Quotes from Sunday Divisional Round Editions of ‘First on the Field’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-GameDayMorningQuick Quotes from First on the Field & NFL GameDay Morning

- “If I’m in that locker room, I’m looking at Matt Schaub and I’m worried.” Marshall Faulk on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub

- “He is ready to be the face of this organization.” Steve Mariucci on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

- “It’s all on this offense to go out and win a championship for them because they don’t have the defense anymore.” Warren Sapp on the New England Patriots

- “I’d be shocked if they don’t go to the Super Bowl and actually win the Super Bowl.” Michael Lombardi on the San Francisco 49ers

- “These two are the best combination in the National Football League, simply put.” Michael Irvin on Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones

- “As the game wore on and it got colder, Peyton Manning really struggled. He never threw the ball down the field, never threw it outside the numbers and that became a problem.” Michael Lombardi on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning

***For complete quotes from ‘First on the Field’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

 

Quotes from First on the Field

On Sunday, NFL Network was First on the Field with Melissa Stark, LaDainian Tomlinson, Sterling Sharpe and Michael Lombardi providing the first analysis of Sunday’s Divisional Round games.

- “I’d be shocked if they don’t go to the Super Bowl and actually win the Super Bowl. They have a great kicking game, they play great defense and their offense is so multi-dimensional it’s difficult to handle. [Colin Kaepernick] right now in this offense is hard to deal with.” – Michael Lombardi on the San Francisco 49ers

- “With [Colin] Kaepernick’s ability to score points, they no longer fear a game in the 20’s. Jim Harbaugh has lost eight games in two seasons; seven of those eight losses are because the 49ers couldn’t score 20 points in a game. That is no longer an issue.” – Michael Lombardi on the impact of quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the San Francisco 49ers

- “Going forward, there is no one that I see that can matchup with this team. They play physical on both offense and defense. It’s going to be a tough avenue when you play this bunch.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the San Francisco 49ers

- “As the game wore on and it got colder, Peyton Manning really struggled. He never threw the ball down the field, never threw it outside the numbers and that became a problem.” – Michael Lombardi on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in Denver’s loss in the Divisional Round

- “The Denver Broncos lost that football game and their stars did not show up…Baltimore did what they needed to do: they hung around and made plays when they were supposed to. But Denver lost this game more so than Baltimore won it.” – Sterling Sharpe on the Denver Broncos’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens

- “When you are looking at Ray Lewis, and as an offensive player you are going back on the field thinking, ‘My goodness, this may be his last game,’ you are going to give a little extra effort. There is something extra there.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Ray Lewis’ impact on the Baltimore Ravens

- “Seattle will win the game at the line of scrimmage; they may not win it in the first quarter, the crowd noise is going to be loud and it will be hard to hear. But they’ll win it as the game goes on. This is a perfect matchup for Seattle if they can get pressure on Matt Ryan.” – Michael Lombardi on the Seattle Seahawks-Atlanta Falcons

- “The jack of all trades is Aaron Hernandez. He is the guy that you have to figure out who he is…If you can find him and determine who is, you can set coverage to defend him. That’s the chess game in this matchup.” – Sterling Sharpe on New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez

 

 

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning. Host Rich Eisen joins analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin to bring fans the latest news, injury reports and pregame analysis.

- “He’s starting to learn how to carry this team on his shoulders…He is ready to be the face of this organization.” – Steve Mariucci on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

- “He answers the question if Mr. Bisciotti or Ozzie Newsome were wondering, is he a big game quarterback? I don’t think we have to wonder about that anymore.” – Marshall Faulk on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns against the Denver Broncos

- “If I’m in that locker room, I’m looking at Matt Schaub and I’m worried.” – Marshall Faulk on the confidence in quarterback Matt Schaub within the Houston Texans locker room

- “The real question is can he continue to throw the ball down the field with that kind of accuracy, with that kind of big play ability? If he can do that, with everything else this team has – offensive and defensive line, the running game and his running ability – this team is scary.” – Kurt Warner on quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers

- “[Frank Gore] keeping the chains moving and keeping them in good down and distance is what sets the mindset and tone for this team.” – Marshall Faulk on San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore

- “This team, with the pressure and with the questions about whether they can win in the playoffs, needs to start fast. They have to come out, make some plays early, get that confidence that they’ve had in the regular season and carry it into the playoffs.” – Kurt Warner on the Atlanta Falcons, who are 0-3 in the playoffs under head coach Mike Smith

