1. There have been many fallout from Saturday’s successful exchange between Lions and Rams which saw quarterbacks Matt Stafford and Jared Goff swap teams.
An unexpected twist was Fox’s chief analyst Troy Aikman, who was dragged into trouble.
In a brilliant column on Goff for NFL.com, writer Michael Silver called Aikman for criticizing the quarterback over the course of the season.
“Cassated regularly this season in FOX telecasts, particularly those with Troy Aikman as lead analyst, Goff could reasonably assume that McVay’s words about his quarterback’s play in network production meetings were anything but exciting,” wrote Silver.
The insinuation is that Aikman was doing McVay’s dirty work. But other analysts from Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN have had production meetings with McVay this season. Did McVay speak ill of Goff only to Aikman? Or did McVay speak ill of Goff to other analysts, but Aikman was the only one criticizing Goff’s bad play?
I don’t understand how anyone could watch Goff towards the end of the season and NOT criticize him. His team lost to the winless Jets in Week 15. In Week 16, Goff scored 24 of 43 for 234 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the 20–9 loss to the Seahawks. He skipped week 17 due to a thumb injury. He completed just 9 of 19 passes to replace John Wolford in the Rams’ wild card win over Seattle and threw just 174 yards in the divisional round defeat to the Packers.
I contacted Aikman for a response to Silver noting that he was particularly hard on Goff during the televised broadcasts.
“Unlike Michael Silver, I strive to be fair and balanced and I don’t have an agenda when I do my job,” Aikman said. “The record will prove that I’ve been a strong supporter of Jared Goff over the years. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff, he hasn’t performed at his best in the games I’ve aired this season and I’m confident Jared would be the first to agree.
If NFL viewers pay close attention, it’s pretty clear that Aikman, more than any analyst on television, criticizes players when justified. And it always does it correctly.
I talked a lot about it with Aikman recently on the YES Media Podcast.
Here is the exchange we had.
Trolling: One of the things I admire about you, and you do it fairly, you don’t hesitate to criticize the players. For the new guys coming into the cabin, they’re probably nervous about doing so. Is it because you’ve been out of the game and now don’t have the relationships you would have had when you first joined the booth, or are you just trying to do your job as best you can?
Aikman: I think it’s a little bit of both. I remember the very first press conference I did when it was announced that I was going into this profession, and I was asked if I can be critical of players or not, and it caught me a little off guard. I said, “I don’t know if my work is, by description, critical. I think my job is to be fair, accurate and honest. ”If you’re asking me if I could be those things, the answer is yes. tight and it’s a little harder to be objective. Then as you walk away, I still have a lot of great relationships in the game, I see these players regularly, I talk to all of them, especially the quarterbacks, the coaches and the top players if you want. Glad you said you think I’m right. I don’t have an agenda when I walk into the booth. I try to call the play what I see it. And if there’s a play that’s bad, I try to point it out, but not I never want to do it at anyone’s expense and I just try to be honest in my criticism. I like to be honest when things are not going well, so when I say “Hey, this is a really great play, this player is great”, people know that I don’t just say it to say it I tell her mean something, and this is only true if you are truly honest with how you feel.
2. Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola shared some thoughts on the “Patriot Way” that will make headlines today.
3. A leaked video that appears to be Nick Saban proposing to a rookie to come to Alabama is exactly what you’d think it would be.
4. It literally pays to be the best player on earth.
5. We have released a bonus YES Media Podcast late Friday afternoon with WWE superstar Roman Reigns.
The universal champion threw no punches in responding to recent claims made by Undertaker and Bill Goldberg that today’s WWE wrestlers are “soft”. Reigns also explains why he thinks today’s superstars have a harder time than those who performed during the company’s Attitude Era. Reigns discussed his long-awaited heel strike and how it went for him, why this? WrestleMania may not be right for a match against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and if he has doubts about performing in front of fans a WrestleMania during the pandemic. The man known as “The Head of the Table” also talks about what it’s like to be the father of not one, but two pairs of twins and makes a prediction of the Bucs-Chiefs Super Bowl.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify and Stitcher.
You can also watch the podcast on YouTube.
6. CASUAL VIDEO OF THE DAY: John Krasinski hosted SNL this weekend. In one skit, he gave the Office the lyrics of the acronyms, and it was pretty solid.
7. SPORTS VIDEO OF THE DAY: If you looked Real rumble on Sunday evenings, just remember that his time will never be over.
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