The title of the latest e-mail from NFL Network kind of fooled me to thinking it was a press release solely about a college bowl game. But when I scrolled down, I realized it was the weekly programming release. That’s what I get for not reading my e-mail right away. So I’ll post this and the Inside the NFL quotage. Let’s get to the releases:
First, the programming for NFL Network.
NFL NETWORK PROGRAMMING NOTES (12/30-1/5)2009 INSIGHT BOWL FEATURES MINNESOTA VS. IOWA STATE NEW YEARS EVE AT 6:00 PM ETMichael Irvin 1-on-1 Interview with Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips on NFL GameDay MorningNFL Classic Games: Patriots vs. Giants from December 29, 2007 New Years Day at 8:00 PM ETNFL’s Top 10 Marathon Begins New Years Eve at 10:00 PM ET Through New Years Day at 4:00 PM ET
- Michael Irvin sits down with Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips to discuss the expectations that come with being at the helm in Dallas and how the Cowboys look to overcome their recent playoff history
- On Super Bowl Journey, an introduction to Saints DL Anthony Hargrove and Vikings WR Sidney Rice shares the secret to his success on the field and his recommitment to the game through extra training and time in the film room with receivers coach George Stewart.
- Steve Sabol delves into the importance of Week 17 in the NFL
- Bob Papa reports from Giants-Vikings matchup
- Paul Burmeister reports from Patriots-Texans matchup
- Michael Lombardi reports from Steelers-Dolphins matchup
- Steve Wyche reports from Eagles-Cowboys matchup
In a game that would become the most-watched NFL regular season telecast since 1995, the New England Patriots became the first team in NFL history to have a perfect 16-0 regular season with a 38-35 victory over the New York Giants.The Giants gave New England all they could handle, forcing QB Tom Brady to stage a second half comeback after the Patriots found themselves down 21-16 at halftime. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when Brady hit WR Randy Moss for a 65-yard touchdown pass and RB Laurence Maroney delivered on a two-point conversion that the Patriots took control of the game and hung on for the historical win.This week NFL Films Presents takes a look at a film starring Vince Lombardi, as well as pregame huddles and the Buccaneers British fan club.NFL Films Presents, hosted by Steve Sabol, explores the depth of the NFL Films archive – the world’s largest sports film library – with unique perspectives on football’s greatest heroes and personalities as well as its history, humanity and humor.Wednesday, December 30
- On ‘Official Review,’ NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira discusses how it is determined whether or not a quarterback has crossed the line of scrimmage before a pass attempt. Pereira also looks at if a pass by Broncos QB Kyle Orton was correctly ruled as a forward pass after review that negated an Eagles recovery for a touchdown.Thursday, December 31
- Pre and postgame coverage from the 2009 Insight Bowl in Tempe, AZ
Saturday, January 2
- Put up your Dukes with Jamie Dukes
- Jason La Canfora goes ‘Around the League’Monday, January 4
- Michael Lombardi goes ‘Around the League’
Tuesday, January 5
- Jason La Canfora goes ‘Around the League’Wednesday, December 30· WR DeSean Jackson on Eagles CamThursday, December 31· LB Joey Porter on Dolphins Cam
Friday at 6:00 PM ET – NFC Playbook – Brian Baldinger, Sterling Sharpe and Joe Theismann discuss:
- Why the Cowboys will win the NFC East title
- How Chris Johnson will break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rush recordSaturday at 12 NOON ET – AFC Playbook – Brian Baldinger, Sterling Sharpe and Joe Theismann discuss:
- How Mark Sanchez will help the Jets clinch a spot in the playoffs
- Why the Raiders will not be able to stop the Ravens from earning a playoff berthWednesday, December 30
- In bonus content from ‘Official Review,’ NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira explains why Miami was unable to challenge the ruling on the field of an incomplete pass between Texans QB Matt Schaub and RB Chris Brown that looked to be fumbled, then recovered by Miami.Thursday, December 31
- 12 NOON ET – NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock chat
- 1:00 PM ET – NFL.com columnist Bucky Brooks chat
- 4:30 PM ET – NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes chatSunday, January 3
- 12 NOON ET – NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano chat
- 7:00 PM ET – NFL.com columnist Bucky Brooks chat
DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (all times listed are ET)
Wednesday, December 30
