NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH
JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 15 ON DECEMEBER 14
Sharpe: “The problem is not T.O., it’s Jerry Jones…”
(On Terrell Owens and controversy in Dallas)
SHANNON SHARPE: You know what you get over Terrell Owens’ 13-year career. You know what happens – Jeff Garcia in San Francisco on Jerry Rice Day, he threw Terrell Owens 20 passes, an NFL record, turns his back, stabs him in the back. (He) goes to Philly, Donovan McNabb throws him 14 TD passes in 12 games, stabs him in the back. Last year crying on national television about how much he loves Tony Romo – “That’s my quarterback” – he stabs him in the back. You know exactly what you are going to get in his 13-year history. The problem is not T.O., it’s Jerry Jones because Jerry Jones reinforces that negative behavior and co-signs what T.O. says about throwing him the football to better their chances of winning games.
BOOMER ESIASON: Jerry Jones obviously had to know he was going to get himself in trouble by bringing Terrell Owens there. But I’m not sure how good Tony Romo is right now. I think he will be a much better quarterback once they decide to get rid of Terrell Owens, whenever that is. And, there is a fine line between having the holiday spirit and looking like a clown because to me he has completely upset the apple cart in Dallas and is clearly a distraction. It seems like every year we’re talking about this whether it be with San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas. He is a guy that they have got to get rid of and let Tony Romo become the great player he should be.
(On Coaching Carousel)
BOOMER: Dallas and the New York Jets are the two most interesting because these are two franchises that are getting ready to move into new stadiums, selling personal seat licenses. These owners realize if they don’t make the playoffs, all of a sudden Eric Mangini and Wade Phillips come under an immense amount of scrutiny and pressure from the fan base. The fans are the ones who buy the tickets. Would you be excited if you were a Jets fan or a Cowboys fan if your team did not make the playoffs moving into new stadiums? I don’t think so.
SHARPE: Let me start by saying Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and CBS, we do not fire coaches. Coaches, you not winning games and not getting your teams motivated to play costs you your jobs but let’s talk about St. Louis, Oakland and San Francisco. They could possibly have two, because they’ve already changed. They could possibly change again. And you look at Seattle. We know Mike Holmgren is not coming back. Cleveland, Detroit – that’s a definite. Possibly, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Chargers because two of those three teams have vastly underachieved and I think maybe cleaning house with a couple of those teams might be in order.
► “INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On Assessing Heisman Top 3 Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy)
CASSERLY: Let’s take a look at Oklahoma’s quarterback Sam Bradford first. What I like about him is his accuracy, decision-making, arm strength and the fact that he’s been in a pro-style offense. If he decides to come out for the draft, in my opinion, I think he will get serious consideration for the first pick in the draft. Here is Tim Tebow – different story here. If he decides to come out for the draft, I look for him as a second-day draft choice. I don’t feel he’s real good as a pocket pro passer. Also, I think in the wildcat formation he may struggle some. Colt McCoy – what I like about him is his mobility, his accuracy and his play-making ability. (He) Reminds me of a Tony Romo and a Jeff Garcia-type quarterback. He said he’s returning. If he were to change his mind, look for him as a late first-round pick.
(On Pittsburgh-Baltimore rivalry):
SHARPE: This is not media driven. This is not a situation where two teams are trying to work themselves up because the division title is on the line. They sincerely dislike each other. You can listen to the tone. There is no te, he, he – there is no laughing going on. Today, this is going to be one of those games – there are going to be some people laying down on the field after the game.
(On New York Giants)
BOOMER: The one thing about the Giants I’ll talk to you about is resiliency…they’ll miss him (Plaxico Burress) a little bit, but Eli Manning will be better without him, believe it or not, because I think there are no distractions around him.
(On New York Jets)
DAN DIERDORF: The sky is not falling here in New York because of those two losses (Denver and San Francisco), but if they lose today to Buffalo I would start wearing a hardhat.