Inside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®
NEW YORK (Sept. 30, 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 CBS analyst Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss all the action of NFL Week 4.
The fourth episode of INSIDE THE NFL covers Marshall’s apology to the press after a tough game against the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt historic 80-yard interception return for a touchdown, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers flaws, and all the action of NFL Week 4.
Plus, the INSIDE THE NFL cast discusses Geno Smith’s future as starting New York Jets quarterback with legendary Joe Namath.
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 Brandon Marshall’s Apology to the Press …
Brandon Marshall – “People in Chicago have really treated me well, and I need to give them a little more. I tried to channel my inner Marshawn Lynch and it didn’t work … They’ve really been hounding me for the past three weeks and I know I have to give [the press, the fans, Chicago] a little more… I have to do a better job … I’ve done a great job my whole career, but these past few months I really haven’t talked to the media at all… I’ll do a better job.”
On J.J. Watt For MVP …
Boomer Esiason – “Texans’ defense J.J. Watt is not only dominating on defense, but after his 80-yard interception return against the Bills, he now has more touchdowns this year than Arian Foster and Andre Johnson combined … Is he the most dominating player in football?”
Phil Simms – “He can win the MVP if he breaks the sack record or if he has five more interceptions and scores a few more touchdowns … It’s going to take an unbelievable performance on his behalf … I can think of four guys that he is going to have problems beating: Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Demarco Murray, who is having a great season for the Cowboys … In 57 MVPs, we had two defensive players winning.”
Brandon Marshall – “I think what he’s done in these past few years, early on his career, has established him as a top five talent. But I wouldn’t say he is the most valuable player.”
On the New England Patriots …
Boomer – “Something I can tell you from that Patriots offense is that nobody, I mean nobody, scares anybody. They are not throwing the ball at all. Plus everything is short and as much as I appreciate the toughness and the intuitiveness of Julian Edelman, he’s not going to scare anybody down the field … I can see with my own plain eyes that nobody is scaring anybody with that offense. And this was a team that always lived scoring between 28 and 34 points, so the defense was an afterthought …The Patriots have really big problems and I don’t see the answer on their roster.”
Ed Reed – “Nobody is pumping any fear into me if I’m looking at that receiving corp … The Patriots might be in trouble.”
On the Pittsburgh Steelers going sideways …
Ed Reed – “Their discipline is not very good. If you look at the play recognition you can see that the safety is dropping in but he doesn’t know where the help is …They need some discipline. Pittsburgh indeed has some discipline problems.”
Phil Simms – “It’s a flip for the Steelers. Their offense is pretty good. Their offensive line is straightening up …The Steelers, like many other teams, are protecting their quarterback. That is going to give them a little bit of a chance, but they can’t hit the opposing quarterback … Now they don’t work and they need a guy to get it done. And they don’t have that guy … If you look at the Steelers, their offense is camouflaging what they are doing on their defense.”
On Benching New York Jets’ Geno Smith…
Joe Namath – “The Jets have made the commitment to Geno. He’s got to live. He’s got to grow. This team is not going anywhere. I don’t believe that they are a playoff-quality team … If you are going to stay with Geno, and you are going to keep him for next year, they have to keep him on … Geno has the talent. He’s got decent footwork, decent speed. He’s a decent passer. How much talent? Well, we haven’t found out yet … We need more time. That’s why we don’t bench him.”
Phil Simms – “When you bring Michael Vick as your back-up quarterback, you have to know what you are in for … The fans want to see it because they know the highlights that he creates. And the media of course, loves a backup quarterback because it’s the easiest story to write in the world.”
Brandon Marshall – “Why in any other sports and in any other position, is it so easy for us to bench a guy? But when we look at the quarterback position everybody gets so sensitive. Why? Our coaches get sensitive and it messes up their psyche.”
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