Quotes From Week 15 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

NFL_Network_2012_LogoQuotes From NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final

“I haven’t seen [Johnny Manziel] grow at all. I expected this period where he got a chance to sit and watch Brian Hoyer, I thought he would grow from what he did in college…I haven’t seen growth from Johnny Manziel.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel who was 10/18 for 80 yards and two interceptions

“[Johnny Manziel] did some things that were really, not only rookie like, but very undisciplined. He’s got a long way to go. Two more games…he’s got to be better.” – Steve Mariucci on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“All of this is learning tape for Johnny Manziel. We are going to find out can he retain it, does he learn from it and will he not make the mistakes again? The problem that I have with Johnny Manziel is he’s a playmaker. Some of those plays are in his DNA.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“We saw the same things from Johnny Manziel that we saw in college. He likes to force the ball, especially when he gets pressured. He’s going to give the defense an opportunity for an interception. Going forward he has to learn to play better from the pocket and manage the game a little better.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“I played 16 games with Peyton Manning. As great as he is right now, in those 16 games the one thing that he always talked about was the speed of the game. Didn’t think he could get there…You have to go through it in order to understand it.” – Marshall Faulk on the learning curve for rookie quarterbacks transitioning from college to the NFL

“I like the momentum that [the Cincinnati Bengals] have going forward.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the Cincinnati Bengals who shut out the Cleveland Browns 30-0

“It’s unfortunate because of all the success [the San Francisco 49ers] have had. We know [Jim Harbaugh] is a good coach, we know it’s a banged up team and we know whoever’s going to inherit this team, if Jim does leave, is going to find a very talented competitive team. Jim will find a place to go – there will be several suitors for him. It’s just an unfortunate situation for the 49er faithful.” – Steve Mariucci on the San Francisco 49ers who lost 17-7 to the Seattle Seahawks and have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs

“[Odell Beckham Jr.] is a true star in the National Football League” – Michael Irvin on New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. who had 12 receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns

“What a great acquisition, maybe the best one of the offseason…[Golden Tate] has been really big for the Lions.” – Steve Mariucci on Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate who had seven receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown

“Jeremy Maclin, he gambled right here saying I will not take a contract let’s play the season out. I think he earned a lot of money.” – Michael Irvin on Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who had four receptions for 98 yards

“In Bruce Arians I trust because regardless of what quarterback that he puts on the football field, this defense and him calling plays, they are going to make sure that they have a chance to win these ball games.” – Marshall Faulk on the Arizona Cardinals who beat the St. Louis Rams Thursday and secured a playoff berth Sunday with the Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Dallas Cowboys

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

- Week 15 GameDay Express – Host Chris Rose and analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap an exciting Week 15 thus far:

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- Playmaker’s Top 5 Grabs Michael Irvin provides his top 10 performances of Week 15:

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- Breaking down Manziel’s Struggles – Host Chris Rose and analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin discuss Johnny Manziel’s debut:

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- Are Cowboys a Championship Team? NFL GameDay Final analyze whether or not the Dallas Cowboys are a championship contender:

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About  NFL GameDay Highlights

Every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network recaps the afternoon action with NFL GameDay Highlights. Host Chris Rose and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci 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 Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin put the definitive exclamation point on Sundays providing unlimited highlights of all the games, plus post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room, audio captured throughout the day and expert analysis.

CBS Sports And NFL Network Announce Broadcast Teams For Week 16 “Thursday Night Football” Doubleheader On Saturday, Dec. 20

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflFrom CBS Sports and NFL Network…

CBS Sports and NFL Network have announced broadcast teams for the Week 16 Thursday Night Football doubleheader airing on Saturday, Dec. 20 on NFL Network and CBS.

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and reporter Stacey Dales will call Philadelphia at Washington on NFL Network with kickoff at 4:30 PM, ET from FedEx Field in Landover, Md.  Ken Mack produces and Mark Grant directs.

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and reporter Jenny Dell will be on the call for San Diego at San Francisco on CBS and NFL Network kicking off at 8:25 PM, ET from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.  Mark Wolff produces and Bob Fishman directs.

Pregame coverage begins at 2:00 PM, ET on NFL Network with NFL Total Access Kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci are live from the NFL Network studios in Los Angeles to provide analysis of both the Philadelphia-Washington and San Diego-San Francisco games.

At 7:30 PM, ET, NFL Thursday Night Kickoff airs on CBS and NFL Network leading into San Diego-San Francisco.  James Brown hosts and is joined by analysts Bill Cowher, Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez and rules expert Mike Carey from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.

Following the San Diego-San Francisco game, the Mazda Postgame Show will air on NFL Network, featuring complete game highlights and analysis from both contests live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.

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Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 15

FNIA-nfl-nbcI can’t believe in the Cincinnati Bengals. I try each and every week. I just can’t believe in them.” – Rodney Harrison

The Colts are not an elite team. They are the best team in the AFC South, but they are not elite.” – Tony Dungy

“The whole Aaron Rodgers MVP thing is now a little up in the air.” – Cris Collinsworth

Stamford, Conn. – December 14, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., to preview Cowboys-Eagles. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney HarrisonMike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter KingAlex Flanagan reported from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on the Broncos-Chargers game.

In addition, Costas interviewed Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, and Elliott spoke with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON PACKERS

Ward: “The team was sloppy. Aaron Rodgers had an off day, but the wide receivers had way too many dropped passes. Jordy Nelson dropped a huge touchdown pass. I give credit to Buffalo’s defense.”

Collinsworth: “The whole Aaron Rodgers MVP thing is now a little up in the air. I had already cast my ballot. I was going to vote for him. It was over, but now it’s a little shaky.”

Harrison on Packers: “I don’t think we need to panic with Green Bay. They played one bad game and they were red hot the last five weeks.  I do believe that this team will win the division. They will bounce back next week and they will beat Detroit in Week 17.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Collinsworth: “Seattle is back. Seattle could end up with home field advantage throughout the playoffs.”

ON COLTS

Dungy: “The Colts are not an elite team. They are the best team in the AFC South division, but they are not elite. They have some holes in their run defense. They have some skilled position players, but they are not a great team.”

Harrison: “They win a lot of close games. This is a very resilient team, but their offensive line is not very good. They are going to have problems in the playoffs.”

