NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“You can’t walk into a meeting with Tom Brady and only have watched half of the film because he’ll bring up things that he’s seen in other games. You don’t want to be sitting there saying ‘I didn’t watch this,’ or ‘I didn’t watch that.’”
– Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Tom Brady
“America’s Team is on the verge of being just another team.”
– Kurt Warner on the Dallas Cowboys
“I didn’t see enough when he was in Philly to say, ‘here, take this money and come be our guy.’ But remember the league that we’re in; it’s not only quarterback driven, it’s quarterback thirsty.”
– Marshall Faulk on Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb
“This is basketball on grass. This is Magic Johnson distributing the football.” – Mike Mayock on Chargers QB Philip Rivers
An Emotional Steve Mariucci Shares His Memories of September 11 – Video Link
NFL GameDay Morning, the FIRST pregame show on the air Sunday morning kicked off its fourth season on the air 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.
‘Sunday Sit-Down’ – Michael Lombardi 1-on-1 with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick:
NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi sits down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who in his 37th NFL coaching season, embarks on a new year with a team that includes Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth joining veterans Tom Brady, Matt Light and Wes Welker. Belichick talks about his expectations for this season’s squad, as well as his turn in the spotlight as the focus of the NFL Films-produced documentary, Bill Belichick: A Football Life, which debuts next Thursday, September 15 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network.
“Steve Sabol and NFL Films approached the organization and myself about doing something to capture the history of the Patriots’ 50th and my [Belichick’s] 35th season… They did a pretty good job of hiding in the corners and those microphones that are covered up, you don’t really know they’re there. Obviously when they shot the pieces in Annapolis and Giants Stadium, the crew was there for that.’” – On being miked for an entire season by NFL Films for ‘Bill Belichick: A Football Life’ and his comfort level with the filming
“It really is. Tom and I get together every week and talk about the preparation for the team we’re playing. He’s a tough player to coach because he’s so well prepared; he’s seen all of the games, he’s seen all of the plays. You can’t walk into a meeting with Tom Brady and only have watched half of the film because he’ll bring up things that he’s seen in other games. You don’t want to be sitting there saying ‘I didn’t watch this,’ or ‘I didn’t watch that.” – On if reviewing film 1-on-1 with Tom Brady, as shown in Bill Belichick: A Football Life, is a common occurrence
“The way it is now, Pepper [Johnson] and Lawrence [Taylor], they could still be playing. I think it will affect the veteran players a little bit less than the younger players. It’s hard to learn how to play football without playing football.” – On how only having 14 padded practices during the season will affect the game
“From training camp on, it’s kind of been normal except that we started further behind than where we normally are. I’d say the big thing is less evaluation time. There is a learning acclimation process to where they really get comfortable and get confident, and that’s taken longer. So some guys have really improved the last couple of weeks of preseason.” – On how the lockout affected him
“I think it’ll definitely cut down on what everybody is able to install in terms of their overall system; their scheme and the number of the things that they can do, or I should say do well. I know for us, we’ve had to cut back quite a bit in terms of what our scheme and installation would normally be just in terms of volume.” – On if the lockout will affect the quality of play in September
“Chad has worked hard. And he’s certainly a lot further along than he was three, four, five weeks ago. But, you know, there’s still things that happen in the game that are a little different in practice So, you know, the passing game’s all about timing and precision and execution in this league because the defenses are so good… Chad’s been great. I mean, really, he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I’ve been really impressed with his work ethic and his durability and his willingness to learn and try to improve.” – On new Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco
“I don’t know, you’d have to really ask Albert. I’m glad that he’s here. He’s worked hard to condition and rehab a couple of things that were bothering him a little bit. He got on the field in the last preseason game against the Giants and he looks healthier and looks better each week.” – On what makes Albert Haynesworth say that he wants to retire in New England
“Really there a lot of things that we can do better in all three phases of the game. One thing certainly is more consistency. We had a young team and a lot of the players on the team now are a year older, have a year more experience so hopefully that can be beneficial too. But it really it is starting over and I don’t think last year really matters one way or the other.” – On how the Patriots can improve from last season
To view Lombardi’s entire interview with Belichick, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-
“I’ve seen the documentary and I’ve lived the documentary and I can say the reality meets the road on this show because that’s who Bill Belichick is.” – Lombardi on the NFL Network documentary, Bill Belichick: A Football Life
NFL GameDay Morning analysts kick off the season premiere with their bold predictions for Week 1 and beyond:
Steve Mariucci: Philip Rivers will throw for more than 420 yards vs. Vikings
Marshall Faulk: The Rams will score 40 points vs. Eagles
Kurt Warner: Winner of Lions vs. Buccaneers will get last NFC playoff spot
Warren Sapp: Bills will dominate Chiefs
