Quotes From Week 3 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“It’s offensive brilliance…He’s trying everything and anything, and it’s a breath of fresh air.” – Michael Irvin on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

“Darren Sproles was the number one acquisition in the offseason in the National Football League.” – Steve Mariucci on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles

“Darren Sproles has been spectacular…Darren Sproles has been the most surprising player in the National Football League right now.” – Sterling Sharpe on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles

“[Tony] Romo was not a top pick and sometimes I just feel like he’s always feeling like he has to prove to everybody, ‘I belong here as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback.’” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“It’s important not to lose sight of what brought him to Washington. Dan Snyder wasn’t mortgaging the future – he was attempting to create one.” – Mark Kriegel on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“I believe Kirk Cousins is a reliever. I don’t know if he’s a starter.” – Marshall Faulk on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins

“Kirk Cousins already understands his shortcomings. He is not a runner, he is not a big guy with the strongest arm but he gets the ball out of his hands fast, makes decisions fast and he gets the ball into the playmakers’ hands faster.” – Michael Robinson on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins

“When you are asking him to get into a system where it is more about timing, seeing it before and letting the ball go, that is a different transition for Eli Manning. That is why he is struggling right now.” – Kurt Warner on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning

“That division is all about power running late in the season. He is going to be the guy to carry the load and [Giovani] Bernard will be coming in to spare him more and more.” – Marshall Faulk on Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM ET, NFL Network is first on the field with NFL GameDay First. Host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis of the day’s games, while NFL Network reporters stationed across the league report from stadiums with the first on-location reports of the day.

“Darren Sproles has been spectacular. Watching him in this offense and how Chip Kelly brings this guy in…Darren Sproles has been the most surprising player in the National Football League right now.” – Sterling Sharpe on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles

“Kirk Cousins already understands his shortcomings. He is not a runner, he is not a big guy with the strongest arm but he gets the ball out of his hands fast, makes decisions fast and he gets the ball into the playmakers’ hands faster. I think as a playmaker, you like a quarterback like this on your team distributing the ball because he understands that the big plays are going to come from the playmakers, not him.” – Michael Robinson on why Washington Redskins’ Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback

“[The Giants] don’t have a single takeaway on defense and they have six turnovers on offense. When Tom Coughlin comes to the building on Wednesday morning – our first team meeting of the week – he talks about turnovers; we have to take care of the football…The Giants aren’t doing that and that has to drive Tom nuts.” – Shaun O’Hara on the 0-2 New York Giants

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with Eli [Manning]. I really don’t. I think the only thing wrong with the Giants football team is that they can’t run the football when they have to and they can’t complete passes downfield.” – Sterling Sharpe on the New York Giants

“When you are asking him to get into a system where it is more about timing, seeing it before and letting the ball go, that is a different transition for Eli Manning. That is why he is struggling right now.” – Kurt Warner on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning

“Running back DeMarco Murray is the winning formula for the Dallas Cowboys. They have a dominant offensive line.” – Michael Robinson on the Dallas Cowboys

“The environment in Seattle is going to be too much for Peyton Manning. I think he does a lot at the line of scrimmage and I think he is the guy who is going to want to change the game at the line of scrimmage. But the 12th man, the fans and that environment are not going to let him.” – Michael Robinson on the Denver Broncos facing the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning, airing at 9:00 AM ET for four hours 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. Additionally, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest inside information from around the league.

“Darren Sproles was the number one acquisition in the offseason in the National Football League. There is no doubt about that.” – Steve Mariucci on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles

“It’s offensive brilliance. It really is offensive brilliance what he is doing. He’s trying everything and anything, and it’s a breath of fresh air. After one year of that read option, we rarely see it as much…[Chip Kelly is saying] I’m giving you something fresh and new every year.” – Michael Irvin on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

“When they put those two backs in the backfield, you can’t defend both backs…Coming out of the backfield, there is usually one good cover linebacker. You don’t have two good cover linebackers – no team does. [Chip Kelly] is stretching the field every which way you can.” – Marshall Faulk on Philadelphia Eagles running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles

