Jason Smith: “Mitchell was non-existent in the second half. There are serious problems with the offense, they are taking chances & nothing is working. They have ten days until their next game, it’s now Kenny Pickett time. This is when you make the move... He’s seen what it’s like to be an NFL quarterback it’s time to get him out there. Maybe it’s not an announcement until next week but if this your offense, it’s not good enough to win games. Time to open it up and play the new franchise quarterback. It’s as simple as you have a quarterback & offense that’s underperforming & you have a 1st round draft pick waiting to get his start. It’s time to make the bold decision.”
Mike Harmon: “The Steelers have a lot bigger problems than just Trubisky. He had a couple of throws that should have been hauled in, the offensive line crumbled, defense couldn’t stop anybody & they’re not electric. If you think you can get juice from Pickett then go for it, if you can’t compete with teams you have to decide what you’re really playing for.”
Tonight on the Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon, the guys broke down the Steelers 29-17 loss to the Browns on TNF. In the first three games of the season, Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for 194, 168, & 217 yards with 2 touchdowns. The Steelers have only put up 24, 14 & 17 points in their first three meetings. Jason is sure that Kenny Pickett should be starting Week Four for the Steelers; Mike agrees if it’s the only way to give the Steelers a spark.
Doug Gottlieb: “There’s lots of ways to kill time on the honey-do list for Gisele, but do you know what Tom Brady did? He didn’t take her to a fancy dinner, he didn’t go to a movie, he didn’t go for a walk on the beach, he didn’t dust, he.... practiced. To me that is ‘BALL IS LIFE’, that is ‘NO DAYS OFF’, but it does feel like a [makes raspberry noise] to Gisele, doesn’t it? Wednesday was supposed to be the personal day, the ‘veteran day’, for the Buccaneers, and Tom Brady wasn’t supposed to practice. It feels like there was a promise: ‘I’m going to go back and play, I get to do the family vacation, and then Wednesdays are off. Wednesdays you stay in bed, I’ll take the kids to school, I’ll make the lunches, I got it!' I’m sure Gisele said ‘tomorrow is your day off, you can watch The Bachelorette finale with me!’ But then Gisele was like ‘Where were you this weekend??’ – ‘Well, we play the Packers this weekend…’ ‘BUT YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO BE HOME!’ ‘Well, we play the Packers this weekend… I don’t have Mike Evans, I don’t have Gronk, Chris Godwin is out, I don’t even know these wide receivers’ last names. I’d love to dust, make a Home Depot run, or walk the beaches in Tampa, but gosh, you do know we play Aaron Rodgers??’ ‘BUT YOU TOLD ME YOU HAD THE DAY OFF!’ ‘Okay, NEXT week. We will do Bed, Bad, and Beyond, we will do Home Depot, and watch The Bachelorette next weekend. Oh, we play Kansas City? Okay, maybe the FOLLOWING week when we play Atlanta!’… I love Tom Brady, but we don’t need an update from anybody inside or outside the Bucs building, I think we know his marital status, don’t we??... It feels more like this thing is in bad shape, and Tom is not exactly trying to fix it. When you’re more interested in fixing your offense than you are your marriage it tells us what you think of your marriage.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Doug Gottlieb discuss the news of Tom Brady returning to practice on Wednesday for the Bucs, despite previous reports that the Buccaneers were inserting a special ‘veteran day’ excused absence every Wednesday to accommodate Brady supposedly needing more time off with his family.
Check out the audio above as Gottlieb expresses concern about whether Brady cares about fixing the Bucs offense more than he does fixing his own marriage.
Today on The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker, Chris and Rob discuss Robert Sarver’s announcement of selling both the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. Rob says that Adam Silver and the NBA misread the situation by thinking Sarver could return in just a year. Chris doesn’t buy Sarver’s apology and thinks he made it worse rather than making it better!
Rob Parker: “I think Adam Silver botched this. He misread this and the NBA got it wrong. Robert Sarver understands that he can’t go on, but he thought Adam Silver could smooth this over.”
Chris Broussard: “We don’t believe Sarver’s a “man of faith.” Where was your faith when you were repeating the N-word all the time? I do forgive him, but justice must be served. There’s no reason for Sarver to place “unforgiving climate” into his ridiculous statement. You made it worse than making it better.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB, Tom Brady made a rare appearance at practice today even though most NFL vets usually take Wednesdays off. While many point to injuries to his receiving corps and the upcoming matchup with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers as legitimate reasons for Brady to get in some extra work this week, Doug thinks it probably has more to do with wanting to avoid his wife, Gisele. As most married people will tell you, sometimes it’s easier to toil away at work than stay home and argue with your spouse.
Doug Gottlieb: “When you’re more interested in fixing your offense than you are your marriage, it tells us what you think of your marriage...got it, understood.”
Jason Smith: “Kirk Cousins, you talk about a guy who might wind up being available at the trade deadline… There was so much hope coming into this season. Every year he’s been the same – he’s a really functional quarterback; he’s going to throw 30 touchdowns and 10 or so picks; is he going to win any big games?? Not really, so you just surround Kirk Cousins with talent and think ‘NOW’ is when they’re really going to come through, but it’s STILL the same Vikings. This year so many people fell victim to the ‘Hey, now I think the Vikings are going to be great! They’re going to take that leap!’ This is going to be the year where that is going to forever turn and Kirk Cousins is going to wind up being Ryan Fitzpatrick. They're into him for $40 million this year, $30 million next year, and you know they’re going to want to start over. Eventually hope leaves the building and the hopes that you can build a championship team around Kirk Cousins are going to be gone. He’s not suddenly going to change and he’s not suddenly going to become a great quarterback and find the Fountain of Youth. After this year you’re going to see a big changeover and the Vikings are going to look to restart. Next year is a quarterback-rich draft with so many guys coming in and so many quarterbacks that NFL evaluators love with Bryce Young and CJ Stroud. This is their chance to get that-type of quarterback and they will move on from Kirk Cousins. This is the rubber hit-the-road year for him. This is the end of the Kirk Cousins bandwagon. It’s running out of gas, it’s nearing a rest stop, and everybody wants to get off.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Jason Smith of Fox Sports Radio explain why he thinks Kirk Cousins’ days are numbered in Minnesota, with Cousins and the Vikings coming off an embarrassing Monday Night Football loss in Philadelphia where Cousins three threw picks and posted a rancid 17.5 QBR score.
