January 4, 2008
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH
JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR “WILD CARD WEEKEND” ON JANUARY 4
“THE NFL TODAY’S” BILL COWHER STAYING IN CBS STUDIO
At the opening of CBS Sports’ pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY, analyst Bill Cowher addressed the speculation and attention he has received this past week on whether or not he will return to coaching in 2009.
COWHER: It’s a privilege and an honor to be a head coach in the National Football League. And I have been flattered about the attention, but the timing right now is not right. I don’t plan on coaching next year.
JAMES BROWN: You say the timing is not right, so that doesn’t rule out a return to the sideline at all?
COWHER: No and I am taking it year-to-year. And let me say this, why would I leave a team that I know is going to a Super Bowl next year? Here’s my team right here. (CBS Sports will broadcast Super Bowl XLIV next February 2010 in Miami.)
(On overtime rules regarding a coin flip)
COWHER: The league MVP did not have a chance to get on the field last night in overtime…in the game, in regulation, both offense and defense determine the game. And right now, listen to what happens (over clip of coin flip call of tails)…There is no way that you should have a coin flip determine the outcome of a football game.
BOOMER ESIASON: Dwight Freeney is making $72 million, Bob Sanders is making $37.5 million and Robert Mathis is making $30 million, and they have a job too. Their job is to stop the opposing team’s offense. Since 1974, about 30% of the time, the team that has won the coin toss has actually scored on their first series, meaning that about 70% of the time it goes the other way. The defensive players, the special teams players, all get paid. The Colts did not live up to their paychecks
► “INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On future of Bill Parcells in Miami)
CASSERLY: When Steve Ross, the new owner, takes over in February, if he wants Bill Parcells back, my best guess is that Bill Parcells will return. He really enjoys the job that he has in Miami. He’s having fun with it.
(On Denver firing Mike Shanahan)
CASSERLY: I talked to somebody who was close to the decision who understood it. They said a couple of things: 1) They felt 14 years was enough; that Pat Bowlen now wanted to take back control of the team. And finally Mike Shanahan had become even bigger than the logo of the team in the city of Denver.