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

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“This offense is physical and I think that’s what gives Jerry Jones a lot of confidence. For the first time in a long time, he has that physical offensive line that he had when they won those Super Bowls in the ‘90s.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Dallas Cowboys

“We all know that you can do a lot of great things with stadiums and you can do a lot of things in a lot of different ways, but you need to win. Win at the end of the day is the name of the game.” – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

“Once again, these are games that Peyton Manning is going to have to win, definitely against Andrew Luck.” – Marshall Faulk on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning

“That’s what I feel like I’m here for: to push him because I see how great he is.” – Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware on linebacker Von Miller

“Peyton Manning [and] Tom Brady being in the AFC, you must go through these guys if you want to be considered to be one of the elites in this league.” – Michael Robinson on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“He needs one of those big games, big plays – game-changing plays – today if I think they have any chance to win on the road.” – Kurt Warner on Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton

“The performance that Seattle put on yesterday, they’re the best team in the NFL right now.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Seattle Seahawks

“I learned that this defense with a bunch of no-name guys other than Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork can still get it done…Darrelle Revis played probably his worst game in his entire NFL career and the New England Patriots made the plays.” – Sterling Sharpe on the New England Patriots defense

“This caught the Steelers organization by surprise. As far as they were concerned, though Dick LeBeau has been on year-to-year contracts for about the last five or six years, they thought he would coach next year.” – Ian Rapoport on Dick LeBeau resigning as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator

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

Dallas Cowboys Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones with NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel

NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel’s feature Dallas Cowboys owner/president/general manager Jerry Jones aired on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning.

On how Tony Romo and the Cowboys are going to travel to Green Bay and defeat the Packers in January:

“What we’ve done is put together a team that can play in the elements. Our offensive line is our strength and that offensive line is going to have to sit in there and provide that protection so that Tony [Romo] can be the quarterback that we know he can be. He has the talent to get the job done.”

On his relationship with quarterback Tony Romo being more of a personal relationship than a business relationship:

“It’s difficult for me to separate the two; it always has been. You weigh the way he’s prepared, you weigh the way he’s conducted his professional life, you weigh the experiences that he’s had up and down, and for him to be sitting here at this particular moment in time with all of that experience with the physical ability to do it, yes I admire that. I envy that.”

On what they will see from the Cowboys against the Packers:

“I’m going to start with the big W word: will. Everybody on this team knows the challenge we have to go to Green Bay. We’re playing a really, really great team, a team that’s very capable of being the World Champion. On the other hand, we’re going to be about as healthy and we’re going to be about as accomplished as any time we’ve been over the last 18 months. I’m convinced that we will go up there and right down to the last play, each player will give what he knows to be his best.”

On the importance of getting a win over the Packers:

“We all know that you can do a lot of great things with stadiums and you can do a lot of things in a lot of different ways, but you need to win. Win at the end of the day is the name of the game.”

To view the entire feature, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456587/Jerry-Jones-We-need-will-to-win

Denver Broncos Defensive End DeMarcus Ware & Linebacker Von Miller with NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington

NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington sat down with Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Von Miller for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On idolizing DeMarcus Ware when he was growing up:

Von Miller: “Just like every other young kid out there, you see a guy who plays the same position as you, you idolize that guy. You want to do some of the same stuff that he did. I was a pass rusher too and I used to wear the high white tape with the white gloves. I just watched him and I just tried to emulate it in my game.”

On when he first noticed Von Miller:

DeMarcus Ware: “I’ve seen him rehabilitate himself from his knee injury and I’ve just seen how he worked. It’s crazy but when you look at yourself as one of the big-time athletes that has the speed, has the power, has the tenacity, but then you look on the other side and you’re like dang he’s faster than me, he’s quicker than me. I was like this guy could even be one of the best pass rushers ever to play this game.”

On if he feel like he needed a mentor like DeMarcus Ware to guide him:

Miller: “God works in mysterious ways. He came to the Broncos at a great time in my life for me. I don’t know what I needed but I know that having DeMarcus has definitely helped me out, 100 percent.”

On Von Miller:

Ware: “I know how special he is. I know how he can turn it on and be a guy that can’t be stopped. That’s what I feel like I’m here for: to push him because I see how great he is.”

On the duo of Miller and Ware:

Miller: “We feel like if we go out there and we make the plays that we’re supposed to make, then me and him can singlehandedly take us to where we want to go.”

To view the entire feature, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456581/How-DeMarcus-Ware-pushes-Von-Miller-to-be-better

Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb with NFL Media’s Michael Silver

NFL Media’s Michael Silver’s feature Green Bay Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb aired on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On their reaction if someone told them they were the best receiving tandem in the NFL:

Jordy Nelson: “We’d agree [laughing].”

On his first seasons in the NFL:

Nelson: “First couple years, we were five receivers deep, we were in a rotation. So that’s an adjustment coming out of college but for me personally I needed that time to develop. It was blessing to be able to sit behind those guys.”

On his development in the NFL:

Randall Cobb: “If you go back and watch my practice film from my rookie year, they used to make fun of me because I used to get jammed up so bad. It was bad.”

