Quotes From Week 16 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“They signed him six years, $106 million – he has to show his worth in games like this today.” – Michael Robinson on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“I hope a guy like Jay Cutler was watching this game last night. This is what it looks like when your quarterback is your undisputed leader.” – Michael Robinson on San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers

“I love the fact that he’s never intimidated by a situation, and that’s what I think makes San Diego a scary team if they get in the playoffs.” – Kurt Warner on San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers

“The Tennessee Titans have already started doing the homework on Jay Cutler…I’m told that if Jay Cutler is traded from Chicago, Nashville would be his preferred location.” – Ian Rapoport

“If they are the number one seed, punch their ticket for the trip to the Super Bowl.” – Marshall Faulk on the Seattle Seahawks

***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.

“They signed him six years, $106 million – he has to show his worth in games like this today…They’re going to have to lean on Tony Romo and he’s going to have to go out there, win the game, be smart with the ball and not throw costly interceptions like we’re accustomed to seeing him do in December.” – Michael Robinson on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“I hope a guy like Jay Cutler was watching this game last night. This is what it looks like when your quarterback is your undisputed leader. He’s a guy who can will his team to wins. It doesn’t matter how many turnovers, it doesn’t matter how the game goes – big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games. Philip Rivers did that last night.” – Michael Robinson on San Diego Chargers

“You cannot have him throw the football 50 times. I don’t care what the situation was. Every throw after 30 [attempts], his accuracy suffers.” – Sterling Sharpe on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez

“They need to go out in this offseason and find some cornerbacks…They need to figure out a way to lock up receivers on the outside because they will not win a lot of games if all a team has to do is throw the ball up on third down.” – Michael Robinson on the Philadelphia Eagles

“When you look at the way the game has changed now with free agency, with the salary cap implications [and] with the parity that goes on around the league, the fact that they’ve been able to win 12 [division titles] and the consistency that they’ve had up there, yeah absolutely I’ll say that they are.” – Shaun O’Hara on if New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are the greatest coach-quarterback combination in NFL history

“Bobby Wagner is like Sherlock Holmes – he snuffs out what the offense is trying to do and he reads what they are trying to do.” – Michael Robinson on Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner

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.

“I love the fact that he’s never intimidated by a situation, and that’s what I think makes San Diego a scary team if they get in the playoffs. He’s not intimidated by Tom Brady. He’s not intimidated by Peyton Manning. He’s not intimidated when he throws three interceptions when they fall behind by 21 points.” – Kurt Warner on San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers

“Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are exactly where they want to be: their back is against the wall and the ball in his hand. At the end of the year, this is what he does. You give him an opportunity with his team still alive, he will find open receivers, he will get them up and down the field, and get enough points to win the football game.” – Warren Sapp on quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers

“They don’t play physical football…Bottom line, you have to be man enough to say we’re going to run this ball down your throat and hit you in the mouth, and they can’t do it. If you can’t do it in the National Football League, you tuck your tail, you take your butt and you go home. That’s what Philly is about to do.” – Michael Irvin on the Philadelphia Eagles

“To me, it’s the intangible-type things. The quarterback is not just a passer – he’s your leader. He’s the voice of your organization. All eyes and ears are upon you. You have to handle that as a leader of men, and that’s where I shake my head a little bit sometimes with Jay Cutler as to how he leads…Let’s stand up and be that leader guy at press conferences and on the sideline and in the huddle so your team will follow you.” – Steve Mariucci on the struggles of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“For the first time this season, he was back to being Cam.” – Michael Irvin on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton against the New Orleans Saints in Week 14

“If they are the number one seed, punch their ticket for the trip to the Super Bowl.” – Marshall Faulk on the Seattle Seahawks

“The position of playing running back in the NFL requires mental fortitude week in and week out to deliver those 20-25 carries and take the pounding. I like the road that he’s traveled and I would invest in his future because it looks bright for him.” – Marshall Faulk on Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler:

“The Tennessee Titans have already started doing the homework on Jay Cutler. They had interest in him last year; they did a bunch of homework then before he signed his huge $140 million deal that the Bears are now trying to get out of. I’m told that if Jay Cutler is traded from Chicago, Nashville would be his preferred location. He went to school at Vanderbilt so there is a good possibility that Jay Cutler is gone from Chicago. There is of course some other uncertainty with the Bears organization, including about Marc Trestman’s job. If he wants to save it, this is his best opportunity. He can prove that Cutler was the problem and not the coaching.”

