Notables & Quotables from a Football Sunday in America

Street Talk Notables & Quotables from a Football Sunday in America

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The gang at NBC Sunday Night Football had plenty to talk about given all the wild action from the early games.   


Al Michaels: “In the opener at Kansas City, they killed them, and I remember they said, ‘Well, maybe Kansas City is not that good.’ Then, last week, they were behind by three touchdowns against Oakland and they pulled off a miracle win. Today, they’re down 21-0 and then they do it again. So everyone in Buffalo is going crazy right now.”

Tony Dungy: “I like the way they’re playing. They’re playing with confidence; they’re playing with attitude. These guys now know that they can score a lot of points. They can come back from deficits; they can get good quarterback play. These guys believe.”


Dan Patrick: “After the game, Michael Vick would use his non-broken hand to point fingers at officials.”

Rodney Harrison: “The offensive line has to do a better job of protecting Vick. Regardless of what he comes out and says, until they make people pay for blitzing them they’re going to see it week in and week out”


Dan Patrick on Jermichael Finley: “They list him as a tight end. That’s in name only.”

Rodney Harrison on Finley: “He creates mismatches. He’s a guy that you isolate on corners, on safeties, and on linebackers out wide because he’s a big physical guy, and those guys just create those matchup problems.”

Tony Dungy: “And he’s fast. You have to give Mike McCarthy a lot of credit because they come up with creative ways to get him in those mismatches.”


Cris Collinsworth: “The formula for beating the Vikings is getting way behind early in the games. This is unbelievable what is happening: 20-0, 17-0, 17-7 are the leads they’ve had in the first three weeks. And at the end of this thing, Donovan McNabb has a chance to hit a wide open receiver in regulation, in the end zone, and he simply throws this line drive that overshoots him by three or four yards. They are not making plays when they have to; it is amazing that the Vikings are 0-3.”

Tony Dungy: “If we can just get these games changed to 30 minutes, I’m picking the Vikings to go to the Super Bowl, but we can’t. They’ve got to play 60 and they haven’t done it yet.”


Rodney Harrison: “You’ve got to give Detroit credit. They are down 20 points in the first half, on the road, divisional game and they played well. In the past, they would not have won these types of games.”


Rodney Harrison: “I’ve never been a fan of a one dimensional team. I think it puts too much pressure on Tom Brady. Any time you go out and pass the ball 40 or 50 times, you’re bound to make mistakes.”


Cris Collinsworth: “Eli was unbelievable today. There are times that Eli comes out and plays in games and you go, ‘There it is. There is the Manning mystique.’”


Cris Collinsworth: “Jimmy Graham is, to me, the best receiving tight end in football right now.”


Peter King: “The Baltimore Ravens players played with heavy hearts in St. Louis today. Orlando “Zeus” Brown, former tackle, died of undisclosed causes on Friday and they were very, very close to them. Before the game today, John Harbaugh said to his team, ‘Go out and play just like Zeus, Orlando Brown, would have, relentless.’ They were up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. They were the hottest team today and they feel it was because of Orlando Brown.”


Dan Patrick on QB Andy Dalton (a redhead): “If you put tiger stripes on that hair, it would look just like a helmet.”


Dan Patrick on Jaguars-Panthers playing in a driving rain storm: “Cam Newton – weatherman.”


Tony Dungy: “Tampa took Michael Turner out of the game, held him to 20 yards and put it all on Matt Ryan. That defensive line really got after them.”

Rodney Harrison: “Made them one dimensional.”


Tony Dungy on Manning: “The best assistant coach they could have. I think he will be calling a lot of plays tonight.”


Mike Florio: “The NFL and the NFLPA at the end of the lockout had to figure out what to do with players who were arrested. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director Dee Smith agreed that first time offenders who were arrested during the lockout would not be disciplined by the league. Eight repeat offenders, however, they agreed, would potentially be disciplined. One of those repeat offenders, Cedric Benson, Bengals running back, was suspended three games. He’s taking legal action against the NFLPA. The NFLPA is backing off a little bit. Who knows how it’s going to turn out but some players are not happy.”

Peter King: “I hear that the Executive Board of the Players Association, 10 players, want to have a conference call this week to hear from De Smith. Why did you set these eight players apart?”


Rodney Harrison: “It pains me to say this, the Buffalo Bills beat my New England Patriots. Everyone felt like this was a game for Buffalo to come out and prove they’re a legitimate team. They’re now in first place in the AFC East.”

Tony Dungy on Eagles: “I think we considered them as a championship team in the off-season. They’re in trouble now that their quarterbacks are hurt. Vince Young may or may not be able to play and their defense can’t tackle.”


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Jim is a sports media columnist for Examiner Newspapers in Washington, DC and France 24. He is also an Emmy and Ace award winning TV producer, director and writer.
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