Let’s go to CBS’ preview of NFL Week 8. We’ll begin with analyst Phil Simms talking about Pats-Rams in London and we have the NFL Today’s Bill Cowher discussing Dolphins-Jets and DC NFL Team QB RGIII.
AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” LEAD ANALYST PHIL SIMMS AND “THE NFL TODAY’S” BILL COWHER
The CBS Television Network, home of Super Bowl XLVII, continues its 53rd year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Oct. 28 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s one-hour studio show (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET), live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.
THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action live from Wembley Stadium in London, England as the New England Patriots take on the St. Louis Rams. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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(On Sam Bradford): Sam Bradford is one of the purest throwers in the NFL. If you give him time and he gets somebody even remotely open down the field he will hit them. Very seldom does he miss an open receiver when the conditions are good. I have only seen him in person once. So I am looking forward to meeting him, watching him throw and practice, and seeing what he looks like for real. I believe in his talent. I believe he deserved to be the first pick of the draft the first year he came out. If the Patriots don’t get a pass rush on him he’s going to be dangerous out there.
(On St. Louis Rams): Jeff Fisher has come in and got the program in order pretty quick. There are a lot of young players on both sides of the ball. They are fundamentally sound and not trying to do too much. In other words, just line it up and play good, solid football. That’s the way to start a program off and get it moving forward.
(On New England Patriots): The Patriots are fighting through a lot of injuries with their football team. They have been a little inconsistent. People expect them to go out there and dominate in all these games, which is hard to do in this league. The biggest concern is giving up big pass plays. Last year they prided themselves in not giving them up. This year they’re one of the worst in the NFL giving up big pass plays.
(On Miami vs. N.Y. Jets): It’s a very key game when you look at the AFC and the wild card position, that sixth position. Certainly Miami is surprising a lot of people. They’re playing great defense and Ryan Tannehill has been one of the most impressive looking quarterbacks to come into the league. Despite losing, the Jets put together one of their best performances against New England. It’s a really pivotal game for both the Jets and Dolphins in terms of that second position in the AFC East. I do believe New England is the team to beat there, but that number two spot is crucial, particularly as it relates to that potential sixth wild card spot.
(On young quarterbacks taking over): The biggest thing this year right now is the young quarterbacks versus the second year quarterbacks. It’s very encouraging to see the development of these guys – Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Christian Ponder, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson – and for the league to see a group of young quarterbacks getting ready to replace the Mannings and Bradys. Those guys are still out there, but it’s very encouraging for the league to see these new guys step forward. You’re also talking about Cam Newton – a lot of guys who have been second year players. There’s a good group of young quarterbacks in the league at the same time right now.
And CBS previews what you’ll see on The NFL Today on Sunday.
THE NFL ON CBS, home of Super Bowl XLVII and broadcasting its 53rd year of the NFL, continues its 2012 NFL season on Sunday, Oct. 28 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET).
One of the most remarkable aspects of this 2012 NFL season is that nearly one-third of the teams have entrusted their offenses to young quarterbacks drafted within the past two years. This season, there have been five rookie and five second-year quarterbacks starting in the NFL.
THE NFL TODAY’s Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, who had one of the greatest seasons ever as he led Miami to the Super Bowl in his second season, is the perfect judge when it comes to ranking these 10 quarterbacks. Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Washington’s Robert Griffin III were picked one-two only six months ago. Would they rank that way today as we near the midway mark of their first NFL season? What about last season’s offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton of Carolina, and other sophomore signal callers Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton and Minnesota’s Christian Ponder? Shawn Robbins and Jeff St. Arromand are the producers.
James Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL TODAY Insider Jason La Canfora, as well as Lesley Visser reporting.
Eric Mann is senior producer and Bob Matina is director of THE NFL TODAY.
We’ll have the NFL on Fox preview next.