October 11, 2009
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR
WEEK 5 ON OCTOBER 11
►“SEC ON CBS” RATINGS SCORE TOUCHDOWN WITH GATORS AND TIGERS IN PRIME TIME
CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS on Saturday, Oct. 10, which saw No. 1 Florida defeat No. 4 LSU in prime time, earned an overnight household rating/share of 6.8/12, up 62% from last year’s 4.2/8 (LSU at Florida 10/11/08). Last night’s Florida-LSU game on CBS Sports scored the highest rating for a college football game on any broadcast network in the 2009 season and is CBS Sports’ highest rated college football game since the SEC Championship game (Alabama-Florida, 10.4/21 on 12/06/08). No. 3 Alabama’s win over No. 20 Ole Miss in the afternoon earned an overnight household rating/share of 3.0/7, up 11% from last year’s 2.7/6 for Tennessee at Georgia.
► QUICK HITS
DAN DIERDORF ON JAMARCUS RUSSELL ADMTTING HE WAS FINED: …for the Oakland Raiders we have JaMarcus Russell. Last week on THE NFL TODAY Boomer Esiason reported he had been fined for both being late for meetings and for being overweight. In a conversation with Russell yesterday, he confirmed that yes he has been fined for being overweight. He weighs 275 pounds. He only weighed 257 at his pro day. So almost 20 pounds heavier, although Russell said ‘I haven’t missed any meetings.’
BOOMER ESIASON ON BRAYLON EDWARDS TRADE: The other big story in New York as you all well know is Braylon Edwards was traded here by the Cleveland Browns. To me that is like being a defector from Cuba coming over here and having a new lease on life. The way I look at it, it was good for Eric Mangini to get rid of a malcontent in the locker room and self-preservation on his part. And for the Jets, what do they add, they add a pro bowl wide receiver who is 6’3″, who is well versed in the Jets offense, because Cleveland plays the same offense. He will be a good fit for the Jets. I think you will see that starting Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.
SHANNON SHARPE ON TONY ROMO: You shipped out T.O. who had over a 100 touchdowns in this decade alone, so Tony Romo and Roy Williams can bloom. I don’t see any flowers growing in Dallas. I don’t think it’s a very good football team. And Tony Romo, let me say this one time and one time only, he is a slightly above average quarterback, at best.
ON THE “BRADY RULE” AND LEAGUE PROTECTING QUARTERBACKS TOO MUCH:
BILL COWHER: They are not. It is clear cut, above the knees, below the neck. These are judgment calls. I will say this, there are some officials that protect quarterbacks more than others. Ron Winters is one of those guys that is going to protect the quarterback. Let me say this as a coach, when the league comes in with the referees in training camp they come in and talk about points of emphasis and come in and talk about rule changes. When they are done with that meeting, the defensive guys leave that meeting and they are mad. Our league is based on offense. I used to take them into the defensive room and say listen guys this it is not fair, its an offensive minded league…I would say that. The rule is the rule. You don’t have to like it, but you have to respect it.
SHANNON Every single play he (Tom Brady) drops back to pass, he has five offensive lineman, sometimes a back or sometimes even a tight end, and he has the best blocking line period. That is the National Football League that is protecting him. When you look at this, and I have gone back over history, I was a history major in college, when you have a rule like this when one person or a group of people feel favoritism is being shown it breeds resentment. And what it does, the defensive players says, ‘if I get one shot, one legal shot, I am going all out and I am trying to make sure he does not get up.’
►“INSIDE THE NFL” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
CASSERLY ON SALE OF ST. LOUIS RAMS: First of all, I talked to Dee Smith, this morning who is the director of the NFLPA. …He told me that they have no position on the ownership sale of the St. Louis Rams, Rush Limbaugh, not withstanding. However, he did say this, he encourages players to speak their mind because of their role as a player and a business partner in the NFL. Now in regards to the sale, there were three initial bids. The higher bids were in the $750 million range. The next deadline is October 22nd where the bids have to be what they call “committed.” In other words, all of the money surrounding the bid must be guaranteed. You might not see all of the three bidders continuing forward in the process.
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