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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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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

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Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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Jonas Knox: Adrian Wojnarowski’s NBA Draft Reporting Was Desperate Ratings Ploy

“The idea that Woj is going to get duped by Orlando Magic in the draft! The first time he’s ever been duped in his career?”

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Thursday’s NBA Draft is a moment the guys waiting to hear their names called had been waiting for since the day they picked up a basketball. While his draft came decades ago in the NFL, LaVar Arrington could relate to what they were feeling.

“It’s a dream recognized,” he said on Friday’s episode of FOX Sports Radio’s 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe. “You work so hard for so long. So, when you’re sitting there waiting for them to call your name, it’s a surreal moment.”

His partner, Jonas Knox, wasn’t in such a nostalgic or celebratory mood. He had a problem with the information leading up to draft night and just how much the narrative that Auburn’s Jabari Smith would be taken by the Orlando Magic with the first pick was pushed before all the sudden, it wasn’t.

“What a bunch of crap that we are being fed by Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN, the Orlando Magic,” he said. “Whoever’s feeding it is full of crap.”

Wojnarowski tweeted an hour before the Draft that Jabari Smith was still the favorite to be taken, but he was hearing that the Magic weren’t ruling out Duke’s Paolo Banchero. 

When the first pick was announced, it was Paolo Banchero that heard his name called, not Smith. 

“One of three things happened,” Knox said. “Either ESPN is so desperate for ratings and for people to give a crap about the NBA Draft and their sport that they waited until the final hour to pump up some interest, realizing we’ve got a problem here based on some ratings and some reports on some ratings in the NBA Finals, so they waited until an hour before and had Woj drop a ‘Woj Bomb’ that it could not be Jabari Smith, that it could be Banchero who’s gonna go number one overall. It’s either that or Woj is in some kind of cahoots with the Orlando Magic.”

That is a powerful accusation. Knox finds it hard to believe the information got to ESPN’s renowned NBA Insider so late in the process.

“The idea that Woj is going to get duped by Orlando Magic in the draft! The first time he’s ever been duped in his career?”

He didn’t rule out that someone was trying to make money behind the scenes. As late as Thursday afternoon, the Duke Forward was still in plus territory to be the top pick on many sportsbooks’ odds boards. The odds had gone as high as +1600 last week.

“I call BS. I think it’s all shenanigans and I think somebody needs to get called out for it,” Knox concluded. “That pisses me off, man.”

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