News and Sound Bites From Week 8 Edition of
NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“This team is as good as the ’96 (Green Bay Packers) team.” – Brett Favre on the 2009 Minnesota Vikings
“I have never been as disappointed after the game, including the Super Bowl (XXXII). I didn’t want to end it like that, but that wasn’t enough to come back.” – Brett Favre on the 2007 NFC Championship loss to the Giants being the worst in his career
“Home field advantage belongs to Brett Favre.” – Steve Mariucci on Favre giving Minnesota the advantage against Green Bay
“This team is very dangerous right now. They are the best in the NFC East.” – Mariucci on the Dallas Cowboys
“He might inject some energy into this team. They may go out and play with a different sense of urgency.” – Marshall Faulk on QB Vince Young starting
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’ – Steve Mariucci 1-on-1 with Vikings QB Brett Favre:
Old friends reunited when NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci sat down with Vikings QB Brett Favre to reminisce on his 16-year career in Green Bay, discuss his long-anticipated return to Lambeau Field and the emotions that come with the homecoming:
“There was a lot of attention on that game, as there will be on this one, but some of the sting has been taken off.” – Favre on how meeting the Packers for the first time in Week 4 has affected the Week 8 meeting
“I really don’t know. I understand we are the visitor, but all I ask for is respect. What I did there, it goes without saying that I’m proud of it. You may hate the Vikings, but just respect what I’ve done.” – Favre on what he expects with his return to Lambeau
“It looked easier when some else did it.” – Favre on the ‘Lambeau Leap’
“When I left the next day, I have never been as disappointed after the game, including the Super Bowl (XXXII). I didn’t want to end it like that, but that wasn’t enough to come back…when we lost, the last thing I wanted to think about was football, even though I knew I would think about it every day.” – Favre on his toughest loss being to the Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship Game
“I’m very satisfied with what has happened throughout my career, what I’ve accomplished; I don’t feel I have to prove anything.” – Favre on if he has anything left to prove to the Packers
“There’s no other reason for me to be playing. I figured, ‘Hey, I can’t get there sitting at home.’” – Favre on coming back to win the Super Bowl
“It doesn’t surprise me, but I was hoping it would be a little easier.” – Favre on the Vikings’ success
“As far as pure running back, I’ve never seen anything better. He is as explosive as anybody I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen anyone stop and go full speed in two steps.” – Favre on RB Adrian Peterson
“This team is as good as the ’96 (Green Bay Packers) team. Not one team out there can say they have every piece to the puzzle, you never can say that. It’s the teams that have great chemistry, play very well together, believe in what they’re doing, have a little luck along the way – all those things go into winning.” – Favre on the Vikings’ potential
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‘Super Bowl Journey,’ Week 8 Edition – TE Chris Cooley’s Rehashes His Week 7 Ankle Injury and the Recovery Process in Front of Him
“I’ve never been injured; I’ve never even missed a practice. I’m disgusted that I’m not going to be able to play with this team.” – Cooley
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Michael Lombardi Pregame 1-on-1 with Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano:
“We’ve got to finish games. We’re playing good teams and that requires you to play four quarters.” – Sparano on the Dolphins
“We have to be able to stop the run and run the football. The Jets are doing a nice job right now running the football, so time of possession and turnovers will be critical.” – Sparano on the key factors of the game
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“He might inject some energy into this team. They may go out and play with a different sense of urgency.” – Marshall Faulk on Titans QB Vince Young starting vs. the Jaguars
“He does not have the supporting cast that a Matt Ryan had last year, a Joe Flacco had, or even Ben Roethlisberger had when he came out as a rookie. The pieces of the puzzle are not all in place.” – Steve Mariucci on Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell
“This team is very dangerous right now. They are the best in the NFC East.” – Mariucci on the Dallas Cowboys
“There’s a lot more things going on than just sticking it to Ted (Thompson).” – Faulk on Brett Favre focused on a win after last week’s loss to New Orleans
“I have a problem with Bud Adams jumping in. He’s not on the practice field and I would rather that be left up to the coaches…[but] I don’t understand why Jeff Fisher is so against playing Vince Young.” – Michael Irvin on Titans owner Bud Adams naming Vince Young starting QB
“This has been a Cinderella story.” – Steve Mariucci on the Denver Broncos
“Ray Lewis in the middle has always been the heart of this ball club. He’s got to rally the troops.” – Warren Sapp on the Baltimore Ravens
“Miles, you are a number one. The numbers tell us so.” – Irvin on Cowboys WR Miles Austin being a number one wide receiver
“As a head coach, you can’t be afraid of losing your job by having a guy that might be a better coach sitting behind you.” – Faulk on the importance of having an experienced coaching staff
“When you look at Cleveland, it’s not like they don’t have talent. They just don’t have ‘the way.’” – Irvin on the Cleveland Browns
“You’ve got to keep coaching, you’ve got to keep teaching. You’ve got to win the little battles. You may not win the game, but you get guys a little bit better each week and teach them something he can benefit from.” – Mariucci on the focus of a coach of a struggling team
“They know the competitor in Favre. They know that this guy is going to come to work and it doesn’t matter what’s wrong with him, how he’s feeling, you’re going to get the best of Brett Favre. How do you not clap for a guy like that?” – Faulk on if Packers fans should cheer for Brett Favre
“Home field advantage belongs to Brett Favre.” – Mariucci on Favre giving Minnesota the advantage against Green Bay
“The game itself is enough to get me up and ready to play. I don’t need anything else.” – Sapp on motivating factors
“Simplicity. They are very simple. There are about six plays they run.” – Marshall Faulk on the success of Peyton Manning and the Colts offense
La Canfora’s News Reports:
- The situation between RB Larry Johnson and the Kansas City Chiefs is over. We’ll get an announcement Monday, but all sides decided to compromise. The policies dealing with social media and communication through the mediums such as Facebook and Twitter is a brave new world and there will be cases in the future where this could be an issue. Johnson was going to have a grievance hearing, but neither the Players Association, the NFL or the Chiefs thought it was a good idea to go that route. So Johnson still will not be around the facility until Nov. 9 serving a suspension, but will only lose one paycheck rather than two.
- Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware’s mega-contract is probably the last that we see in this calendar year. The reality is it’s really hitting home for a lot of players out there that while people think 2010 possibly being an uncapped year will be a cash grab, that’s not necessarily the case. A group of players across the league are trying to get new contracts, negotiating with teams, but teams are looking at these players from the 2005 and 2006 draft class and saying, ‘if there’s an uncapped year, we’re going to own your rights for another year or two, we don’t need to do an extension right now.’ No one wants to wade in right now unless they have to because they don’t know what that next CBA will look like and what the economic climate will be. Broncos QB Kyle Orton may get his deal, but for the most part teams are pretty much shutting it down.
For additional thoughts from La Canfora, check out his blog at http://blogs.nfl.com/category/jason-la-canfora/.
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