ON BENGALS

Harrison: “I can’t believe in the Cincinnati Bengals. I try each and every week. They gave up 42 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers and they come back and they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by one point. I just can’t believe in them.”

King on Bengals’ defensive approach to Manziel: “The Cincinnati Bengals did something really bright in the game against Johnny Manziel. They looked back at his college career and saw that the worst game he played in college was against LSU last year. The key in that game, don’t let Manziel go left. They forced him to the right. The biggest play in this game, he throws a terrible interception. Give credit to Bengals’ defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, for finding that.”

ON VIKINGS

Florio on Adrian Peterson:  “Despite talking about retiring and making a run at the Olympics, Adrian Peterson intends to play football in 2015. One of the primary goals of the lawsuit to be filed as soon as Monday, is to secure his reinstatement as soon as possible in the 2015 offseason, so that he can plan his next move. And that next move could include a new team.”

ON CARDINALS

King on Cardinals next Sunday: “One of the things that you’re going to see, or that you could see, is a relief pitcher at quarterback, for the new starter Ryan Lindley. Head coach Bruce Arians told me that he could have a package of plays ready for Logan Thomas, the rookie from Virginia Tech.”

ON GIANTS

Dungy on Odell Beckham Jr.: “He has put the “O” back in the New York offense.”

Dungy on Giants’ offense: “Maybe they don’t need a new quarterback. Maybe it’s just receivers. If Eli had Beckham and Cruz the whole year, I think he’d be doing alright.”

Harrison on Odell Beckham Jr.: “As long as Eli can avoid those interceptions, he’ll be fine. When I look at Odell Beckham, he’s one of those receivers. He’s so irritating to try to defend, because he plays with so much energy and he plays for four quarters. He’s amazing. He can do everything on the football field.”

ON STEELERS

Dungy: “They are not great, but now they have two home games. All they have to do is win their last two home games and they win the division.”

Patrick on Le’Veon Bell’s second touchdown: “That has got to make A.C. Slater, Screech, and Mr. Belding happy.”

ON RAVENS

Harrison: “I like Baltimore. I think they will make the playoffs, whether it is by winning the division or by Wild Card.”

ON BROWNS

Dungy on Manziel: “He hung in there, but I don’t know what people expected to see. This is what rookie quarterbacks look like. It’s not college. There are some good defenders out there.”

ON CHIEFS

Dungy on De’Anthony Thomas: “I’ve seen him live. He’s fast, fast.”

ON COWBOYS

Tafoya on Tony Romo in the team’s previous matchup with the Eagles: “Romo told me before that Thanksgiving day game, he didn’t take his usual painkilling shot for his back. He thought he was feeling pretty good. Afterwards, he had serious regrets about that and he assures me that tonight he will be getting that shot before the game.”

Collinsworth on Romo’s pregame painkilling procedure: “He comes out for pregame warm-up, goes all the way through warm-up, goes back in, takes off his pads, gets the shot and then comes back out on the field. We asked him, ‘How long does it take?,’ and he said, ‘About 30 minutes or so.’”

Dungy on Tony Romo: “I think he will be better tonight and will have a big game.”

Harrison on playing on the road: “A lot of players like going on the road. I used to love going on the road. You have less distractions. You have quality time to yourself. When you walked in to that stadium and saw 70,000 people, it was like us against 70,000 people. It definitely motivates you.”

ON AFC NORTH

Harrison on Ravens: “I like Baltimore and I think they will make the playoffs, whether it’s they win the division or by a wildcard…That front seven. I love the experience of the coaching staff as well as the players. ”

Harrison on Steelers: “They have two tough games: Cincinnati, Kansas City. I think they will lose at least one of them.”

ON NFC SOUTH

Dungy: “I think it’s going to come down to Carolina and New Orleans. The winner of that game is going to win.”

Harrison: “I like the Saints. I like the experience of Drew Brees and I don’t trust Matt Ryan, nor do I trust Derek Anderson or Cam Newton.”

ON NFC WEST

Dungy: “Seattle is coming on. Arizona doesn’t have the quarterback, and might not have Drew Stanton. This game next week is going to be for the division title, and probably now, for the number one seed.”

ON NFLPA STATEMENT

Florio on NFLPA: “The NFL and the NFL Players’ Association continue to agree to disagree, and they’re disagreeing sharply on the new Personal Conduct Policy that was unveiled this week. In a statement issued by NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to NBC Sports, Smith accuses the NFL of embarrassing missteps, says the Commissioner repeatedly abused his discretion in handling player misconduct cases and engaged in egregious management. Ultimately, accusing the owners of missing the opportunity to bridge the credibility gap with players that is nearing the point of no return.”

DeMaurice Smith’s statement to NBC on the NFL’s new Personal Conduct Policy: “The NFL owners had an opportunity to show leadership and vision in the wake of the embarrassing missteps by the league office. Limiting a commissioner’s power who has repeatedly abused his discretion is a good start, but in light of the NFL’s wild inconsistencies and egregious mismanagement, it does not go far enough. If the only goal of this policy was to appease our sponsors in the short-term to get through this crisis, then they succeeded, but they missed an opportunity to bridge the credibility gap with players that is nearing the point of no return.”

ON DICK ENBERG

Costas on Dick Enberg’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame: “We at NBC salute a longtime colleague and friend, Dick Enberg, who for so many years was the voice of so many sports on NBC. This past week, Dick was elected to the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ceremony is next summer in Cooperstown. For now, congratulations Dick. Oh, my. What a well-deserved honor.”

ON MARCUS MARIOTA

Dungy: “I think those teams at the top of that list (worst NFL record this season), including Tampa Bay, they are loving Marcus Mariota right now. He is a great young man. I know him well. Everybody loves Marcus, including me.”

Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with McCoy, and Elliott’s interview with Bryant.

LESEAN MCCOY WITH BOB COSTAS

McCoy on matching up against Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray: “I’ll make sure if he wins the (rushing) title, I’ll send him the belt. Any competitive player looks across the field and wants to beat your position out, and feel like you can give your team the edge.”

McCoy on his unique cutback ability: “It’s just something I feel. I never predetermine if I’m going to do it or not. It’s my gift and curse. I’ve been blessed to do it and be successful with it for so long, that sometimes I try to do it and get a big loss.  Then Chip (Kelly) is pissed.”

