“INSIDE THE NFL” SEASON FINALE HIGHLIGHTED BY PEYTON MANNING’S LEGACY & CAM NEWTON POST-GAME REACTION

 

Plus, Exclusive Quarterbacks & Coaches In-Field Audio

 

Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

 

NEW YORK (Feb. 9, 2016) — “INSIDE THE NFL” Season Finale premieres tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Adam Schein is joined by Super Bowl XXI MVP and N.Y. Giants Legend Phil Simms, four-time Pro Bowler Boomer Esiason, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and N.Y. Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss what went down on Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Tonight’s episode features extensive SUPER BOWL 50 analysis, post-game coverage, a behind-the-scenes report by Marshall and discussions of whether or not SUPER BOWL 50 was “the Sheriff’s last rodeo.”

 

Plus, exclusive NFL Films highlights, including a special feature on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s post-game celebration, in-field audio from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Broncos linebacker and SUPER BOWL 50 MVP Von Miller.

 

Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak and Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera are also wired for sound.

 

“INSIDE THE NFL” covers every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the NFL. The show is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films and airs every Tuesday during the NFL season through Feb. 9, 2016. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports and Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

 

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:

 

On Cam Newton Not Diving on the football …

Adam Schein – “The fumble. He said today, he didn’t jump on the ball and I quote, ‘[He] didn’t want to contort his leg.’ He looked like he gave up on that play. That to me is a lasting image for Cam Newton and his MVP season.”

 

Brandon Marshall – “We have to understand there are two games in this business. There’s football and then, there’s politics. So the quote that you just read, that’s all politics. That’s not what he wants to say. That’s not what he means. That’s all politics.”

 

Phil Simms – “It’s different. It’s how you’re coached.  What your role on the team is.  I played for a coach, for a couple coaches, if I wouldn’t dive on that football they would have taken me out of the game… There were a couple of fumbles sometime in my career where I said, ‘Gosh, did I show enough courage going after that ball?’… A lot of it has to do with your team, your coach.  I do understand it a little bit.  But he has to understand the situation and it truly was the game.”

 

Boomer Esiason – “There’s a flinch and a hesitation and him backing away… We may not be as valuable as Cam Newton is … [but] you have to do it. It is the Super Bowl. You are asking your teammates out there. Thomas Davis is running around with a broken arm out there. I’m sorry, you have to go after the football.  So that is not a good look for him… [But] I liked him on the sidelines.  I liked how he was trying to get his team up. That’s the Cam Newton that I love. That’s the Cam Newton that I wished I would’ve seen in the post-game press conference.  That’s not who I saw.  I can easily root for the guy on the sideline who is doing that.  I can’t root for the guy that I saw in the post-game press conference. ”

 

Michael Irvin – “When I look at it a second time, when you slow it down, it looks worse. It looks like he missed the ball twice … and I go back to John Elway and his Super Bowl, when he helicoptered. John Elway put everything on the line for that first down … I‘m not questioning his toughness, I’m questioning why he did that.”

 

Boomer Esiason– “I think Phil is right.  You have to go after that ball for the sheer reason you have another 52 other guys that are laying it on the line.  When you compare that to what it looks like, I’m saying what it looks like, with Thomas Davis playing with a broken arm with 12 screws and a plate in his arm,  you can understand why your teammates, now they’re not going to come out and question him, but they will come out behind the scenes and question him.”

 

 

On the First Half of SUPER BOWL 50…

Phil Simms – “You have to be who you are… You can’t recreate yourself at halftime… Sometimes no matter what you do and what you know, when the other guy is better, you’re going to lose and they couldn’t overcome the physical dominance of the Denver Broncos.”

 

Brandon Marshall – “I wasn’t surprised to see what Denver’s offense put on the field. We all knew that they were going to be limited, but what I was shocked at was to see the Panthers offense; they were non-existent in that first half.”

 

Boomer Esiason – “Greg Knapp, the quarterback coach of the Denver Broncos, sitting there with Peyton Manning… That just goes to show you, just how fragile confidence can be. You have an 18-year vet that’s going to leave a lasting legacy that was trying to get talked up to by his quarterback coach to keep his head in the game and keep his confidence up. “

 

 

On The Panthers’ Performance…

Brandon Marshall – “The Carolina Panthers stopped themselves. And Josh Norman said it best after the game. ‘It’s hard to play two teams.’ Some people thought he was talking about the refs, I personally believe that he was talking about his own team… They imploded… When were they battle tested? When did they really hit adversity? Because when they got in this game in the first quarter, they hit adversity, and they didn’t respond well.”

 

 

On Peyton Manning…

Boomer Esiason – “He played for 18 years. The numbers will stand the test of time. They speak for themselves. A true legacy for me is how he’s affected every quarterback that’s come after him.”

 

On Cam Newton’s reaction to the media after the game…

Brandon Marshall – “When I look at Cam, I see a guy who’s in a lot of pain. This hit him really hard. But, I said it earlier, there’s a game on the field and then, there’s politics… What makes him great is all of those emotions, that passion. But now, that emotion, that passion is hurting him… He has to understand that there’s a game on the field and then, there’s a game with the media.”

 

Continued…

 

“I think this was an opportunity for Cam Newton to be put on a higher pedestal. If he would have stood up there and said, ‘You know what we didn’t play well, I didn’t play well. As a leader of this team, I could have done a better job of getting our team prepared.’ But he didn’t do that. And now he has to deal with the consequences… Now people are going to look at him like, when you lost, you were a sore loser.”

 

Phil Simms – “I see a guy who’s still fighting. He’s a great competitor on the field. Don’t compete like that in the press conference.”

 

Brandon Marshall – “Everything Cam Newton feels is valid… But you cannot win versus the media. You can’t win that battle.”

 

 

On Theory that Defense wins Championships…

Michael Irvin – “I’ve never believed in that because actually, points win championships. I will say, turnover defenses can win championships because that’s what we saw the other day… Peyton Manning only completed 13 passes, so maybe the quarterbacks aren’t as important as we thought.”

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