ESPN Super Bowl XLIX Preview Conference Call Transcript: NFL Analyst Tedy Bruschi

espn-nfl-liveESPN conducted a media conference call on Thursday with NFL analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi. In his 13 seasons – all w/ the Patriots – Bruschi played in five Super Bowls, including the last Super Bowl in Arizona (XLII in 2008). Bruschi, who also played for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll early in his career, will be part of ESPN’s week-long Super Bowl XLIX coverage from Arizona, beginning Monday, Jan. 26. (Full audio replay.) Transcript:
Opening remarks on the Seahawks-Patriots matchup:
BRUSCHI:  The first time I realized it was going to be Seattle and New England, I think, to my former coaches both Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, I think that I’m most closely connected to Bill Belichick and the Patriots. I think sometimes people forget that Pete Carroll spent three years in New England, and they were three very influential years of my career.
My second and third, fourth year, rookie year being with Parcells, we lost to the Packers in the Super Bowl that year. But Carroll came in ‑‑ I believe our records were 10-6 and 9-7 and 8-8, but there were so many young players like myself that learned a lot from Pete.  And so I’m excited to see my two former head coaches square off in the Super Bowl.  A lot of interest I have on very different levels with both organizations.
Q. Tedy, I just wanted to ask you about your media career after you retired. And so many of your Patriot teammates have done the same thing. … I’m curious, your thoughts on why so many of your teammates have ended up having successful careers on television?
BRUSCHI:  It’s really simple to me.  There have been some players that, even since I’ve been at ESPN, have come and gone for a year or two. I mean, it’s been, my sixth year, I’m pretty sure, at ESPN.  And I’ve already seen analysts come and go but a lot of my teammates have stuck on and have been doing it for over five years, I think because of their intelligence and the players they were.
We were always pushed intellectually in that locker room.  And I think that using our brains and our minds to look at football a different way, the way that we were coached by Bill Belichick, it really helps us looking at the game now in terms of some of the things that I like doing is breaking down film and watching it and explaining to the public and the viewer in a way that I feel that they can digest it, because it was sometimes football can be complex.
And I think one of the greatest tools that Coach Belichick had was making it so black and white for us in terms of here are all the complexities, but then you break it down to three simple goals and what you need to do to win the game.
So I take that in terms of when I need to present something to the viewer in terms of what I feel needs to happen for the Carolina Panthers, to play the Seattle Seahawks, just by watching them play.  It’s like, well, this is one certain thing that they should focus on and now I’ll try to give that the best way I can to the viewer with the use of video or any type of way I can explain it vocally or verbally.
So a lot of smart players were on our team.  A lot of smart players that had to adapt from week to week.  And I try to just use that as an analyst.
Q. I was interested in just probing a little bit more on your memories of playing for Pete Carroll.  What was it like to play for Pete?  Do you see now the seeds of the coach that he’s become since he’s gone to Seattle, and in your mind has he changed at all?
BRUSCHI:  Well, I don’t think he’s changed much.  Maybe he’s grown as a coach in his own mind.  I think you always try to improve. But I mean, I see that energy.  I see the exuberance, the enthusiasm, the way that he speaks at the podium when I watch his press conferences is very similar to the way he handles things with us in the locker room.
Turnover Thursday, No Repeat Friday, things like that. The naming of the days. And the way that he’s able to relate to the new modern athlete, I think that’s new, on how he’s done that.
But with us, I always thought that Pete was a great coach. Very influential in my career. I mean, I was just learning to play linebacker when Pete came in. I mean, I was a defensive end at the University of Arizona. That’s all I did was rush the passer. So there was a lot I had to learn.  And after my rookie year, which I was primarily a special teams player and a situational pass rusher, developing into the linebacker that I eventually became with Coach Belichick, Pete Carroll, Bo Pelini, Steve Sidwell, those type of coaches, really helped me develop as a player.
Q. Why do you think it didn’t work out? You just had three years there and some fairly successful years? 
BRUSCHI:  I really thought that in that third year I know we only went 8-8. But I thought I saw Coach Pete Carroll, saw him harden a little bit. It’s a different deal out here in New England. And his mentality is, the way he handles things was so different than Coach Parcells.  And I thought we had some players that were much older and a lot of players that were very young that only knew one way and that was the Parcells way. Old school Jersey, if you will.  And then coming in, new school California. I’m from California, like Pete. I was born and raised in San Francisco. So I immediately related. And Pete taught me a lot of things about becoming a leader, becoming that leader on the team. It’s just unfortunate, I wasn’t even ready to take that step yet, because I was still learning how to survive to stay on a team.
But I think that just that team was in a place where they weren’t ready to accept what Pete was trying to give and whether that’s them being in the wrong place in their career, not at the right time, maybe, with me, or maybe just being stubborn and too set in their ways. But those combination of things could be a factor in terms of it not working out. But never did I doubt that I knew ‑‑ did I know that we had a good coach with us there. I’m very happy to see him have the success that he had at USC and Seattle.
Q. You mentioned before that Coach Belichick would always kind of narrow things down to three or four things you have to do to win.  When you look at the Patriots defense versus Russell Wilson, what’s the key to controlling him and not letting him go off and beat you?
BRUSCHI:  Beyond the obvious answers, let me just say this: I think the Patriots secondary is more than enough to handle the Seattle receivers within the structure of a down. And now I say that last part of it because when you’re going up against Russell Wilson the structure of a down is always broken, because what I mean by structure of a down, I mean within the – under four seconds.  Under four seconds, a play should be over on the defensive side of the ball. The ball is snapped. You drop back in coverage. Or it’s a run play and you read your keys, you drop back in coverage, you attack the run, whatever it may be, and, boom, the play should be over.
But with Russell Wilson, you’re going to venture into those areas of time where you don’t practice every day, or you’re not used to defending these types of plays, because it’s so organic. The fifth second, the sixth second, the seventh second, sometimes longer than that. And the routes – so say you’ve got a slant route. That slant route then becomes a zig and then a zag and then up field. You don’t go over these things in practice, you see.
So that’s what makes it so difficult for this secondary who I feel matches their receivers, that, okay, once you’ve overmatched them and the play goes longer, now you’re sort of playing street ball and how do you react to that.  And that equals the playing field. So that’s where an advantage sometimes can be a disadvantage based on the relationships those receivers have with Russell Wilson.
Q. Looking at the franchises over the last few decades that have made the playoff year after year Packers, Steelers, Cowboys, Niners, the Patriots, but they weren’t doing it in an era of free agency, salary caps and CBA that limits practice things. How have the Patriots been able to do this in that era?
BRUSCHI:  This modern era right now? Yes, I mean, that’s a good question. Because even as Coach Belichick anticipated these type of changes coming to training camps and during the season, if you look back to when he started to in training camps and he started on a regular basis having practices with other teams.
So you’re increasing the quality of competition on the limited amount of reps that you may get. So scrimmaging against other coaches and teams that you trust, like the New Orleans Saints and (Sean) Payton, like the Philadelphia Eagles with Chip (Kelly) and his squad, those little advantages in terms of we’re not going to be able to practice much, how do I maximize the practice?  How do I maximize the reps that my players get?  How do I make it more difficult for them?  Well, let’s bring in another team and let’s scrimmage against another team, because that’s more reps that you’re going to get that you can watch on film that are meaningful.  Because in preseason, I mean you don’t even have the preseason games.
There’s only a limited number of reps that you’ll see on film from your starters. So probably a majority of it you can see on practice. So little things like that in terms of those practice limitations that he has now, how to practice, really challenge the players mentally than physically, which he’s done for such a long time anyway in terms of meeting rooms and questions and quizzes and things like that. It’s those little things that keep the players on their toes mentally physically on the practice field and meeting room that keeps those players engaged.
