NEW YORK (Dec. 30, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL features analysis on Jim Harbaugh, Rex Ryan and “the coaching carousel,” previews and picks for Wild Card Weekend, insight and opinions on Ndamukong Suh’s suspension and more. Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME to watch host Greg Gumbel and analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Ed Reed discuss the last week of the NFL regular-season and the start of the playoffs.
Plus, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is wired for sound, “Year-End Awards” and more.
Below are select highlights from this week’s episode:
On Ndamukong Suh’s misstep:
ED REED: “When you have stuff like this in the game, that shouldn’t be tolerated… He probably should have (been suspended more than one game) because of the things that he’s been doing up to this point – kicking guys and really disrespecting the game of football and the brotherhood that we have. Some things you just don’t do.”
On Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers:
BOOMER ESIASON: “I know one thing, in San Francisco those are going to be some pretty big shoes to fill. Not only did they go to three NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl, they got a new stadium built for themselves in Santa Clara…..It’s about money, it’s always about money. He gets paid by going to the maize and blue and Michigan. I think they did a great job hiring him. He’s a terrific football coach.”
On potential candidates for the San Francisco 49ers:
PHIL SIMMS: “I look at Adam Gase… I think you have to hire somebody to help Colin Kaepernick. He helped Tim Tebow, made that work with him. He was part of that with Mike McCoy. So he can design an offense that helps Colin Kaepernick. And the other guy would be Mike Shanahan. And why do you say him? Head coaching experience. He’s been with the 49ers before, and when he coached Jay Cutler in Denver he ran an offense that wasn’t all about drop-back passing. It was play-action, everything that fits, I think, Colin Kaepernick perfectly. “
On Rex Ryan:
ED REED: “…Where he could wind up is Chicago or Atlanta. I think both of those teams need a defensive-minded coach. More Atlanta than Chicago probably because they have the best quarterback out of the whole situation in Matt Ryan. Matt Ryan is the best situation for Rex to wind up in.”
PHIL SIMMS: “What’s Atlanta doing? They’re building a stadium. Who’s going to get more publicity than any other coach? That would be Rex Ryan.”
BOOMER ESIASON: “…That’s why I’d call up Arthur Blank today. I watched Rex Ryan coach here for six years. I saw him do a lot of stuff with not a lot of great players.”
On coaching vacancies in Chicago and Oakland:
PHIL SIMMS: “…Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, I know a lot of people look at him that maybe he would jump to the pros. We talk about the Rooney Rule, I think Pep Hamilton, the offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts, he’s strong. He was at Stanford, he coached under Jim Harbaugh. He’s been in the NFL, he was a player. He’s a guy to look out for.”
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