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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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Nick Wilson: Deshaun Watson Press Conference ‘Insulting’ To Local Media

“You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters get to say, ask, or think.”

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with the media for the first time yesterday since being reinstated by the NFL after the league ruled he was guilty of violating the Personal Conduct Policy due to improper sexual advances towards more than two dozen massage therapists. 92.3 The Fan afternoon host Nick Wilson called Watson’s press conference “trash” and “insulting” to local media.

Watson told reporters he would only answer football related questions from the assembled media members, which Wilson took issue with.

“You can’t bury this story simply by saying ‘I won’t talk about it’,” Wilson said. “It is insulting to the media who covers this team. This is not about Nick Wilson, I promise. This is about the beat reporters who cover this team. It is insulting — intentionally or not — to say ‘You know what, guys? I love y’all, but I’m going to dictate what you ask me’.

“You don’t do that. You dictate when you speak, your opening statement, or how you respond. You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters — who work very hard day in, day out covering this organization, covering Deshaun Watson, covering this town — get to say, ask, or think. That was trash.”

Co-host Dustin Fox added the whole job of the media is to bring information to fans, and Watson wouldn’t allow reporters to do that Thursday, and may never do that.

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Gregg Giannotti: Biggest Issue With Craig Carton, Jon Jastremski Feud Is “Mole” At WFAN

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems.”

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A feud has sprung up between WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton and former WFAN host John Jastremski. Boomer & Gio discussed the spat on Friday morning’s show, with Gregg Giannotti being troubled by a revelation.

During his New York New York podcast, a voicemail left for Jastremski asked about Carton’s comments, but the caller said a WFAN employee sent him the clip of Carton’s criticism.

“So that means we have a mole,” Boomer Esiason said.

“That right there is a problem,” Gregg Giannotti added. “‘We both have a mutual friend that still works over there’ and that person shared a link of Craig talking about JJ (Jastremski). So, clearly, that person is on JJ’s side and they’re still working here. That’s a mole! That’s someone going against the team! And I think know who that is!”

Esiason then asked if he knew the person, to which Giannotti said he did. He then asked if he would be upset by who it was, which Giannotti affirmed as well.

The show then played the final portion of Jastremski’s rant, which included him saying to Carton “I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike.”

“Jesus!” Esiason exclaimed. “Good for JJ, though. Standing up for himself.”

“I like both of these guys. I do. I got respect for both of them,” said Giannotti. “Everybody doesn’t have to go to the jail, crook thing with Craig every single time. Do they? It’s low-hanging fruit. Everybody goes there. There’s no way he can defend himself in that way because everybody saying ‘You went to jail’ didn’t go to jail, and it’s not apples and oranges. But the business stuff is apples-to-apples.

“So when I hear that, I’m just like ‘Ok, you went there. Be a little more creative than that’. As far as I listen to legend things, please, nobody has given me worse advice in my life than Mike Francesa did. Nobody. I would still be out in the newsroom cutting Islander highlights if I listened to that guy. And the only reason why Mike liked JJ was because he didn’t feel he was a threat. The only people Mike likes is the people he feels non-threatened by. And that’s where that comes from.”

After concluding Jastremski’s rant was a “little over the top”, Giannotti then turned his attention to the “mole” inside the station.

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems. That — to me — is an issue. The guy on the voicemail said ‘We may or may not have a mutual friend that still works at the radio station’ and this guy just slammed the radio station. And he’s friends with the guy who slammed the radio station and then slammed Craig and this guy’s on their side?! And this guy that works here is on their side?! That to me is a major, major problem.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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