Richard Sherman on the Seattle Seahawks

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the Carolina Panthers’ decision to part ways with wide receiver Steve Smith:

“I’ve talked to Panthers sources about this over the last couple of days. It is not because they thought Steve Smith couldn’t play; that’s been his personal view on this as there’s been some sound that we’ve heard over the last couple days and weeks from him declaring that they thought that he could not play. Panthers’ sources told me that’s not true. They’re not surprised that he’s been as productive as he is. Really what it was is they were going younger, they were going cheaper and they believe Steve Smith would continue to become a disruptive force in the locker room for this young team, especially for this young quarterback. At the Combine, general manager Dave Gettleman said they were evaluating what to do with Steve Smith. He heard that [and] blew up the situation. I’m told he asked to be released, would not take a pay cut [and] essentially forced the Panthers’ hand. They tried to trade him. They had to cut him. They know that his own personal bulletin board is fueling this fire this week. They haven’t said hardly anything. They’re going to hopefully let it play out on the field.”

On former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith:

“From what I understand, Cam Newton was a big source of frustration for Steve Smith. In fact, he told close friends he doesn’t believe Cam Newton sees the field at all, specifically in the red zone. What Steve Smith told friends is that Cam Newton doesn’t think fast enough or isn’t precise enough to succeed in the red zone. The stats do bear that out. Only two quarterbacks have been worse since 2011 in the red zone and his completion percentage [is] 44 percent in his career inside the 20 [yard line].”

On potential rule change to make some penalties reviewable:

“I’m told the NFL is on the verge of having personal foul penalties reviewable for the first time ever. Last year, the Redskins made this proposal of expanding instant replay to personal foul penalties. It failed by four votes. I’m now told four teams who voted against it are now set to vote for it. This is on the agenda when the Competition Committee meets in March. The likelihood is this is coming for the 2015 season. Now it might be at the start a little narrower – could be just hits on receivers – but it seems it’s coming.”

On San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s relationship with the players:

“The same thing I was hearing last year is the same thing I was hearing as the season was starting, same thing I’m hearing now. Some of it is from losing but I’m told especially the veterans are grumbling already about Jim Harbaugh and the voices are getting louder and louder. Some of the complaints include the fact that he kind of treats them like children. In fact, on planes I’m told they’re not allowed to play music, not allowed to play cards. Small things but these are the things that really can rankle players. Even though the players do get to sit in first class, [they] still get frustrated by that.”

On Michigan’s potential interest in John Harbaugh:

“There has been and will be speculation about Jim Harbaugh and Michigan…I am told by high-ranking Michigan sources they actually prefer John Harbaugh, the Ravens coach, over Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers coach, because of the longevity that he could give them. He could stay there awhile. Same Michigan ties; grew up in Ann Arbor, father of course coached there.”

On the decisions to start rookie quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater:

“This was the decision the Jaguars essentially had forced upon them by the improvement that Blake Bortles made. In fact, I’m told by a Jaguars source, they felt like they had no choice with him. Chad Henne had played fine, had a good preseason, showed some improvement but even though they planned to redshirt Bortles at the beginning of the season, his improvement was so great that they really felt they had to play him. As the Jaguars source told me, there is no going back; this is Blake Bortles’ team. He’s smart, he’s physical, they believe he can evade the pressure that hit Chad Henne. It’s a little different for the Vikings. They were not ready to make the quarterback change from Matt Cassel but they are going to see Teddy Bridgewater today. He’s going to have the same playbook essentially that Matt Cassel had; Cassel we know is out for the season after having foot surgery earlier in the week. The noticeable thing for the Vikings and Teddy Bridgewater is how much of a leader he has been with every member of this team. He has associated himself with many different position groups, often eats lunch, lifts with the offensive linemen. They do believe that Teddy Bridgewater is ready to take over this football team.”

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:

- Week 4 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew give their Week 4 Bold Predictions:

http://on.nfl.com/1xsDdz6

- Week 4 Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Sunday Statements for Week 4:

http://on.nfl.com/1t7XJOF

- Richard Sherman on Facing the Denver Broncos – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman joins NFL GameDay Morning in-studio to recap last week’s victory over the Denver Broncos:

http://on.nfl.com/1BqXx1B

- Panthers Were Concerned with Steve Smith’s Locker Room Presence – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the reason why the Carolina Panthers moved on from wide receiver Steve Smith:

http://on.nfl.com/YysrrN

- Packers vs. Bears Rivalry Renewed – With the NFL’s oldest rivalry renewed today, former participants of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears rivalry discuss what makes it special:

http://on.nfl.com/1pkUCBB

- Rookie Quarterback Report Kurt Warner and Steve Mariucci join Rich Eisen to provide a report on rookie quarterbacks Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles:

http://on.nfl.com/YyPkeM

- What’s Most Impressive About Andrew Luck? Steve Mariucci joins Sterling Sharpe on NFL GameDay First to discuss Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck:

http://on.nfl.com/Yvzthh

- Players Only: Challenges of Being One of the Best – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman joins NFL GameDay Morning’s former players to discuss the challenges of being one of the best players in the NFL:

