INSIDE THE NFL Super Bowl XLIX Edition From University Of Phoenix Stadium on SHOWTIME

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Can the Patriots’ Offense break the Seahawks’ Defense?

Plus, A Timely Feature On How Wilson Footballs Are Made

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INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Jan. 27, 2015) – INSIDE THE NFL Super Bowl Edition premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Ed Reed along with Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to discuss what lies ahead on Super Bowl Sunday.

Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are an analysis of last Saturday’s Bill Belichick press conference, a timely feature on the making of Super Bowl footballs, Seattle’s chances against an offense that averages 29 points per game and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin coaching his team to victory in the Pro Bowl last Sunday.

For limited time only, this week’s episode will also be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® after it airs.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On Deflate-Gate…

Boomer Esiason– “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on Saturday, when Bill Belichick held a press conference and he basically refuted everything that’s been out there in the news. He said … that nobody on the Patriots’ staff was deliberately tampering with the footballs. Now, what I take out of that is that he’s put his legacy on the line.  He’s put Tom Brady’s legacy on the line.  And he’s put the reputation of Robert Kraft on the line. He is “ALL IN” as they say.”

Brandon Marshall – “The reason why [tampering with the balls issue] this is so important is because of the conditions. When it’s wet outside, or if it’s snowing, that’s when you want a lighter ball so you can grip it … I think it’s important to note the process of how the officials come into the locker room, they look at the balls.  They check them out … They mark them and then, it’s the honor system.”

On Rob Gronkowski…

Phil Simms – “When you look at Seattle’s defense, I think they have three-to-four guys that can cover him. It’s not like most teams that can’t find one guy that matches up. You know, we looked at these linebackers, we talked about them. The corners can match up. The safeties can cover him…”

On the Seattle Seahawks…

Boomer Esiason – “They are going to be aggressive. They are not going to be moving all over the place with these formations … They are right in your face … You do not want to accelerate your thinking. I think Tom Brady has been around a long time. He trusts his offense his line…“

On Seattle and its Boot Passes…

Brandon Marshall – “You are not the No. 1 run offense in the League all year and then  get to the Super Bowl and that’s gone. So, when you have that ability to run the ball … that creates one-on-one matchups and that creates big plays …”

On The Patriots’ Strategy…

Brandon Marshall – “We know that Bill Belichick is going to do his best to take away their No. 1 option, and that’s Marshawn Lynch.”

Ed Reed – “New England’s defense is going to have to play disciplined football for 60 minutes, just like everyone else has to play that way against Seattle. If you don’t, Russell Wilson is going to get those plays.”

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“That loss … is going to stick with them forever.” – Phil Simms on Green Bay’s Loss, on INSIDE THE NFL, 9p ET/PT on SHO

sho-nfl“That loss … is going to stick with them forever.” – Phil Simms on Green Bay’s Loss

“Ninety-nine percent of America thought that this game was over. Ninety-nine percent of that team knew they were still in it.” – Brandon Marshall on Seattle’s Victory.

INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2015) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Ed Reed and Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss an action-packed week Championship Weekend.

Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are the Seattle Seahawks’ triumph, the wreckage of Green Bay’s season, and what it all means for history. As well as the role of the owner in NFL franchises, the New England Patriots’ outstanding performance and what the future holds for the Indianapolis Colts. Also, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson and more wired for sound.

Plus, don’t miss videos featuring six degrees of separation between Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick and exclusive reactions of Packers, Seahawks, Patriots and Colts across Manhattan during the most dramatic moments of Championship Weekend.

BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On Packers vs. Seahawks…

Phil Simms – “That loss, I think we all would agree, that is going to stick with them forever. And you think about Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy–because we always talk about legacies–how this probably changes what we think of them when all it’s said and done … This thing is going to be part of history. We are going to be talking about it every year.

“Everything you can possibly do wrong, they did wrong … I’m giving Seattle tons of credit for what they did, but Green Bay gave it away.”

