Quotes From Week 17 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“This version of Tony and what Tony is doing right now, the leader that he has matured into, absolutely I trust Tony…He’s playing his best football.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“Tony Romo is in total control of this offense…This quarterback here is ready to lead this team to a championship. Yes, I trust Tony Romo.” – Warren Sapp on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“The defense is what holds them back when I look and compare them to Seattle. As good as the Dallas Cowboys’ offense has been, the Seahawks’ defense is better.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Dallas Cowboys

“They’ve morphed into that championship form from last year. I’m going to say Seattle is the best team in the NFC.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Seattle Seahawks

“The Dallas Cowboys are built to beat the Seattle Seahawks.” – Michael Robinson on the Dallas Cowboys

“Going to three NFC Championship [Games] – that’s not an easy feat. [The 49ers replacing Jim Harbaugh] lets you know there is something in that building that they don’t like.” – Michael Robinson on the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh

“When you have Peyton Manning playing at his best, you believe you’re invincible. You believe no matter what the game looks like, we can win this game. I don’t believe they have that right now.” – Kurt Warner on the Denver Broncos

“You work to get where you are. You work to make yourself as good as you are. So, a lot of people talk about it, a lot of people say they want to work hard, a lot of people post cool Instagram quotes talking about how hard they work, but at the end of the day it comes down to what you’re actually doing, how hard you’re actually working.” – Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Houston Texans Defensive End J.J. Watt with NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel

NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel sat down with Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning.

On what his greatest talent and attribute is:

“When I think of talent, it’s almost an insult when people just say, ‘Oh, he’s talented.’ You work to get where you are. You work to make yourself as good as you are. So, a lot of people talk about it, a lot of people say they want to work hard, a lot of people post cool Instagram quotes talking about how hard they work, but at the end of the day it comes down to what you’re actually doing, how hard you’re actually working.”

On why he pursues wanting to be the best with the intensity he does:

“You only get so many years to try and be that guy. So, why not put everything you have into those years? You never know what play is going to change the game. You never know what play can change a career. You have to go out there and act like that’s the one that’s going to change everything.”

On if he wants to be a two-way player:

“I guess I kind of am right now. It’s pretty fun. Any way that I can help my team win football games, whether it’s blocking, catching or playing defense, I’ll do it.”

On what he has added to his repertoire as a player:

“I think one of the biggest things I’ve worked on is becoming a better leader for my team. Trying to go out there every single day and lead by example, and also help the young guys out. Try and give my guys a good example to follow and lead them out there and try to help win football games.”

On what he tells a lineman like Jadeveon Clowney who has been hurt:

“I think the reason that I’m in the positon I’m in is because of how much time and effort I put in to taking care of my body. It takes a lot of hours. It’s not just the weightlifting, it’s not just the practices – it’s taking care of your body after those practices and making sure you’re ready to go the next day.”

On if Jadeveon Clowney has approached him and asked what he has to do to stay healthy:

“When he’s on our team and out on the field, then we can talk about it. He’s not here right now obviously coming off of surgery. We’ll see when he’s back.”

On if he’s comfortable being the face of the franchise:

“Very much so. I’m honored that I’m in that role and I take it very seriously.”

On why he wants to be great:

“If I’m going to put in all of that work and I’m going to bleed and I’m going to sweat my butt off to be great, I want to do everything I can to be the best because otherwise I’m just wasting my time.”

To view the entire interview with Watt, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449779/Inside-the-mind-of-J-J-Watt

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’m not surprised. I feel like probably a lot of people in the football world: winning is not enough. Three straight NFC Championship Games, a Super Bowl appearance – that was not enough for Jim Harbaugh to keep his job in San Francisco.” – Sterling Sharpe on Jim Harbaugh reportedly going to the University of Michigan

“Going to three NFC Championship [Games] – that’s not an easy feat. [The 49ers replacing Jim Harbaugh] lets you know there is something in that building that they don’t like.” – Michael Robinson on the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh

“I’m going to go ahead and say no…I think the defense is what holds them back when I look and compare them to Seattle. As good as the Dallas Cowboys’ offense has been, the Seahawks’ defense is better.” – Shaun O’Hara on if the Dallas Cowboys are the best team in the NFC

“This is a different Seahawks defense now. Week 6 [against the Dallas Cowboys] they weren’t the same Seahawks defense that we’re seeing now. They’ve morphed into that championship form from last year. I’m going to say Seattle is the best team in the NFC.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Seattle Seahawks

“The Dallas Cowboys are built to beat the Seattle Seahawks…To beat the Seattle Seahawks, you have to throw blows with them, you have to throw body punches, you have to punch them in the face and that’s exactly what the Dallas Cowboys did.” – Michael Robinson on the Dallas Cowboys

“Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams – the game is going to come down to those guys. They’re going to have to step up because they’re going to take Dez [Bryant] away, they’re going to stop the run and they’re going to make Tony Romo beat you with his arm.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs

“He’s finally healthy. He has added a dimension to the Carolina Panthers’ offense that they really haven’t had all year. That’s the reason why they’ve won three games in a row.” – Shaun O’Hara on Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart

“Regardless of what Matt Ryan and Mike Smith have done together, that defense is going to be the millstone around his neck that if he loses his job, it’s the defense that is going to sink him.” – Sterling Sharpe on Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith

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.