To view the entire feature, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456494/The-best-wideout-duo-in-the-land

Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano with NFL Media’s Judy Battista

NFL Media’s Judy Battista’s feature Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano aired on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On the success the Colts have had in his three seasons as head coach:

“I was asked at the owners’ meetings my first time at the owners’ meetings in 2012 if we were going to lower those expectations. I forget who asked me that question but I offered to give him a roundtrip ticket and come to the first team meeting and explain to the guys that we’re going to lower the expectations, win four or five games and all is good. He certainly ran the other way and declined the offer.”

On his battle with cancer:

“With the passing of Stuart Scott, that hit home because he was very, very supportive to me and the way he went through his cancer journey with such dignity and strength and resilience and grit and perseverance. When things like that happen and you meet so many people that are faced with adversity and going through stuff, it kind of takes you back.”

On the supposition that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is not as good as he has been:

“We’re not falling into that trap, believe me. Everybody says they’re not throwing the ball but I turn the film on and I still him throwing the football. They’re clicking right now and it’s going to be a huge challenge for us to just try to slow that machine down.

To view the entire feature, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456541/Chuck-strong

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Today, NFL GameDay First aired at 7:00 AM ET, with host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson.

“If you want to be great, in the biggest games against the best competition you must step up. Peyton Manning [and] Tom Brady being in the AFC, you must go through these guys if you want to be considered to be one of the elites in this league. Andrew Luck, that’s what he wants. That’s what he’s waiting on.” – Michael Robinson on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“I think Aaron Rodgers understands it’s not my job to make plays with my legs – I just want to get the ball to Jordy [Nelson] and let me just get the ball to Randall Cobb. That’s going to be his mindset. I expect there to be a lot more quick throws.” – Shaun O’Hara on the impact of Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury

“Ordinarily [as a defense], you don’t want Aaron Rodgers to move because this guy is lethal with the football when he’s on the move and changes his launch point. But with his calf hurt and with the cold weather, you want to get him moving.” – Michael Robinson on the impact of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury

“This offense is physical and I think that’s what gives Jerry Jones a lot of confidence. For the first time in a long time, he has that physical offensive line that he had when they won those Super Bowls in the ‘90s. I think he has a lot of trust in that aspect.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Dallas Cowboys

“This team just doesn’t flinch. That’s the biggest thing that came out of that game in my mind…You look up and you’re down 14 points, but there was no panic, nobody flinched and the reason why is because Tom Brady doesn’t flinch.” – Shaun O’Hara on the New England Patriots overcoming two 14-point deficits to defeat the Baltimore Ravens

“I learned that this defense with a bunch of no-name guys other than Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork can still get it done…Darrelle Revis played probably his worst game in his entire NFL career and the New England Patriots made the plays.” – Sterling Sharpe on the New England Patriots defense

“The performance that Seattle put on yesterday, they’re the best team in the NFL right now.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Seattle Seahawks

“I feel like the rest of the NFL, they messed up weeks ago by letting this team get homefield advantage.” – Michael Robinson on the Seattle Seahawks

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

Today, NFL GameDay Morning aired at 9:00 AM 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.

“Once again, these are games that Peyton Manning is going to have to win, definitely against Andrew Luck. There is one guy that is going to be sitting at this game thinking, ‘Did I make the right decision or not?’ Jim Irsay believes he made the right decision by allowing Peyton to move on to Denver and drafting Andrew Luck.” – Marshall Faulk on what is on the line for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning today

“I look at this team and I go, ‘OK, where are the big plays going to come from?’ This is the guy that has to go out and have one of those games…He needs one of those big games, big plays – game-changing plays – today if I think they have any chance to win on the road.” – Kurt Warner on Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton

“It would certainly be a problem for the Dallas Cowboys. Absolutely I think that game will be a game that they will lose…You get behind in this game, they’ll get to take away what you do best which is the run game and then they will have you one-dimensional.” – Michael Irvin on if the Dallas Cowboys fall behind by more than two scores early in the game against the Green Bay Packers

“Yeah it’s going to affect him, yeah it’s going to affect this team but the great thing about Aaron Rodgers is he’s such a balanced quarterback. It’s not his plant leg – that’s the good thing – and he’s so balanced and he’s so good with that right arm that he can still sling it and get that ball out with velocity.” – Kurt Warner on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing with a calf injury

“To me, this is the biggest X-factor in this game. What happens with that calf? Does it limit him? How much does it limit him? And will it allow him to get through the game? That’s my biggest concern is that if it gets cold and he can’t keep it loose and he starts moving, will he be able to stay in the game and finish this thing out.” – Kurt Warner on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ injured calf

“It’s more [of] a mental thing. When you know it’s cold, that’s what you think about…You have to tune all of that out and say, ‘Forget it, I’m just playing a football game; I can’t think about that stuff.’ I think it is a huge adjustment for a team.” – Kurt Warner on playing in cold weather

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills:

“Rex Ryan, the former Jets head coach, is expected to be the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills. This is expected to happen shortly. The Buffalo Bills offered Rex Ryan their head coaching job. I am told he is planning to accept, so Rex Ryan is going to be the first coach off the board. He’s going to coach against his the Jets, his old team, two times a year. The Buffalo Bills were a little bit of a wild card here. Rex interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers; he also interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons who were considered the favorite to land him. But while the Falcons continued their search, meeting with Todd Bowles late last night, the Bills stepped in, offered Rex Ryan the head coaching job and I am told he is going to accept.”

