Sunday Night Football Presents First NFL Regular Season Game at Levi’s Stadium as Colin Kaepernick and The 49ers Host Jay Cutler and The Chicago Bears

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

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Bears-49ers

NFL Turning Point Season Premiere Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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

Stamford, Conn. – September 10, 2014 – Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears (0-1) travel to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to take on Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (1-0) on Sunday Night Football, in the first NFL regular-season game at Levi’s Stadium. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Calling Bears-49ers is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

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

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

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

BEARS-49ERS PREVIEW VIDEO:

Tony Dungy previews Bears-49ers: “I think we’ll see a high-scoring game. San Francisco’s offense clicked better in Dallas last week than it had in the preseason. Chicago has a lot of weaponry on offense with Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. The Bears are going to put points up.”

In addition to the weekly Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America broadcasts, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBCSN.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESSFor the fifth straight season, and with a new look and feel, NBCSports.com provides a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent. In addition to the behind-the-scenes photos & videos, SNF All-Access houses all of the social media conversation surrounding SNF. Fans can access tweets from across the league, view Instagram photos, and check out which players and topics are trending all within one experience.

Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC – The Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides stories, photos and videos exclusively behind-the-scenes at SNF every week. The page aggregates all SNF-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, and hosts fan-focused contests and sweepstakes throughout the season
  • SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – Using tweets, photos, Vines and videos, @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players. Additionally, Michele Tafoya will provide real-time tweets from the sideline throughout the game.
  • SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Going into its fourth season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram. Fans get a look inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field and around each SNF city. In addition, fans get an exclusive look through Instagram of what life is like on the sideline, as our social media producer captures the best photos of Sunday night and posts in real time.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games, NFL Kickoff 2014, and NBC’s Wild Card and Divisional Playoff games. The SNF bus will also be on-site all week leading up to the crowning of the Super Bowl XLIX champion in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game, making stops at local landmarks and events before heading to the game site on Sunday. In each city fans will have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video.

As the Sunday Night Football bus makes its way from NFL Kickoff to the Super Bowl, it travels with a replica Vince Lombardi Trophy that will be available for fan photos. From the life-size NFL player and Carrie Underwood images on the bus’ exterior, and the Vince Lombardi Trophy and “Photo Bomb” wall featuring NFL players on the inside, fans will have numerous opportunities to interact and share memories from the bus.

NBCSPORTS.COM/FOLLOWSNF

Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF. The site includes an interactive map of where the bus has been, and where it’s traveling next, allowing fans to take a virtual #SNFRoadTrip, which began at NFL Kickoff on Sept. 4 and continues all the way to the ultimate Sunday night of them all, Super Bowl XLIX  #SB49. In addition, fans can also participate in a tweet contest to show their team pride and see which team is leading in mentions each week.

A dedicated producer will collect photos and create videos of the bus’ travels and the cast of characters it encounters along the way. Life on the road with the Sunday Night Football bus will be featured on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as aggregated on NBCSports.com/FollowSNF using #SNFRoadTrip.

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, follow its path through each city and recommend where it should visit while in town. In addition, fans can visit NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

At the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game. Photos, video and stories around “The Sunday Night Football” and its travels will live on Facebook, Twitter, and SNF All-Access.

To help fans continue the conversation about the Sunday Night Football bus and “The Sunday Night Football,” NBCSports.com/FollowSNF will aggregate tweets and Instagram posts utilizing #SNF. The feed will include NBC Sports’ NFL experts, players, teams, and others talking about SNF and their interactions with the bus and the ball.

NFL TURNING POINT SEASON PREMIERE TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The fourth season of the Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films and hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Tonight’s episode breaks down the Denver Broncos season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, and includes spotlight features on FalconsSaints and RavensBengals, a film study with Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall, and a wired for sound segment with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

Each week Turning Point will be built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will also feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. In addition to diving deep on the most topical NFL stories of the day, Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers.

The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth, Tony DungyHines Ward, Doug Flutie, Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie and longtime NFL coach Kevin Gilbride. In addition, Mike Ryan, who boasts 26 NFL seasons of athletic training experience, appears on select telecasts to provide perspective on injuries and sports medicine.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET

Building off of Yahoo! Sports’ popular Sunday live streaming show of the same name, Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.

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

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

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

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

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report originates from Studio 3 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

During the NFL season, Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio will join McHugh in studio. In addition, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward, Josh Elliott and Michele Tafoya will report from the site of each Sunday Night Football game.

NBC SPORTS RADIO

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

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.

NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND GAMES ON NBC RANK AS #1 AND #2 PRIMETIME SHOWS FOR WEEK

NBC averaged 25.3 million viewers for two NFL Kickoff Weekend games – Seattle’s 36-16 win over Green Bay on Thursday, and Denver’s 31-24 victory over Indianapolis on the debut of Sunday Night Football – which ranked as primetime television’s two most-watched programs last week, according to official national data released by The Nielsen Company.

The Seahawks’ 20-point victory in the Thursday “NFL Kickoff” game was the most-watched primetime show of the week (Sept. 1-7), with an average of 26.9 million viewers. The Sunday Night Football opener, in which Denver jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead, averaged 23.7 million viewers and ranked as primetime television’s #2 show of the week.

NBC has averaged more than 25 million viewers on NFL Kickoff Weekend (two-game average) for five consecutive seasons.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s live streams of “NFL Kickoff” and Sunday Night Football generated records as the highest-trafficked non-Olympic, non-Super Bowl, single-game live stream in NBC Sports Digital history (Green Bay-Seattle), and the most-consumed Sunday Night Football opener (Indianapolis-Denver).

Thursday’s Packers-Seahawks consumption of more than 25 million minutes on NBC Sports Live Extra topped the prior non-Olympic, non-Super Bowl record set in last year’s thrilling Week 12 “Manning-Brady XIV” SNF game, won 34-31 in overtime by New England (21.3 million).

Fans consumed nearly 19.2 million minutes of Sunday night’s Colts-Broncos game, which is the best-ever for an SNF opener, and up 60% vs. last year’s SNF opener.

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

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

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
Sun. Sept. 14 Week 2 Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Sun. Sept. 21 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Sun. Sept. 28 Week 4 New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Oct. 5 Week 5 Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
   

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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ESPN NFL Content Update – Week 2

Sunday NFL Countdown logoSunday NFL Countdown: Chris Berman Conversation with Pete Carroll; Bengals’ Devon Still; Vikings Cordarrelle Patterson; and More 

Sunday NFL Countdown will preview the NFL’s week 2 games on September 14 beginning at 10 a.m. Chris Berman will host the three-hour pregame show with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis. Reporter/host Wendi Nix will host segments, and NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.

Reporters covering Sunday games:

Features

  • William Gay and Domestic Violence: In 2012, Monday Night Countdown essayist Rick Reilly profiled current Steelers cornerback William Gay, whose mother was abused and shot to death by his abusive stepfather. In light of the Ray Rice case, Countdown revisits the story of Gay, who now volunteers at shelters for abused women.
  • Pete Carroll’s Journey: Berman visits with Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll to discuss the Super Bowl-winning coach’s journey from subpar coaching stints with the Jets and Patriots through a historic run at the University of Southern California, and now to Seattle, where he has helped mold the Seahawks into the league’s best team.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson: Minnesota receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is currently under the tutelage of longtime and famed Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart, who has coached “receiving royalty” in the NFL – Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens to name a few. Stewart tells Countdown’s Jim Trotter that Patterson has the same skill-set that may lead to similar greatness.
  • Devon Still: After cutting Devon Still last week, the Cincinnati Bengals signed the third-year defensive tackle to their practice squad so he can keep his health insurance to take care of his four year-old daughter stricken by cancer. Entering Sunday’s game against the visiting Falcons, the Bengals coaching staff moved Still to the active roster. Countdown’s Michelle Beisner reports on the Bengals’ loyalty and Still’s gratitude.
  • Rex Ryan Soundtracks: The Jets head coach, wired for sound during the team’s season-opening win at home over the Raiders, will be featured on Sunday’s “Soundtracks.”

