NEW YORK (Nov. 26, 2013) – Pro Football Hall of Famer and iconic San Diego Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow, Sr. is this week’s special guest analyst on INSIDE THE NFL. The episode premieres Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. Winslow joins host James Brown, analyst Cris Collinsworth and special guest CBS Sports analyst Bart Scott, filling in for Phil Simms who is on-site in Dallas for CBS Sports’ Thanksgiving Day game.
Brown, Collinsworth, Scott and Winslow discuss the latest news from around the league including the rivalry between quarterbacks, specifically New England’s Tom Brady and Denver’s Peyton Manning. Plus, they make their picks for Week 13.
Now in its 36th season on television, INSIDE THE NFL will feature a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a guest analyst each week. New episodes premiere every Wednesday night on SHOWTIME through February 5, 2014.
INSIDE THE NFL covers every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.
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Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:
On Cam Newton…
CRIS COLLINSWORTH: Cam Newton has been known for not being able to make those big plays in big moments. Now, two straight weeks, starting with a fourth-and-10 down there against Miami, (he) made a monster play. Drives them down for the win for the second straight week and now this team is the one that is hot in the NFL and has a chance. It is so exciting to see these young quarterbacks when they have that defining moment. And when you looked at him in the huddle last week on that final drive, he had that look like, ‘I’m back in school. I’m going to do this again.’ And when he starts playing like that, look out.
On a rivalry between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning…
COLLINSWORTH: It’s hard to say (if Tom Brady–Peyton Manning is the greatest rivalry ever). You really can’t talk about the history of this era of football without talking about (Bill) Belichick and Brady and Manning. And all three of them had such a prominent role in that game. But I’m going to pick out one in particular and that is Tom Brady. Because really when you look at the game – most of the Broncos points came off of mistakes made by the New England offense in the first half. But Tom Brady, when he came out in the second half and took them immediately down the field with a passion, with this sort of look in his eyes like, ‘This game is mine’ and into the wind and scored immediately. There’s something about this guy. Now, it’s hard to imagine that we can talk as much as we’ve talked about Tom Brady and say we’ve left something on the table. But there is something in his inner spirit that refuses to lose. It’s the same thing when you talk to him about retiring. You know, he’s like, he really gets offended when somebody brings it up. You know, ‘How much longer do you want to play?’ ‘What are you talking about, man? What would I rather do than do this right here? When they cut me is when I’ll retire.’ Which is kind of the spirit he took into that second half.
KELLEN WINSLOW SR.: I don’t believe in rivalry between quarterbacks because you can have a bad game as a quarterback, and most of them do, and still be a part of the winning team. And under that stat of won/loss for a quarterback, you get the win. It’s a bunch of crap. What Cris is talking about, with Tom Brady the other night, was he showed leadership. He put the team on his back and said, ‘Follow me. We’re going to go to victory. If you don’t follow me we are going to lose.’ It was his fortitude, his intestinal fortitude that was on the team.
On Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon…
BART SCOTT: This guy (Josh Gordon) is a beast. Everybody thought that the Cleveland Browns had mailed it in when they traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. This guy has 994 yards and I think last week when (Jason) Campbell went down, he caught a pass from the janitor. He played with three different quarterbacks this year, and yet I would say if he didn’t miss four games this year due to violations of the NFL rules, that he would be the number one receiver as far as yards this year. And I think he deserves a lot of love.
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