Brandon Marshall – “I was a hypocrite, man. I thought the game was over. But, I really believe that what we are seeing in that team is special. Last week I talked about how they loved each other. Now, the second part to this whole philosophy of being great is, you have to love what you do. And you saw [it], it wasn’t just Russell Wilson. It was Kam Chancellor, you have Earl Thomas, you have Richard Sherman, you have so many guys stepping up and saying, ‘You know what? This game isn’t over.’ Ninety-nine percent of America thought that this game was over. Ninety-nine percent of that team knew they were still in it. And that’s why they win the game.”

Phil Simms – “When you go watch them practice and you kind of hang around, you kind of get it. Because it is different … How their chemistry is so important to them. And I think we know that too, just by watching Pete Carroll on the sidelines, don’t we? That’s not fake. That’s Pete Carroll.”

On the Role of NFL Owners…

Phil Simms – “Nowadays, we see these owners that are more out-front than ever, and I really understand why. I really understand it in the National Football League. Because … how they [have] branded the League over the last 15 years has changed everything … All the money being spent, the popularity of the game… I think these owners, they [have] built an unbelievable thing and if they want to be out there in the front, good for them.”

Brandon Marshall – “I think it depends on the role they have outside of being the owner. You don’t want the owner to take ownership in football decisions if he’s not an expert. I think there are guys like Jerry Jones [Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys] that we can say he didn’t have that expertise at the beginning, but he may now … and he’s Executive of the Year … I don’t think you have to know football if you are an owner, you have to know people.

Pat Bowlen in Denver, I remember when he used to come out to [the] practice field and he had his cowboys’ boots on and made everybody work harder. I looked at him … [and] I said, I want to win for that guy. And the same for the McCaskey’s, when I see Ms. [Virginia Halas] McCaskey, [when] I see George [McCaskey], I say, you know what? I don’t want to let those people down. When you have that type of relationship, where you shook his hand before, her hand, it makes you work a little harder.”

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Showtime Announces Premiere Date For “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”

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LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2015) – SHOWTIME has announced the premiere date for KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE.  The feature-length documentary is set to premiere on Saturday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Compelling and revelatory, this highly-anticipated film captures Kobe Bryant like you’ve never seen before.

KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE will offer viewers a deep character portrait of a professional athlete who has transcended his sport to become a culture-moving personality,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®.  “We are thrilled that Kobe has given us this unprecedented access, which will allow our viewers to witness such a pivotal moment in the life of one of the NBA’s greatest players.”

Bryant, an 18-year veteran and 16-time NBA All-Star, has earned five NBA Championships during his time in the league. At this critical juncture in his career, viewers will watch as Bryant attempts to cement his legacy, opening a window into the mind of an elite athlete still motivated to be the best, but also contemplating life after sports.

The film is directed by Gotham Chopra and is executive produced by Kobe Bryant and Gotham Chopra in association with Mamba Media.

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“He’s the guy that gets it done.” – Boomer Esiason on Tom Brady, on INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME

sho-nfl“He’s the guy that gets it done.” – Boomer Esiason on Tom Brady

“Peyton looked exhausted physically … Peyton isn’t invincible.  He’s human just like all of us.” – Brandon Marshall

Plus, NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey Weighs in On Weekend’s Controversial Calls

INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2015) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss an action-packed week leading to Championship Weekend

Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Rob Gronkowski famous family party bus.  Plus, NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey joins as a special guest to discuss Dez Bryant and Josh Cribbs’ controversial rulings and weather the muff punt recovered by Denver was mistakenly overturned.

Plus, Ravens’ Linebacker Terrell Suggs and Patriots’ Wide Receiver Julian Edelman wired for sound.

BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On Denver vs. Colts Reversed Fumble Call Controversy…

Mike Carey – “There’s no difference between the Dez Bryant play [fumble –last Sunday against the Cowboys] and the Josh Cribbs play … There was not enough there for possession, which means control, two feet down and if you are going to the ground, maintain control of the ball when you hit the ground … [The ruling] doesn’t agree with the rulebook. The rulebook is clear, he did not have control …The League made a mistake.”

On Broncos General Manager John Elway…

Boomer Esiason – “He put a lot of money into this team. He wants a Super Bowl for Pat Bowlen, for everybody out there in Denver. And he feels that he needs a new coach to get it done. Believe me, John Elway is going to make the decision to get it done.”

