Quotes From Week 10 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“Of course I would love to go down as the greatest receiver to play the game because I’m not doing all of this hard work for nothing.” – Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson on his legacy

“Hope will dictate effort. When you know you have Tony Romo in the game, it gives you more hope, you put in more effort. You play harder – you expect to win.” – Michael Irvin on quarterback Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys

“According to Cowboys sources, I am told that 20 members of the Dallas Cowboys missed curfew on Friday…Coaches are extremely frustrated, team veterans are upset.” – Ian Rapoport

“This is a genuine concern. The Cowboys I am told by multiple sources involved in the situation do not trust Dez Bryant off the field.” – Ian Rapoport

“I can’t remember the last time I saw this much talent for the Steelers on the offensive side of the football. It’s usually all on the defense.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Pittsburgh Steelers

“He’s bringing a dimension to this offense that is only going to cause problems because Drew Brees off of play-action is deadly when you have to respect the running back.” – Marshall Faulk on New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram

“They are the best team in the AFC North.” – Marshall Faulk on the Cleveland Browns

***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.

“I can’t remember the last time I saw this much talent for the Steelers on the offensive side of the football. It’s usually all on the defense.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Pittsburgh Steelers

“They’ve won two Super Bowls. They’ve been to Super Bowls. Ben has done these things before, but now he’s playing the quarterback position. He’s starting to look elite. He’s starting to look like [Tom] Brady, [Peyton] Manning, [Drew] Brees, [Aaron] Rodgers, because he is throwing the football right now in the last two weeks better than any of those guys I just mentioned.” – Sterling Sharpe on the recent play of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

– “[Willie Colon] played with the Steelers with [Ben] Roethlisberger for six years. He said looking from afar Roethlisberger just seems to be more at peace. [Colon said] I’ve never seen him so happy in his home life, I’ve never seen him so happy in his offense, I’ve never seen him so happy with his team.” – Aditi Kinkhabwala on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

“I like the Dallas Cowboys because of Tony Romo. Tony Romo is a playmaker. He always has his eyes downfield trying to make a play.” – Michael Robinson on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“The 49ers offensive line is really struggling. That is where the game is going to be won and lost. They’ve got to find a way to protect Colin Kaepernick.” – Shaun O’Hara on the San Francisco 49ers facing the New Orleans Saints

“If it comes down to quarterback play, over the last few weeks Ryan Tannehill has played a lot better than Matt Stafford…I’m going to take the road team on this one.” – Sterling Sharpe on why the Miami Dolphins have an advantage over the Detroit Lions

“[Ryan] Tannehill plays a lot better because he’s running the ball a lot more. He’s feeling a part of the game.” – Michael Robinson on Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill

Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson with Nate Burleson

NFL Network analyst and former Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson spoke with his former teammate, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning:

On if there are similarities between the city of Detroit and his game:

“I guess you could say that. People wake up here, they go to work. Things might not be in the greatest condition, might not be what you want them to be but everybody realizes in order to get what they want, they have to go out and they have to work their butt off to get it. That rubs off.”

On what he noticed about his team while he has been out of the lineup:

“Guys stepped up. Corey Fuller, Golden Tate – all of those guys have had big plays, have had touchdowns, game-winning plays.”

On Lions head coach Jim Caldwell’s impact on the team:

“He’s taking care of this team and it makes guys want to play for him. Coming up to you randomly during the week, ‘How you feeling?’ Just to get a gauge on how he should approach practice. When you get that kind of communication and interaction from your head coach that you might not be used to having, it just makes you go all out for him.”

On former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz being carried off the field following the Bills win in Detroit:

“I was like, ‘Are you serious? It’s ain’t even your home, you’re going to do that?’ I was surprised nobody was going to knock him off.”

On what he has seen from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford this season:

“Put it like this: early in his career, he’s in a tight jam he’s throwing that thing up; he’s going to find [me]. If I have two or three people on me, he’s going to put it on me. But now he goes through all of his reads on the field. That just goes back to the coaching that he’s been getting.”

On what he wants his legacy to be:

“Hard work and blue collar-type guy. Didn’t complain about anything. Great teammate…Of course I would love to go down as the greatest receiver to play the game because I’m not doing all of this hard work for nothing. Not to say I’m doing it for the recognition; I would do it because I want to be great because I see that I can do great things and I want to be able to do it not just for me but for my teammates [and] help us win. That would be great.”

