Notes & Quotes From “Football Night In America” — Week 3

FNIA-nbc-nfl“He will enter an inpatient facility to undergo substance abuse rehab and obviously he will not play Thursday night.” – Peter King on 49ers LB Aldon Smith

Jim Harbaugh could have sent a stronger message.” – Tony Dungy, who said he would not have played Aldon Smith today

“The best team in football.” – Rodney Harrison on the Seahawks

NEW YORK – Sept. 22, 2013 – Following are highlights for Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Heinz Field in Pittsburgh where the Steelers are hosting the Chicago Bears. Costas was joined on-site by Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst), as well as NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, the former Steelers WR and Super Bowl MVP.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from famous Studio 8H at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York City. He is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Peter King of Sports Illustrated; Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN; and Scott Pioli, the former NFL Executive of the Year and newest addition to the NBC NFL team. Alex Flanagan reported from Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on the Colts-49ers game.

Costas interviewed Bears WR Brandon Marshall. Tonight’s program also included an interview with Bears C Roberto Garza as part of the NFL’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. “My dream was to play football. I grew up watching Tony Casillas and Anthony Munoz. Those were the guys you looked up to.”

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON 49ERS

King on Aldon Smith: “I’m told tonight that he will enter an inpatient facility to undergo substance abuse rehab and obviously he will not play Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams.”

Patrick: “Would you have played Aldon Smith today if you were Jim Harbaugh?”

Dungy: “I would not have. Number one, to help Aldon Smith, and get him some help right away. Number two, send a message to your team. We’re not going to have these types of incidents on a Friday before a game. I think Jim Harbaugh could have sent a stronger message.”

Harrison on 49ers offense: “They don’t have any weapons.”

ON PATRIOTS

Patrick on Tom Brady’s post-game press conference outfit: “Brady may be in sync after the game with that outfit there, but not necessarily during the game.”

Harrison on Brady: “He’s just a little bit out of sync, but look for Tom Brady to improve. He’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever been around and he’s a very smart quarterback. This will improve.”

Pioli on Brady: “He’s starting to evolve. Tommy will find a way to adjust…Today he had six receptions by backs, last week with the Jets, when he was completely (out of sync), no receptions (by backs).”

ON JETS

Dungy on Kyle Wilson penalty after Stevie Johnson catch: “That’s not a penalty. Terrible call.”

Harrison: “I was impressed with Geno Smith. I thought he made some really good throws. The thing that I like about him is week to week it seems like he is getting more comfortable, and he’s becoming a better quarterback.”

Dungy on Smith: “They’ve got somebody they believe in now. That’s what you saw that was a little bit different today.”

ON GIANTS

Dungy: “What is wrong with the Giants? Victor Cruz said this was a must-win and they couldn’t have played worse.”

Dungy on Eli Manning: “Let’s start with Eli Manning. You can criticize him for a lot of things, but you couldn’t criticize him today. He never had a chance. His offensive line did not show up, they did not compete, as Tom Coughlin said, and this was an embarrassing performance by the Giants’ offensive line.”

ON BROWNS

Pioli on Trent Richardson trade for Browns: “I don’t think he’s going to make a difference of three or four or more wins for this football team (Cleveland)…right now I would’ve made this deal…you’ve got to get rid of a player to get value when you can. There’s value right now of a first-round pick. I’d jump at it.”

ON COWBOYS

Dungy on RB DeMarco Murray: “They finally gave him the ball. We’ve been calling for that for three weeks. Run that guy, he is a good football player. He takes the pressure off of Tony Romo, and their defense shut down a run today.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Harrison: “They took care of business. The best team in football.”

ON CHARGERS

Harrison on final touchdown: “Why is he (cornerback) out there by himself playing man-to-man coverage? It’s a huge mistake. I blame the defensive coordinator.”

ON STEELERS

Ward on Haley vs. past offensive coordinator Bruce Arians: “What he did well was really adjust to his personnel. He put his personnel in a good position to go out there and make plays. That’s the biggest difference. Now Todd Haley’s coming in and wants to run the ball, but he doesn’t have the personnel to do that.”

ON BEARS

Dungy, who was Marc Trestman’s roommate for road games in college (Minnesota), on Bears’ new offense: “You’re not seeing Canadian football. What you’re seeing is University of Minnesota 1974 football.”

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Marshall.

BRANDON MARSHALL WITH BOB COSTAS

On the Steelers being his favorite team growing up: “True story. I’m in college in my dorm room. I’ve got a Steelers blanket on watching a playoff game – the Steelers vs. the Broncos, and I’m cheering for the Steelers. A few months later I’m drafted by the Broncos…and I still cheer for the Steelers. When I’m out of the playoffs, which is always right now, I’m cheering for the Steelers because they bring so much joy to the city.”

On reuniting with Jay Cutler: “It’s funny, the new coaches coming in, they just look at us and laugh. They say we’re brothers. Some people say we’re married. I really enjoy playing with him. He really is a brother, on and off the field. He’s one of my best friends. I’m looking forward to ending my career with him.”

On never making the playoffs: “Definitely. Last year was really tough. I think I cried last year on the bus ride home.”

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BOB COSTAS INTERVIEWS BRANDON MARSHALL

Football Night in America Preview – Week 3

“He’s one of my best friends. I’m looking forward to ending my career
with him.” – Brandon Marshall on his relationship with Jay Cutler

Bears C Roberto Garza interviewed as part of NFL Hispanic Heritage Month

NEW YORK – Sept. 22, 2013 – Bob Costas interviewed Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall for tonight’s Week 3 edition of Football Night in America, which will preview Bears-Steelers — including a feature on the city of Pittsburgh’s reaction to the Steelers 0-2 start — as well as highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 3 games.

Football Night, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC with Costas hosting the program live from inside the stadium. He will be joined on site by Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst), as well as NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, for reaction to the afternoon games and to preview tonight’s match-up.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from famous Studio 8H at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York City. He is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Peter King of Sports Illustrated; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN; and Scott Pioli, the former NFL Executive of the Year who is new to the NBC NFL team this season. Alex Flanagan will report from Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on the Colts-49ers game.

Tonight’s program will also include an interview with Bears C Roberto Garza as part of the NFL’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. “My dream was to play football. I grew up watching Tony Casillas and Anthony Munoz. Those were the guys you looked up to.”

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Marshall. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”

BRANDON MARSHALL WITH BOB COSTAS

On the Steelers being his favorite team growing up: “True story. I’m in college in my doom room. I’ve got a Steelers blanket on watching a playoff game – the Steelers vs. the Broncos, and I’m cheering for the Steelers. A few months later I’m drafted by the Broncos…and I still cheer for the Steelers. When I’m out of the playoffs, which is always right now, I’m cheering for the Steelers because they bring so much joy to the city.”

On reuniting with Jay Cutler: “It’s funny, the new coaches coming in, they just look at us and laugh. They say we’re brothers. Some people say we’re married. I really enjoy playing with him. He really is a brother, on and off the field. He’s one of my best friends. I’m looking forward to ending my career with him.”

On never making the playoffs: “Definitely. Last year was really tough. I think I cried last year on the bus ride home.”

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