James Brown: Coach Cowher Has Mentioned What A Great Job Rivera Is Doing
James Brown, from CBS and Showtime’s Inside the NFL, joins the show and starts the interview off reminiscing with Jim about the last time the Panthers were in the Super Bowl.
On the Panthers: From a national perspective we feel awfully good about the team is doing. I was hoping the populous isn’t too disappointed about this past Sunday. New Orleans is no joke. You know how difficult it is to win in that building and expected as such coming off their previous week’s loss. I’ve been so impressed with the incremental progress of the Panthers squad and certainly I am a huge Ron Rivera fan. Even Coach Cowher was talking about how Rivera has been doing the job nicely over the past couple of years and it’s good to see ownership didn’t make a quick move, when many thought maybe he wasn’t the guy. They have gotten incrementally better and I’m glad they stayed the course.
On the Redskins: There’s a real soap opera playing out in Washington. With a 3-10 ballclub, it is not surprsining you have dissatisfied players, coaches and ownership. You have dysfunction, in terms of some things people didn’t like about RG3’s relationship with ownership and the like. All of these things are magnified when you’re losing. I think sitting RG3 is the right thing to do. Two of there final three games are on turf and if you’re talking about protecting the franchise player for the future, I think it’s a pretty smart move. Folks are speculating that Mike Shanahan’s tryng to stick it to owner Daniel Snyder, so he would be fired and he could collect the seven million dollars he’s owed. That’s not been Shanahan’s mode of operation, at all, and I’m surprised that folks would write that.
On playing the Super Bowl in the snow: It’s absolutely good TV from the broadcast perspective. I was one of those asking, ‘Why would you play the Super Bowl in a cold weather city?’ but we’ve been reminded of what once was. Looking back at some of the archival footage from NFL Films, some of the best games were played in cold weather. How many of us, even if we didn’t play pro, played pick-up football in the snow as kids and enjoyed the daylights out of it? I thought we had some pretty compelling football played last week and let’s hope that bodes well for what could be when the Super Bowl is play at Met Life Stadium.