On Peyton Manning’s Performance Last Sunday…

Brandon Marshall – “I think we are missing a big point here. And the big point is that in December, Peyton looked exhausted. A lot of people are afraid to go out there and say that because it is Peyton Manning and we have to respect what he’s done.  But Peyton looked exhausted physically … Peyton isn’t invincible.  He’s human just like all of us. We chose to play this game, and there’s good and there’s bad. And for Peyton, he’s been on the good for a long time. Everyone sees he’s slowing down a little bit.”

On Peyton Manning Retiring…

Phil Simms – “I think he’s going to come back [next season]… You know who is going to determine if he’s coming back or not? It’s going to be Peyton Manning. I think it’s truly just his call. They [Broncos] are going to want him back. Why? … They built this for him … Maybe they want to bring a different supporting cast …They are not going to teach him anything different, whoever comes in, they are going to do what they’ve been doing … He’s such a star. You have to give it one more chance.

On The New England Patriots…

Boomer Esiason– “What do the Patriots do? They adapt. They can do anything…To me, this guy, Tom Brady, is the coolest guy in football. He’s the guy that gets it done. I believe that they’ll win the football game. I believe they’ll get to the Super Bowl and I think they are going to give Seattle all they can handle.”

On the Colts’ Coaching Staff…

Phil Simms – “These coaches take good players and make them stars. And they give you championships … Pep Hamilton on offense, Greg Manusky on defense. They are aggressive.  Not afraid of the moment. In other words, not afraid to take chances.”

On the Seattle Seahawks…

Brandon Marshall – “I think the reason they are so successful, and they can potentially be back-to-back champs, is because of their chemistry. They absolutely love each other.”

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“This might be the best overall team that Bill Belichick has ever had…” – Boomer Esiason On INSIDE THE NFL

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“This might be the best overall team that Bill Belichick has ever had, and that goes against that 18-1 team.” – Boomer Esiason On The Patriots

NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey Joins As Special Guest

NEW YORK (Jan. 6, 2015) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Ed Reed and Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss an action-packed playoff week.  Plus, NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey goes over the controversial defensive pass interference reversal call last Sunday night on Lions vs. Cowboys wildcard matchup.

Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are Cowboys and Ravens, AFC and NFC divisional previews, Marvin Lewis allowing NFL Films into the Bengals locker room after their loss and what lies ahead in 2015.

Plus, Lions’ Quarterback Matthew Stafford, Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick and Ravens’ Head Coach John Harbaugh wired for sound.

BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On Last Sunday’s Bengals’ vs. Colts…

Boomer Esiason – “The Cincinnati Bengals have a lack of fire. There’s no leadership there. There’s no toughness. There’s no just getting in your face.  There is no “Terrell Suggs” on the Cincinnati Bengals.  Maybe that should be Geno Atkins, maybe that should be Ray Maualuga. It’s certainly not Andy Dalton and without Jermaine Gresham and A.J. Green, basically, I’ll tell you what, they looked lifeless to me.”

On Cowboys vs. Packers…

Boomer Esiason – “The Dallas Cowboys have all the ingredients to go out there on the road and play defense with your offense … Something tells me that something is happening for the Dallas Cowboys.”

Brandon Marshall – “I think the biggest ‘X Factor’ here is Aaron Rodgers’ calf right now. If he’s healthy, all that other stuff goes out the window. But it’s hard to go against the Dallas Cowboys right now. You have everybody cheering for them, even governors of other states.”

On Rex Ryan’s Coaching the 49ers…

Brandon Marshall – “If Rex Ryan goes to the 49ers, look out NFL.”

On New England at Baltimore…

Phil Simms – “If Baltimore doesn’t run the football well they are going to have no chance of winning this game.”

Boomer Esiason – “This might be best overall team that Bill Belichick has ever had, and that goes against that 18-1 team … The one thing about these Baltimore Ravens, they are a big, strong, physical, veteran football team that doesn’t get intimidated by anything.  But I do like New England in this game.   Nobody, I mean nobody on planet Earth can cover Rob Gronkowski.”

