CBS & NFL Network’s ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

NFL Thursday Night Kickoff aired from inside Gillette Stadium 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 Jets-Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Quotes:

“He is their Tom Brady on that side of the ball. He’s the leader and he calls the signals. He puts people in the best possible position to make plays. You don’t replace a Jerod Mayo.” – Bill Cowher on the loss of New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo for the season

“You play to your strengths: that’s your defensive front…Play to your strengths on offense: that’s your running backs. Keep it simple for Geno [Smith]. That’s his best chance at having success tonight: shorten this game.” – Bill Cowher on how the New York Jets have success tonight

“They need him to have a mistake-free football game tonight for them to have a chance to win this game.” – Bill Cowher on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith

“Playing for Rex [Ryan], there’s just something special. There is something special about him; you’re drawn to him. He just understands his players. The first thing he said to me, ‘We don’t work for you and you don’t work for me – we work for each other.’ It’s been a brotherhood like that ever since for me. I love him. I love him to death. You want to play hard for a guy like that.” – New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson on Jets head coach Rex Ryan

“He’s infectious. You want to win like he’s a brother, like he’s a father, like he’s a mentor.” – Deion Sanders on New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan

“This guy is once again one of the premier corners in the league…He is back.” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis

“He’s too big for [defensive backs], he’s too fast for linebackers – he is a matchup nightmare for the defenses. There is no question they are better these last two weeks because Rob Gronkowski is healthier.” – Bill Cowher on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski


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