NEW YORK (September 12, 2012) The Emmy Award-winning INSIDE THE NFL returns tonight, Sept. 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME for its fifth season with special guest analyst Bill Cowher to cover all the major topics from Week One of the NFL season.
On tonight’s episode, INSIDE THE NFL discusses the major topics from the first week of the season including a look at the quarterback situation with the New York Jets, a breakdown of the rookie quarterbacks, and one of the hottest topics right now, the replacement referees.
Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME along with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth and Phil Simms serving as expert analysts. INSIDE THE NFL, now in its 34th season, airs every Wednesday night through the NFL season on SHOWTIME, with multiple replays each week on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and availability on SHOWTIME On Demand.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports and Steve Sabol, President, NFL Films. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.
Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:
On the New York Jets’ Quarterback Situation…
COLLINSWORTH: We’ve forgotten that Mark Sanchez has taken them to two AFC Championship games. When you go back to week two a year ago, he threw against Jacksonville for 370 yards. This guy is a quarterback and I don’t think he was ever threatened by Tim Tebow. Tim Tebow is not going to run a conventional offense. So if they are going to go to Tim Tebow, you are changing everything Denver did last year.
On the replacement officials in the NFL right now…
COWHER: They are not the officials that they replaced. Let’s just face it. They are guys that have been retired but out of retirement. Is the game getting by? Sure. Could it be done better? Absolutely. And I think they are going to get better as the time goes on. The one thing I will say is, in the National Football League I realized this, everybody is replaceable. So they better be careful not to play their hand. Because in the NFL, whether you’re on a show or in it, it’s a privilege not an entitlement. And I think that the officials are going to learn that if they press their hand too hard.
COLLINSWORTH: The NFL could crush the officials right now. There is no other way to say this. They could basically run those guys out of the league. And so the officials are going to have to come back at some point and eat a little humble pie, probably. I hope the NFL doesn’t do that. I hope the NFL says, ‘You know what, ok. We won with the players. We’re going to win with the officials. Let’s not bury these guys because they have been good for the NFL for a long time.’ It’s okay to win. And the NFL is going to win. But you don’t have to crush these guys. And I hope that is the case.
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