NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi Reports Jason Garrett Will Be Named Cowboys Head Coach
“I don’t know who their coordinators are, I don’t know who installs offense or defense, but he has his fingers in everything. It’s amazing how he keeps it rolling.” – Steve Mariucci on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick
“To fathom he’s a grandfather playing a kid’s game.” – Marshall Faulk on Brett Favre
“If this rivalry had a logo, it would be a clenched fist.” – Steve Sabol on the Bears-Packers rivalry
NFL GameDay Morning, the FIRST pregame show on the air Sunday morning is in its third season on the air at 9:00 AM ET, taking viewers straight up to kickoff. New host Rich Eisen joins analysts Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews.
Michael Lombardi News Reports:
Breaking news that Jason Garrett will be named Cowboys head coach…
Garrett was clearly the number one choice for Jerry Jones once he started winning and as they got through the process, they understood it would be best to move forward. Garrett’s people are very excited about this opportunity. The Cowboys talked to Ray Sherman to satisfy the Rooney Rule, mandating that they interview a minority candidate, so they could move forward. Jones and Garrett at some point this week, perhaps later today or tomorrow, will announce it to the media and make it official.
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On Steelers S Troy Polamalu…
All indications from the Steelers brass is that safety Troy Polamalu is going to go out an attempt to play today vs. Cleveland. He re-injured his ankle in the game vs. Cincinnati two weeks ago, he practiced on Friday and feels much better. Polamalu is the key to the Steelers defense and they understand that they need him back on the field as they try to secure the No. 2 seed [in the AFC North]. They want the week off so that they can heal their entire football team.
On the future of Browns head coach Eric Mangini…
The other intriguing subplot here in today’s game is Browns head coach Eric Mangini, who could possibly be coaching his last game. All indications from talking to people from inside the Browns organization is tomorrow they’ll be a team meeting at 10:00 am ET and Mangini will meet with Browns president Mike Holmgren, and at that point I believe Mangini will no longer be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. All the speculation will center on [former Buccaneers head coach] Jon Gruden, [outgoing Panthers head coach] Jon Fox and Marty Mornhinweg, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator.
On Patriots head coach Bill Belichick…
It’s one of his finest [seasons] and I’ve never seen him happier. He’s got a bunch of young players with Tom Brady as the veteran leader and he can instill this brand of ‘Patriot Way’ into all of them. It’s all about the team. It started in Cleveland and he branded it in New England with the Super Bowl wins. He’s enjoying himself and I tell you what, even though he’s won three [Super Bowls], I think he’s going to keep coaching for a very long time.
Jason La Canfora News Reports:
On Charlie Weis being named the new offensive coordinator at the University of Florida:
Charlie Weis will be named the new offensive coordinator at the University of Florida as soon as Monday and everyone is assuming his departure from Kansas City is due to interpersonal dynamics with head coach Todd Haley. Fairly or unfairly, Haley has a reputation as being difficult to work with. I spoke with people close to Weis who said if anything, that may be a very small part of his reason to depart from Kansas City, but there are some family things, some lifestyle issues as well and ultimately, the offensive coordinator job at Florida ended up making sense to Weis, more so than a Weis vs. Haley type of issues. The big question now is if former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels is willing to go to Kansas City because he has so many ties to that system and quarterback Matt Cassel; He would be a natural on a lot of levels.
On the future of current Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh:
I continue to hear for over a week now that the University of Michigan is where current Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh will end up. It makes sense for him on an emotional level. People that I talk to are not sure that he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL. The teams that really want him, San Francisco and Carolina, are probably not a great fit for him right now. I know that there are people in the building in Carolina that are convinced Harbaugh is going to Michigan and that’s where I would put the odds right now.
On other potential coaching changes around the NFL:
Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier: There have already been preliminary talks there and I’d be very surprised if they don’t get an extension done this week.
Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett: Unless Jeff Fisher becomes available, that’s the only thing that can derail Garrett from being named head coach right now. He’s done a good job and the Cowboys would love to keep him around.
Titans head coach Jeff Fisher: That’s going to come to a head based on Vince Young. The ownership in Tennessee still likes Young and they want to keep him around. If that’s the case, people close to Fisher tell me he wants no part of the last year of his contract.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis: Lewis will meet with ownership this week and when you talk to general managers and people around the league, they believe defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will be promoted into the head coaching position ultimately.
Browns head coach Eric Mangini: I’d be shocked if Mangini is back in Cleveland. The Browns almost made a change a year ago and they would like to make a big, bold move there. Internally, the top name on their radar is Jon Gruden.
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak: Everything we continue to hear is that he is safe. As I reported earlier in the week however, there will be major staff changes. Former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips could be announced as defensive coordinator early this week.
Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano: Sparano’s future in Miami is very much in the balance right now. The Dolphins need to decide if they need to make a bolder, sexier move there to sell more tickets and stay relevant. If they do, they know that Bill Cowher would go there. Finally
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin: Everything that I’ve heard inside and outside of that organization leads me to believe he is not in jeopardy. Regardless of the result today, they are not discussing other candidates. I expect Coughlin back in New York in 2011.
