“I’m not trying to come back and be [the] Adrian Peterson that they remember; I’m trying to be better than I was before.” — Vikings RB Adrian Peterson — News and Sound Bites from Week 2 Edition of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

News and Sound Bites From Week 2 Edition of

NFL GAMEDAY MORNING

“I’m not trying to come back and be [the] Adrian Peterson that they remember; I’m trying to be better than I was before.” – Vikings RB Adrian Peterson on his recovery

“It’s magic time. This is why you got Tim Tebow…You put him out there and you let him play football.” – Marshall Faulk on the New York Jets playing the Pittsburgh Steelers

“He may not have the numbers like he had, but expectations might be a little bit too high right now. Let the rookie be a rookie and grow into his uniform.” – Steve Mariucci on Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III

 

NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning, airing at 9:00 AM ET 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.

Steve Cyphers on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s road to recovery

Nine months after surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson started Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and scored two touchdowns. NFL Network’s Steve Cyphers sat down with Peterson, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier and linebacker Chad Greenway to discuss the running back’s road to recovery:

“When he was saying that early on, you just take it with a grain of salt because speaking from personal experience, I know how difficult it is to come back from that injury.” – Leslie Frazier on Peterson saying he would be ready to play Week 1

“The first two months were painful and they really tested my manhood because there were times I didn’t want to get up because I was in pain. That willpower has to kick in.” – Adrian Peterson on his recovery

“Friday or Saturday before the game. It was the devil working. I had doubt throughout the recovery because I’m human. But I would say it really hit me a couple of days before the game because he really tried to discourage me from doing what I told myself I could do. He was at work but I defeated him.” – Peterson on when he had doubts that he might not be ready to play Week 1

“He wasn’t just out there; he was playing the way he wants to play, he was making cuts and being who Adrian is.” – Chad Greenway on Peterson’s performance against the Jaguars

“About 95 percent, but that five percent is so huge in my eyes. It’s going to make a world of difference once I get the strength back like I want it. I’m not trying to come back and be [the] Adrian Peterson that they remember; I’m trying to be better than I was before.” – Peterson on how healthy his knee is

To view the entire piece, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap1000000062399/Adrian-Peterson-s-road-to-recovery

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:

“It’s magic time. This is why you got Tim Tebow. The last time we saw Tim Tebow and Dick LeBeau, Dick LeBeau was running defenses we had never seen him run before. Why? Because he had no answer for what Tebow can do, which is ‘We don’t know, what can he do?’ You put him out there and you let him play football.” – Marshall Faulk on how the New York Jets can sustain their offensive success from Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers

“He may not have the numbers like he had, but expectations might be a little bit too high right now. Let the rookie be a rookie and grow into his uniform.” – Steve Mariucci on Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III

“The pressure that is on you, I’m glad that he embraced it. I’m happy to see that he went out and had success, but moving forward the one thing that he has to do is continue to play with that chip he has on his shoulder, understanding that people are waiting for you to do bad. They’re going to pat you on the back, they’re going to tell you great job, but they’re waiting for that game.” – Marshall Faulk on the expectations for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“It’s not defenses, it’s Michael Vick. Once Michael Vick figures out that it’s his self-inflicted wounds that are preventing him from being the quarterback that we all know and love and we saw on Monday night against the Washington Redskins [in 2010], then he’ll take a step forward and defenses will have to catch back up.” – Warren Sapp on if defenses have solved Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick

“The Packers defense isn’t something I would put stock in to where they’re going to come out and dominate people. They’re not that style [of defense]. But if you play the style that allows them to rush you, get after your quarterback and pick balls off, they’re right at home.” – Warren Sapp on the Green Bay Packers defense

“I start worrying about what kind of leader is he going to be to help pull this team out of this little slump right here. Not just the things that are on the field because they have talent and at any moment you can get all of that talent together clicking and make it go. But how do you lead that talent?” – Michael Irvin on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“You don’t want to face Bill Belichick; I did this, I’ve been down this road. Bill Belichick with Jake Locker at quarterback was going to force Jake Locker to beat him. Chris Johnson didn’t have a chance. He was going to take away Chris Johnson as the first option, take him away as the second option, and then maybe as the third option.” – Marshall Faulk on Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson rushing for four yards against the New England Patriots

“Ray Lewis has been waiting on this thing since Trent Dilfer. They promised him a quarterback since Trent Dilfer to relieve some of the pressure.” – Michael Irvin on the play of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

“I’m not going to call it a phase out; they’re trying to see if they can live without Wes Welker…They’re trying to find out if they can live without him so next year if he doesn’t want to sign for the lesser number and the lesser value like Tom Brady did and other people in New England, they’re going to live without him.” – Marshall Faulk on if the New England Patriots are phasing out wide receiver Wes Welker

 

Front Office View with Michael Lombardi

On Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s long-term future in Philadelphia:

“Here’s the reality of the situation: Michael Vick’s contract when he signed his extension with Philadelphia was front-loaded and there was no signing bonus, there were roster bonuses. So the Eagles have a $3 million guarantee in his contract next season that they have three days to get away from the $3 million guarantee. What I was saying very clearly is every week Michael Vick is playing for next season. He’s playing to prove to earn that money because if he doesn’t, they are very high on Nick Foles. Now, can he stay durable? Can he stay productive? Can he not throw the interceptions? Those are questions. When I pick up the telephone, a lot of people are saying to me that Michael Vick, he’s going to have to prove he can be a starting quarterback because that contract next year is not guaranteed.”

On Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick:

“There is a lot of buyer’s remorse. When you throw 19 interceptions over the last 10 games and your team is 1-9 after you get the big contract, Ryan Fitzpatrick has to prove that the Buffalo Bills were right in their judgment in terms of hoping that he’s the quarterback not only for the present but for the future. They were counting on him to be the man. So far in those 10 games he hasn’t been the man. When you talk to people in the league as I have on a repeated basis, they’ll tell you they are having a lot of buyer’s remorse on Ryan Fitzpatrick.”

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

Week 2 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew give their bold predictions for Week 2:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap1000000062386/Week-2-bold-predictions

How will RGIII deal with growing expectations? – Analysts Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp discuss how Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III will deal with higher expectations after an impressive Week 1 debut:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap1000000062378/How-will-RG3-deal-with-growing-expectations

Is there relief in the Baltimore Ravens’ locker room? Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin debate if Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense have help with the performance of quarterback Joe Flacco and the offense:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000061594/Is-there-relief-in-Ravens-locker-room

Can the New York Jets sustain offense? – Following their 48-point performance against the Buffalo Bills, can the New York Jets sustain their offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers? NFL GameDay Morning discusses:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000061589/Can-the-New-York-Jets-sustain-offense

Will Tony Romo ever escape botched hold in 2006 NFC Wild Card game? Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci go back to the 2006 NFC Wild Card game where Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo dropped the football near the goal line:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap1000000062385/Will-Tony-Romo-ever-escape-botched-hold-in-2006-NFC-Wild-Card

Is the Detroit Lions’ offense built to challenge the San Francisco 49ers’ defense? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew works out whether Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford can truly take on linebacker Patrick Willis and the 49ers defense:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000061593/Is-Lions-offense-built-to-challenge-49ers-defense

M&M Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin debate if the New England Patriots are phasing out wide receiver Wes Welker, if the Carolina Panthers or New Orleans Saints need this win, and more:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap1000000062400/NFL-GameDay-Morning-M-and-M

Major defensive improvements from 2011 Warren Sapp and Steve Mariucci examine how the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots have improved on defense:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap1000000062380/Major-defensive-improvements-from-2011

Reality checks for Week 2 – Which teams and players will go back to reality after a surprising Week 1 performance?

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap1000000062374/Reality-checks-for-Week-2

Picking up the pace NFL GameDay Morning breaks down the advantages of the no-huddle offense:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000061591/Picking-up-the-pace

EXTRA POINTS:

·         Defending Super Bowl Champion  New York Giants Face the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football September 20 at 8:00 PM ET:

Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and the New York Giants travel to face 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football September 20 at 8:00 PM ET. Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and game analyst Mike Mayock call the action, while Alex Flanagan provides reports from the sidelines. Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET with the Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman pregame show live from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin cover all of the storylines and take viewers up to kickoff with the latest news and information. The Lexus Halftime Show and McDonald’s Postgame Show provide additional news and analysis from Charlotte.

·         Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis Wired for Entire Season on A Football Life Wednesday, September 19 at 8:00 PM ET:

In 2011, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis became the first player in NFL history to be wired for an entire season. Follow the 13-time Pro Bowler on the field and off on Ray Lewis: A Football Life Wednesday, September 19 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network. The one-hour episode features footage from inside the Ravens’ team meeting room prior to their Week 9 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, lighter moments spent with family and friends, and a chronicle of the bond he formed with Ravens fan Bill Warble, who passed away earlier this year.

·         Sunday is ‘GameDay’ on NFL Network:

Sunday is ‘GameDay’ and NFL Network is the ultimate destination for football fans to get the analysis, news reports and highlights they crave. At 7:00 AM ET, host Melissa Stark and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Sterling Sharpe and Michael Lombardi kick off the day’s action on First on the Field, providing the first analysis of the upcoming games. At 9:00 AM ET, host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin take viewers up to kickoff on NFL GameDay Morning. At 4:00 PM ET, Paul Burmeister, Tom Waddle and Darren Sharper take viewers around the league for postgame press conference and game highlights on NFL GameDay Scoreboard. At 7:30 PM ET, host Chris Rose joins analysts Mariucci and Deion Sanders on NFL GameDay Highlights to recap the day’s action thus far and look ahead to the Sunday night matchup. Wrapping up each Sunday at 11:30 PM ET is NFL GameDay Final, with Rose, Faulk, Sanders and Irvin providing the final thoughts on all of the games.

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