News and Sound Bites From Week 3 Edition of
NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“It was definitely a blessing. I would have never changed.” – Eagles QB Michael Vick on His Time in Prison
“You only have leverage two times in this league – when you are a free agent and when you’re drafted.” – Marshall Faulk on 49ers WR Michael Crabtree’s Contract Situation
“The reality is Tom Terrific isn’t Tom Terrific.” – Michael Irvin on Patriots QB Tom Brady
NFL GameDay Morning, the FIRST pregame show on the air Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM ET with a new four-hour expanded format, taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci, Jason La Canfora, and hosts Spero Dedes and Stacey Dales bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews.
‘Sunday Sit-Down’ – Sterling Sharpe Sits Down with Eagles QB Michael Vick:
NFL Network’s Sterling Sharpe sits down with Eagles QB Michael Vick for a candid conversation on making his comeback to the NFL and his role with the Philadelphia Eagles:
“I’m ready to go out and do what I’m asked to do right now.” – Vick on being ready to play
“I always tried to stay optimistic, but I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I knew that I was not forthright with the Commissioner and that there was a chance that he wouldn’t let me back in.” – Vick on his thoughts prior to being reinstated into the league
“That was special. At first I didn’t believe it when my agent called and told me. I thought it was a hoax. I just thought, ‘why would Philadelphia want to bring me in?’ and ‘what could I do for them?’” – Vick on his thoughts after signing with Philadelphia
“It wasn’t the ideal situation…I missed all the OTAs, all the minicamps, most of the preseason and training camps, so where could I go and be ‘the guy’ and do I want that kind of pressure? I knew that anything I did would be scrutinized to a tee. I would have been a focal point on the team and that would have taken away from the team. I didn’t want to be selfish in that regard.” – Vick on his return
“I get in a 7 AM in the morning to work out and I never did that before. I watch film and I never did that before. I don’t know if I can reach the playing level that I was at, but I know there’s potential and I still feel like I got it.” – Vick on his new work ethic
“It was definitely a blessing. I would have never changed. I would have never changed as an individual off the field, as a player in the film room and just being one of the guys in the locker room…I wouldn’t change a thing. I would go through the same things, the prison and all. It was tough, but it brought me closer to my family. From the outside looking in, I was able to sit back and see what was missing in my life.” – Vick on his time in prison
To view Sharpe’s interview with Vick, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d812ecda1/Michael-Vick-1-on-1
Kara Henderson 1-on-1 Live Interview with Falcons Owner Arthur Blank
Falcons owner Arthur Blank chats with NFL Network’s Kara Henderson prior to the Falcons matchup vs. New England:
“I certainly have forgiven Michael and I’ve moved on and hopefully he has as well, and I believe he has.” – Blank on Eagles QB Michael Vick
To view Henderson’s entire interview with Blank, please visit NFL.com.
‘Super Bowl Journey,’ Week Three Edition – Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew and Redskins TE Chris Cooley’s Preparation for Week 3 On and Off the Field
The Super Bowl Journeys of Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew and Redskins TE Chris Cooley continue with a look at how Jones-Drew recuperates after a hard-hitting week two and what Cooley does in his free time:
“In this league, your body is your resume.” – Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew on his recuperation process
To view the week two installment of Super Bowl Journey, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/09000d5d812efd74/Super-Bowl-Journey-Cooley-s-B-B – part I
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“Take your money now. It’s your second contract where you make the money.” – Warren Sapp on 49ers WR Michael Crabtree’s contract situation
“I think he’s throwing away more than just the money, but his entire rookie season. Even if he comes back tomorrow, it will be sub par.” – Steve Mariucci on 49ers WR Michael Crabtree
“You only have leverage two times in this league – when you are a free agent and when you’re drafted.” – Marshall Faulk on 49ers WR Michael Crabtree’s contract situation
“When I did not train with the team, I would over train because you know no matter how hard you’re out there running, it’s not game speed and you’re going to lose something.” – Michael Irvin on 49ers WR Michael Crabtree’s contract situation
“There are some of the things we heard that Michael Vick wasn’t doing before the problems came and now he’s doing them after. Maybe we haven’t seen the best Michael Vick yet.” – Irvin on Michael Vick’s new game preparation routine
“If I’m a coach, I don’t want a guy who wants to be the backup. You better want to be the starter.” – Faulk on Vick’s comments regarding being a starting quarterback
“The reality is Tom Terrific isn’t Tom Terrific. I saw him missing guys on the goal line last week.” – Irvin on Patriots QB Tom Brady
“Bill Belichick has had to take out about 40 percent of the defensive playbook with all the new faces.” – Patriots radio analyst Steve DeOssie in ‘Word on the Street’ segment live from Foxboro
“When you go 0-3, all of a sudden as coaches you start thinking, ‘if we’re out of the playoff race, do we start playing some young players to evaluate?’ Does Josh Freeman start entering the picture?” – Mariucci on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers possibly going 0-3 vs. the Giants
“Never have the Giants had two receivers go for over 130 yards like Steve Smith and Mario Manningham did last week. Never did Plax and Amani Toomer do that.” – Irvin on the Giants receiving corps
“When you‘re on the road, you must pack your defense.” – Sapp on the Titans-Jets matchup
“Frank Gore is facing the Pro Bowl law firm of Williams, Williams & Allen.” – Mariucci on the 49ers-Vikings matchup and Minnesota’s defensive line featuring Kevin Williams, Pat Williams and Jared Allen
“I want to know about these linebackers that Mike Singletary is coaching right now. They’re facing the premiere back in the game. If you’re a linebacker, you want to face the best. You can make your name off a matchup like this.” – Sapp on the 49ers-Vikings matchup
“Here’s a little advice from being there: Get the man the ball.” – Mariucci on Bills WR Terrell Owens
La Canfora’s News Reports:
Ÿ Things are at a ‘status quo’ in regards to WR Michael Crabtree and his contract negotiations with the San Francisco 49ers. Crabtree has his eyes on the contract that Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey got from the Oakland at the number seven spot, which includes about $23.5 in guaranteed money. The 49ers have a slotted deal on the table that includes about $16 million in guaranteed money. That’s a huge gap that hasn’t been closed. At this point, Crabtree has not taken up the 49ers on their offer to get together in a room with ownership to sit down together and try to hash it out. Both sides talk incrementally, but no real progress has been made.
Ÿ There was a positive sign this week between the NFL and the NFL Players Association when both sides got together and jointly sent out a memo to all players reinforcing their drug policies and the discipline that will come if you violate the league’s drug policy. So you can see if they were able to agree on something and jointly issue a memo, then this week when they are scheduled to get together for negotiation talks on the CBA, perhaps they’ll be a little positive momentum that comes from getting together on this StarCaps issue.
For additional thoughts from La Canfora, check out his blog at http://www.nfl.com/news/author?id=09000d5d8112986c
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