http://on.nfl.com/YwhA1M

- Should Russell Wilson Be in the Best Quarterback Discussion? – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman joins the former players of NFL GameDay Morning to discuss if Russell Wilson should be in the best quarterback discussion:

http://on.nfl.com/1wPzwk3

- Marshall Plan: Breaking Down Eddie Lacy – Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk breaks down Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy:

http://on.nfl.com/1BqRB8B

- U Know It – Former Miami Hurricanes Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp discuss if fellow Hurricane Reggie Wayne will catch his first touchdown of the season today:

http://on.nfl.com/ZiVuRs

- San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh’s Relationship with Players Not Improving – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the latest regarding San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s relationship with his players:

http://on.nfl.com/1nrGMT4

- Michigan Interested in John, Not Jim Harbaugh? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest regarding a potential coaching change at Michigan:

http://on.nfl.com/1mDHDiX

- Mighty Mites Get a Second Shot – The Mighty Mites from Wallkill, NY get a second chance on NFL GameDay Morning:

http://on.nfl.com/1vorSvM

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Inside The NFL Talks Football With Super Bowl XLVIII Rematch, Coaches And All The Game Action of NFL Week 3

inside-the-nfl-showtimeInside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2014) – This week’s edition of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel, expert analysts Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and fresh off his team’s Monday night victory, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, are in-studio to discuss Week 3 of the NFL.

The fourth installment of INSIDE THE NFL also covers lessons from NFL Week 3, the rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII proving to be an early season classic, the difference a good coach can make, Philadelphia Eagles Cary Williams’ comments on Chip Kelly’s demanding training routine and how to cope with off-field distractions.

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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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On Off-Field Distractions…

Michael Irvin – “Kudos to those guys [Baltimore Ravens] for putting all of that aside and saying, ‘This field is our sanctuary, we control things here’… If you are a football team or an organization, those type of distractions are going to get you, but if you are a family, you can maintain.”

Ed Reed – “There’s a moment when you are not worried about anything else.  You are worrying about your job and focusing on your job. For Baltimore to do the things they are doing on the football field, kudos to those guys because they are concentrating on doing their jobs. And you have to respect that.”

Boomer Esiason – “You come together in the face of adversity … I played for great coach Sam Wyche. He was ahead of his time. He was a human distraction. We had a lot of distraction in Cincinnati, one happened to be the night before Super Bowl XXIII when Stanley Wilson basically withstanding a drug addiction decided not to play. He was one of our best players … I thought our defense really stepped up…but our team played really well despite the distractions and that’s when you all come together as a team.”

On Philadelphia Eagles’ Cary Williams Comments About Practice…

Michael Irvin – “It’s three games and three come-from-behind victories for the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet what everybody is talking about in Philadelphia this week is cornerback Cary Williams complaining about how hard Head Coach Chip Kelly works the team in practice … They are 3-0, and not any 3-0, big comebacks 3-0 … I don’t understand why they are talking about anything else other than that.”

Ed Reed – “Cary has been having trouble with his hamstring, so this could be coming from him as an individual, but I think that this might be coming as a team. This might be something that they might have discussed as a team in the locker-room … Cary is a vocal guy. He says things. He said things a couple weeks ago about New England in the preseason. So, he does that. He voices his feelings … This is an in-house situation. And they need to talk it out.”

Brandon Marshall – “The issue here is that some of these guys don’t know how to take care of their bodies. So, eventually they are going to break down … That’s an in-house situation.  And you have to discuss that with your team, in-house … Do these guys know how to take care of themselves and to recover from one day to the next? Do you have the right specialists? The right gurus working on their bodies? That’s the problem here.”

On Bill Belichick Being a Player’s Coach…

Ed Reed - “I think Belichick really understand his players. He put guys like Troy Brown years ago from receiver to DB. He understands guys that have talents and knows how to use those guys to win games … He’s not giving the player all of the power. He is also communicating with them.”

Brandon Marshall – “I got a little taste of the Belichick way and Josh Daniels in Denver. And I’d like to say those guys are well prepared and always find a way to get it done week-in and week-out …I think he is one of the most respected coaches out there right now in all of sports … I think the coaches that really get it are the ones that their approach is more of a partnership and not a dictatorship.”

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Life of Late Redskins Safety Sean Taylor Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Sean Taylor: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, September 26 at 9:00 PM ET

“God made certain people to play football. He was one of them.” – Joe Gibbs

“His first game in the NFL, he was the best player on the field.” – Chris Cooley

After 24 years of life, three-and-a-half NFL seasons and three collegiate seasons, Sean Taylor still lacks a clear image. Throughout his life, the late safety granted few interviews and did not allow many outside of his inner circle to see his true self. As a result, there were several misconceptions that many people held about the young man.

On Friday, September 26 at 9:00 PM ET, NFL Network’s A Football Life profiles the life and legacy of the late Sean Taylor through the words, stories and memories of people who knew him best. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced Sean Taylor: A Football Life features interviews with family members such as his father Pete Taylor, siblings Monika Martin, Sasha Johnson and Jamal Johnson, and cousin David Walsh; former teammates such as Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Ryan Clark; and former coaches Joe Gibbs and Gregg Williams.

Additionally, Sean Taylor: A Football Life features an interview with Taylor’s fiancée, Jackie Garcia-Haley – the first interview she has conducted regarding her late fiancée.

