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Jamal Adams Cancels Weekly WFAN Appearance

“Both Gray and Scott were disappointed in the decision by Adams to bail on their weekly segment, acknowledging the Jets safety was unhappy with last week’s line of questioning.”

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First Eli Manning, then Pat Shurmur and now Jamal Adams.  Weekly football spots keep quitting on WFAN, with Jets safety Jamal Adams being the latest to cancel his segment.

Adams has been a weekly interview on the FAN since last year, joining the station’s early afternoon show Maggie and Bart, formerly Carlin Maggie and Bart.  However, Adam’s second season with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott didn’t make it past Week 2.

On Tuesday, Gray shared the news by reading the following statement from Adams’ camp, “On advice from his family and representatives, Jamal has decided to no longer do his weekly radio spot.”

Last week Gray asked Adams about his decision to scrub his Twitter account of Jets references following their Week 2 loss to the Browns.  Adams avoided addressing the questions directly, instead calling it “outside noise.”

Both Gray and Scott were disappointed in the decision by Adams to bail on their weekly segment, acknowledging the Jets safety was unhappy with last week’s line of questioning.  Gray’s questions about Adams removing the Jets from his social media accounts were fair and necessary.

“I look at Jamal as like a little brother,” former Jets linebacker and current WFAN radio host, Bart Scott said.  “And this is bad advice.  It’s one thing to maybe not do it after the season, but you always start what you finish.  Listen, it is not easy. It is not easy at all to come on a radio show, and your team has never been successful…All he knows is L’s, defeats. But that’s why people look to you, because they know that they wouldn’t want to do it.

“So this is your opportunity to separate yourself from the normal athlete and from the leaders in that locker room and say, ‘Listen, I’m going to speak for us. I’m going to step up and do what’s tough.’ Every athlete has gotten here because we didn’t do what was easy. We did what was right. And it was right for Jamal to finish what he started.”

Last week, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur cancelled his weekly appearances on Mike Francesa’s afternoon show following a difficult line of questioning in their previous interview.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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