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Troy Aikman: I Am Not The Media

“I think the more availability we get as broadcasters for the game, the better it is for the coaches.”

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For 20 years, Hall of Fame Quarterback Troy Aikman has been broadcasting games for FOX Sports and has become synonymous with America’s Game of the Week as the number one analyst with Joe Buck. However, broadcasting was not something that he always was interested in doing. 

On this week’s episode of The Flying Coach Podcast  with Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and FOX NFL analyst/Good Morning Football co-host Peter Schrager, Aikman joined the guys for what is going to be a two-part interview to talk about NFL in the 1990s, the current culture of the league, production meetings, and much more.

“I had been asked for a number of years to go over to Europe and broadcast games for FOX and it just wasn’t something I was interested in,” Aikman said when asked how he ended up in the booth. “I didn’t think it was something that I’d really enjoy. I thought Deion Sanders would go into television. We thought Michael [Irvin] would, but that was kind of it. Really during that era, not many guys really talked about going into broadcasting when they got done playing.”

However, Aikman took the position alongside Cowboys broadcaster Brad Sham, who he had done a radio show with before and it helped him feel comfortable in the booth. One of Aikman’s worries was he would run out of things to say during a long game.

“When you prepare and you’re getting ready for a game, you find out there’s really quite a bit that you want to talk about. There’s not enough time really.”

Troy Aikman ended up joining FOX’s NFL coverage in 2001 as part of the number two broadcast team and would eventually take over in the number one spot when John Madden left for NBC. 

When Aikman is in the production meetings with coaches and players, it is, in his words, the most fun he has doing the job because it allows him to continue to learn the game. During those meetings, Aikman realizes that coaches are going to be tight-lipped with what they say, but he makes sure to tell them that his job is different from doing an interview with the media: 

“I always tell the coaches we are not the media. I think the more availability we get as broadcasters for the game, the better it is for the coaches. I am not looking to hammer anybody, but if I at least know what the plan was if it’s not going so well, I can at least say ‘this is not what they wanted to do, they were hoping to do this.’ It’s hard to tear down those walls that have been built for years.” 

In order to do a successful broadcast, the crew needs to have the trust of the coaches and players to make that happen. Troy Aikman realizes how important that is because the more research he does, the more open and comfortable coaches and players will be with him. 

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Gus Johnson: Aqib Talib Has A Very Bright Future In TV

“The duo joined the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch podcast on The Athletic this week.”

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This Sunday, FOX will unveil a new broadcast team as Gus Johnson and 12-year NFL veteran cornerback Aqib Talib will be on the call for the Vikings-Cardinals matchup.

Calling games isn’t new for Talib. He was in the booth for two games last season, and he was part of the Los Angeles Rams’ preseason television crew. However, he has never done a game with Johnson, who fans are excited to hear on NFL games again. 

The duo joined the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch podcast on The Athletic this week. Johnson is very high on Talib’s future in the business. 

“Aqib had called games last year and we talked about me calling some games and it kind of just fell into place,” the excitable play-by-play man said. “It was kind of the perfect situation for us to work together because we feel really confident and strong about Aqib’s talent. We think he has a very, very bright future as a broadcaster. They wanted to put him with someone who had a little experience and I was excited about getting back in the NFL. The way I like to say it, it was perfect…It’s going to be a lot of fun.” 

Talib mentioned that he has an eight-game schedule at FOX this season. He will call Cardinals-Jaguars in Week 3 and Lions-Bears in Week 4 with Johnson.

“I thought we sounded good. I’m a people person, so I will vibe with just about anybody you put me with,” Talib said of his partner. “When I was with Gus, Gus has a way with making me more comfortable. When we did the practice game, I just felt more comfortable sitting there. After hanging out with Gus, I can tell you right now I will feel a lot more comfortable than any other booth I have sat in because we are building a relationship.”

When viewers hear Talib call games, they are getting more of the defensive perspective as opposed to hearing an analyst that is a quarterback. Johnson is drawn to Talib’s authenticity and insinuated that he may be a little jealous of the broadcast industry the former defensive back is starting in versus the one Johnson himself walked into.

“I’ve heard Aqib do games and yes he does sound different and that’s a good thing because nobody’s made up the same way. It’s a different sound from what we are accustomed to hearing, but I think it is a great sound and I think the sound is going to continue to improve as he does this more. The world is changing, that’s what I realize. I’m 54 years old, I look at the world and I see how people react to authenticity and it is kind of refreshing. I came in at a time where there was kind of a standard sound. This is going to be fun.”

With Johnson’s enthusiasm that for calling games and Talib’s different perspective on the game, this should make for a fun broadcast duo. 

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Boomer Esiason: No Coach Wants To Be On In-Season Hard Knocks

“This is like the NFL jamming it down somebody’s throat, and I’m sure their owner out there obviously had to give the blessing for it or it’s not going to happen.”

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During last night’s electrifying matchup between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team, the National Football League announced that HBO’s Hard Knocks will be producing its first ever in-season episodes centered on the Indianapolis Colts. In a statement released by the National Football League, excitement was communicated about this new opportunity to expand the show’s coverage of the action on- and off-the-gridiron.

“We could not be more thrilled to bring ‘Hard Knocks’ and the remarkable behind-the-scenes access it provides for an entirety of an N.F.L. season,” said N.F.L. Films senior executive Ross Ketover. “Thanks to HBO, along with the incredible cooperation from the Colts, we are able to deliver a groundbreaking new edition of the series.”

That excitement was not as much shared on a cloudy, damp Friday morning in New York City following a devastating loss by the Giants. Following their critiques of Daniel Jones, head coach Joe Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, Boomer & Gio took some time on WFAN to speak about the implications this announcement will surely have on different stakeholders across the league.

“There’s no coach in the NFL that wants this,” said Boomer Esiason, former NFL MVP. “This is like the NFL jamming it down somebody’s throat, and I’m sure their owner out there obviously had to give the blessing for it or it’s not going to happen.”

Hard Knocks followed the Dallas Cowboys during training camp and the preseason this year after finishing third in the NFC East division in 2020, which included losing star quarterback Dak Prescott to an ankle injury. Esiason continued in his analysis on the ramifications of the momentous announcement, which divulged that multiple new episodes of the nearly 20-year series would begin premiering on Nov. 17.

“The head of the union should be fired if the HBO sponsorship money is not a part of the salary cap negotiation,” said Esiason. “I’m sure that it is; I’m assuming that it is.”

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Hard Knocks Launching In-Season Edition In November

“Hard Knocks In Season: The Indianapolis Colts will debut on November 17.”

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The Indianapolis Colts are making their first appearance on Hard Knocks and we won’t have to wait until next summer to see it. The team will be at the center of the first ever in season edition of the HBO docuseries. 

Hard Knocks In Season: The Indianapolis Colts will debut on November 17. Fans will get to follow the team in real time as they push towards the end of the regular season. New episodes drop every Wednesday in HBO and HBO Max through the end of the team’s season. 

“We could not be more thrilled to bring Hard Knocks and the remarkable behind-the-scenes access it provides for the entirety of an NFL season,” Ross Ketover, NFL Films Senior Executive said in a press release. “Thanks to HBO, along with the incredible cooperation from the Colts, we are able to deliver a groundbreaking new edition of the series.”

The announcement was made during the halftime show of Thursday Night Football this week. The Colts dropped a hype video on the team’s official Twitter page immediately after. 

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