McCoy on the Eagles’ high-speed offense: “I feel like the whole game is like that. People don’t think we get tired, but I get tired. The mindset is that the defense is a lot more tired than we are, and that’s our advantage. The only difference is that the referees kind of slow us down.”

McCoy to Costas on his career success playing on Sunday Night Football: “It’s all about you. I don’t want to disappoint you (laughing). I think good players show up in big games, and I think Sunday night is one of the biggest stages to play on.”

DEZ BRYANT WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

Bryant on his chemistry with Cowboys QB Tony Romo: “Off the field, it’s not just about football. We know one another, we talk family with one another, we go out to eat with one another. I think that’s how you build that chemistry.”

Elliott to Bryant on his animated nature on the sideline: “Tony (Romo) has said that when we watch you on TV, one might think you’re ripping into a teammate. But when we hear you, when you’re mic’d for sound, it’s actually exactly the opposite.”

Bryant: “I want those guys to know that you’ve got a fan here on the sideline. As soon as you make that stop, as soon as you do something good, I want to be around and congratulate you. I want you to see that I’ve got your back and I’m here 100 percent.”

Bryant on the Cowboys’ 33-10 loss to the Eagles on Thanksgiving Day: “They were ready. They were more prepared. We watched the film. We saw a lot of things that we could have done differently. We’re going to fix those things, and it should be a very different ballgame.”

Bryant on importance of tonight’s game: “We just have to take advantage of the opportunity. We’ve got to stay together, work hard, and if we do what we need to do, I think we’ll come out on top.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Johnson: “Unless Manziel is really balling, they’re not going to make the playoffs”

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Johnson: “Unless Manziel is Really Balling, They’re Not Going to Make the Playoffs”

Long on Watt: “He’s as Dominant a Player at Any Position in Football”

Bradshaw Defends Harbaugh

FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Six-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb on what the Cleveland Browns need to do to take the pressure off Johnny Manziel: “In order to take pressure off Johnny Manziel, you’re going to have to continue to run the ball.  It’s more about the attempts than the yards.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst and Hall of Famer Michael Strahan stopped by FOX NFL KICKOFF and talked about the San Francisco 49ers chances of making the postseason: “I don’t believe this team is going to make the playoffs.  After watching them and the way they lost last week in a game we all expected them to win or at least put forth an effort that was playoff indicative of a team with their backs against the wall, you didn’t see that.”

FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst Randy Moss says Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is more valuable to his team than Colts quarterback Andrew Luck: “Andrew Luck has a lot of help there.  J.J. Watt is all the Houston Texans have.” 

 

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson doesn’t see the Cleveland Browns making the playoffs, even under the direction of quarterback Johnny Manziel: “The reality of it is, unless Manziel is really balling, they’re not going to make the playoffs. Cincinnati is in first place by way of a tie right now. With the way the schedule is setup right now, Baltimore wins out, win eleven games and wins this division.”

Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long makes a case for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt winning the MVP award this year: “He’s the first, second and third thing every offensive coordinator needs to deal with. He’s as dominant a player at any position in football.  Granted there is a wide margin between Aaron Rodgers and the No. 2 guy but it’s a Grand Canyon between J.J. Watt and the second best defender.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Strahan makes a case for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the MVP this season: “Over the entire season so far, he has 35 touchdowns, only three interceptions and 16 touchdowns with no interceptions over the last five games. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t turn the ball over.  If I played on that team, I’d be kissing that man’s feet because he is a defense’s best friend.”

Johnson and Strahan disagree on whether running back Adrian Peterson is serious about potentially retiring from football.

Johnson: “He’s not going to walk away from the game he loves.  He’s not going to walk away from all that money. He is not going to retire.”

Strahan: “Maybe he has something else he loves. Look at the way he came back from injury [in 2012]; when he makes his mind up to do something he gets it done and he does not back down from it. So if he retired, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Hall of Fame defensive end Long is disappointed at the leaks coming out of the Washington Redskins organization: “The thing that is disappointing to me is all the leaks coming out of that organization. The front office, the coaching staff and in the locker room.  It’s disappointing.”

Four-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw is upset with the San Francisco 49ers’ handling of head coach Jim Harbaugh: “It seems like I’ve done this week after week in the last month, defend Jim Harbaugh. When he came to the San Francisco 49ers four years ago they were going nowhere. Trent Baalke comes in as the general manager. And now it’s already been reported that Harbaugh is out and you expect him to go on the road, week-in and week-out, and get this team to play its very best when in fact everybody in that organization knows he’s gone.  The players know he’s gone. It’s been reported that their defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will be the next head coach. How in the world can you expect a coach to coach and players to play especially in a game like this [against the Seahawks]? I am just baffled by the whole thing.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer on Manziel and his preparations leading into this week’s game:  “When he wasn’t named the starter, he took it hard. But going into this week, he acted like he was almost cramming for a test to make up for lost time. He wants to show everyone in there that they can trust him.  Because he is such a polarizing figure, there are defensive players around the league who are actually having discussions about what they are going to do if they get their hands on this guy [Manziel]. Maybe they’ll do the money sign. I was at dinner with some defensive players and they said they would take a fifteen-yard penalty just to welcome him to the league.

Glazer with the latest on Cam Newton’s injury:  “I talked to his head coach Ron Rivera this morning and when he first came back, they gave him such a huge ovation. They already have him running on a treadmill underwater. Ron said they don’t know when he is coming back because of where those fractures are in his back, they have no idea how he’s going to respond when he torques.”

Glazer on a potential rule change in the NFL:  “Goal posts have been the same width since 1920. That could now change. At next month’s Pro Bowl, they are actually going to try to move the goal posts from 18.5 feet to 14 feet. They are going to try and make things more exciting form 4th down. If it happens, in the long term it’s groundbreaking.”

