NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“The saying that I’ve always lived by is a friend is someone who knows all about you and likes you anyway. That’s the way it was with Steve.” – Bill Parcells on Steve Sabol
“When they ask to put on a wire for a game, a big reason why I agreed to do that is because he was a part of it. When Steve asked for something, you didn’t say no.” – Tom Brady on Steve Sabol
“I know one unwritten rule: we have to win. And if we still have a chance to win, we’re playing to win.” – Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano on the final play last week against the Giants
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.
Remembering Steve Sabol
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, former head coach Bill Parcells and director Peter Berg reflect on the life and legacy of NFL Films president Steve Sabol, who passed away at the age of 69.
“When they ask to put on a wire for a game, a big reason why I agreed to do that is because he was a part of it. When Steve asked for something, you didn’t say no.” – Tom Brady
“I just think that the way he captured and presented the game and the personalities in the game, he made it easy for us to laugh at ourselves.” – Bill Belichick
“He gained a lot of peoples’ trust; I know he gained mine. We just hit it off.” – Bill Parcells
“When I got ready to direct ‘Friday Night Lights,’ my creative team and I sat down and we studied NFL Films, and we used NFL Films cameramen and NFL Films’ style and strategy and techniques.” – Peter Berg
“Steve Sabol was 100 percent, no questions asked an artist filmmaker of the highest caliber. He knew how to slow it down, he knew how to bring the French Horns, and then he’d hit you with the John Facenda. Then it was lights out. You were hooked.” – Berg
“The genius of Steve to take a ball in the air that is spiraling and put it to music.” – Belichick
“His contribution is immeasurable. It brought an insight into the game to the public that they couldn’t get from television. When I think of him, I always think of those things that I did that I wished I hadn’t have done that he corrected me on; yelling at me for throwing his crew off the sideline or out of the dressing room.” – Parcells
“Steve Sabol was the best at marrying sport and film and art in a way that just blew me away viscerally and emotionally. Steve Sabol was a badass.” – Berg
“When they did ‘A Football Life’ on coach Belichick, it was really so well done. I remember them being in our meetings and he always found a way to really tell the story behind a story.” – Brady
“Steve is special. It’s all about trust and how I felt that he would present it. It was funny because when Steve came to talk to me about [being profiled on ‘A Football Life’], he started off with some of the great coaches that he had worked with – Lombardi, Landry and he just went on and on for about 10 minutes with his sales pitch which was very good. The funny part of it was that in my mind I had already said yes before he had even started with it, but I never told him that and I’m sure that in the end he felt that he had pitched it to me and definitely won me over. But I was sold when he walked into the room.” – Belichick
“One time Steve came down to my house in New Jersey, it was a beautiful day on the Jersey Shore. He was there for a good part of the day, just talked about the game and what was going on in football. That’s my favorite memory of something that we did together. The saying that I’ve always lived by is a friend is someone who knows all about you and likes you anyway. That’s the way it was with Steve. He was a great guy.” – Parcells
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‘Sunday Sitdown’ — Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano with Melissa Stark
NFL Network’s Melissa Stark sat down with the first-year head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Greg Schiano this morning on First on the Field & NFL GameDay Morning. Schiano discusses the controversial kneel-down at the end of last week’s game against the New York Giants and the mentality he is building in Tampa.
On his thought process at the conclusion of the game against the New York Giants last week:
“It’s a play that we have in our playbook; it’s actually created fumbles in the past. So when we use that play and we get the ball back and we have a chance to score, that’s what we’re going to do. We did it over the years in college at Rutgers and we did get the ball to come loose. It’s not that I’m guessing or hoping that it works; it’s not what people say it is, diving at knees – that’s totally not what it is. We have a chance in a one-score game to win the game. We’re not going to stop playing.”
On the argument that it is an ‘unwritten rule’ you do not do that:
“I know one unwritten rule: we have to win. And if we still have a chance to win, we’re playing to win. Now if it’s a game that is out of reach and you do it, sure. But I wouldn’t put my own guys in harm’s way. Forget anybody else’s guys.”
On if Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning are justified to take offense to what the Buccaneers did:
“I don’t think they understood what our expectations were, why we did it. They misinterpreted it, they thought it was something violent – but a lot of people thought that. People don’t get the facts and I don’t particularly care.”
On if he will do the same thing again if the scenario comes up:
“It’s like any other play we have in the playbook. If I think the time is right, I’ll call it. I understand maybe why someone got upset in hindsight, but that’s the way we’re going to do it. It’s not like we looked like we weren’t and it was a sneak attack. Our whole defensive front was down, our whole team was compressed around the ball. That’s the way we play.”
On if ‘control freak’ is an accurate assessment of him:
“Probably a little bit. I just like to control the things we can because I know that there are going to be so many things you can’t control. Like the room temperature which it’s proven that it’s a better learning environment if it’s not warm and toasty in there, and it’s better if it’s not freezing cold. Somewhere around 68, 69 degrees is the optimum learning environment. So if you can control it, then do it.”
