Media > Jerry Rice To Join ESPN As TV Analyst

 

~ Adding the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game to it’s coverage of the NFL is a pretty good idea. Jerry Rice will be joining ESPN as an analyst and will be featured on NFL Live, SportsCenter, and their Audibles show as reported by Sports Illustrated.

Rice has been fine tuning his tv skills by doing analyst work for the BBC television’s coverage of the NFL and also co-hosted Sports Sunday on NBC Bay Area after San Francisco 49ers games during the 2010 season.

It remains to be seen how Rice will do on the national stage as an analyst. I suppose Rice can’t do any worst than Emmitt Smith did when he was at ESPN. While Smith was a great running back, his time as an analyst though … not so much. It’s not for everyone.

Rice isn’t the only new face that will be on ESPN for the upcoming 2011 season. Ex-players Hugh Douglas, Damien Woody, and former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini have also been added to the mix.

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NFL > Nnamdi Asomugha Ends Speculation & Signs w/ Eagles

~ The Philadelphia Eagles were already an early favorite to win their division and now they have pulled off the stunner of the free- agency signing season. In a move that no one appeared to really see coming, the Eagles have signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a reported 5-year deal for $60 million with $25 million guranteed. Asomugha was the top free agent on the market and it’s the Eagles who land him.

 The Asomugha situation has been compelling to watch play out on ESPN and throughout other sports outlets. No one could seem to figure out where the former Oakland Raiders cornerback was headed. Slowly yet surely, the dominoes began to fall.

 Houston dropped out of the race, and then the New York Jets became the favorites with Dallas getting into the mix. The thought of pairing a lockdown cornerback like Ashomugha with fellow all-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis was a scary image for everyone in the league and could have been the missing piece for the Jets. The Jets went as far as to restructure the contracts of some of their biggest names on the roster in order to help grab Asomugha. The Eagles apparently knew better and were doing their homework.

 Philadelphia now adds on to an already impressive team. They went into the off-season knowing they had to make some moves with their defense. They recently traded quarterback Kevin Kolb away to Arizona and were able to get back great value in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at cornerback.

 Logically no one would expect the Eagles to be in the hunt for Asomugha and the Jets appeared to be a lock to get him until it became obvious there was a holdup in the deal. It’s easy to speculate on what was behind Asomugha’s reasoning for picking the Eagles. What is clear right now is that with Rodgers-Cromartie on one side of the field and Asomugha on the other, the Eagles will be a headache for NFC east teams like Eli Manning and the Giants to gameplan for.

 ESPN’s Adam Schefter has done a great job of covering every move throughout the Asomugha chase and did say that he had a feeling a mystery team perhaps could be making a power move to land Asomugha. It turns out that the Eagles were that mystery team flying under the radar.

NBA > Mark Jackson Named Next Head Coach of Golden State Warriors

 ~ The wait is over for Mark Jackson. The lead analyst for the ESPN / ABC coverage of the NBA will be named the next head coach of the Golden State Warriors, according to Yahoo Sports.The 46-year-old Jackson has no coaching experience, however reports have already surfaced that the Warriors will surround him with the best assistant coaches they can get.

 Jackson has been a top canidate for head coaching positions the last couple of seasons in the NBA.

 Owner Joe Lacob says Jackson’s leadership as a player will translate well to coaching. His playing resume backs that up. Jackson was a point guard in the league for 17 years and made the playoffs 14 of those years. He knows what it takes to win in the NBA and he is going to provide an different kind of energy for a team that is overall a young ballclub.

 

The Warriors have Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, and David Lee already in place, giving Jackson a young nucleus to build around. Critics and Warriors fans may point to Jackon’s inexperience as a problem. There maybe some bumps in the road, it comes with the territory. The bottom line is that this team over the last couple of seasons has not been very good. They needed a complete makeover and idenity change.

 

 

 

Jackson’s interview must have went so well that it left the Warriors upper management completely blown away. With no coaching background at all to fall back on, it’s definitely a gamble. It’s a a roll of the dice that I think will payoff for a young team that is looking for direction.

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