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 15

Sunday NFL Countdown logoESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 15
 
ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed the NFL’s week 15 games with insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Comments from today’s show:
 
On what to expect from first-time Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Johnny Manziel …
Carter: “I expect him to be a football player in the NFL. I really believe that he has the capability of being a quarterback, and there’s only a few of them under six feet, that can have some success. … I look for him to make plays. I look for him to throw the ball between 20-25 times. I believe there’s other quarterbacks like Russell Wilson, if put in the right system with other people around him.”
Jackson: “This move was inevitable. He was going to start. We just didn’t know when he was going to start. … Everything that I did during the draft, studying Johnny Manziel, tells me he’s gonna make plays. Yes, he’s going to have some rookie mistakes. … But he’s also electric.”
Johnson: “I am a wait-and-see guy in this situation. … I need more than eight minutes of a football game a couple of weeks ago from behind when the defense is playing soft and I can run around and score a touchdown and then all of a sudden it becomes a hype movement.”
Ditka: “You drafted him to play and he can play. The other kid has played bad.”
Berman: “Personally, I would’ve let (Brian) Hoyer finish this up, but I get it.”
 
On the struggles of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, following reporter Jim Trotter’s Countdown conversation with Kaepernick
Jackson: “There’s something so appealing about Colin Kaepernick, the person. I think the dynamic of how he played football I think got everyone excited. … He preaches about the coaching staff but I think that they haven’t done a great job of taking advantage of the things that we saw him do well. … His ability to get out and use his legs was part of what made him as a quarterback. And, I just looked at him in the pocket – equally uncomfortable in the pocket as any quarterback I’ve seen when it comes to that pressure coming to you and understanding where the exit doors are, keeping your head up, delivering the ball down the field.”
Johnson: “I think he will get better. It’s too early to write the book on who he is. As a football player, he had instant success immediately, and we’ve seen players in all leagues come out on fire and then all of a sudden they have to make those adjustments.”
Ditka: “He has unique skill. Let him use it. I don’t see him as a drop-back in the pocket quarterback. I would use every bit of skill he has. I would put him on the move, on the run, the read-option, everything to let him use his talent.”
Carter: “Ultimately, I think we are making too many excuses for him. I think the ceiling for Colin Kaepernick is not as high as you guys anticipate. I think you’re going to have to be real creative because he won’t be a conventional quarterback. I think you set yourself up to be let down because his inability to throw the ball at different speeds. … He does have arm talent but I’m wondering does his brain connect to his arm to make him more diversified as far as what he can do. So, for me, I don’t have as high of expectations for Colin Kaepernick.”
 
On Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and how he’s the best player in the NFL …
Jackson: “He doesn’t make mistakes with the football. He’s able to hurt you with his legs, but I think at the heart of what he does is a skill that every quarterback wishes that he has. He throws the ball better than anybody in the National Football League. …Reminds me of Derek Jeter because he can throw with his feet off the ground and be amazingly accurate. … Two of the keys to what he does – No. 1 is attitude. He’s always going to remember where he came out in the draft.  When I saw him, and this is a point I made about John Elway – first time I saw him, I thought, “We’re going to go to some Super Bowls’. When I saw Aaron Rodgers throw, even when Brett Favre was still their quarterback, I thought ‘That team is going to multiple Super Bowls with that guy’.”
Carter: “What I like about Aaron Rodgers is his ability to submit his talent and totally surrender to Mike McCarthy. Mike McCarthy comes up with all these ball drills, throwing different objects, so Aaron keeps working on his craft. Aaron realizes he is the best player in the NFL but he believes that he can get better and Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson and that atmosphere that they create in Green Bay, I believe will lead him to being one of the greatest ever.”
 
On the surging New England Patriots and what has made them so successful …
Jackson: “The Patriots have balanced their offense. They’re much better at running the football.”
Johnson: “Right now, New England is probably playing the best defense of any team in the AFC. They’ve taken a NFC mentality and brought it to New England. They’ve taken that Seattle, that Arizona, rough and tough, aggressive with those two corners out there with Revis and Browner.”
Ditka: “I’ve watched the Patriots a long time. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them this balanced where they can do everything as well as they are doing right now. This is a really good football team.”
Berman: “They are arriving like they do, in December, with most of their parts clicking.”
 
On the Denver Broncos offense and Peyton Manning …
Jackson: “The record book is going to be splattered with Peyton Manning’s name whenever he decides to leave the game, so all he’s looking for is championships. Running the football and getting some balance to this offense is the only way they’re going to get to Arizona and the Super Bowl, and the only way they’re going to get through Foxborough, which I believe is where they’re going to have to go to play in the playoffs. Peyton Manning calls the plays. … When you see the Broncos run the ball in and his touchdown streak broken for consecutive games, it’s because Peyton chose to do that. So, Peyton believes this is the best thing for the Denver Broncos in the long run.”
Jackson: “You take them out of that one-dimensional thing – throwing the ball 60 times a game; they don’t want to do that. This will really help them a lot.”
Carter: “Peyton, besides winning the Super Bowl, he can’t win. He’s been so good and the bar is so high for expectation, so now they win, he throws for less than 200 yards, we actually make it a subject like they really have a problem. This is foolishness. … I look for these rush attempts to increase. This is how they go to the next level and this is exactly the way New England has had their team change.”
 
On standout Oakland Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack …
Analyst Merril Hoge: Every week, one of the teams I watch early on is the Raider defense. And the reason I want to watch is Khalil Mack. He’s not just one of the best rookies to come out, he’s the best linebacker in the National Football League, and he is the best against the run.”
 
Countdown also included the following features during the three-hour program:
 
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Quotes From Week 15 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL_Network_2012_LogoQuick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“Jay Cutler has gotten a lot of offensive coordinators fired let’s be honest.” – Marshall Faulk on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“Bill Belichick is one of the great defensive minds that has ever coach in the National Football League period.” – Warren Sapp on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“Outside of the quarterback position, I think [Rob Gronkowski] is the biggest difference maker and mismatch in football” – Kurt Warner on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“[J.J. Watt] has great football intelligence and he reads plays before the snap better than any defensive lineman in the NFL.” – Shaun O’Hara on Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

“I think [the Green Bay Packers] offense is the most dangerous in the NFL.– Shaun O’Hara on the Green Bay Packers

“I believe this is a must-win for the Dallas Cowboys. This is it.” – Michael Irvin on the Cowboys-Eagles matchup

***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.

“I want to see [Johnny Manziel] take care of the football. Let’s be honest, that is why he has the job. Brian Hoyer was throwing interceptions and forcing things but I feel like for Johnny Manziel, if I was the coach I would say to him: ‘Johnny, it isn’t your job to win the game. Your job is to not lose the game.’” –Shaun O’Hara on what it will take for Johnny Manziel to have a successful first start

