FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 14th, 2022
TOM BRADY, JEFF SATURDAY, JUSTIN JEFFERSON, AND PETE CARROLL SPEAK WITH PETER KING IN WEEK 10 EDITION OF “FMIA”
“That was spectacular. I mean, that stadium was rocking…It was amazing, the whole experience.” – Buccaneers QB Tom Brady to Peter King on playing in the first ever regular season NFL game in Germany
“Whoever has whatever negative opinion, I can assure you, it’s not gonna change who I am or what I believe I’m called to do.” – Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday to King on people criticizing his hiring
“The catch Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson made at the two-minute warning in Buffalo Sunday is one of the best catches in NFL history. Impossible to downplay.” – King on Vikings WR Justin Jefferson’s incredible catch
“I’ve always imagined someday that American football would be everywhere and there would be people coaching their football team for their country. It’s always been a great spectacle and I love that we’re sharing it with the world now.” – Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll to King on expanding the NFL internationally
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 14, 2022 – Peter King speaks with Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday, Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also recaps Week 10 of the NFL season, discusses the Packers’ overtime win over the Cowboys, new Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney’s big day against the Jaguars, and more.
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The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
SEAHAWKS-BUCCANEERS IN GERMANY
Buccaneers QB Tom Brady to Peter King on playing in the NFL’s first regular-season game in Germany: “That was spectacular. I mean, that stadium was rocking. The crowd singing ‘Country Roads’ and ‘Sweet Caroline,’ it felt like it was a Red Sox game out there. It was amazing, the whole experience.”
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll to King: “The fans were extraordinary. Everything about this whole trip has been great. What a spectacle. This has been an unforgettable occurrence.”
Carroll to King on expanding football internationally: “The world is watching. I’ve always imagined someday that American football would be everywhere and there would be people coaching their football team for their country. It’s always been a great spectacle and I love that we’re sharing it with the world now.”
King on the future of NFL games in Germany: “There are growing indications that two prime fan favorites in Germany—Kansas City and New England—both could serve as home teams for games in 2023…I heard at least one of the games and perhaps both would be held in Frankfurt.”
King on the NFL’s future in Europe: “Clearly the horizon with the biggest upside is Europe. There were journalists from 22 countries credentialed for Sunday’s game, including 18 in Europe with varying degrees of enthusiasm.”
JEFF SATURDAY & COLTS
Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday to King on his initial reaction to being offered the Colts interim head coaching job: “I’ve never heard of a player having the opportunity to go be a head coach. First of all, I would want it because I love this organization. I care about not only the players and coaches but the organization, right? My adulthood was forged here. It is my home. Indianapolis totally changed the direction of our lives. So how do you say no to this? So I said I’m gonna do it.”
Saturday to King on people criticizing his hiring: “Whoever has whatever negative opinion, I can assure you, it’s not gonna change who I am or what I believe I’m called to do. I have no idea, and I still don’t, how successful I’ll be, but we’re gonna work hard at it and I believe I can lead men and lead the staff.”
Saturday to King on if his hiring should influence future NFL head coaching searches: “Yes. Part of the reason why I did accept the job is for that exact reason. I hope that many other former players will get opportunities like I’m getting. I was at ESPN when Aaron Boone was there and then two days later he’s the manager of the Yankees.”
Saturday to King on his first game as Colts head coach: “From a player’s perspective when you’re in it physically, the time of it feels so different. Coaching, I blinked and it was like, we’re in the fourth quarter and it’s time to go. It was awesome man.”
King on Vikings WR Justin Jefferson’s spectacular catch in the fourth quarter of the Vikings’ overtime win over the Bills: “The catch Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson made at the two-minute warning in Buffalo Sunday—Bills up 27-23, fourth-and-18, game on the line on this single play—is one of the best catches in NFL history. Impossible to downplay.”
Jefferson to King: “I knew it was going to be a battle for the ball. On plays like that, I don’t remember exactly what happened. But I’m going up, I’m going to fight for the ball. That’s my ball. Since ninth grade, those are the balls I think I should catch. I’m just happy Kirk (Cousins) trusted me and put the ball up for me to catch.”
Jefferson to King on what QB Kirk Cousins said to him before making the catch: “Before we left the huddle, Kirk said to me, ‘Hey, I might just throw this up to you.’ Kirk knew. We just needed to make something happen.”
King on his current top five candidates for NFL MVP: “Here’s my top five after Week 10: 1. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia, 2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City, 3. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami, 4. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota, 5. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants”
King on Bears QB Justin Fields: “I think as the weeks go on, there can be no doubt that the Bears have themselves a quarterback for the long term. I am sure offensive coordinator Luke Getsy doesn’t like endangering Justin Fields by running him so much, but he is so darn good at it, that I think the Bears simply have to play to his strengths.”
King on Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney: “I think you can count Kadarius Toney as another in the line of Patrick Mahomes Reclamation Projects by KC GM Brett Veach…you could make a case for Toney being the most important runner/receiver in the Mahomes stable on Sunday in Kansas City’s 27-17 win over the Jaguars.”
KING’S WEEK 10 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: Justin Jefferson, Minnesota, Tua Tagovailoa, Miami, Rachaad White, Tampa Bay, & Christian Watson, Green Bay
King on Jefferson: “Catch of the year. (Odell) Beckham-like. And because he was covered tightly, I’d say even better. What makes Jefferson great—so, so great—is that he makes that catch and you say, What a great day he had, and you look up at the end of the day and realize he had 10 catches for 193 yards and a 22-yard touchdown catch also.”
King on Watson’s performance against the Cowboys: “The gamble that Packers GM Brian Gutekunst made to trade two prime picks to move up to pick Watson in the second round last April bore fruit Sunday in the Pack’s upset win over the Cowboys. Watson caught three touchdown passes–from 58, 39 and seven yards–from Aaron Rodgers. The last two brought Green Bay back from a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit and forced overtime in a game the Pack desperately had to have.”
Defensive Players of the Week: Patrick Peterson, Minnesota, & Devin White, Tampa Bay
White to King on playing days after his father passed away: “It was very hard to play. But I tried to turn it into good emotion and tried to keep a good spirit.”
Coach of the Week: Kevin O’Connell, Minnesota
King on O’Connell: “When O’Connell took over, he emphasized teaching over hard discipline. Maybe that’s how Minnesota has won seven in a row and beaten 7-3 Miami and 6-3 Buffalo. Whatever, the O’Connell way is working for one of the hottest teams in football.”
Special Teams Player of the Week: Jake Camarda, Tampa Bay
Goats of the Week: Josh Allen, Buffalo, & Mitch Morse, Buffalo
King on Allen: “A brutal end-of-game sequence for Allen, throwing two picks to Patrick Peterson in the final 20 minutes and also a botched snap with the center in the final minute of regulation. This is the second straight week to forget for the great Buffalo quarterback.”
King on the botched snap between Allen and Morse that led to the Bills’ loss against the Vikings: “The Bills might lose home field in the AFC playoffs (and truly might lose an increasingly strong division and need to play the entirety of the postseason away from home) because two veteran players who have worked together for four years could not execute the simplest play in football—the center-to-QB snap.”
NEWS & NOTES
King on Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels after Las Vegas’ 2-7 start: “I think I know (Raiders owner) Mark Davis has inherited one trait from his father—impatience—and that doesn’t bode well for Josh McDaniels, who is 2-7 with wins over two of the worst teams in football, Denver and Houston.”
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