Tasker: CBS knew Belichick wouldn't do interview


Tasker: CBS knew Belichick wouldn't do interview

The world was supposed to hear from Bill Belichick in a postgame interview with CBS after the Patriots lost to the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

It didn't happen, and there were many people - including CBS' Shannon Sharpe - upset with the Pats head coach for "standing up" CBS.

Steve Taster, who is the current NFL analyst on CBS and supposed to do the interview with Belichick says that that isn't exactly the case.

Joining Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti on The Felger and Mazz Show, Tasker explains that CBS had a heads up by Belichick that if New England lost, it was highly unlikely that he'd do any interviews.

"Listen, and obviously Bill Belichick doesn't owe me anything I've obviously been on one or two radio shows talking about this, we knew he wasn't going to do it on Friday. He didn't stand us up. We asked him in our production meeting, 'Listen, Bill, if you win you get the trophy presentation all that. If you lose, I'll be outside the locker room we want to talk to you then.' He was like, 'eh, I don't do that very well.' But he goes, 'We'll see.'"

Tasker, therefore, was prepared that if the Pats lost, they'd need another Patriots player to interview.

"I said I want this player, this player, this player, or this player if Bill doesn't want to talk to us," Tasker said.

So while the guys down on the field and involved in the game production knew what was going on, the guys like Sharpe and everybody else had no clue, instead bashing Belichick for snubbing the station.

"No, they didn't know," Tasker said. "I appreciate Shannon's passion, but they didn't know that. So Devin McCourty came out and did the interview."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.