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Andrew Luck and the Colts Host Nick Foles and the Eagles

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts host Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football on September 15 at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (kickoff is 8:30 p.m.). MNF play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden will call the game from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

MNF is available on ESPN Deportes and via WatchESPN. ESPN’s Weekly NFL Programming Schedule.

The Monday Night Countdown pregame begins at 6 p.m. Chris Berman hosts the show from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young join Countdown from Indianapolis.

Monday Night Countdown highlights:

  • Andrew Luck: Andrew Luck’s on-field performance has firmly established the Colts quarterback as one of the league’s best. MNF reporter Lisa Salters sits for a one-on-one interview with Luck.
  • Gruden’s Grill Session: MNF analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden will visit with an Eagles player (TBD) to preview the Monday Night matchup.
  • Rick Reilly’s Feature – Ben Utecht: Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht is a musician, soon releasing his debut album. One of his songs is inspired by an emotional letter he wrote to his wife and kids asking that the letter be opened only if/when Ben loses his memory of them. Utecht fears his football concussions have created pockets in his life that he can’t remember – unable to remember being in his friend’s wedding even when he sees pictures of the event.  Countdown essayist Rick Reilly sits with Utecht and his wife, Karyn, to discuss the former footballer’s fears about the future, and also his work speaking before Congress about concussion awareness and reform.
  • E:60 – LeSean McCoy’s Family Life: With videogame-like moves, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is one of the NFL’s most dynamic players. Off the field, McCoy is a single dad, with primary custody of his two-year old son, Salters reports in an E:60 profile.

NFL Drives ESPN Digital Media to Record Audiences on Sunday, Sept. 7

Driven by the kickoff of the 2014 NFL season, ESPN Digital Media recorded its best day ever on Sunday, Sept. 7,  with an average audience of 1 million people across platforms, eclipsing the previous high of 866,000 set on Sunday, Sept. 15 (Week 2 of 2013 NFL season).  Much of the growth was attributed to the ESPN.com mobile Web and ESPN Fantasy Football app, up 25 percent and 73 percent, respectively, compared to the previous year.

Additionally, ESPN.com across platforms logged 24.8 million unique visitors (up 13 percent from Week 1 a year ago) on Sunday, the second-best day ever behind only Thursday, June 26, during the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Engagement with ESPN on social platforms was also significant, with more than 240,000 Twitter users interacting with @ESPN, @SportsCenter and ESPN’s NFL accounts on Sunday, 55 percent more than key accounts of its five closest competitors combined.

The Monday Night Football doubleheader on Monday, Sept. 8, also logged audience growth on WatchESPN, with the Giants vs. Lions game generating 335,000 live unique viewers (up 31 percent compared to the previous year).  The Chargers vs. Cardinals game more than doubled its audience (up 114 percent) with 366,000 live unique viewers.

espnW: Ray Rice and Roger Goodell Reaction

espnW.com has continuing coverage from Jane McManus on the latest in the NFL and the Ray Rice case, and Kate Fagan discusses whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should resign. Also, W columnists Fagan and Sarah Spain voice their opinions about the Rice case in the latest W Debate: Who Botched Their Case More.

ESPN Analyst and Three-Time Patriots Super Bowl Champ Tedy Bruschi Honored with Football Legacy Award at ‘The Tradition’ in Boston

ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi will be presented with the Football Legacy Award at The Sports Museum’s 13th annual event, ‘The Tradition,’ on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the TD Garden in Boston. A three-time Super Bowl champion with Patriots, Bruschi was drafted by New England in 1996 and spent his entire 13-year career with the team. He is also a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. ESPN’s Chris Berman will also attend and present sports radio personality Eddie Andelman with the Media Legacy Award.

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Preview of Week 2 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL_Network_2012_LogoCowboys WR Dez Bryant with NFL Media’s Michael Silver on ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ – Sunday at 9:00 AM ET

‘NFL GameDay First’ is First on the Field at 7:00 AM ET

 Sunday is ‘GameDay’ and every week NFL Network provides more than 15 hours of live coverage, beginning at 7:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay First. NFL Network’s coverage continues at 9:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay Morning leading viewers into the early games. At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live provides in-progress highlights and analysis of the day’s games, and at 7:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Highlights recaps the entire afternoon. At 11:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Final provides complete analysis on the entire football Sunday.

This week on NFL GameDay First

Host: Melissa Stark

Co-host/Analyst: Sterling Sharpe

Analysts: Shaun O’Hara & Michael Robinson

Featured this week on NFL GameDay First:

  • First Tailgate
    • Shaun O’Hara provides the key ingredients for both a Bills win over the Dolphins, and a Dolphins win over the Bills
  • Stark Reality
    • Melissa Stark examines three games which will feature matchups of starting quarterbacks who were selected with the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft – the first time that has happened in NFL history
  • Sharpe Spotlight
    • Sterling Sharpe breaks down three players who must play “Sharpe,” “Sharper” and “Sharpest” for their team to pick up a win in Week 2
  • NFL GameDay Morning’s Michael Irvin joins Sterling Sharpe to discuss if Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson could be on his way to becoming the greatest wide receiver of all-time
  • Preview of NFL Media’s Michael Silver’s interview with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, which will air on NFL GameDay Morning
  • Live reports from Steve Wyche for Cowboys-Titans, Jeff Darlington for Falcons-Bengals & Aditi Kinkhabwala for Saints-Browns
  • NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest news from around the league
  • Picks for every game on Sunday

This week on NFL GameDay Morning

Host: Rich Eisen

Analysts: Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp & Michael Irvin

NFL Media Insider: Ian Rapoport

Featured this week on NFL GameDay Morning:

  • NFL Media’s Michael Silver interviews Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant:
    • Bryant on what he regrets most: “I don’t regret nothing. It’s all about growing up and really just understanding; understanding I was young and reckless. Not reckless to where I’m just out doing crazy things – it was me not trusting anybody. I felt like everybody was out to get me.”
    • Preview: http://on.nfl.com/1qPG3ZI
  • NFL GameDay Morning looks back at Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant’s career thus far in the NFL
  • Kurt Warner breaks down New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to see if the Pro Bowl quarterback is starting to slip
  • Who is more likely to turn it around – New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning or Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III?
  • What is the biggest concern for the Dallas Cowboys?
  • Is it too soon to panic for the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears?
  • Marshall Plan – A week after stating Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West would have a big game, Marshall Faulk highlights another rookie running back who will have a big game
  • Warner’s Corner Kurt Warner analyzes what is wrong with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo
  • NFL Media’s Judy Battista provides the latest on the NFL’s independent investigation
  • NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest news from around the NFL
  • Week 2 Bold Predictions & picks for every game on Sunday
  • Live reports
    • Albert Breer from Charlotte for Lions-Panthers
    • Stacey Dales from Minneapolis for Patriots-Vikings
    • Jeff Darlington from Cincinnati for Falcons-Bengals
    • Alex Flanagan from San Diego for Seahawks-Chargers
    • Kim Jones from New York for Cardinals-Giants
    • Aditi Kinkhabwala from Cleveland for Saints-Browns
    • Randy Moss from Green Bay for Jets-Packers
    • Steve Wyche from Nashville for Cowboys-Titans
    • Steve Cyphers from Denver for Chiefs-Broncos

NFL GameDay Live, NFL GameDay Highlights and NFL GameDay Final Conclude Sunday Coverage

At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live provides in-progress highlights and analysis, as well as live fantasy football updates for all of the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games. Hosts Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie are joined by analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans, Brian Billick and Daniel Jeremiah providing 6.5 hours of coverage.

At 7:30 PM ET, Chris Rose hosts NFL GameDay Highlights, along with Tomlinson, Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci.

At 11:30 PM ET, Rose and analysts Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap all of the day’s action on NFL GameDay Final with game highlights, player and coach press conferences, post-game interviews and analysis of every game.

