Sunday, October 30, 2011

NFL FOX Sunday Pregame Notes - Week 8

From FOX Sports - 

Strahan: If Suh Taunted Ryan, Why Didn’t Falcons Players Challenge Him on the Field Instead of in the Media?

Glazer Reports That NFL GM’s Say Andrew Luck Is Biggest Prospect in 15 Years

Long: Tebow’s Mental Focus Is ‘Remarkable’

Bradshaw Picks Bengals Andy Dalton As His Top Rookie QB 

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Following allegations by Atlanta Falcons players who said that during last week’s Falcons vs. Lions game, Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh taunted an injured Falcons QB Matt Ryan while Ryan laid on the field waiting for his team’s trainer, FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan defended Suh:  “Ndamukong Suh is not a dirty player.  He is aggressive and he is a great player.  What I don’t understand, is players talking about what may have happened on the field, off the field.  A lot of stuff happens out there that can really get you put in jail.  I’m disappointed that it came off the field.  Also, if Suh said those things about Matt Ryan, then why wasn’t any Falcons player in his face to challenge Suh on the field instead of in the media?”

FOX NFL SUNDAY insider Jay Glazer reports that Suh asked to meet with Commissioner Goodell and the NFL’s officiating office: “In light of all the controversy, Ndamukong Suh is scheduled to go to New York this week to meet with Commissioner Goodell, the Commissioner’s office, the officiating department and Merton Hanks who hands out the fines.  It was Suh who actually asked to come in.  He wants to clarify why he keeps getting fined and what he’s doing wrong.  Suh also is going to plead his case that he shouldn’t be getting fined and shouldn’t be getting flagged.” 

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Co-host Terry Bradshaw on if the Indianapolis Colts will draft Andrew Luck if they end up with the number 1 pick in the draft: “Absolutely you draft Andrew Luck.  You hope Peyton Manning can play another year or two, break this kid in and bring him along.”

Analyst Jimmy Johnson added: “Even if you don’t take Andrew Luck, it will be a valuable pick.  You can get a bonanza of picks for that number 1.”

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Insider Glazer reports that NFL GM’s think Stanford QB Andrew Luck is the best prospect to come out of college since Peyton Manning:  “I talked to six NFL GM’s this week specifically about Andrew Luck. They said this is the best prospect to come out of college since Peyton Manning.  Some think he’s an even better prospect than Peyton Manning.  The GM’s I talked to are saying Andrew Luck will be the most valuable pick in 15 years.”

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Analyst Howie Long is impressed with the mental toughness of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow: “We see his will to compete, his toughness, the enthusiasm he generates not only in the stadium, but also within the football team.  I’ve never heard a player who hadn’t been arrested for shooting someone or something off the football field who’s been more criticized on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis for the last few weeks than Tim Tebow.  For him to stay as mentally positive and focused on the task at hand is remarkable.”

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Johnson says two things need to happen for the Miami Dolphins to get either Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden as their next head coach:  “The Dolphins don’t have enough good players and they’re not going to have an opportunity for Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher unless they come up with a barrel of cash and the opportunity to get Andrew Luck.”

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Strahan responds to co-host Curt Menefee’s question on if the Giants got the better end of the deal by getting Eli Manning over Philip Rivers: “Everybody looks at Eli Manning and they think Peyton Manning.  Eli is not Peyton.  He never will be Peyton.  But if you look at him compared to Philip Rivers, his numbers are as great as his are.  I think Eli needs a little more credit than he’s given.”

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Johnson doesn’t believe the Saints can get home field advantage over the Packers: “The Saints running game is going well and it’s helping their defense and that team is on a roll right now. But in order for the Saints to make a run at the Super Bowl, they’ve got to get home field advantage and I don’t see them overtaking Green Bay so it’s going to be tough on them.”

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Strahan weighs in on the coaches who could be on the hot seat: “The three teams that are winless, I hate to say it but Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis is under some fire.”

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Strahan on where Ravens LB Ray Lewis ranks on the all-time list of great linebackers: “Ray Lewis’ longevity has been amazing, but even more amazing than that has been his production over those years.  So I put him with the likes of Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus and Willie Lanier.”

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Co-host Terry Bradshaw ranks his top rookie quarterbacks this season:

5. Jake Locker (Tennessee Titans) – “Sorry Jake, but you have to play in the game to move up on the list.  Check back in 2012”
4. Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville Jaguars) – “The Jaguars slowed the process with this kid when they decided to wait until the opener to cut David Garrard.  He needs weapons in Jacksonville in order to make more of an impact.”
3. Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings) – “This is the guy I’ve been waiting to see all season long.  He has great feet and a quick release.  Plus he’s deceptively fast so he can buy himself more time.  Working under center at Florida State, I thought he was truly ready for the pro game.  And oh by the way, Adrian Peterson helps.”
2. Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) – “You can’t coach confidence and this kid has confidence.  If the rankings were just on wow factor alone, he would be No. 1.  Newton is playing like he’s been in the NFL forever and I’m shocked.  It’s amazing the coaching job they’ve done with him.”
1. Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) – “It’s all about wins in this league and Dalton has 4, Newton has 2.  That’s why he’s my number 1 guy.  He also has the number 1 quarterback rating among all rookies.  Like Newton, he plays with confidence and his accuracy of 62.4 percent is better than 20 other NFL starters.  The Bengals appear to have a bright future with Dalton.  The kid just wins.”

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