Now to conclude the early Sunday NFL pregame quotage. This is from The NFL Today on CBS.
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 8 ON OCTOBER 28
(On coaching and general manager moves occurring this season)
JASON LA CANFORA: Based on talks with executives and GMs around the league, they think there is a potential for sweeping changes around the league. Not just on the coaching side, but more GM moves than ever before, and a lot of places where the coach and GM are in trouble. We know Carolina and Cleveland, change is afoot there. Buffalo, San Diego, Jacksonville, Kansas City, you can see it on both sides of the ball there. With that in mind, long time executive Bill Polian is looking to get back in the league in 2013. Mike Lombardi worked in Cleveland. I continue to hear a buzz about him going back in a front office role. And long time GM Jerry Angelo, most recently with the Bears, is looking for a job in 2013 at the GM level.
(On whether there will be a team full-time in London)
JASON LA CANFORA: Get your fish and chips ready because there is a strong desire to be in London. I’ve talked to several people who were at the most recent league meeting where all the owners gather. They came away convinced that not only is this going to happen it’s going to happen within the next 10 years. A lot of people in the league believe Jacksonville is the likely front-runners to end up there. They’re going to be playing a game at Wembley from 2013 to 2016.
(On Dallas and Philadelphia)
BOOMER ESIASON: This week we have great divisional match?ups, important conference match?ups. And there are two teams that either start their season anew or it’s the beginning of the end. To me it’s the Cowboys and Eagles in the NFC East. They have the Giants and Falcons coming in and it’s not going to be easy.
SHANNON SHARPE: I believe they (Broncos) run the table from here on out. I believe they challenge the Houston Texans for home?field advantage throughout. The only game they will not be favored in would probably be at Baltimore. But when you look at their schedule with two games against Kansas City, the Oakland Raiders and with Cleveland and KC still on their schedule, I believe the Broncos and Peyton Manning, playing as well as he is, run the table. They get to 13?3.
(On Philadelphia’s Michael Vick and Andy Reid)
SHARPE: Michael Vick is a loss away from losing his job to Nick Foles. The owner has made it abundantly clear, 8?8 will not do it this year to keep Andy Reid‘s job. What does that mean? He didn’t say you need 10 or 11 wins. But I believe they need to get to the playoffs and go extremely far in the playoffs for Andy to maintain his job. But I believe Michael Vick is a loss away from losing his job.
DAN MARINO RANKS 10 YOUNG QBs
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, ranks these 10 quarterbacks. Shawn Robbins and Jeff St. Arromand are the producers.
10. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville 5. Ryan Tannehill, Miami
9. Jake Locker, Tennessee 4. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati
8. Christian Ponder, Minnesota 3. Cam Newton, Carolina
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle 2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
6. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland 1. Robert Griffin III, Washington
That will do it.