Q. Also about the roster composition. You look back at the Packers and Steelers, they had the same guys in the same position five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 years. Clearly that hasn’t happened with New England. How are you able to keep winning while you’re seeing new faces sometimes even in the same season?
BRUSCHI:  I can only say that you point back to coaching, and I say that because I mean the game plans of the Patriots are constantly changing with the opponent. And so the player that they look for is one that can be a chameleon, the more you can do, the multiple positions you can play. So getting players that, getting the right players that come in that are, one, smart, that are, two, durable, hopefully.  And three can play multiple positions because you’ll do it no matter who you are.
The quarterbacks not going to change very much. Maybe something like a running back, but still you have running backs that have split out as receivers that they have to know the route tree and things like that. The linebackers playing inside or outside and safeties playing both sides. Quarterbacks playing on the outside of a defense and inside of a slot.  It’s mandatory. It’s mandatory in this system. And so the ability to be able to have players that can accept that and also coach them in a certain way, it’s a tough thing to do. And that’s why you can see sometimes when they struggle watching them on film, it’s because the time to get the New England Patriots is in September. September, maybe early October, because that’s not only a time where the players are still learning their roles, the coaches are still figuring out what they want these players to do and have them in the right position.
Q. Since the Patriots have now lost two Super Bowls in a row, how important do you think it is for Brady and Belichick to get another one under their belt or does what they did earlier in their career sort of give them that lifetime pass, so to speak, for anything that happened after?
BRUSCHI:  If you just look at the success I don’t know what type of validation is really necessary, of course that would be great ‑‑ it accentuates everything that’s already been done.  But there are two consecutive Super Bowl losses. I was part of one of those teams. But the success of this team is undeniable, if you ask me. It’s just hard for people to recognize that without another Super Bowl championship. It has been 10 years.
Q. I know it’s a different part of the state, but just returning to Arizona where you had so much success in college and maybe some of the memories that will maybe come back to you as you head out west for the Super Bowl?
BRUSCHI:  Yeah, I really split that state in half in terms of memory. (Chuckling). The good memories I had down at the University of Arizona and then you drive up two hours, I don’t know how much it’s splitting it in half, but that drive, you know, up north to Glendale where we lost that Super Bowl, it’s something ‑‑ it’s THE loss in Super Bowl history. To me it is THE loss. We had a chance to complete a perfect season, 19-0. The Super Bowl that would trump all Super Bowls I would like to say at the time. And losing that game was a very difficult experience that I revisit very often, especially these type of times.
Especially when the New England Patriots play the Giants again I believe it was in Indianapolis. But those are all sort of offset by everything at the University of Arizona, the excitement they had this year with that football team, the great memories that I had down there playing for Dick Tomey. So it’s conflicting thinking about the entire state. When I think of Tucson, I’m coming home, whenever I go back. That’s a place that I still consider home and love the University of Arizona.
Q. Did you have fun watching Scooby Wright this year in particular?
BRUSCHI:  I had a great time watching Scooby play. To do all the things that he did off the line of scrimmage and also on, very difficult to do in terms of rushing the passer and then playing an off‑the‑line linebacker and reading and diagnosing plays.
Totally opposite from me. I only had my hand down in the dirt, read the hip of the offensive tackle. Much more complex player than I was coming out. And the production, it’s just startling to me the production that he had and to see him win all those awards was something that ‑‑ every time I see his name called I smile. Just watching a TV screen and seeing him go up there and be humbled the way that he’s been, accepting all those awards, which is very proud that he was a Wildcat.
Q. Just how would you compare the coaching styles and personalities of Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick?
BRUSCHI:  Well, let me put this in a way ‑‑ I think that I would say Pete demands a lot from you.  He expects a lot from his players and puts a lot on his players in terms of ownership of the team, taking their assignment, taking it to the next level, things like that.
Belichick puts the demands in front of you. This is what you must complete. I don’t know if I’m saying that well. But that’s the difference a little bit. Pete would want ‑‑ he put it on us in terms of taking control of the leadership, taking control of the team, taking it to the next level, things like that. He’s really a player’s coach, really relates to his players. That’s the way I talk about him. But Belichick, I wouldn’t call him a player’s coach. He’s a coach that knows – he knows what he wants and then expects his players to get it done.
Q. I’ll be the one to ask you what is your take on the Patriots deflating the football and what do you think should be done if they’re found guilty?
BRUSCHI:  I’d like to wait for the league and see what they come up with, see if they dole out any punishment. If they do, I just think that when it comes to my former team and when it comes to Coach Belichick, there’s going to be a lot of scrutiny no matter what it is. I think we all saw the press conference today. We’re waiting for Tom Brady to speak at 4:00.  But I just know how hard they work. I know what they put in, those players in that locker room.
I can’t control what people feel about the New England Patriots, because it’s easy for this to bring out ill will, to point fingers and call for jobs and things like that and fines and draft picks because of the success that they’ve had. And of course the history of Spygate in the past.
This team, I know how hard they work and I know the motivation that probably is mustered because of this. I mean, this is something I just see them getting through and moving on to the Super Bowl.
Q. Two‑prong question:  First, do you think what they’re doing to the Pro Bowl is enough to keep sustaining the level of excitement in it?  And, I wanted to ask you about the ‘Patriot Way’ and what the core of that really means and why it works for that franchise. 
BRUSCHI:  I think they’re trying as best they can to tweak that Pro Bowl to keep it interesting. Watched a little bit of the Pro Bowl draft last night with my kids, and they enjoyed it. They enjoyed the whole ‑‑ because I think it’s looking more fantasy football‑based, with the draft and you get to pick your player and things like that, and that’s a big element of fantasy football.  So putting a little bit of different spin on it. So long as the current players are still participating, this thing is always going to be successful. And you see them there last night and how they come out and they partake in the festivities. I think the fans appreciate that. So the game last year was a little better. Hopefully it’s good again this year. But I like how they’ve tried to tweak it to interest the modern audience, the modern, young audience. So I have no problems with that.
The ‘Patriot Way’, you know, it’s a hard way to live, if you ask me. There’s always pressure. I think what Bill said about the ball today is he tries to make it as hard as he possibly can for the team in terms of the ball, of making them muddy, sticky, wet, all that stuff. Imagine that type of approach to every single thing you do basically is what it is.
And I mean, that even comes to meetings when you’re anticipating questions out of the blue of who the third tight end is, or if you’re on the punt team who is the rusher on the wing. Which I was the rusher on the punt team, so I used to get that question all the time.
Always under constant pressure. And I could give you an easy answer of, oh, all for one and one for all, things like that, a little bit hunky‑dory, but it’s not really. It’s hard, it’s a hard way to live, with your coach that’s always putting pressure on you, a fan base that constantly puts pressure on you. You’ve got to love the pressure and live for the pressure to play in New England. That’s the way it is. You also have to know you’re getting pressure from outside sources. And they feel inside that locker room sometimes that everybody out there doesn’t want them to win. That’s the way we felt.
Q. I wanted to ask you about if the Patriots win, do you think Belichick deserves to be regarded as the best coach of all time?
BRUSCHI:  A lot of good coaches out there.  I can only speak to my knowledge.  And I played for three Super Bowl winning coaches in Parcells, Carroll and Belichick. And they were all great in their own right. Ten years in between Super Bowls for him to come back again and win it, it would send a great message in terms of the job he’s done, but just focusing on the job he’s done this year and where everyone thought they were after that Kansas City game, he just has a way of only focusing on what the next step is. Whatever step you took five minutes ago didn’t matter. I mean, it’s about moving forward, and that’s a hard message to send and for a team to buy into in this day and age.
So I think he would be in the conversation. I don’t want to say he definitely is, because obviously I’m going to sound biased. But I mean he definitely would be up there, yes.