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“I don’t know who their coordinators are, I don’t know who installs offense or defense, but he has his fingers in everything. It’s amazing how he keeps it rolling.” – Steve Mariucci on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and the unique structure of his coaching staff
“They come out and they play ‘bend, but don’t break’ defense. They are one of the few teams that can rush the passer with four guys, keep guys on the back end and not compromise their coverage.” – Marshall Faulk on Bears’ defensive style
“Theirs is a pro football ‘battle royal,’ without parallel in longevity and acrimony. If this rivalry had a logo, it would be a clenched fist.” – Steve Sabol on the Bears-Packers rivalry
“Yes he should for this simple reason; Lovie Smith took over the job in Chicago and says, ‘I’m here for two reasons – win a division and to beat Green Bay.’ Today is a grand opportunity to get two kills with one shot. You have the number two seed locked up, now you can send the Green Bay Packers home.” – Warren Sapp on if Bears head coach Lovie Smith should play his starters against Green Bay
“When you talk about giving up 38 points as a defense, then you come back the next week and give up another 45 [points]; that’s just undisciplined because they have the talent to get it done, they’re just not disciplined in their gaps and assignments.” – Sapp on the New York Giants defense
“If you don’t have a quarterback that can match Peyton Manning, you are in trouble in the AFC.” – Michael Irvin on Colts quarterback Peyton Manning
“I’m never going to pick anybody but Peyton Manning at Lucas Oil Stadium, but when they go on the road, whether it’s at Pittsburgh or whether it’s at New England, I say they have lost too many players to win those games.” – Mariucci on how far Peyton Manning can carry the Colts
“I don’t think they win the Super Bowl, but this chapter that he just wrote is fascinating for all of us to watch and there is more to come.” – Steve Mariucci on if Eagles QB Michael Vick will have a happy ending to the season
“I believe it’s going to be a happy ending, regardless of how they play and what they do. The fact that Michael Vick will be playing in a playoff game and people will be talking about him in a positive light like they have is a happy ending.” – Marshall Faulk
“Getting after [Tom Brady] is one thing. You have to get after him now, early and often because if he has one or two drives, statistics show that they are going to be touchdowns and that puts pressure back on your offense.” – Irvin on how to beat the New England Patriots
“Let’s give Jason Garrett credit for this – he got the Cowboys back to practicing football. I watched a team that came out and started to run the ball and move the ball up and down the field. I give him credit for that.” – Sapp on Jason Garrett chances of becoming head coach in Dallas
“I put him in the class of a franchise quarterback right now.” – Irvin on Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow
“I don’t care how long Chicago plays their starters. Green Bay will beat them anywhere.” – Mariucci on Bears vs. Packers
“Their 12th man is unbelievable, but the other 11 are suspect.” – Faulk on the Seattle Seahawks, facing the St. Louis Rams at home
“The toughest quarterback to ever play the game is Brett Favre. May not be the prettiest, may not be clinic, may not be fundamentally sound all the time, but without question he is the toughest quarterback to play the game.” – Mariucci on Brett Favre’s legacy
“To fathom he’s a grandfather playing a kid’s game.” – Faulk on Brett Favre
“It’s a great hire. Jason Garrett understands what it takes to win football games. He puts in the blueprint that Jimmy Johnson installed. He knows to get the guys to buy into the importance of practice. That was the key.” – Irvin on Michael Lombardi’s report of Jason Garrett being named Cowboys head coach
“I don’t believe in the Colts running game, not because they’re not good at it, but because Peyton enjoys throwing the football.” – Faulk on the Colts running game
New Year, New Resolutions: The NFL GameDay Morning crew gives their New Year’s resolutions for the NFL, its players, coaches and teams.
Marshall Faulk: Arizona Cardinals and general manager Rod Graves, please get Larry Fitzgerald a quarterback.
Steve Mariucci: NFL officials, please clarify the rules on hitting wide receivers to fans, players and coaches. We don’t understand it completely.
Warren Sapp: Vince Young, it’s time for you to be professional on and off the field.
Michael Irvin: Dallas Cowboys, I need everyone in the organization from the top to the bottom to make this commitment. Because its Christmas time, put the star back on the top of the tree where it belongs.
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:
New Year’s Resolutions – Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp and Steve Mariucci make their football New Year’s resolutions for 2011.
Best of ‘Sunday Sitdown’ – Watch the best from a season’s worth of ‘Sunday Sitdown’ interviews on NFL GameDay Morning.
How far can Manning carry the Colts? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew looks at potential playoff matchups for the Colts and analyzes how far they can go.
Where will Brady rank among all-time QBs – NFL GameDay Morning debates where Tom Brady will rank among all-time quarterbacks.
Most surprising aspect of the Patriots? – NFL GameDay Morning talks about the most surprising aspects of the 2010 New England Patriots.
Sabol’s Shot: The longest rivalry in the NFL – Steve Sabol takes a look at the history of the Bears-Packers rivalry.
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