NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE,
BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 7 ON OCTOBER 24
►”SEC ON CBS” RATINGS ROAR AS AUBURN TIGERS DEFEAT LSU TIGERS, UP 27%
CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS’s “Battle of the Tigers” on Saturday, Oct. 23, which saw No. 4-ranked Auburn’s 24-17 win over No. 6-ranked LSU, earned an overnight household rating/share of 4.7/11, up 27% from last year’s 3.7/8 (Tennessee-Alabama). CBS Sports’ early game at 12:00 Noon, which featured Navy’s 35-17 win over Notre Dame, earned a 2.1/5.
► NEW YORK JETS INJURED NOSE TACKLE KRIS JENKINS VISITED LIVE ON SET
(On NFL’s new policy on hard hits to the neck and head area)
JENKINS: I think you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. With that being said, I leave it up to the NFL to make the rules that they need to make…I respect the fact the guys are saying what they want to say, giving their opinions. But at the end of the day if your boss tells you can still do your job but you’ve got to tweak it a little bit, then you change it and do your job. I’m tired of guys complaining that the game’s going to flag football. It just makes the game a little tougher for you to do. All of these guys that want attention and be in the spotlight and everything, I think that’s what it comes down to. It’s about dollars. So they’re complaining because the more they get to look like that person they want to be, they get to make that money, and they’re complaining because now their job is going to be harder. I think it’s something you leave alone.
SHANNON SHARPE: I think when you get guys that have never played football making these kind of decisions, this is what you get. Because at the end of the day, I’m sure everybody’s talking about it, it came down to three big hits in about a 15-minute span and watching the guy from Rutgers, unfortunately, being paralyzed on the kickoff team. That’s what we saw. And then the NFL jumped on it hand and feet, and said this is what we’re going to do. I just think you’re overreacting, let’s do some more homework in the off-season, and see what we can do.
► SHANNON SHARPE FEATURE WITH CINCINNATI
(Terrell Owens on why he’s played with five different teams)
OWENS: When I was in Dallas, I honestly felt like my career would have ended there…I had a couple of conversations with the owner where he emphatically told me, ‘Do not worry about anything.’ He said, ‘Terrell, we have the new stadium he said everything’s going to be – you’re going to be a big part of everything.’
(Reaction to Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens and playing together in Cincinnati)
BOOMER ESIASON: When I see that interview and listen to Carson (Palmer) and Marvin (Lewis) talk about those two players, I think they’re being politically correct. They’re not saying what everybody knows. And I know this for a fact that, neither Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco are doing the right things on the field. They’re making a lot of mistakes and Carson Palmer is frustrated by those mistakes and therefore is leading in interceptions, incompletions and plays that are going negatively against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s amazing to me that these two players, who did not participate in the off-season training activities with Carson Palmer, are now suffering from those inconsistencies.
KRIS JENKINS: I think it’s the organization, because you put Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens on the same team, what were you thinking? I’m sorry. Did you see that interview? I mean, if you’re talking about people feeding off your energy and you’re on reality TV and you’re Twittering at meetings and pregame, and doing things like that, you’re not serious about football. If you’re chasing girls and stuff, you’re not serious about football. Just go hurt yourself, go do something. It’s not even worth talking about.
► “INSIDE THE GAME” WITH “NFL TODAY GENERAL MANAGER” CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On arrest of Tampa Bay’s Jerramy Stevens)
CASSERLY: Well, he’s not going to be playing today. In fact, I think he will be cut tomorrow. If these charges are proven true and he is found guilty, he’ll face a suspension from the league.
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