News and Sound Bites From Week 16 Edition of
NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“You can’t tell the coach when to take you out and how to run the team. There’s a bigger picture, there’s a structure, there’s a command.” – Marshall Faulk on Vikings QB Brett Favre
“The [Super Bowl] championship is the goal. Anything other than that is irrelevant.” – Warren Sapp on the Indianapolis Colts
Jason LaCanfora Reports: Tampa Bay officials have reached out to former Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Cowher about possibly coaching Bucs in 2010
NFL Network’s Top 10 Players of the Decade—Tom Brady #1, Peyton Manning #2 and LaDainian Tomlinson #3
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:
“You can’t tell the coach when to take you out and how to run the team. There’s a bigger picture, there’s a structure, there’s a command. Yes, you’ll be second after the head coach speaks, but when the head coach speaks, you must listen.” – Marshall Faulk on Vikings QB Brett Favre
“The Cowboys will win the NFC East.” – Steve Mariucci
“Adrian Peterson is very much involved in this offense.” – Mariucci on Peterson’s and QB Brett Favre’s roles in the Vikings’ offense
“What didn’t make sense to me was [benching Favre while] winning 7-6 in the third quarter of a game that you have to win to secure the bye…That’s why I was curious as to why Brad [Childress] would say, ‘Hey, you’re coming out.’” – Mariucci on Vikings head coach Brad Childress trying to bench Brett Favre in Week 15 game vs. Carolina
“The man was trying to make a change to get his offense going and the final score dictated what he was trying to do…he should have made the change and got someone in the game to get the offense going.” – Michael Irvin on Vikings head coach Brad Childress trying to bench Brett Favre
“It’s about winning, not Brett wanting to play.” – Marshall Faulk on Vikings QB Brett Favre
“We should be inspired just for the opportunity to watch this matchup…This is the man to beat to make sure everyone says you are the best [receiver].” – Michael Irvin on Colts WR Reggie Wayne facing Jets CB Darrelle Revis
“Norv Turner has again shown Jason Garrett how to call a football game.” – Michael Irvin on Chargers head coach Norv Turner
“You don’t compromise the health of your football team trying to secure records while you’re trying to win a Super Bowl.” – Steve Mariucci on Colts’ playing for perfect season
“The [Super Bowl] championship is the goal. Anything other than that is irrelevant.” – Warren Sapp on if the Colts should rest players
“This is a mindset game and the Giants just have not committed themselves this year to be a tough ball club.” – Warren Sapp on the Panthers-Giants matchup
NFL Network’s Top 10 Players of the Decade:
10. QB Kurt Warner
9. QB Brett Favre
8. QB Donovan McNabb
7. TE Tony Gonzalez
6. DE Jason Taylor
5. LB Derrick Brooks
4. LB Ray Lewis
3. RB LaDainian Tomlinson
2. QB Peyton Manning
1. QB Tom Brady
Mariucci, Faulk, Sapp, Irvin and La Canfora Share Their Picks for the best NFL Rivalries:
- Steve Mariucci – Bears vs. Packers
- Marshall Faulk – Rams vs. 49ers
- Warren Sapp – Packers vs. Buccaneers
- Michael Irvin – Cowboys vs. 49ers
- Jason La Canfora – Raiders vs. Steelers
‘Super Bowl Journey,’ Week 16 Edition – Jaguars’ Week 15 Matchup Versus the Undefeated Colts Through the Eyes of RB Maurice Jones-Drew:
“When I come out for introductions through the smoke, I just feel so invincible. Thousands of people screaming your name, it’s an amazing feeling.” – Jones Drew on pregame introductions
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Bob Papa Pregame 1-on-1 Interview with Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin:
“They played a great game against Minnesota…they’re a good football team and we played them this time of year a year ago and it was a heck of a game.” – Coughlin on the Carolina Panthers
“It’s very significant. It’s been one of those weeks in which we’ve talked about that a lot. There are a lot of sentimental things that have come up, a lot of questions of personal memories and there have been a lot of them. I remember certainly the Arizona game following the death of my father as an assistant coach in 1990. I remember that great 10-0 run and I remember our run here and the exciting things about it and the gathering of people here in this stadium after the parade in New York….” – Coughlin on his memories within Giants Stadium, where the Giants will play their last regular season game today
Vic Carucci Pregame 1-on-1 Interview with Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin:
“One thing the history of this series has taught me is that none of the things that have happened in the past will dictate what happens today.” – Tomlin on Ravens vs. Steelers
