“Playing quarterback … it’s no joke … The difference here with Johnny Manziel, there’s a lot of style and very little substance.” – Boomer Esiason
NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey Joins As Special Guest
INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®
NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Boomer Esiason, Ed Reed and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin in-studio to discuss an action-packed Week 15. Injured Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall joins via satellite with a health update on the Bears and himself.
NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey joins the INSIDE THE NFL cast to go over several controversial calls, including 49ers Nick Mooney’s hit on Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III‘s no-touchdown dive into the end zone. Also highlighted is discussion of Johnny Manziel’s first NFL career start, as well as the playoff picture heading into the final two weeks of the regular-season.
Plus, Ravens’ Linebacker Terrell Suggs and more are wired for sound.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.
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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION
On The Chicago Bears…
Brandon Marshall – “Unfortunately, what has been going on these past couple weeks is a microcosm to our whole season. We really have to just gel together and really try to do, I don’t know, some kumbaya in the off-season to really get back where we need to be because this is unacceptable and this is bad.”
On Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Aaron Kromer…
Brandon Marshall – “I love [Aaron] Kromer. He’s probably the best teaching coach I’ve ever been around. This is just a part of our season right now … We are all so frustrated. Sometimes, people do things and say things that they regret. I think this is one of those things for Kromer. Unfortunately, it’s at the hand of Jay Cutler, taking a nice little lashing, and our team now… Sometimes, if you get too emotional you say the wrong things, it can unfortunately get back to the wrong person.
On Johnny Manziel’s First NFL Career Start…
Michael Irvin – “Folks, it’s going to take a while before ‘Johnny Be Good’ … There’s one thing to sit and watch. Really, to learn this game you have to be on that football field … This is not college football.”
Boomer Esiason – “Playing quarterback is a beast. It’s no joke … I started four games my rookie year and I was lost. If you asked [Cris] Collinsworth and [Anthony] Muñoz and all my ex-teammates from back then, they would probably tell you that there’s no way this guy is going to be the quarterback of the future. We all go through it. Troy Aikman went through it. John Elway went through it. The difference here with Johnny Manziel, there’s a lot of style and very little substance.”
On Teams Tanking in the NFL…
Michael Irvin – “The one thing football players will always do, and they will always tell you, whenever you step on that football field if you don’t go as hard as you can go … you get hurt. I’ve always believed you get hurt anytime you don’t play all-out on a football field. I just don’t see it [tanking] happening.”
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