Q. Just the way he gets so much out of ‑‑ I mean, everyone, just like (Mike) Vrabel catching touchdowns back in the day and the year all the DBs were hurt, how does he ‑‑ does he think outside the box when he evaluates?
BRUSCHI:  I think in the coaching profession, it is hard to think outside the box, because everyone knows each other in the NFL as coaches and as assistant coaches. And you go from team to team and from organization to organization. And it’s a stubborn profession sometimes. Even when you see offensive coordinators come in and they get a quarterback that’s entirely different than what they’ve had before but he’s got the height, weight, all the measurables and they bring him in and try to change them to their way because their way is the only way they knew it, because they’re stubborn.
And then the quarterback ends up failing because it’s not what he used to do. So that’s just a small example. I mean, thinking outside the box is here’s a player, this is what he can do best, why would I try to force him in to a role that’s not made for him? So he finds what that player does best and finds a role for him on the team in terms of a responsibility and he uses the best of the players. He really is organic in his thinking, if you ask me. I don’t think he’s old school at all, because he’s always changing from week‑to‑week, his game plan, in terms of what does best for the team. And I think that’s hard for some coaches in the NFL to grasp.
There’s so many ‘we do what we do’ type of teams and we’re just going to enforce our will on you. Now, there have been times when we’ve had a plan like that, but the majority of the time is what does that team do that we can exploit.  And a lot of coaches don’t think that way.
Q. No Mistake, No Repeat Friday, what does that mean, no mistakes?
BRUSCHI: That was Pete’s philosophy, when it comes to Friday and you’ve had Wednesday and Thursday, sort of theme days but you should have everything down by Friday because you’re just summing up everything. So the goal is to practice perfect on Friday so you shouldn’t have any repeat plays.
Q. I hate to belabor this, but you talked about Belichick making things feel hard in practice and all. Why is it that there’s so many controversies seem to follow him?  Is it just that pushing the envelope so much?
BRUSCHI: Well, I guess for a lot of people he’s a hard person to like. I don’t know what it is. You don’t get Rex Ryan up there. You don’t get a coach up there that’s going to give you what you want all the time, because I think he knows ‑‑ he knows the message that his players ‑‑ he knows the way he wants his players to conduct themselves in the locker room.  And he can’t expect that unless he’s that way in front of you. So I think there’s a lot of people that have maybe skewed opinions of him based on the past, based on the way he’s handled certain things publicly. So maybe that affects their judgment. I mean, this is a guy that all he does is want to win football games and is a great coach to all of his players, his players love him. So if people have a problem with him in terms of perception, I think that’s their problem, not his.
Q. Is there anything different that we should expect from ESPN’s coverage and broadcast of the Super Bowl this year?  And is it harder for you to be unbiased and step back from it when you know all the teams and the coaches so well and your past experiences, or is that a benefit?
BRUSCHI:  Different, I think we’re always different when we’re on. For me, I don’t know what I’m going to say every time I get up on air. It’s not like I’m scripted totally. But in terms of different, in terms of how their coverage is, I think that’s a question best for some of the higher‑ups. I know some of the shows that are planned are still the same. I think the quality of the people that work there, that’s what makes us different than a lot of other organizations or the networks.
But your second question … Is it hard for me to be unbiased? Sure. It is sometimes. It is sometimes hard for me to be unbiased. For goodness gracious, I presented them with the Lamar Hunt Trophy after they won the AFC Championship.
So it is hard. There are moments where I’ve been critical of them. I think right out the gate, I don’t think it took me long to criticize fourth and two with Bill Belichick, things like that that I’ve disagreed upon. I’m not shy to disagree with him because I had a lot of disagreements with my coaches when I was there. The same way, as hard as they coached me, I try to give them my input back, too. That’s what I try to do as best I can. It makes me lucky that they win a lot, I guess, they make my job easy sometimes. But I was just as hard on the offensive line this year after the Kansas City game, just as everyone else was. And I knew they had problems that had to be fixed. So I’m not shy to recognize that. I guess that’s my answer.
Q. You’ve seen the game from both sides. You were in there as a player. Now you’re on the media side. When you started doing that what were the biggest changes for you or what sort of mental adjustments you had to make and maybe a sort of a follow‑up to what you were just saying, like how you approach the game now as opposed to when you did as a player?
BRUSCHI: Well, right now I watch the game the same in terms of seeing two plays ahead, three plays ahead. I mean, I was watching the NFC Championship game with Willie McGinest on the TV before the game started. And I mean we’re talking about situational football, before overtime even happened, if this happens do you go for two, what play to you run, does it have a run pass option. If it goes to overtime, do you want the ball, things like that. So there’s a big part of me still that’s a player that watches it, and what intrigues me is coaching decisions that they make and plays that they run and things like that, yes, but the change that I had to make is when I watch a game, I try to see it now as a viewer that doesn’t have the football education that I have. So I see a play. I know what happened. There was a big play in the game. Or maybe it wasn’t a big play of the game, because it’s easy to just show the big play and how it happened, how the play was run and the result was a touchdown.
Well, if it was a drive, where is the play that really set that up? So what can I give the viewer that possibly they didn’t get just by watching it themselves? Certain things that I see. And sometimes it relates to drives earlier in the game. I mean, even breaking down the Green Bay Packers NFC Championship game versus the Seahawks in week one when they ran a route on one drive and then three drives later they ran a route that was where they tried to give the illusion of it being one route but actually they tried to check the Seahawks and run a counter off it. You’re not going to see it. Just watching it. You have to remember a play from three drives ago. And I get that stuff by rewatching it the next day and I say to myself, this, the viewer probably didn’t catch, so why don’t I try to deliver it to them.
Q. Plus you can’t go out there and tackle anybody now if you see something you don’t like. 
BRUSCHI:  No, that’s a good thing, though, actually. Because I’d miss a lot, actually. I would.
Q. Can you break down the main defensive philosophies that you see between the Patriots and the Seahawks?
BRUSCHI: Sure. I think the main defensive philosophy of the New England Patriots is that there isn’t one. And that’s what makes them so hard to prepare for against sometimes is because the complexities of the different coverages that you can get and the different front variations you can get in terms of a week‑to‑week basis. So I would say their philosophy is to be a game-plan defense, to do whatever they feel does best to take away what you do well.
So then the general philosophy is basically take away the middle of the field, because I know Coach Belichick believes those are high percentage throws. And if you want to make it tough on a quarterback in the passing game, make him throw low percentage passes, which usually those are deep and outside the numbers.
Okay. Then going to Seattle, I think they’re very consistent in terms of what they do. They want to get after the pass or they want to control gaps on the line of scrimmage with quickness, with penetration and with speed, all over the place on the field. Cover three base team. Probably the best safety in the middle of the field in the NFL is Earl Thomas. And then a defense that is very intelligent in terms of reading route combinations. So they combine those philosophies with outstanding talent and you have one of the better defenses in recent memory.
Q. Without asking for a prediction, but what do you see on both sides of the ball as the key matchups for this game?
BRUSCHI: For the Seahawks, offensively, let’s see, Marshawn Lynch – I think Marshawn Lynch – I guess I can say this ‑‑ for them to win Marshawn Lynch needs to be the MVP.  Him running the ball the way he’s done. So for them offensively it’s to establish him. And then to do a good job after the structure of a passing play is broken down, because that’s a lot of production for this team in terms of Russell Wilson, the fifth, sixth, seventh second of the play which I’ve talked about, that’s important for them to have success, the way he improvises.
New England Patriots defensively on the other side of that stop the run and really play well as the longer a play goes. So that’s simple. And offensively, for the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski to be the most valuable player, the value that he has for them, just a matchup with Kam Chancellor is something that I’m really looking forward to, so that’s the focus on, and the Seahawks defense is probably – they do what they do. I mean, if they prevent big plays and make the Patriots earn it up and down field, I think that’s probably one of their goals too.
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NBC Sports Announces Super Bowl Week Media Schedule


NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Press Conference – Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT at Super Bowl Media Center in Phoenix

Super Bowl XLIX Conference Call – Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT

Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Conference Call – Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT

NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide Now Available

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 22, 2015 – NBC Sports has announced its media schedule for Super Bowl week, leading into NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. In addition, the NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide is now available with information on NBC’s coverage, production, broadcast talent, and much more.

Following is NBC Sports’ media schedule for Super Bowl week:


Date NBC Sports Media Event Time (ET) Time (MT) Location/Phone & Passcode
Tues., Jan. 27 SB XLIX Conf. Call 2:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 785-830-1926; 8679918
Tues., Jan. 27 SB XLIX Press Conference 5 p.m. 3 p.m. Super Bowl Media Center
Wed., Jan. 28 SB Pre-Game Show Conf. Call 3 p.m. 1 p.m. 719-457-2646; 5988356

**NOTE: Glendale is located in the Mountain Time Zone. All times are listed in both Mountain Standard Time and Eastern Standard Time. Mountain Standard Time is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time.**



NBC Sports Group executives and producers will join members of the Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl Pre-Game Show broadcast teams for the NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT at the Super Bowl Media Center in Phoenix.

  • WHO:
    • o   NBC Sports Group Executives and Producers (Mark Lazarus, Chairman; Sam Flood, Executive Producer; Fred Gaudelli, Super Bowl XLIX Producer; Drew Esocoff, Super Bowl XLIX Director)
    • o   Super Bowl XLIX Broadcast Team (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya)
    • o   Members of the Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Broadcast Team (Bob Costas, Josh Elliott, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Hines Ward)
    • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT
    • WHERE: Super Bowl Media Center, Press Conference Room “B”


NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX broadcast team of Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter), and Super Bowl XLIX producer Fred Gaudelli will preview Super Bowl XLIX on a media conference call, Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT.

  • WHO: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, producer Fred Gaudelli
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT
  • NUMBER: 785-830-1926
  • PASSCODE: 8679918


Members of NBC Sports’ Super Bowl Pre-Game Show broadcast team, featuring Dan Patrick (co-host), Tony Dungy (analyst), Rodney Harrison (analyst), and executive producer Sam Flood will preview Super Bowl XLIX on a media conference call on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m.  ET/1 p.m. MT.

  • WHO: Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, executive producer Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT
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The NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide is now available online, with comprehensive information on broadcasters and executives, as well as details regarding NBC’s broadcast of the game

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Fox Sports Provides Extended On-Site Coverage From Arizona For Super Bowl XLIX


University of Phoenix Stadium

Embedded Reporters with Both Teams, Daily Player and Coach Interviews

Live Postgame Show Outside Stadium Immediately Following

Los Angeles – All eyes turn to greater Phoenix next week as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks travel to the desert to square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. In anticipation of the championship showdown, FOX Sports has all hands on deck, providing comprehensive on-site coverage for the week’s festivities in Arizona.

FOX Sports 1’s flagship studio programs AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE feature extended segments from a remote set outside the stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with host Joel Klatt and FOX Sports 1 NFL analysts Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Dave Wannstedt, breaking down all of the critical matchups and storylines surrounding the big game. Nightly reports come from embedded FOX Sports 1 NFL reporters Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots), while current and former NFL stars also make guest appearances for interviews on set.

On Friday, the gang is joined for special appearances by FOX NFL SUNDAY analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long, in addition to lead NFL on FOX game analyst Troy Aikman.

Capping off coverage for the week is an immediate Super Bowl postgame show following the game’s final moments that includes reaction from McNabb, Moss, Wannstedt and NFL on FOX game analyst John Lynch. Also included are press conferences from an array of podiums in addition to Garafolo and Schrager contributing from inside the stadium with live interviews from players and coaches from both sides.

FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, carries all of FOX Sports 1’s Super Bowl programming during the week. features news, opinions, statistics and analysis surrounding the game, including the week’s top stories from Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez. @TheBuzzer, FOX Sports’ daily video series that features quick commentary on breaking news and hot topics, is on the scene for several of the week’s biggest events, including daily segments from Radio Row, in addition to extensive coverage of Tuesday’s Media Day.

FOX Deportes, the leading Spanish-language sports network presents CENTRAL FOX and FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO from Arizona starting Saturday, Jan. 24. CENTRAL FOX, the networks signature news program is super-sized for the Super Bowl. Hosted by Jose Pablo Coello and Ernesto del Valle provides around-the-clock coverage on top storylines and special interviews all week. Valeria Marin takes fans around the city and inside the media frenzy surrounding Super Bowl XLVI on FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO.  FOX Sports GO will also carry all of FOX Deportes’ Super Bowl programming.


ESPN’s Super Bowl XLIX Coverage

espn-logoESPN’s blanket coverage of Super Bowl week kicks off Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 a.m. ET/4 a.m. MT from Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona, the network’s studio home leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. 130 hours of TV and radio shows will originate from this space – 7014-590 E. Camelback Road, concluding on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, with a four-hour special edition of Postseason NFL Countdown (10 a.m.), and NFL Primetime (10:30 p.m.) and SportsCenter (11:30 p.m.) after the game.
Preceding Super Bowl week, ESPN will televise the 2015 Pro Bowl Presented by McDonald’s on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. ET.
Postseason NFL Countdown on Super Bowl Sunday (10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Chris Berman will preview the New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks matchup with NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Suzy Kolber and NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young will contribute analysis from University of Phoenix Stadium, and bureau reporters Ed Werder (Seahawks), Sal Paolantonio (Patriots) and Josina Anderson will have the latest team news.
ESPN’s Super Bowl production setup will be part of Fan Fest Scottsdale and includes three outdoor stages and a 24-by-48 demo field. Fans are invited to view all programming throughout the week, free of charge.
Scottsdale Spotlights



ESPN Audio
Four of ESPN Audio’s top shows will broadcast 65 hours of live, onsite coverage from Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona beginning Monday, Jan. 26, through Friday, Jan. 30.


  • Mike & Mike: (M-F, 6-10 a.m. ET, simulcast on ESPN2): Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, hosts of ESPN Radio’s popular national morning show, will kick off ESPN’s Super Bowl week. The show will welcome special guest co-hosts Brian Urlacher (Tuesday), Charles Woodson (Thursday) and J.J. Watt (Friday).
  • The Herd with Colin Cowherd: Cowherd will also be live with his daily radio show from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Herd is simulcast daily on ESPNU.
  • SVP & Russillo: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo will host the daily SVP & Russillo from 1-4 p.m. (simulcast on ESPNEWS until 2:30 p.m.) all week.
  • Sedano & Stink: Hosts Jorge Sedano and ESPN NFL analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth will broadcast live from 7-10 p.m.


