Quotes From Week 3 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“The chemistry and continuity is out the window.” – Steve Mariucci on the Philadelphia Eagles

“I think the running game might be better off with Ryan Mathews and maybe Darren Sproles back there because they’re better in small spaces than DeMarco Murray is.” – Kurt Warner on the Philadelphia Eagles without running back DeMarco Murray

“He brought these guys in, they don’t fit his system – well then change your system. To some degree, you have to figure out a way to make these players succeed or we have no chance.” – Kurt Warner on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

“I’m certainly in no hurry to fill his shoes. It’s actually something that’s sad for me to even think about.” – Stephen Jones on his father Jerry Jones

“If it wasn’t for two bonehead plays by Eli Manning, we would be talking about the Giants running away with this division.” – Marshall Faulk on the New York Giants

“Right now, the most physically gifted wide receiver playing in the NFL is Julio Jones.” – Michael Irvin on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones

“Le’Veon Bell, this guy to me is the best back in the league.” – Brian Billick on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

“They have been asking him to do too much for the last three years…Ryan Grigson the GM has not put enough of a supporting cast around him.” – Jeffri Chadiha on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

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

NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel 1-on-1 with Dallas Cowboys’ Stephen Jones

NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel sat down with Dallas Cowboys Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President/Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones for an interview that aired on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning:

On negotiating a deal with Emmitt Smith in 1996:

“I was young but [Jerry Jones] still had a lot of confidence in me and certainly knew I could represent him well. Obviously it helped things worked out.”

On the difference between he and his father as a negotiator:

“I’m probably a little more black and white. The biggest thing with Jerry, he tends to be able to understand when it’s time to go the extra step and he’s really taught me a lot there. If you really want to be an entrepreneur and a business guy, you have to start to believe a little more in the magic.”

On former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray:

“There are a lot of things that go into figuring out what a player is worth. The running back position has changed over the years because it’s very difficult for a guy year in and year out to carry that type of load. We said what do we think is really going to happen? At the end of the day, it just wasn’t enough and certainly respect the decision DeMarco made.”

On if the Cowboys are his team:

“That’s not true. Jerry calls the shots here. I’m sure as I’ve matured in this league and I’ve gotten more experience, he probably trusts me more and probably maybe even listens a little more than when I was 25 years old. We were very united. That [DeMarco Murray] decision was no different than the decision we made with Emmitt Smith.”

On the Cowboys’ window of opportunity:

“Jerry and Tony [Romo] were laughing one time that they were saying our time is right now, and for different reasons; Tony was talking about his career and of course Jerry talking about his mortality. I feel the urgency in the organization right now. There’s an edge.”

On how responsible he feels to win another Super Bowl for his father:

“It’s heavy, there’s no question. There is nothing I want more because I know no one wants it more than he does.”

On his father Jerry Jones:

“I’m certainly in no hurry to fill his shoes. It’s actually something that’s sad for me to even think about.”

To view the entire interview, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539388/The-family-business-of-the-Dallas-Cowboys

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, analysts Shaun O’Hara, Michael Robinson and Brian Billick, and NFL Media’s Jeffri Chadiha 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.

“Right now, the most physically gifted wide receiver playing in the NFL is Julio Jones. He can beat you short game, he can beat you long game – he can just beat you with any kind of a play.” – Michael Irvin on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones

“Le’Veon Bell, this guy to me is the best back in the league.” – Brian Billick on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

“This offensive line is providing [Ben Roethlisberger] with a very nice pocket…If he is healthy and he can step into throws like that he is a very dangerous quarterback.” – Shaun O’Hara on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

“Even with the Pope in town, I do not know if they have a chance or prayer against Todd Bowles’ defense…I wouldn’t be shocked if we see Mark Sanchez in the second half.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Philadelphia Eagles

“If I am DeMarco Murray, I didn’t expect to come here and be in this type of system. This system just doesn’t fit DeMarco Murray…Chip Kelly needs to get in the pistol. Put DeMarco Murray behind him; he is still in the shotgun, it’s still what you want to do and you can still hand it to him and he can still do everything that he wants to do.” – Michael Robinson on Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray

“Sam Bradford hasn’t really shown us that he is as accurate as Chip Kelly said he was going to be.” – Shaun O’Hara on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford

