BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 5 ON OCTOBER 10
► “INSIDE THE GAME” WITH “NFL TODAY GENERAL MANAGER” CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On other contributing factor to trade of Randy Moss)
CASSERLY: The week before Moss was traded, Tom Brady and Randy Moss went toe-to-toe and had to be separated when it happened. One of Brady’s problems with Moss was his behavior as a Patriot. Then one of the things that was overheard was Brady telling Moss he needed to cut his beard. Moss countered, you need to get your haircut. You look like a girl. Obviously Brady had problems with Moss’s behavior.
(On NFL’s investigation of Brett Favre allegations)
CASSERLY: First of all, the league is investigating this. However, they are taking this seriously. They want to get this concluded as soon as possible. If Brett Favre is found in violation of the personal conduct policy, he will be suspended this year. Now, the investigation begins with cell phone records and they want to talk with Jen Sterger. As of this point this morning, Sterger has not agreed to speak with the League, hasn’t spoken with anybody. If Sterger or any of these ladies who have brought accusations against Favre, if they won’t cooperate with the League, the investigation can’t go anywhere. It’s going to end right there.
(On Brett Favre)
BOOMER ESIASON: It’s interesting that these allegations are surfacing now and also other allegations are starting to come to the forefront. Brad Childress this week says it will not be a distraction to the team. But how about a distraction to their quarterback and his personal life? I think it will be very difficult for him to deal with. The other aspect of this, the NFL is now saying they are investigating this. I want to know when is that investigation going to end, after the season is over so Brett Favre can retire? Or will it be done in the next four- or-so weeks? That will definitely negatively impact the Minnesota Vikings because they potentially could lose Brett Favre if there is disciplinary action taken upon him by the Commissioner.
(On Randy Moss)
BILL COWHER: Randy Moss has history. When he is not happy he is not going to play every down. He was a distraction. New England has a history as well. They give players a chance to resurrect their careers…They have a philosophy up there as well. No part is greater than the sum. So you know what? Kudos to New England. I’m happy for Randy Moss. This was a good deal for both players.
SHANNON SHARPE: Was he selfish the way he was talking about the contract, guys? Yes, he was. You can’t argue the guy’s talent – 50 touchdowns in 52 games as a New England Patriot. He was and still is the best deep threat to ever play in the National Football League. I think it is funny that guys take shots at the guy saying he is a slouch, and he doesn’t play hard when their team wins the ball game. When your defensive coordinator and you set up your game plan, you still find ways to stop Randy Moss. That safety is still over the top. Randy Moss, it will hurt New England short-term. I don’t know how effective they will be this year. Moving forward, they had to get the distraction out of the locker room. Brett Favre gets a new toy. Hopefully he doesn’t force feed it too quick.
BOOMER: New England now has eight picks in next year’s first four rounds of the NFL draft. That is looking ahead. Bill Belichick always tends to look ahead. I know he wants that distraction out of that locker room. A lot of young, impressionable players in the locker room for New England.
(On Baltimore Ravens)
BOOMER: They have to be considered the best team in the NFL. As we sit here, they won two games on the road against the Jets and the Steelers without Ben Roethlisberger in their own buildings.
► MIAMI DOLPHINS WR BRANDON MARSHALL VISITED “THE NFL TODAY” SET LIVE
(On presence of Bill Parcells)
MARSHALL: There are a lot of guys that are close to Coach Parcells down there. But we all know who our leader is in Coach Sparano. It is never mixed up. Guys respect Coach Sparano and Coach Parcells. But Coach Parcells is the guy always on the sideline, but he doesn’t say much.
(On why it didn’t work out playing for Denver head coach Josh McDaniels)
MARSHALL: Coach’s philosophy was totally different. He wanted to do some things that I guess I didn’t fit in to. Hats off to those guys. They are throwing the ball around and doing some good things in Denver. And I wish them well.
(On how he’d react about Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie calling out Randy Moss as quitting on his team in New England)
MARSHALL: I’d take it personal. But, again, I don’t understand why those guys are doing a lot of talking…If I was him, I would kind of be quiet and let the legend live.
(On why wide receivers seem to wear out their welcome with teams and get traded)
MARSHALL: My theory is we’re the only guys on the field that can really ask for the ball. Running backs, they will tote it 20, 25 times a game. Quarterbacks touch it every play. Tight ends, besides my guy here (gesturing to Shannon Sharpe), there are not too many who are in demand of the ball every play. But wide receiver is a position where your success lays in the hands of the quarterback, the offensive coordinator, the offensive line. So a lot of guys approach it totally different.
(On what Marshall will do should there be a work stoppage next year)
MARSHALL: Hopefully I will be with the Miami Heat. There are a lot of high-priced guys down there. I wouldn’t mind playing for minimum. Pay me minimum, you got those high salaries down there. I will be fine.
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