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Bobby Mitchell, First Black Star On The Washington Redskins, Profiled On Tuesday’s 60 MINUTES SPORTS on SHOWTIME

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FIRST BLACK STAR ON THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS, THE LAST NFL TEAM TO INTEGRATE, SAYS REPORTERS TOLD HIM THEY HAD TO MINIMIZE HIS EXPLOITS – “60 MINUTES SPORTS”

In a Rare Interview, Bobby Mitchell tells his Story and Jim Brown Recalls his Friend and Teammate

Premieres Tuesday, January 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT—Only On SHOWTIME®

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NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2015) – Bobby Mitchell endured the bigotry, pressure and disrespect that came with being the first black star on the last NFL team to integrate.  What’s more, he even had to accept that his exploits on the field were minimized by the press in an era and a city in which racism abounded.  Mitchell, the first black star on the Washington Redskins, tells his story to James Brown in the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, premiering Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

The Redskins of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s were promoted as the team of the South.  Stocked with white players from Southern colleges, the team still had no black players in 1961 when every other team in the NFL had broken the color barrier.  The federal government finally forced the team’s owner, George Preston Marshall, to integrate in exchange for the use of a new federally-owned stadium.  Marshall traded for Mitchell, who was a star in the Cleveland Browns’ backfield with the great Jim Brown.

Mitchell, a speedy offensive player, walked into a racially-charged situation in the nation’s capital.  Mitchell said Marshall warned him not to make waves. “‘You know you’re in a political town and you have to watch your mouth and stay out of trouble,’” Mitchell says Marshall told him.  “The typical stuff you said to black guys,” recalls Mitchell.

What he wasn’t so prepared for was what he says the sportswriters told him.  Washington was not Cleveland, which in addition to Mitchell and Brown had several black players. “The first thing that happened, and I understood it pretty quickly, was that there was no one in this town used to having a black star,” he tells James Brown.  “I actually had reporters telling me, ‘I can’t keep writing about you.’ They just told me right out.”

He suffered many insults throughout his seven years playing in Washington, where he lifted a basement team into respectability with his world-class speed.   “He came home and I could see the pain in his eyes.  I could feel the pain in his voice,” says his wife Gwen.  “And he never, ever screamed or shouted…and I knew it hurt.”

Jim Brown remembers his friend and teammate telling him the racism was hard to deal with.  “He had to suffer for being black more, probably, than any person that I know that played football at the time I played,” says the Hall of Famer.

When Mitchell retired in 1968, he had the second most combined yards from scrimmage in NFL history but wasn’t inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 10 years.  It was another insult.  At 79, he’s still healthy and – as James Brown finds out – humble.  Standing in his trophy room, James Brown says, “This room suggests a life well-lived.”  The former superstar and racial pioneer replies, “Well, that’s the way I feel, been real lucky – a stubborn guy who just hung in there.”

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INSIDE THE NFL Talks Jim Harbaugh, Rex Ryan & “The Coaching Carousel”

sho-nflNEW YORK (Dec. 30, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL features analysis on Jim Harbaugh, Rex Ryan and “the coaching carousel,” previews and picks for Wild Card Weekend, insight and opinions on Ndamukong Suh’s suspension and more.  Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME to watch host Greg Gumbel and analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Ed Reed discuss the last week of the NFL regular-season and the start of the playoffs.

Plus, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is wired for sound, “Year-End Awards” and more.

Below are select highlights from this week’s episode:

On Ndamukong Suh’s misstep:

ED REED: “When you have stuff like this in the game, that shouldn’t be tolerated… He probably should have (been suspended more than one game) because of the things that he’s been doing up to this point – kicking guys and really disrespecting the game of football and the brotherhood that we have.  Some things you just don’t do.”

On Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers:

BOOMER ESIASON: “I know one thing, in San Francisco those are going to be some pretty big shoes to fill.  Not only did they go to three NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl, they got a new stadium built for themselves in Santa Clara…..It’s about money, it’s always about money.  He gets paid by going to the maize and blue and Michigan.  I think they did a great job hiring him.  He’s a terrific football coach.”

