The big news coming out of Fox NFL Sunday is the revelation from Jay Glazer that Brett Favre admitted to NFL Security that he made phone calls to Jenn Sterger, but denied sending pictures to her. That’s the video that we’ll embed as part of the Fox NFL Sunday quotage here.
Glazer: Favre Admits Leaving Sterger Voicemail Messages to NFL, Denies Sending PhotosLong: If NFL Cares About Player Safety, They Should Consider 14-Game Schedule, Not 18Lynch on Enforcement of Illegal Hits: What Has Been Accepted is Not Longer AcceptedJohnson: I’m Sick of Hearing How Talented the Cowboys AreBradshaw: Tonight’s Game is About Rodgers, Not Favre—————————————————————————————
NFL Insider Jay Glazer reports on Brett Favre’s meeting with the NFL regarding inappropriate messages and photos:
——————————————————————————————–During the today’s State Farm Covers the Field segment, co-host Terry Bradshaw, analyst Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira and NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch weighed in on the NFL decision to step up the punishment and enforcement of illegal hits.
Mike Pereira talks about the enforcement from the officiating perspective: “You can’t lower your head against a defenseless receiver and hit him with the crown of your helmet, period. It’s been the rule since 1982 when it was put in the book. The only change is that they NFL ramped up the discipline, the fines and they’ve told the officials remember to eject any player in violation. We’re talking about three plays out 2,100 last Sunday. It’s not like there were a bunch of cheap shots out there, but the message needs to be sent. The NFL has to try to avoid these unnecessary and violent ones.”Jimmy Johnson on how the players will react on the field: “I don’t see a lot of changes to be made a couple of weeks from now other than maybe eliminating a couple of blatant hits and the fines being a lot larger.”John Lynch on the notion that the rules haven’t changed: “You can say the rules haven’t changed since 1982 but what they are emphasizing sure has. I can remember when I first became a safety at Stanford University and Ronnie Lott was around our practice field. The first thing Ronnie told me was, „you’re job is to make anybody that comes at your zone know that there’s going to be hell to pay for doing it.? That’s the culture. What the NFL is asking of the players has changed. I spoke with Roger Goodell on Friday and I told him he ought to acknowledge that the NFL doesn’t have dirty players. This is what they’ve been taught to do. We have new information on head trauma and we’re asking them to change. What has been acceptable is no longer going to be acceptable. The NFL has to change the culture.”Michael Strahan on what punishment will have a real impact on a player’s behavior: “As a player, the money is one thing. It’s a big amount but it’s missing the time on the field that will hurt a player more because you feel like you’re letting down your teammates. You lose a little respect if you’re not out there to help them because they need you.”Terry Bradshaw on the motivation of the NFL to enforce bigger fines and suspensions on dangerous hits now: “The NFL is very smart in realizing that if they don’t try and put these rules in effect someone eventually is going to getseriously injured and there’s a potential lawsuit out there that’s devastating. I understand that the NFL’s whole point behind this is player safety of course but they also have to protect themselves.”—————————————————————————————Analyst Howie Long on the defensive player solely being held responsible for safety during hits in this week’s Fired Up segment: “The (Brandon) Meriweather hit is a no-brainer, there’s no place for it and quite frankly he probably should’ve been suspended. The (James) Harrison and (Dunta) Robinson hits are different Yes, they were brutal, even frightening but I don’t see how you avoid either one. If those players gear down and pass up that hit they lose their locker room credibility and inevitably their jobs. The NFL?s solution is to put the onus solely on the defensive player. That’s not a solution, that’s totally unrealistic. Do defensive players bare responsibility to play the game the right way? Absolutely, and if they don’t, fine and suspend them. Not once did I hear anyone from the NFL talk about the responsibility the coaches and quarterbacks have to not put their receivers in harm’s way on crossing routes versus zone coverage, like the two plays in question. I also haven’t heard any discussion about the responsibility that wide receivers have to know the type of coverage their running a particular route against. I have a son that plays in the NFL, so obviously I want every player who walks on the field to walk off the field at the end of the day. For those of us who actually on both sides of these hits, we appreciate the NFL’s missions to protect the health of all its players, period. But I go back to a question that I posed recently. If we are in fact looking out for the player’s health and well being then the heck with the 18-game schedule, they should be talking about scaling it back to 14 games.”—————————————————————————————Analyst Jimmy Johnson on the 1-4 Cowboys: “I’m sick and tired about hearing how talented they are. They have to go 9-2 the rest of the way to make the playoffs. The world is full of talented, unsuccessful people.”Co-Host Terry Bradshaw added: “I would tell the Cowboys to look next door to who is in the World Series. The Rangers got it figured out. Everyone has each other’s back. At 1-4, you lose and you snooze. They have to turn it loose.”—————————————————————————————Co-Host Terry Bradshaw on the Kevin Kolb/Michael Vick starting QB debate: “I don’t think Kolb will lose his job if he plays well today. Prior to him going in, the Eagles did not have a good offensive line, He’s only been sacked twice in the two games. He’s been so efficient now. If he plays the way Andy Reid thought he we play when he named him the starter, why in the world would you bench him?”—————————————————————————————Analyst Michael Strahan on the lack of protection in Chicago for QB Jay Cutler: “You have to wonder if Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz is paying attention to the personnel. He has to look and say „we’re getting our quarterback killed, we have to protect him.? They have to make a change but if they do that they are taking away from the running game.”—————————————————————————————
Bradshaw on the storylines in this year’s Green Bay/Minnesota matchup: “Favre has already thrown seven interceptions this season and he threw that all of last season. The story for me isn’t really Brett, it’s Rodgers. The key indicator for any quarterback is how do they perform in close games that are decided by four points or less, and the Packers are 1-11 in that situation with Rodgers at quarterback.”
That is it for the early Sunday NFL pregame quotage. NBC’s Football Night in America quotage will be up sometime after 10 p.m.