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NFL Pregame Show Week 13 Sound Bites: 'FOX NFL Sunday'

By Ken Schott
Sunday, December 2, 2012

Here are the sound bites from FOX Sports' "FOX NFL Sunday" pregame show. The quotes are provided by the FOX Sports PR department.

Co-host Terry Bradshaw on what he sees missing from the Packers offense this season: “When [former Packers offensive coordinator] Joe Philbin left for Miami, Mike McCarthy lost his sounding board. He lost the guy that he can bounce ideas off of and come up with a good game plan. They sorely miss him. They have Tom Clements now but I don’t think he’s as good as the guy coaching Miami.”

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Analyst Jimmy Johnson on how Jim Harbaugh is handling his quarterback controversy in San Francisco: “I’m amused how Jim Harbaugh toys with the media. He understands the quarterback position and understands that he’s going to need Alex Smith so he’s going to try and keep Alex positive. Harbaugh knows what he’s doing and what’s best for this football team and that’s Colin Kaepernick.”

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Analyst Michael Strahan on the 11-1 Falcons: “They’ve taken two of the best quarterbacks in the league, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, and made them look ordinary. This is a defense that’s aggressive. Once they have their hands on the ball from a turnover, they take advantage. Last week’s win against the Saints was the first time this whole season that I saw the 11-1 Falcons and said ‘I get it’. I believe in the birds!”

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Analyst Jimmy Johnson on the Pittsburgh back-up quarterback situation: “They should have at least one young quarterback that isn’t on social security on their roster.”

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Analyst Michael Strahan on the hit Vikings defensive end Jared Allen put on Bears guard Lance Louis, knocking him out for the season: “When there’s an interception and you have these offensive lineman that aren’t used to chasing or running to try and tackle somebody, you know that you can blow a guy up. But out of respect for the game, if you want to blow him up, you can still hit him in the body. To see Jared do that was a surprise to me. I’m disappointed because it was so unnecessary.”

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NFL Insider Jay Glazer reports on the real reason that Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain was suspended for two weeks: “There’s a history. A couple of weeks ago he was fined $1,500 for conduct detrimental to the team. He’s gotten into it with the coaches. They’ve benched him, tried to get him to run on scout teams but he hasn’t agreed to do much. He got into last week with head coach Dennis Allen. Someone asked him last week if he even cared and he said ‘I have four million reasons not to care’ and coach said that’s it. That’s what the players are telling me.”

Glazer also reported on an injury Jared Allen has been playing with all season: “Jared Allen this entire season has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. It’s a tear that requires surgery. He knew about it going into the season. Doctors told him if he had it now, he would miss the season so he decided to wait until after the season. He hasn’t missed practice but it’s just kind of hanging on there. It’s one of the reasons he’s gone from 22 sacks last season down to seven this season.”

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Analyst Michael Strahan the Jets’ tumultuous season: “The Jets don’t have playmakers. Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes were the guys you could expect great plays from. Mark Sanchez has so much pressure on him but I don’t think the players trust that he has the ability to bring them back if they are down and they don’t trust Tebow so where do they go? That team is in turmoil and it starts from up top.”

Co-host Terry Bradshaw on who is going to be held responsible for the Jets mess: “Any organization needs to be held accountable. Mike Tannenbaum is responsible for putting the talent together for the Jets. Someone’s head is going to be chopped off after this season and I have a feeling it’s not going to be Rex Ryan. Rex is safe but I think Tannenbaum is going to have to go.”

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Co-host Terry Bradshaw on Peyton Manning comeback: “I admire Peyton Manning for making a decision to continue his career with all the uncertainty after being out one full year. When I got injured at 33, I’d had enough. I didn’t want to go through any rehab or surgery to fix my elbow. I was finished. Peyton had some unfinished business and maybe he motivated a little bit by his brother.”

 
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