Jay Cutler, known for being alternately moody and engaging, might have been a better rock star than NFL quarterback. These days, he is neither. The former Bears QB hasn’t been picked up by any teams this offseason. So instead, the 34-year-old is turning to another career. Cutler is joining Fox as a color analyst on its NFL broadcasts. A guy with a history of bad body language — which sometimes gave the impression that he didn’t really care too much — should be an interesting addition to a broadcast team. Then again, if you are skeptical of how it will work out there are previous examples of players who had rocky relationships with the media turning out to be good on TV. One prime example: Vikings WR Randy Moss, who didn’t always have a lot to say during his playing days but has found a home in a studio role with ESPN. At the very least, I don’t think Cutler will have any problems criticizing poor performances on the field. Older Post What in the … [Read more...] about No, really. Jay Cutler is joining the Fox NFL broadcast team
With the trading of Percy Harvin for multiple draft picks in the next two years, the Vikings had added fan attention/concern to the upcoming NFL Draft. It was painfully obvious Minnesota lacked wide receiver talent in 2012, Letting go the only receiver to perform well last year seemed insane. But when players express a desire to be traded, the reality is they are probably not worth much to you. Getting a first round pick (among others) was better than could have been hoped. And now with the signing of Greg Jennings, another in a slew of former-Packers players who seem to want to play for their rival, it seems Minnesota has already addressed the loss of Harvin in part. And with the 23rd and 25th pick in the upcoming draft, are poised to further amend the neediest of positions on the present roster. For after Jennings, the next most-highly regarded receiver is probably Jarius Wright. Or perhaps Jerome Simpson. You see the problem? We need receivers now. That is not the only need … [Read more...] about Villaume: The Forty Days Until NFL Draft 2013
Faith Hill on NBC. "Full-force corporate synergy" is the description used in this Associated Press story to describe the NFL's near omnipresence on NBC-related and -owned properties in the run-up to the Green Bay-New Orleans opener on Thursday (and on NBC). They include: "The Tonight Show," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," "The Today Show," the Weather Channel, Telemundo, E!, "Access Hollywood," (with a profile on Faith Hill, above) and even the Universal theme park. While we relish the chance for Fallon and Jay Leno to be funny again, we're also wondering if some NBC shows will feel left out. And don't worry: They are including "America's Got Talent," so Washington, San Francisco and Jacksonville don't need to open up their quarterback battles again. Some other "opportunities" might include: An all-NFL version of "Celebrity Apprentice": Seems like the perfect play for Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel to bury the hatchet. After sitting out five games, of course. "Parenthood": … [Read more...] about NFL-NBC cross-promotion: What are they missing?
Super Bowl Bid Committee on Monday released a statement regarding the NFL bid specifications document obtained by the Star Tribune and published in Sunday's paper. The statement is more of the same: The Super Bowl will benefit the Twin Cities and we're not saying anymore. It's a dry read. For more amusement go to #superbowldemands on Twitter. The tone's a bit more irreverant. For example: Erik J. Altmann @ejaltmann Must have been the 'top quality bowling venues' that locked them in: ttp://strib.mn/1leVcSE via @StarTribune #superbowldemands Paul Merrill @StuffaboutMpls When Roger Goodell enters a room, all mayors/girl scouts/beer vendors must kiss his ring and say "Thank you, Godfather". #superbowldemands Mike Tolzman @mtolzy At no cost to the NFL, personal huddle wardrobe attendants. #superbowldemands pic.twitter.com/SqOX2UqgwT <The statement below was released by comms people from both the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Vikings on behalf of the "Super … [Read more...] about Super Bowl Bid Committee issues statement on NFL doc
The crew putting together a bid for the 2018 Super Bowl has returned from a NYC visit with the NFL. The National Football League's Super Bowl panel has met with all three finalist cities seeking to play host to the game in four years. New Orleans and Indianapolis are the others still in the race. Minnesota Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen led the contingent that also included reps from Meet Minneapolis (Meet Minneapolis is the name of the convention bureau for "Minneapolis city by nature"). The Minneapolis reps met for about three hours with NFL staff reviewing the bids. The crew now has until May 7 to polish that bid and submit its best, final effort. The NFL owners gather May 19-20 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead in Atlanta. On May 20, they will hear presentations from the three cities and vote on where the big game will be played in 2018. The 32 owners are expected to announce the winner that day. Kelm-Helgen … [Read more...] about Super Bowl team returns from NYC meeting with NFL