On possible college football head coaches who could make the transition to the NFL:

“Jim Mora, the UCLA coach. I’m told he is already getting interest from several NFL teams. I would expect the 49ers to have some interest in Jim Mora. Another big name: Gus Malzahn from Auburn. Little more of a spread system kind of guy, something NFL teams are trying to get into and have with Chip Kelly. I would expect the Dolphins to have interest in him if they part ways with Joe Philbin.”

On possible head coaching candidates:

“The Fritz Pollard Alliance is a group that has been recommending minority candidates for interviews for NFL teams. They submitted nine names to teams this year. Todd Bowles is actually the first one, the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator. He is the candidate they are pushing the hardest for an interview; got an extension with the Cardinals this year but certainly has not ruled out coaching. Another one: Hue Jackson, the former Oakland Raiders coach who we know is the Bengals offensive coordinator. And then Pep Hamilton. A little bit of a younger candidate. Of course, has worked extremely well with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Those are the top three names they’ll be pushing.”

On San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers having a bulging disc in his back:

“It was so bad [that] actually two or three weeks ago, he sought emergency outside treatment and considered shutting it down. He was playing with fractured ribs about two or three weeks ago that have now gotten better. The ribs, now the back so he might have surgery after the season.”

On the future of the NFL in Los Angeles:

“There will be no team in Los Angeles in 2015. That was something that Roger Goodell made very clear to the Rams, Raiders and Chargers earlier this week. We also know the NFL is focusing on three sites before they focus on a team.”

On the Oakland Raiders:

“I have learned a couple of things about the Oakland Raiders in the last couple of days. First of all, they are expected to announce shortly a one-year extension for their lease in Oakland; we know of course they are going to be in Oakland this year. I am also told that owner Mark Davis has spent his first three years as owner running this team rebuilding relationships with other owners around the league, trying to help things go in that direction after his father obviously went the other way. And one of the most important things that Mark Davis did when he became owner was he settled millions of dollars of debt from his father from longstanding legal battles. Essentially, every NFL team got a check from the Raiders. This was one way that he has closely aligned himself with the league and started to rebuild some of these relationships.”

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

– Week 16 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Bold Predictions for Week 16:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446545/Bold-Predictions-Cutler-plays-the-hero

– Brotherly Love NFL GameDay Morning shares the story of brothers Chris and Ma’ake Kemoeatu:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446552/Brotherly-love

– Justin Forsett’s Fight – NFL Media’s Michael Silver sits down with Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett to discuss his long and winding road in the NFL:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446567/Forsett-s-fight

– Bill Belichick-Tom Brady: Best Coach-Quarterback Combo in NFL History? – With their 12th division title secured, is New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady the best coach-quarterback combo in NFL history? NFL GameDay First answers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446529/Belichick-Brady-Best-coach-quarterback-combo-ever

Players Only: Winning with Ryan Lindley? NFL GameDay First’s former players Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson preview the upcoming NFC West matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446532/Players-Only-Winning-with-Lindley

– Philadelphia Eagles’ Playoff Hopes Shattered? – With a loss to the Washington Redskins, are the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff hopes shattered? NFL GameDay Morning discusses:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446540/Eagles-playoff-hopes-shattered

– San Diego Chargers Right Where They Want to Be NFL GameDay Morning examines the San Diego Chargers’ comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers which kept their playoff hopes alive:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446538/Chargers-right-where-they-want-to-be

– Will Johnny Manziel Bounce Back Against the Carolina Panthers? Steve Mariucci and Kurt Warner discuss if Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will bounce back in his second career NFL start:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446550/Will-Manziel-bounce-back-against-the-Panthers

– Teams in Need of a “Christmas Miracle” Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson highlight the teams in need of a “Christmas Miracle” in order to make the postseason:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446533/Teams-in-need-a-of-Chirstmas-miracle

– Jay Cutler the Titan? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest regarding Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and a possible connection with the Tennessee Titans:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446541/Cutler-the-Titan

– Jim Mora Back to the NFL? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport offers college coaches who potentially could make the jump to the NFL:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446555/Jim-Mora-Jr-back-to-the-NFL

– No Team in Los Angeles in 2015 – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that there will be no NFL team in Los Angeles in 2015:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446577/No-team-for-L-A-in-2015

– Santa Mooch Santa Mooch makes his annual appearance to hand out gifts for the NFL GameDay Morning crew:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000446558/Santa-Mooch

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