On potential candidates for the San Francisco 49ers:

PHIL SIMMS: “I look at Adam Gase… I think you have to hire somebody to help Colin Kaepernick.  He helped Tim Tebow, made that work with him.  He was part of that with Mike McCoy.  So he can design an offense that helps Colin Kaepernick.  And the other guy would be Mike Shanahan.  And why do you say him?  Head coaching experience.  He’s been with the 49ers before, and when he coached Jay Cutler in Denver he ran an offense that wasn’t all about drop-back passing.  It was play-action, everything that fits, I think, Colin Kaepernick perfectly. “

On Rex Ryan:

ED REED:  “…Where he could wind up is Chicago or Atlanta.  I think both of those teams need a defensive-minded coach.  More Atlanta than Chicago probably because they have the best quarterback out of the whole situation in Matt Ryan.  Matt Ryan is the best situation for Rex to wind up in.”

PHIL SIMMS: “What’s Atlanta doing?  They’re building a stadium.  Who’s going to get more publicity than any other coach?  That would be Rex Ryan.”

BOOMER ESIASON: “…That’s why I’d call up Arthur Blank today.  I watched Rex Ryan coach here for six years.  I saw him do a lot of stuff with not a lot of great players.”

On coaching vacancies in Chicago and Oakland:

PHIL SIMMS: “…Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, I know a lot of people look at him that maybe he would jump to the pros.  We talk about the Rooney Rule, I think Pep Hamilton, the offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts, he’s strong.  He was at Stanford, he coached under Jim Harbaugh.  He’s been in the NFL, he was a player.  He’s a guy to look out for.”

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Brandon Marshall Calls For Team Kumbaya In The Off-Season, Tonight on INSIDE THE NFL, 9p ET/PT on SHO

sho-nfl“Unfortunately, what has been going on these past couple weeks is a microcosm to our whole season … this is unacceptable…” – Brandon Marshall

“Playing quarterback … it’s no joke … The difference here with Johnny Manziel, there’s a lot of style and very little substance.” – Boomer Esiason

NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey Joins As Special Guest

INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Boomer Esiason, Ed Reed and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin in-studio to discuss an action-packed Week 15. Injured Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall joins via satellite with a health update on the Bears and himself.

NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey joins the INSIDE THE NFL cast to go over several controversial calls, including 49ers Nick Mooney’s hit on Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III‘s no-touchdown dive into the end zone. Also highlighted is discussion of Johnny Manziel’s first NFL career start, as well as the playoff picture heading into the final two weeks of the regular-season.

Plus, Ravens’ Linebacker Terrell Suggs and more are wired for sound.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On The Chicago Bears…

Brandon Marshall – “Unfortunately, what has been going on these past couple weeks is a microcosm to our whole season. We really have to just gel together and really try to do, I don’t know, some kumbaya in the off-season to really get back where we need to be because this is unacceptable and this is bad.”

On Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Aaron Kromer…

Brandon Marshall – “I love [Aaron] Kromer. He’s probably the best teaching coach I’ve ever been around. This is just a part of our season right now … We are all so frustrated. Sometimes, people do things and say things that they regret. I think this is one of those things for Kromer. Unfortunately, it’s at the hand of Jay Cutler, taking a nice little lashing, and our team now… Sometimes, if you get too emotional you say the wrong things, it can unfortunately get back to the wrong person.

On Johnny Manziel’s First NFL Career Start…

Michael Irvin – “Folks, it’s going to take a while before ‘Johnny Be Good’ … There’s one thing to sit and watch. Really, to learn this game you have to be on that football field … This is not college football.”

Boomer Esiason – “Playing quarterback is a beast. It’s no joke … I started four games my rookie year and I was lost. If you asked [Cris] Collinsworth and [Anthony] Muñoz and all my ex-teammates from back then, they would probably tell you that there’s no way this guy is going to be the quarterback of the future. We all go through it. Troy Aikman went through it. John Elway went through it. The difference here with Johnny Manziel, there’s a lot of style and very little substance.”

On Teams Tanking in the NFL…

Michael Irvin –  “The one thing football players will always do, and they will always tell you, whenever you step on that football field if you don’t go as hard as you can go … you get hurt. I’ve always believed you get hurt anytime you don’t play all-out on a football field. I just don’t see it [tanking] happening.”