In addition, ESPN NY 98.7 will air 30 hours live from Scottsdale Fashion Square, Monday through Friday, with Lupica (1-3 p.m.) and The Michael Kay Show (3-7 p.m.).
ESPN Digital’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX will be featured on Page 1, the main NFL page, NFL Nation, ESPN Insider and on Super Bowl Central. The site will provide analysis, commentary, breaking news and more throughout the week leading up to the game and in-depth game coverage.’s roster of journalists includes NFL senior writer John Clayton, senior writers Elizabeth Merrill, Jeffri Chadiha and Greg Garber, NFL Nation reporters Jeff Legwold, Mike Reiss, Terry Blount, Kevin Seifert, Josh Weinfuss and more. They will provide insight, commentary, breaking news and analysis of all facets of the Super Bowl XLIX matchup. Coverage highlights include:


  • Quarterback Survey: Takeaways from a survey of current and former quarterbacks and an interactive map showing where current NFL QBs come from.
  • The Missing Pieces: An interactive look at what stands between your team and contending for a Super Bowl.
  • Mike Sando on how the Super Bowl teams were built.
  • Elizabeth Merrill feature on Dean Blandino, the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating.
  • Major Super Bowl prediction presentation that includes ESPN personalities, writers, celebrities and more.
  • In-depth previews of the game from NFL Nation reporters.
  • Instant postgame analysis, including Rapid Reactions, grades for each team and best-worsts for the game.


ESPN Digital Video coverage will include a NFL Nation TV Live Spreecast and three other Spreecasts during the week that will feature NFL Nation reporters and NFL Insiders. The Spreecasts allow fans the opportunity to have their questions answered by those covering the game. ESPN Digital Video will also produce major segments from Arizona and will deliver NFL Inside Edge, a stats-based feature by NFL Insider Mike Sando.
espnW will have behind-the-scenes coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including stories from espnW writers D’Arcy Maine, Jane McManus and Sarah Spain. McManus will focus on assessing the NFL’s domestic violence responses since the Ray Rice incident. What has worked? What hasn’t? Contributor Sarah Spain will dig into the second-toughest game in Phoenix that weekend—Getting Mom, Dad and everybody else to the game with tickets in hand!—and also provide coverage from the red carpet at ESPN The Party. D’Arcy Maine will provide social wrap-ups, as well as the Voice of the Fan, a photo-driven piece showcasing the female fans that traveled from all over to see their favorite teams play in the big game.
ESPN Insider coverage includes a ranking of every player on the two Super Bowl rosters from Mike Sando and Matt Williamson as well as on-location analysis from Sando; expertise from front-office Insiders Bill Polian and Louis Riddick; and advanced metrics from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus leading up to and coming out of the game.
ESPN’s Social Media Team will provide behind-the-scenes coverage of Super Bowl week via its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and Vine videos.


  • Twitter vote: on Friday, Jan. 30, fans are asked to respond to the Verizon-sponsored question, #WhosGonnaWin. The fans’ choice will be revealed on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and posted on
  • The 2014 NFL Season in Pictures: ESPN’s social media team takes fans on a trip down memory lane, encapsulating the 2014 NFL season in 160 seconds. The video will air on NFL Live and other ESPN TV programs throughout Super Bowl week. It will also be posted on 2013 version.
  • Super Bowl Sunday’s Postseason NFL Countdown: ESPN’s social media team will tweet throughout the four-hour pregame show (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), leading up to the game. Follow @ESPNNFL.


ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s Music issue, on newsstands Friday, features Houston Texans All-Pro J.J. Watt on the cover with pop star Katy Perry, who will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. Also, columnist Mina Kimes writes about why the mayor of Glendale is questioning whether hosting the Super Bowl is such a great prize in Thanks for nothing. In addition, The Mag’s Seth Wickersham provides readers with a Super Bowl Preview, focusing on why red zone efficiency is so crucial for teams—on offense and defense.
ESPN The Party
ESPN is hosting its 11th annual Super Bowl event, ESPN The Party, on Friday, Jan. 30, in Scottsdale. In conjunction with the release of ESPN The Magazine’s MUSIC issue, the event will celebrate the love affair between sports and music. ESPN The Party will feature live special performances by platinum-selling hip-hop artist, J.Cole and 2015 Grammy Award Nominee Charli XCX along with music by DJ Questlove and SOSUPERSAM. ESPN will take over WestWorld of Scottsdale’s newest venue, the North Hall, to create its signature annual Super Bowl experience. The 117,000 square foot space will be transformed to resemble a mid-century modern home with life-sized rock walls and formations. It will also include 700 linear feet of projection, mapping sunsets and sunrises in a desert setting. Guests can follow the action all night at ESPN’s Microsite and use #ESPNTHEPARTY to chat with fans as well as athletes, celebs, brands, and VIPs in the house.
ESPN Images
Downloadable Super Bowl week photos are available in the ESPN Images library.
ESPN International
ESPN International will present Super Bowl XLIX live to more than 67 million households in 59 countries and territories throughout Spanish-Speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Canada. Commentary and analysis will be provided in four languages — English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Highlights:


  • The game will be seen in HD in Australia, New Zealand, Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Canada.
  • Spanish language coverage features a team of seven reporters/analysts in Arizona: Alvaro Martin (play-by-play), Super Bowl-winning kicker Raul Allegre (analyst) and John Sutcliffe (sideline reporter) will call the Super Bowl, while Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Mauricio Pedroza will host reports throughout daily NFL Semanal-Camino al Super Bowl specials, SportsCenter, Radio Formula, Nación ESPN, #Redes and Los Capitanes.
  • Live coverage on Super Bowl Sunday in Latin America will begin at 1 p.m. ET with special SportsCenter and Toque Inicial shows followed by an extended pre-game NFL Esta Noche-Camino al Super Bowl leading into the live telecast of the Super Bowl at 5 p.m.
  • Spanish digital coverage will feature ESPN commentator live chats, video and complete coverage from Arizona on and via social media on Facebook and Twitter, using #SB49xESPN.  
  • For the first time ever, the live broadcast of the Super Bowl will be available digitally throughout Spanish-Speaking Latin America on ESPN’s broadband player, ESPN Play.
  • ESPN Brasil will feature Portuguese coverage with Everaldo Marques, Paulo Antunes and Andre Kfouri on the live Super Bowl XLIX broadcast and reporting for The Book is On the Table (daily Monday-Sunday), Abre and Pos Jogo (pre- and post-game show) and SportsCenter Brasil.
  • Live coverage of the Super Bowl will begin in Australia and New Zealand at 10 a.m. local with extended pregame coverage including Postseason NFL Countdown live from Arizona.
  • English-speaking ESPN networks in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands will feature ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown and U.S. network coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.
  • RDS Canada will provide French coverage beginning at 5 p.m.
  • ESPN will distribute the Super Bowl to over 150 movie theaters located throughout Mexico and Brazil.


ESPN Deportes
ESPN Deportes Television will offer comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl XLIX via its renowned team of experts including Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre, John Sutcliffe, Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Mauricio Pedroza and Kary Correa, who will be reporting from Arizona, all week. Coverage includes live segments on SportsCenter, Los CapitanesNación ESPN, NFL Semanal and #Redes.
ESPN Deportes Radio will present week-long news and information with onsite reporting and analysis from Sebastian Martinez Christensen, Kenneth Garay and Carlos Arratia. will provide complete reporting and highlights throughout the week, including daily live streaming segments, press conferences, and news, updates and analysis on both teams. Reporters Carlos Nava and Sebastian Martinez Christensen will be onsite to cover both teams.