Michael Irvin: Ravens QB Joe Flacco will finally beat Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“America’s Team is on the verge of being just another team. That’s a lot of pressure.” – Kurt Warner on who is under more pressure this year – Cowboys or Jets
“I didn’t see enough when he was in Philly to say, ‘here, take this money and come be our guy.’ But remember the league that we’re in; it’s not only quarterback driven, it’s quarterback thirsty.” – Marshall Faulk on Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb
“Philip Rivers has played at the highest level of the quarterback position for the last couple years… This is a particularly tough matchup for the Vikings defensive backs. This is basketball on grass. This is Magic Johnson distributing the football. They’ve got playmakers at every position.” – Mike Mayock on QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers facing the Vikings
“This guy can make every throw. He’s accurate with the ball and gives his playmakers a chance to make plays every time.” – Kurt Warner on what makes Saints QB Drew Brees impressive
“He’s the best quarterback in the National Football League. Plain and simple.” – Michael Irvin on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
“Lee Evans has gone 83 yards a couple times in one season, 85 (yards) in another… I’ve played a lot of years and I only have one 80-yarder on my own resume. This man is different. He gets up the football field and is just what the Baltimore Ravens need to create a little more room for Ray Rice and Joe Flacco to work underneath.” – Irvin on Ravens WR Lee Evans
“You have a first-time defensive coordinator going up against a guy in Josh McDaniels, who I saw and watched dismantle Bill Belichick when the Broncos and the Patriots played.” – Marshall Faulk predicting that the St. Louis Rams will score 40 points against the Philadelphia Eagles
“What they didn’t have last year was the ability of their quarterback to make the throws that they had to make. The simple throws; not the great throws, but the simple throws. Kevin Kolb gives them that this year.” – Warner on the Arizona Cardinals and new QB Kevin Kolb
“I expect Kevin Kolb to really be a work in progress. Talking to the guys in the organization there, they’re extremely excited about his upside, the way he’s come into the offense, his understanding of the offense. But he’s not fully there yet.” – Warner on Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb
“The blueprint is out: the Green Bay Packers spread them out. They said ‘let’s see if you can get to us, let’s see if your backend can hold up’ and I don’t see any of those changes on the backend being made. There is no way that this defense is going to be better.” – Marshall Faulk on the Pittsburgh Steelers
“If it’s a quarterback thirsty league, if Ben [Roethlisberger] is better, the Steelers are better.” – Rich Eisen on the 2011 Steelers
“Jerry Jones didn’t build the Taj Mahal stadium to host the Super Bowl and have his team not even make the playoffs. That one [playoff] win 14 years, that clumps them with the seven worst teams in the league. That’s not even average.” – Steve Mariucci on the Dallas Cowboys
“There’s pressure on the Dallas Cowboys because Jerry Jones’ patience is running thin.” – Steve Mariucci on who is under more pressure this year – Cowboys or Jets
“I believe the biggest thing they’re going to have to overcome is Juan Castillo. The last time this guy called a defense, I was 16 and Milli Vanilli’s ‘Blame it on the Rain’ was the top song.” – Faulk on the Eagles and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo
“This will not be a nightmarish start for anybody but all of the people on the bandwagon in St. Louis. Stop fooling yourself. These guys without a defensive coordinator at all can beat St. Louis.” – Irvin on Eagles vs. Rams
“This is a copycat league. Everybody wanted to run the Tampa-2, everybody wanted to go four wide, people went to the ‘run-and-shoot.’ I don’t see anybody trying to run the Colts’ offense.” – Faulk on QB Peyton Manning and the Colts offense
“The key to that whole offense is trust. It’s about the quarterback having trust in the people around him. It starts up front. You’ve got to know that those guys are picking up the guys they’re supposed to.” – Warner on the Bears’ offense within coordinator Mike Martz’s offensive plan
“Where are the linebackers? The linebackers in any defense have that calming effect… They don’t have that leadership, that presence, that look in the eye because the linebacker is giving the call. Once I give it to my defense, I want my defense on the same page.” – Warren Sapp on the Philadelphia Eagles defense
“You might say they’re the most talented, but can they complement each other?” – Warner on the Philadelphia Eagles
“He will get the Arizona Cardinals in the playoffs this season. He will be the new face in the new place that is dynamic and makes plays.” – Irvin on the impact of QB Kevin Kolb on the Arizona Cardinals
Super Bowl Picks:
Rich Eisen: Green Bay Packers vs. San Diego Chargers
Steve Mariucci: Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots
Marshall Faulk: New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints
Kurt Warner: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers
Warren Sapp: San Diego Chargers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Michael Irvin: Green Bay Packers vs. San Diego Chargers
Teams in bold represent Super Bowl winner
The ‘Front Office View’ from Michael Lombardi:
On David Garrard:
“If I’m the Seattle Seahawks and I’m John Schneider the general manager, I’m really going to go hard to make a move on David Garrard. Tarvaris Jackson had a bad preseason and we know – you guys were just talking about it – 7-9 won the NFC West. So certainly if they get some stability at quarterback, they can be back in it again; they can maybe win it again. The other team: San Francisco. Alex Smith: bad preseason. Colin Kaepernick: horrible preseason. So if I’m in San Francisco, I’m trying to get David Garrard in there immediately because quarterbacking play for either one of those teams certainly will make a difference. For me, the key is going to be this weekend. We’re going to find out David Garrard’s home based on the play of some of these quarterbacks over this weekend.”
