NFL GameDay Morning, the first information packed show on the air Sunday mornings, checks in at 9:00 a.m. ET on the only network dedicated entirely to football. Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci alongside hosts Spero Dedes and co-host Alex Flanagan with news reports by Adam Schefter, bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews on NFL Network. Special player correspondents Ty Law and Antwaan Randle El provided analysis from Sunday’s Division Playoff games.
Schefter touched on a number of topics, including Jake Delhomme, Bill Cowher, LaDainian Tomlinson and other hot NFL topics that can be found in his blog. You also can watch video of Schefter’s ‘Around the League.’
Part two of Sapp’s interview with Ravens LB Ray Lewis: Sapp sat down with Lewis for a candid discussion on what keeps him at the top of his game after 13 years in the league:
“It’s what we do at the University of Miami, we raise each other.” — Lewis on his college career
“They were our days, the good, the bad decisions we made, we all made them.” — Lewis reflecting on his career
“Did they even need a defensive coordinator in Miami with you (Warren Sapp) and (Ray) Lewis on defense?” — Dedes on the defensive talent of Sapp and Lewis on the same team
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Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“It’s a soft field. It’s like you are playing golf, at least how I play golf, there’s a lot of divots.” — special player correspondent New York Jets CB Ty Law on the playing surface in Pittsburgh
“It was complete domination on both sides of the ball.” — Mariucci on Arizona’s win over Carolina
“That’s not rust, that’s called the Ravens” — Faulk on Baltimore’s defense, not the bye week, as the reason the Ravens defeated the Titans
“That doesn’t look like a running back.” – Sapp on the arrival of Brandon Jacobs at Giants Stadium
“He is the Earth to Wind and Fire, he makes the running game go. They are a different team with him in there.” – Faulk on Jacobs
“If the winds are going to affect the passing game, third down is the money down.” – Sapp on the game plan if wind should affect the Eagles-Giants game today
“It’s momentum; teams are winning then go on the road and continue to win. They don’t think about the severity of the game.” – Faulk on the success of road teams on Saturday
“We feed off of people not giving us a chance.” — Kurt Warner talking to special player correspondent Atlanta LB Keith Brooking, following the Cardinals’ win over the Panthers
“They (the Giants) have to put pressure on Donovan McNabb because Brian Westbrook is a mismatch for everybody.” — Bob Papa from New York on the key to today’s game for the “Word on the Street” segment
“Good offensive line play. Regardless of who the running back is they have to open up holes for him.” –Faulk on the key for the Chargers to be successful in Pittsburgh
“Mike Scifres, the punter, can win the field position battle by nailing the ball down close to the end zone.” — Faulk on the key for the Chargers to be successful in Pittsburgh
“He’s a great player, needless to say … he reminds me of Ed Reed, he can do it all.” – Mariucci on Pittsburgh safety Troy Ploamalu
“Tom Coughlin’s message, this year and last, is worry about what you can control.” — Papa on Coughlin’s prepping the Giants for their game against the Eagles
“He’s not a track star, he’s a bench presser.” — Mariucci on the need for offensive lines to tire out star nose tackles for San Diego and Pittsburgh.
“He’s right at home.” – Sapp on Donovan McNabb’s future in Philadelphia
“The guys in the locker room understood the situation, how it went down and that Donovan took it like a pro. The team got better.” – Faulk on the Eagles reaction as a team following the benching of Donovan McNabb.
“He probably would have played better in the later games anyway, so the benching had nothing to do with it.” — Mariucci on Donovan McNabb’s play late in the season
“He is their most crucial player.” — Faulk on Eagles RB Brian Westbrook
“The interception maker, Asante Samuel.” — Faulk on a key player for the Eagles
“The most crucial player is not out there that much or the most flashy guy, it’s Kevin Boss … The tight end is the quarterback’s best friend.” - Sapp on the Giant’s most crucial player
“If he doesn’t make some sacks today, he’s going to join everyone else who’s received an award this year. MVP is home. Coach of the Year is home. Offensive Player of the Year is home. Offensive Player of the Year is home, so is the Rookie of the year. If James Harrison doesn’t make sacks today, he’s going home.” — Faulk on Harrison being a critical player for the Steelers in today’s game against the Chargers
“Donny Football.” — Sapp’s nickname for McNabb
“He is the best ever at avoiding interceptions.” — Mariucci on McNabb
“The only thing missing is Jerry Lewis taking the phone calls.” — Dedes on the longest football pregame show on television NFL GameDay Morning.
“As a defender against Ben Roethlisberger, you have to remind yourself that you have to play a little bit longer, not just because of his scrambling ability, but because of his ability to withstand the first hit.” – special player correspondent New York Jets CB Ty Law on defending Ben Roethlisberger
“He’s the least intercepted quarterback in NFL history and when you have that on your side, you can do a lot of things.” – Sapp on McNabb
“He’s a leader … He believes he can fit the football into any spot.” – Faulk on Eli Manning
“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s tough and he’s smart, but most importantly he’s a winner.” – Mariucci on Roethlisberger
Next week’s Conference Championship edition of NFL GameDay Morning will be on the air four hours on Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m. ET.
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:
- Eagles-Giants report: Steve Wyche has the latest weather and injury news from East Rutherford, NJ.
- Giants Word on the street: Papa, voice of the Giants, breaks down the keys to the Eagles-Giants game.
- Chargers-Steelers report: Kara Henderson and Law have the latest weather and injury updates from Pittsburgh.
- Three Keys for San Diego: Faulk lays out three keys for the Chargers to beat the Steelers.
- Three Keys for Pittsburgh: Sapp lays out his three keys for the Steelers to beat the Chargers.
- Cardinals report: Scott Hanson and Keith Brooking reflect on the Cardinals win and update Anquan Boldin‘s hamstring injury.
- Brandon Jacobs‘ story: Hear firsthand how Jacobs beat the odds to become a star NFL running back.
- Westbrook reflects on 2008: Westbrook chronicles the ups and downs of the Eagles season leading to the playoffs.
On NFL.com the following video clips from Saturday night’s NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:
- Joe Flacco interview: Flacco talks with Trent Green after the Ravens beat the Titans to advance to the AFC title game on NFL GameDay Final.
- Larry Fitzgerald interview: Fitzgerald discusses Arizona’s victory at Carolina with Keith Brooking on Saturday’s NFL GameDay Final.
- Ray Lewis interview: Lewis chats with the NFL GameDay Final crew after the Ravens advance on Saturday.
- Let’s Go Prime Time: Deion Sanders counts down his Top 5 performances from Saturday’s wild-card action on Saturday’s NFL GameDay Final.
NFL GameDay Morning begins the NFL Network’s Divisional Playoff Sunday schedule. Following NFL GameDay Morning will be NFL GameDay Scoreboard at 4:00 p.m. ET and NFL GameDay Final at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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