Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers
Nov. 10, 2011 on NFL Network
From San Diego Play-by-play Announcer: Brad Nessler; Game Analyst: Mike Mayock; Sideline: Alex Flanagan
Host: Rich Eisen; Analysts: Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin
Reporters: Alex Flanagan, Stacey Dales
From Los Angeles Host: Kara Henderson; Analysts: Sterling Sharpe, Kurt Warner, Jay Glazer
QUOTES FROM THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF PRESENTED BY SEARS PREGAME SHOW
Deion Sanders 1-on-1 with Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers:
NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders sits down for a 1-on-1 conversation with San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to discuss his league-high 14 interceptions, the confidence of the team sitting in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West and Chargers head coach Norv Turner.
“We’re in a little bit of a funk right now. … I’m missing a little bit. It’s a couple of plays every game that have kept us from winning.” – Rivers on the Chargers in the midst of a three-game losing streak
“All I can control is this next game. All I can change and get better is this next game. What happened I can’t change, but we’re doing a lot of good [things]. There is a lot of good in these games, it’s just the bad has been real bad.” – Rivers on his own struggles this season
“We’ve been in worse situations. We’ve been at 2-5, we’ve been at 4-8 and made it [to the playoffs].” – Rivers on being 4-4 and having a chance to win the AFC West
“I’m going to get it going. I’m going to get it going. I’m going to get us going. We’re going to get going, and I think everybody believes that.” – Rivers rebounding from poor performances
“No. I’ve learned you have to move to the next play, you have to move to the next game and we can only control today. Can’t worry about tomorrow, can’t change yesterday. Thursday night I’m going to be the best player I can be.” – Rivers on if there has been a point this season when he doubted himself
“There is no doubt it. You go around the locker room and ask everybody, and they’d tell you the same thing. For some reason he has a perception on the outside that’s really opposite of what he is. There couldn’t be a guy more passionate about what he does [or] care more about his team.” – Rivers on if Chargers head coach Norv Turner is the right guy for the job
“The biggest thing he says is, ‘Don’t let all of this [where] everybody is worrying about what’s wrong with you – there is nothing wrong with you. Just keep playing, keep going, you’re the same guy.’ He and I are close and we work well together. We’re in a little bit of a tough time as a team.” – Rivers on what Norv Turner tells him about his performance this season
“I really don’t pay attention. I really don’t. One thing I haven’t lost is any confidence.” – Rivers on his critics
“So far, he’s right. It really doesn’t [effect me]. That’s the one thing I’ve never done, even way back when they were getting on me for talking, is I’ve never let the outside change who I am. Your family, your faith, the guys in the locker room – they know who you are. They know how you prepare, how hard you work and that you want to get it done so bad. That’s why we’re going to get it done.” – Rivers on Chargers Chairman of the Board and President Dean Spanos’ comments that Rivers is having an ‘off year’
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Oakland Raiders-San Diego Chargers Pregame Analysis and Quotes:
“When you’re in a funk, you can practice all you want. You just need that ball to bounce your way and it hasn’t for Philip.” – Marshall Faulk on Chargers QB Philip Rivers
“When I look at this guy, what I see is a quarterback trying to do too much for his team.” – New Thursday Night Football analyst Mike Mayock on Rivers
“This has been the problem for Antonio Gates, this has been the problem for Philip Rivers – this is the problem for the San Diego Chargers. They will go as Antonio Gates goes.” – Michael Irvin on Chargers TE Antonio Gates not converting third downs into first downs
“The thing I love about him is he takes ownership. He doesn’t focus on anybody else, he doesn’t say I don’t have a running game, I don’t have [Darren] Sproles or the defense gave up 40, 50 points last week as well. He takes ownership of it.” – Deion Sanders on Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ recent struggles
“After his first week when he got thrown into action [and] threw those three picks, I was starting to wonder how long it is going to take him to really get going because he took so much time off. Last week I thought he was extremely impressive.” – Kurt Warner on Raiders QB Carson Palmer
“The upright running style leads to injuries; it did in college and it is now. He hasn’t had a season yet where he’s played 16 games – that hurts him and his team. I believe that’s going to be his legacy. At the end of the day, he’s going to be great football player that can’t get through a season.” – Mike Mayock on Raiders RB Darren McFadden
“Darren McFadden’s injury coincides with the trade for Carson Palmer. Hue said, ‘Carson Palmer is practicing very well.’ That’s what he needs – to rhythm up with these receivers.” – Steve Mariucci on his conversation with Raiders head coach Hue Jackson regarding QB Carson Palmer
