Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NFL Week 7 Preview - CBS

From CBS Sports -


The CBS Television Network continues its 52nd year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Oct. 23 (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 from the San Diego-New York Jets game live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  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 Carson Palmer trade to Oakland): He’s an accomplished quarterback.  He’s had a lot of starts but he hasn’t been practicing.  So to try and be ready to play in an NFL football game after only three or four practices, it’s hard to be ready to play after three weeks in training camp and look good in your first pre-season game, no matter who you are.  This is a tough assignment for him.  He’s going to have to hope the Raiders play well in many areas where he doesn’t have a huge role in the outcome of the game.  If they run it well and the defense comes through, and he can do very minimal things and it works, then he can be ready to play.  It could turn out where he’s not able to take advantage of situations, and the Raiders can let a game slip by them because they are playing a quarterback who is trying to get ready in a very short amount of time.    

(On Carson Palmer trade to Oakland): It’s a good fit for the Raiders.  And it’s a good fit for Carson Palmer.  He’s obviously familiar with Hue Jackson and their style of offense.  That’s the key for Palmer.  He’s not going to be asked to come in and throw the ball every down.  They’re going to run the ball with McFadden and Bush.  That’s been their formula.  When they do throw the ball, they’re going to throw it down the field.  And that’s the strength of Palmer.  It’s a good fit.

(On Kansas City @ Oakland): Kansas City is coming off two wins in a row but also a bye week.  That (coming off the bye) has not bode well for teams so far this season.  They’re playing in Oakland and the Raiders are in a position to really contend in the AFC West, especially with the addition of Palmer.  Kansas City is going to have to come out fast and quiet the crowd.  If the Raiders get it going, it’s going to be tough for Cassel and crew.     

(On Tim Tebow starting for Denver @ Miami): This is a grand audition to impress one of the greatest quarterbacks to have played the game, John Elway, and head coach John Fox, and all the fans who have believed in him. This is a grand audition for him to win over his teammates, the town and the Denver Broncos management.

You will see them change the offense for Tim Tebow. They’ll become a more un-traditional offense, meaning he’ll primarily play more out of the shot-gun.  There will be specially-designed plays for him around the goal line and on short-yardage situations. They will do things that are tailored to his abilities, which are totally different than Kyle Orton’s.  It changes things for his offensive linemen.  It changes the way his receivers will run routes. This is a huge experiment. If he’s successful the Broncos have found something very special. If it isn’t, it will be interesting to see how long they stay with it.

(On Carson Palmer trade): Obviously it’s a risky move for the Raiders because they give up two future first-round picks. When a team has struggled for as long as they have, eight straight years of non-winning seasons, you need to jump-start the franchise and galvanize the fan base. This is a move that does it. Hue Jackson has known Carson Palmer since high school.  He feels that this is the missing piece – the player that he would most want running his offense. When it comes to coach and quarterback relationships like Jon Gruden and Rich Gannon in Oakland, that’s what you have here. You’ve have some wonderful things in the making between Hue and Carson that will allow this to really work for the Raiders.

(On Carson Palmer trade): It’s a lot to give up for a quarterback that hasn’t been the same player in the past couple of years.  But the Raiders had a need and for Mike Brown it was the perfect storm: Al Davis dies.  The quarterback gets hurt on Sunday.  And the trade deadline is Tuesday.  From Cincinnati’s perspective, they hit it out of the park.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say this makes Oakland a playoff team but it’s the best record they’ve had at this point since 2002 when they went to the Super BowlThey’re 4-2.  They have some momentum.  Now, all of a sudden they have an issue with the quarterback.  I’m not convinced that Hue Jackson was absolutely sold on Jason Campbell.  That was more of an Al Davis decision.  Now with the opportunity to get a player like Carson Palmer, Hue has a history with him going back to college at USC and working together at Cincinnati, there will be some carry-over of the system.  The timing has worked out well.  Carson is the type of quarterback where you can do more with him – more volume, more at the line of scrimmage, more audibles.  This is the guy that Hue Jackson wanted all along.

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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 7 and Week 8 (subject to change).

WEEK 7 – Oct. 23
1:00 PM, ET starts:
·Denver @ Miami                     Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots            
·San Diego @ N.Y. Jets           Jim Nantz/Phil Simms                           
·Houston @ Tennessee             Marv Albert/Rich Gannon                    

4:00 PM, ET starts:
·Pittsburgh @ Arizona               Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf                  
·Kansas City @ Oakland          Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts                            

1:00 PM, ET starts:              
·Miami @ N.Y. Giants              Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf                  
·Jacksonville @ Houston           Marv Albert/Rich Gannon                    
·Indianapolis @ Tennessee        Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots            

4:15 PM, ET starts:
·New England @ Pittsburgh      Jim Nantz/Phil Simms                           
·Cleveland @ San Francisco     Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts                            
·Cincinnati @ Seattle                Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker                   

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