NFL GameDay Morning: What’s up with Burress?

NFL GameDay Morning, the first information-packed show on the air Sunday mornings, checked in at 10 a.m. ET on the only network dedicated entirely to football. Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk, Adam Schefter, Alex Flanagan and host Spero Dedes bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews on NFL Network.

On Giants WR Plaxico Burress:

“All of a sudden you become Jesse James? This isn’t the wild, wild west … Ask NFL security for help and they will protect you.” — Warren Sapp on players protecting themselves when they go out

“The running game, that has been a constant. It will have to carry the team more.” — Faulk on Burress being inactive

“They are like the police right now. They are in the information gathering mode, trying to figure out what exactly is going on with Plaxico Burress right now. They will figure out whether or not Burress violated any of the personal conduct policy. So he’s got legal problems, problems with the league, team and all sorts of problems right now.” — Schefter on the possible league ramifications for Burress

“The situation Friday night sums up Plaxico Burress’ 2008 season — self inflicted problems.” — NFL Network’s Bob Papa on Burress

“If Drew (Rosenhaus) doesn’t want to touch it, you know something’s wrong.” — Faulk on Burress’ agent Drew Rosenhaus issuing a ‘no comment’ on legal ramifications concerning the incident

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:

“Carolina, Tampa Bay and Atlanta are all in must-win situations today and all three teams have winning records.” — Marshall Faulk

“Their identity is throwing the football.” — Faulk on the Pittsburgh Steelers

“The two years that I played under Norv Turner (in Oakland), we did not practice the two-minute offense not one time.” — Warren Sapp on Chargers head coach Norv Turner

“It’s either/or with this defense. When they stop the run, they can’t stop the pass.” — Sapp on the Bears defense

“If they want to make a move for the playoffs, they have to do it right now, today.” — Sapp on the Washington Redskins, who host the New York Giants

“They are set up for a run.” — Sapp on the Indianapolis Colts

“Indy should win out. They’ve got nine lives.” — Faulk on the Colts

“Pretty much. The (NFC) South is pretty competitive right now.” — Faulk on the Saints being out of the playoff hunt following a predicted loss to the Buccaneers Sunday

“If you watched Miami play against New England, you got an understanding that this team comes prepared and will be ready to play.” — Faulk on the Dolphins vs. the Rams

“It surprises me that the defense has this much talent and is this bad.” — Faulk on the Broncos defense

“The secondary is the weak point for the New England Patriots.” — Faulk on the Patriots defense

“Matt Cassel has to win a Super Bowl before I do anything else.” — Faulk on possibly choosing Cassel over Tom Brady

Sunday sit down

Sapp’s exclusive interview with Jets NT Kris Jenkins: NFL GameDay Morning analyst Warren Sapp sat down with Jenkins to discuss the Jets’ AFC East-leading record, blocking for Brett Favre and Sapp and the highly publicized 2005 Sapp-Jenkins feud:

“Behind the lines, everyone wants to look at it like I’m some super-human guy who can make the transition, but when I first got (to New York) and they were like, ‘OK, we need you to be a 3-4 nose tackle,’ I was like (exhales). … It was kind of like I wanted the challenge, but it was going to be a lot of work.” — Jenkins on being acquired by the New York Jets and making the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense

“I’ll pass out water if I have to. If it’s going to give me a second chance to get back on the field.” — Jenkins on making the transition to a 3-4 defense

“When you and Brentson Buckner were bumping heads, going back and forth, I know you said something about not knowing who I was, and I felt like it got turned at me. And me being young and still a knucklehead, I was like, ‘Why is he talking about me? That’s between him and Brentson.’ So that’s when I felt the need to retaliate.” – Jenkins on the start of his feud with Sapp

“It was hard. I got up to 420 (pounds). I was in Miami every chance I could get partying.” – Jenkins on his time away from football after being injured

On Jets NT Kris Jenkins:

“I feel like I’m on ‘The View’ right now.” — Faulk on Sapp’s interview with Jenkins

“Kris Jenkins is one of the premiere players in the game.” — Sapp on the Jets NT

“You have to mention guys like this for MVP because of what they bring to the league.” — Faulk in Jenkins

Bob Papa 1-on-1 with Redskins head coach Jim Zorn: The NFL Network’s Bob Papa caught up with Redskins head coach Jim Zorn prior to Washington’s matchup vs. the New York Giants. Zorn discusses the pregame ceremony inducting late FS Sean Taylor into the Redskins Ring of Honor:

