Quotes From Divisional Saturday Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“I expect him to never leave. I told him this will probably be his last destination.” – Willie McGinest on New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis

“That 10-0 [record to start his playoff career], that was Willie McGinest, it was [Mike] Vrabel, it was [Tedy] Bruschi – it was a lot of guys carrying the Patriots on defense…The 8-8 [since], that’s a bunch of Tom Brady-led teams where, ‘Tom, this is on your arm, you have to go out there and win these football games.’” – Marshall Faulk on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

“They don’t really care what the obstacles are, they don’t care who the team is, they don’t care what the personality of your team is or who your quarterback is. They just go out there and they outwork you, they punch you in the mouth and they play good Baltimore Ravens football.” – Michael Robinson on the Baltimore Ravens

“In the regular season, I put him at maybe the top 12…But in the playoffs, I’m putting him in the top five. I’m putting him with Tom [Brady], Peyton [Manning], Big Ben [Roethlisberger] and Aaron Rodgers as the five guys I want come playoff time.” – Kurt Warner on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

“I’m willing to take [Joe] Flacco above Peyton Manning in the postseason.” – Michael Irvin on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

“You look at Tom [Brady] and this football team, they need to make a statement…I just think this football team needs this victory more than air itself.” – Sterling Sharpe on the New England Patriots against the Baltimore Ravens

“The last time they won there, Joe Flacco had Anquan Boldin and he was huge in the red zone. He doesn’t have that red zone guy this year…That’s the only reason I’m picking the Patriots.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Baltimore Ravens facing the New England Patriots

“He is set to become the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL whenever he does a deal…They are setting the stage to have an extension done before next season and pay Russell Wilson more than the $20 million a year that the elite quarterbacks get.” – Ian Rapoport on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“To keep this team playing after a seven-game winless streak and finish strong is a credit to his resilience. The team feeds off of [him].” – Steve Mariucci on Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera

“When he drops back and he gets to move around, that’s when Aaron Rodgers is the most creative quarterback in our league. He’s not going to be able to do a lot of that [Sunday].” – Sterling Sharpe on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

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

Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera with NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer

NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer sat down with Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On how he characterizes what this season has been like for him:

“It most certainly has been a roller coaster.”

On what has happened this season:

“You can’t make this stuff up. My dad was an army officer. He’s always said, ‘When things are going crazy, everybody is looking for you to step up – take responsibility.’ That’s kind of what I’ve tried to do.”

On the differences he sees between the team that was winless for seven games and the team that has won five consecutive games:

“We’re not worried about the end of the race. I think we’re more concerned about, ‘OK, I made a mistake, that’s fine, I can’t do anything about that – I can play the next play better.’ You do see that.”

On how the off-field events of this season such as Cam Newton’s car accident and his home catching fire have resonated with him:

“We really do need to slow down and enjoy the journey a little bit more and don’t worry about the destination.”

On what the Panthers have to do to defeat the Seahawks in Seattle:

“It took me 20-something years in the NFL but I finally get the saying, ‘On any given Sunday.’ Think about this, on any given Sunday any team in the NFL can beat any other team. But why? Why can that team win? All you have to do is play better one time.”

To view the entire interview with Rivera, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456010/Ron-Rivera-hangs-tough-in-face-of-adversity

Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Bobby Wagner with NFL Media’s Steve Cyphers

NFL Media’s Steve Cyphers sat down with Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner for a feature on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On his responsibility to this team:

“I’m like the General. The person that makes sure everything is going according to plan.”

On missing five weeks during the season:

“When I was out for those five weeks, I was praying for me to get back as soon as I could. I knew once I got back I wanted to make a big, big impact. I want everybody to leave and know that they played 54.”

On being the eighth overall linebacker selected in the 2012 NFL Draft:

“I definitely carry a chip. Coming out of the draft, I was definitely one of the top linebackers. But once I got drafted, I just wanted an opportunity to show everybody how good I could be.”

On the members of the Seahawks defense other than the secondary:

“We have a defense that’s stacked. Sometimes because of how great they [the secondary] have been doing collectively, other guys get overshadowed. But that’s starting to change.”

To view the entire feature on Wagner, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456045/Bobby-

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Today, NFL GameDay First aired at 10:00 AM ET, with host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson providing the first analysis of the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Also, Willie McGinest joined from New England and Nate Burleson joined from Seattle to preview today’s games.

