NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES FROM WEEK FIVE OF
INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
Chicago Bear Quarterback Jay Cutler Sits Down for Interview
NEW YORK (Oct. 7, 2009) This week’s INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME – Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT focuses on the quarterbacks highlighted by a sit down interview with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, a look at the “Brady Rule” and Tony Romo’s troubles in Dallas. Plus Insider Michael Lombardi looks at the latest on Michael Crabtree and Braylon Edwards.
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.
Following are excerpts transcribed from this week’s episode.
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(ON THE”BRADY RULES”)
Simms: It doesn’t matter if you’re tripped, if you do it on purpose or whatever, it’s a foul. It’s the intention. You know, when you talk about NFL rules, I have this argument all the time. There’s got to be a bright line. It is or it isn’t. So now what are you going to start saying? Well it was a blow to the head but it didn’t hurt him so that’s no foul. But who’s going to make that decision?
Warren: Player safety’s ok but I called Ray Lewis the other day and I said ‘Ray, talk to me. What got you so heated?’ And he was like ‘you’ve gotta take the hit.’ That’s a code we live by. 11 on 11 on the football field, let’s be man about it. You can’t tell me lobbying for calls and not actually taking the hit, that’s worth a penalty?
Simms: You know I’m not a sympathizer, let the quarterbacks take the hits. I’m not against that at all, but it is the rule and do you really think that Tom Brady lobbying, do you think that he threw the flag because Tom Brady says give me the penalty?
Collinsworth: You said it was all about the players and player’s safety, that’s not true. It’s all about the money. Tom Brady is the money in this league. He is so valuable, not just to the Patriots. This is like, did you ever see that insurance commercial where they’ve got the little stack of money and the eyeballs on top of it? Well Tom Brady is the Empire State Building with the little eyeballs on top of it. This is a guy, they are going to protect him at all costs. They make this rule essentially because of Tom Brady. Remember now, Carson Palmer got hurt the exact same way. There was no rule there. Tom Brady has it happen to him, now you can’t touch him. So now we’ve set a standard, we have precedent at this point. Now if you touch him at all…below the knee that now has to be a penalty.
(On Players believing there is a Brady Rule):
Warren: There was a Patriot player that said to Ray Lewis, ‘that was bull****’, that was a bull**** call. That’s all.’ Once it comes from your own team in the heat of battle, you know what it is.
(On what was gained by Michael Crabtree):
Lombardi: Nothing was gained and in talking to people really close to the organization and the situation in terms of the contract, nothing was gained. Michael Crabtree added a 6th year to his contract that voids back to five. Essentially what happened was that the 49ers winning football games gave the leverage back to 49ers, essentiality they didn’t need Michael Crabtree because they were winning without him. When you win without a player you really don’t need the player, it’s time for the player to come in.
(On LeBron James influencing Braylon Edwards trade):
Everyone is trying to make LeBron happy in Cleveland, but talking to the Browns people all summer long they were trying to move Braylon Edwards. This past off-season they thought they had him traded to Miami, as one of the potential suitors. This has not been a good situation, Eric Mangini and Braylon Edwards are on different spectrums in terms of their relationship. It has never been comfortable. This deal came together partly because it was time for him to go.
(On Tony Romo):
Lombardi: Bigger issues here in Dallas. In talking to the people in the organization, they are losing a little confidence in Tony Romo. Tony Romo is not doing the things they wanted him to. He is not winning games down the stretch, as he has done in the past. They are disappointed in his play. And certainly with TO gone now, there are no more excuses. Tony Romo now is the guy that the bullet in on.
Simms: You know what is disappointing about that is the organization says these things. If he is the guy, even if he is not playing well, lie. Because protect him. Protect the perception to the rest of the team. When you put the blame on him you don’t want to do that. You undermine all his credibility, his ability to really lead the team. It happens al the time. Franchise quarterbacks who don’t play well, the teams say ‘well the whole team has to pick it up,’ they don’t single him out like that.
Collinsworth: Is there an organization in football that more rumors and this stuff get out of than the Dallas Cowboys? It seems like all the time you are hearing, oh they really don’t like him, they really don’t like Parcells…come on, every team has some stuff going on, but it’s a team. You are supposed to rally around the guy, especially the quarterback. If you are not protecting your quarterback off the field with the media, in the newspaper, you have no chance.
SAPP CHALLENGES FRAN TARKENTON:
Sapp: When Brett Favre was moved over to Minnesota there was a certain other quarterback that made a couple comments and said, ‘he bombed in New York. I want him to go to Minnesota and fail.’ I’m talking about Mr. Fran Tarkenton. I want to invite you over here to our show. After you made these comments we haven’t seen you in the last month. So I want to know, where are you, my friend? You make these comments about Favre and then you disappear. The stage is here. Come on and see us over here.
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