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Greg Olsen Knows ‘There’s a Lot of Things I Need to Improve At’

“My problem is — and this was also something when I was a player — you see so much that you find interesting.”

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Greg Olsen has been successful in the early stages of his broadcast career at FOX. Despite the success, Olsen knows there are things he still needs to improve at to continue to be better.

On the latest episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina, Olsen told Traina that there are some things he is still learning, especially on the technical side of the broadcast.

“There’s a lot of things I know I need to improve at. Even just some of the technical processes of the cameras and what they are called and the communication to the booth. A lot of that stuff I’m still kind of learning.”

As Olsen is calling the game with Kevin Burkhardt in the A booth, the former tight end knows that he finds a lot of things fascinating about football that he has to narrow down how much he talks about on a particular play.

“My problem is — and this was also something when I was a player — you see so much that you find interesting. On any given play, it could be a 25-yard pass completion down the middle. The easy thing to point out is great throw by Patrick Mahomes and what a great catch by Travis Kelce. I’m always in the belief like ‘No shit, everyone at home saw that’. What element to why that was a good play can you provide the audience? The problem is do you want to pick what they did to the coverage, do you want to find the back who did a good job in pass protection.”

When Olsen tries to figure out what aspect of the play to talk about, be tries to tell himself not to overload the viewer with too much information.

“There’s so many aspects as to why plays are or are not successful. Sometimes when you see 3-4 of them. I need to be better at picking one. If you don’t get your second-most important thought, you have the entire rest of the game to share that with the viewer when it’s relevant again. I’m so excited about the game of football.

“It’s something I’ve lived and breathed and done my whole life that I want everyone else to really enjoy and learn and share, but you also don’t get to talk over the entire broadcast. It’s not the Manningcast where everyone is there to listen to you…That’s something that I’m in a constant battle with myself to not go information overload.”

Olsen did say to Traina that he feels his experience as a tight end can provide a different type of analysis that he thinks the viewer has come to enjoy.

“I feel my experience playing the position that I did for as long as I did and the way I learned the game, the way I’ve been around the game leads to a different broadcast. We’re talking about different things than just the guy throwing it and catching it. I feel like people have come to like that. I think people that tune in to our games come to expect a little bit of a different analysis.

“I don’t shy away from that. I’m not a quarterback, but that’s okay….I would argue tight end maybe more so than any position on the team was taught and learned and we studied the game from all different unique perspectives from pass protection to offensive line meetings to route running.”

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CBS: Calling Meeting With Tony Romo ‘Intervention’ is ‘Complete Mischaracterization’

“We meet regularly with our on-air talent.”

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An opening question in broadcasting circles is ‘What happened to Tony Romo?’, with even CBS reportedly pondering the issue.

During The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast earlier this week, The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand claimed CBS attempted “an intervention” with its lead NFL analyst.

The intended mission of several alleged meetings with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and CBS NFL producer Jim Rikhoff was to return Romo to his previous heights, which were widely regarded as the best NFL analyst in the business.

CBS Sports has responded to the insinuation that the meetings would be classified as an “intervention” with a strong denial.

“To call this an intervention is a complete mischaracterization, we meet regularly with our on-air talent,” CBS Sports spokeswoman Jen Sabatelle told Marchand

Marchand added that CBS Sports officials plan to attempt to rectify the issues it sees with Romo again this offseason. Romo — who signed a 10-year, $180 million contract with CBS Sports in 2020 — is slated to call Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 with Jim Nantz.

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Cameron Maybin Joining Detroit Tigers TV Booth

“All of us at Bally Sports Detroit are energized about this upcoming season and watching all the excitement unfold.”

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After being dropped from the New York Yankees booth on YES Network, Cameron Maybin has a new television home with the Detroit Tigers.

The 35-year-old Maybin had three separate one-year stints with the Tigers during his 15-season big league career. Maybin was drafted by the franchise with the 10th overall selection of the 2005 MLB Draft.

A report from the Detroit Free Press adds that the Tigers will rely on Craig Monroe as its primary color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard. Monroe played six of his nine MLB seasons in Detroit and was a member of the team’s 2006 World Series club.

Additionally, former Tigers relief pitcher Todd Jones will also join the broadcast crew on Bally Sports Detroit as an analyst for the 2023 season. Jones pitched for Detroit from 1997 through 2001 and also from 2006 through 2008.

“Tigers baseball is always a winner,” Bally Sports Detroit Senior Vice President and General Manager Greg Hammaren said Thursday in a statement. “All of us at Bally Sports Detroit are energized about this upcoming season and watching all the excitement unfold.

“Our crew behind the scenes and our engaging talent on camera are the best in the business. Starting with spring training, we are committed to bringing Tigers fans the absolute best coverage all season long.”

The news of Maybin and Jones joining the Bally Sports Detroit booth comes on the heels of the network failing to reach an agreement with Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Morris to return to the network. The Free Press report claims Morris was offered a reduced role with the television broadcaster, but declined.

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Ian Rapoport: I Have Never Thought It is Me vs Adam Schefter

“I don’t even think that, it’s just I report what I know, and he reports what he knows.”

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In terms of NFL insiders, Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter are the two biggest names out there. And sometimes it can be a race between the two to get the biggest scoops first. Especially now with the NFL coaching carousel in full swing.

This week two teams hired new head coaches – the Broncos traded two first round picks to the Saints to acquire the rights to Sean Payton and the Texans signed DeMeco Ryans.

Rapoport tweeted that Denver had pursued Ryans up until the day they announced the trade for Payton.

Not even 15 minutes later, Schefter appeared to clarify the information out there with the two teams.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Thursday, Pat McAfee referred to the conflicting information as a “source off.”

Ian said he stood behind what he put out there.

“I know it’s fun to call it a source off or whatever, but for me I reported what I had based on the best information I can get – based on talking to many, many people throughout the course of the last month,” Rapoport said from the Senior Bowl. “And then whatever happens as a result of this I don’t really mind.”

In terms of any sort of rivalry between him and Schefter, Rapoport doesn’t view it as a head-to-head matchup.

“I don’t even think that, it’s just I report what I know, and he reports what he knows,” he said. “And everyone can sort of judge for themselves whichever way to go.”

McAfee gave kudos to Rapoport for his reporting on the Ryans situation. He also said it’s a good thing Rapoport doesn’t worry himself too much about what other insiders are doing.

“I think you should feel good about it, but I do like a good source off,” McAfee said. “And I appreciate the fact that you don’t view it as you versus Schefter. But you two are at the top of the game. So that’s a compliment more so than anything.”

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