“I don’t think so. On some level, you need to embrace the fact that you’re mentioned with a future Hall of Famer in the same sentence a lot.” – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on if comparisons to Brett Favre will ever end
“If he wants to talk, come get a chair on one of these shows and let’s get some talking in when it matters.” – Michael Irvin on Brett Favre’s Comments Regarding Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
“Ever since Bart Scott said ‘can’t wait,’ they can’t tackle.” – Warren Sapp on the Jets defense
NFL GameDay Morning is the FIRST pregame show on the air Sunday morning at 9:00 AM ET, taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joins analysts Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci and new analyst Kurt Warner to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews.
NFL GameDay Morning Analysts on Raiders Owners Al Davis:
“If there’s a Mount Rushmore for football, he’s on it.” – Steve Mariucci
“Part of his legacy was that he was ahead of his time in many areas, both on and off the field….Before the Rooney Rule, before Affirmative Action and Title IX were law, he was already hiring.” – Steve Mariucci
“I think of him as a trendsetter, a pioneer. He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in. He didn’t care who he was going to take on. If Al Davis felt like he was right, that was it. He was going down with those beliefs. That’s Al. That’s how I remember him and that’s how I remember his teams.” – Marshall Faulk
“The great Al Davis. That’s the way I always say it whenever I speak about the man. That’s what he was, that’s what he embodied, that’s what he symbolized. The greatest thing I ever heard him say was, ‘the quarterback must go down and must go down hard.’” – Warren Sapp
“Al was great with all the players and the players all were great with Al. We all loved him and we’ll miss him. Our prayers go out to his family.” – Michael Irvin
“I always used to love to hear the stories of his passion for our game and probably more importantly, his passion for his players… The esteem they had for this man and the impact that he had on their lives and their careers was pretty impressive and that’s the thing to me that will be remembered and will stand out.” – Kurt Warner
“His team was involved in some of the most seminal games in the NFL that they’re known by just their names – The Heidi game, Ghost to the Post, Holy Roller, Sea of Hands, Immaculate Reception, the Tuck Game. It’s incredible.” – Rich Eisen
Former Raiders Front Office Executive Michael Lombardi (1998-2007) on Al Davis:
He was extremely devoted to the Oakland Raiders. That was his life. Each morning when he got up, it was all about the Oakland Raiders, it was all about winning. It was all about how he could make his team better. I’ve never met a man with more devoted towards his profession than Al Davis. It was the driving force that everything he wanted to do was have success with his football team and find some way to do it. His will and his understanding of the game is in a lot of people and certainly he educated me about football, but other people he reached throughout the league. Some worked for the Raiders and some didn’t.
The following videos on the life of Al Davis can be found on NFL.com:
Remember Al Davis: Steve Sabol takes a look back at the life and influence of Raiders owner Al Davis
Al Davis: The AFL Years: NFL Films documents Al Davis’ legacy on the history of the AFL and the Raiders’ franchise.
Rich Eisen 1-on-1 Interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
“It was a sad day to lose Al. He had a tremendous impact on the NFL as a commissioner, an owner, coach, general manager and no one loved the game of football more than Al Davis. I’m not sure anyone had the kind of impact on the game of football that Al Davis had.” – Goodell on Davis’ passing
“I was a young executive in the NFL and he’s such a legend of the game. I was a little bit nervous about being involved with him, but he always made me feel comfortable because he knew I was from western New York; as a matter a fact and used to tease me about it. He always was great about lending his experience in the league to young people and I think one of the other real legacies of Al Davis is what he did to promote diversity in the league. Hiring the first African-American coach, the first Hispanic coach and female executive in Amy Trask. He’s made such a difference in the league in promoting people and promoting their contributions to the game and that’s something that probably isn’t talked enough about, but it’s something that I will always be grateful for Al Davis for. – Goodell on his memories of Davis and the legacy he leaves behind
To view Rich Eisen’s interview with Commissioner Roger Goodell, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-
‘Sunday Sit-Down: Michael Irvin 1-on-1 with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
