NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“When they took away hitting the quarterback below the knees or in the head, it was an easy adjustment for us. The rules have changed, so adjust and if not, get out of the game.” – Warren Sapp on Players Adjusting to the NFL’s Crackdown on Illegal Hits
“Probably 60-40. 60 run.” – RB Adrian Peterson on his Preferred Run-Pass Ratio in the Vikings Offense
“I’m looking for him to stop riding the bus and start driving the bus.” – Marshall Faulk on Ravens QB Joe Flacco
“This is the battle of the backup quarterbacks and they may be the best backups in the league.” – Steve Mariucci on Eagles QB Kevin Kolb and Titans QB Kerry Collins facing each other Sunday
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 Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews.
‘Sunday Sit-Down’ – Marshall Faulk 1-on-1 with Vikings RB Adrian Peterson:
NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk sat down with Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to discuss the addition of WR Randy Moss and what having Brett Favre back for another season means for Minnesota’s chances:
“It’s sickening to see how we basically gave a game away.” – Peterson on the Vikings’ loss in the 2009 NFC Championship Game
“I don’t feel like it’s effected his preparation. He still comes in focused and knows that whatever it is that you’re dealing with, hang it up before you hit those doors for practice and he’s been doing a good job.” – Peterson on how Brett Favre is handling the off the field distractions
“Probably 60-40. 60 run.” – Peterson on his preferred run-pass ratio within the Vikings’ offense
“I had to see it with my own eyes to actually believe it. I was pretty pumped to go to practice that next day.” – Peterson on his reaction to the Vikings acquisition of WR Randy Moss
“He’s a great leader. You wouldn’t expect that from what you hear from other organizations he came from, but he’s a down-to-earth, cool person. Besides that, he’s a great talent. He has made his offense more productive.” – Peterson on WR Randy Moss
“It doesn’t matter. As long as we get that championship, I’m in for it.” – Peterson on adjusting his preferred run-pass ratio when Moss, Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice are all active
To view Faulk’s entire interview with Peterson, please visit:
Minnesota’s offense features Brett Favre and Randy Moss, but is Adrian Peterson the most important player for the Vikings? NFL GameDay Morning debates.
NFL GameDay Morning Weighs in on the League’s Crackdown on Illegal Hits:
“If we’re going to try to nip this in the bud, the responsibility has to be shared. Number one, the defensive player has to abide by these rules…Number two, the coaches have to teach the proper technique…Number three, the offensive players have to understand how to keep themselves alive and well in this league.” – Mariucci on the NFL’s crackdown on illegal hits
“In the 13 years I’ve played in this league, there’s no tackling technique being taught. In 13 years, I never tackled a running back, I never tackled a single soul in practice.” – Sapp on understanding tackling techniques
Warren Sapp on James Harrison and tackling:
“The one thing I have a problem with is, James Harrison, you were not taught that way [to tackle]. Because the way I was taught to play this game and to tackle was you don’t go at the head or at the bottom because those can move. You were always taught to go at the center piece. We are not trick shot artists. The center mass, the torso area of the body is where I want to be aiming at. When they took away hitting the quarterback below the knees or in the head, it was an easy adjustment for us. The rules have changed, so adjust and if not, get out of the game. It is very simple. If you are going to go home so fast, then go home, but we cannot have players laid out on the field. It is something that we don’t want to see.”
For video of Sapp’s comments and more on what the emphasis on hits means for the players, please visit:
For video of Steve Mariucci breaking down what receivers can do to avoid taking vicious hits, please visit:
Jason La Canfora News Reports:
Lakers great Magic Johnson tells me he is very interested in being a part of an ownership group to bring a team to Los Angeles. Johnson is in Miami at the behest of owner Steve Ross. He says he has not has discussions with Ross about becoming a minority owner of the Dolphins, but praised the organization at length and said he would “definitely” be excited about discussing that possibility.
