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“Tim Tebow is going to be a better quarterback next year and look out because he’s a keeper.”
— Steve Mariucci
“He was doing things that he hadn’t done before. Yes there was some option, yes there was some play-action, but he threw the ball from the pocket with confidence.”
— Steve Mariucci on Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns in the 29-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers
“Dick LeBeau has to be puzzled because he’s calling the correct defenses, but the defensive backs aren’t making the plays.”
— Deion Sanders on Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau in the 29-23 loss to the Denver Broncos
“I was reading the comments that Tim Tebow made [after the Week 15 game] and he felt real good about what they had done against New England, and he was looking for another opportunity. We saw today what the Denver Broncos can do without turnovers – except the Willis McGahee turnover. That’s what they have to take into New England. You can’t go into New England and give the ball to Tom Brady like they did last time.”
— Michael Irvin on the Denver Broncos turning the ball over three times in their Week 15 loss to the New England Patriots
“This is the catalyst on the team. This is the emotional leader.”
— Michael Irvin on New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw
“This defense is very good at rushing the passer, but when they had to stop them in short yardage today they did it three times. Fantastic job.”
— Steve Mariucci on the New York Giants defense in the 24-2 victory over the Atlanta Falcons
“He’s the guy. Focus on getting him the ball. That should be your offseason mandate: to focus on Michael Turner and that offensive line.”
— Deion Sanders on Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner, who rushed for 41 yards in the 24-2 loss to the New York Giants
“The more first downs that he makes, the more ball control the 49ers have – that keeps Drew Brees over there by the Gatorade. He will be their favorite weapon in this game.”
— Steve Mariucci on San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck Interview
On the team’s three-game winning streak:
“Persistence. Obviously this year we haven’t played consistently throughout, but the last three games we’re starting to click especially as a defense, but as an entire football team. We’ve won these three games in Giants fashion: with good defense, controlling the ball on offense and not beating ourselves. It’s coming at the right time for us.”
On the Giants’ defensive line:
“We can be better. Obviously we have that reputation for getting after the quarterback and having good defensive line play here, but we can play better. I’m encouraged to see us start to kind of get in our rhythm. We had a pretty good year as a unit, but this is when it counts. This is when you have to show up or go home. Hopefully we can continue to grow as a unit and this team can feed off of us like we have in the past.”
On Giants quarterback Eli Manning:
“No question [I believe in Eli Manning]. Just look at what he’s done this year: he set a record for the fourth quarter touchdowns. He’s playing lights out right now and it just seems like if we’re anywhere close he finds a way to get that touchdown at the end of the game to give us a lead or give us a win. For good reason he is an elite quarterback, he is in that top echelon of quarterbacks. We believe in him and he hasn’t failed us yet.”
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‘Inside Slant’ with Jason La Canfora
On Jeff Fisher:
“Jeff Fisher was in St. Louis [Sunday]; recall, he interviewed with the Rams earlier in the week but that was in Denver where owner Stan Kroenke lives. This was a part of that interview process; he went to see the team facility, there were some players there, a meet-and-greet. It was scheduled just for a day; no sleepover here so he’ll go home and mull his decision. I talked to coaches, executives, people who know him well – they believe St. Louis offers a better job than Miami and that’s ultimately where he’ll end up. He hasn’t made a decision yet; we’ll find out I’d say by the middle of the week.”
On the Miami Dolphins head coaching search:
“Atlanta’s season is over, and Mike Mularkey he is now in essence a guy eligible to interview anyway. Miami wants to talk to him about their vacancy, the Jacksonville Jaguars as well; he’ll probably end up with a little better shot with Jacksonville, but he’s there. Todd Bowles, the interim coach in Miami, they’ve talked to him. They’ve cast a wide net; offensive guys, special teams guys, defensive guys. If they don’t get Jeff Fisher, they could go in a number of different directions.”
On the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching search:
“They’ve asked for permission and it was granted to interview Wade Philips; he’s Houston’s defensive coordinator and he’s done a great job there. I continue to hear a strong buzz about Mike Sherman ultimately getting that job. They’re also going to interview Brad Childress this week; he could end up there potentially as an offensive coordinator on Mike Sherman’s staff if he doesn’t get the head coaching job. Also Cleveland is interested in Childress in an offensive coordinating type position as well.”
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:
Let’s Go Primetime – Deion Sanders counts down the top 10 performances from Wild Card Weekend.
Tebow Looks Back on Win – Tim Tebow lauds his team’s performance in a Wild Card win over the Steelers and looks ahead to a rematch against the Patriots in next week’s divisional playoff showdown.
Which Tebow shows up in New England? – Can Tim Tebow carry his magic into the divisional round vs. the Patriots, or will New England handle the Broncos like they did in their Week 15 win?
Tebow Time or Just the Broncos at Their Best? – How much credit does Tim Tebow deserve for the Broncos’ win over the Steelers? Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders debate who really won the game.
Can Giants Slow Down Packers? – After a 38-35 Packers win over the Giants in Week 13, can New York slow down Green Bay’s high-powered offense in a divisional playoff matchup?
Saints-49ers Showdown in San Francisco – The Saints prepare to travel to San Francisco to square off with the 49ers in the divisional playoff round. NFL GameDay Final looks ahead to the battle between a tough-nosed defense and high-octane offense.
Wild Card Remix – Relive all of the excitement from an exhilarating weekend of Wild Card action.
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