NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’“THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 15 ON DECEMBER18
►JIM NANTZ TALKS WITH DENVER’STIM TEBOW
THE NFL ON CBS’slead play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz previewsNew England Patriots-Denver Broncos game by sitting down with Broncosquarterback Tim Tebow as heprepares to go up against the 10-3 Patriots, led by quarterback Tom Brady and Head Coach Bill Belichick.
NANTZ:So is it over now? He is the future quarterback of this organization?
JOHN FOX: Well, I have a hard time always talkingabout the future. We’re in this season. We’ve got three games left in theregular season. Who knows what comes after that. We’re focused on the now andnext up is the New England Patriots.
NANTZ: Two divisional leaders and it’s Tebow and Brady forthe first time ever. How big is it? I mean, get down to it. How big is thisone?
TEBOW: Well, it’s big because it’s our next game. What agreat honor and great challenge it is to be able to play against CoachBelichick and play against Tom Brady, who will ultimately go down as one of the bestquarterbacks of all time. That is something that is very exciting for me. Itwill be a dream come true. And I know when we step on the field it will be alot of fun. I’ll give my heart and soul out there and try to make the DenverBroncos fans very proud.
► DAN MARINO COMMENTS ON POSSIBILITYOF HIS 27-YEAR PASSING RECORD FOR MOST YARDS BEING BROKEN THIS YEAR
MARINO: That’s what’s surprising, it’sactually lasted that long. I do think DrewBrees is going to get it. He said he’d like to have it. He may getit in a couple of weeks. And Tom Brady, Ithink, will get it for sure. It’s lasted a long time.
► NFL COMMISSIONER ROGERGOODELL WITH JAMES BROWN ON NEW NFL TV DEAL
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodellspoke with THE NFL TODAY’S James Brownabout the television deal that the NFL recently renewed with CBS, Fox, and NBCand what the future holds for NFL broadcasting.
COWHER: New England is not a great defense. The pressure todaygoes on New England, because right now theyhave everything to lose and nothing to gain.
(On how many other coaches will lose their jobs)
BOOMER ESIASON: I’ve got seven-or-more. I’ve got nineother guys that better worry about their job security. Yes. Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City,of course they already fired him (Haley). How about the Giants, Dallas and Philadelphia? How about Minnesota,Tampa Bay,St. Louis? All has to do with ticket sales.
SHANNON SHARPE: I agree with Boomer. I say seven becauseof the guys he just named. Raheem Morrisin Tampa Bay,Spagnola in St. Louis. I believe they’re going to lose their head coach in Indy, Jim Caldwell,that’s three and one more.
(On Kansas City job): One namerumored for the job that will not be there is Iowa coach KirkFerentz. I talked to him this week, he’s staying at Iowa. I would not be totallysurprised if Romeo Crennel is notthe head coach next year.