Following the premiere of Sean Taylor: 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 NFL.com/now for more information.

Every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Among the topics discussed in Sean Taylor: A Football Life are:

  • Moving in to live with his father after spending the first 10 years of his life living with his mother and three half-siblings
  • His childhood plan to become a professional football player and one day reunite his mother’s side of the family
  • His decision to not attend the NFL Draft and leaving the Rookie Symposium early
  • His relationship with the media
  • The birth of his daughter and the impact it had on him
  • His death and the circumstances surrounding it

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Sean Taylor: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Jackie Garcia-Haley – Sean’s fiancée

Pete Taylor – Sean’s father

Clinton Portis – University of Miami & Redskins teammate

Santana Moss – Redskins teammate

Chris Cooley – Redskins teammate

Ryan Clark – Redskins teammate

Ed Reed – University of Miami teammate

Kellen Winslow II – University of Miami teammate

Daniel Snyder – Redskins owner

Joe Gibbs – Former Redskins head coach

Gregg Williams – Former Redskins defensive coordinator

Fred Smoot – Redskins teammate

Monika Martin – Sean’s sister

Sasha Johnson – Sean’s sister

Jamal Johnson – Sean’s brother

Carlene Ford – Sean’s aunt

David Walsh – Sean’s cousin

Constance Dingle – Sean’s grandmother

Michael Outar – Sean’s uncle

Jason La Canfora – Former Redskins beat writer for the Washington Post

Provided below are some select quotes from Sean Taylor: A Football Life:

“He was never one of those guys to be like, ‘What you’re reporting about me or the stories you hear are wrong – here’s what really happened.’ And so from the outside world, when you hear those things you perceive them as the truth. The misconception people have is that OK, we hear these things about him living recklessly off the field and we believe them because we watch him play football. And when he plays football, he’s reckless. And so people thought that’s who he was but it wasn’t.” – Ryan Clark

“God made certain people to play football. He was one of them.” – Joe Gibbs

“His first game in the NFL, he was the best player on the field.” – Chris Cooley

“When I first saw him, I was like, ‘Wow, a beast’…He knew how to play the game.” – Ed Reed

“He was actually living his dream. He slept his entire life on an NFL pillow until the day he got drafted.” – Jackie Garcia-Haley

“That whole first year I think was pretty traumatic really and I was kind of looking at it as a coach going we have a great player but this guy, he’s going to be hard to handle.” – Joe Gibbs

“Every game he would do something to let you know that he wasn’t from this planet and all of us were.” – Ryan Clark

“It changed. That thing clicked…We all started to see a little bit calmer Sean outside the white lines.” – Gregg Williams on Sean Taylor following the birth of his daughter

“I couldn’t sleep. I was hoping that next call would be, ‘He’s alright.’ And the next call was the worst call I’ve probably ever had in my life today.” – Santana Moss on the night Sean Taylor was shot

“There’s not a single day that goes by that you can’t come up with a memory of Sean that puts you in a better mood.” – Clinton Portis

“He was like, ‘Auntie, I’m going to play football and I’m going to make money.’ He really wanted everyone to be together. He wanted his mom and his sisters and brothers to be back together. I think that was his focus that drove him.” – Carlene Ford on Sean Taylor as a child

To view the trailer for Sean Taylor: A Football Life, visit:

http://on.nfl.com/1mvlh36
This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the October episodes:

  • October 3 – Warren Moon
  • October 10 – Eric Dickerson
  • October 17 – Doug Flutie
  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams

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FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 9/21/14

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Troy Aikman on Goodell’s press conference: “I think there was just a lot of spin there.
Instead of getting answers, I think everybody walked away from watching without any answers whatsoever.

Michael Strahan: “The only thing that matters from here on out are the results; they have committees that have been appointed, what are the results? What are the plans?”

Howie Long on Richard Sherman: “He’s an elite cornerback, but there are no shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL today.”

Jimmy Johnson on Kirk Cousins: If he proves himself and he is the guy…You’re going to have another problem – you gave up three first-round picks for a backup quarterback.”

 

From FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and lead NFL on FOX game analyst Troy Aikman’s reaction to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Friday press conference:

“I think there was just a lot of spin there. It was a great opportunity for the commissioner to come out and be forthright and let everyone know what in fact he did know and why the investigation stopped when it did. Instead of getting answers, I think everybody walked away from watching that press conference without any answers whatsoever. I think if you’re going to hold players and coaches to a certain standard, then you as the commissioner – who has served as judge and jury since 2006 – you’ve got to be held to the same standard as well. If it is proven that that tape in fact did make its way to the league office there on Park Avenue, whether he saw that tape or didn’t see that tape – as we heard in the piece, ignorance is no excuse, that has been levied against the New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton – I think there have to be some pretty severe punishments for the commissioner himself.”

NFL on FOX game analyst Ronde Barber on the New Orleans Saints’ defensive struggles through two games:

“What’s wrong is they lost five guys either to retirement or free agency last year and there’s an experience void. The miscommunications have been rampant the first two weeks. They’ve got an offense that can score 40 points a game if they want to. The defense needs to get simple, start communicating better and they’ll have a better chance to win.”

FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo on player’ reaction to rumored changes to the NFL’s personal conduct policy:

“Players and the NFLPA are very encouraged by this, because this is something that they’ve been pushing for a while, since Bountygate and beyond. Not only to take the appeals process out of Goodell’s hands when it comes to player discipline, but also the ability to judge and impose suspensions in the first place. In fact, I’m told that the union has proposed to Goodell in the past to have an independent panel when it comes to player discipline. Also encouraging is something that people don’t know and that’s that last week when Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy were put on the commissioner’s exempt list, which was something personally hammered out between Goodell and Smith. That’s a rare occurrence. They did it last year with Richie Incognito, but usually when it comes to player suspensions it is handled between lawyers on the union side and other executives at the league office.”

FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst and former NFL defensive coordinator and head coach Dave Wannstedt on disagreements that can happen between a head coach and coordinator during a game:

“Having worked for Jimmy [Johnson] as a coordinator for eight years, we never really had any major issues. I think you’ve got a head coach here who is so intrigued with the offense and Rob Ryan loves to reinvent the 50 best defenses every week. The way Jimmy wanted to do it, we would come in during the week and take care of that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and there were no secrets. It becomes, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do. Here is what the best three or four calls are.’ So when you get out there on gameday and its third-and-15, we all knew. Everybody on the defensive staff knew what the calls were going to be. It was never really an issue.”

Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss on what the Denver Broncos receiving corps needs to do to create a different outcome in their Super Bowl rematch at Seattle today:

“What I think the wide receivers need to do today for the Denver Broncos is be physical. And I don’t mean physical in the first quarter and then not as physical in the second and third quarters, but then they come back and it’s physical in the fourth quarter. They need to be physical for four quarters, each play, play-in and play-out, because I know the Legion of Boom are going to be physical for four quarters.”

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

NFL on FOX analyst Howie Long’s message to friend and colleague Terry Bradshaw and his family following the tragic death of his son-in-law, former Tennesse Titans kicker Rob Bironas:

“It’s a heartbreaking day; Terry was very emotional when he left this morning to go back home. Our thoughts and prayers obviously go out to the Bironas family and to you, Rachel, we love you and we’re all thinking about you.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and NFL on FOX analyst Michael Strahan on Friday’s press conference with Goodell:

“I watched the press conference like everyone else and I felt like nothing new was said. There was nothing that was said that made you say, ‘I have a clearer picture of what happened.’ The only thing that matters from here on out are the results; they have committees that have been appointed, what are the results? What are the plans? That’s what everybody wants to see. We all worry about the cover-up, but hopefully this investigation reveals if there was a cover-up or not. Let’s not get lost in everything that we see now. There’s one reason we’re here now and that reason is because of domestic violence, which is an epidemic outside of the NFL, but obviously right now we’re having a battle inside of the NFL that needs to be addressed.”

Menefee addresses Goodell’s promise to get the NFL’s house in order, starting with some of the misconduct among the league’s owners:

“This is certainly not to excuse the players, but Roger Goodell stated that the league needs to get its house in order and he is right. While four players out of the 1,700 on the rosters represents only .002 percent, that’s still too much. Yet while all of the talk about the misdeeds of the players has gone on, it has been the missteps of the owners and the commissioner that have really tarnished the shield. From Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s backing of Rice until the heat got too high, to Carolina owner Jerry Richardson letting Greg Hardy play in Week 1, before the heat or his conscience got to him in Week 2, to the Wilfs waffling this week in Minnesota. And that’s not even mentioning a DUI conviction for Colts owner Jim Irsay, Justice Department fraud charges on Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s company, nor a sexual harassment against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. For the NFL to truly get its house in order, the league had better start paying attention as much to the landlords – the owners, as it does to the tenants – the players.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer on the Ravens response to a report that they attempted to soften the punishment for Ray Rice’s domestic assault:

“I’m told that after today’s game, on the way back from Cleveland, the Ravens brass is going to get together to decide how they exactly go about this tomorrow. They insist that they are going to have full transparency and that’s all we’re asking for, right? As far as the locker room, the players and coaches in there say, ‘We’re numb to it. We’re probably the only people in America, who aren’t talking about it anymore.’ They are completely galvanized as a result of this and it’s like they are in the eye of the storm and everything else around them is obviously very, very stormy.”

Glazer on the Goodell press conference and the idea that the league is considering the formation of its own player-conduct task force to investigate these types of issues:

“The problem is, after the press conference, teams were saying, ‘We still don’t know what is going to happen moving forward, there are no consistencies there.’ What I am being told is that this week, the NFL is actually going to meet with law enforcement, with judges and they are actually considering starting their own special task force and investigative unit. Whether it’s an outside firm or hiring somebody inside so that they won’t have to wait for law enforcement, they don’t have to wait for prosecutors and they don’t have to wait for courtrooms.”

Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Jimmy Johnson on the premise that Robert Griffin III can’t lose his starting quarterback job while injured:

“Who made up this rule? I think it was some injured player that made up this rule. You play the player that helps you win the ballgame. When Drew Bledsoe got healthy, did [the New England Patriots] sit Tom Brady down? I don’t think so. So, that’s not a rule for me. Kirk Cousins has six-to-eight weeks to prove himself as being the guy. If he proves himself and he is the guy, I don’t think Dan Snyder is going to be real happy, because they’ve got a little problem with the nickname of the team and now you’re going to have another problem – you gave up three first-round picks for a backup quarterback.”

Long on how the absence of Adrian Peterson affects the rest of the Vikings team and Matt Cassel’s job security as the team’s starting quarterback:

“It’s tough. Our guy Norv Turner has to find creative ways to get Cordarelle Patterson off. The impact that Adrian Peterson had on that football team, not only in the run game, but in the play-action game, pass protection and their defense and I think it’s a tall task to try to replace them. The numbers are a bit skewed for them on defense last week. New England scored 24 points off of turnovers and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. Matt Cassel is supposed to be a veteran who comes in and makes good decisions and be a bridge to Teddy Bridgewater. That bridge was a toll bridge before. Now it’s a bridge over a creek and I’m not sure how quickly they are going to pull him.”

Long on the Hall of Fame candidacy of Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver and kick returner Devin Hester, who set a new NFL record for return touchdowns in Thursday night’s game:

“It’s hard. Special teams players wait a long time. It’s almost like in baseball where relievers struggle to get into the Hall of Fame. It’s hard and you saw Ray Guy waited 23 years. Everybody slights special teams, but one of the first things Jimmy always talks about is special teams.”

Glazer on a fine handed down this week to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick:

“The officials actually say that Colin Kaepernick dropped the N-word on the field toward Lamarr Houston. Now, Colin Kaepernick, he said, ‘Absolutely, I did not say that.’ And Lamarr Houston also said, ‘No, I didn’t hear that.’ The NFL fined him $11,025 and Colin Kaepernick is outraged, saying, ‘If you accuse me of something like that, you better be sure about it.’ He is now appealing.”

Strahan on Peyton Manning’s approach to today’s Super Bowl rematch with the Seattle Seahawks:

“Peyton Manning may have a blueprint to work with now. Philip Rivers took what the Seahawks gave him and he did it quickly, never holding the ball for more than three seconds. The Chargers used quick, short passes to running backs and slot receivers that kept drives alive. Then, they exploited Kam Chancellor’s man-coverage skills when touchdowns were within reach. Look for Peyton to do the same with Julius Thomas. Peyton has to push all of the right buttons with his play-calling and he must get rid of the ball quickly. Trust me, defensive linemen hates when quarterbacks get rid of the ball in less than three seconds.”

Long addressing questions about Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman as the subject of criticism after last week’s game:

“He had four balls caught on him on some motion routes. Did Richard Sherman suddenly get bad? No, he’s an elite cornerback. There are no shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL today. One, because of the new rule changes which were a by-product of that Super Bowl matchup and two, because of the volume of throws and the complexity of offenses. There are no Deion Sanders or Mike Haynes playing.”

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 3

Sunday NFL Countdown logoESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis previewed today’s NFL action with Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Excerpts:

On the Ray Rice case… 

Lewis: “This is one of those situations that – it’s family. I’ve spent 17 years of my career at this one place. I’ve known Ozzie Newsome now over 19 years of my career, of my life. That’s half of my life. I’ve known Steve Bisciotti over 15 years of my life. And each one of those men – bottom line – has never lied to me, once. They’ve given me an opportunity at life to change not only my life but my family’s life as well as my kids’ life. If this incident, what we’re dealing with, if they could do this all over again, they would.”

Jackson: “Until these men in these offices on Park Avenue really care about the women involved in these incidents we are not going to have real change. The good part of this – public pressure, political pressure, corporate sponsorship – I don’t care why it happens. They are going to be brought kicking and screaming to the table – to the table of resolving this problem.”  

On Adrian Peterson and what’s next for the Vikings…

Carter: “For me, the best thing for Adrian Peterson is not to be on the football field and to work on this case and to work on the relationships that he has with his kids… I hope Adrian gets the help that he needs because if he doesn’t, he will never put the purple on. You talk about the sponsors, you talk about the fan pressure, also the Vikings – the former Vikings players also have called that office and voiced their disappointment with the overall situation. And the reason why is because there was once an organization that cared about the players, on and off the field. And to me, this Adrian Peterson thing has been a Band-Aid now that needs an operation.”

On the Commissioner’s comments at Friday’s press conference…

Jackson: “I thought it lacked substance. I thought that it was a lot of what I had expected. I knew that the questions that were going to come were going to be very difficult. Unanswerable when you have handled the situation as ineptly as it had been handled up to that point. So, we heard a lot of – and you know, it’s always nice to hear somebody say I made a mistake and I’m sorry, but I didn’t think that there was any substance as to what we are going to really do going forward to change what happened over the course of the last few weeks and what happened over the course of the last few weeks is not over yet, and he knows that.”

Johnson: “I wasn’t satisfied. To me it was like a dance show. Felt like I was looking at a heavy politician, reading notes and a script that was given. It was very – he was like robotic. This is what you say, stay to the script. I think when you look at that and we’re all looking for answers – there were some answers, there yeah – we’re going to do some things, we’re going to have some things in place by the time we get to the Super Bowl, but by the time you get to the Super Bowl, how many other problems are going to come up?”

