STEVE SPURRIER REFLECT ON THEIR ARMY/NAVY EXPERIENCES
New Episode Tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Followed by A GAME OF HONOR at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
NEW YORK (Dec. 21, 2011) – On this week’s edition of INSIDE THE NFL, James Brown, Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth, and Warren Sapp talk about this season’s quarterbacks. With Dan Marino’s 27-year-old record for single season passing yards set to be broken by three of today’s quarterbacks, INSIDE THE NFL discusses the rules changes over the years that have led to this year’s quarterback surpassing the long-standing record.
This week’s episode of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Plus, Bill Parcells, a former assistant coach at Army, and Bill Belichick, whose father was head coach at Navy, reflect on their experiences with Army and Navy in a special feature about what it is like to be involved with the military Academies and their football programs. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier talks about playing against Navy. Following tonight’s INSIDE THE NFL is the premiere of the SHOWTIME and CBS co-produced documentary film, A GAME OF HONOR at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
INSIDE THE NFL, now in its 33rd season, airs every Wednesday night through the NFL season on SHOWTIME for a total of 23 episodes, with multiple replays each week on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and availability on SHOWTIME On Demand.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and NFL Films President Steve Sabol. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.
Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:
On the fact that at least three quarterbacks are poised to surpass Dan Marino’s single season passing record…
COLLINSWORTH: What’s really incredible to me is the fact that Drew Brees this year is probably going to shatter Dan Marino’s record for most yards. I mean, shatter it, and it is a little bit of an after- thought.
BROWN: (to Sapp) You made a comment on a show, and some of the guys looked at you funny. What was your comment?
SAPP: I thought three quarterbacks would break Dan Marino’s record. After it standing for so long, these rules have opened up the middle of the field and none of these receivers that are crossing the middle fear getting hit anymore. And when you don’t fear getting hit, you’ll go anywhere.
COLLINSWORTH: There is one other thing that, really to me, made the biggest difference, and that’s the illegal contact penalty. Because now what’s happening is the double moves are deadly; the out-and-ups, the stop-and-go’s. Because now as a defender you’re naturally going to go hit the guy. I mean when I ran an out-and-up, the defender would laugh at you because they would come and just go (pow) and knock you out. Where now, you can’t do it.
BROWN: Dan Marino, I mean that record stood for 27 years. Imagine what he would have been like in today’s game.
SAPP: Listen, it is very simple. If they win another football game, they are in jeopardy of losing this first pick. Because getting in a tie-breaker with Minnesota and flipping a coin and all this crazy stuff and all the numbers in it, they win another football game, they are losing this number one pick.
BROWN: …Should they tank it?
COLLINSWORTH: See that is the issue that I have. And I know that the NBA, they do the lottery, and I actually am in favor of that. I hate it when we get to this point in the season and anybody uses that word. That somebody would intentionally lose a football game to get a top pick. But I understand it… I understand the conversation. So why not eliminate the conversation? Take the top or the worst five teams, have some kind of a drawing, let that determine who is the first pick.