Quotes From NFL Network’s ‘Super Bowl Live’ & ‘NFL Total Access’ — Friday, January 30

Quotes from Friday’s Editions of Super Bowl Live & NFL Total Access

“I think the Seahawks are the better team and I think they’re going to play their A-game. If those things happen, that’s going to be tough to contend with.” –Michael Silver on the Super Bowl XLIX matchup

“The two most intimidating players in the National Football League: Rob Gronkowski on the offensive side of the ball and you look at what Kam Chancellor does on the defensive side of the ball.” – NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor

“[Mike Zimmer] is feisty, he’s on you and that’s the type of coach that I love playing for.” – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on head coach Mike Zimmer

“We’ve been fortunate to make the playoffs every year since I’ve been there. We’ve had some really good, good seasons but we haven’t been able to get the win in the playoffs that we need. We’re trying to do everything we can to get to the playoffs and win. Unfortunately it hasn’t happened for us in the last four years.” – Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on losing in the first round in the playoffs again

“I guess it just depends on what that hometown discount is.” – Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas on whether or not he’d take a hometown discount to stay with the Broncos

“When you get in big games, when you get to the playoffs you have to play with that passion, that fire and we didn’t have that. For whatever reason that was, we have to do a better job as a team and when it matters we have to grind together, pull together and find a way to win.” – Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas on what happened in their playoff game

“Teddy Bridgewater is making strides. I love everything that he’s showing us as a quarterback.” – Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings on Teddy Bridgewater

“The innate ability Bill Belichick has is he can make you think about nothing but the game. You can focus on everything. He puts things in perspective.” – Willie McGinest on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“I call [Pete Carroll] primetime Pete…The bigger the stage, the bigger the lights the more people put pressure on his teams, his teams come out and they play very well.” – Michael Robinson on Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll

“The one thing about Bill [Belichick] you knew there was always going to be something you weren’t prepared for and you had to make adjustments on the fly.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the challenges of facing Bill Belichick

“I feel like I’ve had the honor to see [Richard Sherman] really grow up in front of my eyes. It’s been awesome to see.” – Michael Robinson on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

“[Peyton Manning] is great for the NFL. I think he comes back for at least one more season.” – Willie McGinest on Peyton Manning’s future

New England Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft with NFL Media’s Melissa Stark

NFL Media’s Melissa Stark sat down with New England Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access.

On what he learned from firing Pete Carroll and what needed to change within the organization to support the head coach:

“To be fair to Pete [Carroll], I had just come off a very difficult owner relationship with my then head coach and I was looking for a different style. So I didn’t give Pete all the power he should have had. I don’t think there’s any exact formula for how it’s done. It’s really what fits each individual system.”

On if he feels he put Bill Belichick in a better position to succeed:

“I think Bill [Belichick] came in at a time when I think I was a more experienced, wiser owner.”

On if he thought Bill Belichick was capable of this when he hired him:

“The greatest decisions I’ve made in my life are by instinct. I remember when I hired Bill I had a lot of people telling me it was a mistake. But he and I had established a rapport in ’96 when he coached the secondary. You need a coach that understands economics, that understands the impact of the salary cap and how to make those difficult decisions that allow you to sustain success over the long term. I don’t think there’s anyone better than Bill at doing that.”

On where his passionate speech he gave Monday in Arizona came from:

“I just didn’t like the way we were, in my opinion, being unfairly attacked. I just decided to do what was right for our family.”

On what the Patriot family stands for:

“We play by the rules, we play hard and we prepare hard. The work ethic of our team and preparation is like no other in my opinion and we try to make our fans in America proud.”

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On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL AM, Super Bowl Live & NFL Total Access are available for viewing:

– Jed York on Prepping for Super Bowl 50 – San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York joins NFL Network:


– Michael Bidwill: ‘I Think Our Commissioner Does a Fantastic Job’ – Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill sits down with the Super Bowl Live crew following Roger Goodell’s press conference:


– Is the NFL Coming Back to Los Angeles? – The Super Bowl Live crew discusses the future of football in Los Angeles:


– Super Bowl XLIX: Who’s Gonna Win? – Host Marc Istook and analyst Jamie Dukes discuss the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX game:


– Super Bowl XLIX Bold Predictions – Host Marc Istook and analysts Jamie Dukes make bold predictions on Super Bowl XLIX:


– Bridgewater Grades His Rookie Season – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater joins NFL Network’s Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington to discuss his rookie season:


– AM Film Room: Brady’s Vision vs Wilson’s Legs – NFL Network’s Eric Davis and Rhett Lewis breakdown film on quarterback Tom Brady and Russell Wilson:


– Bennett: ‘We’re All to Blame, Not Just Jay’ – Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett joins the Super Bowl Live crew and talks about the Bears season:


– Michael Irvin Gives Amazing “Would-be” Halftime Speech – NFL Network’s Michael Irvin


– Sanders: We Need Peyton Back – Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sits down with host Scott Hanson and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson and Jamie Dukes on Super Bowl Live:


– Silver on Lynch’s Future – NFL Media’s Michael Silver joins Super Bowl Live to talk about Marshawn Lynch’s future:


– Jeremiah: Gronkowski, Chancellor the best match-up – NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah explains his thoughts on the two most intimidating players in the NFL:


– Dalton: ‘We’re Trying Everything We Can, but it Hasn’t Happened’ – Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joins NFL Network’s Dan Hellie in the Social Media Command Center:


– Julius Thomas Talks Free Agency and Broncos Downfall – Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas joins the Super Bowl Live crew:


– Jennings: ‘Bridgewater is Making Strides’ – Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings sits down with the Super Bowl Live crew:


Coming up on Saturday, January 31

– The following guests will appear on NFL AM at 6:00 AM ET:

  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton
  • Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin
  • Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson
  • Houston Texans running back Arian Foster
  • Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas
  • Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen
  • Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett
  • Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, Jr.
  • Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin
  • Musician Lenny Kravitz

–  A two-hour edition of Super Bowl Live airs at 6:00 PM ET. Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews joins the show

Super Bowl Saturday Night airs at 8:00 PM ET leading up to the fourth annual NFL Honors. Melissa Stark and Deion Sanders host, along with Erin Coscarelli on the Red Carpet and Lindsay Rhodes in the Xfinity Lounge. Super Bowl Saturday Night  is presented by Xfinity

NFL Total Access airs live at 11:00 PM ET. Former Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander joins the show


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