FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 15th, 2018
ANTHONY LYNN & SEAN PAYTON SPOKE WITH PETER KING FOR “FOOTBALL MORNING IN AMERICA” EXCLUSIVELY ON NBCSPORTS.COM
“You can’t carry over wins and losses, but you can carry over culture.” – Lynn
“His passion for perfection is off the charts.” – Payton on QB Drew Brees
“Football Morning in America” Runs Every Monday Exclusively on NBCSports.com
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 15, 2018 – Peter King’s Week 6 edition of “Football Morning in America,” available now exclusively on NBCSports.com, features interviews with Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, and this week’s “What I Learned” with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
This week’s edition also includes a look at the possibility of an expansion franchise in London, awards, quotes, travel notes, and more.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of “Football Morning in America”:
- Lynn on facing the Cleveland Browns: “We’re going to be tested a lot in the next four to five weeks, starting with today. But this was a great start. We told them we were going into a tough environment against a team that could be 4-1 or 5-0, and they stayed focused.”
- Lynn on the team’s plan for traveling to London: “We decided to prepare here and go to London late Thursday because we think coaches can prepare better here, and players can rest better here. I don’t know that it has a lot to do with it, but the teams that go over later in the week have a better winning percentage, so we’re going to play the odds.”
- Lynn on culture: “You can’t carry over wins and losses, but you can carry over culture.”
“WHAT I LEARNED” WITH SEAN PAYTON
- Payton on Drew Brees simulating a game by himself during a bye week in 2006: “The field’s a little far away, and I can’t see who this is, but he’s out there with a football, dropping back and I’d guess you’d call it simulating playing football—playing quarterback. So I go out there. It’s Drew, totally alone. I say, ‘What are you doing out here? It’s the bye. You’re off!’ He says, ‘I wanted to get my game in. I wanted to stay on my schedule, and this is the day and time we’d be playing.’”
- Payton on Brees’ passion: “His passion for perfection is off the charts. It rubs off on the guys he plays with. It has made us better every single year. I think these teammates become better players than they’re supposed to be.”
LONDON: THE NFL’S ATM
“Remember that NFL owners, and the commissioner’s office, are all about growing the pie. So the NFL is going to act in the interest of expanding, doing something different—and making a boatload of money on it. That means a franchise in London. Or two. Remember when Al Michaels first talked about two franchises in Los Angeles years ago, and the idea was pooh-poohed?”
“Last week, a source close to the Wembley process said the last sticking point appeared to be Khan’s willingness—if he is approved to purchase the national soccer stadium—that Wembley would remain the home of English soccer. The source said he expects the Khan purchase to be approved by month’s end, and if it is, “Shad will certainly have a lot of options. Among them: playing more than one Jaguars game per season at Wembley, while another team could seriously investigate games at Tottenham.”
Read the rest of the column here.
A new “Football Morning in America” will post every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com. It was announced in May that King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com; making regular appearances on NBCSN’s and NBC Sports Radio’s PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.