CBS’s Simms and Dierdorf Talk Quarterbacks for SD-Pitt and Miami-SF



            The CBS Television Network, home of Super Bowl XLVII, continues its 53rd year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Dec. 9 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s one-hour studio show (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET), live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.

THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action live from the San Diego Chargers-Pittsburgh Steelers game from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.

Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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(On Ben Roethlisberger’s return): It’s always a good thing when you get back one of the best players in the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger is not only one of the best quarterbacks, but one of the best players, in the NFL.  Having him back changes the mindset of all the players and gives them confidence.  It gives the coaches confidence in what they’re trying to do in calling and designing plays.  The one thing about Ben Roethlisberger that people don’t pay enough attention to is that he’s a terrific thrower of the football. When there’s a play to be made by throwing it down the field, he makes it. It always gets lost when people talk about these quarterbacks in the NFL.  He may not put up the numbers of Drew Brees or Tom Brady but he takes advantage of every opportunity that’s presented to him.  It will be interesting to see how the Steelers are emotionally after the great victory they had against the Baltimore Ravens last week.  The verbal beating that Charlie Batch took during the week by everybody in the business was strong.  That’s the best word I can say for it.  For him to play the way he did, against that team and that rivalry down in Baltimore, was special.  I’m not going to overstate it, but it could be a huge part of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season. The fact that he went down and won that game – it’s what could’ve saved the season. It gives them a better chance of getting to the playoffs.   If a team like the Steelers get into the playoffs, you never know what can happen. We know that because of all the success of teams that have gone in as wild cards over the last few years.


(On San Francisco’s quarterback situation): The only reason it’s hard for me to criticize this situation is because the guy making the decision played quarterback in the National Football League for 15 years.  If anyone would have an appreciation for the delicacy of handling this, you would think it would be a guy like Jim Harbaugh with his vast amount of experience.  Jim Harbaugh is a tough guy who played for some tough coaches.  I’m assuming he is one of those guys that isn’t all that concerned about the “delicate psyche” of a quarterback.  He is the guy that sees every snap in practice.  He has seen every snap that Colin Kaepernick has taken since he got to the 49ers last year.  He sees something that is telling him, ‘This is the quarterback of the future for the 49ers.’  And he is going to roll with it.  If this decision was made by anybody other than someone who has played quarterback for his entire life, and played it very well, it would be ripe for second-guessing.  But Jim Harbaugh gets the benefit of the doubt because of his background.  The 49ers know they have two guys that can play quarterback in this league.  Some teams don’t have one.

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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 14 and Week 15 (subject to change).


WEEK 14 – Dec. 9


GAME                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST            PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

1:00 PM, ET starts:

·Baltimore @ Washington     Marv Albert/Rich Gannon                 Ross Schneiderman/Andy Goldberg

·Kansas City @ Cleveland     Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker                 Victor Frank/Chris Svendsen

·San Diego @ Pittsburgh       Jim Nantz/Phil Simms                       Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold

·Tennessee @ Indianapolis    Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts                           Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith

·N.Y. Jets @ Jacksonville      Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots         Jim Rikhoff/Mark Grant

4:00 PM, ET starts:

·Miami @ San Francisco       Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf               Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman



GAME                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST            PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

1:00 PM, ET starts:

·Jacksonville @ Miami          Marv Albert/Rich Gannon                 Ross Schneiderman/Andy Goldberg

·Denver @ Baltimore             Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf               Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman

·Indianapolis @ Houston       Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts                           Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith

4:25 PM, ET starts:

·Pittsburgh @ Dallas              Jim Nantz/Phil Simms                       Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold

·Kansas @ Oakland                Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots         Jim Rikhoff/Mark Grant

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Week-Long Coverage Leading Up to CBS Sports’ Exclusive Broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII

CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square Cable Bridge Over Decatur Street

CBS, home of Super Bowl XLVII, will create CBS SUPER BOWL PARK at JACKSON SQUARE in the heart of the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, La., to serve as the CBS Corporation’s central broadcast center. For the week leading up to the CBS Television Network’s exclusive broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 3, the Corporation’s assets in network and local television, radio, cable, premium television and digital will cover the Super Bowl from all angles, including entertainment, news and sports.

