CBS’ NFL TODAY show has taken a page from ESPN’s College GameDay as they will head out on the road this week, though unlike College GameDay it won’t be just in one single locale.
While a bare bones studio crew will remain in CBS’ New York studio (including Dan Marino), other normal studio analysts Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason will head to their former stomping grounds and help the normal two-man broadcast booths become three-man broadcast booths.
Esiason will be heading to Buffalo where he’ll assist in calling the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Bills. Sharpe will head to Denver where he’ll help announce the game between Denver and the Jacksonville Jaguars while Cowher will join Phil Simms and Jim Nantz call the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the New York Jets.
“I really don’t worry too much about being too sensitive about the Steelers,” Cowher said. “Listen, Mike Tomlin’s a good football coach. He’s established himself. It’s been six plus years since I left there. I have great respect for the organization. I coached with the best organization in the National Football League and I was a blessed person to be able to do that. I was able to step down on my own accord. I do know some of the coaches and still know some of the players. But at the same time I’m doing a job now that I enjoy doing and I’m trying to get better at it. I’ll look at this very objectively and call it how I see it.”
While Esiason is no stranger to the broadcast booth, the announcing (outside of their typical studio setting) will be a first for both Sharpe and Cowher.