ESPN analyst Bart Scott found himself on the receiving end of heat from many sports fans this week for his comments on the play that sent Damar Hamlin into cardiac arrest.
Scott appeared on First Take on Tuesday and seemed to insinuate that had Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins not lowered his body and head into Hamlin’s chest, that the injury would’ve never happened. He also thought plays like that by offensive players need to be better regulated by the NFL and referees.
On 98.5 The Sports Hub Wednesday, hosts Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were confused about how Scott would think what Higgins did was out of the realm of normalcy for an NFL game.
“That couldn’t be any more of a normal play than you would ever get,” Zolak said. “Now if you had defenseless receivers hung out over the middle, I’m all for taking that hit out of the game – trying to decapitate the guy or trying to dismember him in the back corner of an end zone as he’s trying to tip his toes in and maintain his balance.”
“I don’t think the league’s gonna look into this and say come on we gotta regulate that,” he added. “I don’t know how you regulate that unless you play flag football. That’s how you regulate it – flag football.”
Bertrand cited a statement by Hamlin’s family saying they didn’t want anyone blaming or going after Higgins for what happened. Beetle said he didn’t get why folks would think it was Higgins’ fault.
“I don’t understand why anyone would get on the player for playing the sport of football,” he said. “Knowing he’s about to get hit there, knowing he’s about to be tackled. And he did he lowered his shoulder to get as many yards as possible.”
“I think we all looked for it when the hit first happened like wow what was so violent about it?” Bertrand continued. “Nothing. He hit him with a lot of force, but that’s football. It was a football play.”
Both Zolak and Bertrand brought up the fact that Bart Scott played in a different era of the NFL where there weren’t the kind of rules and calls you see incorporated into the game today. Bertrand figured maybe Scott didn’t do as good a job trying to explain his point without it coming off as blaming Higgins.
“I guess I could see if he’s just trying to explain why maybe the hit was unexpected for the defensive player,” Bertrand said. “But to say that it was somehow a play that needs to be regulated out of the game – he’s talking about calls and penalties – are you insane?”
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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA
“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”
Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.
“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”
Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.
He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.
Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take
“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”
When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.
The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.
“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”
Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.
Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.
“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”
He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.
“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”
Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach
“He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.
On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.
The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.
“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.
Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.
“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”