ABOUT NFL NETWORK

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers. For more information, log on to NFL.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

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CBS & NFL Network’s ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Thursday Night Kickoff aired from inside M&T Bank Stadium tonight at 7:30 PM ET on CBS and NFL Network, with host James Brown and analysts Bill Cowher and Deion Sanders providing pregame analysis leading up to Steelers-Ravens on Thursday Night Football.’

CBS’ James Brown’s Interview with Baltimore Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti

CBS’ James Brown sat down with Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti for an interview on NFL Thursday Night Kickoff:

On what the Baltimore Ravens’ own investigation consisted of and how far did it go:

“Of course we knew that there was other video and our security did the steps that they normally would. They called the casino and they would not release it. They called the Jets and the Giants and said, ‘Do you have any influence, is there any way that you can help us?’ They called back and said no, that they would not release it. The prosecutor said yesterday that would have been illegal. If I had said to Ray [Rice] and his attorney I can’t keep you on this team until I see that tape, I would have seen the tape and I would have sent it to Roger [Goodell] and said you have to look at this tape before you render your decision.”

On the report that the NFL was sent a copy of the tape in April:

“I believe Roger [Goodell] when he says he never saw it. If the allegation is true that it got to the league office, then somebody was negligent in not getting that to Roger. I’ve known Roger for 14 years. He’s dedicated his life to the NFL and as a man I can’t believe that he saw that video and gave a two-game suspension. That’s what makes it hard for me to believe.”

On the public cries for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to step down:

“I don’t agree with that at all. At all. Because again, this is an accusation from an anonymous source. Could it be trying to deflect blame from the police for being so light on them? Maybe. But why would I take an anonymous person’s word over a man that I’ve known for 14 years?”

On what he has learned through this process:

“If Ray Rice ends up being the reason and our Ravens’ failures and our shortcomings and the league’s shortcomings become a reason to change the legal process and their shortcomings, then if this is a seminal moment for domestic violence and the way we handle it as a society, then that’s not a burden for us to be that poster boy. It’s not. Now I’m embarrassed about it but five years from now if things have changed significantly for the better, I’ll be proud of it. That’s our recovery. What can we do going forward? Pray that this was a moment in time that changed everything.”

Pittsburgh Steelers – Baltimore Ravens Pregame Quotes:

“I can’t believe that the man that I know, the Roger Goodell that I know, would cover that up. He’s been at fault for being too harsh on the players amongst the league. Now you’re saying he’s going to turn a blind eye to this ignorance that we saw on tape? That’s not the man I know.” – Deion Sanders on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

“There is no doubt that in the wake of this incident many, many things were mishandled. But there exists right now a moment in time where the focus is on domestic violence that sports can once again serve as a catalyst for social progress and the NFL can lead in that regard. The NFL can foment transformative change, and energy spent in that regard is energy well spent.” – Amy Trask

“John Harbaugh tonight is going to find out who his real leaders are because they need to have some leadership step up given the magnitude and importance of this game.” – Bill Cowher on head coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens

“There is no answer for Antonio Brown.” – Deion Sanders on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown

“I’ve never seen a game with this kind of magnitude – the importance – this early.” – Bill Cowher on the Steelers-Ravens game

“Two years ago, I challenged the NFL community and all men to seriously confront the problem of domestic violence, especially coming on the heels of the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Yet, here we are again, dealing with the same issue of violence against women. Now let’s be clear: this problem is bigger than football. There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of the video showing what happened inside the elevator at the casino. But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channeled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women and, as they said, do something about it? Like an ongoing, comprehensive education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about. And it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says, ‘You throw the ball like a girl,’ or ‘You’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women. And attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion. Women have been at the forefront in the domestic violence awareness and prevention arena, and whether Janay Rice considers herself a victim or not, millions of women in this country are. Consider this: according to domestic violence experts, more than three women per day lose their lives at the hands of their partners. That means that since the night of February 15 in Atlantic City, more than 600 women have died. So this is yet another call to men to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their words, their deeds, and as Deion [Sanders] says, to give help or to get help because our silence is deafening and deadly.” – James Brown

NEXT WEEK ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS — 8:25 PM ET

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NFL Media Programming Notes – Sept. 9-14

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL MEDIA PROGRAMMING NOTES (9/9 – 9/14)

  • NFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

For a full description of each show, please click the show’s link

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Total Access Kickoff at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network; NFL Thursday Night Kickoff at 7:30 PM ET on CBS

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Media’s Michael Silver with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant on NFL GameDay Morning Sunday, September 14 at 9:00 AM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Wired sound of Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry on Sound FX Friday, September 12 at 10:00 PM ET 

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Marshall Faulk and Tyler Ritter on Wednesday, September 10, Justin Tuck & Lynn Swann on Friday, September 12.

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice on Tuesday, September 9 & Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware on Friday, September 12           

  • NFL.com Content

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Stanford head coach David Shaw on the College 24/7 Podcast; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith on The Coaches Show Podcast

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Thursday Night Football – Steelers vs. Ravens at 8:25 PM ET on CBS

The 2014 Thursday Night Football schedule on CBS and NFL Network kicks off Thursday, September 11 at 8:25 PM ET when quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens host quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms have the call, with Tracy Wolfson providing reports from the sideline.

Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET with NFL Total Access Kickoff on NFL Network. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci are live outside of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to provide analysis of Steelers-Ravens and highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium.

Provided below is a list of topics they will discuss:

  • NFL Total Access Kickoff honors the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and remembers 9/11
  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sits down with his former coach Bill Cowher
  • Which group will shine Thursday night: Steelers defense or Ravens offense
  • Who will have the bigger impact: Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown or running back  Le’Veon Bell
  • Which playoff contender can least afford to go 0-2?
  • How to attack the Seahawk defense
  • Bigger concern in Dallas: quarterback Tony Romo or the defense
  • Bigger key for another Broncos Super Bowl run: offense or defense

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network and CBS, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher host NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will also appear on the show.

During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS, providing first half highlights and analysis. Following the game, Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders host the Mazda Postgame Show, which features complete game highlights and analysis, as well as on-set interviews with players from the winning team.

 

NFL Now

NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, accessible though apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

The NFL…Personalized: Fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players and upload their NFL.com Fantasy roster, and NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. The customization grows over time, as the content engine learns each fan’s preferences and fine tunes the video stream, to the point where no two registered fans will have the same experience on NFL Now.

Provided below is a weekly schedule of NFL Now content:

  • Live streaming of NFL Fantasy Live on NFL Now

o   Monday – Friday at 4:00 PM ET,

o   Sunday at 5:30 – 7:00 AM ET

  • Live streaming press conferences
  • Michael Fabiano personalized fantasy analysis
  • Instant in-game highlights for every game
  • In-depth analysis for all 32 teams every day

 

NFL GameDay on NFL Network – Sunday Starting at 7:00 AM ET

NFL Network’s ‘GameDay’ coverage kicks off Sunday, September 14, providing more than 15 hours of live programming every Sunday during the regular season.

Start each Sunday with NFL GameDay First at 7:00 AM ET, the first NFL pregame show on television. Host Melissa Stark and analysts Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis and news reports of the day’s games.

NFL GameDay Morning, the most comprehensive pregame show on television, airs at 9:00 AM ET and takes viewers right up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci and Kurt Warner are joined by Hall of Famers in Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp to discuss the upcoming games four hours prior to kickoff. NFL Network reporters stationed around the league provide up-to-the-minute reports and interviews from the game sites, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport offers the latest on what is making news around the league. Additionally, Michael Silver, Andrea Kremer, Mark Kriegel and Steve Cyphers provide in-depth feature stories each week.

This week, Michael Silver sits down with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant for an interview on NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday, September 14 at 9:00 AM ET.

At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live is the only show that delivers in-progress highlights of all of the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games, as well as live fantasy updates and reports, live press conferences and 1-on-1 interviews, and live reports from game sites. Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie host, and are joined by analysts Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson and Daniel Jeremiah.

