Mel Bracht: NBC NFL broadcast team to include Joe Gibbs, Joe Theismann

by Mel Bracht Modified: January 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm •  Published: January 8, 2010
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Sunday will feature rematches of lopsided season-finale games.

Gibbs, 69, said he doesn’t expect Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Eagles coach Andy Reid will have any trouble getting their teams prepared.

"I used to love being in a position as a coach when somebody has kicked your butt the first go around,” he said. "I think your preparation is much easier. The second thing is evident about the NFL is diminishing returns. When a team sees something that you’ve done against them, generally the second go around they have a way of taking care of that.”

NBC studio analyst Rodney Harrison, a former Patriots defensive back, is expecting that in the Eagles-Cowboys game, predicting the Eagles will avenge Dallas’ 24-0 victory Sunday.

"I actually picked Philly to go to the Super Bowl,” Harrison said. "I don’t know how Dallas — with the pressure of them not winning a playoff game in the last decade, all the hype and pressure surrounding them — in back-to-back weeks, can beat Philadelphia, especially with Andy Reid, an experienced coach. Donovan (McNabb) has played in the playoffs and played in a Super Bowl, and I flat out think Andy Reid is a better coach.”

Editor's note: This story incorrectly stated Joe Theismann's age as 50. He is 60.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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