“The nature of this business is the standard is winning. He is capable of playing winning football for us and that’s what we expect.” – Tomlin on S Tyrone Carter starting in place of Troy Polamalu
La Canfora News Reports:
- Tampa Bay Bucs officials have reached out to former Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Cowher about possibly coaching there in 2010, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Cowher, who has been an analyst at CBS since retiring from coaching, came very close to returning to coaching last offseason and could well return in 2010 if the right situation presents itself. The Bucs have tried to gauge Cowher’s interest should they decide to make a move regarding current head coach Raheem Morris, who has had a difficult time in his first season as head coach. Cowher’s stance through this season has been clear – he will not interview for any jobs during the season and will not interview for any positions that are not already vacant. This season the Bucs have been plagued by staff issues, with Morris changing both coordinators since the start of training camp and ultimately taking over the defense himself. Some inside the organization have worried if Morris was ready for all of the responsibility that comes with being a head coach and other coaches who have faced Tampa this season have commented privately on some scheme and staff issues there at times.
- Steelers S Troy Polamalu is out this week and it will be up to Polamalu whether or not he plays again this season. The Steelers would have let him play last week against Green Bay if he felt up to it, but he went to the team and said ‘my knee is just not right.’ Polamalu is someone who is very in tune with his body, so when he feels it’s time, it will be time. There’s a sense in the organization that if they win against Baltimore and they’re playing for something in Week 17, then Polamalu will be back with another week of treatment and practices.
- It’s been a bumpy year all around for the Washington Redskins and DE Albert Haynesworth, but the reality is that Haynesworth will be someone else’s problem next year as no one expects head coach Jim Zorn to be back. Everyone talks about Haynesworth and the $41 million guaranteed money he’s scheduled to collect, however he has not gotten most of it yet. $20 million of that chunk comes in 2010, so he’ll be more empowered than ever in a lot of ways and he’s going to have to rebuild some fences with his teammates as well. There are some Redskins who question some of the games he missed and whether he could have played or not. He’s been a divisive force within the locker room and as the highest paid player, he was looked upon to set the tone and he really has not done that. He’s actually created fractures within the locker room rather than bring guys together.
- Exclusively on NFL Network – NFL Total Access Pro Bowl Selection Show Primetime Special: Tuesday, December 29, the best of the best in the NFL will be revealed on the NFL Total Access Pro Bowl Selection Show primetime special at 7:00 PM ET, exclusively on NFL Network and on NFL.com. Host Rich Eisen, alongside seven-time Pro Bowlers Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp, Charles Davis and Steve Wyche announce the 86 selections. The 2010 Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, January 31 at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida.
- NFL RedZone – Bringing Fans Every Touchdown From Every Game: NFL RedZone is hosted by Scott Hanson from the new state-of-the-art NFL RedZone studio at NFL Network’s headquarters in Los Angeles and debuts today at 1:00 PM ET/10 AM PT. Produced by NFL Network, NFL RedZone whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments as they happen and in high definition. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, fans see the crucial plays live. The channel keeps fans up-to-date in real time, switching from game to game with live look-ins, highlights and a chance to see every important play. NFL RedZone is available on AT&T, Comcast, DISH Network, RCN, Verizon and other distributors. For more information visit: http://redzonetv.nfl.com/.
- Sunday Night Football Extra Returns: Minnesota Vikings 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.
NFL GameDay Morning begins the NFL Network schedule on Sundays, which will now be called “NFL GameDay.” Following NFL GameDay Morning will be NFL GameDay StatZone at 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Scoreboard at 4:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Highlights at 7:30 PM ET and NFL GameDay Final at 11:30 PM ET.
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