“I think J.J. Watt is going to have the biggest impact on this game and it is not just because of the sacks and the quarterback hits. He is going to swat the ball. You can get sacks and hits on quarterbacks because you are athletic and tall and fast and have long arms, but he gets sacks in bunches because he is so smart. He has great football intelligence and he reads plays before the snap better than any defensive lineman in the NFL.” –Shaun O’Hara on Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt

“The addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner make the flexibility of the secondary that much better for Bill Belichick. Revis and Browner cut down your top two receivers. Kyle Arrington is also in the defensive backfield and he led the league in picks in 2011…[The Patriots] are matching up whatever style you want to play. If you want to go quickness, they have quick guys. If you have big receivers, they have big guys. They can play whatever game you want to play. This defense is very versatile.” –Michael Robinson on the biggest strength of the New England Patriots

“I think the offense is what is propelling the New England Patriots and it is why they are the number one seed right now. It’s really the ability to score, and they are the number one scoring offense right now…I think this offense is carrying them, but their defense is going to help them win the playoff games.” –Shaun O’Hara on the strengths of the New England Patriots

“When you think about the Patriots offense, I think every corner thinks, ‘How do we stop this guy?’ Nobody can do it. I think it is because of his catching radius. I think with Rob Gronkowski, it doesn’t matter where you put the ball. He has had 52 touchdowns in his first five seasons. That is more than any other tight end.” –Sterling Sharpe on who he believes is the MVP for the New England Patriots aside from Tom Brady

“I think [the Green Bay Packers] offense is the most dangerous in the NFL. The defense doesn’t scare anybody, and they have to score 41 points at home like they have done in the last seven games because their defense won’t hold up. As good as Aaron Rogers has been, you are in trouble if you are one dimensional.” –Shaun O’Hara on the strengths of the Green Bay Packers

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.

“Jay Cutler has gotten a lot of offensive coordinators fired let’s be honest. Not just head coaches, but offensive coordinators who after leaving Jay Cutler, you won’t get a job anymore.” – Marshall Faulk on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“Bill Belichick is one of the great defensive minds that has ever coach in the National Football League period.” – Warren Sapp on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“Bill Belichick has this team peak at the exact right time – and that time is now.” – Steve Mariucci on the New England Patriots

“Outside of the quarterback position, I think [Rob Gronkowski] is the biggest difference maker and mismatch in football because he’s big, he’s fast, he can run over you, he can run by you, he’s got the smarts and ability to lineup in a lot of different places…I think he changes everything for this football team.” – Kurt Warner on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“[Rob Gronkowski] is playing gronkish football. I mean he is taking over on the football field. When he’s playing like this everything works well for the New England Patriots…As long as Gronk is playing Gronkish football, they’re set.” – Michael Irvin on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“[Aaron Rodgers] is the ultimate weapon in football.” – Michael Irvin on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“Defense [and] run game travel. Do you know what else travels? Aaron Rodgers travels.” – Kurt Warner on the Green Bay Packers playoff race for home field advantage

“I’m just impressed at what [Le’Veon Bell] has done. I’m talking about changing your body, changing your playing style and he has stepped up to the plate.” – Marshall Faulk on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

“The Steelers are a puzzling kind of team because they’re a good football team. They play down to their competition too many times. They seem to need a sense of urgency.” – Steve Mariucci on the Pittsburgh Steelers

“If the Steelers are going to have a chance today, it is a must that they show up on defense…and the offense will take care of itself.” – Marshall Faulk on the Pittsburgh Steelers

“I think Johnny is built for the spotlight. I think that this is a time for him where he’s going to come up and he’s going to play football. I expect him to play well. I expect them to allow him to use his legs, as well as his head, along with his arm to win this football game.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“I believe [J.J. Watt] deserves to be in consideration. Can he win it with a guy like Aaron Rodgers doing what he does, or a guy like Tom Brady? I don’t know if he can win it but I believe he deserves to be in this conversation because he is a difference maker every time out.” – Kurt Warner on MVP considerations for Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

“That’s what most valuable does – you make people around you better. You don’t sit at 7-6 I’m sorry.” – Marshall Faulk on MVP considerations referencing the Houston Texans record and defensive end J.J. Watt

“We know who [C.J. Anderson] is. He is a guy that can carry the load and when they turn to him he can go…good in the passing game as well.” – Marshall Faulk on Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson

“I believe this is a must-win for the Dallas Cowboys. This is it.” – Michael Irvin on the Cowboys-Eagles matchup

“This is such a must-win game for the Cowboys in so many ways because if I’m the decision maker slash owner you have to ask yourself after this game – say the Dallas Cowboys lose and they do not make the playoffs – what do I have to do? You have to start questioning yourself because I believe this is the best team that [Jerry Jones] has put together in a while.” – Marshall Faulk on the Dallas Cowboys

NFL Media Insider Michael Silver

On where things went wrong for Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers:

“This is a divorce that a lot of us have seen coming since that surreal day at the combine that we learned that the Cleveland Browns and 49ers had had talks about a potential trade for Jim Harbaugh. We’ve seen in recent NFL history that when a coach seems to be on his way out, it doesn’t usually go well. Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh, John Fox in Carolina being some examples. Jim Harbaugh had those players rallied like they were a group in a fight together. It’s been individualized in the last year. Players have wondered if Jim Harbaugh is more about himself. The pistol offense disappeared where Colin Kaepernick was so successful. Why? Was that about credit or was that about trying to win games? And you’ve got a coach who clearly is dissatisfied and bosses who aren’t going to bat for him – divorce is inevitable.

On the relationship between Jim Harbaugh and 49ers management moving forward:

“I think it’s a compatibility issue. I think it’s been decided. I think that there has just been a wall of tension throughout this last year especially. It’s a tense workplace environment. They’re very talented and he’s a great coach, but the wall is starting to crumble. It’s a lot of weight to shoulder.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the fallout in Chicago:

“It was a very tense day in Chicago on Friday when this news did break. I am told all options were on the table as far as Aaron Kromer’s job status. Marc Trestman the head coach considered everything including firing him. In the end, he decided that Aaron Kromer should stay employed by the Chicago Bears. One reason is Kromer is a very valued assistant on that staff. In fact, I’m told by another Bears source, a different Bears source, that when they hired Trestman hiring Kromer was considered as important as everything. Now the question, why did he do this? I’ve heard from so many people, other coaches across the league, by outing himself the only thing people can come up with is that he couldn’t take knowing that he did something to hurt the team. Actually a standup move.”