“That loss … is going to stick with them forever.” – Phil Simms on Green Bay’s Loss, on INSIDE THE NFL, 9p ET/PT on SHO

sho-nfl“That loss … is going to stick with them forever.” – Phil Simms on Green Bay’s Loss

“Ninety-nine percent of America thought that this game was over. Ninety-nine percent of that team knew they were still in it.” – Brandon Marshall on Seattle’s Victory.

INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2015) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Ed Reed and Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss an action-packed week Championship Weekend.

Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are the Seattle Seahawks’ triumph, the wreckage of Green Bay’s season, and what it all means for history. As well as the role of the owner in NFL franchises, the New England Patriots’ outstanding performance and what the future holds for the Indianapolis Colts. Also, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson and more wired for sound.

Plus, don’t miss videos featuring six degrees of separation between Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick and exclusive reactions of Packers, Seahawks, Patriots and Colts across Manhattan during the most dramatic moments of Championship Weekend.


On Packers vs. Seahawks…

Phil Simms – “That loss, I think we all would agree, that is going to stick with them forever. And you think about Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy–because we always talk about legacies–how this probably changes what we think of them when all it’s said and done … This thing is going to be part of history. We are going to be talking about it every year.

“Everything you can possibly do wrong, they did wrong … I’m giving Seattle tons of credit for what they did, but Green Bay gave it away.”

Brandon Marshall – “I was a hypocrite, man. I thought the game was over. But, I really believe that what we are seeing in that team is special. Last week I talked about how they loved each other. Now, the second part to this whole philosophy of being great is, you have to love what you do. And you saw [it], it wasn’t just Russell Wilson. It was Kam Chancellor, you have Earl Thomas, you have Richard Sherman, you have so many guys stepping up and saying, ‘You know what? This game isn’t over.’ Ninety-nine percent of America thought that this game was over. Ninety-nine percent of that team knew they were still in it. And that’s why they win the game.”

Phil Simms – “When you go watch them practice and you kind of hang around, you kind of get it. Because it is different … How their chemistry is so important to them. And I think we know that too, just by watching Pete Carroll on the sidelines, don’t we? That’s not fake. That’s Pete Carroll.”

On the Role of NFL Owners…

Phil Simms – “Nowadays, we see these owners that are more out-front than ever, and I really understand why. I really understand it in the National Football League. Because … how they [have] branded the League over the last 15 years has changed everything … All the money being spent, the popularity of the game… I think these owners, they [have] built an unbelievable thing and if they want to be out there in the front, good for them.”

Brandon Marshall – “I think it depends on the role they have outside of being the owner. You don’t want the owner to take ownership in football decisions if he’s not an expert. I think there are guys like Jerry Jones [Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys] that we can say he didn’t have that expertise at the beginning, but he may now … and he’s Executive of the Year … I don’t think you have to know football if you are an owner, you have to know people.

Pat Bowlen in Denver, I remember when he used to come out to [the] practice field and he had his cowboys’ boots on and made everybody work harder. I looked at him … [and] I said, I want to win for that guy. And the same for the McCaskey’s, when I see Ms. [Virginia Halas] McCaskey, [when] I see George [McCaskey], I say, you know what? I don’t want to let those people down. When you have that type of relationship, where you shook his hand before, her hand, it makes you work a little harder.”

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Pereira, Aikman, Glazer Discuss Patriots Deflated Ball Controversy On Fox Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME

Fox-NFL-2014Pereira: “This is cheating…and it’s something the league will deal with harshly.”

Aikman: “I can’t imagine that Tom Brady did not know…my guess is that it was his request.”

Glazer: Colts Were Tipped Off By Baltimore Ravens

Links: Pereira, Aikman, Glazer

Reports continue to surface that the New England Patriots tampered with the air pressure of the footballs used in last Sunday’s 45-7 AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. To address the various aspects of the controversy, FOX Sports NFL contributors Mike Pereira, Troy Aikman and Jay Glazer joined host Mike Hill on FOX Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME, Wednesday evening.

Former National Football League Vice President of Officiating and current NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira reviews the pregame protocols and says taking air out of the balls is by definition cheating: “Each game, 36 balls are brought into the officials’ locker room. Twelve from each team and then the home team provides 12 backup balls, if needed. The referee has a pump and a needle and with the help of the kicking ball coordinator, he checks them and if they’re between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, he marks them and they’re good to go. They leave the locker room before the game and go into the hands of the ball boys, and the extra balls are put at the replay monitor where there is a guard standing by that monitor. Well, somebody got to somebody and took a couple of pounds out of those balls. It’s an extension, to me, of the cheating that has gone on in the league. This is cheating and this is something that the league doesn’t want. It’s bad enough that rules get taken advantage of and you kind of work against the intent of the rule, but this is cheating and it’s something that the league will deal with harshly.”

Lead NFL on FOX game analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman doubts any changes could have been made to the balls without Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s approval: “I can’t imagine anyone doing anything to the footballs without the quarterback having knowledge of it. I know, based on my experience, how much effort went in to trying to get the balls game ready. Having them still fall within the guidelines of the NFL rules was challenging and there is no way that anyone would have done anything with the game balls without discussing it with me first. I can’t imagine that Tom Brady did not know that air had been taken out of the balls and my guess is that it was his request, it was the way he preferred to throw with them and that’s why it was done.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer details how the Colts were tipped off to New England’s use of this tactic and a perceived double standard when it comes to the NFL’s punishment of the Patriots: “The Indianapolis Colts were tipped off to this before the game ever even happened. Whether or not it was from the last time they had played New England or what I was told, that it was actually people from inside the Baltimore Ravens. The league was already tipped off, so they were already planning at halftime to inspect the balls. When they did, they found that many of them were deflated, but then they were inflated for the second half of the game. But that’s not the issue, the issue really is intent and how often the New England Patriots push the envelope and that is what the league has to now look at. It’s not whether or not it affected the game; it’s the fact of whether they intended to alter the rules for this playoff game. I will tell you this, down here at the Senior Bowl, it has been unanimous among owners, general managers and head coaches I talk to and they’re saying, ‘We’re sick of it, they always push the envelope. The league throws the book at us all the time, are they finally going to throw the book at the New England Patriots?’ I think what is going to happen now, you’re going to start having different teams trying to leak out anything they know, because a lot of people in the league look at it like, ‘There’s a double standard: We get in trouble, they don’t get in trouble.’”

Aikman discusses the Patriots history as repeat offenders and anticipates a significant punishment from the NFL: “It’s going to be a tough one for Roger Goodell to address. This is a team that has been caught cheating in the past and with past transgressions, the severity of whatever is handed down has to increase to some degree. To what extent that means, is it draft picks, is it fines, I don’t know. But it will be interesting to see what Roger Goodell decides to do. I think this is an organization that obviously has had a great deal of success and with that, it has been the focus of a lot of people with a lot of scrutiny, but they’ve brought a lot of that on themselves. As I said, they’ve been caught cheating in the past and if you want to look at what Roger has done in the past, when cheating has taken place, I believe that it will be swift and I believe that it will be severe.”