12 MIDNIGHT – Playbook: Wednesday recap edition1:00 AM – NFL Weekly Countdown: Week 16 (HD)1:30 AM – Sound FX: Week 16 (HD)Thursday, December 31Sound FX Marathon (5:00 AM-1:00 PM ET)5:00 AM – Sound FX: Week 1 (HD)5:30 AM – Sound FX: Week 2 (HD)6:00 AM – Sound FX: Week 3 (HD)6:30 AM – Sound FX: Week 4 (HD)7:00 AM – Sound FX: Week 5 (HD)7:30 AM – Sound FX: Week 6 (HD)8:00 AM – Sound FX: Week 7 (HD)8:30 AM – Sound FX: Week 8 (HD)9:00 AM – Sound FX: Week 9 (HD)9:30 AM – Sound FX: Week 10 (HD)10:00 AM – Sound FX: Week 11 (HD)10:30 AM – Sound FX: Week 12 (HD)11:00 AM – Sound FX: Week 13 (HD)11:30 AM – Sound FX: Week 14 (HD)12 NOON – Sound FX: Week 15 (HD)12:30 PM – Sound FX: Week 16 (HD)1:00 PM – NFL Replay: Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles (HD)2:30 PM – NFL Replay: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears (HD)4:00 PM – Around the League (HD)5:00 PM – NFL Total Access (HD)6:00 PM – 2009 Insight Bowl: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa State Cyclones – LIVE from Tempe, AZ (HD)9:00 PM – NFL Total Access (HD) – updated postgame following 2009 Insight BowlNFL’s Top 10 Marathon (10:00 PM-5:00 PM ET Friday)10:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Football Factories11:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Coaches Who Belonged in College12 MIDNIGHT – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Draft ClassesFriday, January 11:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Draft Steals2:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Draft Busts3:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Draft Trades4:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Records That Won’t Be Broken5:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Foul-Ups6:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Football Factories7:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Coaches Who Belong in College8:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Draft Classes9:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Snake-Bitten Franchises10:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Weather Games11:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Rookie Seasons12 NOON – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Return Aces1:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Outrageous Characters2:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Meltdowns3:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Mobile QBs4:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Most-Feared Tacklers5:00 PM – Around the League (HD)6:00 PM – Playbook: NFC edition7:00 PM – NFL Total Access (HD)8:00 PM – NFL Classic Games: New England Patriots vs. New York Giants (12/29/2007) (HD)10:30 PM – Playbook: AFC edition11:30 PM – NFL Total Access (HD)12:30 AM – NFL Classic Games: New England Patriots vs. New York Giants (12/29/2007) (HD)Saturday, January 29:00 AM – NFL Films Presents: Second Effort (HD)9:30 AM – NFL Weekly Countdown: Week 16 (HD)10:00 AM – Sound FX: Week 16 (HD)10:30 AM – NFL Films Presents: Second Effort (HD)11:00 AM – Playbook: NFC edition12 NOON – Playbook: AFC edition1:00 PM – America’s Game: 2007 New York Giants (HD)2:00 PM – NFL Classic Games: New England Patriots vs. New York Giants (12/29/2007) (HD)4:30 PM – Film Session: Super Bowl XLII Highlights (HD)5:00 PM – Playbook: NFC edition6:00 PM – Playbook: AFC edition7:00 PM – NFL Total Access (HD)8:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Most-Feared Tacklers9:00 PM – NFL Follies: 21st Century Follies (2000)10:00 PM – Playbook: AFC edition11:00 PM – NFL Total Access (HD)12 MIDNIGHT – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Most-Feared TacklersSunday, January 37:00 AM – Playbook: AFC edition8:00 AM – Playbook: NFC edition9:00 AM – NFL GameDay Morning (HD)1:00 PM – NFL GameDay StatZone (HD)4:00 PM – NFL GameDay Scoreboard (HD)7:30 PM – NFL GameDay Highlights (HD)11:30 PM – NFL GameDay Final (HD)Monday, January 44:00 AM – NFL RedZone (HD)11:30 AM – NFL GameDay Final (HD)4:00 PM – NFL Replay Real-Time: Week 17 (HD)5:00 PM – Around the League (HD)6:00 PM – Up to the Minute (HD)6:30 PM – The Coaches Show (HD)7:00 PM – NFL Total Access (HD)8:30 PM – Programming TBD11:30 PM – The Coaches Show (HD)12 MIDNIGHT – NFL Total Access (HD)Tuesday, January 56:00 AM – The Coaches Show (HD)6:30 AM – NFL Total Access (HD)8:00 AM – The Coaches Show (HD)8:30 AM – NFL Total Access (HD)10:00 AM – Programming TBD1:00 PM – NFL Replay Real-Time: Week 17 (HD)2:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Linebacking Corps3:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 One-Shot Wonders4:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Team Nicknames5:00 PM – Around the League (HD)6:00 PM – Playbook: Tuesday recap edition7:00 PM – NFL Total Access (HD)8:00 PM – NFL Replay: Matchup TBD (HD)9:30 PM – NFL Replay: Matchup TBD (HD)11:00 PM – NFL Total Access (HD)12 MIDNIGHT – Playbook: Tuesday recap edition
1:00 AM – NFL Replay Real-Time: Week 17 (HD)
And now, the notes and quotes from Inside the NFL from Showtime.
NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES FROM WEEK 17 OF INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Discusses Future of Wade Phillips and Collective Bargaining Dallas
(Dec. 30, 2009)—Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, joins James Brown, Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp this week on INSIDE THE NFL on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME to discuss the coaching status of Wade Phillips and the collective bargaining agreement. NEW YORK
INSIDE THE NFL is being produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 10, 2010. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Below are excerpts transcribed from this week’s episode:
(Jerry Jones on coaching status of Wade Phillips)Cris Collinsworth: You haven’t said Wade (Phillips) is coming back. As the decision maker of the Dallas Cowboys, is that a bit intentional to keep the pressure on this football team as they go into the playoffs?
Jerry Jones: There is no need to because this team is motivated without me having to say, ‘Well I say our coach is going to be back.’ What is the case, and they understand that, is that we are going to be a better football team if we don’t make a coaching change. If I look back over the last 10 years and I need to re-do the last 10 years in varying areas, I look at the revolving door we’ve had with coaches here and that takes its toll. That takes its toll on the top personnel you have, on the schemes you run, so continuity would be important to me. There is no doubt the Dallas Cowboys would be better off in years to come if we can keep Wade Phillips as head coach.
Colts taking out their starters) IndianapolisPhil Simms: I came down here today and I was ready to argue that the Colts did the right thing. That was my first thought, 14-0 they earned the right to do what they think was best for the football team. But as I watched that game, I changed my mind. I saw those players and I started thinking about what they have done over the years, what they have built. They can handle the pressure, the scrutiny that comes with being undefeated. And when I saw their faces on the sideline, I said, ‘Wow, I think they made a mistake.’ They should have gone for it.
Collinsworth: As a former player I was thinking I don’t know what I would have done on the sideline. I probably would have gone in the game. Really, I probably would have said, ‘I don’t care what you said’ …I would have said, ‘are you kidding me? We have a chance to be considered the greatest football team of all time.’ Think about what we do with the 1972 Miami Dolphins to this day. Every year we talk about them popping champagne. They are historically significant. The Indianapolis Colts because of the longer regular-season schedule, could have laid claim that they are the greatest football team of all-time. And all you have to do is let me finish a half. They only have to finish a half because they only have to play a quarter against
and win that game. Finish a half and we have the greatest team of all time. Buffalo
And bonus quotage! Back to the NFL Network and stuff from NFL Gameday Highlights and NFL Gameday Final.
Week 16 (Dec. 27, 2009) – Quotable from NFL GameDay Final & NFL GameDay Highlights on NFL Network(Airs Sundays at 7:30 PM ET & 11:30 PM ET)“One of those two teams will go to the Super Bowl.”- Deion Sanders on Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys“Tony Romo is playing as well as any quarterback in the NFL.”– Steve Mariucci“The Colts went 14-0 without direction from any of us, so give them the credit that they know what they are doing. Do I believe in [resting players]? No. Any time you have a chance to chase perfection you should go for it.”–- Deion Sanders on Colts“That team watched all of that hard work for an undefeated season go away when they put Curtis Painter in the game. That’s disappointing, but can you bounce back from that? It’s not as easy as most people think.”– Michael Irvin on Colts’ 29-15 loss to New York Jets“The good news is that we will have a dangerous and healthy team in Indianapolis for the playoffs.”– Steve Mariucci on Colts“I don’t care who out of the rest of these teams make the playoffs. You’re all going to get [beat] by Indianapolis and San Diego.”– Deion Sanders on the AFC Wild Card race“There was a mosh pit of 7-7 [AFC] teams – six of them – coming into this weekend.”– Rich Eisen on AFC playoff chase“The way he’s running and with Rodgers playing mistake-free football, Green Bay is a team to be wrangled with come playoff time.”– Michael Irvin on Packers RB Ryan Grant and QB Aaron Rodgers“They are one of the best screen teams in the game.”– Steve Mariucci on the Green Bay Packers“I’m impressed with the Steelers. They had five losses in a row, but they tightened up the ship. They beat Green Bay and Baltimore and those are playoff-caliber teams. They’re finishing strong.”– Steve Mariucci on the Pittsburgh Steelers*** Additional exclusive video clips from Sunday’s NFL GameDay are available on NFL.com. Click on the video segments. These videos include:- The Top 5 catches of Week 16- Deion Sanders’ “Let’s Go Primetime”- And many more Week 16 game highlights and postgame video only on NFL.com.7:30 PM -8:30 PM ET: NFL GameDay HighlightsHost: Rich Eisen Analysts: Deion Sanders and Michael IrvinFollowing the late afternoon games, NFL GameDay Highlights offers analysis of the events of the day. Includes highlights from all completed games, insider commentary, on-field interviews and post-game press conferences.11:30 PM -1:00 AM ET: NFL GameDay FinalHost: Rich Eisen Analysts: Deion Sanders and Steve MariucciNFL GameDay Final is the definitive exclamation point on Sundays providing unlimited highlights of all the games, plus post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room, audio captured throughout the day and expert analysis.
That’s it for this post.