At 7:30 PM ET, host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci recap the day’s action thus far with highlights, postgame press conferences and commentary on NFL GameDay Highlights, leading up to kickoff of the Sunday night matchup.

NFL GameDay Final provides the final word on Sunday’s games at 11:30 PM ET with host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin. With postgame press conferences, game highlights, player and coach interviews, expert analysis, a preview of Monday’s game and more, NFL GameDay Final provides everything viewers need to know about the week in the NFL.

Week 1 NFL Replay & Sound FX

NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.

Sound FX offers a compilation of the best on-field sights and sounds from around the NFL each week.

Week 1 NFL Replay & Sound FX schedule:

Tuesday

  • 2:00 PM ET – NFL Replay: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • 3:30 PM ET – NFL Replay: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Wednesday

  • 9:00 PM ET – NFL Replay: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

Friday

  • 10:00 PM ET – Sound FX: Wired for sound this week, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry on Sound FX

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Aires at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities, interviews with players and coaches, and game highlights. A two-hour edition of NFL AM airs Monday – Friday starting at 10:00 AM ET.

Hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli are joined by analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington each morning, setting the football conversation for the day.

The following guest will join the show this week:

  • Wednesday – Hall of Fame running back and NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk and Tyler Ritter from The All American Rejects
  • Friday – Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck

NFL Game Rewind

Re-live every week one game with Game Rewind – a condensed 30-minute edition of each game. Game Rewind airs on Monday from 12 Noon – 3:00 PM ET & 8:30 – 11:30 PM ET, and on Tuesday from 12 Noon – 2:00 PM ET.

Provided below is Tuesday’s NFL Game Rewind schedule:

Tuesday

  • 12 Noon ET – Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
  • 1:00 PM ET – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • 1:30 PM ET – New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
  • 2:00 PM ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Aftermath – Mondays at 3:00 PM ET

Every Monday at 3:00 PM ET, get up to speed on everything that happened in the NFL on Sunday with highlights, news, information and analysis on The Aftermath. Host Scott Hanson and analyst Brian Baldinger look back at all of Sunday’s games, along with player and coach press conferences.

Joe Greene: A Football Life – Friday at 9:00 PM ET

As a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle, four-time Super Bowl champion, 10-time Pro Bowler and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Joe Greene earned the nickname “Mean Joe” and established himself as one of the most-feared defenders in NFL history. Yet off the field, the husband, father of three and grandfather of seven goes by the name of “Papa Joe” and bears little resemblance to the 13-year NFL veteran.

The fourth season of the three-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life kicks off Friday, September 12 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network with a profile of “Mean Joe” Greene. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary features sit down interviews with Greene and those who know him well, including former Hall of Fame teammates Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and Jack Ham, Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, and more.

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

  • September 19 – Brandon Marshall
  • September 26 – Sean Taylor
  • October 3 – Warren Moon
  • October 10 – Eric Dickerson
  • October 17 – Doug Flutie
  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams

 

NFL Fantasy Live – Daily Episodes at 4:00 PM ET on NFL.com/NFL Now/NFL Mobile & 5:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Fantasy Live, the premier show for fantasy football players, has returned with daily episodes for the entire 2014 NFL Season.

Continuing throughout the NFL season, the one-hour show airs Monday through Friday. Catch it first on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile at 4:00 PM ET and then on NFL Network at 5:00 PM ET.

Additionally, each Sunday at 11:30 AM ET, NFL Fantasy Live airs on NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile and the NFL RedZone channel.

This Thursday, NFL Fantasy Live airs at the special times of 4:00 PM ET on NFL Network and 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile.

Fantasy Experts:

o   Michael Fabiano

o   Adam Rank

o   Matt “Money” Smith

o   Akbar Gbajabiamila

o   Elliot Harrison

o   Marcas Grant

o   Molly Qerim

o   James Koh

Additionally, catch the NFL Fantasy Live podcast: http://www.nfl.com/podcast/nflfantasy-podcast

Returning this year is NFL Fantasy’s Fantasy Genius – the collaborative community for shared fantasy football information.

Around the NFL – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 6:00 PM ET; Thursday at 2:00 PM ET

Around the NFL provides all of the latest news and information surrounding the National Football League Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 2:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Hosts Andrew Siciliano and Lindsay Rhodes are joined each day by a rotating roster of NFL Network analysts including Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Brian Baldinger, Solomon Wilcots, Jamie Dukes and Charley Casserly.

In addition to the NFL Network analysts & NFL players joining Around the NFL, team beat writers from around the league join the show on a regular basis to provide their unique perspective.

NFL Total Access – Monday-Saturday at 7:00 PM ET; Thursday Following Thursday Night Football

NFL Total Access returns to the time of 7:00 PM ET Monday – Saturday on NFL Network (airs on Thursday following Thursday Night Football).

Hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis anchor the NFL’s show of record each night and are joined by NFL Network analysts Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, Warren Sapp, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Brian Billick, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger and Shawne Merriman.

Tuesday, September 9

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest,  Heath Evans
  • Guest: Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice

Wednesday, September 10

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, Kurt Warner

Thursday, September 11 – After Steelers-Ravens

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest,  Heath Evans

Friday, September 12

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest,  Daniel Jeremiah
  • Guest: Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware

Saturday, September 13

  • Hosts: Scott Hanson
  • Analysts: Jamie Dukes, Daniel Jeremiah

Playbook – Friday at 4:00 PM ET; Playbook Primetime – Friday at 8:00 PM ET

See the game the way the pros do each week with two editions of the show Playbook, the ultimate X’s and O’s football show on television.

Playbook airs every Friday at 4:00 PM ET with former players Sterling Sharpe and Shaun O’Hara, and former Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick bringing the viewers the inside information for every game each week. With the help of “All-22” footage – the same film used by NFL teams each week – Playbook breaks down all of the games and tells you who will win on Sunday. The one-hour show also recaps the previous night’s Thursday Night Football matchup.

At 8:00 PM ET, Sharpe, O’Hara and Billick return for Playbook Primetime, which breaks down the week’s biggest games and explains which teams will win and why.

Inside the NFL – Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET

Showtime’s popular show, Inside the NFL, comes to NFL Network for the first time. Each week’s episode will re-air on NFL Network Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET following its original airing on Showtime.

Host Greg Gumbel is joined by analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, former Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall cover every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.

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NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • Michael Silver

o    Michael Silver writes columns every Monday

o    To read his columns: http://on.nfl.com/1lwmZ3q

  • Judy Battista

o   Judy Battista writes columns every Tuesday and Friday

o   To read her other columns: http://on.nfl.com/17S17El

  • Elliot Harrison’s Weekly Power Rankings

o   Every Tuesday, Elliott Harrison ranks NFL teams from No. 1 through No. 32 in his weekly power rankings. His power rankings will be a staple on NFL Network and NFL Digital Media’s programming throughout the week.

o   To view the weekly power rankings: http://on.nfl.com/17CaPue

  • NFL.com’s Around the NFL Blog

o    Get the latest news & information from around the league with NFL.com’s Around the NFL blog

o    Follow on Twitter: @AroundTheNFL

  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o    Get all of the news and analysis from around college football with NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o    Follow on Twitter: @NFL_CFB

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

NFL.com Presents Six Weekly Podcasts

  • Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Around the NFL
  • The Coaches Show – Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith
  • College Football 24/7 – Stanford head coach David Shaw
  • NFL Fantasy Live
  • Move The Sticks

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

Notes & Quotes From Football Night In America – Week 1

FNIA-nfl-nbcIf you’re going to keep him in the pocket, you might as well play Kirk Cousins because you’re making him a robot.” – Rodney Harrison on RGIII

“Bill Belichick is the best adjustment coach in the league, so don’t bury the Patriots just yet.” – Tony Dungy

“Matt Ryan was the best I’ve ever seen him.” – Cris Collinsworth

“…He is so reckless with the ball. If I’m a teammate of his, I’m very disappointed…” – Rodney Harrison on Tony Romo

STAMFORD, Conn. – September. 7, 2014 – Following are highlights from Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., where the Broncos are hosting the Indianapolis Colts. 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. Carolyn Manno reported from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the 49ers-Cowboys game.