NBC Sports Group Rolls Out Its Most Comprehensive Social Media Campaign Ever To Promote NBC’s Coverage Of Super Bowl XLIX


NBC Sports to Employ “Social Central” Communications Hub for All Things Social

Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson to Serve as Social Media & Digital Correspondent

NBC Sports Group Teams With Internet Stars Dude Perfect to Present Football-Themed Trick-Shot Video

Around-The-Clock Coverage on All Social Platforms

NBC’s Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX Begins Sunday, Feb. 1, at Noon ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 22, 2015 - NBC Sports Group will present its most comprehensive social media campaign ever to promote NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including around-the-clock coverage across all of NBC Sports’ social media platforms.

NBC will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from Glendale, Ariz. Coverage kicks off at Noon ET.

NBC SPORTS “SOCIAL CENTRAL”: During Super Bowl week, the NBC Sports social media team will be everywhere from Media Day to the sidelines on Super Bowl Sunday, covering every moment and play of #SB49. During gameday, NBC Sports’ “Social Central” will be a communications hub for all things social, spanning from “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix, Ariz., and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Members of the NBC Sports social, digital, and marketing teams will be primed and ready to cover and react to any moment from pre-game through the final whistle and trophy presentation, including a social team member embedded with on-air production to relay any breaking news. Social media and digital content will be updated in real time.

PATRICK PETERSON TO SERVE AS SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL CORRESPONDENT: Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson, a four-time Pro Bowler, will serve as NBC Sports Group’s social and digital media correspondent during Super Bowl week. As a member of the hometown Cardinals, Peterson will document his Super Bowl week on behalf of NBC Sports through his social media accounts. He will also film several videos around the city that will be pushed out through the SNF social media accounts and on, including attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for most selfies taken in one hour.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® ATTEMPT: NBC Sports Social will be at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 27, as Patrick Peterson attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the most selfies taken in one hour. Peterson will snap as many selfies as he can with the students from Deer Valley High School to break the current record of 657 selfies. In addition, the Sunday Night Football bus will be at the school and open to students after the record attempt. Fans can follow GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® on Twitter: @GWR and Instagram: Guinnessworldrecords.

DUDE PERFECT: NBC Sports Group has teamed with trick-shot experts and comedy stars Dude Perfect to create a trick shot video that will debut Sunday, Feb. 1, during NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game show. Participating in the trick shot video will be Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. and two-time Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl XL MVP, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward. The content will be pushed out on NBC Sports’ social media platforms, and the trick-shot video will be available on following its release.

TUMBLR: As announced yesterday, NBC Sports Digital recently launched a Super Bowl-centric NBC Sports Tumblr page that will showcase Super Bowl XLIX’s television advertisements immediately after they air on NBC. Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, the page will be populated with original content created by NBC Sports’ marketing media team, as well as from re-blogging NFL-related Tumblr posts. On game day, the new page will transform into a hub for Super Bowl TV ads, and can be accessed at

#MYSUPERBOWLPICK: NBC Sports will ask influencers, celebrities, athletes and fans to tweet and post who they anticipate will win the game using #MySuperBowlPick to help drive the conversation around game day. In addition, social media handles from various NBCUniversal properties and celebrities will offer their picks.

Using the “Twitter Mirror,” NBC Sports will collect photos and picks from celebrities and athletes on-site at “Super Bowl Central” and at University of Phoenix Stadium to be featured on-air. The SNF social media accounts will also be tracking fan picks to see which team is leading the social vote.

AROUND-THE-CLOCK COVERAGE: NBC Sports will cover Super Bowl XLIX from various Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports social media accounts to make sure every fan has access to the content they want leading up to the game.

  • Facebook: The NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football Facebook accounts will provide users with news from ProFootballTalk, shareable images, videos, and chats with NBC Sports Group commentators.
  • Twitter: @SNFonNBC will provide real-time news and photos from Phoenix as well as #MySuperBowlPick content through the “Twitter Mirror.” @ProFootballTalk and @NBCSports will post news and information on the game, and behind-the-scenes content from PFT Live.
  • Instagram: SNF on NBC and NBC Sports Instagram accounts will be one-stop shopping for photos throughout Super Bowl week with behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s production, including photos of NBC Sports Group commentators and sideline coverage documenting the game from kickoff through the celebratory confetti.
  • Vine: The NBC Sports social team will create content around Phoenix with on-site Vine influencers that will be posted on the Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports Vine accounts throughout Super Bowl week.
  • Pinterest: For fans on Pinterest, has Super Bowl themed boards to help plan the best Super Bowl party. On-site content from will also be housed on Pinterest during Super Bowl week.


2015 NFL Pro Bowl on ESPN

ESPN_MNF_2011Monday Night Football Team Will Call Pro Bowl from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday

ESPN’s Monday Night Football team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters will call the 2015 Pro Bowl Presented by McDonald’s from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, January 25 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), kicking off the start of Super Bowl XLIX week. The telecast will also be available via WatchESPN and in Spanish on both ESPN Deportes (commentators: Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and reporter John Sutcliffe) and ESPN Deportes Radio (Kenneth Garay and Sebastian Martinez Christensen).

ESPN analyst Cris Carter will join fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as an alumni team captain, while the staffs of the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will coach the respective teams, which will be determined through a draft process on Wednesday. Active NFL player captains include Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Browns cornerback Joe Haden, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

ESPN’s planned production elements for Pro Bowl include:

  • Players wearing microphones;
  • In-game coaches audio and from coach-quarterback communication;
  • Live talk-backs with Carter and Irvin;
  • Aerial coverage via Spidercam;
  • Next-gen NFL stats applications;
  • Inside the locker room access;
  • Sideline interviews with Salters;
  • Special booth appearance by comedian/impersonator Frank Caliendo;

ESPN will be home to the annual Pro Bowl game through 2022, as part of the company’s new eight-year rights agreement with the NFL. ESPN last televised the Pro Bowl in South Florida in 2010. The game also aired on ESPN from 1988-94 and 2004-06, and on ABC from 1975-87 and 1995-03.

Pro Bowl Pregame: Chris Berman to Anchor Two-Hour Postseason NFL Countdown from University of Phoenix Stadium

Chris Berman will host a special two-hour Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers (6 p.m., ESPN) from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona leading into Pro Bowl. He will be joined by analysts Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis, as well as NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen providing headlines and league news.

ESPN will also have a one-hour Countdown from its Bristol, Conn. studios earlier in the day (12 p.m.), hosted by Wendi Nix with analysts Brian Dawkins and Jeff Saturday that previews Pro Bowl and the Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots matchup in Super Bowl XLIX.

Live ESPN Coverage of Pro Bowl Practices on SportsCenter on Friday, Jan. 23

ESPN’s Monday Night Football team of Tirico, Gruden and Salters will offer live coverage on SportsCenter from the Pro Bowl team practices at Scottsdale Community College on Friday, Jan. 23, from 12-3:30 p.m. ET. Team Irvin is schedule to be on the field from 12:40-1:40 p.m., while Team Carter will practice from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

ESPN NFL-themed programming on Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25:

Time (ET) Show Network
8-9 a.m. Colin’s Football Show ESPN2
10 a.m.-12 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
12-1 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers ESPN
6-8 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers ESPN
8-11 p.m. 2015 Pro Bowl Presented by McDonald’s ESPN
11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN

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Hall of Fame Coach & Creator of the West Coast Offense Bill Walsh Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Bill Walsh: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, January 23 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“I look for the roots of Bill [Walsh] in places that I’m visiting and they’re always there. The game was coached, played, managed [and] owned in a very archaic way for a long time. Bill changed that fundamentally at every level forever.” – Steve Young

He was labeled a genius, but he also was an insecure, tortured artist. After revolutionizing the NFL with the team of the 1980s, Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh wrote a book that has become the bible for generations of football coaches.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, January 23 at 9:00 PM ET with Bill Walsh, one of the most successful and revolutionary coaches in NFL history. The special 90-minute NFL Films-produced documentary includes interviews and revelations from former and current NFL coaches, current and former NFL players, the co-author of his book, Finding the Winning Edge, former San Francisco 49er officials and his children Craig and Liz. Bill Walsh: A Football Life also addresses the emotional toll Walsh dealt with throughout his football life.