“The Super Bowl is the granddaddy of big event television, and our approach this year is unlike anything we have ever done,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. “For the first time, CBS Corporation will have week-long, round-the-clock Super Bowl coverage on more than a half-dozen platforms.  Creating CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square as the center of all this activity will make it even more compelling, and also illustrate the collaborative efforts across the Company.”

CBS SUPER BOWL PARK at JACKSON SQUARE will be home to 15 different shows from nine CBS divisions across multiple platforms including broadcast, cable and premium television, radio and digital from Monday, Jan. 28 – Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3. The shows and divisions broadcasting from Jackson Square are:

  • THE SUPER BOWL TODAY – CBS’s THE NFL TODAY hosts James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason will count down to kick-off on the Super Bowl XLVII pre-game show.
  • Super Bowl Live – The Corporation’s cable network, CBS Sports Network, will go primetime at the Super Bowl Monday through Saturday with all the latest news information and guest analysts.
  • Inside the Super Bowl – CBS Sports Network’s afternoon show will broadcast Monday through Friday from Radio Row and on Saturday and Sunday morning from Jackson Square.
  • CBS This Morning CBS’s morning news show will broadcast live Thursday through Saturday.
  • CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and CBS Evening News Saturday – CBS’s evening news show will broadcast live from New Orleans Friday and Saturday.
  • Face the Nation with Bob SchIEfferBob Schieffer will kick off CBS’s Super Bowl programming on Sunday at 10:30 AM, ET.
  • THE TALK – Network television’s fastest-growing daytime talk show will broadcast live Monday through Friday (2:00-3:00 PM, ET / 1:00-2:00 PM, CT/PT) with a live studio audience. Co-hosts Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler will welcome celebrity guests and highlight the local flavor of New Orleans
  • THE LAte Late Show with Craig Ferguson – Craig Ferguson will tape before a live audience for a special edition airing on Sunday night after ELEMENTARY and local news, wrapping up CBS’s Super Bowl Sunday programming.
  • NFL Monday QB – Phil Simms, Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein and other CBS quarterbacks will break down the game from the quarterback perspective on CBS Sports Network.
  • ROME – Jim Rome will host ROME live Monday through Friday on CBS Sports Network.
  • Lead Off – CBS Sports Network’s new late night show with Doug Gottlieb and Allie LaForce will cover all the action and buzz from New Orleans.
  • Inside the NFL – The Emmy Award-winning SHOWTIME program with James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth will air Wednesday. The show is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films.
  • Eye on Pro Football in New Orleans – will broadcast a daily, live one-hour show. Host Kevin Corke and a variety of NFL experts, including reporters and Eye on Football writers, will provide real-time analysis of the day’s top stories and discuss the latest news.
  • OMG! InsiderKevin Frazier will be hosting all week leading up to the big game taking viewers inside the top trending stories of Super Bowl XLVII.
  • CBS SPORTS RADIO – The newly-created CBS Sports Radio will report all week from Jackson Square, in addition to broadcasting from its home base nearby at the Convention Center at the NFL Media Center on “Radio Row.”
  • CBS AFFILIATES – CBS Television Affiliates covering Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans will use the Park during their local broadcasts.

CBS SUPER BOWL PARK at JACKSON SQUARE will consist of four outdoor sets inside Jackson Square shared across the various shows. The sets were designed to reflect the history and architecture of New Orleans. A fifth set will be located across the street in Washington’s Artillery Park for the CBS affiliates. All CBS shows and platforms at CBS SUPER BOWL PARK will share facilities, equipment, office space and personnel throughout the week.

Jackson Square, the historic park in the heart of the famed French Quarter, will serve as the backdrop for CBS’s coverage and will remain open to the public.

The programming schedules for each show will be released at a later date.

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