Sean Payton is probably the biggest story in sports media after stepping down as New Orleans Saints head coach on Tuesday. Earlier this week, reports circulated that Fox is showing interest in Payton but there’s some uncertainty as to whether or not that would be as a game analyst (possibly replacing Troy Aikman in the booth) or part of the Fox NFL Sunday studio crew.
But Payton will also be in major demand as a coach following his success with the Saints and may prefer to stay in that profession. If that’s the case, former WFAN host Mike Francesa believes the New York Giants have to pursue him for their head coach opening.
The “healthy respect” Francesa mentions is a reference to Payton being an assistant coach with the Giants. As NJ.com’s Mike Rosenstein explains, Payton was the team’s quarterback coach in 1999 before moving up to offensive coordinator on Jim Fassel’s staff from 2000 through 2002.
Francesa felt strongly about the Giants getting Payton before he announced his departure from the Saints, tweeting that the team should make a trade to get him.
As Francesa noted, NFL teams will be competing to hire Payton. Many link him to the Dallas Cowboys, with whom he was the quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach under Bill Parcells from 2003 through 2005. Mike McCarthy is still the Cowboys coach but after losing in the NFL Wild Card playoff round, it’s easy to imagine team owner Jerry Jones looking at an upgrade.
So if the Giants are interested in hiring Payton, they probably need to move with urgency.
However, it might be a moot point right now. Payton said he preferred not to use the word “retirement,” but admitted that his heart isn’t with a return to coaching next season. That would appear to indicate that Payton’s next move will be to broadcasting. During his press conference, he said he’d like to try television work.
“I’ve had some opportunities,” Payton said. “I talked to Drew [Brees] a little bit about it last night, I don’t know that part of it that well. But that would be something that would interest me.”
As mentioned previously, Fox is reportedly interested in Payton and previously reached out to him about broadcasting while he was serving a season-long suspension in 2012 for his involvement in the “Bountygate” scandal.
But ESPN could be a possibility as well, either as a studio analyst for its variety of NFL programming or as a commentator in the network’s Monday Night Football booth (and maybe with Al Michaels).
But if Mike Francesa gets his way, Payton won’t go into broadcasting and will be the man to restore the Giants to glory.
Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football
“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”
The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.
With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.
“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit.
Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about:
As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.
“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”
Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan
“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”
John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.
Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.
“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”
Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.
The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.
“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”
Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’
“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.
On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.
“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.
“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”
Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.
The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.
“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”