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Pocket Presence: CBS Sports Network Launching "NFL Monday QB" Next Week

CBS Sports Network on Monday will launch an NFL-themed show called "NFL Monday QB," the first of what network execs say will be several NFL-themed shows to appear on the cable channel this season. "We have several other things in the pipeline that we¹re going to roll out," said CBS Sports Exec VP and CBS Sports Network President David Berson. The 60-minute show will occupy the 6:30-7:30pm ET timeslot through the postseason. Monday's debut will air at 5:00pm to account for the earlier "MNF" kickoff in Week 1. The show's premise is to have retired QBs analyze quarterback play from the day before, with CBS Sports' Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein sitting in as the main analysts each week. Fellow CBS analysts Boomer Esiason, Dan Fouts and Dan Marino will contribute during the season. Adam Schein will host. "We don't want to break down NFL games like everyone else is doing. We really want to have a different angle," Berson said. "These quarterbacks won't be talking about the games from the day before. Rather, they'll discuss the quarterback play from the day before." The show will tape from CBS Sports Network's N.Y. studios. On Monday, all the analysts will be in studio. As the season progresses, some will join the discussion remotely. Berson said he wants the panelists to have fun while providing smart analysis. "These guys have unbelievable chemistry," he said. "This is going to be fun and interactive. You're going to see more fun on this show than traditional shows that are breaking down NFL games."
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