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Among the topics discussed in Bill Walsh: A Football Life are:

  • His opinion on being called a ‘genius’
  • The desire to be perfect
  • A behind-the-scenes look at his transition from an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals to the head coach with the San Francisco 49ers
  • What it was like when Paul Brown told other football organizations that Bill Walsh wasn’t cut out for a head coaching position
  • How he felt after retiring
  • His relationship with his players and coaches
  • Almost trading quarterback Joe Montana

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Bill Walsh: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Bill Walsh

Liz Walsh – Bill’s daughter                

Craig Walsh – Bill’s son                    

Joe Montana – Hall of Fame quarterback               

Steve Young – Hall of Fame quarterback

Jerry Rice – Hall of Fame wide receiver

Dwight Clark – Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver

Ronnie Lott – Hall of Fame safety

Randy Cross – Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman

Brian Billick – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach

Bill Parcells – Hall of Fame head coach

Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach

Mike Ditka – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach

Dick Vermeil – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach

John Harbaugh – Baltimore Ravens head coach

Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs head coach

Sam Wyche – Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach

Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. – Former San Francisco 49ers owner

Carmen Policy – Former San Francisco 49ers executive

Condoleezza Rice – Former Stanford provost

Jim Peterson – Co-author, Finding the Winning Edge

Provided below are some select quotes from Bill Walsh: A Football Life:

“I look for the roots of Bill in places that I’m visiting and they’re always there. The game was coached, played, managed, [and] owned in a very archaic way for a long time. Bill changed that fundamentally at every level forever.”Steve Young

“It’s the Bible of football coaching.” John Harbaugh

“I wish I would’ve enjoyed it more because those were the truly golden years.”Bill Walsh

“It just wasn’t good enough you know? But that sort of seemed to be how a lot of things had been for him. Even if this was a success he would still somehow find a way to not consider it one.”Liz Walsh

“At the start of my third year, I just wanted our team to have some respect in the National Football League because we didn’t.”Bill Walsh

“He would put plays in in meetings sometimes and say, ‘You don’t have to flinch when you catch this, there won’t be anyone around. You’ll be wide open’…You’d catch it and get ready to get hit and turn around and he would be right. Nobody would be there.” Dwight Clark

“You can’t say Bill Walsh without the word genius goes with it. He was offended by that. That intimates that this is just some intuitive knowledge that came to me from divine inspiration as opposed to the painstaking years of developing what is laid out in this book.”Brian Billick

“Bill would often talk about the term genius as embarrassing and he wished it would just disappear and go away but the truth of the matter is he loved it. He absolutely loved it.” Carmen Policy

“Our system of football sustained itself and we refined it further and further each year until at some point it might even have even been an art form.”Bill Walsh

“That’s why he was such a great leader. He got the best out of people.”Condoleezza Rice

“I think Bill Walsh was from another planet to be honest with you. He was so far ahead.”Jerry Rice

“For every person that said that we were finesse, he wanted to go punch them in the mouth.”Ronnie Lott

“When he quit, there were a lot of guys that wanted to win the Super Bowl so bad the following year because we wanted to prove that we could win it without him. That became the battle cry that year.”Ronnie Lott

“He was just a great coach, a great man and great person. I wish I had a lot more time with him.”Joe Montana

“He was calling Joe [Montana] and I in and Bill [Walsh] was like, ‘Joe, I’m playing Steve today.’ You know this is Joe Montana right? ‘Steve’s got a set of plays and I’m going to put him in so just know that’s coming.’ You could see Joe…If Joe had a knife there was a problem.”Steve Young


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Michaels, Collinsworth, Dungy And Harrison Weigh In On Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl


“He turned what would have been one of the worst performances in postseason history into a comeback for the ages.” – Michaels on Russell Wilson

“This will be a legacy Super Bowl. Will it be Seattle winning back-to-back Super Bowls with a young team capable of many more, or Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth?” – Collinsworth

“I anticipate this being one of the best Super Bowls in the history of the league.” – Harrison

“This will be a chess match.” – Dungy

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 18, 2015 – The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLIX on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Pre-game coverage begins at Noon ET. The game will mark the 18th Super Bowl broadcast by NBC, equaling CBS for the most Super Bowls broadcast by any network.

Following are comments by Sunday Night Football play-by-play voice Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth, as well as Football Night In America commentators Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, a former Patriot who won two Super Bowls with the team, about the Patriots-Seahawks matchup in Super Bowl XLIX:


Michaels on Seahawks heading to Super Bowl XLIX after today’s thrilling victory: “The NFC Championship Game was the latest example of why the NFL is television’s greatest unscripted drama. For a Seahawks fan, it was a warp speed trip from dismay to euphoria. For a Packers fan, it was simply the reverse. For both fan bases, it was an emotional wringer. And what more can you say about Russell Wilson? He turned what would have been one of the worst performances in postseason history into a comeback for the ages.”

Michaels on Super Bowl XLIX matchup: “So many great early storylines to think about: Two chess masters, Belichick and Carroll, going head-to-head. Two hugely successful quarterbacks, Brady and Wilson, with vastly divergent styles. Two teams that will come to the Super Bowl with anything and everything in the back of their playbooks — fake punts, wide receivers throwing passes, eclectic formations and who knows what else. In Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount, the equivalent of identical twins at running back. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman against ‘The Legion of Boom.’ Darrelle Revis matched up against anybody. Richard Sherman matched up against anybody. And two teams that rarely face each other — only three meetings in the last 21 years. These are just the appetizers.”


Collinsworth on Super Bowl XLIX: “This will be a legacy Super Bowl. Will it be Seattle winning back-to-back Super Bowls with a young team capable of many more, or Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth?”

Collinsworth on evenly-matched Super Bowl: “This is the first Super Bowl in a long time that I have no idea who will be favored.”

Collinsworth on the quarterbacks: “It’s Russell Wilson with memorable tears of joy against Tom Brady who has been making opponents cry for years.”


Dungy on Seattle: “The Seahawks victory against the Packers exemplified their season. It’s hard to get back to the Super Bowl, but this team fought all year to accomplish that. When it seemed that there was no chance to win today, they still believed and played until the final whistle. They are a balanced, physical team that is bolstered by an excellent philosophy.”

Dungy on New England: “The Patriots are hitting on all cylinders. They do so much on offense and show so many different looks. Every game plan is a little different, and it’s a huge advantage.”

Dungy on the matchup: “This will be a chess match that boils down to how the Patriots defense will handle the Seahawks run-option offense, and how the Seahawks defense handles the precise, inside passing game of the Patriots.”


Harrison on Seattle: “What impressed me the most today about the Seahawks was that despite playing their worst game of year, they found a way to win. It’s what you expect of a championship caliber team, they always find a way.”

Harrison on New England: “The Patriots returning to the Super Bowl is no surprise. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were prepared and the team is confident. There’s no set game plan with Belichick. He’s always trying to find the right mix to win the next game.”

Harrison on the matchup: “These have been the two best teams in the league all year. I anticipate this being one of the best Super Bowls in the history of the league. It’s the great Seahawks defense against Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game. It’s Bill Belichick against Pete Carroll. There are intriguing matchups everywhere.”