NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES FROM WEEK TWO OF
INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
NEW YORK (Sept. 16, 2009) Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts. 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.
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News, Notes and Quotes from Inside the NFL Week 2
SIMMS ON MARK SANCHEZ: What you saw from Mark Sanchez if you’re a Jets fan, that was real. The arm strength, the poise to play the position… He was taught well in high school, taught very well in college. What sets him apart from most quarterbacks in the NFL is his speed. He’s able to get out of trouble, dance around… always in really good position to throw the football down the field when he gets those opportunities.
COLLINSWORTH ON SANCHEZ: The key to what was really impressive about him was third down. Third down is when you get all the gimmicks. You get all the nickels and the dimes. And he’s able to buy that time with his feet to make those plays to convert on third down.
SAPP TEAMS NOT TO WATCH: As you look across the league, (following week 1) there’s a certain amount of teams that this season is over before it ever begins. We’re talking about Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Oakland. It’s over. It’s an unforgiving league…. Those five right there, write them off. We are talking about blackouts. Be happy that you got a blackout. Maybe they’ll beam a game to you that means something.
SAPP ON WORST WEEK EVER: I have to go first to Kanye West because that’s just ridiculous to get called a jackass by the President. The part owner of the Miami Dolphins, Serena Williams had a pretty rough week herself also. But I’m gonna go to Cris’ home (Cincinnati) for the worst week of the week. Marvin Lewis, you get the lead. You’ve got 28 seconds on the clock and you’re on the 13 yard line and it takes them exactly one play to score. The Immaculate Deflection, are you kidding me.
COLLINSWORTH ON TOM BRADY: Tom Brady is the best player in football right now, so let’s start with that preface. I did see Carson Palmer after the knee injury and Carson Palmer was not the same guy. I mean there is something about playing quarterback and if you’re looking down you’re not playing quarterback…. Tom Brady, I think, will overcome it but I think you still have to watch him.
LOMBARDI ON BLACKOUTS: I think its really likely (50+ potential blackouts) and if you talk to people in the national league office they’ll tell you that it’s pretty common. They’ve been spolied over recent years based on the lack of blackout games because fans have really come to the games. It’s been an exciting year. But going back into the early 2000’s… around 50 games a year were blacked out. It’s kind of a common practice to have this many games blacked-out and obviously the economy is playing a huge factor. (NOTE: Only 9 games blacked-out last season)
COLLINSWORTH ON BLACKOUTS: To some extent we’ve become a league where only a select few can go and watch the games anymore because the ticket prices are so high. I would really like to see the NFL take a bit of a proactive step here and say, ‘We understand the economy is rough’… You know there is nothing wrong with half priced tickets if it goes past Thursday or Friday. Let’s get some kids back in the stadium…. Let’s do some things that make you feel good about the NFL so that you don’t feel like it’s all about money all the time. It can be just a one-year exception. Just say ‘Hey, it’s not going to last past this year but for this one year we’re going to allow people in the stadium that otherwise couldn’t afford it’.
SIMMS ON BLACKOUTS (DETROIT): The city’s been hit hard…. People have been laid off their jobs. But they have a new coach who I really believe in…. (They) got the first pick of the draft who shows great promise. So, why not give those fans more of a look at it and (they may) say, ‘Wow, I have to go to some games there because I like what they’re doing.”
LOMBARDI ON BLACKOUTS HURTING THE LEAGUE IN THE LONG RUN: The league is trying to be proactive in this case. What they are saying is they are going to put the games on the internet… starting at 12 o’clock the night of the game and run them for 72 hours with a break when the Monday Night Football game happens. So if you are a fan of the Detroit Lions and their game happens to be blacked-out you can go to NFL.com and watch the entire game. So that’s a concession that the leaue has never made in the past. Rememeber 1973 was the year this blackout started and they’ve never changed it and this year they are saying to the fans if you want to watch it go to NFL.com.