NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH
JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND
BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 17 ON DECEMBER 28
More People Watch THE NFL ON CBS Than Any Other Network Through 15 Weeks of
2008 NFL Season
Through 15 weeks of the 2008 NFL regular-season, more people watch NFL games on CBS than any other network, based on a cumulative analysis of Nielsen data.
Through 15 weeks of the 2008 season (September 4-December 15, 2008), THE NFL ON CBS regular-season games were seen by an estimated 145.9 million viewers, +16% higher than NBC’s 126.1 million viewers, +4% higher than FOX’s 140.8 million viewers and +53% higher than ESPN’s 95.4 million.
The cumulative audience is based on Total Viewers (Persons 2+) who have watched at least six minutes of NFL game coverage since the start of the 2008 regular-season.
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(On New York Jets)
SHANNON SHARPE: I think the Jets were overvalued…They had two huge road wins; go to New England and Tennessee and win, then come home and lose to Denver, then go on the road and lose to San Francisco and Seattle. They are not playing like a playoff-caliber football team for one simple reason – their quarterback puts the ball in harm’s way. When you turn the football over at that position, you don’t win football games no matter how good you are defensively.
(On Miami-New York Jets)
BOOMER ESIASON: I like the Jets to win the game, if they don’t it’s going to be Armageddon around here tomorrow.
(On what player might not be back with his team next year)
BILL COWHER: This is nothing against the Dallas Cowboys but I’m going to say T.O. (Terrell Owens)…T.O. was unhappy with his role in an offense when they had Witten and Barber, but all of a sudden now you acquire Roy Williams. All of a sudden you bring back a healthy Felix Jones. Where does he fit in? This offense is about developing the offense, not trying to keep the players happy. I say they have to get rid of T.O. They have enough playmakers.
BOOMER: Brett Favre…I think he’s going to retire at the end of the year. Plaxico Burress is not coming back with the New York Giants. He may think he is rehabbing his image around here in New York, but that is not going to be the case. The other person is maybe Chad Johnson. Chad may not like to hear it but I don’t think the Cincinnati Bengals are going to put up with this nonsense anymore, especially when they’re going to have to give T.J. Houshmandzadeh a big contract. And of course we all know that Matt Cassel is not coming back to the New England Patriots. He is going to be a very rich man at this time next year.
► “INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On Donovan McNabb returning to Philadelphia next year)
CASSERLY: Despite all the reports, he’s not going to be traded. He’ll be back with the Eagles next year. He has two years to go on his contract – 2009 will be $9 million and 2010 will be $10 million. What I can picture the Eagles doing is this – extending him on a year-to-year basis with some form of roster bonuses that he would get paid in March. What I do not see happening is a long-term contract with a big upfront money guarantee. He’s definitely staying in Philly.
(On Tampa Bay’s tailspin)
CASSERLY: I think it all stems from Monte Kiffin announcing that he’s going to the University of Tennessee. [There’s] a lot of resentment in that building. [There’s] a lot of hard feelings in that building. Why couldn’t you wait until the end of the season? In my opinion Monte Kiffin is the heart and soul of that defense. In the last three weeks that heart has been ripped out and it’s been reflected by their poor play on the field.
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