The New York Jets are looking to the future with first-year head coach Robert Saleh and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson isn’t too bullish on the Jets’ prospects this year, diving deeper on Monday’s episode of Keyshawn, JWill, and Zubin.
Analysts have pondered whether the Jets are having a real QB competition or just handing the job to Wilson after the team never brought in a veteran to push him in training camp.
“They are basically punting on the season,” Johnson said on ESPN Radio. “Getting guys ready for the future. They want guys to be ready tomorrow, not today, and that’s ok.”
Johnson’s co-host, Alan Hahn, is a Jets fan who had to be talked off the ledge a bit after hearing the former All-Pro receiver’s take. Hahn is worried about how the new franchise quarterback has looked so far in camp.
“What I wanna know is was this the right pick because it was the second pick in the draft,” Hahn said about Wilson. “I gotta have some evidence it’s the right pick.”
Johnson is preaching patience for the entire Jets’ roster, especially surrounding Wilson and his development.
“So you knew Joey Harrington was the right pick?” Johnson asked his co-host when he brought up the sure-thing feeling surrounding Jaguars first-round pick Trevor Lawrence. “Did they know [David] Carr was the right pick in Houston? Did they know Blake Bortles was the right pick in Jacksonville? Blaine Gabbert? I could go on and on and on. You don’t know. You’ve got to develop them; you’ve got to put them around good people to make it work.”
The Jets are trying to get back to the playoffs and win a postseason game for the first time since they went to consecutive AFC Championship games a decade ago. Check out KJZ weekdays from 6-10 a.m. ET on ESPN Radio.
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at Heltmandm@yahoo.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”