“This group right here is one of the most underrated groups in football. We don’t talk enough about this group.” – Willie McGinest on Seahawks LBs
“No one has benefited more from ‘Beast Mode’ than Russell Wilson.” – Kurt Warner
“I believe he’s a top five running back already.” – Michael Silver on Packers RB Eddie Lacy
Prior to the kickoff of the 2014 NFL season, NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated NFL GameDay Morning crew of host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin previewed the game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, as well as other Week 1 matchups on NFL GameDay Kickoff.
Additionally, Amber Theoharis, Deion Sanders, Willie McGinest and Michael Silver joined the show from outside of CenturyLink Field in Seattle, as did Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent.
Provided below are quotes from tonight’s show:
- “This group right here is one of the most underrated groups in football. We don’t talk enough about this group. Very smart, they don’t leave the field, they play every single down, and they can cover backs and tight ends out of the backfield. This group is special.” – Willie McGinest on the Seattle Seahawks linebackers
- “We are only here today because of this defense.” – Deion Sanders on the Seattle Seahawks defense
- “No one has benefited more from ‘Beast Mode’ [Marshawn Lynch] than Russell Wilson. It’s allowed that maturity, that learning curve to be stretched out for Russell Wilson and it’s fun to watch this kid. He is growing into the position and getting better and better every year.” – Kurt Warner on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
- “The difference has been Pete Carroll and the philosophy that he’s brought to bear on the team. He is a very enthusiastic guy. I tell you, their practices are intense. So, when they get out there on game day there is a fire lit under them already. That’s the way they practice against one another, that’s the way they play. He’s just brought a different standard to this team and it’s been obviously very successful.” – Steve Largent on the difference between the current Seattle Seahawks team and the Seahawk teams he played on
- “Pete Carroll has brought a discipline to this team, and an energy to this team, and a competitive spirit to this team that I think is unmatched and well see how that plays out this year.” – Steve Largent on the Seattle Seahawks
- “I believe he’s a top five running back already and the thought of him and a healthy Aaron Rodgers for a full season, I think we could be talking about not a great offense – a record-setting offense if they fulfill their potential.” – Michael Silver on running back Eddie Lacy and the Green Bay Packers
- “We’ve seen the last of [the repeat Super Bowl champions]. Because in today’s NFL, it’s a whole new gratification when you win…What drove us was the chase of history. I don’t think these kids do this today.” – Warren Sapp on if we have seen the last of repeat Super Bowl champions
- “I think it takes an even more special group of men to win that second one. You have to not care about the amount of money you’re going to make; you have to just want to be with these guys.” – Marshall Faulk on repeat Super Bowl champions
- “Jay is not stepping off that back foot. Jay is playing technically sound football…The biggest surprise is going to be when Jay Cutler steps up and gets the MVP for the 2014 season.” – Michael Irvin on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler
- “When you don’t have that centerpiece in the middle, the New England Patriots are a good team but they’re not that special. [Rob Gronkowski] makes them special. He’s the centerpiece to the offense.” – Warren Sapp on the impact of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
- “Their biggest opposition is right in their division: it’s the San Francisco 49ers…When [Colin Kaepernick] matures and he comes into his own, this team is going to soar.” – Deion Sanders on the Seattle Seahawks’ biggest obstacle
- “The San Francisco 49ers, after three straight NFC Championship games, miss the playoffs this year.” – Kurt Warner on his biggest surprise for the 2014 season
- “They’re going to ask [Colin] Kaepernick to do something that they haven’t asked him to do. Stevie Johnson – they went out and got guys; Brandon Lloyd, you get a Carlos Hyde to put in the backfield with Frank Gore. They have some weapons around him and they’re going to ask their offense to do more.” – Marshall Faulk on the San Francisco 49ers
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Kickoff are available for viewing:
- Steve Largent On-Set – Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent joins Amber Theoharis, Deion Sanders and Willie McGinest on-set in Seattle:
- Biggest Surprises for 2014 – The NFL GameDay Kickoff crew provide their biggest surprises for the 2014 season:
- Growing From the ‘Fail Mary’ – NFL Media’s Michael Silver looks back at the ‘Fail Mary’ and explains how the Green Bay Packers have grown from it:
- NFC East Quarterback With the Most to Prove – NFL Network analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin discuss which NFC East quarterback has the most to prove in 2014:
NFL Network provides more than 15 hours of live programming every Sunday during the NFL season. NFL GameDay First airs at 7:00 AM ET with host Melissa Stark and analysts Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson providing the first news and analysis of the day’s games.
At 9:00 AM ET, host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin on the Emmy-nominated NFL GameDay Morning, providing four hours of analysis, reports and interviews leading up to kickoff.
NFL GameDay Live airs at 1:00 PM ET and provides 6.5 hours of in-progress highlights and analysis of all the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games, as well as live fantasy updates, press conferences, 1-on-1 interviews and live reports. Hosts Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie are joined by analysts Heath Evans, LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Billick and Daniel Jeremiah.
NFL GameDay Highlights has complete highlights and analysis of the day’s games thus far at 7:30 PM ET anchored by Chris Rose, Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci.
NFL GameDay Final wraps up the day’s action at 11:30 PM ET with Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin.
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