Mariucci Welcome at NFL Network
February 1, 2008 4:48 PM
If NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci doesn't take the Washington Redskins head coaching position, he will be welcomed back to the NFL-backed channel with open arms, according to executives at the outlet.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is expected to meet with Mr. Mariucci, whose contract is set to expire with the cable channel (not that one would really influence the other),about the opening for the team this weekend.
However, Eric Weinberger, executive producer of the NFL Network, was quick to say that after two years with the outlet, Mariucci's personality and ability to break down game plans had made the ex-coach a vital part of the network family.
"We'd love to have him back and we know he loves it here to," said Mr. Weinberger.
Planted in the midst of "Radio Row" in at the Phoenix Convention Center, the NFL Network has set up facilities where Mr. Mariucci and his NFL Network co-horts have been a factory of interviews, breaking news and analysis on everything to do with Super Bowl Sunday.
Mr. Weinberger noted that with the channel carrying 213 hours of Super Bowl-themed programming this week, as well as running 11 hours of live television on both Wednesday and Thursday, his goal of bringing the flavor of the festivities in Phoenix to the viewers at home was so far successful.
"If it moves, we're showing it," he said. "And for the viewer who can't come down here, we are showing them all the buzz and action and energy of this event. It's truly amazing how after all these years, the atmosphere surrounding the game has only gotten bigger."
The channel has planted locations in five areas around Phoenix to cover the festivities with 350 people flowing through the "Radio Row" hub alone.