More from Jackson: I do think that the women who are now – Lisa Friel and company – the women who are in the league office, I think that I already see their influence, because the advice he got up until the press conference this week has been definitively better than the advice he got before that.”

Carter: “I like the apology, but I’d like to see a little more emotion about all the people that we had hurt being associated with the National Football League the last couple weeks. I didn’t see any empathy for the victims.”

On the biggest challenge for the 2-0 Buffalo Bills who face the San Diego Chargers today…

Lewis: “Their biggest problem is actually their quarterback and that is, can he manage these games with this much talent around him?”

Jackson: “I think the biggest challenge is to stop the San Diego Chargers from running the football… that’s the problem the Bills will have today: how often will you have the football?”

Johnson: “I know Philip Rivers is the quarterback, but [Antonio] Gates is the key. The Buffalo Bills have to figure out how to neutralize him.”

Ditka: “One play, one game at a time; that’s their biggest challenge right now. Don’t get ahead of yourself. You’re 2-0. I don’t care who you beat. You want to win this football game, you gotta do certain things. You gotta play good, solid defense. You gotta put some pressure on Rivers. Rivers is playing quarterback as good as anybody in football right now.”

Carter: “And they must take advantage of home field… Also as young players, which you guys mentioned, the consistency week in and week out. Will they be able to maintain that?”

On quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Arizona Cardinals…

Lewis: “Colin Kaepernick, he’s a great athlete. Probably one of the greatest quarterbacks that we’ve seen athletic-wise, but he had the same three picks that he threw [against] Chicago that he threw in the Championship game last year against Seattle.”

Jackson: “Until the decision making goes with the athletic ability, I think that things are going to be problematic for him [Kaepernick].”

Johnson: “The secondary can confuse him [Kaepernick]. When they start changing things and that’s where those interceptions come into play. He tries to create things that he shouldn’t with his feet. Okay, we all know he’s a great athlete, he can run around. But he has a ton of weapons around him. He has to utilize those guys and allow them to win the football games for him, like the great quarterbacks if he wants to be considered that. And the only way the San Francisco 49ers are going to get back to the championship game or win the division, it has to start with him making smart choices at the quarterback spot.”

Ditka: “The first thing Arizona has to do – keep him [Kaepernick] in the pocket. Make him beat you with his arm. I don’t think he can.”

On Peyton Manning vs. the Seattle Seahawks Defense…

Jackson: “It’s such a tremendous psychological test for the Denver Broncos. Yes, it begins with Peyton Manning. But everything they did in the offseason was about adding toughness to this football team. And I don’t want to take the pressure off of Peyton Manning, but he is not going to have success if they run the ball for 27 yards the way they did in the Super Bowl and become as predictable as they did throwing the football.” 

Lewis: “You’re talking about one of the most physical defenses that we’ve seen play football in a very long time… If you want to attack the Seattle Seahawks, the way the San Francisco 49ers do, you must run the ball in between the tackles.”

Carter: “Denver is better offensively, but this is the truth – that 12th man, it’s real. Alright. And they will play a factor in this game. But also, Seattle’s offense is better. Alright. Their receivers are better.”

On quarterbacks Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers – are they in trouble against the defense today?

Ditka: “Big Ben’s in more trouble, there’s no question about it. This front seven of the Carolina Panthers is really good. And they don’t have to blitz to get after you.”

Jackson: “I think Cam Newton, not a 100 percent. Doesn’t have the weaponry around him… And Ben Roethlisberger, let’s remember – two rings and a third appearance in a Super Bowl because he creates his own offense and his feet right now – he’s healthy and he’s moving those feet.”

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Quotes From Week 3 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-GameDayMorningQuick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“It’s offensive brilliance…He’s trying everything and anything, and it’s a breath of fresh air.” – Michael Irvin on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

“Darren Sproles was the number one acquisition in the offseason in the National Football League.” – Steve Mariucci on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles

“Darren Sproles has been spectacular…Darren Sproles has been the most surprising player in the National Football League right now.” – Sterling Sharpe on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles

“[Tony] Romo was not a top pick and sometimes I just feel like he’s always feeling like he has to prove to everybody, ‘I belong here as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback.’” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“It’s important not to lose sight of what brought him to Washington. Dan Snyder wasn’t mortgaging the future – he was attempting to create one.” – Mark Kriegel on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“I believe Kirk Cousins is a reliever. I don’t know if he’s a starter.” – Marshall Faulk on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins

“Kirk Cousins already understands his shortcomings. He is not a runner, he is not a big guy with the strongest arm but he gets the ball out of his hands fast, makes decisions fast and he gets the ball into the playmakers’ hands faster.” – Michael Robinson on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins

“When you are asking him to get into a system where it is more about timing, seeing it before and letting the ball go, that is a different transition for Eli Manning. That is why he is struggling right now.” – Kurt Warner on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning

“That division is all about power running late in the season. He is going to be the guy to carry the load and [Giovani] Bernard will be coming in to spare him more and more.” – Marshall Faulk on Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM ET, NFL Network is first on the field with NFL GameDay First. Host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis of the day’s games, while NFL Network reporters stationed across the league report from stadiums with the first on-location reports of the day.

