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.
Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“Carrying a gun is not right, but I understand the guys that do. Especially in the wake of Sean Taylor, guys are scared.” — Marshall Faulk on the Plaxico Burress situation.
“If we’ve learned nothing else from the Plaxico Burress situation, it’s that it’s time for change. We (NFL Players) need to change who we hang out with, where we hang, the entourages and how we interact with the public.” — Warren Sapp on Plaxico Burress.
“It’s not that big a distraction this week.” — Bob Papa on the Plaxico Burress situation.
“It would have been one thing if Eli Manning had gotten in trouble or someone like that, but with Plaxico Burress guys expect there to be drama. Now the Giants have eliminated the distraction by suspending him. … He’s done for the year.” — Papa.
“They will survive the regular season without Burress. It’ll be in the playoffs that it’ll become evident that they’ll need a receiver that can win. … Eli felt comfortable going to Plaxico. I don’t know that he’ll have that guy without Burress.” — Faulk.
“Plaxico Burress is going to be missed in the playoffs.” — Faulk.
“This ballclub is a team in every sense of the word. The offensive line carries them, the running backs run and Eli came out of his shell last year and is leading them. We didn’t know Plaxico was going to play that well last season, so who knows what Hixon is going to do, and Toomer does a good job. These guys come to work with a very business-like mentality — they do what they have to do to get it done.” — Sapp.
“How goes Westbrook is how goes the Eagles.” — Papa on the Eagles.
“In the NFL, familiarity often breeds the upset.” — Derrin Horton on the potential for the Lions to get their first win today against the Vikings.
“If you look at all the quarterbacks in the NFL, there is no one playing better than Matt Ryan right now. He simply doesn’t make a mistake. He can’t be beat right now. He gets the ball out before the defense gets to him.” — Brian Baldinger on Falcons rookie quarterback Matt Ryan.
“There is one rule in the NFL that I live by: If you don’t have a barber, you don’t get a cut you like and you don’t feel good, you’re not going to play well. There is no ‘Barber’ today.” — Sapp on the Dallas Cowboys going into Pittsburgh without Marion Barber.
“Jason Witten will be a huge factor today.” — Faulk on the Cowboys TE against Pittsburgh.
“They don’t play offensive football as well outside. The key is defensively they are much better outside.” — Faulk on the Colts.
“When Bob Sanders gets back, the team is energized. He’s the eighth guy in the box and turns the 10-yard plays into 2 yards. … They get off the bus better.” — Sapp on the improvement in the Colts’ play when Bob Sanders is healthy.
“No team wants to see Peyton in the playoffs.” — Faulk on whether or not the Colts can make some noise in the playoffs.
“Miami gets a huge break not having to go into Buffalo and play in even worse conditions than they’ll have in Toronto.” — Spero Dedes on Dolphins-Bills game being played in Toronto rather than Buffalo.
“Just the simple fact that you have a game in Buffalo in the month of December, that’s a 10-point advantage for Buffalo, especially against a team from Florida. They’ve lost their minds.” — Sapp on Buffalo moving a home game to Toronto toward the end of the season when there are playoff implications.
“Sacking the quarterback is the hardest job in the NFL. You get less than three seconds. You have to be on top of your game.” — Sapp.
“No rookie head coach with a rookie quarterback in the history of the modern NFL has ever finished with a winning record. If the Falcons beat the Saints, Mike Smith and Matt Ryan will have gotten that job done.” — Scott Hanson reporting from the Superdome.
“I know that his (LaDanian Tomlinson’s) numbers will be back up next year. When you don’t have an offensive line, you can’t expect a running back to be able to run.” — Faulk on Chargers RB LaDanian Tomlinson.
“He’s never left a fallen teammate behind. He got his friend help.” — Sapp on Antonio Pierce.
“Eli is making a case for MVP this year.” — Faulk.
Adam Schefter‘s news reports:
- When federal judge Paul Magnuson blocked the NFL from suspending five players on Friday, it was an enormous victory for the Minnesota Vikings and a blow to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Legal experts familiar with this matter now agree there’s a good chance that with the judge’s temporary restraining order, there will not be a full hearing on this case until after the season. Even if the judge has a full hearing once the playoffs begin, he will be under no time obligation and it could take him weeks or even months before issuing a final decision. This means that defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams are expected to remain in Minnesota’s lineup, the Williams Wall as impenetrable as ever.
- No wonder the Bills are warming to the idea of playing in Canada, as they will be doing today. The Bills will be paid close to $4 million more than they would have by staying behind and playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. While Bills fans are jittery at the idea of their team up and leaving, team owner Ralph Wilson continues to insist that he never will move the Bills. And he won’t. But the question is whether someone else will. After the 90-year-old Wilson is gone, his estate will sell the Bills.
- New York has conquered distractions the way it has opponents. Now there’s an outside chance the Giants could be facing another. Syracuse recently reached out to speak with Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride about becoming its head coach. Gilbride is not considered a favorite for the job, but his name is in the mix. He has done a masterful job with the Giants offense, helping groom quarterback Eli Manning and develop New York’s rushing attack into the top one in the NFL.
- One Giant is hoping to get a presidential pardon, but it’s neither wide receiver Plaxico Burress nor linebacker Antonio Pierce. Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes is hoping to procure a presidential pardon for his brother, Mark, who is serving 27 years in federal prison on drug and witness-intimidation charges stemming from his 2004 involvement in a plan to traffic 3,600 pounds of marijuana between Florida and Texas. Tynes has some stiff competition in trying to land one. Junk-bond king Michael Milken and American-born Taliban solider John Walker Lindh are among the more than 2,000 people who have applied to the Justice Department seeking judicial forgiveness or sentence commutations. President Bush is expected to issue two more rounds of them in the next six weeks.
- Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was re-admitted to the hospital this weekend. Last month he had a pacemaker implanted, and he’s not feeling well and back in the hospital. He is unlikely to attend this weekend’s game. Our thoughts are with Mr. Richardson for a speedy recovery.
Derrick Brooks live:
The crew interviewed Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks on the phone to discuss the Bucs’ 9-3 season to date:
“Offensively, we’re not turning over the ball as much and defensively we’re playing a lot of younger players.” — Brooks on the Bucs’ turnaround.
“We have a good rotation now. If we had to depend on myself and Ronde to take down all the plays, we’d be in trouble.” — Brooks on the change in strategy of the Bucs defense.
- Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens 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.
- In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, NFL GameDay Morning invited real-life war heroes from the Marine Corps who were wounded in combat. Visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org to see how you can help wounded war veterans.
- Thursday Night Football on NFL Network travels to Chicago for Saints vs. Bears on Dec. 11 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.
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