For the second week in a row, we’ll have Jim “Hello Friends” Nantz and Phil Simms calling the Patriots game on CBS. Get used to these guys, as they’ll be there for the next two weeks as well.
THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz, who this year is marking his 25th with CBS Sports, and Phil Simms call the action from the New England Patriots-Denver Broncos game live from INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.
Phil Simms on the game:
(On New England-Denver Matchup): The big thing in the game when you watch the Patriots play is that New England gets on the field, and they stay on the field a long time with their offense. That really hurt all their opponents and even the Jets, who beat them. They tire your defense out and now your offense is always on the sideline as you’re watching Tom Brady complete another 3rd and 4 or 3rd and 5. I think New England sees the type of defense Denver’s running. They’ve seen it over the years with Baltimore, and some with the Jets with Eric Mangini. So they’ll be a little more prepared to play it than some of the other teams have to this point. I’m really interested to see how the New England Patriots react to Denver’s defense.
(On Denver’s Defense): Everybody’s asking all the time how has Denver’s defense changed so much? Well it’s changed so much because they’ve changed. They got a lot of new personnel. You know, they brought in Brian Dawkins; they brought in people like Darrell Reid who other guys don’t know about. They got draft picks and the scheme has changed. So there’s nothing they’re doing that resembles anything they tried to do last year and of course the results have been fantastic. So when it doesn’t work you do two things: get a different coach and get new personnel. Denver did both.
This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by Westwood One. Kevin Kugler and Mark Malone will call the game with Scott Graham will host the pregame and halftime shows.
ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown
Ed Werder will be covering the Patriots at Broncos game and provide reports.
Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick: Josh McDaniels’ is off to a 4-0 start as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Before this season, he was a Patriots assistant for eight seasons under Bill Belichick, where they won three Super Bowls together. Werder explores the relationship between McDaniels and Belichick.
NFL MATCHUP, SUNDAY 3 A.M. AND 7:30 A.M. ON ESPN
Patriots @ Broncos – The Broncos defense is for real, says Hoge, who pulls out the “Coaches Clicker” to illustrate the speed of the team’s defense.
Playbook: AFC edition (Saturday 11:00am, 6:00pm, Sunday 7:00am)
Brian Billick explains how the Patriots can beat the Broncos even without a big game from WR Randy Moss
NFL Films Presents: Talking Football – Saturday at 4:30 PM
On this week’s show, host Steve Sabol sits down with former Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden to talk football – a subject both are well-versed in. Gruden gives his thoughts on how the game has changed and where he sees the wildcat fitting in to the NFL, his opinion on current players QBs Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and WR Randy Moss and former players like QBs Roger Staubach, Joe Namath and WR Jerry Rice whom he wished he could have coached. Gruden also reveals why he loves the sport so much.
SUNDAY ON NFL GAMEDAY MORNING: 9:00-1:00 PM ET
Michael Irvin 1-on-1 with Denver WR Brandon Marshall
Paul Burmeister reports from Patriots-Broncos matchup
SHOWTIME – Around The NFL
(ON THE”BRADY RULES”)
Phil Simms: It doesn’t matter if you’re tripped, if you do it on purpose or whatever, it’s a foul. It’s the intention. You know, when you talk about NFL rules, I have this argument all the time. There’s got to be a bright line. It is or it isn’t. So now what are you going to start saying? Well it was a blow to the head but it didn’t hurt him so that’s no foul. But who’s going to make that decision?
Warren Sapp: Player safety’s ok but I called Ray Lewis the other day and I said ‘Ray, talk to me. What got you so heated?’ And he was like ‘you’ve gotta take the hit.’ That’s a code we live by. 11 on 11 on the football field, let’s be man about it. You can’t tell me lobbying for calls and not actually taking the hit, that’s worth a penalty?
Simms: You know I’m not a sympathizer, let the quarterbacks take the hits. I’m not against that at all, but it is the rule and do you really think that Tom Brady lobbying, do you think that he threw the flag because Tom Brady says give me the penalty?
Cris Collinsworth: You said it was all about the players and player’s safety, that’s not true. It’s all about the money. Tom Brady is the money in this league. He is so valuable, not just to the Patriots. This is like, did you ever see that insurance commercial where they’ve got the little stack of money and the eyeballs on top of it? Well Tom Brady is the Empire State Building with the little eyeballs on top of it. This is a guy, they are going to protect him at all costs. They make this rule essentially because of Tom Brady. Remember now, Carson Palmer got hurt the exact same way. There was no rule there. Tom Brady has it happen to him, now you can’t touch him. So now we’ve set a standard, we have precedent at this point. Now if you touch him at all…below the knee that now has to be a penalty.
(On Players believing there is a Brady Rule):
Warren Sapp: There was a Patriot player that said to Ray Lewis, ‘that was bull****’, that was a bull**** call. That’s all.’ Once it comes from your own team in the heat of battle, you know what it is.