Quotes From Week 11 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“Ryan Mallett is the franchise quarterback.” – Michael Irvin on Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett

“[Andrew] Luck is the quarterback of the future and Luck will dominate this football game in numbers and on the scoreboard.” – Warren Sapp on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“This is going to be a statement game for the Colts. They need to show not only themselves but they need to show the rest of the National Football League, especially the AFC, that they can compete with these guys.” – Michael Robinson on the Indianapolis Colts facing the New England Patriots

“Everything I’m being told by people involved in the situation, nothing has changed with the Seahawks’ plans to part way with Marshawn Lynch after the season.” – Ian Rapoport on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

“It’s not going to be Peyton Manning-esque, it’s not going to be Tom Brady-esque. It’s we’re going to do what we need to do to win these games.” – Michael Irvin on the Seattle Seahawks

“When I look at this team and ask if they have their championship swagger back, absolutely not…This defense no longer dictates [to] the offense anymore. They no longer intimidate offenses.” – Sterling Sharpe on the Seattle Seahawks

“Definitely changed my life and probably either made or broke me.” – 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith on how he views the past two months

“They have the very best corners in the National Football League…They match up with just about anybody.” – Steve Mariucci on the New England Patriots

“It’s never been about his arm or his talent. It’s always been about from the shoulders up.” – Shaun O’Hara on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

***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.

“This is going to be a statement game for the Colts. They need to show not only themselves, but they need to show the rest of the National Football League, especially the AFC, that they can compete with these guys.” – Michael Robinson on the Indianapolis Colts facing the New England Patriots

“At the quarterback position, your job is to make everyone around you better, whether that is on the field or whether that is socializing with everybody, or just making everybody feel connected. I just don’t see that Jay Cutler is doing that in Chicago.” – Michael Robinson on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“It’s never been about his arm or his talent. It’s always been about from the shoulders up.” – Shaun O’Hara on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“How has Brandon Marshall been held under 50 yards in six of their nine games? How is he not more involved? How do you not get Brandon Marshall the football more? I put that on Jay Cutler, I put that on Marc Trestman, and I also put that on Brandon Marshall. He is an elite receiver in the NFL. You cannot disappear during games.” – Shaun O’Hara on Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall

“If Seattle loses this game, I don’t think they make the playoffs.” – Shaun O’Hara on why the Seattle Seahawks must beat the Kansas City Chiefs

“I really don’t think they ever lost [their swagger]. I just think they needed to find their identity and win a couple of games.” – Michael Robinson on if the Seattle Seahawks are back on track

“When I look at this team and ask if they have their championship swagger back, absolutely not…This defense no longer dictates [to] the offense anymore. They no longer intimidate offenses.” – Sterling Sharpe on the Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Aldon Smith with Mike Silver

NFL Media’s Mike Silver spoke with San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning:

On if he still struggles with wanting to drink:

“I know what going down that path was like and I know what effect it had on my life [was]. As long as I keep that in mind, I don’t think I need alcohol for that. I think it’s just better to knock out something that honestly can put you in crazy positions to either kill you, kill yourself or kill somebody else. So I think it’s good that you get that out the way in life.”

On if he realizes that his football career could end with all of these off the field incidents:

“Going in and out of court and things like that, you realize how important the game is to you and just how easy it could be lost. Through the choices that you make, you learn from those mistakes. Really understanding the effect that I have on the community [and] on another person, that’s something I’ve learned.”

On if he has apologized to people in his life regarding some of these incidents:

“I would sound selfish to say no. There have been people who I’ve hurt and who need to hear an apology from me.”

On if he feels guilty for not being able to play:

“No I wouldn’t say guilty. It just sucks to be away.”

On what it feels like to watch the 49ers and not be able to play:

“That’s a little painful. Seeing how maybe I could have affected it a little bit or a lot, that was a tough. They’re missing a pass rusher. I get back in, I get some pressure on these quarterbacks and take some of them down.”

On visiting with children during his suspension:

“I kind of talk to them about things that I’ve been through, how I’ve made it through my struggles and how they can avoid those things. Just give them a realistic sense of what life is about and how I can affect the kid who is going through something.”

On how he will look back on these past two months:

“Definitely changed my life and probably either made or broke me.”

To view the entire interview with Smith and follow up discussion, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428158/Aldon-Smith-

Cleveland Browns Quarterback Brian Hoyer with Mark Kriegel

NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel spoke with Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and others from his childhood growing up in the Cleveland area for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning:

On if he accepts that he is a metaphor for Cleveland:

“I think so. I think I try to embody Cleveland in every way.”

On being the Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer:

“If there is any kid out there that dreams of being the Browns quarterback, I think I’m perfect proof that dream as big as you want because as long as you do what it takes and you never doubt yourself, there is a chance that you can get it done.”