“This thing could explode if they don’t play well against the Jets…There are a lot of players who aren’t really thrilled with the way that they go about their work.” – Brian Billick on the Philadelphia Eagles

“The problem is they ask [Andrew Luck] to do too much. They have been asking him to do too much for the last three years… Ryan Grigson the GM has not put enough of a supporting cast around him.” – Jeffri Chadiha on the Indianapolis Colts

“Sometimes, he is almost a detriment because he says, ‘I can do it, I can still make that throw’ and sometimes he has to just eat the football and not create the turnover.” – Shaun O’Hara on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

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 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 week, NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest joined from Dallas and Jamie Dukes joined from New York.

“The Chip Kelly general manager has done some things that we just raise our eyebrows. All of these great players that helped him win 20 games, a lot of them are gone…The chemistry and continuity is out the window.” – Steve Mariucci on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

“The problem is that offensive line is just god-awful.” – Michael Irvin on the Philadelphia Eagles

“[Chip Kelly] has brought in players that don’t fit the system…He brought these guys in, they don’t fit his system – well then change your system. To some degree, you have to figure out a way to make these players succeed or we have no chance.” – Kurt Warner on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

“I think the running game might be better off with Ryan Mathews and maybe Darren Sproles back there because they’re better in small spaces than DeMarco Murray is. They have to figure out the offensive line issues before DeMarco Murray has success in this offense.” – Kurt Warner on the Philadelphia Eagles without running back DeMarco Murray

“He thinks that his system is going to get guys open; that does work at times. But in games, sometimes you just need another man to beat a man and that’s how you win this league. It’s not always going to work the way it’s drawn up and Chip is finding that out. I don’t know if he has the answers.” – Marshall Faulk on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

“They’re looking at it like now we’re whole…I talked to Marshawn [Lynch] a few days ago and Marshawn is so happy to have the other aggressive figure on the other side of the ball back. These guys are two of the most intimidating figures in our sport. Was there some type of a backhanded deal [to get Kam Chancellor back]? I don’t know. In talking to Kam, he was just like, ‘I want to be back with my teammates, I can’t see them lose anymore, they need me and I want to go back there to help them.’” – Michael Robinson on the return of safety Kam Chancellor to the Seattle Seahawks

“I was a guy that tried to play the ballgame in the middle of the field and display courage. This is the only man in the NFL that would make me question my courage.” – Michael Irvin on Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor

“If it wasn’t for two bonehead plays by Eli Manning, we would be talking about the Giants running away with this division…They are the favorites to win the NFC East.” – Marshall Faulk on the New York Giants

“I believe that the Cowboys can stay in contention because when you look at the NFC Least [East], you see dysfunction everywhere but it’s not due to injury like it is with the Cowboys. Their help is coming. We don’t know about the other three teams and what they have.” – Marshall Faulk on the Dallas Cowboys

“It’s going to have to start with the running game, it’s going to have to start with the good defense that they’re playing and then just allow Brandon Weeden to manage games. I believe that’s something that he can do.” – Kurt Warner on the Dallas Cowboys playing without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano:

“I am told that he has doubts now that he will return to Indianapolis and coach next year. We often talk about coaches on the hot seat – Pagano put himself on the hot seat. The organization did not offer him the blockbuster extension after last season that he thought he would receive; instead they just gave him a one-year offer which he turned down, choosing to play it out. Of course with the 0-2 start, he now has an uphill climb. As far as the organization goes, they want to see a little more from him. Remember, because of his unfortunate illness he’s only coached two years. They want him to prove that he is the elite coach capable of coaching Andrew Luck. We talked a lot about the potential divide between Pagano and Ryan Grigson. My understanding is that relationship is no different from so many other GM and coach relationships across the league. But now that the microscope is on him, just as we saw last year with the 49ers, everyone is parsing every word, paying very close attention to what’s happening in Indianapolis. If they keep losing, we’ll keep looking closer.”

On Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff stating the Dallas Cowboys knew what plays the Eagles were running:

“I talked to people with the Falcons and the Cowboys, and they say they did not know the signals; it’s not like the Eagles are tipping plays. What they do believe now is that defenses have figured out Chip Kelly’s run scheme, mainly because in its simplicity they now see what’s coming. He only runs a handful of plays and if they do enough film study, they think they can figure it out. Plus, in Dallas there is a little bit of an unsung hero: former Oregon offensive lineman Darrion Weems is now on the Cowboys practice squad. Defensive players credit him with helping them understand exactly what the Eagles would be running based on the formations they showed and that is why it looked like the Cowboys knew exactly what was coming.”

On Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray:

“Heading into today’s game, the Eagles thought DeMarco Murray was going to be able to play, they expected him to play; just wanted to make sure everything was OK. After a pregame workout that did not go well, the hamstring tightened up a little bit on him. When Chip Kelly signed DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews came along with him. Sources told me here is what Chip Kelly told people: the era of the bell cow in the NFL is gone. He wanted it to be more like a college style where you have to rely on two running backs because he did not think that a one star running back could stay healthy the entire season. This is exactly what he planned for unfortunately. Now the Eagles get their wish, Ryan Mathews will be starting today.”

On New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees:

“I’m told that [Drew] Brees is now considered a longshot to play for the Saints next week against the Cowboys which is really not a surprise when you consider the shoulder injury that he suffered. He tried to throw on Friday morning; my understanding is he was not close to being ready, just a couple short throws. He’s dealing with inflammation, he’s dealing with pain and he’s dealing with weakness. This shoulder injury to his rotator cuff is being called a bruise. I am told it is actually a sprain which is a difference because it indicates some structural damage in Drew Brees’ throwing shoulder; a tiny tear in that rotator cuff. He’s going to rehab like crazy, he’s going to try to get back. But from what I am told, that is now viewed as doubtful for next week.”

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

– Week 3 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning analysts provide their Bold Predictions for Week 3:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539361/Week-3-Bold-predictions

– On His Own Terms: Steve Smith Sr. – Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. discusses his decision to retire at the end of the season in his own words:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539339/On-his-own-terms-Steve-Smith-Sr

– Can Chip Kelly Pull the Philadelphia Eagles Together? – NFL Media’s Michael Silver examines the Philadelphia Eagles’ 0-2 start and what head coach Chip Kelly must do:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539330/Can-Chip-Kelly-pull-Eagles-together

– Is the Philadelphia Eagles’ Biggest Problem Chip Kelly? NFL GameDay Morning answers the question if the Philadelphia Eagles’ biggest problem is Chip Kelly:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539366/Is-the-Eagles-biggest-problem-Chip-Kelly

– Philadelphia Eagles’ DeMarco Murray Out vs. Jets – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides insight on Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray sitting out against the New York Jets:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539394/Eagles-DeMarco-Murray-out-vs-Jets

– Cowboys Concerns – Without quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant, NFL GameDay Morning discusses how the Dallas Cowboys move forward:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539334/Cowboys-Concerns

– Chuck Pagano Put Himself on the Hot Seat? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest regarding Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539308/Pagano-put-himself-on-hot-seat

– Kam Chancellor’s Importance to the Seattle Seahawks – Former Seattle Seahawk Michael Robinson analyzes the impact of Kam Chancellor’s return:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539320/Chancellor-s-importance-to-Seahawks

– Should Mark Sanchez Play Over Sam Bradford? – Should Mark Sanchez play over Sam Bradford for the Philadelphia Eagles? NFL GameDay First discusses:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539319/Should-Sanchez-play-over-Bradford-for-Eagles

– Le’Veon Bell Returns for the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL GameDay First previews the return of running back Le’Veon Bell for the Pittsburgh Steelers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539309/Rams-host-Steelers-as-Bell-returns

– What’s Wrong with the New Orleans Saints? Brian Billick, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson analyze what is wrong with the New Orleans Saints on NFL GameDay First:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539353/What-s-wrong-with-Saints

– Drew Brees Likely to Miss Multiple Weeks – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides an update on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539323/Drew-Brees-likely-to-miss-multiple-weeks-to-injury

– Players Only: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Retire? Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk discuss how players know when it’s time to retire:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539343/Players-Only-How-do-you-know-when-it-s-time-to-retire

– How Ya Feelin? – The NFL GameDay Morning analysts explain what emotion they’re feeling heading into Week 3:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000539352/How-ya-feelin

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