To view the entire interview with Johnson, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424808/Johnson-I-m-healthy-ready-to-play

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 and Warren Sapp 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. This week, Michael Irvin joined the show from London.

“Hope will dictate effort. When you know you have Tony Romo in the game, it gives you more hope, you put in more effort. You play harder – you expect to win. Without Tony Romo, things change for the Dallas Cowboys.” – Michael Irvin on quarterback Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys

“It’s simple: the recipe is run DeMarco Murray as much as possible and make sure you keep Tony Romo out of harm’s way.” – Marshall Faulk on the Dallas Cowboys facing the Jacksonville Jaguars

“There is cause for concern because it’s a back injury. We’re talking about a guy who had back surgery in the offseason, was coming back from that missed time in preseason and now he has another back injury. How long will it hold up? Will it hold up the rest of the season? This team I believe is a very average football team without Tony Romo behind center.” – Kurt Warner on if there is cause for concern for the Dallas Cowboys

“This game determines that. If you go in and lose this game, then yes there is cause for concern. This season has taken a drastic turn from what it was just three weeks ago.” – Michael Irvin on if there is cause for concern for the Dallas Cowboys

“He has bought in to what Todd Haley is selling…The Pittsburgh Steelers on offense are third in the league because Ben Roethlisberger now trusts that Todd Haley is going to put him in a better situation.” – Marshall Faulk on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

“The Steelers have finally catered this team to him. It’s his now…It’s tailor-made for Big Ben to do what Big Ben does.” – Warren Sapp on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

“He’s bringing a dimension to this offense that is only going to cause problems because Drew Brees off of play-action is deadly when you have to respect the running back.” – Marshall Faulk on New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram

“Once the team said we might pull you out of the starting job, he understood what it is to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League.” – Warren Sapp on Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill

“It comes down to can you control the line of scrimmage? That’s what they do…They are the best team in the AFC North.” – Marshall Faulk on the Cleveland Browns

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the Dallas Cowboys in London:

“According to Cowboys sources, I am told that 20 members of the Dallas Cowboys missed curfew on Friday, a key night of sleep; the night before the night before the game. Coaches are extremely frustrated, team veterans are upset. There is some wonder now how well are the Cowboys actually preparing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Are they overlooking them? Obviously they overlooked curfew.”

On if the Dallas Cowboys have concern about Dez Bryant off the field:

“This is a genuine concern. The Cowboys I am told by multiple sources involved in the situation do not trust Dez Bryant off the field. They fear – and they have feared for a while – that it will all blow up in his face; that a variety of small incidents will all come back to haunt him. I went to the DeSoto City Police Department. I found six instances of police coming to Dez Bryant’s house. Among the incidents – and none of these were convictions – there was a harassment incident, there was a robbery at his house; the fire department had to come and unlock his car that had a sleeping baby inside. All of these things give the Cowboys cause for concern. He’s had anger management; they have a manger with him at all times. But they are very nervous and this is one reason they have not wanted to give him the guaranteed money that most elite receivers get.”

On the status of Dez Bryant’s contract negotiations with the Cowboys:

“Dez Bryant just changed agents so talks may start off. Let me explain where the Cowboys left off. This was their best offer to Dez Bryant: 10 years, $114 million. But I am told only $20 million of that was guaranteed, only a $5 million signing bonus and over the first six years he would make $10 million [per year]. Not the salary of an elite receiver.”

On New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith:

“Team executives are still invested in [Geno] Smith, wanting to know if he is their franchise quarterback. They still want him to develop. However, coaches may have stunted his growth a little bit in his last game against the Bills when he was pulled and he had three interceptions. Usually a quarterback is able to drop back, go through his reads and then deliver the ball. I am told that Geno Smith was informed of his reads, told you need to throw the ball here on certain plays. The most egregious example came on an interception on a pass intended for Percy Harvin that Stephon Gilmore, the Bills corner, picked off. Smith was told this is where you need to throw the ball and obviously for a quarterback who is now taking a breather last game and this game, it may have hurt his development a little bit.”