“We are going to celebrate his life and remember his life.” — Zorn on honoring the memory of Redskins FS Sean Taylor

“We will try to put together a great game in his memory as well.” — Zorn on Taylor being inducted into the Redskins’ Ring of Honor

“We need to welcome Brandon Jacobs when he comes through the line and welcome him with an attitude. He’s very good.” — Zorn on the Giants RB

Scott Hanson 1-on-1 with Saints head coach Sean Payton: The NFL Network’s Scott Hanson spoke with Saints head coach Sean Payton prior to New Orleans’ battle against the Buccaneers:

“In our wins, third-down and red-zone efficiency and not turning the ball over have been the key.” — Payton on the Saints’ season

“I think we’ll see a burst from him. I think he’s 100 percent. We would not play him if he wasn’t.” — Payton on the activation of RB Reggie Bush

Adam Schefter‘s news reports:

  • Plaxico Burress has become the Barney Fife of hip-hop. He accidentally shot himself in the leg on Friday night. The question is when he will be able to play again. We do not know his exact physical condition, but we do know that there are legal and financial implications. First off legally, New York has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. They have embarked to really crack down on anyone carrying an illegal fire arm. The police are expected to charge him with possession of a concealed weapon, a felony that could carry up to five years in prison. There are financial implications as well. He has clause in his contract that he will receive a $100,000 bonus for each game he is active. He will not play today against Washington. If the gun shot wound sidelines him indefinitely, he will lose $100,000 for each game he is inactive, plus he put millions of dollars at risk in his contract and up to $14.5 million by his behavior on Friday night. A terrible accident for Burress and the gunshot wound might be the least of his concerns. Antonio Pierce is going to start today, but police are trying to find out his role in the incident on Friday night, whether or not he actually took away the weapon. Pierce’s attorneys were in discussion with the police over the weekend to also stave off charges. Pierce also has legal issues he is now battling.
  • Burress’ attorney, Benjamin Brafman, just wrapped up a press conference in which he said Burress will surrender to authorities as early as tomorrow. Brafman said his client will hold a press conference and speak to the media, and he will do it in a responsible fashion. Brafman asked for everyone to withhold judgment and that right now Burress is presumed innocent until he’s found guilty. At the same time Burress’ agent was talking to the media, Giants owner John Mara and Giants General Manager Jerry Reese were speaking to reporters in the press box at FedEx Field. They say they were disappointed in Burress’ actions, and Reese noted that he called Burress yesterday and he is still waiting for a return phone call.
  • The compensation for Brett Favre is coming into focus. The New York Jets traded a conditional fourth-round pick to Green Bay that already has become a third-round pick. If the Jets make the playoffs and Favre plays 70 percent of the plays, which is certainly going to happen, it will turn into a second-round pick. So it looks like it’s on the way to becoming a second-round pick and could become a first-round pick if Favre plays 80 percent of the plays and the Jets reach the Super Bowl.
  • Good news for the Raiders: They saved $2 million by Lane Kiffin going to the University of Tennessee. Now the question becomes what happens to the Buccaneers because their great defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin would love to go work with his son Lane at Tennessee. So the question is whether the Buccaneers can retain Monte, or will he join his son Lane at Tennessee? So one of Lane’s first recruiting jobs will be to recruit his own father Monte to the Volunteers.

Extra points

  • Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings will stream live on Sunday Night Football Extra on NFL.com and NBCSports.com. Complementing that stream will be a number of extra features to enrich the viewing experience including additional camera angles, in-game highlights, picture-in-picture technology, live statistics and other interactive elements. Sunday Night Football Extra will also include in-game studio updates from the NBC Football Night in America team and NFL Network talent.
  • Thursday Night Football on NFL Network travels to San Diego for an AFC West matchup with Raiders vs. Chargers Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET. Bob Papa calls the action alongside Cris Collinsworth. NFL.com will also offer exclusive analysis from Jamie Dukes and Rod Woodson and live look-ins to the game on NFL.com LIVE.

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

NFL GameDay Morning begins the NFL Network schedule on Sundays, which will now be called NFL GameDay. Following NFL GameDay Morning will be NFL GameDay Red Zone at 1 p.m. ET, NFL GameDay Scoreboard at 4 p.m. ET and NFL GameDay Final at 11:30 p.m. ET.

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