“[Tony] Romo was not a top pick and sometimes I just feel like he’s always feeling like he has to prove to everybody, ‘I belong here as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback’…Tony Romo has to understand he’s getting older now, he sees he’s not the same [and not] as young as he used to be and moving around. This kind of support [in the running game] can extend his career.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“Certainly it is DeMarco Murray…They have to keep that in their primary focus.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys’ key to success

“Certain guys are like relief pitchers; they come off the bench, they don’t know when they’re playing – you come in and you just go. Certain guys, they like to start; they like to start the game and play. I believe Kirk Cousins is a reliever. I don’t know if he’s a starter.” – Marshall Faulk on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins

“Here’s a guy that you want to build your team around but you have to stay on the field. That’s the bottom line. When you’re talking about a quarterback, you need a guy that is durable, a guy that is out there every time that can lead your football team…It’s going to be difficult for them to say, ‘Here’s the keys to the car.’” – Kurt Warner on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“Washington will dwell in a state of perpetual quarterback controversy until one of two things happen: RGIII comes back and demonstrates he can be healthy and win games, or they trade him – an outcome that would have been unthinkable just a year or so ago.” – Mark Kriegel on the Washington Redskins

“This season will be a one-season audition for both Kirk Cousins and RGIII.” – Steve Mariucci on Washington Redskins quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins

“It’s important not to lose sight of what brought him to Washington. Dan Snyder wasn’t mortgaging the future – he was attempting to create one. The trade value for RGIII is now based on that same sense of salvation: could he save another franchise, or could he save Washington again?” – Mark Kriegel on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“[Drew Brees] is doing stuff we’ve never seen him do before. Red zone picks, pick-six – I was blown away by it. That’s a reason for concern. We’re seeing things done by Drew Brees that’s never been done and this defense has reverted back to the bottom of the pack.” – Warren Sapp on the 0-2 New Orleans Saints

“The defense is concerning but we’ve seen Drew Brees and his ability to overcome that in the past. That’s my concern right now…He just doesn’t look the same and I don’t know if it was missed time in training camp and we’re going to see that guy come back here in the short term, but he has to come back pretty fast or I have some major concerns for the Saints.” – Kurt Warner on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees

“That division is all about power running late in the season. He is going to be the guy to carry the load and [Giovani] Bernard will be coming in to spare him more and more.” – Marshall Faulk on Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the selection of the committee to determine the new Personal Conduct Policy:

“League officials and union officials are going to sit down this week and begin the process of forming that committee, trying to figure out who is going to be on it. There are going to go to outside advisers – really everyone they possibly can to try to get some guidance as they re-do this Personal Conduct Policy…[Team officials and executives] simply do not know what to do. The Minnesota Vikings for instance, they put Adrian Peterson on this Exempt Commissioner’s List – they didn’t know what that was until the NFL told them. The Carolina Panthers when they put Greg Hardy on the same list, they learned it from the Vikings that morning. Teams simply want some clarity. What do you do when a player is charged? What about when he is convicted and then has a new trial like Greg Hardy? They want some sort of guideline going forward and that is what they hope this new Personal Conduct Policy will provide.”

On if the Washington Redskins feel that quarterback Robert Griffin III is done for the season:

“The team does not feel this way and we know that of course because they did not put him on Injured Reserve ending his season. I am told that RGIII’s target return date is within five or six weeks, which if you look at the schedule would put him back a week before their bye which could mean regardless of what Kirk Cousins does, RGIII could be back for the home stretch. He is in a cast right now for the dislocated ankle. By the middle of next week, the cast should come off. About five weeks after that, the team will have a chance to bring RGIII back. Then what happens? Do they wait for the bye? What if Cousins is rolling?”

On Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen:

“There has been some speculation about Dennis Allen and his job already. They are in New England today, they go to London after that and then they have the bye. It has caused some people to wonder where does the job status of Dennis Allen stand? I talked to sources close to Mark Davis who told me it would take a Tampa Bay Buccaneers-like meltdown to cause any sort of coaching change. Really, this is Mark Davis’ first time in this situation so no one really knows if he will react. But the thinking here goes, just talking to people close to him, if he was patient with Dennis Allen in the offseason, if he brought back the entire coaching staff, why not give them a chance to actually do the job they hired him to do? If this was Week 12 or 13, maybe he would make a change but Raiders sources tell me it is viewed as too early right now.”

