Listening to NFL on Fox studio host Curt Menefee tease a pregame segment on the Falcons, whom he termed “Angry Birds,” this had to be good.
“Our Pam Oliver grills the Falcons about something no one else even has the guts to even bring up!” Brown said Sunday before a commercial break.
That’s great because there are so many pressing, sensitive questions for the Falcons. For instance: Did Michael Turner go drinking after the game Monday because even he was desopndent over his numbers in the first two games?
Alas, Oliver’s “grilling” amounted to telling Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel that the Falcons have an “image problem” because “people” think the team is “soft.” You could tell that was the tough question by how the producers used editing and ominous music to desperately make it seem like a tense interview.
“My first couple days here, they [said], ‘It’s a bunch of nice guys,’” Samuel said. “I said, ‘Well, we are mean now, and we are going to go out there and play mean.’”
Guess we’ll have to wait until someone else has the guts to ask Turner if he tips big at Magic City.
Consider the source
Atlanta’s defense was getting a lot of attention from Fox because of the way it flustered Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning last week. In light of that performance, most of the studio analysts speculated about what might be wrong with Manning, but Terry Bradshaw said “the problem the other night was simply an excellent job done by Atlanta in confusing him.”
Before you start feeling good about Bradshaw being among the few analysts to credit the Falcons rather than fixate on what’s wrong with Manning, Bradshaw had earlier confessed: “We all know I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer.”
He gets points for self-awareness.
In his head?
Before the Falcons played at Kansas City, Fox NFL studio analyst Jimmy Johnson played down the impact of Atlanta’s new coordinators. After the Falcons won that game, Johnson credited Atlanta’s coordinators and continued with the same theme Sunday.
“Mike Nolan is probably one of the hottest defensive coordinators in the league,” Johnson said of Atlanta’s defensive coach. “You think about this: He’s going up against [Chargers coach] Norv Turner today. Well, who knows Norv Turner’s offense better than Norv? Mike Nolan.”
Under normal circumstances it would seem silly to declare that another coach (and a defensive specialist) knows Turner’s offense better than Turner. Actually, that makes no sense under any circumstance.
But it’s an opening to ponder one of life’s great mysteries: How is Norv Turner still an NFL head coach?