CBS knew it wanted to add a new NFL Insider to its impressive stable of football analysts, so it reached out to Jason La Canfora. It didn't take him long to say yes.
La Canfora will be leaving the NFL Network, where he learned that covering the league for a TV network is a 24-hour job -- so much so that he had a camera put in his basement so he could go on the air at any moment. He's excited about the chance to appear on "The NFL Today" starting in September.
Tell me about the move to CBS.
La Canfora » "Without the fine people of the NFL Network, I would never have been considered by CBS for this job. So I will forever be in their debt, and they turn out a fantastic product, and I am proud to have been a part of that team. But CBS is home of 'The NFL Today.' I grew up watching that show. The people there are fantastic. Plus, they are in New York and not L.A., which makes things a little easier on my family. As for what I will be doing, I will be on 'The NFL Today,' working on CBS Sports Network as well as writing for CBSSports.com, so I can't wait to get started."
Can you believe all the interest in the NFL?
La Canfora » "I mean, living here in Washington, I know fans can never get enough Redskins news. ...Well, now multiply that passion by 32 teams, and you get an idea of the interest in all things NFL. Of course, fantasy football has a great deal to do with that. ... No matter how much we write or broadcast it is not enough, and that is a good thing."
What about the Redskins this year?
La Canfora » "I really like Robert Griffin III. He is a bright young man who I know Redskins fans are going to love. I see them as a better team, and RGIII will help, but they need the offensive line to respond well, the running back situation needs to solidified and the defense needs to step up. I don't see them as a playoff team, but I do see progress and reasons for fans to be optimistic. Also, I like their move of drafting Kirk Cousins. ... He is a good young insurance policy."
Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!, on washingtonexaminer.com.