While repeating as Super Bowl champions is not an easy task, the Green Bay Packers are off to a promising 4-0 start. Michael Irvin sits down with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers about the Packers’ 4-0 start to the season, the challenges of repeating as champions and the recent comments made by former Packers quarterback, Brett Favre:
“I think you need to have a sit-down with him and ask him that question. But I think the great thing about this team is it’s a group of individuals who came together collectively to accomplish an incredible goal. We don’t really have a lot of distractions, there are not a lot of people outside of the building whose opinions really factor into our daily football lives and that’s what’s keeping us focused on being the best each week.” – Rodgers on why former Packers QB Brett Favre is making comments about him and the Packers
“I don’t think so. On some level, you need to embrace the fact that you’re mentioned with a future Hall of Famer in the same sentence a lot. I’m always going to be the guy that followed him regardless of what happens. I’m hopeful that we can go down in a similar sense and way that Joe Montana and Steve Young are talked about. I’m hopeful that I’m going to have a long career here and opportunity to win a lot more championships.” – Rodgers on if Brett Favre comparisons will ever go away
“Life is different being Super Bowl Champions, as far as our team is concerned. We’re not going to sneak up on anybody anymore. Although other teams have helped us out this year with the ‘dream team’ talk and the Patriots, Detroit’s success and the large numbers that have been put up early in the season, I think we still are kind of flying under the radar a little bit.” – Rodgers on if life is different as a Super Bowl Champion
Irvin: I watched the film. I watched the game you just played. You’re putting up what I call ‘Madden-like numbers,’ you know? You play Madden?
Rodgers: I don’t really play Madden a whole lot.
Irvin: You’re playing Madden in the NFL right now.
“You have to keep it in perspective. Success is incredible. The numbers, they look good now, but let’s look at them at the end of the year. If they’re still right there at the top, that will feel good, but our ultimate goal here is to win Super Bowls. It won’t feel good unless we’re in Indianapolis this year, actually playing in the game and completing the journey.” – Rodgers on his record-setting numbers
To view Irvin’s interview with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, please visit:
NFL GameDay Morning Analysts Provide Their “Likes” and “Dislikes” Through 1st Quarter of 2011 Season
- Like – Rookie play (a record 52 rookies started Week 1)
- Dislike – New kickoff rule
- Like – Youth movement at quarterback
- Dislike – Lack of running game (14 teams do not have a 100 yard rusher)
- Like – Buffalo Bills’ surprising start; doing it without household names
- Dislike – Minnesota Vikings (had leads in all four games thus far and are 0-4)
- Like – Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman
- Dislike – Bad defense league-wide
- Like – Aaron Rodgers and the passing game of Green Bay Packers
- Dislike – The hate for Cowboys QB Tony Romo
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“I’ve never seen a young, cool quarterback in the fourth quarter.” – Warren Sapp on Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman
“It’ll be all about the health of the big three, and I’m not talking about the auto makers in Detroit. I’m talking about Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh. If they can keep playing, they’ll be a pretty good team.” – Steve Mariucci on if the Detroit Lions can challenge the Green Bay Packers
“Ever since Bart Scott said ‘can’t wait,’ they can’t tackle.” – Warren Sapp on the Jets defense
“Matthew has been playing like the preverbal fine wine, uncorking vintage 2005 on the rest of the National Football League.” – Rich Eisen on Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck
“He’s come to understand the team around him and he has confidence in that team… He understands he can take some chances because he’s so talented. But he also understands he doesn’t have to take chances. He can sit back, take a sack or throw it away because the team around him is good and they’ll find a way to win.” – Kurt Warner on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
“We love Brett so much, everybody loves him and he’s given us such great moments, but he’s not doing it now. If he wants to talk, come get a chair on one of these shows and let’s get some talking in when it matters… We got a show for him.” – Michael Irvin on Brett Favre’s comments regarding Aaron Rodgers
“If you go back and look at those six games in the Playoffs, they have not won a single game where he’s passed for over 200 yards. This team is built around their defense, running the football and Mark making a play here or there… When you’re trying to count on him to make play after play after play, he’s just not there.” – Kurt Warner on the Jets
“We expected Mark Sanchez to make that next step. We expected him to be the difference for this football team because they were close the last two years. I’m definitely concerned.” – Kurt Warner on the development of Jets QB Mark Sanchez
