Thursday Night Football Telecast Notes
Play-by-Play: Bob Papa Analyst: Cris Collinsworth
Quotes from New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears
Dec. 11, 2008 on NFL Network – Through Three Quarters
FINAL – SAINTS 24, BEARS 27
“He’s not a spectacular looking runner, but he’s a guy that consistently makes plays, especially on this field.” – COLLINSWORTH on Bears Rookie RB Matt Forte
“He’s like Michael Jordan shooting free throws, ‘how many of them do you want me to make?’”– CRIS COLLINSWORTH on Bears K Robbie Gould
“REggie bush will have a great career, but not a hall of fame career.” – GALE SAYERS ON PREGAME SHOW
SCHEFTER REPORT: Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone accepted the Syracuse head coaching job
**Please visit www.nfl.com to watch the video of Bears LB Lance Briggs and WR Devin Hester on The Home Depot Postgame Show**
“Danieal Manning becomes the first Bear since 1972 to return a regular season kickoff for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.”
– Bob Papa on Manning’s 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
“How bizarre is it that it’s not Devin Hester?”
– Cris Collinsworth on Manning’s touchdown.
“He’s the only back in the history of the NFL against the Chicago Bears to have over 100 yards receiving and over 100 yards rushing in a single game.”
– Collinsworth on Saints running back Pierre Thomas’ performance against the Chicago Bears on 12/30/07.
“That’s a significant blow because Matt Forte is the offense.”
– Collinsworth on Forte being shaken up early in the game.
NFL This Season: Highest percentage of Team’s Offensive Yards
Matt Forte 36.9%
Adrian Peterson 36.1%
Clinton Portis 33.8%
“That’s why Matt Forte is the perfect Chicago Bears running back…on this field this late in the season you have to make (one) cut and go. If you don’t do that you are going to end up tackling yourself.”
End of 1st Quarter: Saints 0, Bears 7
** To see Danieal Manning return the opening Kickoff 83 yards for a TD, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80d3cab6 **
** To view highlights from the first quarter please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80d3c90e **
“It’s going to be an interesting debate about Kyle Orton at the end of this season. For so long the Bears have been looking for their quarterback. Is this the guy? If you’re going to play in this kind of weather, do you really want to invest $10 million or $12 million in a quarterback or do you want to put your money in defense and the running game and the offensive line and play Bears football?”
– Collinsworth on Bears QB Kyle Orton
“He’s not a spectacular looking runner, but he’s a guy that consistently makes plays, especially on this field.”
– Collinsworth on Bears rookie RB Matt Forte
“It’s amazing that Lance Moore is the ‘go to’ guy. When Drew Brees is in trouble, he likes to go to Lance Moore. It’s strange that an undrafted free agent is their leading receiver and that an undrafted free agent is their star running back in Pierre Thomas.”
– Collinsworth on Saints WR Lance Moore.
“What an incredible break for New Orleans. That’s your veteran, your Pro Bowler, your best player. What a mistake.”
– Collinsworth on Chicago C Olin Kreutz snapping the ball before QB Kyle Orton was ready resulting in a turnover on the one yard line.
“Sean Payton is going to have to get his red flag dry cleaned. This is his 12th challenge of the season, the most by any coach in the NFL.”
“This is an offense that has been so good at home and so bad on the road. We know the numbers Drew Brees has put up this season, and yet he’s the 27th ranked passer on the road.”
– Collinsworth on Brees’ performance on the road.
Completion Percentage Touchdowns Interceptions Rating
Home 68.6 19 4 117.2
Halftime: Saints 7, Bears 21
** To see Saints RB Pierre Thomas leap into the end zone for six, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80d3cc57 **
** To see the big return by Danieal Manning sets up a 1-yd TD run for Matt Forte, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80d3cc72 **
** To view all highlights from the second quarter please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80d3d075 **
THE SPRINT HALFTIME SHOW
“TO is getting a bad rap right now because of his history. I’ve been waiting for him to explode all season, but he’s done a good job.”
– Marshall Faulk on controversy in the Dallas Cowboys locker room.
“This has been the Danieal Manning Show in the first half.”
“We’re seeing a change of strategy by Sean Payton. No longer are they coming out and passing on first and second downs. They’re giving it to Pierre Thomas and trying to pound it through.”
“They have to get their intensity back up because their season is going out the window.”
– Papa on the Saints performance so far
“I’ve seen this show before. This is a replay of the last couple of years when the Saints have come up here to play the Bears at the end of the season and they turn it over, they make mistakes and they don’t look like themselves and they get beat.”
End of 3rd Quarter: Saints 14, Bears 21
** To see Pierre Thomas score on a 42-yard TD scamper, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80d3d58f **
** To see Adewale Ogunleye intercept a pass from Drew Brees, please visit:
** To view all highlights from the third quarter please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80d3d6f3 **
“The Saints defense is shutting down the Bears, they haven’t been able to run the football at all and the passing game has failed when they needed it.”
-Collinsworth on the Saints defense in the second half
“You might want to call a time out and make sure this kid stays on the field because he’s doing it all, not just rushing and receiving, but he got the chip on Alex Brown before he got out and still catches the ball.”
– Collinsworth on Pierre Thomas losing his shoe.
“The Bears defense has come up with some huge plays by their defensive line.”
“Anthony Adams has had back to back humongous plays in this game. I think he’s earned himself a permanent place in that nose tackle position, what a game he’s having. Second straight good game for him.”
-Collinsworth on Bears NT Anthony Adams.
