October 18, 2009
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE,
BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 6 ON OCTOBER 18
Marino on Indianapolis: “They’ll have a chance to win every game because of Peyton Manning.”
►“SEC ON CBS’s” FLORIDA-ARKANSAS SEES 118% RISE IN RATINGS
CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS on Saturday, Oct. 17, which saw No. 1 Florida defeat Arkansas, 23-20, earned an overnight household rating/share of 4.8/11, up 118% from last year’s 2.2/5 (Ole Miss at No. 2 Alabama).
(On St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Kansas City)
SHANNON SHARPE: They’re horrible. They’re worse than what we previously thought. And when you look at – let’s take St. Louis, Tampa and Kansas City – if they were to all to lose today, this would be the first time in NFL history we will have three teams at the same time in the National Football League to have a 10-or-more-game losing streak. That’s how pathetic it is. Two of the three teams fired their offensive coordinators to start the season. I don’t think that really played a part. I just think the teams are bad no matter who the coach is or the players. They’re just bad and this situation is getting out of hand.
(On Oakland, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Buffalo and Washington)
BOOMER ESIASON: From where we sit, Oakland and Tampa are teams that have no light at the end of the tunnel. The St. Louis ownership thing is still up in the air. At least you’ve got to believe that St. Louis and Kansas City have competent football guys that are going to try to bring those franchises around. Two other teams, Buffalo and Washington, are teetering on disaster, (Buffalo) especially after last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns…And then Washington now, a potential firing of a coach in the middle of the season. That will be the seventh coach since 1999 for Daniel Snyder. Those two teams are teetering on disaster as well.
(On “Wild Cat” as a gimmick)
BOOMER: This is a team that is telling you exactly what they’re going to do – they’re going to run it right between the tackles. They have the best running back tandem in football between Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. When you line up in that situation, they say stop us. This is as physical an offensive football team as there is in the NFL. This is not a gimmick. This is legitimate by virtue of the fact that they’ve run this formation 45 times this year.
BILL COWHER: I agree. This is a brilliant way of Dan Henning taking the best two offensive football players on the team and getting them in the game and playing them at the same time. That’s what this wild cat is. But it is a gimmick for every other team. Let’s face it, every other team, you look at the numbers, they’re using it maybe three or four times a game. It’s a gimmick formation. But in Miami, it’s a staple of what they do.
(On what team could go undefeated this year)
DAN MARINO: I’m picking Indianapolis. Peyton Manning is playing better than anybody in the League right now. Their defense is playing good, only giving up 14 points in a game. If they can play like that all year, defensively, they’ll have a chance to win every game because of Peyton Manning.
COWHER: I’m going to say the New Orleans Saints. I already picked them to beat the New York Giants today, so they’re going to win today. When you look at their schedule, every game they have is going to be in a warm weather city. This team is built for the dome, built for the warm weather. I love this defense. It leads the League in takeaways. It’s the most balanced New Orleans team right now that they’ve ever had down there. I think they have a chance. I don’t think they’ll do it, but I think they have a chance.
►“INSIDE THE NFL” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford re-injuring his shoulder yesterday)
CASSERLY: His father told me last night the injury to the shoulder was not serious. I think if he comes out in the draft, it’s not going to have much, if any, impact at all. If he was in the draft last year, he was going to be a top five pick. I don’t know why it would be any different this year.
(On alleged fight between Oakland coach Tom Cable and assistant coach Randy Hanson)
CASSERLY: I talked to Randy Hanson this past week and he told me he’s sticking to his story that Tom Cable punched him and said he was going to kill him. We’re not making light of that. The coaches that were in the room for the incident have not backed up the story at all. In fact, this week Hanson will meet again with the authorities in Napa Valley to discuss the situation. From the League’s point of view, they haven’t talked to Randy Hanson at all.
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