Costas interviewed Broncos QB Peyton Manning, while Elliott interviewed Colts QB Andrew Luck.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON BRONCOS

Collinsworth on Broncos’ off-season additions: “You’re going to see a more explosive, a faster football team than what you saw in the Super Bowl.”

ON COLTS

Harrison on Andrew Luck: “This is a special kid because he’s not trying to be Peyton Manning. He’s trying to be himself.”

Dungy on Luck: “He is special, and he’s going to elevate into that level of great quarterbacks this year.”

ON PATRIOTS AND SAINTS

Dungy: “I had these guys going to the Super Bowl, both of these teams. They didn’t look like it today.”

Harrison on Patriots defense: “Bill Belichick, he has to be a little bit concerned. Not panic mode, but a little bit concerned.”

Dungy on Patriots: “Don’t get too panicked now if you’re ready to kill the New England Patriots.  They didn’t play well. They had some offensive line problems. But Bill Belichick is the best adjustment coach in the league, so don’t bury the Patriots just yet.”

Dungy on Saints loss: “Drew Brees can take the blame if he wants to, but you have to point the finger at that New Orleans defense.”

ON FALCONS

Costas: “Even when they have been very good, in recent years, they’ve had trouble head to head in the division against the Saints. Big win for them, exciting overtime game today in Atlanta.”

Collinsworth: “Matt Ryan was the best I’ve ever seen him…(He) was getting out of the pocket, he was mobile. He was doing things I haven’t seen him do. This was his best performance.”

ON EAGLES

Dungy on offensive line: “Chip (Kelly) is going to work hard this week to get those sacks taken care of.”

ON BENGALS

Ward: “I’m still going to go with Cincinnati as my favorites in the AFC North.”

ON REDSKINS

Dungy on Robert Griffin III: “Robert Griffin did not put any pressure on the defense. He didn’t look comfortable. He didn’t make those big plays that we’re used to seeing.”

Harrison on RGIII: “I know there’s a balancing act, you want to keep him in the pocket and keep him healthy, but I think you’re taking away his biggest asset and that’s his ability to get outside the pocket and make those plays. If you’re going to keep him in the pocket, you might as well play Kirk Cousins because you’re making him a robot and he can’t use his instincts. That’s the thing that made him a great young quarterback.”

Dungy on RGIII: “He’s a creator, and if he’s not creating, he’s not the best he can be.”

ON COWBOYS

Harrison on Tony Romo: “They were terrible interceptions. Double teams, triple teams, and he is so reckless with the ball. If I’m a teammate of his, I’m very disappointed because it almost gets to a point like, ‘Are you serious? Do you even care the way we’re playing?’ because you don’t take care of the ball.”

ON BEARS

Harrison on Bears defense: “I’m not used to seeing a soft Chicago Bears defense get pushed and bullied around…They’ve got to play with some heart.”

Patrick on Antonio Brown return in which he kicked/stomped Spencer Lanning: “Everybody was Kung Fu fighting.”

ON TEXANS

Florio on Jadeveon Clowney: “We’ve confirmed that Clowney has a torn meniscus. It could be a 4-6 week absence. Surgery upcoming.”

ON CHIEFS

Harrison on team’s playoff prospects: “They’re done. After the very first game, and I’m not exaggerating.”

ON PANTHERS

Dungy on big winner of the day: “For me it has to be Derek Anderson, fills in for Cam Newton, goes on the road and leads the Panthers to a big road victory.”

ON BUCCANEERS

Patrick: “Same old Buccaneers?”

Dungy: “It looked like it today.”

INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Manning, and Elliott’s interview with Luck. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”

PEYTON MANNING WITH BOB COSTAS

On moving beyond Super Bowl XLVIII loss to Seahawks: “I’m glad football is finally here. I’m not sure what’s worse – losing the Super Bowl, or having to talk about it all offseason. Opening night means that we can stop talking about last season, and truly move on to 2014.”

On knowing when to retire, regarding Tom Brady’s ‘When I suck, I’ll quit,’ comment: “I guess I’m along the same lines as Tom. I don’t want to be out there playing if I can’t help a team, make the throws that I think a quarterback has to make. At the same time, I’m not sure you have to play until you’re not a great player (anymore). I think you could stop before that point.”

On following up his “Football on Your Phone” performance with younger brother Eli, with “Fantasy Football Fantasy” this year: “The director of that commercial actually showed Eli and I a video of Jay-Z and Kanye (West), kind of like showing film – ‘this is what we’re looking for on this particular play.’ I was very uncomfortable…I can’t do what Jay-Z and Kanye are doing…their jobs are safe, let’s put it that way.”

To watch the interview, click here http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/peyton-manning-sits-down-bob-costas

ANDREW LUCK WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

On his long-time relationship with Peyton Manning: “I have an incredible amount of respect for him. Peyton’s obviously one of the best, if not the best, ever. I got to meet him when I was in eighth grade as a camper at the Manning (Passing) Camp…Any time the Colts were on TV, my dad would say, ‘I was a rookie when Archie (Manning) was a quarterback for the Oilers,’ and we felt in our family that we had to be Peyton fans and Colts fans because my dad knows them.”

On attending the World Cup this past summer: “I grew up in Europe, so soccer was a big part of my childhood. I’ve always loved soccer…so to get a chance to go to the World Cup and see the U.S. play, I think that’s really neat.”

On travel destinations following Brazil this past summer: “Hopefully Glendale, Ariz., for a Super Bowl.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Quotes From Week 1 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

nfl-gameday-finalQuotes From NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final

“This defense, it seems as though they picked up right where they left off last season, and that’s atrocious.” – Deion Sanders on the Dallas Cowboys defense after giving up 28 points to the San Francisco 49ers at home

“They have to get the ball to DeMarco Murray a little bit more. They have to try and control the tempo. That’s what they need to do going forward. And maybe they can hold onto the ball and outscore people because they’re certainly not stopping them.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the Dallas Cowboys’ game plan

“He’s already one of the premier safeties in the league. He has return ability as well and he’s very physical. Complete safety.” – Michael Irvin on San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid

“He’s one of the best to ever play on opening day.” – Michael Irvin on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin who had eight receptions for 99 yards against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday

“Matt Ryan played the game of his life in order to beat Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.” – Marshall Faulk on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints

“They’re a different team with Julio Jones on the field.” – Michael Irvin on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones who had seven receptions for 116 yards

“Aqib Talib paid dividends. A great free agent pick up. He’s one of the premier corners in the league.” – Deion Sanders on Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib

“They have such an explosive offense. They always feel like they’re in the game. They did not panic and they had a chance to come back and get that win.” – Michael Irvin on the Philadelphia Eagles coming back to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars

“The vision, the patience, the speed, the power – everything. He possesses everything.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

“People there’s a new sheriff in town. One of the great running backs in line of Pittsburgh Steelers [and] his name is Le’Veon Bell. He’s on his way people.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who rushed for 109 yards and caught six passes for 88 yards against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday

“Le’Veon Bell, he brings a dimension to this offense that they’ve been missing for a while.” – Marshall Faulk on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

“[Brian] Hoyer, he’s not giving that job up anytime soon. He kept fighting back. That was a good performance.” – Steve Mariucci on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer who threw for 230 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers

“This dude right here is really showing he’s one of the better playmakers in this league.” – Michael Irvin on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown after catching five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown

“I love him, he is a good corner, but he has to get back to the old Revis or they are going to keep victimizing him. They targeted him several times today. He played a fairly good game but not a great game, and I expect a little more. I know I’m going to get more because he has to get that attitude back. They brought him over there to take them to the next level, not to be an average corner. He’s better than that.”– Deion Sanders on New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis

“We didn’t expect this defense to play like that.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the New England Patriots after giving up 30 points to the Miami Dolphins

“I still believe this guy was the steal of the draft.” – Michael Irvin on Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin who had six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

“How many wide receivers do you know that can play at running back as well?” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson who 102 rushing yards and a touchdown to 26 receiving yards

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

- Week 1: Let’s Go Primetime Deion Sanders provides his top 10 performances of Week 1:

http://on.nfl.com/1ojvJG4

- Week 1 GameDay Express – Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap an exciting Week 1 thus far:

http://on.nfl.com/1w7QXP1

 

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, Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk 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.

