News and Sound Bites From Week 11 Edition of
NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“This team is hot and they can go 16-0.” – Steve Mariucci on the Indianapolis Colts
“You’re only 8-1 and that’s not a season. You’re sending a bad message to the team. You’re saying, ‘Hey, we’ve done something’ and you haven’t.” – Michael Irvin on Brad Childress’ Contract Extension
“The pendulum has swung in this matchup.” – Marshall Faulk on the Indianapolis Colts Having the Edge in the Rivalry vs. New England
“I used to call him ‘Mr. Atlas’ because he would carry a team on his shoulders. For the first time, he doesn’t have to do that. He has a co-star and that’s Adrian Peterson.” – Michael Irvin on Vikings QB Brett Favre
“9-0 [Colts], 8-1 [Vikings]. When you have that record at this point in the season, you become like the Super Bowl champions. [Teams] measure where their team is by playing you.” – Michael Irvin
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.
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“It’s better to start off fast than start off slow. You gain instant credibility in the locker room.” – Steve Mariucci on Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels
“For now we are going to go back and work on our tan.” – Reporter Randy Moss throwing it back to NFL Network studio from Green Bay where the weather forecast at Lambeau Field for 49ers-Packers is an unseasonably warm mid-50s with sun
“They’re explosive and you want to have one on your team if you want to be successful.” – Marshall Faulk on small running backs
“This team is hot and they can go 16-0.” – Steve Mariucci on the Indianapolis Colts
“He is the rookie of the year.” – Mariucci on Vikings WR Percy Harvin
“He was giving the two quarterbacks in this game the utmost respect. – Mariucci on Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on 4th-and-2 last Sunday night against the Colts
“He studies the opponent, but he knows his team.” – Marshall Faulk on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick
“He was disrespecting the Indianapolis defense.” – Michael Irvin on Belichick’s decision
“The pendulum has swung in this matchup. Every time we used to watch these two teams, Bill Belichick’s offense or defense would get the best of Peyton Manning and the [Colts].” – Faulk on the Colts-Patriots series and which is the better team
“You’re only 8-1 and that’s not a season. You’re sending a bad message to the team. You’re saying, ‘Hey, we’ve done something’ and you haven’t.” – Michael Irvin on Vikings’ head coach Brad Childress receiving a contract extension
“I used to call him ‘Mr. Atlas’ because he would carry a team on his shoulders. For the first time, he doesn’t have to do that. He has a co-star and that’s Adrian Peterson.” – Irvin on Vikings QB Brett Favre
“I believe the message that Bill Belichick sends is not getting down to the guys that they have.” – Faulk on the Patriots defense
“They have to become a better team at running the football. They cannot continue to put the [game] on Philip Rivers’ shoulders.” – Faulk on the San Diego Chargers
“He’s not just getting rings, he’s delivering rings to other guys.” – Irvin on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
“9-0 [Colts], 8-1 [Vikings]. When you have that record at this point in the season, you become like the Super Bowl champions. Every team that plays you, they’re measuring where their team is by playing you.” – Irvin on the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings
“When you have two good corners, you can do anything you want on defense.” – Mariucci on Packers CBs Charles Woodson and Al Harris
‘Super Bowl Journey,’ Week 11 Edition – A Day of Golf at TPC with RB Maurice Jones-Drew & Vernon Davis Reflects on Week 10 Thursday Night Win vs. Chicago
“I’ve never been raised to be a ‘me’ guy. It’s never been in my blood. It’s always been about team. The individual success will come with wins and being great as a team.” – Jones-Drew
“Tiger if you need tips, call me.” – Jones-Drew
“You have to be fired up before a game. You have to be ready.” – Davis
“When I get to the line, I think of ways I can win. I just think of ways I can dominate my opponent.” – Davis
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News Reports from Jason La Canfora & Michael Lombardi:
On Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and if his dismissal is imminent…
- Lombardi: Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis has a lot of money coming to him in his current contract, so he could take a step back. He’s still friends with both Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, so certainly if there were openings on either staff, he would get consideration. However, once you’ve been a head coach and you’ve made the amount of money that Weis has made, I think he likes being a head coach and would rather take a step back then go back to the NFL.
- La Canfora: At some point, I think we’re going to see him back in a coordinator position, waiting for the right situation where he can call his own shots. We know Weis can do some good work with quarterbacks and that’s always in demand in the NFL. To spin it forward, when the move is made, where does Notre Dame look? A guy like Jon Gruden, who has connections with Notre Dame could be targeted, however I’m told he cannot get out of his [ESPN] contract in 2010. I don’t know if Urban Meyer would want to leave Florida for Notre Dame, which has become a program of recent that seems to have trouble finding a tenureable coach. Other possibilities may include Skip Holtz, Lou Holtz’s son or Kyle Whittingham, a Meyer disciple in Utah.
On the firing of Bills head coach Dick Jauron…
- La Canfora: Bills owner Ralph Wilson is willing to spend upwards of $10 million to land the right person. Mike Shanahan is at the top of their list, they’re going to talk to him first. They also have an interest in Bill Cowher. Still, I don’t know anyone who actually sees Shanahan taking this position when there could be more attractive openings available. Maybe Washington, Dallas, Houston, even San Diego if things fall apart for the Chargers. Regarding Cowher, I’m told he won’t even interview for jobs until the season’s over. It’s very difficult to win in Buffalo. With the Patriots in the division and the New York Jets just building a billion-dollar facility; also the Dolphins, who are number two in player spending this year alone. For a small-market team in an old stadium like the Bills, it’s tough to compete, no matter who the coach is, and these big name coaches know it.
Additional Videos Available on NFL.com:
- Favre’s 300th – Listen to the always entertaining Brett Favre as he makes his 300th start vs. the Detroit Lions
- Commissioner Interview on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Kickoff: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell joins former MVP Joe Theismann and Hall of Fame players Michael Irvin and Rod Woodson for a roundtable interview on the pregame show prior to the Giants vs. Broncos on Thanksgiving at 6:30 PM ET. The former players discuss player safety issues as well as other topics relating to the game with the Commissioner. The second part of the roundtable interview will be on NFL GameDay Morning next Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9 AM ET.
- Giants-Broncos Featured Matchup of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football Thanksgiving Special: Following Miami’s 24-17 win at Carolina, Matt Millen and Bob Papa are set to spend Thanksgiving in the mile high city as the Denver Broncos host the New York Giants for NFL Network’s Thanksgiving Night special. NFL Network is home to Thursday Night Football featuring eight live regular-season primetime games. This season, Thursday Night Football includes NFL Network’s first live international telecast between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in Toronto on December 3, the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers at division rival Cleveland Browns on December 10, the Dallas Cowboys visiting the unbeaten New Orleans Saints on Saturday, December 19 and San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans in a special Christmas night tilt. Thursday Night Football begins at 8:00 PM ET, with the special Christmas game starting at 7:00 PM ET.
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- Sunday Night Football Extra Returns: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears will stream live on Sunday Night Football Extra on NFL.com and NBCSports.com. Complementing that stream will be a number of extra features to enrich the viewing experience including additional camera angles, in-game highlights, picture-in-picture technology, live statistics and other interactive elements. Sunday Night Football Extra will also include in-game studio updates from the NBC Football Night in America team and NFL Network talent.
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