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Urban Meyer Report in The Athletic Prompts Reaction All Over Sports Radio

“How do you not know who Aaron Donald is? That’s the wild part.”

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A lengthy article published Monday in The Athletic, which detailed the dysfunction and turmoil inside the Jacksonville Jaguars complex during Urban Meyer’s brief tenure as head coach, took sports media by storm.

The piece written by Jayson Jenks and Mike Sando quoted sources and anonymous players and team staffers who said the former Florida and Ohio State coach was unhinged.

Instances of Meyer belittling players, coaches and staff members, threatening people’s jobs, and even going as far as to say if a player got cut they couldn’t get a job paying more than $15 an hour made the rounds on sports radio.

“This thing is not great for the Urban Meyer era,” Pat McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk on The Pat McAfee Show.

McAfee referred to the Jaguars as “Clahn Tahn” after Jacksonville beat the Indianapolis Colts in Week 18 to eliminate Indy from playoff contention. It was in reference to Jags fans who showed up to the game wearing clown noses and make-up as a call to make wholesale changes within the organization. He said it was clear there were problems but in terms of how bad it really was based on the reporting.

“We could never tell from the outside that was the case,” said McAfee.

One of the items in the story that sent a lot of hosts’ heads spinning was Meyer apparently being unfamiliar with some of the top players in the league, including Los Angeles Rams defensive star Aaron Donald.

“How do you not know who Aaron Donald is?” Shan Shariff said on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan & RJ in Dallas. “That’s the wild part.”

Over on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, the whole gang couldn’t help but laugh as they tried to wrap their heads around it.

“This is after he said he did a six-month deep dive into the NFL,” Stugotz said. “I mean, Jesus Christ.”

“This cannot be true,” Le Batard added.

Filling in for Greeny on ESPN Radio, Courtney Cronin said the article should be damning enough that it will ensure Meyer doesn’t coach again at the highest levels of football.

“I don’t know if Urban Meyer is ever going to have another job ever again when stuff like this continues to come out,” she said. “He most certainly will never see the NFL level again. Which college program is going to hire him as a coach knowing that he has to groom young people to be upstanding members of society and teach them how to do things the right way when he can’t do anything the right way?”

Meyer has yet to make any public statements to corroborate or refute claims in the article, and there’s no telling he ever will. He has, in the last week or so, taken a new job on the board of a foundation aimed at paying Ohio State football and basketball players for doing charity work.

McAfee figured when you factor in Meyer’s side of the story, the truth isn’t at the end of either extreme.

“Truth probably lies somewhere in the middle,” he said. “But that was a failure. An absolutely abysmal failure.”

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Scott Zolak: Tom Brady Should Retire And Go To Fox Right Now

“When I hear Tom Brady say how he has more to prove, what exactly, what is it?!”

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Whenever Tom Brady decides to actually quit playing in the NFL for good, we now know what his next chapter will be.

News broke Tuesday that Brady has signed a contract to become the new lead analyst for FOX’s top NFL broadcast booth. The deal, according to reports, is for 10 years, $375 million.

Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand came back from commercial break on Tuesday after having just talked about Brady’s move when they heard the official financial figures involved in the deal.

Zolak said there’s no question Brady should quit sooner rather than later.

“When I hear Tom Brady say how he has more to prove, what exactly, what is it?!” he said. “Like those numbers? Come on!”

Bertrand took the conversation in a different direction saying that this mega-contract is setting Brady up to eventually be a sports team owner.

“Ownership of something will be in play,” he said. “With his connections, as he’s starting to spread out…There’s something else coming on top of this after this. This is step one of the process. This guy’s got a plan.”

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Bob Heussler Reflects On WFAN Career

“I will be in the rotation a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to completely disappear.”

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Another longtime voice at WFAN is stepping away from the microphone. This time, it is Bob Heussler cutting down his work schedule. He won’t be gone completely from the station though.

Heussler, who has been at the station since 1993 and is affectionately known to listeners as “Mr. Met,” will no longer be a full-time voice on WFAN’s airwaves. His last day as a full-timer will be May 12th.

“This is my last week as a full-timer,” he said on Tiki & Tierney. “I will be in the rotation a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to completely disappear. I’ll pick up a part-time shift here or there. But for all intents and purposes, Brandon, this is it as far as an everyday presence is concerned.”

Heussler reflected on being an original listener of WFAN when it went live in 1987. He said he’s always been an avid radio listener and been passionate about the industry. Getting to work at WFAN was at the top of his career achievements list.

“Arriving at The Fan was a huge moment for me,” he said. “I told some people recently that I am one of those people who was listening on July 1, 1987 when The Fan went on the air.”

Heussler also talked about the evolution of the role update anchors play. With how fast news travels nowadays, the role has changed.

“Back then, and certainly at the beginning in 1987, the updates were the key to the works early on,” he said.

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Nate Kreckman: If Tom Brady Gets $375 Million, How Much Would Peyton Manning Get?

“Everybody knows that Peyton Manning would be better than Brady at that role.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady made headlines yet again on Tuesday. He signed a 10-year deal to become an analyst with FOX Sports whenever he decides to retire.

On Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 in Denver, Nate Kreckman and Andy Lindahl reacted to the news of Brady’s $375 million contract and wondered what someone like Peyton Manning would earn if he pursued a full-time career in broadcasting.

“Everybody knows that Peyton Manning would be better than Brady at that role,” Kreckman said. “It’s because he’s an inherently more charismatic and entertaining individual.”

Lindahl said it would become like a normal quarterback negotiation at that point. If Brady is making $37.5 million per season, Manning could start by asking for $40 million. Kreckman countered saying that Manning could make $50 million per season if a network really wanted him.

Whether or not that is a valid point, we will likely never know. ESPN has given Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions a serious commitment and ultimate flexibility with the ManningCast. It would be hard to imagine Peyton giving that up to become part of a traditional television booth.

Lindahl added that the amount Brady will make is still just a surreal figure.

“I just am shocked, I am shocked, that we’re talking about $37.5 million for a guy to call games,” he said. “That’s not hedging a bet at all. That’s just saying, ‘We’re all in.'”

The duo wondered what would happen if things didn’t work out with Brady in the booth. There are legends of various sports working as analysts, but not all of them are good at the job. There certainly have been guys in NFL broadcast booths who didn’t succeed. Tom Brady will get plenty of time to get it right.

“Could he be any worse than Wayne Gretzky? I don’t think TNT’s getting rid of Wayne Gretzky,” Lindahl said. “Why? Because he’s Wayne Gretzky.”

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