– NFL MEDIA –

Quotes from FOX NFL KICKOFF & FOX NFL SUNDAY

fox-nflFOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 9/7/14

McNabb to Brown’s QB Hoyer: ‘Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder,

Focus on Being the Starting QB’

Jimmy Johnson on Seahawks’ Chance to Repeat: ‘The Biggest Enemy of Great is Good’

Glazer on Chances Harbaugh Returns to 49ers Next Year: ‘I Think it Ends in a Very Ugly Divorce’

 

From FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

FOX Sports analyst and former New York Giants OL David Diehl on preparing for Houston’s defensive standouts JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney: “The first thing you need to do when you wake up is say your prayers because these are two guys that are excited, they are amped up and ready to go. They are going to be screaming off the edges.”

FOX Sports 1 analyst and former Pro Bowl QB Donovan McNabb on Johnny Manziel in two-QB system early in the season: “I’m not a big fan of it, although in my rookie year, it happened with me with Doug Pederson as the starting QB. I was able to take a couple of series and come out of the game which adjusts to the speed of the game. But for the Cleveland Browns, who have no identity, we don’t know who’s going to be the No. 1 wide receiver, who’s going to run the football – Ben Tate is the guy they brought in there, but can he carry the ball 25-30 times?. I don’t know if that is going to happen, so for Brian Hoyer, stop looking over your shoulder, focus in on being the starting QB  and just try to be efficient and move the chains.”

FOX Sports 1 analyst and former Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss on the potential improvement of Cowboys WR Dez Bryant: “If Tony Romo would look at him a little bit more, instead of Jason Witten — you know Jason Witten is a possession receiver. Dez Bryant is the home run hitter. So, I think if you look more for Dez in certain situations, I think the sky is the limit for him and that whole offense.”

 

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

Two-time Super Bowl winning coach and NFL on FOX analyst Jimmy Johnson on Seattle’s chance of repeating as Super Bowl champs: “You look at free agency and you look at complacency. The last nine Super Bowl winners, the next year, four of them didn’t even make the playoffs and the rest of them only one playoff game. Remember this; the biggest enemy of great is good. Complacency. Let me tell you this, Pete Carroll had to re-tool his football teams at USC, he understands it. He along with John Schneider, they’ve embraced this thing. They say, Hey, we don’t want to be just good, we want to be great. And if it is any indication of what they did Thursday night, the only thing that’s going to stop this team is if they have some key injuries.”

Hall-of-Fame QB and NFL on FOX analyst Terry Bradshaw on Johnny Manziel’s passion for copywriting nicknames: “Can’t wait to meet Johnny Manziel, Johnny Football. He has copyrighted nine different names. I guess when you become a star, copyright that, go off and make your money … that’s your brand. When I brand my cattle and my horses, that means they have earned their rightful place on my ranch forever. Johnny, let’s get off the bench and start playing, and then we can start worrying about those copyrighted names.”

NFL on FOX Insider Jay Glazer, after being first to report Panthers’ plans to sit QB Cam Newton, said he believes 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will not be back with the team next year: “I think (the relationship between 49ers and Harbaugh) ends in a very ugly divorce. I’d be surprised if Jim Harbaugh is actually back in San Francisco next year … I just think his time has come and gone there. Look, it’s even got bad there with the players. Some of the veteran players there, they used to bite their tongue. Now, they are not. When you hear the players talk about Jim Harbaugh, they air their gripes out. Completely different dynamic now than it was when he got there.”

NFL on FOX analyst and former strong safety John Lynch on questions about Atlanta Falcons’ toughness: “Arthur Blank, their owner, has challenged their manhood. Mike Smith, their head coach, Mike Tice, Brian Cox … they’ve challenged their physicality, their toughness. They are going to be a tougher football team. I want to see if they can be poised.”

NFL on FOX analyst Howie Long on the number of suspensions (31) affecting teams to open the season: “What is not up for debate is clearly what is defined as to what you will be suspended for. The fact that you put yourself in position to miss a football game for any other reason than injury is mind-boggling to me. It meant too much to me as a player … I don’t get it. It’s just knuckleheads.” 

 

NLF on FOX analyst and defensive great Howie Long comparing his pay with that of Houston’s J.J. Watt, who just signed a 6-year, $100 million contract with the Texans:

Long: “Do you want to hear something funny? What do you think I made my rookie year?”

Watt: “What year was it?”

Long: “‘81”

Watt: “$190,000”

Long: “OK, I made $38 grand (Watt chuckles). At that rate, for me to get to $100 million, I’d have to play 2,631 years.”

Watt: “That’s a lot of double-teams to go up against.”

ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” Notes and Quotes: Week One

Sunday NFL Countdown logoNew Studio; NFL Suspensions; Short Leash for Brian Hoyer; RGIII Resurgence; and more

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed today’s NFL action with insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter – the first show from its new state-of-the-art 9,000 square foot NFL studio on ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus.

In addition to Sunday NFL Countdown, the new Studio W, located in Digital Center 2, will be the new home for all other ESPN NFL studio programs – NFL Insiders, NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime and Monday Night Countdown.

Some excerpts from today’s show:

Inside Slant: Concerns about suspensions in the league?

Jackson: “These are separate and different things: One is PED, substance abuse, guys trying to enhance their performance on the field. I think you are always going to have some of that. There’ll always be guys willing to cheat. Am I overly concered about it? Not a lot because there are 1,800 players in the National Football League, 39 is not a big number.

“But some of the violent activity – when you start talking about domestic violence, when you start talking about issues that we’ve had over the last couple years … I think that some of these players are finding it very difficult to take the violence that you need in-between the lines and leave it in-between the lines when they leave the stadium and they go home to their personal lives. For some of them, it is very difficult. I know the league does a lot of preemptive things to try to help them. Maybe, they need to do more.”

Johnson: “I am concerned about all three phases, whether it is street drugs, whether it is domestic violence, whether it is executives getting into trouble at Denver Broncos or Jim Irsay, or whoever the case maybe. It simply states in the bylaws what you can and cannot do. People will go so far to break rules to win football games, to make the money.”

Is Cleveland Browns’ Brian Hoyer on a short leash?

Jackson: “He cannot survive this. I can give you an example today, as you watch this show, we’ve seen Johnny Manziel come out to the stadium. We’ve seen Johnny Manziel warming up. We’ve seen Johnny Manziel selling snickers. He’s not even scheduled to play. When I think about what Brian Hoyer is up against, the most polarizing figure in the National Football League, I reflect back on Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, and Tim Tebow couldn’t even throw. Yet, you knew at some point, he was going to have the starting job. Brian Hoyer has been around this league to know that at some point – I don’t know whether it will come week 4, the bye week, or some week after that, or maybe next week – the job will belong to Johnny Manziel and everybody knows it.”

Carter: “Regardless of how long the leash is or not, we know when they draft you in the first round you are going to play. They are paying you, you are going to eventually play. Johnny Football has to make this determination right now – do I want to be famous or do I want to be unforgettable? There is a difference. There are a lot of people that are famous in life. In the National Football League, … the expectation is an average 3.5 years for your career over the last 25 years.  That’s your career. Now, can he concentrate over that and work at his craft, and be a great football player. He can be a good player in this league. You can’t be a celebrity quarterback anymore.

Ron Jaworski reflects on Brian Hoyer as the Browns’ starting quarterback:

“What we saw is that Brian Hoyer is a system quarterback. He depends on other people to help him do his job. So, for him to do his job, Ben Tate (RB) has to show up, Terrance West (RB) has to show up, Jordan Cameron (TE) has to show up, Miles Austin (WR) has to show up, and they have to run the football and stay out of the known passing situations.

