I haven’t provided quotage from Inside the NFL in a while. Let’s see what was discussed on tonight’s show. And it’s the only appearance by Phil Simms on TV as he’ll be away on Sunday recuperating from back surgery. Here are the notes and quotes.
“Why So Serious?” The Buffalo Bills’ Stevie Johnson Sits Down for InterviewHouston’s Andre Johnson Mic’ed Up – Exclusive Highlights from His Battle with Tennessee’s Cortland FinneganNEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2010) – This week’s INSIDE THE NFL – Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – features a sit-down interview with the Buffalo Bills’ Stevie Johnson and Houston’s Andre Johnson was mic’ed up during the game with the Tennessee Titans. INSIDE THE NFL airs the exclusive, first-time highlights of Johnson and his battle with Cortland Finnegan as viewers see what led up to their fight. Plus the latest on “Spygate II” and the Denver Broncos with our NFL Insider Michael Lombardi.Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts.INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 9, 2011. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.Following are excerpts from the show:On Spygate II – Should the Broncos punishment have been more severe?COLLINSWORTH: I agree. You don’t distinguish between who did it. You don’t care. The Denver Bronco’s organization cheated. Even if was just the videographer, the organization cheated. And then the Denver Broncos organization covered it up. So I can even make and argument that they went one step further than what the New England Patriots did, because they got caught, sort of in the process. So they never got a chance to cover it up. But if the League is not going to take this as seriously as what they did the Patriots, they are setting a very dangerous precedent.SIMMS: The punishment should be severe. I think it’s the worst crime you can commit as an organization, a coach, taping somebody else’s practice or getting that kind of information. During the game if you steal the signals from the other teams for the coach or other team, code words, hey that’s all in my eyes, in the spirit of the game. We’ve gone through this before when you videotape someone when they don’t know it. The penalty should be severe.LOMBARDI: Once you videotape, you have crossed the line. I think the penalty of money is severe, drafts picks. The Commissioner is going to have to come out with a unilateral policy because each one is arbitrarily negotiated.On Josh McDaniels’ future with DenverLOMBARDI: That remains to be seen. The owner initially came out and said he’s fine. Then a report two hours later said no the next five games. Josh McDaniel is going to have to win some of these next five games, improve the football team. But the bigger issue here is that he’s a young coach. He’s made a lot of mistakes in terms of personnel and trying to run an entire organization. We see with Eric Mangini this year, you bring in a veteran personnel guy, a veteran coach like Mike Holmgren, and now all of a sudden Eric Mangini is not worried about what color the carpets are, what color the drapes are. He’s worried about coaching his team as opposed to whatever else is going on in the organization. That would help Josh go forward. He is a bright young coach, an outstanding offensive coach. He needs to learn how to become a better head coach.