On if Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s job could be in jeopardy with the bye next week:

“I am told it his highly unlikely that any decision with coach Rex Ryan or general manager John Idzik will be made next week going into the bye, although it does seem to make sense that the Jets would take stock of their organization. I am told it would take several embarrassing losses and embarrassing situations for the Jets ownership to pull the plug on Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik before the end of the season. Obviously they are being evaluated. Everyone is at risk given the type of season they’ve had, but Woody Johnson’s MO is to evaluate everything after the season. It would take a striking turn of events in a bad way for that to change.”

On the latest regarding Ray Rice:

“Judge Barbara Jones is due the final briefs from both sides a week from Monday. At that point, she will have all of the material she needs to make a ruling. A swift ruling is expected so likely within three weeks she should make that ruling after she receives the papers within about a week. So what happens then? I am told Ray Rice is in shape, he is ready but will anyone call?”

On the latest regarding Adrian Peterson:

“Adrian Peterson wants to play right now. In fact, the NFLPA on his behalf has filed for immediate reinstatement off of this Commissioner’s Exempt List. One big problem is that there is an internal battle with the Minnesota Vikings; some of their executives are divided on whether they want Adrian Peterson back immediately. He files for reinstatement; the NFL will weigh in on that. There is supposed to be a hearing this week if the NFL turns down his request for reinstatement. That is an expedited hearing that he has requested. So we know the NFL is reviewing this case under the personal conduct policy. That means he faces a six-game suspension. I am told it will likely be fewer than six games which means he could be back in December. Reason is there will be a compromise likely based on time served and loss of pay, but will the Vikings welcome him back right away? They are not sure whether they will or not.”

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

– Week 10 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Bold Predictions for Week 10:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424786/Bold-Predictions-Romo-pulls-a-Big-Ben

– Cowboys Concerned About Dez Bryant Off the Field – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest regarding Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424770/Cowboys-concerned-about-Bryant-off-the-field

– Does Dez Bryant Need to Step Up to Help Tony Romo? Michael Irvin joins NFL GameDay First from London to preview the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424723/Does-Dez-Bryant-need-to-step-up-to-help-Romo

– Is Disaster Looming for Dallas? – With a two-game losing streak, is there cause for concern for the Dallas Cowboys? NFL GameDay Morning discusses:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424769/Is-disaster-looming-for-Dallas

– What is the Dallas Cowboys’ Winning Formula? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew examines what the winning formula is for the Dallas Cowboys:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424726/What-is-the-Cowboys-winning-formula

– Is It Wise to Play Tony Romo? Michael Irvin joins NFL GameDay Morning from London to discuss the status of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424727/Is-it-wise-to-play-Romo

– Top of the North – The NFL GameDay Morning crew examines which team is the best in the AFC North:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424763/Top-on-the-North

– Who Wins the AFC North? Shaun O’Hara takes to social media to see who will win the AFC North:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424721/Who-wins-the-AFC-North

– Ben Roethlisberger’s Brilliance – With 12 touchdowns in the last two games, NFL GameDay First discusses the recent performance of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424722/Ben-s-Brilliance

– Tremendous Tannehill? Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Warren Sapp break down Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424761/Tremendous-Tannehill

– Ian Rapoport: Judge Jones Expected to Make Swift Ruling on Ray Rice – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports on Ray Rice and when a decision regarding his status may come:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424756/Rapoport-Judge-Jones-expected-to-make-swift-ruling-on-Ray-Rice

– Ian Rapoport: Adrian Peterson Could Be Back in December – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the latest regarding Adrian Peterson:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424758/Rapoport-Peterson-could-be-back-in-December

– Ben Garland: Serving His Country and Team – NFL Media’s Steve Cyphers shares the inspirational story of Denver Broncos guard Ben Garland:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424775/Ben-Garland-Serving-his-country-and-team

– Dr. Sapp: Operating on the Cowboys Defense Warren Sapp seeks to fix what is ailing the Dallas Cowboys defense:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424780/Dr-Sapp-Operating-on-the-Cowboys-defense

– America’s Team in Britain – NFL Media’s Kim Jones recaps the Dallas Cowboys’ week in London:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000424805/America-s-team-in-Britain

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