On Jay Cutler’s reaction:

“He was hurt. Talking to people close to Jay Cutler he was definitely hurt by this. A little stung and certainly a little surprised that Aaron Kromer would do something like this. But if you listen to Jay Cutler’s press conference he seemed extremely professional. Much more professional than we’ve seen him in the pubic light in some years mainly because he knows, thanks in part to this report and by the way he’s played, the spotlight is on him like it has never been before. He knows of all things he needs to play better. The thing that could come out of this for Jay Cutler is he knows he might be done with the Bears this year, he knows so much rides on him, [and] he is control of his own destiny.”

On Johnny Manziel’s preparation for his first NFL start:

“I’ve talked to several Browns sources about this and they say Manziel has been in the building every day this week at 7:00 A.M. which is two hours earlier than most teammates get there. He’s been leaving about 7:00 P.M. which is two hours later than most teammates get there. There were certainly some questions going into the draft and going into the season about work ethic, there are no such questions now. As far as the plays we will see, there will be more read option today than there has been in the game plan all year. You will see some familiarity to the same plays that RGIII ran with Kyle Shanahan in Washington. Talking to Bengals sources, they have studied that Washington film from a couple of years ago. They’ve also gone into the preseason, the only time they’ve really seen Manziel play just to get some semblance of an idea of what he is going to do on the field and they will try to keep him in the pocket. One more thing, a bigtime fan will be in attendance today: LeBron James will be in the suite of Maverick Carter and Erik Burkhardt, Manziel’s agents, checking on his buddy.”

On Cam Newton’s readiness for the rest of the season:

“I’ve talked to Panthers sources last night, they are optimistic that Cam Newton will be back next week after suffering those two transverse process fractures, the same thing that Tony Romo had earlier in the season – he missed one week and was able to come back. At this point, everything is day-to-day of course because you don’t know how Cam Newton’s going to feel this week. But at this point, the Panthers think he will be back next week, as they try somehow to continue their march to the playoffs.”

On coaches whose futures depend on how their teams finish:

“I’ll give you two big ones. First of all, Giants coach Tom Coughlin. I’m told by sources close to Coughlin that he does want to coach next year. He feels young, he feels healthy, [and] he would like to be the coach of the Giants next year. It is no guarantee that the Giants will make a coaching change despite what everyone thinks and some will hinge on how this team does finish down the stretch. Remember, this is a very patient organization. The next one, Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. At some point a couple of weeks ago it seems Philbin was safe, now I am being told he is not safe. Some of it will depend on if the Dolphins do flail down the stretch as they have in recent years. Talking to some players there, there is some concern about Philbin’s lack of emotion which has really been a concern over the last several years. They are a little nervous that they will be out-schemed again in December. Let me give you just one quick nugget about this, something that really rankled the players: Philbin had them attend leadership classes, something that kept them late in the facility. They weren’t sure why. They didn’t really understand it.”

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

- Week 15 Bold Predictions NFL GameDay Morning provides Bold Predictions for Week 15:

http://tinyurl.com/myoy9pk

- Week 15 Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Week 15 Sunday Statements:

http://tinyurl.com/l4wjh9w

- Cutler ‘Hurt’ by Buyer’s Remorse Comments – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest on the Chicago Bears:

http://tinyurl.com/lqdnpbf

- How Does Manziel Win in His Debut? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew breaks down what it will take for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel to get a win in his NFL debut:

http://tinyurl.com/khgdhyz

- Players Only: Should J.J. Watt Win MVP? – The former players of NFL GameDay Morning debate whether or not J.J. Watt should win this year’s MVP award:

http://tinyurl.com/mm4f4y2

- Joyless in San Francisco – NFL Media Insider Michael Silver joins the NFL GameDay Morning crew to discuss the latest in San Francisco:

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- Cowboys-Eagles Warren Sapp reads a text from Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and the GameDay Morning crew discuss what adjustments the Cowboys will need to make to face the Eagles:

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- Coughlin, Philbin on the Hot Seat – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports on the latest regarding Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin:

http://tinyurl.com/q7krn8n

- Home Sweet Lambeau? Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin discuss the significance of home field advantage in Green Bay:

http://tinyurl.com/ndho4nu

Tony Romo, Demarco Murray And Dallas Cowboys Visit Mark Sanchez, LeSean Mccoy And Philadelphia Eagles On NBC’s Sunday Night Football

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

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Cowboys-Eagles

NFL Turning Point Airs Tonight at 11 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. – Dec. 10, 2014 – NBC’s Sunday Night Football presents a battle for first place in the NFC East, when Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys (9-4) square off against Mark Sanchez, LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles (9-4). Sunday night’s coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.

The last time the Cowboys and Eagles met this late in the season with at least a .690 winning percentage was more than three decades ago, on Dec. 21, 1980 (Dallas 11-4; Philadelphia 12-3). In addition, the Cowboys bring the NFL’s only undefeated road record (6-0) to Philadelphia on Sunday night, where the Eagles have posted a 6-1 record this season.

Sunday night’s showdown between the Cowboys and Eagles marks the second meeting between the two teams in an 18-day span. On Thanksgiving Day, McCoy rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown, and Sanchez passed for 217 yards and totaled two touchdowns in a 33-10 win over the Cowboys in Dallas.

The Cowboys rebounded last Thursday night with a 41-28 win over the Chicago Bears, led by Murray’s season-high 179 rushing yards, and three touchdown passes from Romo. The Eagles lost 24-14 to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as Seattle’s defense held Philadelphia to 139 yards of total offense. Murray currently leads the NFL with 1,606 rushing yards, while McCoy ranks fourth (1,068).

Calling Cowboys-Eagles 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 Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., 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. Alex Flanagan will report from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on the Broncos-Chargers game.

