SI: If you've got to play in the Super Bowl tomorrow, who would be your quarterback?
JM: I love Kurt Warner, and Peyton Manning's coming up. But if I have to pick a guy, I'd take Brett Favre.
SI: Who's the best player in football?
JM: Marshall Faulk. I had said in the past that Randy Moss was the best player. And it's still close, but the direction Moss started to go, I didn't necessarily like it. Still, I know if I were coaching defense, I would hate to go against Randy Moss. If you take any defensive coach, the only thing he's really worried about is speed. It scares the s—-out of all of them. And he is the fastest player in football. Now, you may say, "Well, you wouldn't like to coach him, either." I probably would like to coach him.... Here I am talking all about Moss, but I'm picking Marshall Faulk. It's just that if I'm gonna pick a guy, that guy has to play every down.
SI: In addition to not playing every down, Moss made some pretty strong statements last year, such as, "I play when I want to play."
JM: I know Randy Moss, and he's not that way. Did you ever get into a position that you were forced to defend, and you didn't even believe it yourself? I think that happened with Randy Moss a little bit.
SI: Name a guy who typifies the All-Madden concept?
JM: They're all offensive linemen. They're the guys who never get the recognition. Chicago has a guy, Olin Kreutz. What a name: "Hey, Kreutz." Whenever there's one last hit downfield at the whistle, it's always centers like Kreutz who will take it.
SI: Do you consider yourself a journalist? An entertainer? A hybrid?
JM: I'm a football coach doing television. I'll never think that I'm a journalist, and I'll never think that I'm a television personality or an actor or anything like that.