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“I believe A.J. Smith does not understand the word ‘value,’ and I’m not talking about [in terms of] money, but leadership to your team. [The Chargers] are missing that right now.” – Marshall Faulk on Chargers GM A.J. Smith
“This is the battle of the backup quarterbacks and they may be the best backups in the league.” – Steve Mariucci on Eagles QB Kevin Kolb and Titans QB Kerry Collins facing each other today
“When you’re talking about intimidation and toughness, nobody beats the Jets.” – Sapp on the New York Jets being the best team in the AFC
“The Giants are the best team in the NFC right now.” – Sapp on the New York Giants
“However you think about him personally, whether you like him or not, to say he’s an overrated player is absolutely crazy.” – Michael Irvin on Bengals WR Terrell Owens being No. 1 on Sports Illustrated’s ‘Most Overrated NFL Player’ list, as voted by NFL players
“Kevin Kolb was the NFC Player of the Week last week, Michael Vick was the NFC Player of the Month in September. I like their situation.” – Mariucci on the Eagles quarterbacks
“If only Brett Favre had retired, then un-retired over the past few years with the same speed James Harrison exhibited this week, it would have saved us all a lot of time.” – Rich Eisen
“He’s still a manager. I’m waiting on him to take the reins and become a leader of that team. He hasn’t done that yet.” – Irvin on Ravens QB Joe Flacco
“I’m looking for him to stop riding the bus and start driving the bus.” – Faulk on Ravens QB Joe Flacco
“Their offense is just flat out explosive.” – Faulk on the Denver Broncos
“When half of your team is in the training room, that doesn’t bode well to win games against a team like Minnesota.” – Sapp on the Green Bay Packers facing the Vikings
“For San Diego the problem is obvious, their special teams have been anything but special.” – Steve Sabol on the San Diego Chargers
“The Cowboys remain the only team in the NFL to outgain their opponent every week.” – Steve Sabol on the Cowboys
“Those self-inflicted wounds have proved to be too much to overcome.” – Sabol on the Cowboys penalties causing losses
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:
Mr. Overrated – Despite Terrell Owens being recently voted as the NFL’s most overrated player, is Carson Palmer more worthy of that title?
Sabol’s Shot: The struggling Cowboys and Chargers – Steve Sabol says that even though the Cowboys and Chargers are last in their respective divisions, they’re not out of the playoff picture yet.
Kolb or Vick? – Michael Irvin believes Michael Vick’s unique skill set should earn him the starting QB job for the Eagles once he’s fully healthy.
Big Trouble in Dallas and San Diego – The NFL GameDay Morning crew discusses the problems plaguing the Cowboys and Chargers.
Best Team in the NFC? – NFL GameDay Morning debates which team is the NFC’s best.
- Seahawks Pete Carroll, Actor James Caan Featured Guest on Week 8 Edition of ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast’: The Week 8 edition of ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast’ features another all-star lineup with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and actor James Caan discussing the latest hot topics in the NFL and beyond. ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast’ continues to gain popularity with each passing week, becoming a mainstay at the top of the ‘Sports and Recreation’ and ‘Professional’ category each week on iTunes. NFL GameDay Moring host Rich Eisen expanded his versatile broadcasting career this season with the debut of ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast,’ the first-ever podcast for NFL.com on September 14. Eisen debuts a new podcast each week, available on NFL.com and iTunes, featuring guests from the world of sports, entertainment and news to talk football and all the latest headlines and hot topics.
- ‘The Coaches Show’ is Back: NFL Network’s The NFL Head Coaches is back for its second season airing Mondays 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. Billick and Mora candidly break down the biggest storylines and decisions behind the final scores of Sunday’s matchups from a head coach’s perspective.
- Sophomore Season Debut of Wildly Popular NFL RedZone: Following a rookie season that changed the way fans watch the NFL forever, NFL RedZone returns for 2010 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 on 80 affiliates across the country including: AT&T, Comcast, DISH Network, Cox, Insight, Suddenlink, RCN and Verizon. In addition, the channel is also available at every NFL stadium. For more information visit: http://redzonetv.nfl.com/?icampaign=redzone_mb
- Sunday Night Football Extra Returns: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers will stream live on Sunday Night Football Extra on NFL.com and NBCSports.com. Complementing that stream will be a number of extra features to enrich the viewing experience including additional camera angles, in-game highlights, picture-in-picture technology, live statistics and other interactive elements.
NFL GameDay Morning begins the NFL Network schedule on Sundays, which will now be called “NFL GameDay.” Following NFL GameDay Morning will be NFL GameDay StatZone at 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Scoreboard at 4:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Highlights at 7:30 PM ET and NFL GameDay Final at 11:30 PM ET.
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