On if David Garrard will find a home between Weeks 1 and 2:
“There is no question he’ll find a home between weeks one and two because as Marshall [Faulk] said, ‘it’s a quarterback thirsty league.’ After the first game of the season, you realize if you have one or you don’t. I think there will be a lot of teams that think they do will find out they don’t.”
Albert Breer Pregame 1-on-1 with Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh:
“It might be. I’m not so sure we know as much about ourselves as we would like to right now. We’re still learning. We’ve had our offensive line together for about a week. That’s exciting too. I like the pieces; I like the guys in there. The communication has been better than ever; the communication between our quarterback and our running backs, our coaches in terms of protection. You have to have that in this game, so big challenge. These guys are amazing with what they do on defense and offense, but the pressure they bring is going to really challenge our group up front. We’re looking forward to that challenge.”
– Harbaugh on if there’s an advantage in the Ravens potentially knowing more about the Steelers than the Steelers know about them
“There’s a lot at stake. You can’t really downplay it because it’s a division rival. Anyone that’s a division rival in this game would be huge, but it’s a division rival that was in the Super Bowl last year, that won our division last year and that happens to be our biggest rival. So there’s a lot at stake, but then again, there’s 15 more games. So whoever wins this game is going to have 15 more games to hold the other team off and whoever loses will have 15 more games to run them down. That’s how we look at it, but we’d sure like to win it.”
– Harbaugh on if facing Pittsburgh in Week 1 makes a difference
Albert Breer with Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin:
“Quite frankly, they know more about us than we know about them because of the new personnel. What they’re capable of doing and how they intermix that personnel with their schematics is somewhat of a mystery. But that’s what the game is played for. We’re excited about the opportunity we have today.”
– Tomlin on the personnel moves made by the Baltimore Ravens
“Of course those young men played for us a year ago, but we really locked them in at single positions. They’re a little bit more mature now as football players, we’re able to move them around a little bit and best put guys in places where we have the kind of route distribution that we’re looking for. We can stretch them vertically and horizontally. Hopefully it comes together for us this afternoon; they’ll be a big part of the plan and we’ll see how it unfolds.”
– Tomlin on wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown:
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:
Never Forgetting – As the NFL prepares to remember 9/11 on the first Sunday of the year, Steve Mariucci shares his memories of the 2001 season.
Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew put their credibility on the line by making some gritty predictions for Sunday’s matchups.
Old QBs, New Places – The crew breaks down what to expect from Kolb and McNabb as they settle into their new cities.
What will we learn? – Steve Mariucci explains why CJ2K will run over the Jags and how Eli Manning will be mistake free in his 2011 season debut.
Ram-ifications of a loss – The Eagles could have a nightmare on their hands as they take on St. Louis in their 2011.
Moving forward – Should the Colts have had a backup plan? The NFL GameDay Morning crew share their thoughts on where Indy should be looking without Manning at the helm.
In Jay we Trust? – After a season filled with criticism, Bears QB Jay Cutler has a lot to prove under the Martz system.
- ‘Bill Belichick: A Football Life’ Kicks Off New NFL Network Series: On Thursday, September 15 at 9:00 PM ET, part I of Bill Belichick: A Football Life debuts exclusively on NFL Network with part II airing in the series’ regular time slot of Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 PM ET. Belichick is the first subject of 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.
- The Coaches Show Makes Season Debut Monday: NFL Network’s The NFL Head Coaches returns for its third season Monday, September 12 at 5:00 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 125 affiliates across the country including: AT&T, Comcast, DISH Network, Cox, Mediacom, Charter, Insight, Suddenlink, RCN and Verizon. In addition, the channel is also available at every NFL stadium. For more information visit: http://redzonetv.nfl.com/?
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