To view the entire interview with Hoyer, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/cleveland-browns/0ap3000000428598/Will-this-be-the-year-the-Browns-and-Hoyer-turn-it-around

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.

“The deep ball will be back in the game today with Ryan Mallett. Ryan Mallett is the franchise quarterback.” – Michael Irvin on Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett

“What we watched last year with Seattle was we will find a way to win a football game. What we’re watching with Seattle right now is we’re going to find a way to win a football game. It’s not going to be Peyton Manning-esque, it’s not going to be Tom Brady-esque. It’s we’re going to do what we need to do to win these games.” – Michael Irvin on the Seattle Seahawks

“If you are looking for the big contract and you’re coming off a Super Bowl season, you want to win this game because that quarterback on the other side looks like you…Alex Smith looks just like Russell Wilson if you think about how they play, how they manage the game, how they use their legs to help their team.” – Marshall Faulk on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson facing Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith

“I don’t see the same confidence. I don’t see the same air about this football team.” – Kurt Warner on the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks

“They have the very best corners in the National Football League…They match up with just about anybody.” – Steve Mariucci on the New England Patriots

“Andy Dalton has to play well. To go into the Dome, if this team has any chance to be in this game and have a chance to win it, Andy Dalton has to be the most important player and has to be the best player on the field.” – Kurt Warner on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton facing the New Orleans Saints

“[Andrew] Luck is the quarterback of the future and Luck will dominate this football game in numbers and on the scoreboard…This young man with the mentality of a middle linebacker will get this football team going and get after the New England Patriots.” – Warren Sapp on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“This is a perfect system fit for [Mark Sanchez].” – Steve Mariucci on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez

“I do believe looking him in the eye that he understands that his career hangs in the balance.” – Mike Silver on San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant:

“Dez Bryant also said he knew what he would accept and he knew what he wouldn’t accept. It is clear the Cowboys’ best offer does not come close to what Dez Bryant would accept. Now, there was a little movement in Dez Bryant’s contract situation. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did reach out to his agent from Roc Nation and Tom Condon of CAA, who are combining to do Dez Bryant’s deal. My understanding of that it was just a quick cursory introductory meeting as is the case when a player does hire a new agent. Still a long way to go for the Cowboys and Dez Bryant, and that brings into question what about the franchise tag? If that is in play at the end of the season, what I am told [is] the Cowboys are more likely to give Dez Bryant the franchise tag than star running back DeMarco Murray.”

On the latest regarding Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray:

“I’m told this week owner Jerry Jones did reach out to Roc Nation and CAA’s Tom Condon – Dez Bryant’s new agents that he hired a couple of weeks ago – to touch base. No real negotiations yet; just simply to say we’re here in case. They have a long way to go as far as hammering out a long-term extension. And if the Cowboys are not able to come to terms with Dez Bryant on a long-term deal – and they are very far apart now – I am told they will franchise him instead of DeMarco Murray which of course raises the possibility that DeMarco Murray will no longer be a member of the Dallas Cowboys next year. This would allow them to keep Dez Bryant without guaranteeing him a lot of money long term.”

On the latest regarding Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson:

“We should know within a week the firm date on when Adrian Peterson will return to the field; still likely to happen this season. The NFL did try to schedule a disciplinary hearing on Friday. Instead Adrian Peterson did not attend [and] also did not provide the NFL with the materials that it requested on his case. As far as Peterson goes, he did not trust that process, never planned to attend the hearing and plus what his side was saying was that he did not have enough time to provide the NFL with the materials they wanted. And so Adrian Peterson goes into this hearing on Monday, a teleconference at 2:00 PM, where he will learn is he is off the Commissioner’s Exempt List as the league said they would take him off of when his legal issues were adjudicated. Within five days, the arbitrator will make a ruling and at that point expect the NFL to come in with whatever discipline they will hit Adrian Peterson with.”

On the statement Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released:

“This is an inflammatory statement from Adrian Peterson that ends with these words: ‘I can’t excuse their refusal to be fair.’ So what Adrian Peterson does is he takes us through his entire thought process for not attending this disciplinary hearing that the NFL held on Friday. What Peterson said essentially is he didn’t trust the hearing; he sought answers from the NFL for clarity, why they were having it, what was going to be involved in this hearing. He said he would not participate because it was something that was not collectively bargained, essentially accusing the NFL of creating this on the fly. Now, Adrian Peterson also said he would meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell as is customary but would simply not take part in this hearing. Meanwhile, the NFL wants material that they requested from Adrian Peterson; they also wanted him to meet with some counselors. None of that happened. So on Monday they will have the hearing to decide should Adrian Peterson be taken off this Commissioner’s Exempt List which the NFL said it would after his legal process ended, and it has.”

