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Doug Gottlieb Defends Eagles Coach’s ‘Did You Play’ Answer

“Gottlieb adds that these types of questions stem from the game seeming easy in different formats, but that playing quarterback in the NFL is difficult.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles and their quarterback Carson Wentz have been under fire from national and local media for poor play that has led the team to an 0-2 start to the season. Some media outlets have said that Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson has become “snarky” in his press conference answers addressing the team’s recent struggles, but Doug Gottlieb disagrees.

The Fox Sports Radio host defended Pederson’s answer, to a question from Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice, saying  the first part of the question was a statement and the second part contained the trigger word “layups”.

Below is the transcript of Kempski’s question and Pederson’s answer:

KEMPSKI: Hey, Doug. Carson had great protection all day, he wasn’t sacked, and I think he only got knocked down once. I know you were asked Monday why he’s missing throws, and it’s an assortment of reasons. But some of the throws he’s missing are sort of like layups. What could be the reason for some of those easier misses that he’s missing?

PEDERSON: Have you played quarterback in the National Football League?

KEMPSKI: I have not, Doug.

PEDERSON: Okay. They’re not layups. There ain’t a throw out here that’s a layup. And so some of it is just timing with young guys. Some of it is just Carson being not accurate at that particular time. It could be that there’s a defensive guy that flashed a hand, and he’s got to change his arm angle in a split second. There’s all kinds of reasons for accuracy, and these are things we continue to work on, and will continue to work on for the entire season.

“First, I thought it was a spectacular answer,” Gottlieb said on Wednesday’s edition of The Doug Gottlieb Show. “You may think that it is a cop out, that he is just protecting his quarterback. That’s true, but the question was not just bad. it was terrible”

Gottlieb then offers an explanation as to why.

“The first part, the reporter was not asking a question. The reporter was making a statement of fact. That’s not his job. His first question could have been, ‘What did you think of the protection Sunday for Carson Wentz?’ Let Doug Pederson say that the protection was outstanding. Then just follow up with ‘considering what you just said, why do you think Carson is missing some of those throws?’ But instead the question puts it (the blame) all on the quarterback.”

Gottlieb also takes exception to the word “layups”.

“You use the word layup because that’s the easiest shot in basketball,” Gottlieb said. “Unless a seven-foot shot-blocking condor is trying to block your shot or LeBron James is chasing you down from behind… or you go up to dunk it and the ball slips out of your hand. The point is it may look like a layup to you because you get to press pause and see a nice clean pocket, but you don’t know exactly what happened. What you can’t do is make a statement and then use a trigger word like layup.”

Gottlieb adds that these types of questions stem from the game seeming easy in different formats, but that playing quarterback in the NFL is difficult.

“When you play Madden, you read the defense, you see a receiver, you push a button and boop, you make the play. You watch all these breakdowns and you’re like ‘oh, this is easy’.

Ok then now it’s 3rd & 7 (in real life). You think you see one thing. The wide receiver runs a slightly different route. You haven’t been playing well.  You change your arm angle to fit it through a window and you have been off all day and all of a sudden it snowballs on you. Now Doug Pederson’s answer is going to be played all over and it’s going to sound like a D-Bag answer because it sounds like I played and you didn’t. In reality, all he is doing is answering the trigger word and the position that the line had nothing to do with it because Carson had a clean pocket all day.”

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Jim Rome: I Don’t Want to Talk About How the NFL Sucks Every Day

Rome argued that “hate is the new dopamine” while noting that he doesn’t want to talk about what he hates all day.

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Jim Rome didn’t want to have to be that guy on Tuesday, but he had no choice.

Rome opened his CBS Sports Radio show by prefacing his comments on Monday night’s Bears/Vikings game by saying his goal isn’t to just ridicule the NFL schedule into oblivion.

“I don’t come in here every single day looking to bag on and hate on NFL primetime games,” Rome said. “And yes, I’m the one who said it – hate is the new dopamine. But that’s not how I get down. That’s not my deal.”

Jim Rome added that just saying everything sucks isn’t a sports take. But he pivoted from there saying that it’s OK to say 95% of the primetime games in the NFL suck because it’s true.

“Then not only is it a take, it’s the only take,” he said. “How are these games actually managing in primetime to get worse and worse? And how is anything going to top the atrocity that we sat through last night?”

Fans in theory should get a more competitive, high-scoring affair on Thursday night when the Seahawks take on the Cowboys. But Rome just couldn’t believe how torturous Monday night’s contest really was.

“Technically, the Bears did win that game. But technically, really, we all lost,” he said.

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Mad Dog: Gus Johnson ‘Bothered The Hell Out of Me’ Saturday

“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine.”

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FOX Sports college football voice Gus Johnson has made no bones about his affinity for Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. However, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has heard enough.

During his Mad Dog Unleashed program on SiriusXM, Russo shared that not only was Johnson obnoxious for the constant use of a nickname he bestowed up Harrison, but he was also misguided for calling Ohio State/Michigan the greatest rivalry in sports.

“Gus Johnson — the hype machine that he is — please, when you broadcast a ballgame, I don’t need to hear about Maserati Marv, number one. And number two, that’s not the greatest rivalry in sports history. Have you heard of the Yankees and the Red Sox? Giants and the Dodgers? How about Bears/Packers? Have you heard about that?

“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine. That bothered the hell out of me.”

When a caller pushed back on Russo’s opinion on the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry, he continued by saying “That rivalry’s not Yankees/Red Sox. To compare college football to the Yankees and the Red Sox is ludicrous.”

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Nashville Predators Radio Voice Pete Weber Calling 2,000th Game Tuesday

“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team. I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”

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Nashville Predators radio voice Pete Weber is set to hit a career milestone Tuesday, as he’ll call his 2,000th game for the NHL franchise.

Weber told The Tennessean that he has relished the opportunity to be the voice of a team since its inception. He claimed he applied for and was a finalist for the radio play-by-play job when the Carolina Panthers were conceived, before ultimately landing with the Predators.

“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team,” said Weber. “I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”

Despite missing time late last season due to a rare brain condition, Weber said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

“I have not thought about it, other than when I thought about how (former Philadelphia Phillies announcer) Harry Kalas was carried dead out of the broadcast booth in Washington,” Pete Weber said. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s an interesting way to go. I don’t necessarily know that I want to do it like that. But it could happen. I’m not going to say no.”

Weber’s 2,000th game will come as the Nashville Predators play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. 102.5 The Game is the flagship home of the Predators Radio Network.

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