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KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE: SHO RELEASES FIRST-LOOK TRAILER

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LOS ANGELES (December 12, 2014) – SHOWTIME has released the first-look trailer for its feature-length documentary film, KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE, which will premiere in February on the premium network. Compelling and revelatory, this highly personal film captures a side of Kobe Bryant that the public has never seen before.

“People know me because of what I am, a basketball player,” said Bryant.  “In MUSE, everyone will begin to understand who I am and how I became who I am.  I created this film to open up my journey in hopes of inspiring others as they guide their own.”

“Rarely has a superstar athlete afforded this type of access and engaged in this level of self-reflection during his playing career,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®.  “Throughout his NBA career, Kobe has been an intensely private person, so in many ways this film is the antithesis of the Kobe Bryant that the public has come to know.  Through this film, Kobe opens his heart and his mind to the world for the first time in a deeply personal way.”

Bryant, an 18-year veteran and 16-time NBA All-Star, has earned five NBA Championships during his time in the league. At this critical juncture in his career, viewers will watch as Bryant attempts to cement his legacy, opening a window into the mind of an elite athlete still motivated to be the best, but also contemplating life after sports.

The film is created and produced by Kobe Bryant in association with Kobe Inc., and directed by Gotham Chopra.

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“…They should re-seed. You shouldn’t reward teams for playing in a poor division …” – Boomer Esiason on INSIDE THE NFL, on SHO

inside-the-nfl-showtimeNEW YORK (Dec. 9, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin in-studio to discuss an action-packed Week 14 leading to the NFL playoffs.

This week’s episode of INSIDE THE NFL is highlighted by the Patriots, Broncos, Seattle and Packers and whether any other team has what it takes to get ahead of them in the playoff race, as well the NFC South and what lies ahead for the Harbaugh brothers.

Plus, watch Boomer Esiason recite the offensive linemen’s prayer and reveal his choice for the top offensive line in the league.

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INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On the winner of the NFC South hosting a playoff game…

Boomer Esiason – “I definitely think they should re-seed.  And I think you shouldn’t reward teams for playing in a poor division.  I know that old school guys will all say that, ‘Well, you know, you build your team to win in your division.’ You could put any team in that division and they would win it.  I think that, in all fairness, a team that is 11-5 should not have to travel on the road to a team with a losing record.  I think you should re-seed the whole thing and give the teams that have the best years the opportunity to host a home playoff game.”

On Who Can Challenge The Final Four Favorites of Green Bay, Seattle, New England and Denver…

Michael Irvin – “THE Dallas Cowboys. They did go into Seattle and beat Seattle. I think it’s all about matchups. The Cowboys match up well with Seattle. I think they can crash this party.”

Boomer Esiason – “…The Detroit Lions can do it. And the reason for that is because they have a top-notch defensive line that stops the run… The offense the last couple of weeks has been on fire.  Matthew Stafford, five touchdowns, over 700-yards passing.  Now, all of a sudden, you have a full, complete team coming together at the right time.”

Phil Simms – “When you look at the AFC, the one team that jumps out at me is the Indianapolis Colts. I know everybody hates their defense.  But the one thing about their defense, they are willing to try to do anything. They can cover well. I know they don’t rush the passer well, but on the other side [offense] they have T.Y. Hilton.  They have Reggie Wayne.  And they have big Andrew Luck. Listen, there’s no lead safe when you play the Indianapolis Colts.”

On Jim Harbaugh…

Boomer Esiason –   “Success breeds contempt.  It happened in Dallas with Jimmy [Johnson] and Jerry [Jones], right?  You have all the success and people want to be paid for their success.  Because being paid in this business is about respect. And Jim Harbaugh has done nothing but win since he got there to San Francisco. Clean up the mess, revive… I’ll tell you this right now, if Jim Harbaugh becomes available, I am taking him as my head coach because he has a track record.  Everywhere he has gone, he’s been a winner, a lot like Bill Parcells.”

Michael Irvin – “This is the NFL – ‘Not For Long.’  What are you doing for me lately?  And it’s sad.  He went three straight times to the NFC Championship game and we’re sitting here talking about him, now he may be on the streets looking for a job.  I find it incredible.”