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You know what they say about everybody having an opinion ...

Here is a sampling of what was said in Sunday's NFL studio shows, thanks to highlights provided by the networks:

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ESPN's Mike Ditka on the Vikings' quarterback switch: "This is a case of panic. Whether the decision came from the coach, the owner, the general manager, I don't care where it came from. You've lost this kid ]Tarvaris Jackson] right now for the rest of the year. You come in and tell someone that you have the job for the rest of the year and then bench him. It makes no sense at all. You can't say now, 'Come on now, Tarvaris, come back and play.' "

CBS' Shannon Sharpe on the Bengals: You can sum up Cincinnati's problems in one of two ways. Look at a guy like Willie Anderson, a 12-year veteran and you release him. A model citizen.  And you bring back Chris Henry who is constantly in trouble time after time after time again. Yes, they have problems.  Yes, Carson [Palmer] is frustrated.  But a lot of the things that are going on in Cincinnati is self-inflicted."

CBS' Bill Cowher on Broncos coach Mike Shanahan's decision to go for a two-point conversion in Week 2: "Mike Shanahan's call was really an indictment against his defense. San Diego had scored on every possession in the second half of that game.  So this wasn't his confidence in the offense.  To me, it was the lack of confidence that he had in his defense."

Fox's Terry Bradshaw on the Cardinals' Matt Leinart: "I'm most disappointed in Matt Leinart. I believe he should be starting, but he has acted like a quarterback diva. He's acting like he's the star, like he earned that right. He got beat out, and I'm disappointed in him for getting beat out. I think the Cardinals are sending him a message. Get in that study room and be the professional we expect you to be or I think Arizona will move on and get another new quarterback."

Fox's Michael Strahan on the blown call by referee Ed Hochuli in Week 2: "As a player, if you mess up, they cut you and get rid of you. They don't mess around and say, 'Maybe next week you'll get it right.' I think with Ed, it was a big screw-up and Norv Turner's job is in jeopardy because of it. It may be time to go. He's a great official, but you don't want to hear that human error cost you a game as a player."

NBC's Keith Olbermann on the Bengals: "Not to say things are bad in Bengal land, but earlier today Cris [Collinsworth] was claiming he spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Bandits."

NBC's Tiki Barber on Rams coach Scott Linehan: "I said last week he had three weeks -- two weeks and I'm calling Jim Fassel.  He's out. It's ugly."

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