CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz talked with The Post’s Justin Terranova about Sunday’s Jets-Cowboys game, Adam Gase’s slow start and Tony Romo’s golf run.
Q: You watched the Broncos end their winless start to the season last week. Do the Jets have a chance this week?
A: The NFL is impossible to predict. The Jets will undoubtedly get a physical and mental boost with the return of Sam Darnold. I believe his presence will have a trickle-down effect for the whole team. The Cowboys know they have to bring it against the Jets. Two straight losses. Philadelphia next week. A week ago this matchup posed as a classic sandwich game, but not now for the Cowboys after the loss to Green Bay.
Q: Is it too early for the Adam Gase doubts to start?
A: Way too early. You can’t make any conclusions based off this past month. I’ve known Adam for years in this league. Give the guy a good quarterback — and he has one in Sam — and you will see the same innovative coach I saw in Denver when he was the offensive coordinator. He’s been snakebit as a head coach at the quarterback position.
Q: How does a broadcast change when the analyst once played for the team?
A: The novelty of it is probably gone by now for Tony. But I remember the first time he called a Cowboys game back in 2017. The public address announcer led the cheers for him just as we were getting ready to go on air. They cut to a shot of Tony standing in the booth, arm in arm with Candice and kids. It was emotional. Our producer, Jim Rikhoff, was counting us down to join the nation live. Tony had no time to wipe away the tears. But typical, he got focused in a hurry and turned in another one of his winning performances.
Q: How closely did you follow his PGA chance to make the cut, which would have taken him out of the booth?
A: I watched his every move on the PGA Tour app. It was pretty amazing what he did, beating big-name players that first day. Boomer (Esiason) was on standby and I have no doubt he would have done a super job. Our crew was in Chicago, meeting with the teams, taking notes for Tony, and getting ready to go either way.
Q: What have you been working on outside of the booth?
A: I love the challenge of building successful enterprises, whether it’s in the wine industry or an Alzheimer’s research center. Recently I partnered with Shep and Ian Murray from Vineyard Vines to create an authentic golf lifestyle brand. Thankfully, the line has been extremely well received and on Thursday we announced that come January we are opening a store at Pebble Beach Golf Links exclusively featuring the new line. … As exciting as this is, the best part of my week, as always, was taking my kids to school and being home four nights to read them bedtime stories. Meantime, I will take the red eye to the Jets practice Friday morning then that night in Philadelphia I will deliver a eulogy for one of my true boyhood heroes — the legendary Jack Whitaker. Saturday we will meet with the Cowboys in Jersey City.