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NFL Pregame Show Week 8 Sound Bites: CBS' 'The NFL Today'

By Ken Schott
Sunday, October 30, 2011

Here are the sound bites from CBS Sports' "The NFL Today" pregame show. The quotes are provided by the CBS Sports PR department.

BILL COWHER TO REMAIN WITH CBS SPORTS

► BILL COWHER ADDRESSED RUMORS AND SPECULATION ABOUT COACHING NEXT YEAR ON CBS SPORTS’ PRE-GAME SHOW, “THE NFL TODAY”

COWHER: I'd just like to say this. I've not been contacted directly or indirectly by any football team or any organization. It's all speculation, and it's unfortunate because it affects the lives of many people that are in the profession. I am here to say to you today, I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, and more importantly I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all the speculation to rest. And if I have to repeat this in December again, I will. But you know what, J.B., it's a tough profession, I know there is speculation out there. I'm flattered by it to be honest with you. But at the same time it affects too many
people's lives. I like what I'm doing right here, and I plan on being back in the same seat next year.

►QUICK HITS

(On Andy Reid and Philadelphia)
COWHER: The story to me is in Philadelphia. Andy Reid coming off a bye, has not lost his entire career in Philadelphia. Although he's playing a Dallas team that's won five-of-the-last seven. You talk about a statement game. To me, this is their Waterloo. They have to win this game at 2‑4 at home playing against Dallas.

(On San Diego’s Kris Dielman suffering a concussion and continuing to play, then suffering a seizure)
BOOMER ESIASON: (Over video of the play and Dielman looking wobbly) Take a look at this video we have from last week's game against the New York Jets. Another example, in my estimation, of negligence on the part of the San Diego Chargers and their medical staff. Now, there is a lot of pressure for him to stay in the game because there are no other linemen that can play. But you can clearly see here. What about his teammates saying something? How about the referees saying something? Yet he played and finished the game out. Then it was reported that he had a seizure on the way home on the airplane. I’m always talking about concussions, managing them and looking out for them. This was a clear dose of negligence in my eyes on the part of the San Diego Chargers and their medical staff.

►“INSIDE THE NFL” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY

(On Congressional Committee possibly having hearings dealing with HGH and NFLPA)
CASSERLY: My Congressional sources told me what upset the committee was the fact that they offered to help the NFLPA solve any questions they might have with the testing procedures for HGH (Human Growth Hormone). The NFLPA (NFL Players Association) didn't take them up on it. What Congress wants to see from a group is an interest in solving the problem. They have not seen that from the NFLPA. The next step, they'll bring in and begin hauling people to Capitol Hill and start talking to them. And it won't just be DeMaurice Smith, Union officials or League officials. They're going to bring in players and put them under oath. And they're going to ask them the tough questions. Are you taking HGH? Who is taking HGH? Where is it coming from? Are club officials knowledgeable of this? All under oath, just like they did in baseball. The first player I expect to be brought in, Buffalo Bills lineman, Shawne Merriman, who was put on injured reserve this week. Remember, he has been suspended in the past for using performance enhancing drugs.

 
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