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NFL Pregame Shows Week 5 Sound Bites: NFL Network's 'NFL Total Access Kickoff'

By Ken Schott
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Here are the sound bites from NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff" pregame show. The quotes are provided by the NFL Network PR department.

Buffalo Bills – Cleveland Browns Pregame Quotes:

- “It means respect. When you respect someone and the work that they’ve done, and you display it, nothing’s better.” – Jim Brown on what it means to be honored by the Cleveland Browns tonight

- “Now where he’s at [in Indianapolis] is good because Andrew Luck only needs so much, but here he would have had to be everything…We got lucky and it’s a win-win situation because he’s a good back but to carry the kind of load he’d have to carry here would be too difficult.” – Jim Brown on the Cleveland Browns’ trade of running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts

- “Since his return, that offense looks exactly like it looked when I was playing the wide receiver [position].” – Michael Irvin on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and the Browns’ offense under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (1991 – 93)

- “He has to realize that it’s going to take time. Don’t get frustrated. You are going to stumble, you are going to fall but you have to get back up and realize how you get back up. That’s being able to do it together because I’m getting tired of people telling me to strap on the shoulder pads and helmet and get after it and play. I’m done with that. I want somebody else to carry that torch. Let’s move it into another era. Let’s turn this thing around.” – Jim Kelly on Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel

- “We’re hoping that this could be our quarterback that we could keep here for the next 10, 15 years. So far, everything has been A-plus for me.” – Thurman Thomas on Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel

- “Fred Jackson has been getting it done. This guy looks like the guy from two years ago when he rushed for over 1,000 yards.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson

- “Right now early in this season, we’re watching Brian Hoyer lift this team up along with this defense.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer

- “There are only a couple of guys in our game that travel with opposing team’s number one receiver every week, and Joe Haden is one of them.” – Deion Sanders on Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release Quarterback Josh Freeman

- “There is a sense in the locker room that Greg Schiano over-coaches situational football; there is a sort of a paralysis preparing for one-in-a-million scenarios. Instead of going out there and playing fast, guys are burdened with having to overthink things. I talked to a Buccaneers’ player and asked, ‘Is Greg Schiano in danger of losing this team?’ [The Buccaneers’ player] said, ‘Unless we start winning games ASAP, absolutely. There is too much talent in our locker room for us to keep losing.’” – Mike Silver on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

- “What’s getting lost in all of the minutia is the fact that it was performance-based. We’re going to back to his rookie year, I was excited about this kid. He’s only played about half-a-season at any high level.” – Mike Mayock on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers release of quarterback Josh Freeman

- “Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik, you’re now on the clock. We’re going to find out based on drafting [Mike] Glennon and where this team goes from here. No more scapegoat with Josh Freeman.” – Marshall Faulk on Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik

Quick Quotes:

- “This team can get back to the Super Bowl. If they play football like this, they can play with anyone.” – Marshall Faulk on the 4-0 New Orleans Saints

- “[Offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan has Reggie Bush playing like he’s back at USC. The versatility that this guy is playing with – rushing the football, catching the ball out of the backfield – he’s opening up that whole Detroit Lions offense. Calvin Johnson really loves that.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush

- “[The Giants] have the same offense, the same personnel [from previous seasons] – they’re just not putting in the effort to get it done. I will say the Giants have the best chance to turn it around.” – Michael Irvin on which team is more likely to turn their season around: the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles

On NFL.com the following video clips from Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff are available for viewing:

The Buffalo Connection – Former Buffalo Bills Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Mark Kelso talk about the team’s connection to the city and fans. Also, they comment on how the new young talent will restore the team’s greatness: Click here

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release Josh Freeman – NFL Media national insider Ian Rapoport reports on why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released quarterback Josh Freeman:
Click here

Is Greg Schiano in Danger of Losing Bucs’ Trust? – NFL Media’s Mike Silver reports on the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ situation and if head coach Greg Schiano is on the verge of losing his own locker room: Click here

Anatomy of a Trade: Trent Richardson – NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk, NFL Media’s Mike Silver and NFL Media’s national insider Ian Rapoport break down the trade that sent running back Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts: Click here

Together We Make Football: LaDainian Tomlinson – Former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson shares how football has helped to create memorable moments with his family. Share your story at www.togetherwemakefootball.com: Click here

NFL Network Memories – NFL Network will celebrate its 10-year anniversary next month. Rich Eisen helps you relive some memorable moments in the past decade: Click here

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