“This version of Tony and what Tony is doing right now, the leader that he has matured into, absolutely I trust Tony. Tony is smart enough now, finally, with a healthy run game to say I don’t have to try to make every play – I can allow people to play around me. He’s playing his best football. That’s what playoff football is about. It’s about tight games and can you win in tight moments. Tony Romo is screaming and shouting yes I can.” – Michael Irvin on if he trusts Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo heading into the playoffs

“When he gave Dez Bryant that thumbs up outside [against Philadelphia], that lets me know Tony Romo is in total control of this offense. If you don’t see it, then you’ve been watching a different film of the Dallas Cowboys in the last couple of weeks. This quarterback here is ready to lead this team to a championship. Yes, I trust Tony Romo.” – Warren Sapp on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“No, I do not trust Tony Romo. I trust the offensive line, DeMarco Murray [and] Dez Bryant to continue doing what they are doing.” – Marshall Faulk on if he trusts Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo heading into the playoffs

“You can point in to one thing: Zack Martin…This guy right here was the key guy. It’s not just that he had the physical ability, it’s that he had the right mentality that he gave the offensive line. He’s giving them the right mentality.” – Michael Irvin on the biggest reason for the Dallas Cowboys’ turnaround this season

“When you have Peyton Manning playing at his best, you believe you’re invincible. You believe no matter what the game looks like, we can win this game. I don’t believe they have that right now because of the issues they’re having offensively. So now it falls to all of these other pieces to have to step up and carry you, and I’m not sure those pieces can do it.” – Kurt Warner on the Denver Broncos

“I think the biggest thing is rhythm. What they did after the Rams game is they said we need to run the football more, so we’re going to call more designed runs. We’re going to put situations out there where Peyton can’t do what Peyton does; he can’t just change plays, he can’t get into the best play. We’re going to call a run, we’re going to run a run and I think that’s taken him a little bit out of rhythm so we’re not seeing the same Peyton Manning.” – Kurt Warner on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s recent struggles

“This is the hottest team in the National Football League. Nobody wants to see them come playoff time – nobody wants to see them at home come playoff time.” – Kurt Warner on the Seattle Seahawks

“I believe there is a formula that’s a roadblock for the Patriots: that’s getting after Tom Brady. When you get after Tom Brady, this team changes…If [another AFC team] can show up and get after Tom Brady and mess up the timing of things, I think you have a chance. Other than that, I’m not sure there are enough pieces for any one team to beat the Patriots at home.” – Kurt Warner on the biggest roadblock to the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots

“I would not pass up the opportunity to play for Bruce Arians. Bruce finds ways to win games without his best players…The fact that he’s found a way to win 11 games after going 10-6 and missing the playoffs. You win 11 games this year and you’re missing probably four or five of your best players on your team. How do you do that? That means there is great coaching going on.” – Marshall Faulk on the coach he would most like to play for

“I believe in the passing game and in the running game, Reggie Bush has to really, really show up today…This is a game that we say, ‘That’s why they have Reggie Bush.’” – Marshall Faulk on Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:

“What we know right now is that University of Michigan officials believe that Jim Harbaugh will be their next coach. I am told by sources close to Harbaugh that there is no firm deal in place. Of course, we do know that he will coach today’s game, no doubt his last game with the San Francisco 49ers. As far as University of Michigan officials, they are in California right now, hoping to meet with Jim Harbaugh face-to-face for the first time. Their goal this weekend is to bring him home and introduce him at the University of Michigan on Tuesday. The other side of this is the Oakland Raiders are also ready. They hope to meet with him after his final game as well and I am told the Raiders at this point have not been told they are out for Harbaugh. Another key thing is Harbaugh has been talking to several close friends throughout this process. Over the last week or so when they’ve asked him directly if he’s going to be Michigan’s coach, he has not answered them. And finally, a team to keep an eye on: the Chicago Bears. If they make a full-scale change, they are a team to watch for Jim Harbaugh if he does not have a deal with Michigan.”

On the University of Michigan and Jim Harbaugh:

“There are a couple reasons that Michigan is so optimistic about landing Jim Harbaugh. One is he has not told them no, and that is a big thing. Because if he did not have interest in the job, he would have given them a firm no and said move on with your search; they do have a couple of candidates ready in case Jim Harbaugh tells them no. It also appears at this very minute that the University of Michigan does have the best offer on the table for Jim Harbaugh. The Bears may be interested if they make a change and the Raiders are interested. But at this point it appears Michigan is willing to pay more, at least just a little bit more, than some of those other teams. Of course, everyone knows that Michigan is near and dear to Jim Harbaugh’s heart. In fact, through an intermediary he told the team that he would not use them as leverage. So as soon as he knew he would not want the job, he would tell them stop asking me. He hasn’t done that yet.”

