Was there anywhere Jerry Jones was not interviewed Sunday? Fox, NFL Network and NBC each had their shots with the shrinking violet Cowboys owner, whose team has won fewer playoff games than the Orioles since 1997.
And if you thought it was easy being a sideline reporter, maybe you noticed Fox's Pam Oliver as the Giants-Steelers game came back from halftime Sunday. She completely lost track of what she was going to say – which got her a playful needling from Troy Aikman about a "senior moment."
Here are highlights from the Sunday NFL studio shows, again helpfully passed along by the networks:
Fox's Terry Bradshaw on the Cowboys: "Jerry Jones spent $142 million this year, $30 million more than anyone in the National Football League; he'll pay $85 million in bonus money alone this year. However, not one dollar was spent on a leader."
Fox's Jimmy Johnson on a salary system that pays too much to highly drafted rookies: "The system is wrong when Alex Smith gets $24 million, Cedric Benson gets $17 million and a proven linebacker like Tedy Bruschi gets $1.7 million a year and Pittsburgh's MVP James Harrison collects $1.5 million. I know that sounds like a lot, but compared to rookies, that's peanuts. The system needs to be changed; the next collective bargaining agreement should include a rookie pay scale so we can start paying the players that truly deserve it."
CBS’ Shannon Sharpe on the Ravens and Steelers: “There is a lot of dislike between the Ravens and the Steelers. … OK, hatred between these two teams. This is the Hatfields and McCoys. What you try to do is you try to impose your will on one team, they try to impose their will on you, because you want to send a message. This is all about mental. Because both teams … all teams in the NFL are physically gifted, but mentally you want to say, ‘We're tough today.’”
CBS’ Cowher on the same subject: “It's about two hard-hitting teams that take pride in how they play the game of football. It's called a rivalry. And I think that's what you have between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. I agree with Shannon. The bottom line is you want to send a message. There are certain players that represent their teams. Hines Ward represents what the Pittsburgh Steelers are about and how they play
Ray Lewis represents the Baltimore Ravens and how they play. Those are the guys that you want to send a message to on that given Sunday.”
NFL Network's Marshall Faulk on Drew Brees: "Drew Brees is playing out of his skull. He's playing about as good as any quarterback in this league. If you ask any defensive coordinator what quarterback they don't want to face, it's Brees and he's doing it with backup players."