NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE,
BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WILD CARD WEEK ON JANUARY 10, 2010
► QUICK HITS
(On reports last week on THE NFL TODAY that New England’s Tom Brady had three broken ribs)
JIM NANTZ: Lastly, what about Tom Brady, and our reports last week on THE NFL TODAY about the three broken ribs? Here’s what Tom said, ‘I’m fine. I’m feeling good. And it wasn’t three of them.’ Those are the words of Tom Brady. That’s all he would say.
►“INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On reports of Pete Carroll leaving USC for Seattle)
CASSERLY: People interviewing in Seattle have been told the head coach, including Pete Carroll would only have authority over the 53-man roster. The general manager would have authority over the draft and the general manager will report to the president of the team, which is Todd Leiweke, and the owner Paul Allen. Now, the timing is interesting to me. You’re naming the head coach on Monday and you start interviewing the general manager on Tuesday. To me, that’s a potential problem. You hire the head coach before the GM, philosophical differences are going to result down the road. If you let the head coach influence who the GM is going to be with the team, you’ve broken up the continuity and the checks and balance that you should have between the two positions. In the past, Pete Carroll has demanded he be the number one man and then only report to the owner. Why did he lessen his demands here? Could be because of this reason, USC had asked the NCAA if they could self impose restrictions and sanctions on their football program. And the NCAA said, no. That may have hastened Pete Carroll’s leaving USC for Seattle.
(On Pete Carroll reportedly going to Seattle)
BILL COWHER: About Pete Carroll, I think it’s all about timing. I think in this situation that he feels like he’s done everything he can do at USC. He’s won two National Championships there. He’s a west coast guy. The Seattle Seahawks job opens up, and I think Pete Carroll thinks he’s a better coach than the last time he was in the NFL and it’s about the challenge that lies ahead. I totally understand where he’s coming from. I think it’s a good move.
BOOMER ESIASON: He’s a terrific coach. He’s definitely prepared for this. He’s learned from his past experiences at the Patriots and Jets. This is a terrific move by the Seahawks.
► SHANNON SHARPE IN FEATURE WITH BALTIMORE’S RAY LEWIS
SHARPE: Do you think quarterbacks like Tom Brady get special treatment?
RAY LEWIS: Oh yeah. That’s without question. Do I respect Tom? I respect Tom the utmost because I think Tom plays the game the way the game should be played. It’s also p—— me off a lot to see how they cry for calls. That’s too much. To get a true professional now to cry over the call like that, when somebody didn’t touch you? Ok, he came close to your knee. A 300-pound lineman comes close to my knee every play.
► DAN MARINO IN FEATURE WITH ARIZONA’S KURT WARNER
MARINO: He’s accomplished so much in his career. He’s won a Super Bowl, won two MVP’s. I think he thinks this team can draw on what they did last year to make a strong playoff run. As far as retirement is concerned, he’s playing too good and having too much fun to retire. In my opinion, he’s going to be there next year.
BOOMER: By the way, Kurt Warner is a first ballot Hall of Famer as for as I’m concerned.
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