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Colin Cowherd: Mine Is Only Reasonable Opinion On Baker Mayfield

“The Browns beat the Detroit Lions 13-10 on Sunday, and it was as ugly as the score.”

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is struggling on the field with his play and in the trainer’s room with injuries. That prompted one of his biggest critics, FOX Sports Radio host Colin Cowherd, to defend him.

Mayfield’s Browns beat the Detroit Lions 13-10 on Sunday, and it was as ugly as the score indicates. Mayfield finished 15-of-29 passing for 176 yards and one interception. On the season, Mayfield ranks 27th in ESPN’s QBR metric (37.2).

“My opinion is the only one that’s ever been right,” Colin Cowherd said about the quarterback. “Which was everybody was too high and unrealistic on Baker initially, and now they are beating the crap out of him, and it’s not fair.”

Cowherd went on to say that everyone jumps to the extremes, negative or positive, with Mayfield.

“So let me once again give the only reasonable opinion on Baker Mayfield in America,” Cowherd continued. “Cuz I don’t get emotionally involved in this stuff. It’s all biz—you know what I’m saying? A: he’s never been a No. 1 pick talent. B: he is a franchise quarterback, but he needs a ton of help around him, and C: He’s way too cocky, too much ego for the position to rely on him.”

Mayfield’s wife, Emily, stoked the fire even more after the game on Sunday with a controversial social media post. Mayfield himself had thoughts about the booing Cleveland fans on Sunday.

“Those are probably the same fans that won’t be quiet while we’re on offense and trying to operate,” the Cleveland quarterback said Monday. “So, don’t really care.”

Colin Cowherd had the solution for Mayfield’s play ready to fire off for Browns fans.

“Cleveland fans were outrageously delusional from the start, and now you’re unbelievably critical and unfair now,” Cowherd said. “So once again, America’s honesty broker hahaha— Me—delivers the truth.”

Cowherd says he would bench Mayfield ahead of Sunday’s game against Baltimore, let him get healthy over the team’s bye the following week, and roll him out for the final five games.

“As a front office, I’ll get a reasonable evaluation of him because he’ll be 90% healthy,” Cowherd explained. “Which, frankly, is where most quarterbacks are during the season.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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