On what is the most controlling thing he does:
“I like to systemize things. I believe people make a mistake that reinvent the wheel every week. Systemize the way we travel, systemize the way we gameplan, systemize the way we practice and then guys get more and more comfortable. Athletes and coaches are creatures of habit, so if we can systemize things, then we get better at it.”
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning
– “One of the hardest things for any quarterback is to go from year one to year two. When teams have seen you and you have to go beyond, ‘My first guy is open, it’s easy, just complete the pass.’ You have to start playing the game mentally, not just physically, and that’s where Cam is lacking a little bit right now.” – Kurt Warner on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton
– “Aaron Hernandez is the most versatile player in the National Football League…It’s going to be replacement by committee because no one man can replace Aaron Hernandez.” – Steve Mariucci on how the New England Patriots replace tight end Aaron Hernandez
– “He’s making the calls on everything in that building and it’s his responsibility to get that organization back to dynasty status like it was in the ‘90s for six years when he was in control. It hasn’t been that way and it’s up to Jerry Jones to fix it.” – Steve Mariucci on the inconsistency of the Dallas Cowboys
– “Rex [Ryan] being the defensive guru that he is, he understands in this league that’s the one thing you cannot have: an identity. What you want to do is, ‘Let’s just try to win however we can.’ That’s why they have [Tim] Tebow.” – Marshall Faulk on if the New York Jets offense has an identity
– “The Cardinals showed the Ravens what that book is on the Patriots: they like to play between the numbers…They’re trying to attack that book of the Patriots and say, ‘Tom Brady, I’m going to force you to think differently: you have to beat us on the outside.’” – Kurt Warner on what the Arizona Cardinals defense exposed last week against the Patriots
– “Without Sean [Payton], we’re seeing the pressure of maybe the $100 million, maybe being more of a vocal leader, stepping out of the box and not being the character that he was starting to weigh on Drew. He’s pressing and he’s doing things that he normally doesn’t do. He’s missing Sean Payton the offensive coordinator more than Sean Payton the head coach.” – Marshall Faulk on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees
– “Part of that ‘too much on their plate’ was we’re going to prove to the world that we can overcome not having a coach, we can overcome the bounty scandal, and right now they’ve been playing to prove it to the world…You have to let go of proving it to the world and play one game at a time.” – Kurt Warner on the 0-2 New Orleans Saints
Front Office View with Michael Lombardi
On wide receiver Wes Welker’s future in New England:
“He’s not on the trading block, they’re not going to trade him, but they view him as an inside slot receiver. They feel like the best matchups for their team – and their team is always game-specific – is about putting him in the slot [and] utilizing his quickness and athleticism. He had a lot of catches last year and every one of his catches required him to get tackled and he goes to the ground hard. Those hits don’t make a career much longer, and this move really is about extending his career, not limiting his career in New England.”
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:
In memory of Steve Sabol – The NFL bids farewell to NFL Films president Steve Sabol, who passed away at the age of 69:
Who is to blame for the Dallas Cowboys’ inconsistency? – NFL GameDay Morning debates who is to blame for the Dallas Cowboys’ lack of consistency:
New York Jets’ identity on offense – Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin discuss what the New York Jets’ identity is on offense:
Evaluating Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is looking to remedy a disappointing Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons:
False start for Philadelphia Eagles? – Can the Philadelphia Eagles continue their 2-0 winning streak, or is it a mirage? NFL GameDay Morning discusses:
The value of a head coach – NFL GameDay Morning discuss the value of a head coach after the New Orleans Saints’ 0-2 start without Sean Payton:
Can the Ravens defense compete against the Patriots offense? – How will the Baltimore Ravens defense respond to the New England Patriots offense?
How to handle Jay Cutler – NFL GameDay Morning gives Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler a few tips on dealing with the media:
Cutler, Newton’s leadership under fire? – NFL GameDay Morning calls a “Players’ Only” meeting to discuss the leadership of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton:
‘Marshall Plan’: How to fix CJ2K – Marshall Faulk shares how to fix the on-going problems of Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson:
Players under the microscope in Week 3 – NFL GameDay Morning provides input as to who they think is under a microscope come Week 3:
Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew give their bold predictions for Week 3:
· Baltimore Ravens Host Cleveland Browns on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football September 27 at 8:00 PM ET:
Running back Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens host rookie running back Trent Richardson and the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North divisional matchup on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football September 27 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 M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin 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 Baltimore.
· Two-Time Super Bowl-Winning Head Coach Tom Coughlin Profiled on A Football Life Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 PM ET:
NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues with profile on the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 PM ET. Featuring interviews with Coughlin, his wife Judy Coughlin, daughter Kate Snee, Bill Parcells, Michael Strahan, Larry Csonka and others, A Football Life explores the on-field and off-field life of the detail-oriented head coach.
· 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.
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