“When was the last time the Cincinnati Bengals were the least controversial team in the division? They’re usually like ‘The Longest Yard’ and now you have no controversy. They can finally do what Marvin Lewis has always hoped that they could do; just play football.” – Jay Glazer on the 6-2 Cincinnati Bengals
“If they can find DeSean Jackson [and] get him back in this lineup playing like he should be playing, I like the Philadelphia Eagles. Eighty percent chance they make the playoffs.” – Sterling Sharpe on the 3-5 Philadelphia Eagles
“$100 million Michael Vick has given his team the lead in every game and these billion dollar cornerbacks have given in.” – Michael Irvin on QB Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles
“I’m [saying] this with the understanding that Peyton will be back, and I’m expecting Peyton to come back and play, but he will not end with more rings than Eli Manning. Eli Manning is almost playing as good right now as Aaron Rodgers.” – Michael Irvin on who will have more rings at the end of their career – Peyton or Eli Manning
“Jason [Garrett] should be on the hot seat as the head coach…but I think in the offseason Jason should seriously consider hiring an offensive coordinator.” – Jay Glazer on Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett
“Every time Tom Brady has the football he feels like he has to score because their defense cannot stop anyone.” – Marshall Faulk on QB Tom Brady and the Patriots
“We keep forgetting that this is one of the best route runners in the game. Chad can still run routes, but it seems to me that he’s trying not to mess up. And he’s messing up by trying not to mess up. Just let him be free. Let Chad be Chad” – Deion Sanders on Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco
“Getting Alex Smith to believe in Alex Smith is the best thing that he did. I believe Jim Harbaugh took it upon himself and his game and how he played. He instilled in Alex, ‘Listen, you can play at this level.’” – Marshall Faulk on 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and QB Alex Smith
“This year they’re as banged up as they’ve been in a long time, but they don’t panic like everybody else does. Everybody else when they start losing players, they start using it as an excuse; the Steelers never use it as crutch, they know how to overcome it.” – Jay Glazer on why the Pittsburgh Steelers can be a Super Bowl contender this season
“He’s kind of settled in because early on he was getting hit a lot, had some happy feet, was trying to get rid of the ball quickly. He’s settled into that, he’s hitting his back foot, he’s stepping in and throwing the ball down the field. We’re seeing the Jay Cutler that everybody wants to see each and every week.” – Kurt Warner on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler
On NFL.com the following video clips from Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears are available for viewing:
Lombardi’s words of inspiration – The Raiders and the Chargers channel the infamous Vince Lombardi in hopes of coming out with a win on Thursday night.
Groundhog Day in San Diego – The Thursday Night Kickoff crew revisits a common theme of Chargers slow starts during the Norv Turner era. Will they turn it around again? Or are the flaws this year too great?
Battle of elite QBs? – Can Phillip Rivers get out of his slump? Will Carson Palmer ever become the elite quarterback he once was? Kurt Warner discusses.
Flying into the Playoffs? – Just 5 percent of teams that are 3-5 have made the playoffs. See what percentage Sterling Sharpe gives the Eagles to make it to postseason play.
M & M: Thursday Night Football edition – Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin debate which team is a bigger threat to the Packers and if the Eagles will regret resigning Vick.
Deion’s 21st and Primetime – Check out Deion Sanders’ top plays from the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers this season.
McFadden’s impact – How important is Darren McFadden to the Oakland Raiders’ offense? The “Thursday Night Football” crew discusses the injured running back’s impact.
Al Davis: A Football Life Premieres TOMORROW at 10:00 PM ET
In the season finale of the critically-acclaimed series A Football Life, the NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on the life and legacy of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. As an owner, team president, general manager, commissioner, head and assistant coach, and scout, Davis filled a number of roles and impacted the game of professional football in ways few could match. On Friday, November 11 at 10:00 PM ET, Al Davis: A Football Life, offers an in-depth look into his six decades in professional football. The documentary features previously unseen NFL Films interviews with Davis, and new interviews with former Raiders players Matt Millen, Willie Brown and George Atkinson, former Raiders front office executive Michael Lombardi and Yahoo! Sports football writer Michael Silver reflecting on Davis’ career and legacy. Additional interviews include archived footage of former Raiders head coaches John Madden, Tom Flores and Art Shell, and current Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan discussing the NFL icon.
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NEW YORK JETS AT DENVER BRONCOS — 8:00 PM ET
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