“Darren Sproles has been spectacular. Watching him in this offense and how Chip Kelly brings this guy in…Darren Sproles has been the most surprising player in the National Football League right now.” – Sterling Sharpe on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles

“Kirk Cousins already understands his shortcomings. He is not a runner, he is not a big guy with the strongest arm but he gets the ball out of his hands fast, makes decisions fast and he gets the ball into the playmakers’ hands faster. I think as a playmaker, you like a quarterback like this on your team distributing the ball because he understands that the big plays are going to come from the playmakers, not him.” – Michael Robinson on why Washington Redskins’ Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback

“[The Giants] don’t have a single takeaway on defense and they have six turnovers on offense. When Tom Coughlin comes to the building on Wednesday morning – our first team meeting of the week – he talks about turnovers; we have to take care of the football…The Giants aren’t doing that and that has to drive Tom nuts.” – Shaun O’Hara on the 0-2 New York Giants

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with Eli [Manning]. I really don’t. I think the only thing wrong with the Giants football team is that they can’t run the football when they have to and they can’t complete passes downfield.” – Sterling Sharpe on the New York Giants

“When you are asking him to get into a system where it is more about timing, seeing it before and letting the ball go, that is a different transition for Eli Manning. That is why he is struggling right now.” – Kurt Warner on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning

 - “Running back DeMarco Murray is the winning formula for the Dallas Cowboys. They have a dominant offensive line.” – Michael Robinson on the Dallas Cowboys

“The environment in Seattle is going to be too much for Peyton Manning. I think he does a lot at the line of scrimmage and I think he is the guy who is going to want to change the game at the line of scrimmage. But the 12th man, the fans and that environment are not going to let him.” – Michael Robinson on the Denver Broncos facing the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning, airing at 9:00 AM ET for four hours on NFL Network and taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joins analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews. Additionally, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest inside information from around the league.

“Darren Sproles was the number one acquisition in the offseason in the National Football League. There is no doubt about that.” – Steve Mariucci on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles

“It’s offensive brilliance. It really is offensive brilliance what he is doing. He’s trying everything and anything, and it’s a breath of fresh air. After one year of that read option, we rarely see it as much…[Chip Kelly is saying] I’m giving you something fresh and new every year.” – Michael Irvin on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

“When they put those two backs in the backfield, you can’t defend both backs…Coming out of the backfield, there is usually one good cover linebacker. You don’t have two good cover linebackers – no team does. [Chip Kelly] is stretching the field every which way you can.” – Marshall Faulk on Philadelphia Eagles running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles

“[Tony] Romo was not a top pick and sometimes I just feel like he’s always feeling like he has to prove to everybody, ‘I belong here as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback’…Tony Romo has to understand he’s getting older now, he sees he’s not the same [and not] as young as he used to be and moving around. This kind of support [in the running game] can extend his career.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“Certainly it is DeMarco Murray…They have to keep that in their primary focus.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys’ key to success

“Certain guys are like relief pitchers; they come off the bench, they don’t know when they’re playing – you come in and you just go. Certain guys, they like to start; they like to start the game and play. I believe Kirk Cousins is a reliever. I don’t know if he’s a starter.” – Marshall Faulk on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins

“Here’s a guy that you want to build your team around but you have to stay on the field. That’s the bottom line. When you’re talking about a quarterback, you need a guy that is durable, a guy that is out there every time that can lead your football team…It’s going to be difficult for them to say, ‘Here’s the keys to the car.’” – Kurt Warner on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“Washington will dwell in a state of perpetual quarterback controversy until one of two things happen: RGIII comes back and demonstrates he can be healthy and win games, or they trade him – an outcome that would have been unthinkable just a year or so ago.” – Mark Kriegel on the Washington Redskins

“This season will be a one-season audition for both Kirk Cousins and RGIII.” – Steve Mariucci on Washington Redskins quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins

“It’s important not to lose sight of what brought him to Washington. Dan Snyder wasn’t mortgaging the future – he was attempting to create one. The trade value for RGIII is now based on that same sense of salvation: could he save another franchise, or could he save Washington again?” – Mark Kriegel on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“[Drew Brees] is doing stuff we’ve never seen him do before. Red zone picks, pick-six – I was blown away by it. That’s a reason for concern. We’re seeing things done by Drew Brees that’s never been done and this defense has reverted back to the bottom of the pack.” – Warren Sapp on the 0-2 New Orleans Saints

“The defense is concerning but we’ve seen Drew Brees and his ability to overcome that in the past. That’s my concern right now…He just doesn’t look the same and I don’t know if it was missed time in training camp and we’re going to see that guy come back here in the short term, but he has to come back pretty fast or I have some major concerns for the Saints.” – Kurt Warner on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees

“That division is all about power running late in the season. He is going to be the guy to carry the load and [Giovani] Bernard will be coming in to spare him more and more.” – Marshall Faulk on Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the selection of the committee to determine the new Personal Conduct Policy:

“League officials and union officials are going to sit down this week and begin the process of forming that committee, trying to figure out who is going to be on it. There are going to go to outside advisers – really everyone they possibly can to try to get some guidance as they re-do this Personal Conduct Policy…[Team officials and executives] simply do not know what to do. The Minnesota Vikings for instance, they put Adrian Peterson on this Exempt Commissioner’s List – they didn’t know what that was until the NFL told them. The Carolina Panthers when they put Greg Hardy on the same list, they learned it from the Vikings that morning. Teams simply want some clarity. What do you do when a player is charged? What about when he is convicted and then has a new trial like Greg Hardy? They want some sort of guideline going forward and that is what they hope this new Personal Conduct Policy will provide.”