On the New York Jets:

“Big changes coming for the New York Jets which should not be a surprise considering not just this season but the last two seasons. The expectation is that the Jets will make a change at general manager with John Idzik, just two years on the job being out. As far as Rex Ryan, he personally is so sure that he’s going to get fired that I am told he has been joking with staff members about that really over the last several weeks. He thinks he is out as well. But the hope from owner Woody Johnson is not to make any sort of decision until at least after today’s game. Everyone is going to coach today’s game and just go from there. But the Jets are ready if change does happen. They have Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf as advisors set to help them if they do end up making a change.”

On the future of New York Jets general manager John Idzik:

“His future is not good in New York. I am told the expectation is that Idzik will also be fired along with Rex Ryan…The Jets have been preparing for the firing of Idzik and for Rex Ryan for some time now. In fact, they have employed the services of Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, two respected general managers to help them in the process, do some interviews with them with some of the candidates in the event some of these guys are fired. One thing to look for as the Jets look to replace Idzik, he is more of financial-based guy. He sold the Jets on his football expertise – they will not be duped again. Expect them to go with more of a personnel-based guy this time.”

On the potential general manager opening with the New York Jets:

“I’ve already talked to one general manager candidate for the Jets who has expressed some nervousness about their quarterback situation. That is a very real issue going forward.”

On the New York Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin:

“I am told about Tom Coughlin they are not looking to make a change and he does want to coach into next year. That being said, there has been no firm decision made; none of the staff members have been told they are definitively back next year and Coughlin will meet with the team’s brass after the season to hear his fate. But if the Giants do keep Coughlin, which all signs point to them doing right now, one of the main reasons is as a Giants source told me yesterday, the future is extremely bright. Watch the way players have developed, watch the way the team has finished and watch Odell Beckham, certainly one of the bright lights for the Giants going forward.”

On head coach Mike Smith’s future with the Atlanta Falcons:

“I’m told his job still is in jeopardy. Of course, so much of it depends not just on tonight’s game, but if the Falcons do win it depends on the next playoff game. I talked to members of the Falcons coaching staff. First of all, they have not been told their fate as of yet, nor should they be considering they could actually make the playoffs tonight. But they believe that if the Falcons lose tonight that there will be some big changes, including the firing of head coach Mike Smith. On the other side, if they win tonight the belief is that they also need to win a playoff game to ensure that there are no changes in Atlanta. So the Falcons actually face the very real prospect of winning tonight and making the playoffs, or losing and having everyone else look for new jobs.”

On head coach Marc Trestman’s future with the Chicago Bears:

“Just talking to members of that coaching staff, they have not been told definitively what will happen tomorrow. There is expected to be meetings tonight and early tomorrow to decide the fate of this Bears’ coaching staff. But they all think that they are getting fired after tonight’s game and that also could include not just head coach Marc Trestman who has presided over the Bears in a disappointing two-year stint that has included horrific play from quarterback Jay Cutler, but it also could include general manager Phil Emery. A full housecleaning could be coming to the Chicago Bears. As I mentioned, if that does happen watch them to keep an eye on Jim Harbaugh, their former quarterback.”

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

– Week 17 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide Bold Predictions for Week 17:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449759/Bold-Predictions-Lions-secure-No-1-seed-for-first-time-ever?campaign=Twitter_video_bp

– Michigan Officials Believe Jim Harbaugh Will Be Next Head Coach – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that University of Michigan officials believe Jim Harbaugh will be their next head coach:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449724/Michigan-officials-believe-Harbaugh-will-be-next-coach

– Should Tony Romo Be Trusted in the Playoffs? – Should Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo be trusted heading into the playoffs? NFL GameDay Morning discusses:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449757/Should-Romo-be-trusted-heading-into-the-playoffs

– Is Peyton Manning Hurt or Just Out of Rhythm? Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci discuss the reason for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s recent struggles:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449743/Is-Manning-hurt-or-just-out-of-rhythm

– Who Wins the MVP? Melissa Stark, Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson discuss and debate which player should win MVP:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449727/Who-wins-the-MVP

– New Head Coach and General Manager for the New York Jets? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joins NFL GameDay First to provide the latest regarding the New York Jets:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449726/New-head-coach-and-GM-for-the-Jets

– Potential Changes on ‘Black Monday’ Ian Rapoport and Michael Silver join NFL GameDay Morning discuss potential changes coming to several teams around the NFL:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449738/Potential-changes-on-Black-Monday

– Are Mike Smith and Marc Trestman on the Hot Seat? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joins Melissa Stark and Sterling Sharpe on NFL GameDay First to discuss the futures of head coaches Mike Smith and Marc Trestman:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449729/Are-Trestman-Mike-Smith-on-the-hot-seat

– Conquering Cowboys NFL GameDay First examines if the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC’s best team:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449722/Conquering-Cowboys

– Players Only: Resting vs. Playing NFL GameDay Morning’s former players discuss and debate the merits of resting or playing in the final game of the regular season:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000449786/Players-Only-Resting-vs-Playing

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