NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS WEEK ON JANUARY 14 & 15
► JAMES BROWN TALKS WITH BRONCOS TIM TEBOW
Tim Tebow has millions of fans, but none was more excited at the AFC Wild Card game than 16-year-old Bailey Knaub, who was a personal guest of Tebow as the Broncos battled the Steelers. James Brown sat down with them to relive that magical day. Deb Gelman is the producer.
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►“INSIDE THE NFL” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On Jeff Fisher choosing St. Louis)
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(On former Denver Head Coach Josh McDaniels joining New England’s coaching staff)
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► “THE NFL TODAY’s” LESLEY VISSER REPORTING FROM GREEN BAY ON GIANTS-PACKERS
(On Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin joining team after death of his son this week)
I just spoke with coach Mike McCarthy, and he said Joe Philbin will be here tomorrow, in Mike McCarthy's words, to participate.
(Tim Tebow Note)
And finally there is a Tim Tebow note. Yes, the Packers are actually blaming Tim Tebow for the loss of their undefeated season. They said look what happened. When Tim Tebow was installed as the starting quarterback in Denver, John Fox traded Kyle Orton to Kansas City. And what happened? They beat the Green Bay Packers.
(On who has most pressure on them this weekend)
BOOMER ESIASON: But the guy under the most pressure has to be Joe Flacco. This week he said, if we win, it's not because of anything I've done. I'm paraphrasing here. He says you guys (the media) blame me, when they lose it's all on him, when they win, it's not about him. He has a top three defense. He has a great running back. He has a great opportunity to get his team to the Super Bowl starting tomorrow against a rookie‑led Houston Texans.
BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS WEEK ON JANUARY 14 & 15
(On Tim Tebow)
SHANNON SHARPE: Looking at what he's done, taking a 1‑4 team, getting into the playoffs, winning a playoff game and getting to the divisional round. I think he's earned the right to go into Training Camp as the incumbent starter. But I do not envy the guy that comes in and has to play competition with Tim Tebow with the feelings the way they have in Denver. The fans love this guy. I don't know if a guy can come in there and get an honest shake at beating him out for the starting job.
► DETROIT LIONS NDAMUKONG SUH VISITED SET OF “THE NFL TODAY’s”
BILL COWHER: You know, Ndamukong, Coach Schwartz has done a great job of changing the culture and mentality up there. But for you personally, a lot of the things that happened this year, I always said perception is reality. Does it bother you in your style of play that you may be perceived as a dirty player? Is it going to change the way you play the game in the future.
SUH: I think the biggest thing is we need to make sure that we stay physical. That's why I pattern my game after; being physical. Being a guy that's always attacking fierce and getting after the ball. It's always whistle to whistle and making sure it stays there. And coach Schwartz is a guy that emphasized not being that the Detroit Lions we're just laying down and making sure we continue to have that fight. We got over that last year. Now it became our culture and just winning and continuing in that going forward.
(On.Thanksgiving Day game against Green Bay)
JAMES BROWN: I understand the mindset that a defensive player has to have. But that which is indelibly ensconced in many people's minds is what took place on Thanksgiving Day when you stomped on the Green Bay Packer player, and gave, what in many people's minds was not a sincere explanation after the game. You talked with him. What did you say? Let America know how you feel now.
SUH: I had a great conversation with Dietrich-Smith. He's a great guy. I got to go against him the last game of the regular-season. Had a chat with him. He's a great guy. I obviously made a mistake. I definitely, without a doubt, understand that, and I'm held to a high standard. And I love being held to a high standard. I'm a man that I believe I can continue to uphold that high standard. At the same time, I want that because I want to be an example for young kids and I want to continue to drive and be an example to be able to be followed after. And everybody makes mistakes. Just continue to learn from them and grow.
►“INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On Ray Rice’s contract status)
CASSERLY: The Ravens told me it's a number one priority to get him re-signed for next year. I think his agent is going to ask for a big contract, north of $10 million. If they don't get a deal done by the start of free agency, they will franchise him at $7.7 million.
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