On how close the Washington Redskins came to trading Kirk Cousins:

“I’m told the Redskins had one offer for Kirk Cousins before the draft. Before Johnny Manziel landed in Cleveland, the Cleveland Browns expressed interest in trading for Kirk Cousins. I’m told they offered a third round pick and were likely willing to go for a second round pick, but the Redskins, specifically general manager Bruce Allen, would not engage for this very reason: he did not want to trade Kirk Cousins because he knew RGIII’s injury history. He knew he could get injured; he wanted Kirk Cousins just in case. A lot of times when a starter goes out, there is panic. There is no panic for the Redskins. They think Kirk Cousins can get the job done, especially when he has the talent he does around him.”

On the latest regarding Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson:

“Nothing will happen for Adrian Peterson until his legal situation is resolved. I am told that Peterson’s legal team is pushing for an expedited trial. The original plan was to have a trial into next year, possibly before next season. Now I’m told they want a trial this season. The reason for that is this will essentially give the Vikings a choice – force them to make a choice – pending the results of the trial: do they stay with Adrian Peterson? Do they not? How do they move forward? This trial is going to be tried in Montgomery County, Texas. There is some serious confidence from Adrian Peterson’s legal team that he could win.”

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:

– Week 3 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew make their Bold Predictions for Week 3:

http://on.nfl.com/1refm2m

– Week 3 Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Sunday Statements for Week 3:

http://on.nfl.com/1Dqy5Nj

– End of the RGIII Era? – NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel asks if Robert Griffin III’s days as the Washington Redskins quarterback are over:

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

– Kurt Warner: Kirk Cousins a Better Fit for Jay Gruden’s Offense Kurt Warner joins Sterling Sharpe on NFL GameDay First to discuss how quarterback Kirk Cousins fits in Jay Gruden’s offense in Washington:

http://on.nfl.com/1tMdy1A

– RGIII’s Future in Washington – With quarterback Robert Griffin III out, NFL GameDay Morning analyzes his future in Washington:

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

– How Improved is the Eagles’ Offense? – In year two of the Chip Kelly era, NFL GameDay Morning ask how improved is the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense?:

http://on.nfl.com/1v65041

– Will Tony Romo Accept a Supporting Role? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew discuss if Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will accept a supporting role:

http://on.nfl.com/XTIXCJ

– What’s Wrong with Eli Manning and the Giants? – Former Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants Shaun O’Hara examines what is wrong with quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants offense:

http://on.nfl.com/1mveF4V

– Key to Cowboys’ Success? – What is the key to the Dallas Cowboys’ success? NFL GameDay Morning has the answer:

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

– Stark Reality: Next Man Up Melissa Stark examines the injuries that occurred in Week 2 and how teams are using the “next man up” philosophy:

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

– More Explosive Offense: Green Bay Packers or Detroit Lions? Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk analyze who has the more explosive offense, the Green Bay Packers or Detroit Lions:

http://on.nfl.com/1qWOu89

– Passing the Smell Test – With seven 2-0 teams, NFL GameDay Morning determine whether or not each passes the smell test:

http://on.nfl.com/1refyi2

– How to Attack Richard Sherman Kurt Warner demonstrates how to attack Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:

http://on.nfl.com/1DqLjK4

– Next Steps for the NFL – NFL Media’s Judy Battista joined Rich Eisen on NFL GameDay Morning to discuss what the next steps are for the NFL following this week’s events:

http://on.nfl.com/1wCz2gW

– Mood in Minnesota – NFL Media’s Michael Silver reflects on the mood with the Minnesota Vikings following this week’s events:

http://on.nfl.com/1sRkc2i

– New Personal Conduct Policy Committee – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joined Rich Eisen to provide the latest on the formation of a new Personal Conduct Policy committee:

http://on.nfl.com/1p8jxs4

– Ian Rapoport: DeSean Jackson ‘Determined’ to Play – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports on all of the early injury news, including Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson:

http://on.nfl.com/Z4Zzsn

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