News Notes and Quotes: Episode 7 of INSIDE THE NFL


Plus New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick Talks with Charles Barkley and Cris Collinsworth Via Satellite

NEW YORK (Oct. 19, 2011) – INSIDE THE NFL is joined by Turner Sports’ Charles Barkley in this week’s edition—tonight, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Plus Barkley and Cris Collinsworth talk to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

INSIDE THE NFL, now in its 33rd season, airs every Wednesday night through the NFL season on SHOWTIME for a total of 23 episodes, 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 CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and NFL Films President Steve Sabol. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

The following are excerpts from tonight’s show:

On whether or not the league should have fined head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz…

COLLINSWORTH: …I was really surprised that the league didn’t fine those two guys… But think about where we were at the end of that situation. If those two head coaches had actually thrown a punch, and it was relatively close, it was a possibility. Or even if they didn’t, but now the two teams are facing off against each other. If that thing had started and there had been one punch thrown, there would have been a mêlée unlike anything we have seen in a long time. So now for the NFL to go, ‘You know its ok. It’s alright. There is no punch.’ To me they put a lot of people in danger with their actions and without question there should have been some fine.

Sapp and Barkley on their upcoming foot race…

BROWN: You know you’ve heard Warren say there is no way in the world that you can beat him in a foot race of any distance.

BARKLEY: Warren can’t beat me in a sprint. He can’t beat me in a long distance run. First of all I’m personally offended…Dancing and running have nothing to do with each other…I had the old guy, Dick Bavetta. Now I’ve got a fat guy challenging me…

SAPP: As I sit here…I’m the fat guy?

SAPP: Sprint and Sapp go hand-in-hand. Barkley and what? Beef! Oh that goes hand-in-hand.

SIMMS: I’m just going to say this. If you’re racing, don’t do it backwards. You understand why? Because he (Barkley) has got a four-yard head start on you.


Belichick on post-game coaches’ handshakes…

Belichick: I think it’s a little bit overrated but I’ve had a lot of memorable handshakes at the end of games where coaches have said things to me that are very meaningful that honestly I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Sometimes you’re on the losing end and things just didn’t work out and a lot of times the other coach will say something that is kind of the right thing to say and it means a lot to you aside from the game, just professionally and your personal relationship.

Belichick on what position he would have Barkley play in the NFL…

BELICHICK: I’d play him at tight end. Great hands. Smart Guy. Knows how to get open. Can catch the ball. He’d be tough in the red area. And we’d use him on some crack-back blocks.

Belichick on the race between Sapp and Barkley…

BELICHICK: No, I’m not going to get involved in that one Cris. I’m going to take you over any of the other players in that studio though. From a talent evaluation standpoint, I’ve got to go with Cris Collinsworth in that race now. If it’s you, Simms, Sapp and Barkley, I’ve got to go with Collinsworth.

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