“MANNING BOWL,” DISCUSSIONS ON DEFENDING NO HUDDLE, AND CONCERNS IN PITTSBURGH FOR
WEEK 2 OF “THE NFL TODAY” ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 15
“THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW” ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK CONTINUES WITH TALK ABOUT WEEK 2 ISSUES
THE NFL ON CBS, broadcasting its 54th year of the NFL, continues its 2013 NFL season on Sunday, Sept. 15 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET) and THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW on CBS Sports Network (9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET) live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
James Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL TODAY Insider Jason La Canfora, as well as Lesley Visser reporting.
THE NFL TODAY features NFL ON CBS lead analyst Phil Simms catching up with former New York Giants teammate Lawrence Taylor in a live remote from MetLife Stadium; an in-depth discussion with Cowher, Esiason and Marino on how to defend and slow down the “no huddle” offense; concerns in Pittsburgh after Week 1; and a preview of the “Manning Bowl” – Denver vs. New York Giants – including an NFL Films-produced feature of Peyton and Eli Manning mic’d up throughout the course of their careers. Drew Kaliski is producer and Bob Matina is director of THE NFL TODAY.
THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW (TOPS), a new weekly Sunday football studio program that breaks from the familiar pregame show format, continues its unique fan-focused take on all the week’s NFL and college action, headlines and hot-button issues, giving viewers all the latest information as it happens. “TOPS” is hosted by Adam Schein along with 11-year NFL veteran Bart Scott, long-time Oakland Raiders executive Amy Trask, CBS Sports Radio’s Brandon Tierney, CBSSports.com fantasy analyst Nathan Zegura and LEAD OFF’s Allie LaForce reporting. Shawn Robbins and Andrew Finger produce and Jay Kincaid directs THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports and serves as the Executive Producer for THE NFL ON CBS. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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CBS SPORTS SET TO BROADCAST WEEKEND’S BIGGEST FOOTBALL GAMES IN COLLEGE AND NFL WITH
ALABAMA-TEXAS A&M ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; AND DENVER-NEW YORK GIANTS ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 15
AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” LEAD ANALYST PHIL SIMMS
“SEC ON CBS” LEAD COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANALYST GARY DANIELSON
This weekend CBS Sports broadcasts football’s biggest games in college and the NFL with Alabama taking on Texas A&M on Saturday, Sept. 14 (3:30 PM, ET) and the “Manning Bowl” – Denver against the New York Giants on Sunday, Sept. 15 (4:15 PM, ET).
(On Denver vs. New York Giants – Peyton vs. Eli)
PHIL SIMMS: They have both had great success in the NFL but I find them to be completely different personalities. They both play differently on the field. Peyton is high energy with an out-going personality. He plays quicker, faster and throws the ball quicker. Then there’s Eli – easy going. They always describe him as “Easy Eli” and it is true. He is a much smoother player on the field; longer throwing motion, more relaxed. They play the quarterback position with really different styles. It’s not just because of who’s coaching. It’s who they are. They both lead in very different ways. It just goes to show, like coaching, there’s a lot of ways to get it done. And also what I find interesting is both of them are really different from Archie, who was an extremely successful quarterback. It’s a different era, but they do play it a lot different from the way Archie played years ago.
(On Alabama and Texas A&M)
I’ll be interested to see if Alabama is able to keep Johnny Manziel in the pocket and if he can have success throwing the football. Can he win that way? That’s easier said than done. It’s very hard to do but I don’t think he’ll have the freedom to run around like he did last year against Alabama. Alabama is not coming off the games they had before the A&M game last year. I know it’s a little technical but I want to see if Alabama has the speed to do what I just said because I have to see it to believe it.
(On Alabama and AJ McCarron)
The bigger the game for Alabama, it seems like the more freedom he gives the quarterback. So I would be very surprised if AJ McCarron doesn’t get a chance to be the star of the game tomorrow. He will get that chance on Saturday.
Notes Alabama-Texas A&M, Denver-N.Y. Giants…2
(On Johnny Manziel)*
GARY DANIELSON: Johnny Manziel is a fine thrower of the football, but it may be the least best thing he does as an athlete. His vision, competitiveness, leadership and ability to see plays before they happen all make him a tremendous weapon. You can’t take your eyes off of him when he’s on the field, very much like a Joe Namath or Magic Johnson. He just seems to command your attention during the game, even when he’s on the sidelines.
(On Alabama vs. Texas A&M)*
DANIELSON: Alabama had one area on last year’s team that they could depend on and that was their offensive line running left with Eddie Lacy. When you look at Alabama’s team this year so far, they don’t have that dominating offensive line and they don’t have Lacy, so both teams are going into this game with missing parts of their repertoire.
*From SEC ON CBS Conference Call on Sept. 9
(On Peyton vs. Eli)
DANIELSON: I’ve been so fortunate in my athletic career. From the time I was a young boy, the only thing I ever wanted to be was an NFL quarterback. Although I was never a star, holding one of those 32 coveted jobs was an accomplishment. And to this day, I look back on it with immense pride. From that context, the careers of both Peyton and Eli can best be summarized with one part admiration and other part jealousy. I know first-hand the difficulties of their jobs. And like all the other NFL greats, they play at a level only a very few can attain. But beyond that, they show us that one can compete as hard as anyone between the lines yet be gentlemen off the field. Their respect for their family, teammates, opponents and the game of football might be their greatest lesson. They remind me of a guy I competed against back in my day. I think his name was Archie. Wonder what ever happened to him?
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY begins coverage on Saturday (2:30 PM, ET) with Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Brian Jones live from Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. CBS Sports’ lead college announce team of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson, along with Tracy Wolfson reporting, call the action. Craig Silver is coordinating producer and Steve Milton is the lead director for the Network’s college football broadcasts.
THE NFL TODAY (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET), and THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW on CBS Sports Network (9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET) kicks off Sunday’s coverage live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action from the Denver Broncos-New York Giants game live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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