INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
NEW YORK (Dec. 8, 2010) – This week’s INSIDE THE NFL – Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – features an in-depth look at the troubles of Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts after a season full of injuries and uncharacteristic interceptions. INSIDE THE NFL analysts reevaluate the AFC playoff picture and unanimously decide on a clear cut Super Bowl favorite after a weekend of pivotal matchups. The ‘Dear Insiders’ segment takes questions via satellite from soldiers in Afghanistan in a tribute to their hard work and dedication during this holiday season.
Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 9, 2011. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Following are excerpts from the show:
On the Patriots after Monday’s game against the Jets:
COLLINSWORTH: As far as I’m concerned, there is a clear Super Bowl favorite now where there really wasn’t a week ago. There is a clear MVP leader in the clubhouse right now in Tom Brady. And despite the fact that he won’t win it… there is a clear coach of year, in my opinion, in Bill Belichick. He won’t win it because it’ll be somebody that took a team from 2-14 to, you know, turn them around…Tom Brady killed them. He killed them. They were too smart for the New York Jets.
SIMMS: Cold, windy, Tom Brady threw the football down the field with ease and power. There’s only, in my eyes, two really great power throwers in the NFL: Tom Brady, Michael Vick.
SAPP: I look at the Jets defense and they’re not as big and bad as they seem… And when I’m looking at them, I’m like, ‘what do they do so great?’ I mean, they don’t. They don’t attack the passer. They don’t blitz.
On the Redskins and dealing with Albert Haynesworth?
COLLINSWORTH: I wouldn’t have had the problem because he wouldn’t have been on my team to start the year. Even for the 21 million or whatever it ended up costing me… Let me tell you something. You’re paying a guy 100 million dollars and you say, ‘Listen I’ve got an idea, run a 3-4, want you to be the nose tackle’, ‘I ain’t doing that,’ goodbye, that’s it, end of discussion, that’s all.
SIMMS: Albert Haynesworth is going to look back on this one day, he’s gonna regret it. Come on, think about your career, think of things you’ve done in your life; school, my father things that I’ve learned and they taught me I go, ‘I should have listened.’ This is an unbelievable opportunity that he has let go and he will live to regret it.
SAPP: He chose this situation. He chose Washington. He could have went anywhere in the world. Tampa was even offering him more money and he still went to Washington so you made your bed big boy lay in it. But I would have cut him a long time ago.
On the Ravens disappointing loss to the Steelers:
SIMMS: The Baltimore Ravens, they are going to be sick. This could ruin their year. If they won against Pittsburgh, they could have been the Super Bowl favorites. Joe Flacco made two huge mistakes in the game that weren’t that complicated…They were mistakes that a third year quarterback, that’s had his experience, should never make and it cost them the game.
On whether the Colts are still a Super Bowl contender at 6-6:
SAPP: Not a Super Bowl contender. They’re barely a playoff team in my mind right now.
COLLINSWORTH: I don’t think they’ll win the division.
SIMMS: I think they’ll make the playoffs and I think it’s going to be a headache for teams in the playoffs.
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