“On the defensive side of the ball, they’re undisciplined. And when you’re undisciplined, you’re just a collection of individuals and you play like individuals.” – Warren Sapp on the Eagles defense
“Nothing. I would treat him like the kicker who just missed a game-winning field goal in the Super Bowl…I do not have any encouraging words for Tony Romo at this point.” – Marshall Faulk on what he would say to QB Tony Romo after his Week 4 performance vs. Detroit
Steve Mariucci: Indianapolis QB Curtis Painter will get his first win as a starting NFL quarterback
Marshall Faulk: Titans RB Chris Johnson will rush for 100+ yards vs. Pittsburgh
Kurt Warner: Vikings QB Donovan McNabb will throw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns vs. Cardinals
Warren Sapp: Patriots RB Stevan Ridley will rush for 150+ yards vs. Jets
Michael Irvin: Colts and Vikings will get their first win of the season today vs. Kansas City and Arizona, respectively
Stacey Dales 1-on-1 with Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin:
“He’s scheduled to play. He’s not 100%, but probably not many of them are this time of year. He’s going to play in a limited capacity. Issac Redman is going to start, but [Mendenhall] will be suited.” – Tomlin on RB Rashard Mendenhall
“I expect him to be Ben. Those guys understand the standard when they take the field and he understands it better than anybody.” – Tomlin on QB Ben Roethlisberger
“He’s just a football giant. He’s one of the guys who created a legacy for this game on so many levels. As a coach, as an owner, as a commissioner of the AFL. You’ve got to tip your hat for to what he’s done for the game of professional football.” – Tomlin on Raiders owner Al Davis
Jason La Canfora Reports:
On Bears RB Matt Forte’s contract situation:
“When you talk to people in that locker room and coaches on that staff, they wonder just how much the front office feels like he has a monster game (Week 4 vs. Atlanta) or if he is, next to Jay Cutler, the most important player there. The feeling among the people I’ve talked to is that General Manager Jerry Angelo just doesn’t believe he’s an elite back. People wonder that maybe he feels Forte is a function of Mike Martz’s system and because of that system, he gets some yards, but maybe they shouldn’t invest in him long-term. Mike Martz himself is in the last year of his deal. These are the kind of things that are swirling in the locker room right now. The reality is they have no other young start to pay. Jay Cutler got his money, there is no next man up – he’s the only young guy up right now. $20 million guaranteed or thereabout gets it done, but they are not close and have not been close.”
“Forte had a big rookie year, then he dipped a little bit the second year, but again this is what guys are talking about… The only thing that people can conclude is that maybe they don’t know that he really is an every down back in any system. That he is somebody to necessarily build around for years; not that he’s going anywhere, because if they franchise him, things could really get ugly then if they try to go year to year with him. There’s a lot to sort out there, and the more 200 yard games he has, the more he can say, ‘hey, I’m a $20 million guaranteed guy, just like DeAngelo Williams and some of these other backs.”
On future of Raiders franchise:
“There’s more questions than answers, but what we do know is Al Davis’ son, Mark Davis would take over controlling interest of the club and in essence, be the owner. But Al Davis was that organization. He did everything, had final say over everything. Mark Davis, while he’s been around the team in recent years, hasn’t displayed that same willingness to do all that. He doesn’t have the same resume of Al Davis, so certainly changes are afoot. Talked to people around the league and they’ll say one of the issues Davis was championing towards the end, in the last two years was the idea of lowering the percentage by which you could maintain controlling interest of a team. Lowering that threshold. He was along very interested in some of the changes afoot in Washington regarding the tax ramifications of estates in passing things on to your heirs. So there’s a lot of people in the league who feel like there’s a possibility of bringing in another partner here to co-manage the team and be a part of that ownership group in some capacity. We know AEG, the entertainment giants in Los Angeles; they’re looking to get a stadium built in downtown LA – that could be a possibility you’re going to hear a lot about. The San Francisco 49ers, they’re trying to get a facility built in Santa Clara. Al Davis was not keen on sharing a facility with someone, but that is a possibility moving forward; that could happen. They’re also going to have to change their front office structure, bringing in a general manager. Mark Davis is not going to have all those football decision-making skills Al Davis had.”
