NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES FROM WEEK 11 OF
INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
Tennessee’s Chris Johnson Says Titans Will Make Playoffs
NEW YORK (Nov. 18, 2009)—The Tennessee Titans’ Chris Johnson joins INSIDE THE NFL on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME to discuss the Titans making the playoffs. Host James Brown, Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms, Warren Sapp and Insider Mike Lombardi weigh-in on Bill Belichick’s fourth down decision last week. Plus a running back is selected this week for INSIDE THE NFL’s “Team of the Aughts.”
INSIDE THE NFL is being produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 10, 2010. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Below are excerpts transcribed from this week’s episode:
(Chris Johnson on Titans Making the Playoff):
Yeah, for sure. I’ll put that on my back…When I first made that statement about us going 10-0, I know you were all like it’s not going to happen or whatever. But you all are supposed to say it’s not gonna happen because it’s never been before. So we are going to be the first to do it.
(On Cincinnati Bengals win over Pittsburgh):
COLLINSWORTH: It’s not over. The Pittsburgh Steelers are still the World Champs. And the only tough games really remaining for them are against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals still have to play at Oakland, where they are 0-9 all-time; the Jets, they’ve lost seven straight to them; Minnesota, they are 0-4 all-time; and San Diego, they have lost four of their last five (to them). BUT, I still think the Bengals can hold on to this thing. I think the Bengals win this division.
(On Bengals signing Larry Johnson):
SAPP: Your past does not equal your future but it gives me a real glimpse of what I might expect. The last three head coaches they have had in Kansas City have not gotten along with Larry Johnson, so this may be a reach as I am looking at it. The Bengals have a tendency to go reach for guys like this.
SIMMS: I understand the move. It doesn’t bother me. Sometimes when you get cut by one team and go to another it does change you because you know it could be your last chance. What did everyone think when the Bengals signed Cedric Benson? ‘Awww he’s a troublemaker in Chicago.’ How’s that worked out? And more importantly you are 7-2. I think they made this decision last week just listening to Marvin Lewis. You are 7-2. You believe you’ve got the real deal. And I believe they are the real deal. You protect that team, this playoff team, by getting a quality back-up running back who has done it before.
COLLINSWORTH: I think it’s genius. I think it’s genius. Kansas City’s offensive line has been a mess now for a couple of years. Larry Johnson has been getting banged around, averaging about two-and-half yards per carry. I watched him during the preseason. This guy can run. Now he’s 30-years old and he may not have that much left, but “we” don’t care in Cincinnati. We just care about this year. That’s all. It’s been a long time. We are all in for this year. Bring on Larry Johnson.
(On Belichick’s fourth down decision):
SAPP: He sent a message to his defense that I don’t trust you no matter the time, the yardage that you have to defend, you cannot win games.
COLLINSWORTH: I was thinking this is going to be the greatest finish of all time. If I could just have two minutes to watch football, give me Peyton Manning against Bill Belichick’s defense. Seventy yards to defend and let’s go get it. Then he decided to go for it. It’s not that I didn’t believe it….I couldn’t imagine Buddy Ryan as a head coach deciding I am going to try to win it with the offense. I want to take my defense and I am the best in the business and I am going up against the best in the business and let’s see it.
SIMMS: Nobody plays us against the world better than the Patriots. Bill Belichick, it’s over. Let’s move on. Someone said this is going to be a great motivational tool for the Patriots. Well, you haven’t been around them much. They don’t really need motivation. Even if it’s not there, they’ll find a way to get it
(On conversation with Belichick):
LOMBARDI: I talked to him. And the night before each game he sits down with his coaching staff, it’s like masterpiece theatre. He goes over the game in detail and how he’s going to play the game. In this instance he told his staff, any fourth and short, we’re going to go for it. Because what happened in the past, 2006…Fourth and four at his own 46 and he decided to punt to give Peyton Manning the chance to go 80-yards, cost him the chance at the Super Bowl. That memory is everlasting in his mind.
BROWN: He told you that he had this discussion with his staff, that he was going to do that, period?
LOMBARDI: At every opportunity that he had to take advantage of it. He was not going to watch Peyton Manning beat him with what happened in 2006.
INSIDE THE NFL “TEAM OF THE AUGHTS”
Each week the crew selects another member of the All-Decade team. This week LaDainian Tomlinson was named Running Back of the decade.
Previous selection to the Team of the Aughts Selections:
Wide Receiver – Randy Moss
Safety – Troy Polamalu
Cornerback – Champ Bailey
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