Panelists Tracy Wolfson, Swin Cash, Amy Trask and Dara Torres are Joined by
SEC ON CBS Analyst Gary Danielson and ESPN’s John Saunders
In Honor of Veteran’s Day, Former Appalachian State Football Player and
Purple Heart Recipient Brian Stokes Also Visits the Studio
Tonight’s episode of WE NEED TO TALK on CBS Sports Network (10:00 PM, ET) features discussion of Carson Palmer’s injury, Mark Sanchez’s big night and the early season woes for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Panelists Tracy Wolfson, Amy Trask, Dara Torres and Swin Cash are joined on the show by CBS Sports’ lead college football analyst Gary Danielson, ESPN’s John Saunders and former Appalachian State football player Brian Stokes, who is also a recipient of the Purple Heart.
WE NEED TO TALK re-airs on CBS Sports Network tonight at 1:00 AM, ET and tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 10:00 AM, ET.
Following are excerpts from the show.
(ON THE ARIZONA CARDINALS AND DREW STANTON):
Amy Trask: This is not just about the quarterback. Certainly Drew Stanton is no Carson Palmer. The Arizona defense needs to continue to hold opponents as best they can. If you hold an opponent to not too many points, and you don’t ask Stanton to score and score and score and lead his team from behind (then they’ll be okay)... Stanton does not have to do this alone… And having worked with Carson in Oakland, I can tell you that Carson will be there every step of the way. And he will be a magnificent teammate to Drew Stanton and do all he can to help that team win.
Swin Cash: He’s going to need a co-signer in that locker room. There’s going to need to be veterans that have enough pull in the locker room to galvanize the guys behind him. He’s going to have to be able to manage the game. But he’s going to need those people backing him to make sure that he’s doing all the right things. And that people are falling in line behind him.
(ON OHIO STATE IN THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS):
Gary Danielson: Ohio State’s next opponent is Minnesota. This is a really important game, because right now, TCU is getting a lot of credit for beating a 7-2 Minnesota team. But if Ohio State beats Minnesota, and then Minnesota loses to Nebraska and Wisconsin, that 7-2 turns into 7-5. I believe Baylor would then leapfrog TCU. You can make the argument already that they should be ahead of them. But as Baylor’s schedule gets better at the end, and Minnesota’s wins go down, I think Baylor will leapfrog TCU, which is important for Ohio State. Because if Ohio State wins out, they will have one more game – the Big Ten Championship… Baylor’s non-conference schedule is not very pretty… the committee will want to send a message that Ohio State had the guts to go out and play good teams. They lost one game, but they have gotten better. I predict that if Ohio State wins out, they will be in the Tournament.
(ON AN NFL TEAM MOVING TO LOS ANGELES):
John Saunders: How is it possible to have a professional league that does not have a team in the second largest city in the country? Los Angeles has to have a National Football League team. The owner in St. Louis has all of this land in Los Angeles. I don’t think that’s an accident.
Trask: That land is the area that we looked at for a new stadium before Al (Davis) decided to move the team to Oakland… To not have a team in that market is just ludicrous. The market can support at least one team. I don’t know, were I (working at) the League, whether I would put two in at once, or whether I’d stick with one and leave that other opening there available. But the market can support the teams.
(ON MARK SANCHEZ):
Amy Trask: It was one game. It was against the Carolina Panthers. It was at home. And it was a night game. The momentum of a home night game is magnificent, so let’s not get too carried away. But we see this a lot when a player moves from one team to another. Whether it is a change in environment, a change in coaches, a change in system, a change in fellow players, players can emerge in a second environment in a manner that they hadn’t in the first.
(ON THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS AND LEBRON JAMES):
Cash: In the first game in Cleveland he came out and that burden was definitely on him. And it was heavy. That’s why he didn’t play well. You can’t just throw money at stuff. Chemistry is a big thing and it takes some time. They are who I thought they would be right now. Come playoff time, it will be a different story.
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