“If Brian Hoyer wins, he will keep the job. If he loses, then here comes Johnny Manziel.”

Resurgence for RGIII?

Jackson: “Availability is everything in this league. It is about staying healthy and being able to line up every week … He just needs to learn to protect himself, then he’ll have the chance to be a great football player.”

Johnson: “I want to see a better guy than I saw in the pre-season. I want to see a guy who embraces this offense, who wants to do the right things for this system and not rely on running the football. Sit in the pocket. Deliver it on a three-step drop. You have some wonderful toys there, play with them.”

Ditka: “He (RGIII) wants to do that. There’s one problem, this is not the ‘Hogs’ of the 80s. This offensive line, he can sue them for non-support.”

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo vs. the San Francisco 49ers defense:

Johnson: “If they can run the ball with (DeMarco) Murray, and play-action pass, then they can become effective and take charge of this football game. That’s one thing Tony is capable of doing. When he has a running game, he is a totally different quarterback. Prior to back surgery last year, he was playing phenomenal.”

Carter: “To wrap up the Tony Romo situation, (Cowboys Owner/GM) Jerry Jones has not put Super Bowl caliber personnel around him. So, all the pressure is on him to play perfect. He can play a great game and they still lose. All the blame will be placed on Tony Romo. He cannot carry the load by himself … The teammates he has, they are not up to Tony Romo’s standard of playing.” 

On Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals at AFC Central rivals Baltimore Ravens:

Johnson: “When you look at these quarterbacks that sign these big deals … you are looking for him (Andy Dalton) to take a step forward. We know what they (the Bengals) have on defense. Now is the time for you to be the leader on offense and get your team beyond one game in the playoffs.”

Carter: “Look for Hue Jackson, who is taking over the offensive coordinator role from Jay Gruden. Watch the new wrinkles. They’ve been successful on offense, every new coordinator puts in a couple wrinkles, let’s see how he adds that to Dalton’s game.”

Ditka: “These guys are being paid as top quarterbacks, they have to become consistently good, not bad.”

Jackson: “This defense was the only one, top-5 across the board in every category – the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Tom Jackson on the Carolina Panthers:

“When you start talking about the Carolina Panthers, they have the formula for ultimate success – a strong running game with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and they have the reigning defensive MVP … Not Richard Sherman. Not J.J. Watt. Best defensive player in the league, Luke Kuechly. Play defense like they do, get your quarterback to throw a couple hundred yards, you have a chance of playing in Arizona.”

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Quotes From Week 1 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

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

“This might be the best defense ever.” – Steve Mariucci on the Seattle Seahawks defense

“For the first time in Rex Ryan’s career as a head coach, his offense is now better than his defense.” – Sterling Sharpe on the New York Jets

“According to the sources I’m speaking with, including many in the 49ers locker room, Jim Harbaugh may already be losing the players. There are some serious doubts about whether Harbaugh is actually ‘all-in’ like he professes.” – Ian Rapoport on San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh

“Absolutely. Absolutely. This is the NFL. It’s happened to everybody so why would I not think that would happen to me.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on if he understands he may get released by the team one day

“A whole lot of things remind me of Troy Aikman…He never lets what he did become bigger than who he is. But on game day, when the game is on the line, there is a hyper focus that both these guys reach to bring the best out of everyone around them.” – Michael Irvin on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman

“This defense is too good. It’s Super Bowl or bust for Tom Brady. I expect them to be in the Super Bowl this year.” – Michael Robinson on the New England Patriots

“He didn’t let it deter him from what he wanted to do. He still wants to be one of the best quarterbacks of all time.” – Michael Robinson on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson losing in his first career NFL game

***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.

“For the first time in Rex Ryan’s career as a head coach, his offense is now better than his defense.” – Sterling Sharpe on the New York Jets

“What stood out most to me was how physical this team was. We had a motto last year on our offense. It was to play on a level that the opposition wasn’t willing to go, therefore incapable of matching. That’s what I saw Thursday.” – Michael Robinson on the Seattle Seahawks’ 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers

“We actually lost the opening game to the Cardinals and on the plane ride back, Russell [Wilson] could hear the players; everybody was saying, ‘We need Matt Flynn in there, we need a more experienced quarterback.’ But he didn’t let it deter him from what he wanted to do. He still wants to be one of the best quarterbacks of all time.” – Michael Robinson on playing with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson when he was a rookie

“The one team that can even challenge the Seahawks is the New England Patriots. That’s because of their defense and their quarterback. Tom Brady, the plays that he makes with receivers – we don’t even know their names half the time – puts him in a category to be able to challenge the Seattle Seahawks.” – Michael Robinson on the Seattle Seahawks’ greatest opponents

“This defense is too good. It’s Super Bowl or bust for Tom Brady. I expect them to be in the Super Bowl this year.” – Michael Robinson on the New England Patriots

“A whole lot of things remind me of Troy Aikman…He never lets what he did become bigger than who he is. But on game day, when a game is on the line, there is a hyper focus that both these guys reach to bring the best out of everyone around them.” – Michael Irvin on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

“The Texans think that Jadeveon Clowney is ready for this moment. They see a more complete player than a lot of other people anticipated going into the 2014 season. In fact, talking to people within the organization, they think that he is farther along as a run defender right now than he is as a pass rusher.” – Albert Breer on number one overall pick Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney

“I am concerned for [Robert Griffin III] because not only did he not play great in the preseason, he took a ton of hits. We have been telling RG3 since he came to the NFL: protect yourself; when you get out of the pocket, go down, slide, throw the ball away. I am concerned. I don’t think he is going to finish the season. I don’t think he will play 16 games.” – Shaun O’Hara on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

 

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady with NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer

Today on NFL GameDay Morning, NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer sat down with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to discuss his future, winning his third Super Bowl championship 10 years ago, his thoughts entering his 15th season and more.

On the self-talk going on in his head as he gets ready to start his 15th season:

“A lot of it is really, ‘God Tom, you’re not very good, you have to work harder at this; what are you doing, that was a bad play.’ I think that’s a lot of motivation for me is to always feel like I have to prove it to myself first. Every day in practice I’m trying to make the right throws, the right reads, the right footwork, the right emotional level because to sustain that for four or five months over the course of the season is a tough thing to do. But you have to do it; you have to find the balance. I wouldn’t say it’s an easy thing to do but if you want to play this position at a high level, you have to commit to those things.”

On if it feels like it’s been 10 years since the Patriots last won the Super Bowl:

“Yeah, it does feel like a long time. I think to win that last game of the year, that’s what we’re all trying to be able to do at some point. You don’t play this game to come in second place. I’m proud of the fact that we are in it and we got a chance every year, but I don’t think anyone is going to be satisfied around here until we close the deal.”

On how Tom Brady the quarterback who won three Super Bowls in his first five seasons compares to Tom Brady the quarterback who has not won a Super Bowl in the last 10 years:

“What I realize now is hard it is to win that Super Bowl. Obviously a lot of things have to go right, a lot of guys have to be playing really well at the right time, and we’ve certainly had our opportunities. We’ve been really close on two occasions; we’ve been to plenty of AFC Championship Games and didn’t have an opportunity to really close it out. You start the year, you’re as hopeful as anybody and I think we’re obviously very hopeful this year. But I think my beliefs and what I feel like I want to bring to the team is what I’ve always brought: try to be as consistent, dependable a player as I could be.”

On how will he know when it’s time to walk away from playing football:

“I think if I feel like I can’t play at the level that I expect [of] myself, then I’m not going to play anymore. I want to be a great asset to a team; I want to bring a lot of value to a team that I’m playing for. And if that team doesn’t feel like I’m a value to them, then maybe there is another team out there that may see that.”

On if he would play for another team:

“I’ve been very privileged to play for this team, so my focus is on this year. There comes a time for a lot of people. Michael Jordan played for the Washington Wizards – who would have ever imagined that? Joe Montana played for the Chiefs. Randy Moss, one of the great players ever, played for [five] teams.”

