Robert Saleh hasn’t completely gone into panic mode with the media. Yet the head coach of the Jets has revealed his sensitive side. He let you watch him sweat. that is not good.
When he reacted to Rex Ryan, one of ESPN’s paid professional agitators, Saleh showed he couldn’t have the stomach or the deceit to drive the crazy train that is the New York Jets. Saleh did not like former Jets coach Ryan, who turned his criticism of Gang Green into a personal attack during an interview on ESPN-98.7.
“Never compare this Robert Saleh guy to me,” a disgusted Ryan told 98.7’s Rick DiPietro and Dave Rothenberg. Ryan then delivered the final insult, saying that Saleh’s Jets “don’t want to play with any hearts.”
Later that Monday on “The Michael K Show” of 98.7, Saleh decided it was a reasonable idea to fire back at Ryan. He said he had “never” met or spoken to Ryan. “I don’t even know him, except that people know him throughout the league,” Saleh said. “Obviously, if it’s personal to him, he knows where to find me.”
Ryan wins this verbal skirmish as he tells Saleh to respond. Mostly, Ryan helps his own cause at ESPN. As he arrived in Bristol, Ryan followed along in an attempt to maintain a groove. That he put his personal animosity (created or otherwise) for Saleh to be heard on one of ESPN’s radio platforms, causing controversy that permeated the New York market, is a great thing for Ryan. At least for a day, it helped Ryan stand out in ESPN’s land of a thousand NFL analysts.
All these things are not so good for Saleh. It just made his job harder. There was a better road for him to take. When Saleh heard what Ryan said his reaction, as ESPN’s Keishon Johnson put it, should have been: “Rex who?” Saleh should have laughed at this. He should have verbally put Ryan in the Big Buffoon file and moved on. Instead, he took this nonsense seriously. Saleh created a distraction.
Saleh also showed himself to be small by not adopting the high road. Had he ignored Ryan, he would have shown not only a lot of class, but also a coach who focuses on getting his team ready to play the Dolphins on Sunday. That should be his top priority, right?
Instead, Ryan’s situation turned into a bad media sequence for Saleh. Later in the week, Koch was dubbed a flip-flopper. After one day defending Media/Valley of the Stupid Darling, Mike White, Saleh decided to start Sunday against Miami with veteran quarterback Joe Flaco. This opened Saleh to more media criticism. Is there more in store?
No one was demanding his expulsion. Saleh’s ridiculous reaction to Ryan’s words may have been an unusual occurrence. But if that’s not the case, if he’s really incapable of turning the other cheek, then Saleh’s media problems have just begun.
a giants feud
Will The Manning Brothers Add The Barber Brothers To Their A-List Of Guests On Manningcast?
With the Giants and Buccaneers matching Monday night, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Tiki and Ronde make an appearance. And if they do, how long ago does a mouthful of alli-tiki bring to the fore a “quarrel” that dates back to 2007.
That’s when Tiki, who was working for NBC during half-time of the NFL preseason tilt, said that Allie’s attempt to run a Giants offensive meet was “humorous.” Eli retaliated and the “fight” continued. The two did things right, but as it turned out, Tiki’s characterization wasn’t wrong.
Anyone who’s been to the Manningcast on ESPN 2 now knows that Allie’s comedy style is real. Peyton’s shtick is weird too.
lots of sounds
There is a tried and true way of spoiling the broadcast of a much awaited sport.
Watch Tuesday night’s Warriors-Nets hook up on TNT. This was a game where there was a minimalist approach. Instead of letting the game be the talk, TNT Brainiacs decided to use a three-person booth. This is especially annoying/distracting when Brian Anderson is doing play-by-play.
The man likes yak. And on the Warriors-Nets, working with Stan van Gundy and Grant Hill, Anderson, who often strays into analyst territory, didn’t give the audience a chance to breathe. It was non-stop chatter for four quarters – a talk-o-thon.
It looked like SVG and Hill were scrambling to make their point.
The overlap and conflicts that emerge with many of today’s network broadcasters working multiple gigs can compromise journalism standards.
So, Tuesday was refreshing to see Mina Kims play Los Angeles Rams game planning on ESPN (Kims works out her Precision Tilts) and “Good Morning Football” Peter Schrager, who featured on a podcast series with Sean McVay last summer. Participated, ripped the team. For his stellar performance in the last two weeks.
around the dial
CBS is giving Tony Romo major dough for being its No. 1 NFL analyst. Yet what is certain is that he should not be paid to consider the NFL controversy. When Jim Nantz presented the Aaron Rodgers Vaccine/Vaccination Story during Seattle-Green Bay, Romo went completely vanilla. He played Switzerland, telling all the spectators that it was time to move on. Weak. … At the start of the Tennessee-Georgia matchup, CBS’s Gary Danielson and Brad Nestler constantly reminded the iBalls how Walls plays fast under new head coach Josh Heppel, rarely huddles. Was the CBS truck listening? Despite fast-play warnings, CBS insisted on airing replays and missing live action. Frustrating! … ESPN’s Brian (Mr.) Custer, working at the “Sports Center,” departed from a fine line after leading the gambling spot in Wednesday’s NBA countdown. B-cus asked: “The odds are on how many words are green” [Mike Greenberg] Will join the NBA Countdown?” Ouch! … riveting interview on FAN by Craig Carton and Evan Roberts with former NFL QB Ryan Leaf (once the No. 1 draft bust in NFL history) about his drug problems, the search for redemption and was focused on wanting to help others. … do? … Isn’t that what Irving is doing?
Dude of the Week: Zadarius Smith
to pay it forward. It’s not too complicated and it works. Smith, the Packers linebacker who has been injured most of the season, saw a woman in front of him at a car dealership who needed a $2,000 water pump. He stepped up and got paid for it. Very good!
Weekend: Bob Bowlesby
Big 12 commissions apparently don’t have freedom of speech. He ordered a one-game suspension of Texas Tech’s football radio voices (Brian Jensen and John Harris) for criticizing the game officials’ inconsistency during the Red Raiders 41–38 (they named each member of the caretaker team and Bowlesby). Also called) victory over the state of Iowa.
What (Jets Defensive Coordinator) Jeff Ulbricht Said: “I don’t know if I answered that question very well, but we’re not going to make big fundamental changes.”
What Jeff Ulbricht Meant to say: “No change – small or big – is going to fix this defense.”