TONY DUNGY AND RODNEY HARRISON ON COWBOYS-EAGLES

Dungy on playoff implications of Cowboys-Eagles: “This game is going to be for the NFC East division title. The loser may not make the playoffs, even at 11-5. Nobody wants to play the Seahawks in the playoffs, especially in Seattle. That’s why the pressure is on Philadelphia, Dallas, and all of the NFC teams to keep winning, so that if they do have to play the Seahawks, it won’t have to be out in Seattle. ”

Harrison on Sanchez: “I’m interested to see how Mark Sanchez responds. He played well against Dallas and came back down to earth (against Seattle).”

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

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA

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

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 and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

“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, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/08/28/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-week-1-of-2014-nfl-season-with-nfl-kickoff-2014-and-sunday-night-football/

NFL TURNING POINT – TONIGHT AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Tonight’s edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of Sunday’s matchup between Tom Brady and the New England Patriots vs. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, as the Patriots overcame an early deficit to defeat the Chargers in San Diego on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

In addition, this week’s edition will analyze fourth-quarter comebacks on the road by the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as dominant defensive road performances by the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens.

The show will also include a film study with Texans Pro Bowl T Duane Brown, examining how his group blocks for RB Arian Foster.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

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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. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays), Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.

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

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

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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.

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. 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 for Week 15

Sunday NFL Countdown logoSunday NFL Countdown: Gruden’s Five-Point Plan for Johnny Manziel’s Success, Chip Kelly’s Lab and More

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown with host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski and Keyshawn Johnson will preview NFL week 15 games on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN. Anchor/host Wendi Nix will handle select segments, while NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.

Reporters at game sites:

  • Steelers at Falcons (Ed Werder)
  • Packers at Bills (Josina Anderson)
  • Bengals vs. Browns (Bob Holtzman)
  • 49ers at Seahawks (Jim Trotter)
  • Cowboys at Eagles (Sal Paolantonio, Ron Jaworski)

Features:

  • Gruden’s Five-Point Plan for Johnny Manziel: Jon Gruden, a Super Bowl-winning coach and guru of the quarterbacking position, offers his advice to rookie Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on how to have success in his first start.
  • Chip Kelly’s Lab: Not long before leading the Eagles with their high-tempo offense, head coach Chip Kelly was tinkering with his innovative style in the small town of Durham, N.H., where he was the offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, reports SportsCenter anchor Jade McCarthy.
  • “You Don’t Live in Cleveland, You Live in Cincinnati”: Twenty-five years ago this week, then-Bengals head coach Sam Wyche grabbed the mic and delivered the “you live in Cincinnati” message to unruly fans at the city’s Riverfront Stadium. Ahead of the matchup between the Ohio rivals, reporter Greg Garber sat down with Wyche and widely-known Browns fan John “Big Dawg” Thompson to relive one of the great moments in the rivalry.
  • Philip Rivers’ Game of Catch: Philip Rivers of San Diego has completed nearly 3000 passes in his illustrious NFL career. However, the quarterback says, it is passes he completes when the crowds aren’t around that he appreciates the most, reports Trotter.

Jay Cutler and the Bears Host Drew Brees and the Saints on ESPN’s Monday Night Football
Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on December 15 at 8:15 p.m. Mike Tirico will call the game from Chicago’s Soldier Field with analyst Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters.  The game will also be available via WatchESPN (for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers) and on Spanish-language ESPN Deportes.

ESPN’s coverage from Chicago kicks off with Monday Night Countdown (6-8:15 p.m., ESPN). Suzy Kolber anchors from Soldier Field with NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Ray Lewis and Steve Young, while Chris Berman hosts from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., with analysts Cris Carter, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Monday Night Countdown features:

  • Soundtracks – Drew Brees and Sean Payton: Drew Brees and Sean Payton have been one of the most successful quarterback-head coach combinations in the league and were wired for in-game audio during the Saints’ week 5 win over the Buccaneers, in Soundtracks.
  • Gruden’s Grill Session with Frank Caliendo: MNF’s Jon Gruden has spent most weekends of the season sitting down with the best players in the NFL for his Grill Sessions. This week, the Super Bowl-winning head coach visits with Countdown’s comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo for a special edition of the series.
  • Rick Reilly’s Feature – Steve McMichael: Rick Reilly examines the life of former Bears defensive tackle Steve McMichael, who won a Super Bowl with Chicago in 1985, became a pro wrestler and launched a failed mayoral campaign in Romeoville, Illinois.

 

NFL Matchup: Russell Wilson, LeSean McCoy vs. Cowboys Defense, T.J. Ward Sack, Patriots Pressure and More

NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge preview the weekend’s key matchups via a film-room Xs and Os analysis on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2 (re-airs on ESPN, Sunday at 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.).  Highlights:

  • Shot Play – Russell Wilson: Hoge analyzes a play by the Seahawks’ offense where quarterback Russell Wilson missed a read and an opportunity for a touchdown as he scrambled away from the pocket.
  • Inside the Matchup – McCoy’s Run vs. Dallas Defense: Hoge looks at the Eagles’ designed runs to get running back LeSean McCoy on the perimeter of the Dallas defense, a play Philadelphia will replicate in their matchup on Sunday.
  • Jaws Playbook – Cary Williams/Dez Bryant Matchup: Jaworski examines the key matchup in the Eagles’ week 13 win against the Cowboys – a strong man to man coverage on receiver Dez Bryant (Cowboys) by cornerback Cary Williams (Eagles).
  • Blitz Breakdown – T.J. Ward Sack: Hoge dissects an emerging aspect of the Broncos’ defense – a significant increase in blitzes that is leading to more sacks on opposing quarterbacks.
  • Eye in the sky – Patriots Pressure Philip Rivers: Jaworski explains why the Chargers had a tough time with the Patriots’ blitz, especially athletic linebacker Jamie Collins.
  • Between the Lines – Julio Jones 79-yard Reception: Jaworski describes a well-designed play by the Atlanta Falcons and shows receiver Julio Jones’ unique athleticism.
  • Hoge Breakdown- J.J. Watt Sack: Hoge explains why Texans defensive end J.J. Watt can still get to the quarterback even when the offense is accounting for his presence by using an additional player on the block.
  • X and O Files – Justin Gilbert: Jaworski cautions that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will have to be aware of the disguises by cornerback Justin Gilbert and Cleveland’s pass defense.