“Just a workman-like mentality and it’s embodied in their head coach John Harbaugh…He was a special teams coach and on special teams, you’re going to get beat, you’re going to go through adversity. You have to recover and this team, that’s what they do. They don’t really care what the obstacles are, they don’t care who the team is, they don’t care what the personality of your team is or who your quarterback is. They just go out there and they outwork you, they punch you in the mouth and they play good Baltimore Ravens football.” – Michael Robinson on why the Baltimore Ravens have success against the New England Patriots in the playoffs

“You look at Tom [Brady] and this football team, they need to make a statement. They’ve stood up to a lot of the big teams; they took care of the Denver Broncos earlier in the year. I just think this football team needs this victory more than air itself.” – Sterling Sharpe on the New England Patriots

“The last time they won there, Joe Flacco had Anquan Boldin and he was huge in the red zone. He doesn’t have that red zone guy this year. I think that’s where they’re going to struggle. That’s the only reason I’m picking the Patriots.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Baltimore Ravens

“The Seahawks’ biggest advantage comes in Pete [Carroll’s] philosophy: the competition philosophy, the compete first [philosophy]. It helps you keep your job; it helps you always have that edge going out on the field. In my opinion, the philosophical edge is what gives the Seahawks the edge over all of their opponents.” – Michael Robinson on the Seattle Seahawks’ biggest advantage over the Carolina Panthers

“When he drops back and he gets to move around, that’s when Aaron Rodgers is the most creative quarterback in our league. He’s not going to be able to do a lot of that [Sunday]. If I’m the Dallas Cowboys, I would not be surprised if the first four defensive calls are all-out blitzes.” – Sterling Sharpe on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

Today, NFL GameDay Morning aired at 12 Noon ET, taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joined 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 provided the latest inside information from around the league, and Willie McGinest joined from New England and Nate Burleson joined from Seattle to preview the day’s games.

“I expect him to never leave. I told him this will probably be his last destination.” – Willie McGinest on New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis

“That 10-0 [record to start his playoff career], that was Willie McGinest, it was [Mike] Vrabel, it was [Tedy] Bruschi – it was a lot of guys carrying the Patriots on defense. Tom, pretty much it was a lot of showing up, not turning the football over – we’re going to win games. The 8-8 [since], that’s a bunch of Tom Brady-led teams where, ‘Tom, this is on your arm, you have to go out there and win these football games.’” – Marshall Faulk on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

“[The Ravens] get to Tom, like the games against the Jets. He’s worried in the pocket. I’ve seen Tom stand in the pocket flat-footed like nobody is going to touch me. In games against the Ravens and games against the Jets [with] defensive coordinators who throw different things at you, I’ve seen Tom just duck sometimes when nobody has been around him.” – Marshall Faulk on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets

“They sound so confident in who they are and what they are as a team. At the Kansas City game, they looked defeated…How they have answered by not just winning games but taking over the number one seed in the AFC, it’s unbelievable what they’ve been able to do.” – Marshall Faulk on the New England Patriots

“In the regular season, I put him at maybe the top 12; he’s kind of an average regular season guy. But in the playoffs, I’m putting him in the top five. I’m putting him with Tom [Brady], Peyton [Manning], Big Ben [Roethlisberger] and Aaron Rodgers as the five guys I want come playoff time because of how they play in those big moments.” – Kurt Warner on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

“[Peyton Manning] has had great regular seasons, but when it comes to [the] postseason [Joe] Flacco ranks above all of that. I’m willing to take Flacco above Peyton Manning in the postseason because that’s where you win playoff games, that’s where you win Super Bowls.” – Michael Irvin on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

“This team is capable, it’s confident, it has a hot quarterback and in the defensive line, they think they have the advantage. So do I.” – Steve Mariucci on the Baltimore Ravens

“This recipe is simple. When you look at the last [game] that they played, two throws made the difference…They should have been touchdowns and the Carolina Panthers should have gone into halftime up 21-3…Those two plays, [if] you complete them this time you get the upset.” – Michael Irvin on the recipe for a Carolina Panthers win over the Seattle Seahawks

“I want them to go out there and really strike some fear into Seattle with the statement that, ‘We could care less about this game; we’re going to run reverses, flea-flickers – this is just another game for us.’ But to you, what are you doing? You’re defending your title. You have to put the pressure on Seattle and make them feel the need to make plays.” – Marshall Faulk on the Carolina Panthers facing the Seattle Seahawks

“To keep this team playing after a seven-game winless streak and finish strong is a credit to his resilience. The team feeds off of [him].” – Steve Mariucci on Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera

“You can dress it up however you want it: the main entrée of this team is running the ball and stopping the run. That’s exactly what they’re going to do. You can add an appetizer which is a couple players here and there, but they have to do what they do best: that’s play great defense and run the ball with Marshawn Lynch.” – Nate Burleson on the Seattle Seahawks facing the Carolina Panthers

“If I’m the Dallas Cowboys, the first five plays I’m getting [Aaron Rodgers] off the spot. You’re going to move, and I’m going to see if that leg and arm and your ability to get out of the pocket and run away from our rush is there. Because if it’s not, that changes the next 55 minutes of this football game.” – Warren Sapp on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels:

“There is a lot of interest in Josh McDaniels. During the window that he could actually speak with teams, he spoke to the majority of teams that have openings, and two in particular are waiting to see the outcome of today’s game to see if they could speak with Josh McDaniels. One of those teams is the San Francisco 49ers who did talk to him, who have a lot of interest in him and would like him to come in and fix their quarterback position. Plus, he has the added bonus of the ability to keep their defensive staff in place, including respected defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The other team that has shown a lot of interest in McDaniels is the Atlanta Falcons. They just shook up their front office; elevated Thomas Dimitroff, elevated Scott Pioli – two guys very familiar and very much in the corner of Josh McDaniels.”

On Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and the New York Jets:

“There is a lot of mutual interest between Dan Quinn and the New York Jets. They loved the way he interviewed, they love just as he is as a person and his vision for the potential franchise that he could take over. Plus, we know Dan Quinn is a defensive guy; he has one of the top units in Seattle. I am told he would bring Kyle Shanahan, the young innovative offensive coordinator, with him if he did land with the New York Jets. But the problem for the Jets is actually two-fold. First of all, they may have to wait awhile – 10 days – for Dan Quinn. The other thing is they are not the only suitor for him. He is also getting interest from at least one other place. Keep an eye on San Francisco. The Jets, if they do want to hire him, may have some competition.”

On Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson:

“Talking to people involved in the situation, he is set to become the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL whenever he does a deal. He is eligible to start negotiating with the Seahawks and his new agent Mark Rodgers, a baseball agent whose deals are usually high in guarantees. Nothing has happened yet but what the Seahawks have done is they have set it up to have a deal this offseason as opposed to next offseason. So what they’ve done is they traded Percy Harvin, clearing up a lot of money. They did an extension for K.J. Wright, they did an extension for Cliff Avril – they are setting the stage to have an extension done before next season and pay Russell Wilson more than the $20 million a year that the elite quarterbacks get.”

On Rex Ryan:

“Rex has become a very hot candidate as we’ve gone on in this process. One of the teams he’s generating a ton of interest from is the Atlanta Falcons. Remember, he finished second to them the last time he talked to them. Owner Arthur Blank has long been a fan of Rex Ryan. He could bring some excitement to the city and of course to that new stadium. But one of the big questions for Rex is how is he going to fix offense? Of course that was an issue in New York. I’m told he wants to bring the NFL’s version of the odd couple: Rex Ryan and Marc Trestman. Trestman, he would fix a lot of those issues.”

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

– Divisional Saturday Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Bold Predictions for Saturday’s games:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456043/Bold-predictions-for-Divisional-Round-playoff-games

– Which Wild Card Winner has the Best Chance for the Upset? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew analyzes which team coming off a win on Wild Card Weekend has the best chance to pull an upset in the Divisional Round:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456001/Which-Wild-Card-winner-has-best-chance-for-upset

– Tale of the Tape: Panthers vs. Seahawks NFL GameDay Morning puts the Carolina Panthers-Seattle Seahawks game to the Tale of the Tape:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456033/Tale-of-the-Tape-Panthers-vs-Seahawks

– Is This Tom Brady’s Best Chance at Another Ring? – Heading into today’s game, NFL GameDay Morning debates if this is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s best chance at another Super Bowl ring:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456047/Is-this-Brady-s-best-chance-at-another-ring

– Is Homefield Advantage the Biggest Advantage for the Seattle Seahawks? NFL GameDay First debates if homefield advantage is the biggest advantage the Seattle Seahawks have over the Carolina Panthers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000455992/Is-home-field-biggest-advantage-to-Seahawks

– The Impact of Aaron Rodgers’ Calf Injury – The NFL GameDay Morning analysts examine the impact of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456011/Impact-of-Rodgers-calf-injury

– How Will Aaron Rodgers’ Injury Affect His Throwing? Sterling Sharpe and Melissa Stark discuss how Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ injury will affect his performance against the Dallas Cowboys:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000455985/How-will-Rodgers-injury-affect-his-throwing

– Who Would You Rather Have on Sunday: Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning – Before the play on Sunday, the NFL GameDay Morning analysts answer which quarterback they would rather have, Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456019/Who-would-you-rather-have-Sunday-Luck-or-Manning

– Joe Flacco vs. Tom Brady – NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala joins NFL GameDay First to preview the matchup between Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000455989/Joe-Flacco-vs-Tom-Brady

– Can the Indianapolis Colts Pull off the Upset? Albert Breer joins NFL GameDay First from Denver to provide the latest on the Indianapolis Colts:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000455996/Can-Colts-pull-off-an-upset

– Russell Wilson Set to be Highest-Paid Quarterback – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the latest regarding Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s contract:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456016/Wilson-set-to-be-highest-paid-QB

– Ian Rapoport: ‘A Lot of Interest in Josh McDaniels’ – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joined NFL GameDay First to provide the latest regarding New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the New York Jets’ head coaching search:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000455997/Rapoport-A-lot-of-interested-in-McDaniels

– Rex Ryan Wants Marc Trestman as Future Offensive Coordinator – According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Rex Ryan is looking at Marc Trestman to be his future offensive coordinator:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456023/Rex-Ryan-wants-Trestman-as-future-OC

– How Does the Cold Affect Players? NFL GameDay Morning explains how cold weather affects players:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456024/How-does-the-cold-affect-players

– Top 10 Divisional Round Moments NFL GameDay Morning counts down the top 10 moments from the Divisional Round:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456031/Top-10-Divisional-Round-playoff-moments

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