- “Julio Jones has been playing better on the road than he has at home. He has to turn it up at home if they’re going to stay at home for these playoffs.” – Michael Irvin on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones

- “He’s not in the conversation for best quarterback ever because of what’s happened in the playoffs. What happened yesterday just added to that question.” – Kurt Warner on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is 9-11 in the playoffs

- “His ability to break tackles and inflict his will on the opponent is something that they need.” – Marshall Faulk on the impact of running back Marshawn Lynch for the Seattle Seahawks

- “The pressure is on this [offense] and the pressure is on Tom Brady because there is no more [Mike] Vrabel, no more Willie McGinest, no more Rodney Harrison. It’s all on this offense to go out and win a championship for them because they don’t have the defense anymore.” – Warren Sapp on how much pressure is on the New England Patriots

- “These two are the best combination in the National Football League, simply put.” – Michael Irvin on Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones

 

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport In-Studio

On the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching search:

“I reached out to a high-ranking Eagles source last night who kind of laid out what the team had hoped for in their expectations. He said [the Eagles] wanted to speak to the top minds in and out of the NFL, whatever it would come to. But they knew that Bill O’Brien had a huge buyout at Penn State, they knew Chip Kelly hadn’t won a BCS title, and with Brian Kelly they weren’t quite sure because they hadn’t met with him long enough after the BCS title game. What this Eagles source did tell me, as of yesterday many of the assistants they wanted were still in the playoffs. He said we are where we thought we would be.”

On the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching search:

“A lot of people in and around the league are wondering whether we saw the future Jaguars coach in 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman last night. It was a little bit of showcase for him and Colin Kaepernick [with] 181 rushing yards. Think of the quarterbacks that Roman has tutored. In college: Andrew Luck. Alex Smith – made him serviceable. And now Kaepernick. But the reason that he is linked to the Jaguars is his relationship with new general manager David Caldwell – roommates in college, roommates when they were lowly assistants with the Panthers. But I talked to a source close to them, he asked this question: for Caldwell’s first move, would you want him to hire his best friend?”

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

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady & Head Coach Bill Belichick Look to Rediscover Playoff Magic – There was a time when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick were unstoppable in the postseason. After losing four of their last six playoff games, can the Patriots’ duo rekindle the fire?:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000125759/Brady-Belichick-look-to-rediscover-playoff-magic

R&R: Seattle Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch Expanding Versatility Sterling Sharpe and LaDainian Tomlinson take a look at how Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is using his versatility to cause mismatches every week:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000125760/R-R-Marshawn-Lynch-expanding-versatility

Has Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco Finally Proved his Worth? Michael Lombardi discusses the contract situation of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and the latest news on the coaching carousel:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000125763/Has-Joe-Flacco-finally-proved-his-worth

 Can Atlanta Falcons Learn from Playoff Losses? – The Atlanta Falcons have struggled in the postseason with quarterback Matt Ryan at the helm. But can Atlanta learn from those losses and translate it into success on the field?:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000125758/Can-Falcons-learn-from-playoff-losses

Are the Houston Texans Confident with Quarterback Matt Schaub Leading the Way? – Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub won his first playoff game last week. But how confident are the Texans going into Foxboro with Schaub under center?:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000125761/Are-Texans-confident-with-Schaub-leading-the-way

What Team Without a Coach Will Make the Next Move? Ian Rapoport joins NFL GameDay Morning to discuss the latest movement on the coaching front:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000125785/What-team-without-a-coach-will-make-the-next-move

How to Stop the New England Patriots High-Tempo Offense? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew discusses what the Houston Texans can do to slow down the New England Patriots high-tempo and explosive offense:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000125786/How-to-stop-the-New-England-Patriots-high-tempo-offense

Seattle Seahawks Rookies Overcome Skepticism – In April, the Seattle Seahawks were one of the most scrutinized teams on draft day. But with four rookie starters, the Seahawks’ rookie class is proving themselves to be in a class of their own:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/seattle-seahawks/0ap2000000125284/Seattle-rookies-overcome-skepticism

Are the San Francisco 49ers the Team to Beat? – After a breathtaking performance from quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Divisional Round, are the 49ers the team to beat in the playoffs?:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000125787/Are-the-San-Francisco-49ers-the-team-to-beat

Does Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Have Anything Else to Prove? – Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has defied the odds since day one. So does the rookie signal-caller have anything left to prove?:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-<network-gameday/0ap2000000125788/Does-Russell-Wilson-have-anything-else-to-prove

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