Sunday NFL Doubleheader on ESPN Radio: Three AFC East Teams in Play
ESPN Radio will broadcast two NFL games Sunday, Dec. 14, beginning at noon when Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins visit Tom Brady the New England Patriots. Marc Kestecher and Bill Polian will call the game with reporter Ian Fitzsimmons.

At 4 p.m., Jack Locker and the Tennessee Titans host Geno Smith and the New York Jets. Boll Rosinski, Louis Riddick and reporter Michelle Steele will handle game commentary.

ESPN.com: NFL “Hot Read” – Football is in Matthews Family DNA

Coming off last Monday Night Football which, a matchup of the Matthews cousins – Clay (Packers) and Jake Matthews (Atlanta), writer/reporter Greg Garber highlights the family whose seven NFL players span three generations and more than 60 years in the league in this week’s “Hot Read.”

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Preview of Week 15 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-Gameday-LogoLive Reports from Cleveland on Johnny Manziel’s First Start

Pittsburgh Steelers Legends Weigh in on what to Make of the 2014 Team

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:

  • Who is the most important Patriots player not named Tom Brady?
  • What will we be calling “Johnny Football” after his first NFL start?
  • Are the Green Bay Packers the most dangerous team in the entire NFL?
  • Several Pittsburgh Steelers legends weigh in on the roller coaster season for this year’s team
  • We’ll spotlight this dynamic and historic season for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt
  • Shaun Goes Special: Shaun O’Hara goes to social media to find out which MVP candidate will have the bigger impact on SundayJ.J. Watt or Andrew Luck?
  • Live reports from Aditi Kinkhabwala and Nate Burleson for Bengals-Browns, Kimberly Jones for Dolphins-Patriots, Jeff Darlington for Steelers-Falcons and Albert Breer for Packers-Bills
  • NFL Media national insider Ian Rapoport with the latest news from around the league
  • Picks for every game

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:

  • Steelers legends weigh in on what to make of the up-and-down 2014 team
  • Should J.J. Watt win the NFL MVP?
  • Live reports from Cleveland on Johnny Manziel’s first start
  • Steve Mariucci previews Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel’s first career start
  • Which teams should be on Upset Alert in Week 15?
  • Week 15 Bold Predictions
  • We head to the demo field to show what makes J.J. Watt so dominant
  • Players Only – What it’s like playing in rivalry games
  • NFL Media’s Michael Silver examines San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s future
  • Live reports
    • Albert Breer from Buffalo for Packers-Bills
    • Stacey Dales from Indianapolis for Texans-Colts
    • Jeff Darlington from Atlanta for Steelers-Falcons
    • Kim Jones from New England for Dolphins-Patriots
    • Aditi Kinkhabwala & Nate Burleson from Cleveland for Bengals-Browns

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 Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson and Daniel Jeremiah providing 6.5 hours of coverage.

At 7:30 PM ET, Chris Rose hosts NFL GameDay Highlights, along with LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci.

At 11:30 PM ET, Rose and analysts Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk 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.

NFL Network’s ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ & ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes – Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Total Access Kickoff aired from outside Edward Jones Dome tonight at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner providing pregame analysis leading up to Cardinals-Rams on Thursday Night Football.

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

Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians with Marshall Faulk

NFL Network analyst Marshall sat down with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians for an interview on NFL Total Access Kickoff:

On who is Bruce Arians:

“Teacher, father, husband…solid golfer.”

On the ideas and mindset he instills on his quarterbacks:

“It’s no difference coaching offensive line or receivers, there’s only one way to do it and that’s the right way. If it’s not the right way and perfect, coaching needs to be involved. I just have to do it rough sometimes. That’s just the way I communicate.”

On whether or not he’ll shrink the playbook with new player personnel:

“Never ask players to do things they can’t do, that’s bad coaching just to say that’s your system. We try to put each guy in a position to be successful. If Drew [Stanton] can’t handle the playbook we’ll shut it down – but he can handle more volume probably than Carson [Palmer] could because he’s been in the offense longer.”

On critiquing Bruce Arians:

“Right now, doing OK. The test of time always is what you’re measured by. This next month we’ll see how damn good a coach you are. Everybody wants to pat you on the back in September [and] October, they remember what you do in December.”

Quotes from NFL Total Access Kickoff & NFL Thursday Night Kickoff

“I took three things away from [Bruce Arians]: his trust in his players, he respects his players, and more than anything, he’s honest with his players.” – Marshall Faulk on the three things he took away from his interview with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians

“What [Bruce Arians] has on that staff is a mix of experience [and] a mix of youth. They bring knowledge and respect to the game of football and that’s permeated through that team. They are teachers. They have great respect for the game. That staff has a way of bringing that football team united and they know what they’re doing every Sunday – they’re prepared.” – Bill Cowher on Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians and his coaching staff

“[The Arizona Cardinals] have five cornerbacks that can start for any team in the NFL.” – Deion Sanders on the Arizona Cardinals secondary

“I’m a defensive coach at heart. If you like defense, and you like an aggressive approach to it, you will love tonight’s game.” – Bill Cowher on tonight’s Cardinals-Rams matchup

“It’s all about the quarterback. I believe Drew Stanton has to play better.” – Kurt Warner on the keys to winning the NFC West for the Arizona Cardinals

“Shaun Hill has been a spark for this football team. I think what he brings to this team…Is an aggressive veteran that’s willing to take chances down the field.” – Kurt Warner on St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill

“I believe that [Tre Mason] has ‘it’ and you need ‘it’ if you’re going to run the ball effectively week in and week out in the NFL. He has ‘it’ and they need to hang their hat on him.” – Marshall Faulk on St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason

“This [St. Louis Rams] squad has realized that they possess a front four that can rarely be matched with anybody in this league…on defense these guys come hard, they come ferocious, they understand the alignment and assignment.” – Deion Sanders on the St. Louis Rams defense

“I like the Dallas Cowboys in this division.” – Deion Sanders on the NFC East

“I expect a little bit of everything. I think there’s going to be some good, I think there will be some bad, and I think there could quite possibly be some ugly.” – Kurt Warner on what to expect from Johnny Manziel Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals

“I’m expecting Manziel-Mania going off in Cleveland.” – Michael Irvin on expectations for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel 

“I know he’s not Brian Hoyer. We don’t know what Johnny Manziel is. I want to see can he be [money] in the NFL.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

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