Sunday, November 5th, 2017


“I believe I am the No. 1 receiver in the league.” – Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry

“If you think it’s the right thing to do for your football team, then you’ve got to have the guts to do it.” – Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio on his aggressiveness

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 5, 2017 – Tonight’s Week 9 edition of NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched weekly studio show in sports, will feature Rodney Harrison’s interview with Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry and Michele Tafoya’s interview with Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio. Football Night will also feature highlights, analysis, and reaction to earlier Week 9 games, ahead of Raiders-Dolphins tonight on Sunday Night Football.

Football Night airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Tirico will host Sunday’s program live from inside the stadium, joined on site by the Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.

Dan Patrick hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1, joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and NFL Insider Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. Paul Burmeister will report from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Chiefs-Cowboys game.

INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Harrison’s interview with Landry and Tafoya’s interview with Del Rio. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”


Landry on head coach Adam Gase’s comments that Miami’s offense is the worst in the NFL: “It’s embarrassing. The things that we’ve put out so far is embarrassing, especially with the talent level that we have.”

Harrison: “You’ve described your playing style as being ‘angry’. Why are you so angry?”

Landry: “I was young back then. Maybe ‘angry’ was not the word that I wanted to use. It’s kind of like when you played the game, you know? I watched you play for numerous years. From the hits…just putting it out there for your teammates, the sacrifice. You got noticed not only just for doing the spectacular thing, but for doing it consistently. For me, that was my mindset. Stand out on film. When they turn on the film, they’re going to see 14.”

Landry on where he ranks himself among all wide receivers: “I believe I’m the No. 1 receiver in the league, honestly.”

Harrison: “You believe you’re the best receiver in the league?”

Landry: “Yeah. I feel like this – personally, I can’t expect anybody else to have that confidence about me if I don’t have it about me. And that’s something I truly believe in. I know the work that I put in. I just, honestly, I think for me, it’s about opportunities.”

Harrison: “I’m heading back to Atlanta and I’m going to tell Julio Jones you said you are the No. 1 receiver in this league.”

Landry: “Tell him. Tell everybody. Go ahead and tell everybody.”


Del Rio on growing up in the Bay Area and now coaching the Raiders: “It’s an incredible honor, privilege, for me…it’s my childhood team. I sat in the stands, my dad would take me occasionally. And to be able to be in charge and to lead it, it’s hard to describe. But when I walk out in that Coliseum, a place where I played a high school championship game, it’s special for me every time.”

Del Rio on what’s missing that Oakland had last season at this time: “Mojo (laughter). It’s just a little bit of not making some of the plays that have you win some of the close games that we’ve lost, especially our division games.”

Tafoya: “So, that’s what mojo is?”

Del Rio: “Yes, it’s making plays and having fun, and you gain confidence as you go.”

Del Rio on the final moments of the Kansas City game: “Well, nerve-wracking, suspenseful, exciting. I said after the game, ‘You know you’re alive when you’re in that moment.’ And you know you’re putting your neck out there. And if it doesn’t go right, you’re going to hear all of that. But when it does, which it did, it’s going to be awesome.”

Del Rio on the accuracy of his reputation as ‘Blackjack Del Rio’: “It’s accurate. Well, because I’m a competitor.”

Del Rio on his aggressiveness rubbing off on his players: “Oh, I think it does, yes. And if there’s a moment where I’m not being aggressive, they’re like, ‘Coach, what happened?’ I’m like, ‘No, Derek (Carr), we can’t go every time.’ To me, it’s really simple. As the head coach, if you think it’s the right thing to do for your football team, to give you the best chance to win, then you’ve got to have the guts to do it.”