Steve Beuerlein spent 17 seasons in the NFL, he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1999, and he was a member of the Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII. He joined Chad on the MSP Friday to talk about his illustrious career in the league and his current career as a football analyst for CBS.
As a 17 year vet, Beuerlein got to be a part of both the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Beuerlein was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987 and he spent the first four seasons of his career playing for Al Davis. He insists that since it was his first stop in the pros, he had no idea how dysfunctional the organization was because he had nothing to compare it to. And he assumed the Raiders ran their organization just like everyone else. But in 1991 he joined Jimmy Johnson and the Dallas Cowboys and he realized that Jimmy and Al were very different in the way they ran things.
When he joined Dallas in 91’ he insists he knew they had something special there. They had a great, young QB in Troy Aikman, a huge talent at running back in Emmitt Smith, a fantastic wide receiver threat in Michael Irvin and some excellent coaches in Jimmy Johnson and Norv Turner. When he saw all that, he knew they had the makings of a championship team.
Beuerlein also went into detail about Peyton Manning’s new team. He does expect him to do well this season with the Broncos, but he insists that he doesn’t think Peyton can replicate the production he had when he was in Indianapolis. In Indy, he had such control of the offense that he didn’t even have to tell his receivers what routs to run, they just knew. In Denver, he suggests that there will be a transition period in which he and the receivers will have to learn how to communicate with one another. But the Broncos should be able to figure it out.
Take a listen as Beuerlein analyzes the way the NFL has changed since his playing days and be sure to look for him on CBS at college and NFL broadcasts.