NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE,
BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 12 ON NOVEMBER 29
►CORNUCOPIA OF GREAT RATINGS FOR “SEC ON CBS” THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS on Friday, Nov. 27, which saw No. 2 Alabama beat Auburn, 26-21, earned an overnight household rating/share of 4.8/11, up 92% from last year’s 2.5/6 (LSU vs. Arkansas), and Saturday, Nov. 28, which saw No. 1 Florida defeat Florida State, 37-10, earned an overnight household rating/share of 5.1/12, up 21% from last year’s 4.2/9 (Auburn vs. No. 1 Alabama).
► QUICK HITS
(On Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger as No. 3 quarterback tonight against Baltimore due to concussion)
BOOMER ESIASON: How does Pittsburgh go into this game without signing a veteran back-up (quarterback) earlier in the week knowing that Charlie Batch was out of the mix?
►“INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On Pittsburgh having to start Dennis Dixon and having Tyler Palko as back-up and Ben Roethlisberger as No. 3 quarterback tonight due to a concussion)
CASSERLY: In my opinion, the Steelers made a mistake. When you end Sunday’s game, your back-up quarterback Charlie Batch is out. Your starting quarterback didn’t finish the game. You’re in the middle of a playoff hunt. Sign a veteran quarterback. Have that insurance ready. Have that done by Monday night.
► “DR. BILL COWHER” BUILDS “THE PERFECT QUARTERBACK
Bill Cowher took parts from quarterbacks from around the NFL to build the “Perfect Quarterback”:
Head of Peyton Manning
Leadership of Drew Brees
Poise and Decision-Making of Tom Brady
Arm of Ben Roethlisberger
Legs of Vince Young
Experience of Kurt Warner
Courage of Philip Rivers
Exuberance of Brett Favre
BOOMER: (Looking at Cowher): I want to build myself the ultimate coach. I’m going to start with the chin.
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