The NFL Today wraps up the week that was in the NFL -- postgame coverage right ... here:
And, just to recap, here's the news, notes and quotes from our award-winning team of analysts during the pre-kickoff show.
Shannon Sharpe on Tim Tebow playing any time soon:
"There might come a time at some point in time during the season that might happen. Talking to John Elway and John Fox, I don't see that happening any time soon. I think he might be able to be successful but you'd have to scrap your entire offense to make this guy successful. Then what happens, if he gets nicked and somebody else has to come in because you have nobody else on this team with his skill set. Everyone talks about his intangibles, his big heart, his desire to win, he won the Heisman. Arguably, one of the five or six greatest college players to ever play the game. But what about accuracy? That's an intangible you must have to be successful at any level to play quarterback, especially in the National Football League. I just don't see how this guy can be successful consistently when he can't throw the football accurately."
Boomer Esiason on the Jets throwing the ball more:
"Ground and pound got him to two AFC championship games, I get it. And they were protecting a young quarterback who was a liability as opposed to an asset. Now he's a third year starter. He's a captain. He's wearing the "C." I get they have a little problem protecting him. Wayne Hunter had all he could handle last week from DeMarcus Ware. You got Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, and maybe the most under-utilized tight end in football in Dustin Keller – start throwing the ball. That's what this league is going to, and that's why you traded up to get him in the first round."
Boomer on the Jaguars cutting David Garrard:
"Yes, they did. They didn't believe he could take them to the Super Bowl. So why pay him $8 million if you’re a small market team. They did the right thing."
Kris Jenkins on whether Ndamukong Suh is the best defensive player in the NFL right now:
"Absolutely not. Right now the current premiere defensive tackle in the league is Haloti Ngata. And you have to look at the best players in the league on defense: Revis, Polamalu, Demarcus Ware, and so on and so forth. You can go down that list for a long time."
Boomer on Cam Newton:
"I love Cam Newton's performance last week, and the thing that I saw more than anything was poise. You also have to realize why he had so much success. The Arizona defense was a disaster. They had communication problems. They busted coverages. But give the kid credit because he found where those busted coverages were. I think he's going to be a tremendous player in this league. I just don't think we're going to see that today against Dom Capers and this defense because they won't have the same breakdowns."
"Inside the NFL" GM Charley Casserly also dropped a lot of knowledge in his segment:
- Casserly on the development of Miami's passing game and a looser locker room
- Casserly on whether or not Minnesota's Leslie Frazier will consider benching quarterback Donovan McNabb
- Casserly on the highly unexpected quick start from Washington's quarterback Rex Grossman
- Casserly on retired players and the NFL working towards getting their benefits handled