On Rex Ryan’s expected deal with the Buffalo Bills:

“As we speak, Rex Ryan and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, and members of the Bills brass are finalizing a five-year deal to make Rex Ryan the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills, the first head coaching candidate off the board. This offer was made, I’m told by sources, late last night by the Buffalo Bills. The thought was that the Atlanta Falcons would jump in once it became clear that Rex was going to Florida to talk to Bills brass for a second interview. In the end, they did not so the Bills closed on their guy, got the head coach they wanted that they weren’t even sure they could actually hire…Pay attention to two offensive coordinator candidates: Marc Trestman is one, Greg Roman is another. As far as defensive coordinator, our Kim Jones says that Dennis Thurman is going to join Rex in Buffalo.”

On Green Bay Packers assistant head coaches not being considered for head coaching jobs:

“I actually talked to Mike McCarthy over the phone during the bye week on this very topic and he told me I don’t understand why our guys are not part of the process. As far as McCarthy sees it, he has three really good head coaching candidates: Dom Capers, his defensive coordinator; Tom Clements, his offensive coordinator; and then Winston Moss, his assistant head coach, his linebackers coach and also the person who handles discipline on the team. Rarely does a head coach speak out on this topic; rarely does a head coach want his assistants to get hired. But as McCarthy said we’re a draft and develop team, we take mostly college guys, we teach. He is a little miffed that his guys are not being given the opportunity to interview for head coaching jobs.”

On Dick LeBeau resigning as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator:

“I talked to several sources close to the situation. This caught the Steelers organization by surprise. As far as they were concerned, though Dick LeBeau has been on year-to-year contracts for about the last five or six years, they thought he would coach next year. From what I’m told, they welcomed him coaching next year. But as far as LeBeau’s thinking, he believed his time was up with the organization. He did not feel that he was part of their future plans. Plus, some of his guys like Ike Taylor, like Troy Polamalu are expected to be gone from the organization. Maybe he wanted to go out with them. Look for Keith Butler there.”

On if Dick LeBeau will coach somewhere else next season:

“Arizona [and] Tennessee potentially.”

On the substitution situation in yesterday’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots:

“I just talked to a couple league sources about this and what I am told was the complaint from the Baltimore Ravens was not that what the Patriots did was illegal; in fact, it was not illegal. The Ravens’ complaint is that they did not receive enough notice that the player in particular was not eligible. I’m also told there was an announcement in the stadium so at least the Ravens received some kind of notice. Now, as far as today goes the normal process will happen with today’s games. They will go through the same mechanics, the same plan as they do with reporting like they always do. Nothing will change. It’s just because of last night’s occurrence, everyone will be a little more aware of it today.”

On the latest regarding the New York Jets:

“I’m told the Jets are expected to have a new general manager sooner rather than later. Sources tell me that former Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan is expected to be hired as the Jets’ next general manager, which is not a surprise. He has actually been in town for the past three days meeting with owner Woody Johnson, talking to the team’s brass, establishing his plan for running the team. Now, what is next on his docket is who is going to be the Jets’ head coach? The two candidates I’m told who have elevated themselves above all others are Todd Bowles and Dan Quinn. But keep an eye on Gary Kubiak. They may also want to interview him as well.”

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

– Divisional Sunday Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Bold Predictions for Divisional Sunday:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456565/Bold-Predictions-Luck-and-Manning-throw-9-TDs

– Brett Favre Calls In – Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre calls in to NFL GameDay Morning to preview today’s Divisional Round games:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456598/Favre-I-think-the-cold-will-aid-Rodgers-injured-calf

– How Do the Dallas Cowboys Win at Lambeau? – The NFL GameDay First crew explains how the Dallas Cowboys get a win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456523/How-do-Cowboys-win-at-Lambeau

– Limping in Lambeau NFL GameDay Morning examines how Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury will impact today’s game:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456539/Limping-in-Lambeau

– More to Prove: Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning? – Which quarterback has more to prove today: Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning? NFL GameDay First answers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456524/More-to-prove-Luck-or-Manning

Players Only: What’s on the Line for Peyton Manning? NFL GameDay Morning’s former players discuss what is on the line for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning today against the Indianapolis Colts:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456559/Players-Only-What-s-on-the-line-for-Manning

– Buffalo Bills Plan to Hire Rex Ryan – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Buffalo Bills expected hire of Rex Ryan as head coach:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456520/Bills-plan-to-hire-Rex-Ryan

– Who Will Join Rex Ryan in Buffalo? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport examines the potential assistant coaches who could join Rex Ryan in Buffalo:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456534/Who-will-join-Rex-Ryan-in-Buffalo

– Were the New England Patriots’ Substitutions Legal? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest regarding the New England Patriots’ substitutions last night against the Baltimore Ravens:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456561/Were-the-Patriots-substitutions-legal

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