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NFL Pregame Shows Week 3 Sound Bites: NBC's 'Football Night in America'

Here are the sound bites from NBC Sports' "Football Night in America" pregame show. The quotes are provided by the NBC Sports PR department.

Peter King on Aldon Smith: “I’m told tonight that he will enter an inpatient facility to undergo substance abuse rehab and obviously he will not play Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams.”

Dan Patrick: “Would you have played Aldon Smith today if you were Jim Harbaugh?”

Tony Dungy: “I would not have. Number one, to help Aldon Smith, and get him some help right away. Number two, send a message to your team. We’re not going to have these types of incidents on a Friday before a game. I think Jim Harbaugh could have sent a stronger message.”

Rodney Harrison on 49ers offense: “They don’t have any weapons.”

Patrick on Tom Brady’s post-game press conference outfit: “Brady may be in sync after the game with that outfit there, but not necessarily during the game.”

Harrison on Brady: “He’s just a little bit out of sync, but look for Tom Brady to improve. He’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever been around and he’s a very smart quarterback. This will improve.”

Scott Pioli on Brady: “He’s starting to evolve. Tommy will find a way to adjust…Today he had six receptions by backs, last week with the Jets, when he was completely (out of sync), no receptions (by backs).”

Dungy on Kyle Wilson penalty after Stevie Johnson catch: “That’s not a penalty. Terrible call.”

Harrison: “I was impressed with Geno Smith. I thought he made some really good throws. The thing that I like about him is week to week it seems like he is getting more comfortable, and he’s becoming a better quarterback.”

Dungy on Smith: “They’ve got somebody they believe in now. That’s what you saw that was a little bit different today.”

Dungy: “What is wrong with the Giants? Victor Cruz said this was a must-win and they couldn’t have played worse.”

Dungy on Eli Manning: “Let’s start with Eli Manning. You can criticize him for a lot of things, but you couldn’t criticize him today. He never had a chance. His offensive line did not show up, they did not compete, as Tom Coughlin said, and this was an embarrassing performance by the Giants’ offensive line.”

Pioli on Trent Richardson trade for Browns: “I don’t think he’s going to make a difference of three or four or more wins for this football team (Cleveland)…right now I would’ve made this deal…you’ve got to get rid of a player to get value when you can. There’s value right now of a first-round pick. I’d jump at it.”

Dungy on RB DeMarco Murray: “They finally gave him the ball. We’ve been calling for that for three weeks. Run that guy, he is a good football player. He takes the pressure off of Tony Romo, and their defense shut down a run today.”

Harrison: “They took care of business. The best team in football.”

Harrison on final touchdown: “Why is he (cornerback) out there by himself playing man-to-man coverage? It’s a huge mistake. I blame the defensive coordinator.”

Hines Ward on Haley vs. past offensive coordinator Bruce Arians: “What he did well was really adjust to his personnel. He put his personnel in a good position to go out there and make plays. That’s the biggest difference. Now Todd Haley’s coming in and wants to run the ball, but he doesn’t have the personnel to do that.”

Dungy, who was Marc Trestman’s roommate for road games in college (Minnesota), on Bears’ new offense: “You’re not seeing Canadian football. What you’re seeing is University of Minnesota 1974 football.”

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Bob Costas’ interview with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

On the Steelers being his favorite team growing up: “True story. I’m in college in my dorm room. I’ve got a Steelers blanket on watching a playoff game – the Steelers vs. the Broncos, and I’m cheering for the Steelers. A few months later I’m drafted by the Broncos…and I still cheer for the Steelers. When I’m out of the playoffs, which is always right now, I’m cheering for the Steelers because they bring so much joy to the city.”

On reuniting with Jay Cutler: “It’s funny, the new coaches coming in, they just look at us and laugh. They say we’re brothers. Some people say we’re married. I really enjoy playing with him. He really is a brother, on and off the field. He’s one of my best friends. I’m looking forward to ending my career with him.”

On never making the playoffs: “Definitely. Last year was really tough. I think I cried last year on the bus ride home.”

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