On what is next for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson:

“After this hearing, Shyam Das the arbitrator does have five days; may not take the entire five days. At that point, the likelihood is the NFL will be ready with their discipline. So even if Adrian Peterson is taken off this Commissioner’s Exempt List immediately, at that point the NFL does have the right to impose discipline on under the personal conduct policy. What I have been told is expect fewer than six games because of time served and Adrian Peterson may give back some of the salary he earned while he was on this list. The problem is he’s running out of time.”

On if the Seattle Seahawks will part ways with running back Marshawn Lynch at the end of the season:

“The short answer is yes and everything I’m being told by people involved in the situation, nothing has changed with the Seahawks’ plans to part ways with Marshawn Lynch after the season. They have tried to replace him in the draft bringing in competition for him on several levels [with Christine Michael and Robert Turbin] – neither of those guys have turned into franchise backs. This is a value issue. First of all, they need Marshawn Lynch’s salary for other salaries including Russell Wilson. I would expect them to target a running back high in the draft. Pay attention to Melvin Gordon.”

On Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s future:

“Broncos people expect Peyton Manning to play at least one more season. Peyton Manning is very secretive about his future plans but what the Broncos believe is it will be this year and next year because Peyton Manning is so in tuned with his legacy he wants to hold all of the records. He is behind Brett Favre in two key ones: quarterback wins and passing yards. Within one season, he could hit both of those milestones so expect Peyton Manning to play at least next year. The only caveat is if they win a Super Bowl, he can go out on top. Maybe that caps off his legacy.”

On San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:

“At this point, it would be a surprise if Jim Harbaugh was back with the 49ers for the 2015 season. All along, Miami was thought to be a logical landing spot, especially because the Dolphins pursued him last time. I’m told that is no longer the case. First of all, Joe Philbin appears safe at this point; owner Stephen Ross does not want to fire him unless he absolutely is forced to. Plus, even if there was an opening I’m told Harbaugh is not on the Dolphins’ radar. Plus, another source tells me his wife does not want to move from the Bay Area. So all of a sudden, the Oakland Raiders become a very real possibility for Jim Harbaugh.”

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

– Week 11 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning analysts give their Bold Predictions for Week 11:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428580/Bold-Predictions-A-Brady-Luck-offensive-explosion

– Week 11 Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Sunday Statements for Week 11:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428517/Sunday-Statement-Mallet-the-franchise-QB

– Have the Seahawks Regained Their Swagger? – Currently riding a three-game winning streak, Michael Robinson discusses if his former team the Seattle Seahawks have regained their championship swagger:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428512/Have-Seahawks-regained-their-swagger

– Are the Denver Broncos Better This Season? NFL GameDay Morning debates if this year’s Denver Broncos team is better than last year’s team which went to the Super Bowl:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428525/Are-the-Broncos-better-this-season

– Windy City Woes NFL GameDay First analyzes the issues with the Chicago Bears:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428511/Windy-City-woes

– Adrian Peterson Releases Statement on Not Attending Meeting – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport shares the statement Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428536/Peterson-releases-statement-on-NFL-meeting-no-show

– Could the Cowboys Use Franchise Tag on Dez Bryant? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joins NFL GameDay First to provide the latest regarding Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428516/Could-Cowboys-use-franchise-tag-on-Bryant

– Ian Rapoport: Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks to Part Ways in 2015 – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport details the latest regarding Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428522/Rapoport-Lynch-Seahawks-to-part-ways-in-2015

– Ian Rapoport: Denver Broncos Expect Peyton Manning Back in 2015 – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Denver Broncos expect quarterback Peyton Manning to play at least one more season:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428523/Rapoport-Broncos-expect-Manning-back-in-2015

– Ian Rapoport: Jim Harbaugh to Oakland? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest regarding San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428603/Rapoport-Harbaugh-to-Oakland

– Shaun O’Hara Inducted into Rutgers Hall of Fame – NFL Network analyst Shaun O’Hara was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428510/O-Hara-inducted-to-Rutgers-Hall-of-Fame

– Who Takes the AFC Wild Card Spots? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew pick which teams will take the AFC Wild Card spots:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428579/Who-takes-the-AFC-Wild-Card-spots

– Players Only: Adjusting to a Backup Quarterback NFL GameDay Morning’s former players explain what it’s like adjusting to playing with a backup quarterback:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428577/Players-Only-Adjusting-to-a-backup-QB

– 2014: The Unpredictable Season NFL GameDay Morning looks back at what has been an unpredictable season thus far:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000428534/2014-The-Unpredictable-Season

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