End of 4th Quarter: Saints 24, Bears 24
“Mike Carey gave the normal ruling, then made sure everyone knew that if it ends in a tie, that it’s a tie.”
“Robbie’s laughing at them saying ‘I can make these all night long.’ He’s like Michael Jordan shooting free throws, ‘how many of them do you want me to make?’”
– Collinsworth on Bears K Robbie Gould having to kick a second FG from 35 yards after the Saints called time out the first time.
“Devin Hester has been the difference tonight.”
NFL TOTAL ACCESS ON LOCATION PREGAME SHOW PRESENTED BY SEARS
Host: Rich Eisen Analysts: Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, Warren Sapp
Hall of Famer, Gale Sayers Joins the Crew on Set:
“The youngest player ever to be put in the Hall of Fame, Gale Sayers.”
– Rich Eisen introducing the live guest on the pregame show.
“I had a god-given talent to run the football. It was very easy. I got hit a couple of times very hard, but everything I did on that field it was very easy because I had the god-given talent.”
“Devin is trying to play wide receiver. For his first two years in the league, he ran without consciousness, now he has to think about where he has to go.”
– Sayers on Devin Hester’s lack of returned punts or kickoffs for a touchdown
“Matt is a real fine rookie running back, no doubt about it. He didn’t play in a big conference so a lot of people didn’t expect him to come in and do what he’s done. He came in saying this is my job and I’m going to do it well. If he stays healthy over the next few years, he’ll be a great football player.”
– Sayers on Bears rookie running back Matt Forte
“Reggie (Bush) is a player that will be a good team player for many years. Will he be in the Hall of Fame? I don’t think so, mainly because he only carries the football six, seven or eight times a game. He’s not a complete player. He’ll have a great career, but not a Hall of Fame career.”
– Sayers on Saints running back Reggie Bush
“Tony Romo is young, he’s on the brink of going one way or the other and I think he’s going to be really good. He needs a moment in a big game that defines his career. So far he hasn’t had it.”
– Cris Collinsworth on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo
“You could blow up a computer with all that computing.”
– Warren Sapp on the Saints still being mathematically eligible to win the NFC South
“Primetime didn’t become ‘Primetime’ overnight, in the beginning he was Deion with a ‘Jheri Curl’ and then over time he got to become ‘Primetime.’ Let’s give Hester some time to develop…this kid is special with the ball in his hands.”
– Sapp on Devin Hester
“I don’t even know what an itch is. I’m done.”
– Sapp when asked if he had an “itch” to come out of retirement.
“You’ve got a passing team with the Saints against a good Bears defense, but what is going to play a big factor in this game is not so much Jack Frost, because he’s come and gone. It’s ‘Old Man Winter’ and he plays defense. It’s going to be harder to throw the ball… It’s going to be windy and that’s going to be a factor tonight.”
– Steve Mariucci on the weather in Chicago
“I didn’t know old man winter played defense, is he under the salary cap? How much does he get paid?”
– Deion Sanders jokingly responds to Mariucci
“You have to mention what he’s done. The numbers are amazing.”
– Marshall Faulk on Drew Brees as an MVP candidate despite the Saints’ record
“He does everything.”
– Faulk on Bears rookie RB Matt Forte
“Pierre Thomas has come out of nowhere and has been sensational…he’s been doing things with the Saints’ running game that nobody has been able to do all season long.”
– Collinsworth on Saints running back Pierre Thomas
“When Ray Lewis and Bob Sanders come at you, you know you’ve been hit.”
– Sapp on the hardest hitters in the NFL
“Pound for pound, a 5’8” 206 pound Bob Sanders can bring it.”
– Mariucci on the hardest hitter in the NFL
“It is always something with TO. He’s a big time player who wants the ball and it’s been proven that good things happen when he has it. Is he jealous of Jason Witten and Tony Romo, no.”
– Sanders on reports that Terrell Owens is jealous of the relationship between Tony Romo and Jason Witten.
Adam Schefter Reports:
- Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone accepted the Syracuse head coaching job, a New Orleans source confirmed. Marrone interviewed for the job after the Saints win over the Falcons and was offered the job today. Marrone is in Chicago and will coach the Saints tonight and presumably for the rest of the season before heading off to his new job and life in Syracuse.
- Good news for the Saints and Vikings, and bad news for the Bears and other Saints opponents. The federal judge that blocked five NFL suspensions last week just said the temporary restraining order will remain in effect until a full hearing. That means the five Vikings and Saints are good for rest of season and playoffs. There will not be a decision on their case until after the Super Bowl.
- Brandon Jacobs for the second straight day did not practice. The Giants are considering resting Jacobs on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, but we’ll know more as Sunday approaches.
- On Wednesday, one doctor told Adam Jones that his neck injury could be a career-ending one. Obviously Jones had more examinations scheduled. On Thursday another doctor told him it would not be career-ending and in fact he might be back this season, a few weeks down the line if the Cowboys are able to make the playoffs.
- Matt Cassel had been on leave from the team following the death of his father, but he did show up today and practiced with the team, so you have to assume he’ll be ready to play on Sunday. We’ve seen quarterbacks play against the Raiders with heavy hearts, Brett Favre did it in a Monday night game against the Raiders and it looks like Matt Cassel will try to do it this Sunday in Oakland.
- Tedy Bruschi is not going to play this Sunday. He has a torn Medial Collateral Ligament, which normally sideline a player about three weeks. If that is the case, he is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Patriots are debating putting Bruschi on IR to open a space at the LB position, but may want him available if the Patriots make it to the postseason.
** To watch Adam Schefter’s “Around the League” segment from Total Access on Location please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80d3b1e6 **
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