NFL Network’s ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

NFL Total Access Kickoff aired from outside M&T Bank Stadium tonight at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci providing pregame analysis leading up to Steelers-Ravens on Thursday Night Football.

CBS’ Bill Cowher’s Interview with Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher sat down with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger:

On the seven years since he played for Bill Cowher:

“When I was here with you, you were the guy that was the coach of all coaches. I was kind of the young guy coming in, so naturally there was going to be some butting of the heads. But I just think that the longer I’ve been here and the more players I’ve been around – the guys that teach you how to be leaders in the locker room, on the practice field – things like that really have helped me.”

On how comfortable he is working with offensive coordinator Todd Haley:

“Every year has grown. People made a big deal about us not liking each other or getting along – that wasn’t it at all. It’s just a new transition thing. Now I think that we’re starting to really understand each other. I think that things are going well.”

On if he feels he is underappreciated for what he has accomplished in his career:

“Yeah maybe. But I think the Pittsburghers appreciate me. I think that it’s going to be one of those things when I’m done playing people will look back and say, ‘Wow, he was a lot better than we gave him credit for.’ I’ve won two Super Bowls, I’ve been to three. There are a lot of greats that have never been and have never won. I’m just going to continue giving everything I have and try and get back and when another one.”

To view the entire interview with Roethlisberger, visit:

http://on.nfl.com/1qOfe8n

Pittsburgh Steelers – Baltimore Ravens Pregame Quotes:

“As an emotional player and I loved to use my emotional energy on the field, I don’t know how you go through this week – this short week – and not be emotionally drained by the time you step on that field if you are a Baltimore Raven. They will have to summon up some kind of energy.”Michael Irvin on the Baltimore Ravens players preparing for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

“I believe the short week actually helps because if you have to go until Sunday and continue to hear the stories about what’s going on, about the turns and twists of the story, it could bother the team. I believe rallying the troops and what John Harbaugh did getting these guys ready to play on Thursday is going to be best for the organization.” – Marshall Faulk on the Baltimore Ravens players preparing for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

“I see the coaches giving him more and more to do in terms of responsibility at the line of scrimmage or calling plays, rather than that hand off, three yards and a cloud of dust, and play defense. They’re becoming a passing team.” – Steve Mariucci on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

“I believe him seeing that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are bringing their game down to the short passing game and extending their careers helped him buy in to what Todd Haley is talking about. That’s why he’s playing the way he’s playing.” – Michael Irvin on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

“He is underappreciated. He has the numbers and the accomplishments that you’d love to have in a quarterback…He’s done so much and he’s not done yet. He’s going to play another five or seven years and accomplish more.” – Steve Mariucci on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

“He is a four-down player – one of the few four-down players in this league. We have to give Antonio Brown credit for what he has done over the last year taking over the number one spot.” – Michael Irvin on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown

“I think the Baltimore Ravens come out and they play some really good football. I see them protecting Joe Flacco, I see them running the football a lot better and this defense, Dean Pees, he always has something in store for the Pittsburgh Steelers.” – Marshall Faulk on the Baltimore Ravens facing the Pittsburgh Steelers

“After winning the championship, they expected a down year [last season] getting rid of so many people. But this was the year they were supposed to come back, step back in and get back going. They brought in leadership like Steve Smith to help that unit…They cannot lose this game.” – Michael Irvin on the Baltimore Ravens facing the possibility of falling to 0-2

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL Total Access Kickoff are available for viewing:

– NFL Tribute to 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and 13th Anniversary of 9/11 – NFL Network pays tribute to the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and the 13th anniversary of 9/11, narrated by Forest Whitaker and featuring the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club:

http://on.nfl.com/1uy5FvM

– Reviewing the Baltimore Ravens’ Week – Host Rich Eisen recaps the week’s events surrounding the Baltimore Ravens:

http://on.nfl.com/1CXGLdZ

– How Will the Baltimore Ravens Respond? – Host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci discuss how the Baltimore Ravens players respond following the events of this week:

http://on.nfl.com/1rYAD2t

– More Likely to Bounce Back: Steelers or Ravens? NFL Total Access Kickoff debates which team will be more likely to bounce back, the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens:

http://on.nfl.com/1whEWDV

 

NEXT WEEK ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS — 8:25 PM ET

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