CBS & NFL Network’s ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

NFL Thursday Night Kickoff aired from inside Lambeau Field tonight at 7:30 PM ET on CBS and NFL Network, with host James Brown and analysts Bill Cowher and Deion Sanders providing pregame analysis leading up to Vikings-Packers on Thursday Night Football.

NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Quotes:

“I have sources that wear football uniforms, coats, suits and ties…This is real. You’re talking about Trent Baalke. We know there is a rift between he and [Jim] Harbaugh. We all know that…That has trickled down into the locker room. Not only are my sources correct, I checked [with] three insiders from different networks and it’s 100 percent. You can shoot the messenger but the message is real.” – Deion Sanders on his assertion that there is a disconnect between San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and the players

“When I first came into this league, yes you are brash, you wear your emotions on your sleeve and you hold people accountable, but you learn to mature [and] you learn to deal with people. I hope that Jim does that over a period of time…He pushes the players and a lot of people are disgruntled because they’re not playing at their level they probably could play to.” – Bill Cowher on San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh

“It’s the only call…To have Christian Ponder as your third quarterback, a guy who started for you a year, to me it made it an easy call because you have a veteran guy who has played in this atmosphere before.” – Bill Cowher on if the Minnesota Vikings made the right decision to sit rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

“Aaron Rodgers is going to spell ‘relax’ with R-U-N…You’re going to see a lot of Eddie Lacy.” – Bill Cowher on what to expect from the Green Bay Packers offense

“They’re impersonating Adrian Peterson to the utmost.” – Deion Sanders on Minnesota Vikings running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon

“One of the biggest losses that has gone overlooked is the loss of Dante Scarnecchia. Their quarterback is not comfortable in the pocket, he’s not making connections with the outside receivers…You can’t underestimate the importance of an offensive line coach.” – Bill Cowher on the loss of New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia




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