On if there is a part of him that understands he may get cut by the Patriots one day:

“Absolutely. Absolutely. This is the NFL. It’s happened to everybody so why would I not think that would happen to me. Hopefully a team could value what I bring to it and then you try to go out there for as long as you can and do it. But if a team doesn’t see that, the NFL is supply and demand. That’s what it’s always been.”

On how he would finish this sentence – “Without football, my life is…”:

“Boring [laughing]. It’s kind of a year-round thing for me. I think about it when I wake up in the morning, before I go to bed at night. A lot of the decisions over the course of the day are football-focused. If you want to try to continue to play football for a long time, which I certainly want to do, you have to do all of the right things.”

To view the entire interview with Brady, visit:

http://on.nfl.com/1qFyNQ9

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. This week, NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest joined the show from Sun Life Stadium to preview Patriots-Dolphins.

“[Robert Griffin III] makes the statement today that this year will not be like last…The definition of an athlete I always say is one who meets and beats all challenges. Today he will meet it and he will beat it because he’s healthy.” – Michael Irvin on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“The most dangerous thing in the National Football League is a managing playmaker, which is what Russell Wilson is and which is what [Robert Griffin III] is trying to learn how to do. And when he does learn that is when his career and everything will take off…He has to go from always believing his talent and gift can win a play for him, to understanding when to use that talent and gift.” – Michael Irvin on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“This might be the best defense ever.” – Steve Mariucci on the Seattle Seahawks defense

“What we’ve learned is that you can’t beat this defense with just a great quarterback. I think that’s what we’ve seen in these last two games [Super Bowl XLVIII and Week 1].” – Kurt Warner on the Seattle Seahawks defense

“By Week 5 or 6, he may take over the starting position from Ben Tate because he can hit the homerun ball better than anybody else that they have.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns rookie running back Terrance West

“Geno [Smith] had better playmakers in college than what he has right now.” – Marshall Faulk on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith

“You have to step up and prove to me that you are a [number] one [wide receiver]. I didn’t know if you were the one, the two or the three in Denver. You have to be the one in this offense.” – Marshall Faulk on New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker

“That window is wide open. They still have opportunities to win, they’re always in the playoffs and are going to be in the playoffs. And for the window to shut, another quarterback has to shut that window.” – Marshall Faulk on if the window of opportunity to win another Super Bowl is closing for quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees

 

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:

“According to the sources I’m speaking with, including many in the 49ers locker room, Jim Harbaugh may already be losing the players. There are some serious doubts about whether Harbaugh is actually ‘all-in’ like he professes. He says he is about the team, the team, the team; the players now wonder is that actually the case. They have dealt with a lot over the last couple of years; some of the way he’s treated them, some lack of respect and all because they are winning, they are fine with it. But some of the players wonder if they lose, will it all spiral out of control? Let me give you an example of this. Harbaugh took the team across the country to spend several days in Baltimore to practice with his brother. Is that about the team, or is that about him? His contract status is in doubt, did not agree to an extension with the 49ers. He does have two years left on his deal but it is worth asking: is this the last year for Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco?”

On a contract extension for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant:

“According to sources on both sides of this, this did not get done. Dez Bryant does not have the contract extension he wanted so he is officially in a contract year. This is why: Dez Bryant set a self-imposed deadline. He wanted to have a deal before the first game or he would not negotiate during the season. That seems to be the case; no deal is expected. Dez Bryant is going to play it out. He may make the Cowboys really pay. The discussion is, is Dez Bryant a top-five receiver? He has said I’ve proven that; thus far they have not given him the guaranteed money – the security – that he believes he deserves going forward.”

On the status of a new drug policy:

“There is going to be no deal today. That much we know, mainly because first of all there is no agreement but also any deal would have to be voted on by the 32 player reps for the union. Most of those guys are busy today. So the union and the NFL both want to strike a deal. They are both ready to do a deal if they can come to an agreement. One potential sticking point is the NFL wants automatic suspension or automatic discipline for DUIs; the NFLPA does not want to give up due process. As far as what the new drug policy may look like: higher thresholds for marijuana suspensions which may be good news for Josh Gordon, and then have amphetamine use be considered a substances of abuse rather than a PED which could mean no suspension for Wes Welker. All of these will be judged individually going forward.”

On if there is a possibility that players currently suspended now could have their suspensions lifted with a new drug policy:

“It is possible. If a deal is struck this week we may see Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick, maybe Josh Gordon, although he may get a reduced suspension rather than do away with it. We may see them next week.”

On Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton:

“I’m told the Panthers are leaning against playing Cam Newton today. No firm decision; Ron Rivera still wants to take it up as close to game time as he possibly can, but they may hold him out. He’s been dealing with a rib issue this week; he’s been sore, he’s had trouble getting loose several days. He wants to play, thinks he can play, players think he can play but Ron Rivera is thinking of the next 15 weeks as opposed to just today.”

On the Oakland Raiders’ decision to start rookie quarterback Derek Carr over Matt Schaub:

“The decision was made publically by the Oakland Raiders when they informed players that Derek Carr would be their starter on Monday. The thought was that the Raiders wanted to see Matt Schaub throw, see how his sore elbow held up before they made a decision. But I am actually told by Raiders sources this decision was made Saturday night – two days before they were even set to see Matt Schaub throw at all. So what that means to me is that they wanted to go with Derek Carr. They essentially used Matt Schaub’s elbow as cover. They believe that Carr is their future. When I talked to a fellow general manger in the NFL, he said this is their guy, this is exactly who they thought he was when they drafted him. The Raiders expect huge things from Derek Carr.”

On the Cleveland Browns’ plans for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel:

“There is a Manziel package; it has been practiced this week, it is ready. The Browns are willing to use it if they believe it is necessary…He wouldn’t come in for a series; it wouldn’t be like what Tim Tebow and the Jets did. He might just run in for a play or two; 2-and-5 come in, shake things up a little bit and then go back out. That is something the Browns know the Steelers struggled this week preparing for, had to spend some time on. But one thing the Browns are very cognizant of, they know this Brian Hoyer’s team. They don’t want to put any doubt in his mind. So if the Browns are up, it’s a good game – you may see Manziel. If they are losing by a lot, you are not going to see Manziel. They don’t want to make it seem like they’re taking it away from Brian Hoyer.”

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

- Week 1 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew give their Bold Predictions for Week 1:

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

- Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Sunday Statements for Week 1:

http://on.nfl.com/WzBF6w

- How to Know When to Call It a Career – NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer joined Kurt Warner in-studio on NFL GameDay Morning to discuss when to know when to call it a career:

http://on.nfl.com/1oUEg1E

- Difficulties for a Rookie Quarterback – On NFL GameDay First, Melissa Stark, Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson discuss playing with rookie quarterbacks:

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

- Stark Reality: Playoff Dreaming – Heading into Week 1, Melissa Stark describes how all 32 teams have playoff hopes for this season:

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

- What to Expect From Robert Griffin III in Year 3 – The NFL GameDay First crew of Melissa Stark, Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson discuss what to expect from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in his third season:

http://on.nfl.com/1qFt3pv

- Is Jim Harbaugh Really ‘All-In’? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest on San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:

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

- NFL Discussing New Drug Policy – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest regarding Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Cam Newton and a new drug policy:

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

- Is it the End of the Current Quarterback EraNFL GameDay Morning discusses if the window is closing for quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees:

http://on.nfl.com/1uc4sv4

- Players Only: Emotions of First NFL Game NFL GameDay Morning’s former players Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin recount their emotions of playing in their first NFL game:

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

- Rivalry Renewed: 49ers vs. Cowboys Melissa Stark looks back at the longstanding rivalry between the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, and Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci provide their own memories of playing in the game:

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

- U Know It – Former Hurricanes Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin discuss if the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense will be better this season than last year, and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler:

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

- Twittervention NFL GameDay Morning’s new segment features Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp and Steve Mariucci inspire players to win today by tweeting at them:

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

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