October 4, 2009
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE,
BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 4 ON OCTOBER 4
►“SEC ON CBS” CONTINUES RATINGS ROLL
CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS on Saturday, Oct. 3, which saw LSU defeating Georgia, earned an overnight household rating/share of 3.7/8, up 54% from last year’s 2.4/6 (Kentucky-Alabama).
► QUICK HITS
(On JaMarcus Russell)
BOOMER ESIASON: I don’t want to beat a dead horse here, but it’s come to my attention that he has been fined heavily already for being overweight and for being late to meetings. And, he’s already missed one meeting. I’m telling you right now, the other 52 guys on that roster are looking at Tom Cable. They’re looking at Al Davis, and they’re saying we deserve better than this. That’s why every time he goes on the field, what’s the quarterback’s job – to be the leader of the other men on the field with them; to inspire them to greater heights. Right now, he is holding them back. Even though there’s not a great alternative, there has to be a change at quarterback, especially if he plays poorly today against a banged up Houston defense.
(On who has more pressure on him – Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers – in Monday Night game)
DAN MARINO: To me, it’s Aaron Rodgers. Forget about the hype. Brett Favre has been through this. He understands what it’s like to play on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers has to go into Minnesota, he’s 1-2. It’s a game on the road. They don’t run the football that well. This division game is a big game going into Minnesota. Minnesota can get after the quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is going to be in trouble in this game…Forget about the hype with Favre and Green Bay.
BILL COWHER: Aaron Rodgers’ pressure was last year. That’s over with. The pressure now is on Brett Favre. You know why the pressure is greater on him? Because the expectation level is greater for him. When the expectation level is greater, the pressure gets higher.
►“INSIDE THE NFL” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On JaMarcus Russell )
CASSERLY: If he continues to struggle, I think they will put him on the bench but only for a short period of time to clear his head. He’s still, in their eyes, their long-term solution at quarterback.
(On Sale of St. Louis)
CASSERLY: I’ve learned that last Friday bids were closed. That was the final date to get bids on to buy the St. Louis Rams. There are three groups bidding on the Rams. One of them includes Dave Checketts, former President of Madison Square Garden and now Chairman of the St. Louis Blues, and…a radio talk show host named Rush Limbaugh – Owner Limbaugh. Now also, the NFL has told the teams, told the bidders, they want the team to remain in St. Louis. Look for the sale price to be between $700 million and $750 million.
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