PHIL SIMMS AND JIM NANTZ IN SPIRITED DEBATE ON NFL OVERTIME RULE;
PLUS, MIKE LOMBARDI ON OKLAHOMA’S SAM BRADFORD
TONIGHT ON “INSIDE THE NFL” ON SHOWTIME
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
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NEW YORK (Jan 7, 2009)–-Tonight’s INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME – Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – features a spirited debate between Phil Simms and his NFL ON CBS broadcast partner Jim Nantz. Debate moderator Cris Collinsworth, who can not get a word in, spoofs and walks off the set.
Also, INSIDE THE NFL Insider Mike Lombardi reports that Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford is looking to come out of college early and enter the 2009 NFL draft.
Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All Pro NFL greats Collinsworth, Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts. INSIDE THE NFL is being produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new shows airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 11, 2009. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Excerpts from Simms-Nantz Overtime Debate
(On whether the overtime rule should be changed or left the way it is?)
NANTZ: Is someone going to be winning this debate? Can I ask you that?
COLLINSWORTH: Oh yeah, we are going to put it to the people. (Viewers can vote on who won the debate at Sports.SHO.com)
NANTZ: So if I go first, if I have a first possession position here, I can shut him (Simms) out and we don’t have to hear from him, right? If I go and close the deal here, you don’t get a chance to respond just like what happened to the Colts (last Saturday).
It’s got to be changed because the world has changed. The rule came in in 1974, the Universe was different. The NFL has changed everything now to open up offense and to stress scoring in the league. I went back and really studied this thing—what happened the first five years of overtime versus what’s happened the last five years. And it’s a serious thing when you’ve got a guy, the MVP of the league doesn’t get a chance to touch the football.
SIMMS: Wow, three downs and a punt and you are out. First off, you lost everybody (with numbers graphic). They couldn’t go over all those numbers if they wanted to. And I know Peyton Manning didn’t get a chance to play. I am sorry about that. Did Bob Sanders and Dwight Freeney get a chance? I just want to know.…Talk to the coaches, talk to the players—kick it, make the tackle and play defense. Why do you want to extend the game more?
NANTZ: If you are a coach, and you would be very qualified to be a GM or a coach, you’re in an overtime game. You’ve worked since July in two-a-days, you’ve gone through a whole season and now you win the coin flip in a playoff game in overtime and you’re going to differ? You’re going to kick it away, right?
SIMMS: If I have the Baltimore Ravens defense and a certain climate element, I might kick it away, absolutely.
You know, play defense. If the coaches don’t have a problem with it and the players in the NFL don’t. Did you call any coaches this weekend? I called two coaches specifically about this. And the first thing they said was, “We have no problem with it. Play defense, tackle the guy.” Quit complaining about the rules.
NANTZ: This will go before the owners this year and this will be called, write it down, this will be called the Peyton Manning rule.
INSIDER MICHAEL LOMBARDI
(On Detroit Lions coaching vacancy)
LOMBARDI: … They contacted Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys early in the process. He told them, “No.” They reconnected with him on Monday and I think he’s now emerged as the No. 1 candidate, as the guy they think can turn their franchise around.
COLLINSWORTH: Yeah, but is that because the Dallas Cowboys lost interest in him?
LOMBARDI: You know, I think there’s a lot of truth to that. I think Dallas is going through a whole search of their team. And I think all signs say it’s Wade Phillips. But Wade Phillips did a good job on defense. I think it points more to Jason Garrett on offense.
(On whom Detroit will select with the first pick in this year’s draft)
LOMBARDI: Well, as you guys know, the Lions need a quarterback desperately. And I think Sam Bradford, the young man from Oklahoma who’s going to play (Thursday)… who’s a sophomore, a red shirt sophomore, so he’s eligible for the draft. He can come out. He’s going to declare and come out. And I think that now makes Detroit a very attractive job. And I think what Sam Bradford did… he’s made a decision. “How much better can I be going back to college or coming out in the draft?” I mean, what would you do?
COLLINSWORTH: Are you saying that he’s definitely coming out because I had not heard that?
LOMBARDI: He’s done all the research. He’s made all the phone calls. Assuming things go well in the game–knock on wood nothing happens…. I think he has done all the research, he knows—Matt Stafford from Georgia is also coming out—this is the time to come out because certainly, there’s nothing he can benefit from by going back to Oklahoma.
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