This afternoon, FOX Sports conducted a press call to preview its coverage of the 2015 NFL season.
Pro Football Hall of Famer & three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Troy Aikman, two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson, six-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss joined president, COO & executive producer of FOX Sports Eric Shanks and President of FOX Sports’ Production & executive producer John Entz previewed the network’s coverage which begins this Sunday, Sept. 13. FOX NFL KICKOFF makes its network debut at 11:00 AM ET, followed by FOX NFL SUNDAY at 12:00 PM ET and singleheader coverage of the NFL’s Week 1 schedule, highlighted by the Green Bay Packers taking on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Aikman on his expectations for Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler this season as he prepares to call the team’s season opener on Sunday afternoon: “How many offensive coordinators now does this make for Jay Cutler? It’s hard to develop continuity offensively when you are going through as many OCs as they have. I’m a little bit surprised that with the change in the regime and with Ryan Pace coming in as the general manager, I did not anticipate that Jay Cutler would return as their quarterback. I’m anxious to see how he does. They’re catching Green Bay at a good time, if there is such a thing. It’s an important year for Jay Cutler; with all of the different coordinators over the years at some point you have to produce, hopefully for the Bears this will be the year that he does.”
Eric Shanks on adding another hour of pregame coverage to the FOX broadcast network: “It was a show that we launched on FOX Sports 1 a year ago and it [airing it on the network] is probably something we should have done from Day 1, because of our relationships with the affiliates. We started looking at season two and had some conversations with the affiliates and realized we could clear the time. This is a commitment to this show and growing it on the network. We think it’s a great opportunity to start the NFL coverage a bit earlier and give a really quality lead-in to FOX NFL SUNDAY.”
Randy Moss on if Sam Bradford is a fit for the Philadelphia offense: “He hasn’t really showed us in his young career what’s he’s able to do. A quarterback in that system really needs to be good at his decision-making. Staying healthy is the key to that offense and him moving forward.”
John Entz on adding a non-traditional analyst, like Dennis Miller or Tony Kornheiser, to an NFL booth: “I would never want to rule anything out. I wouldn’t necessarily say that could never work again but the pace of play is so much different than when that was. It’s hard to find time to do analysis, replays and other things that take you away from the field. That would be a factor.”