NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2014) – This week’s edition of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel, expert analysts Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and fresh off his team’s Monday night victory, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, are in-studio to discuss Week 3 of the NFL.
The fourth installment of INSIDE THE NFL also covers lessons from NFL Week 3, the rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII proving to be an early season classic, the difference a good coach can make, Philadelphia Eagles Cary Williams’ comments on Chip Kelly’s demanding training routine and how to cope with off-field distractions.
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 Off-Field Distractions…
Michael Irvin – “Kudos to those guys [Baltimore Ravens] for putting all of that aside and saying, ‘This field is our sanctuary, we control things here’… If you are a football team or an organization, those type of distractions are going to get you, but if you are a family, you can maintain.”
Ed Reed – “There’s a moment when you are not worried about anything else. You are worrying about your job and focusing on your job. For Baltimore to do the things they are doing on the football field, kudos to those guys because they are concentrating on doing their jobs. And you have to respect that.”
Boomer Esiason – “You come together in the face of adversity … I played for great coach Sam Wyche. He was ahead of his time. He was a human distraction. We had a lot of distraction in Cincinnati, one happened to be the night before Super Bowl XXIII when Stanley Wilson basically withstanding a drug addiction decided not to play. He was one of our best players … I thought our defense really stepped up…but our team played really well despite the distractions and that’s when you all come together as a team.”
On Philadelphia Eagles’ Cary Williams Comments About Practice…
Michael Irvin – “It’s three games and three come-from-behind victories for the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet what everybody is talking about in Philadelphia this week is cornerback Cary Williams complaining about how hard Head Coach Chip Kelly works the team in practice … They are 3-0, and not any 3-0, big comebacks 3-0 … I don’t understand why they are talking about anything else other than that.”
Ed Reed – “Cary has been having trouble with his hamstring, so this could be coming from him as an individual, but I think that this might be coming as a team. This might be something that they might have discussed as a team in the locker-room … Cary is a vocal guy. He says things. He said things a couple weeks ago about New England in the preseason. So, he does that. He voices his feelings … This is an in-house situation. And they need to talk it out.”
Brandon Marshall – “The issue here is that some of these guys don’t know how to take care of their bodies. So, eventually they are going to break down … That’s an in-house situation. And you have to discuss that with your team, in-house … Do these guys know how to take care of themselves and to recover from one day to the next? Do you have the right specialists? The right gurus working on their bodies? That’s the problem here.”
On Bill Belichick Being a Player’s Coach…
Ed Reed – “I think Belichick really understand his players. He put guys like Troy Brown years ago from receiver to DB. He understands guys that have talents and knows how to use those guys to win games … He’s not giving the player all of the power. He is also communicating with them.”
Brandon Marshall – “I got a little taste of the Belichick way and Josh Daniels in Denver. And I’d like to say those guys are well prepared and always find a way to get it done week-in and week-out …I think he is one of the most respected coaches out there right now in all of sports … I think the coaches that really get it are the ones that their approach is more of a partnership and not a dictatorship.”
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