NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“He is elite. He goes to work and now he’s carrying this defense all the way. He has to.” – Warren Sapp on Ravens QB Joe Flacco
“It seems different…There were a lot of rivalries in these games, much more than just Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.” – Steve Mariucci on the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry
“The Bears are for real, and Lovie Smith and that defense are the reasons why.” – Marshall Faulk on the 3-1 Chicago Bears
NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning, airing at 9:00 AM ET on NFL Network and taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joins analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews.
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning
– “It seems different. It’s not quite the same because it used to be two future Hall of Famers battling with winning teams fighting for playoff status, but it was more than that. It was [Bill] Belichick against Tony Dungy; it was Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison against Rodney Harrison and Ty Law; it was [Robert] Mathis and [Dwight] Freeney trying to sack [Tom] Brady…There were a lot of rivalries in these games, much more than just Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.” – Steve Mariucci on if the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry feels the same
– “He is elite. He goes to work and now he’s carrying this defense all the way. He has to.” – Warren Sapp on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco
– “Jim Harbaugh is saying, ‘You’re going to see some [Colin] Kaepernick, you better prepare for this package and I’m going to expand it each week.’” – Steve Mariucci on the San Francisco 49ers game plan against the Buffalo Bills
– “There is a direct correlation for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense. You haven’t seen many deep balls because you haven’t seen them run the ball much. As soon as they hand the ball off to [Rashard] Mendenhall, which I believe they will do today to fix their problems, in comes the deep ball because now you can run play action and get Mike Wallace and company behind the secondary.” – Marshall Faulk on running back Rashard Mendenhall’s impact on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense
– “They are. It’s just process of elimination…The Bears are for real, and Lovie Smith and that defense are the reasons why.” – Marshall Faulk on if the Chicago Bears are the favorites in the NFC North
– “When I see what I saw on the sideline from Jay Cutler walking away from an offensive coordinator in the early moments of a game when it’s what I call ‘information gathering time,’ then that makes me question the leadership for this football team. Can that leadership get this team to a Super Bowl?” – Michael Irvin on quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears
– “Without Greg Jennings in this offense, it’s a different offense…You need Greg Jennings in that offense so I would say no, they haven’t turned the corner. They have to get him healthy to be all the way around the corner.” – Michael Irvin on if the Green Bay Packers offense has turned the corner
– “I need more convincing wins. I need my quarterback to be sitting on the sideline with a hat on in the fourth quarter.” – Marshall Faulk on the 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles
– “Most of the time, they don’t like playing the run…[Trent] Richardson, a hard downhill runner, you hand the football off to him and you gash them. You try to get the lead early and make Eli [Manning] the quarterback that he is: a fourth quarter comeback quarterback. This defense can’t get stops when you have two dimensions.” – Marshall Faulk on if the New York Giants have flaws the Cleveland Browns can exploit
1st Quarter Truths
NFL GameDay Morning examines which truths from the first quarter of the season will prove to remain true throughout the rest of the 2012 season.
Warren Sapp: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning no longer scares defenses
Kurt Warner: NFC East will remain most inconsistent division in NFL
Michael Irvin: Detroit Lions’ inconsistency will cost them a playoff berth
Steve Mariucci: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will have a MVP season
Marshall Faulk: Value of head coaches will continue to impact games
Front Office View with Michael Lombardi
On if New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s game plan against Peyton Manning will change from previous years:
“No. Instead of watching Denver Broncos tape, he’ll spend most of his days watching Indianapolis Colts tape. It’ll be the same; try to stay stationary in his coverage, try to force Peyton Manning to not know what he’s doing and really force Willis McGahee to beat him, not Peyton Manning. Dare Peyton Manning to call runs, see if he’ll do it, and that’s the way he’s approached him in the past. That’s the way he’s going to approach him in the future.”
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning & First on the Field are available for viewing:
1st quarter truths – The NFL GameDay Morning crew gives their take on truths around the league that they see staying true the rest of the season:
Bold predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning team goes out on some limbs to make bold predictions for Week 5:
‘First on the Field’: London Fletcher loves his team – Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher speaks with Sterling Sharpe about his veteran career and how he and his teammates plan to stop the high-flying Atlanta Falcons:
Manning vs. Brady: The new edition – Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have a long-standing rivalry, but is it any different now that Manning is in Denver? NFL GameDay Morning discusses:
The Marshall Plan – Marshall Faulk gives his keys to success for running backs Chris Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall:
Playing with the best – Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin debate which division is the most competitive in the NFL:
San Francisco’s secret weapon – Steve Mariucci breaks down the expanding role of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick:
Warner’s Corner – Kurt Warner breaks down the dynamic duo of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green:
M&M – Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin debate the biggest disappointments of 2012 so far and the best quarterback matchup of Week 5:
Bearing down – Should the Chicago Bears be the favorites in the NFC North? By process of elimination, the NFL GameDay Morning crew believes so:
Six extra minutes – The return of the officials last week brought on cheers and sighs of reliefs into NFL stadiums, as well as extra time in our days. Steve Cyphers profiles what we now can fill with those extra minutes:
One hit too many – NFL GameDay Morning debates how long Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can continue their style of play:
‘First on the Field’: Front office view – Michael Lombardi joins Sterling Sharpe to discuss the coaching situation in Indianapolis:
‘First on the Field’: Defining the defense – Melissa Stark profiles the Green Bay Packers’ prolific defensive back Charles Woodson:
· Sunday is ‘GameDay’ on NFL Network:
Sunday is ‘GameDay’ and NFL Network is the ultimate destination for football fans to get the analysis, news reports and highlights they crave. At 7:00 AM ET, host Melissa Stark and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Sterling Sharpe and Michael Lombardi kick off the day’s action on First on the Field, providing the first analysis of the upcoming games. At 9:00 AM ET, host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin take viewers up to kickoff on NFL GameDay Morning. At 4:00 PM ET, Paul Burmeister, Tom Waddle and Darren Sharper take viewers around the league for postgame press conference and game highlights on NFL GameDay Scoreboard. At 7:30 PM ET, host Chris Rose joins analysts Mariucci and Deion Sanders on NFL GameDay Highlights to recap the day’s action thus far and look ahead to the Sunday night matchup. Wrapping up each Sunday at 11:30 PM ET is NFL GameDay Final, with Rose, Faulk, Sanders and Irvin providing the final thoughts on all of the games.
· The “Fearsome Foursome” Profiled on Latest Edition of A Football Life Wednesday, October 10 at 8:00 PM ET:
The latest installment of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life chronicles the life and times of the most feared and famous defensive line, “the Fearsome Foursome,” Wednesday, October 10 at 8:00 PM ET. Together on the football field, Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy achieved tremendous success and acclaim in the mid-1960s for the Los Angeles Rams, developing a reputation withstanding the test of time. However, their playing careers were simply springboards for the lives they lived long after they were finished playing, and the bond they formed connected them for the rest of their lives. Narrated by Jennifer Allen, daughter of former Rams head coach George Allen, The Fearsome Foursome features interviews with Jones, Grier and family members of all four men.
· Pittsburgh Steelers Face Tennessee Titans on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football October 11 at 8:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers face running back Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football October 11 at 8:00 PM ET. Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and game analyst Mike Mayock call the action, while Alex Flanagan provides reports from the sidelines. Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET with the Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman pregame show live from LP Field in Tennessee. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Kurt Warner cover all of the storylines and take viewers up to kickoff with the latest news and information. The Lexus Halftime Show and McDonald’s Postgame Show provide additional news and analysis from Tennessee.
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