On if the Washington Redskins feel that quarterback Robert Griffin III is done for the season:

“The team does not feel this way and we know that of course because they did not put him on Injured Reserve ending his season. I am told that RGIII’s target return date is within five or six weeks, which if you look at the schedule would put him back a week before their bye which could mean regardless of what Kirk Cousins does, RGIII could be back for the home stretch. He is in a cast right now for the dislocated ankle. By the middle of next week, the cast should come off. About five weeks after that, the team will have a chance to bring RGIII back. Then what happens? Do they wait for the bye? What if Cousins is rolling?”

On Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen:

“There has been some speculation about Dennis Allen and his job already. They are in New England today, they go to London after that and then they have the bye. It has caused some people to wonder where does the job status of Dennis Allen stand? I talked to sources close to Mark Davis who told me it would take a Tampa Bay Buccaneers-like meltdown to cause any sort of coaching change. Really, this is Mark Davis’ first time in this situation so no one really knows if he will react. But the thinking here goes, just talking to people close to him, if he was patient with Dennis Allen in the offseason, if he brought back the entire coaching staff, why not give them a chance to actually do the job they hired him to do? If this was Week 12 or 13, maybe he would make a change but Raiders sources tell me it is viewed as too early right now.”

On how close the Washington Redskins came to trading Kirk Cousins:

“I’m told the Redskins had one offer for Kirk Cousins before the draft. Before Johnny Manziel landed in Cleveland, the Cleveland Browns expressed interest in trading for Kirk Cousins. I’m told they offered a third round pick and were likely willing to go for a second round pick, but the Redskins, specifically general manager Bruce Allen, would not engage for this very reason: he did not want to trade Kirk Cousins because he knew RGIII’s injury history. He knew he could get injured; he wanted Kirk Cousins just in case. A lot of times when a starter goes out, there is panic. There is no panic for the Redskins. They think Kirk Cousins can get the job done, especially when he has the talent he does around him.”

On the latest regarding Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson:

“Nothing will happen for Adrian Peterson until his legal situation is resolved. I am told that Peterson’s legal team is pushing for an expedited trial. The original plan was to have a trial into next year, possibly before next season. Now I’m told they want a trial this season. The reason for that is this will essentially give the Vikings a choice – force them to make a choice – pending the results of the trial: do they stay with Adrian Peterson? Do they not? How do they move forward? This trial is going to be tried in Montgomery County, Texas. There is some serious confidence from Adrian Peterson’s legal team that he could win.”

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:

- Week 3 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew make their Bold Predictions for Week 3:

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- Week 3 Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Sunday Statements for Week 3:

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- End of the RGIII Era? – NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel asks if Robert Griffin III’s days as the Washington Redskins quarterback are over:

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- Kurt Warner: Kirk Cousins a Better Fit for Jay Gruden’s Offense Kurt Warner joins Sterling Sharpe on NFL GameDay First to discuss how quarterback Kirk Cousins fits in Jay Gruden’s offense in Washington:

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- RGIII’s Future in Washington – With quarterback Robert Griffin III out, NFL GameDay Morning analyzes his future in Washington:

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- How Improved is the Eagles’ Offense? – In year two of the Chip Kelly era, NFL GameDay Morning ask how improved is the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense?:

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- Will Tony Romo Accept a Supporting Role? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew discuss if Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will accept a supporting role:

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- What’s Wrong with Eli Manning and the Giants? – Former Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants Shaun O’Hara examines what is wrong with quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants offense:

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- Key to Cowboys’ Success? – What is the key to the Dallas Cowboys’ success? NFL GameDay Morning has the answer:

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- Stark Reality: Next Man Up Melissa Stark examines the injuries that occurred in Week 2 and how teams are using the “next man up” philosophy:

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- More Explosive Offense: Green Bay Packers or Detroit Lions? Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk analyze who has the more explosive offense, the Green Bay Packers or Detroit Lions:

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- Passing the Smell Test – With seven 2-0 teams, NFL GameDay Morning determine whether or not each passes the smell test:

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- How to Attack Richard Sherman Kurt Warner demonstrates how to attack Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:

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- Next Steps for the NFL – NFL Media’s Judy Battista joined Rich Eisen on NFL GameDay Morning to discuss what the next steps are for the NFL following this week’s events:

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- Mood in Minnesota – NFL Media’s Michael Silver reflects on the mood with the Minnesota Vikings following this week’s events:

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- New Personal Conduct Policy Committee – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joined Rich Eisen to provide the latest on the formation of a new Personal Conduct Policy committee:

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- Ian Rapoport: DeSean Jackson ‘Determined’ to Play – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports on all of the early injury news, including Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson:

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