Check out the audio above as Smith details why he thinks the Vikings are going to look to trade Cousins at the trade deadline, or attempt to dip their beaks into the quarterback-rich 2023 NFL Draft.
Robert Sarver announced he's already begun the process to sell the NBA's Phoenix Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury amid his recent yearlong suspension.
"I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury," Sarver said in a statement obtained by ESPN on Wednesday.
Sarver, the majority owner of the Suns and Mercury, was suspended for one year and fined $10 million by the National Basketball Association for engaging "in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards as reflected in team and League rules and policies," the league announced in a news release shared on Tuesday (September 13).
The NBA cited a November 2021 ESPN.com article that detailed Sarver's statements and conduct alleging racism and misogyny during his tenure as the Suns' owner, which led to an independent investigation by the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz commissioned by the league.
"The report of the independent investigation, which was issued publicly today, was based on information gathered from interviews with 320 individuals, including current and former employees who worked for the teams during Mr. Sarver's 18-year tenure as Managing Partner, Mr. Sarver, and other releveant individuals; and from the evaluation of more than 80,000 documents and other materials, including emails, text messages and videos," the news release stated. "Mr. Sarver and the Suns/Mercury organization cooperated fully with the investigative process.
"As stated in the report, the independent investigation found that Mr. Sarver "engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards, as reflected in team and League rules and policies. This conduct included the use of racially insensitive language; unequal treatment of female employees; sex-related statements and conduct; and harsh treatment of employees that on occasion constituted bullying."
Sarver is banned from being around any NBA or WNBA facility -- which includes team offices -- as well as attending any NBA or WNBA event or representing the Suns or Mercury publicly or privately during his yearlong suspension.
"Robert Williams’ procedure will keep him minimally out of the Celtics training camp and preseason, but the clean-up on his left knee is expected to have him back in the lineup early in the regular season, sources said," Wojnarowski tweeted.
Wojnarowski added that the procedure is expected to take place "this week," according to sources.
Williams returned to the Celtics' lineup during Game 3 of the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, playing 16 minutes during Boston's 109-103 win against the Brooklyn Nets.
The 24-year-old was limited during the Eastern Conference Semifinals but appeared in five of the Celtics' seven Eastern Conference Finals games against the Miami Heat and all six games in the NBA Finals against the Warriors.
Williams started in all 61 games he appeared in for the Celtics during the 2021-22 NBA season before experiencing a knee injury during the team's 134-112 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 27.
Williams averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.2 blocks per game, all of which were career highs, during the 2021-22 regular season, his fourth as an NBA player.
Former UCLA men's basketball player Jalen Hill has died at the age of 22, the program announced in a statement shared on its verified Twitter account Wednesday morning.
"The news of Jalen Hill's passing is heartbreaking," UCLA men's basketball coach Mick Cronin tweeted. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Jalen was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon."
Hill was reported to have died after recently going missing during a trip to Costa Rica, his father, George, confirmed in a statement shared on his Instagram account on behalf of the family, though not revealing additional details about his son's death.
"We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people," George Hill wrote. "We also acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve."
Hill played three seasons at UCLA before retiring from basketball in 2021, citing anxiety and depression as factors for his decision during his announcement.
Today on The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon, Jason and Mike react to the breaking news of Celtics HC Ime Udoka facing disciplinary action by the Celtics for having an improper consensual relationship with a female member of the organization, violating organizational guidelines. Jason and Mike explain and discuss the severity of Udoka’s situation and its optics, yet the situation leaves Udoka’s job seemingly not in jeopardy, according to major NBA insiders.
Jason Smith: “One of the big things organizations bring up with workplace relationships and how dicey it is dealing with a relationship where someone who is in a position in power over someone else. This is a female member of the team’s staff. So if you’re on the team’s staff, you kind of report to Ime Udoka. 'Improper-consensual' kind of don’t go together. The fact that it’s in the workplace and it being described as being ‘improper and consensual’ — I’m just not cool with that.”
Gay's suspension is in relation to a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy, which stems from his January arrest for misdemeanor property damage during an incident involving his son and the child's mother, having previously agreed to a pre-trial diversion program in June, according to Pelissero.
The veteran linebacker will be eligible to return to the Chiefs' active roster on October 17, which will follow Kansas City's Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills.
Gay, 23, was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage under $1,000 and booked into the Johnson County Detention Center on January 20, days before the Chiefs' 42-36 overtime win against the Bills in the AFC Divisional round.
Charging documents obtained by FOX 4 KC at the time accused the linebacker of damaging a vacuum cleaner, wall and door frame during the alleged incident, which stemmed from an argument, his attorney, Maxx Lepselter confirmed in a statement obtained by FOX 4 KC sports anchor Harold R. Kuntz.
"Willie was at his son's house visiting," Lepselter said. "He and the mother got into an argument during which he broke her vacuum."