BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 12 ON NOVEMBER 27
(On Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh)
SHANNON SHARPE: I would have felt a lot better by his comments had he said what he said on his Facebook page on Thursday. I’d also feel better about it if he apologized to the guy that he committed the offense against. Apologize to your teammates. Apologize to this organization. I don’t think he’s learned his lesson. I think what happened, somebody got in his ear and said, ‘Look, you sounded ridiculous saying what you said, you need to make an apology.’ But you do that publicly. Everybody doesn’t have a link to your Facebook page. Do it publicly.
BOOMER ESIASON: I said on Thursday I thought he’d get a two‑game suspension, but looking back at his history and watching some of these plays that he’s been through…I look at this as a habitual offender who has a serious intent to injure another football player. I think if you’re Roger Goodell, two games are not enough in my estimation. I would suspend him for at least four games. His actions are deplorable, and I think we all feel that way.
(On San Diego and Giants Head Coaches Norv Turner and Tom Coughlin)
BOOMER ESIASON: Norv Turner hasn’t won a game since Rex Ryan said he would have won two rings with that roster. And believe it or not, the ownership out there is starting to get a little unsettled about what’s going on. They need to win today against Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. For Tom Coughlin, you can’t have a December swoon like you’ve had the last two years prior to this. You have to get into the playoffs. And they have a tough way to go Monday night in New Orleans.
(More on Norv Turner)
BOOMER: I think his job is in serious jeopardy. It all started when Philip Rivers started throwing these interceptions late in games. Now all of a sudden there is talk about maybe he’s hurt or something like that. Then you take a look at the West. Oakland is right there controlling their own destiny. But San Diego in order, I believe, to save Norv Turner’s job, they’ve got to win today against Denver and keep it going all the way through and make it to the playoffs.
►“INSIDE THE NFL” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
CASSERLY POTENTIAL SUSPENSION OF DETROIT’S NDAMUKONG SUH FOR DIRTY PLAY IN THANKSGIVING DAY GAME.
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(More on dirty play in NFL in wake of Ndamukong Suh’s ejection from Thanksgiving Day game against Green Bay)
BILL COWHER: Anything after the whistle to me is wrong. It crosses the line. And in between the whistles, if you’re hitting, you’re trying to intimidate and impose your will, as long as your intent is not to injure. Sometimes you want to hurt someone – you want them to feel it. But you don’t want to injure anybody. So to me it’s very clear.
BOOMER: There are coaches who taught to go beyond the rules and to try and hurt people. I’ve seen those and been part of those hits many times. There are a few guys like Reggie White, and even Bruce Smith, who I took a late hit from, that play within the rules. They play hard and hit you hard. I get all of that. But there have been other players like Ndamukong Suh that go over the line. There is a clear intent to injure. That’s why he needs to be suspended.
DAN MARINO: There is nothing wrong with being physical. But with the intent to injure that’s a whole different thing. And that is what Suh has been doing. It’s the intent to injure that drives you crazy.
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► SHANNON SHARPE SAT DOWN WITH DENVER QUARTERBACK TIM TEBOW
THE NFL TODAY’s Shannon Sharpe goes one-on-one with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who talks about his transition to a starting NFL quarterback and the streaking Broncos in preparation of the big AFC West showdown with the San Diego Chargers. Jeff St. Arromand is the producer.
SHARPE: A lot of people seem to think that you (John Fox) and John Elway are not totally on board with Tim being the long‑term solution at quarterback.
FOX: Long‑term, who knows? In this case right now, Tim’s got us 4‑1, got us back in the hunt for the AFC West. And he’s got great intangibles. I think he’s growing as a passer, and we’ll see how far that goes.
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► REACTION TO TIM TEBOW
SHARPE: I believe that his head coaches along the way have enabled him to not develop to be a full quarterback. In a quarterback, not only must you be able to run and win football games, but a quarterback in- and-of-itself by nature, you’ve got to throw the football.
COWHER: I understand Denver. You don’t sacrifice a season to try to develop a player. They’re trying to win games. He’s been winning games with them. The only thing I have, Shannon, is he does not acknowledge himself, his weakness. He’s got great virtues. But I think that’s the thing we’d like him to do. He gets delusional with where he’s going to go distancewise. He’s not doing a long‑term going to win a championship running this option and the things he’s doing here. It’s not going to happen. He has to get better. And he may acknowledge your weaknesses. We look at his virtues as being positives.
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