NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH
JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND
BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 16 ON DECEMEBER 21
Sharpe on Detroit: “The President has already done one favor for Detroit…no such help for the Detroit Lions”
(On Philadelphia’s Andy Reid benching of Donovan McNabb sparking Eagles):
DAN MARINO: Yes it sparked the team, but who sparked the team is Donovan McNabb. He’s been playing very good the last three games. He wasn’t playing that good when they benched him. But I don’t think there’s any need a guy, the caliber of Donovan McNabb, gets benched in a situation where they’re in Baltimore and only down by three points at halftime. If they happen to miss the playoffs by one game, you’ve got to look at Andy Reid because he benched Donovan McNabb in that situation.
BILL COWHER: You had a quarterback who had seven turnovers in six quarters, what are you going to do? You have to do what you have to do. You have to have credibility as coach. And you have to hold everybody accountable. He did the right thing. Were they motivated by that? I don’t know, but what he did was the right thing.
SHANNON SHARPE: I’m going to pick Adrian Peterson because in the most meaningful ballgames, the last three games to get his team back in the playoff hunt and possibly the (NFC) North Division – 566 yards, two touchdowns. He has nine 100-yard rush games…The one consistent, the one constant you know when you play the Minnesota Vikings offense – Adrian Peterson is going to get you 100 yards.
BOOMER ESIASON: James Harrison, the outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is at the top of my list because he does it all. He can cover guys. He makes tackles, forces fumbles and gets sacks. That guy is all over the field and everybody else around him benefits because of the way he plays. Peyton Manning now has put himself at the top by virtue of the last few weeks. The way he is playing, and the fact he has his team playing as well as they are, you’ve got to take him seriously as well.
(On last week’s controversial touchdown call for Pittsburgh)
BOOMER: I say it was not a touchdown and I’m disputing the indisputable evidence on that video replay challenge…We got seven days and ORAD (a company that produces virtual graphics with a digitally-enhanced video system) to help us. There’s no way Walt Coleman could have seen that with the videos they were showing at the game.
(On Redskins’ Jim Zorn saying he’s the “worst head coach in America”)
COWHER: I admire the guy for this – he’s putting it all on his shoulders and taking the blame. I think that is the right thing to do as the head coach.
SHARPE: Why would I disagree with him then? If he says he’s the worst, who could argue with him.
COWHER (On Arizona-New England): The Providence Airport has no delays so they’ll be able to get back to Arizona as quickly as possible. I think they just want to get back there in that warm weather. There’s no question this is a New England day.
SHARPE (On Detroit becoming the first 0-15 squad in NFL history): The President has already done one favor for Detroit partially bailing out the auto industry, no such help for the Detroit Lions…0-14, trying to maintain that streak of imperfection, I think they do it.
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(On New England’s Tom Brady): Good news for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. He’s off antibiotics. The infection he had when he had the repair of his knee when he had the ACL is gone. Therefore he’s back on his rehab schedule and should be ready for training camp and the season next year.
(On Seattle coach Mike Holmgren returning to NFL in future): He told me absolutely he will not be in football in 2009. Now 2010, I expect him to come back into the league in some capacity. He will be in high demand, there’s no question about that. A place to look for isSan Francisco. Right now it appears Mike Singletary is the leader to become the head coach for 2009. However, if the 49ers continue to struggle as an organization, Mike Holmgren would be a very popular pick in San Francisco.
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