Michael Lombardi’s ‘Front Office View’
On head coach Andy Reid and the structure of the Philadelphia Eagles offense:
“Clearly Andy is just being Andy….Andy hates power running backs. If Andy was your stockbroker, every stock he put you in would be the same. He has a collection of nickel backs on his team, he refuses to have a blocking tight end, so when [the analysts] are talking about powering the run at the end of the game, there is no power back there. Ronnie Brown would never be a power back. In fact, if he were a basketball player, he would stop with a jumper instead of going to the hoop. He’s not a power back. So clearly, the building of this team has been consistent with what Andy Reid has always visualized. They’ve never had a power back; they’ve never had a blocking tight end. They’ve always tried to trick you down at the goal line and this is the result.”
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:
Bold Predictions – Week 5 – The NFL GameDay Morning crew makes some outlandish predictions for Week 5 including how the Patriots will run over the Jets and if there will be any winless teams when Sunday’s games finish.
1st Quarter Report – The NFL GameDay Morning crew gives the NFL its quarter-year report card and what they like about the season so far, and what has room for improvement.
Steelers Done? – Are the Steelers letting their age get to them? NFL GameDay Morning discusses if the Steel Curtain should be pulled.
Can the Lions Take Down the Champs? – There are two undefeated teams in the NFL, the Lions and the Packers. But are the Lions ready to take down the Super Bowl champs?
4th Quarter Freeman – Kurt Warner and Warren Sapp debate how to stop Josh Freeman from coming back in the fourth quarter and why the Buccaneers aren’t unleashing him earlier in games.
Jets Failing to Take Off – Why are the Jets struggling this season after two straight trips to the AFC championship? NFL GameDay Morning explains why their offense and defense are having problems in Rex Ryan’s third year.
Why Can’t the Eagles Close Games? – The Eagles are 1-3 and have blown three fourth-quarter leads. NFL GameDay Morning discusses why the Eagles can’t close out games against lesser opponents.
If Romo were my Teammate – Tony Romo has made some very bad decisions at key times this season. The guys go “players only” and explain what they would tell the Cowboys QB after his inconsistent play.
M&M: Bills or the Eagles? – The Eagles and the Bills are great storylines in the first quarter of the season, but which team will make the playoffs? And will any team pick up Terrell Owens when he gets healthy? Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin debate.
- A Football Life: Walter Payton Premieres Thursday: As the fourth subject in the critically-acclaimed series ‘A Football Life,’ NFL Network presents the story behind the man affectionately known as ‘Sweetness’ in Walter Payton: A Football Life Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 PM ET. Payton’s humble nature, unmatched talent and memorable smile made him an everlasting image in the NFL’s history and standard of excellence in the minds of players and fans both past and present. Yet behind the accolades, the life of an individual often described as ‘Superman’ included challenging moments both during his career and while adjusting to life after football. The NFL Films-produced Walter Payton: A Football Life examines the life of ‘Sweetness’ and the legacy of the Bears running back, built from an unyielding ‘never die easy’ will that defined him from the days of running hills in suburban Chicago to his untimely passing in 1999. A Football Life is a new series by the Emmy Award-winning producers at NFL Films, offering untold stories into the lives of some the NFL’s most recognizable icons. Each documentary provides unprecedented access to each featured individual to tell the story of how their legacy is forever intertwined in the fabric of NFL history.
To view the trailer for A Football Life: Walter Payton, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos/a-
- The Coaches Show is Back: NFL Network’s The NFL Head Coaches returns for its third season airing Mondays at 6:30 PM ET. The weekly half-hour show features former head coaches Brian Billick and Jim Mora who have been on the sidelines and experienced the ups and downs associated with being at the helm of a team in the National Football League. During the 30-minute show, the duo share situations and experiences from their careers that remain applicable to today’s head coach.
- Third Season Debut of Wildly Popular NFL RedZone: After a successful sophomore season that has transfixed NFL fans across the country, NFL RedZone makes its highly anticipated return for 2011 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. Hosted by Scott Hanson and produced by NFL Network from its state-of-the-art studio in Los Angeles at NFL Network’s headquarters in Los Angeles, 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 has more than quadrupled its distribution roster since its rookie campaign last season with availability more than 120 affiliates across the country. In addition, the channel is also available at every NFL stadium. For more information visit: http://redzonetv.nfl.com/?
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